is this really necessary? I am about to finish my first year of rad tech school and it is tough. We have the same pre-reqs as the nursing students do, with the exception of micro, but in its place we have to take 2 semesters of physics. Right now, we are in clinic 40 hours a week. During the regular semester we have 20 hours of clinic in addition to our classes. I am not trying to make an argument about which program is harder or which career is harder or more lucrative. Why can't we just agree that both programs are tough, and that anyone who works in healthcare has a tough job, whether you realize it or not. Also, can we avoid generalizations like the one about rad techs just standing around during a code waiting for the RNs to do something. It really isn't necessary.
Here is a link that explains the job that radiologic technologists do. Registered technologists must complete an accredited program that lasts from 18-24 months. There is a shortage of techs in most imaging modalities and so entrance into those schools is extremely competitive. Most schools will not accept you unless you have completed most or all of your pre-reqs. Once you complete the program you have to sit for the board exam adminstered by our national registry, http://www.arrt.org If one wants to work in an advanced modality like MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy or nuclear medicine, more schooling is required, usually another year of classes and more clinic time. If your hospital is calling transporters radiology techs, then something is very very wrong there. I would never work at a hospital that gave transporters that title. It's like calling a CNA a nurse, which we all know is not appropriate.
Also, I know of no state that requires that you be an RN before becoming an RT or MRI tech or any other imaging tech.
I'm really not trying to be preachy here, but it is frustrating when there are so many misconceptions about my future career.