Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Diploma Program

Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Diploma Program

This program has been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.  Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. Use your time wisely and enroll today.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Students are eligible to take the ARRT Limited Scope Radiography Board Exam at the completion of our RCC Program.

What is a Medical Assistant/X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope)?

A Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) can wear several hats within a healthcare setting. As the name implies, this role can serve not only as a Medical Assistant, but also as an (Limited Scope) X-Ray Technician. This position is responsible for:
  • Working alongside physicians and nurses to provide administrative support.
  • Measuring and recording vital signs.
  • Ensuring stellar patient experiences through appointment scheduling, cleansing rooms and processing client data.
  • In some cases, obtaining patient samples.
  • Helping patients improve healthcare outcomes and improve lives.
  • Operating diagnostic imagery devices to produce x-rays such as CT scans or MRIs.
  • Preparing patients for imaging procedures.
  • Maintaining equipment and ensuring quality scans are achieved.
  • Work closely with medical staff to supply superior treatment to patients.

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What Career Options Are Available as a Medical Assistant/X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope)?

Medical Assistants and X-Ray Techs (Limited Scope) are vital members of the healthcare community. They help lives on a daily basis and may be found working in locations such as:
  • Hospitals
  • Diagnostic Labs
  • Clinics
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • And Many More!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in the US for Medical Assistants is expected to increase by 19% between 2019 and 2029.1

What You Will Learn in a Medical Assistant/X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Program

The first step in pursuing a career as a Medical Assistant/X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) is to become certified. Our diploma program will start you on the path to certification and can be completed in just 12 months. This highly popular program has been carefully designed to:
  • Overview both clerical and clinical best practices and skills.
  • Introduce medical technology needed for x-ray imaging.
  • Develop medical communication and critical thinking.
  • Includes a 170-hour externship designed to gain hands-on experience.
  • Real-life examples of common challenges in the healthcare world.

Upon successful completion of the program, you have the ability to sit for your medical assistant certification. Recognized by the American Medical Technologists (AMT), this certification could open additional doors to employment.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 12 months

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After you complete the Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Associate Degree Program completion program.  That's only 19 months total to get an associate degree

Reference:
1 https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/31-9092.00?st=IL&g=Go, retrieved 4/23/21.

This diploma in Medical Assistant X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) programs is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required for entry level positions in the medical assistant profession. The diploma program includes training in office administration procedures, technology required in medical offices and x-ray imaging and techniques. The program includes a 170-hour externship with 160 hours in a local clinic, hospital, or physician’s office to provide students with practical and real-life experience working in a medical office environment and practicing professional procedures as required. 10 hours are expected on campus as scheduled and directed to complete the externship requirements. Successful completion of this program will require students to attend class sessions and to complete all in-class and out-of-class assignments. Such assignments may include reading, projects, papers, and various learning activities. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal about two (2) hours for everyone (1) hour of lecture. 

Students who have already completed the MA courses, would only need to take SS103, the MAX courses AND the externship.

SS103 Digital Communication Strategies       4.0 quarter credit hours
Prerequisites: None
Students will be introduced to appropriate formats, styles and protocols for communicating through various electronic media, including email, fax, social media, and file uploads/downloads. Special emphasis will be given to the use of digital communications in various business applications, including marketing, promotion, fundraising, and other processes. The legal, ethical, privacy, and security implications associated with all forms of electronic communication will also be highlighted.

MX100 Radiograph Imaging Protocols and Positioning    3.5 quarter credit hours
Prerequisites: None
This course focuses on radiographic physics, radiation production principles of exposure, and image quality. This course also introduces radiographic positioning of the spine, skull, facial bones and sinuses.

MX101 Radiographic Specialization and Positioning    3.5 quarter credit hours
Prerequisites:
This course discusses image quality critique, special procedures for working with pediatric and geriatric patients, management of acute care conditions, and the ethics and legal considerations of radiography.  Positioning of the extremities, shoulders, and pelvis is also covered in this course.

MX102 Radiology and Imaging       3.0 quarter credit hours
Prerequisites:
This course introduces radiological science and covers the value of effective communication.  Patient care, OSHA and HIPAA regulations are presented.  Law and ethics for the limited radiographer are discussed.  Also, covered are the safety and maintenance of radiological materials and equipment and radiographic positioning for the chest and abdomen.

This diploma in Medical Assistant X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) programs is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required for entry level positions in the medical assistant profession.

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