Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician Limited Scope Diploma Program

Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician Limited Scope Diploma Program

All programs have 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.

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What is a Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician?

A Medical Assistant X-Ray Technician is capable of wearing a number of hats within a healthcare setting. This position tends to be fast-paced and may vary greatly in terms of responsibilities depending on the work environment. As the name implies, this role can serve not only as a Medical Assistant, but also as an X-Ray Technician. Common tasks for a Medical Assistant X-Ray Technician include administrative responsibilities such as patient data entry or scheduling patient treatments, clinical tasks such as patient examinations or taking vitals and radiological tasks such as x-ray imaging and maintenance. With such a broad skillset, Medical Assistant X-Ray Technicians enjoy a variety of on the job experiences and get increased job security due to the number of responsibilities they are trained to perform.

What Career Options are Available as a Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician?

Due to our aging population and the need for more healthcare professionals, Medical Assistants are one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. This expanding need for Medical Assistants is true in Illinois as well. After a meeting with area employers, Rockford Career College created the Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician AAS program primarily because of the demand companies projected in this field. Individuals who are trained as a Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician may work in entry-level positions in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, dentist offices and nursing homes.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assistants in the United States are expected to increase more than 23% between 2018 and 2028.1

How do I Start a Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician Program?

For most, one of the first steps in becoming a Medical Assistant / X-Ray Technician is to get certified. To sit for the examination and gain certification, individuals typically prepare through course base lectures and hands-on training. The Rockford Career College Medical Assistant X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) degree program was 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, the 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. The final 10 hours of the externship are scheduled on campus. 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 every one (1) hour of lecture. Upon successful completion of the program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in a Medical Assistant related field. 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.

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

Why Choose Our College?

For over 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.

We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have highly hands-on classes so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.

We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.

We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.

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 are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 12 months

47% of the program can be taken online (learn more)

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:
1onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00, retrieved 4/14/2020

On-Campus Program

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.

Rockford, Illinois