Careers in Allied Health

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology.

As highly skilled employees in a dynamic and growing field, radiologic technologists (RTs) often work in multiple specialty areas - radiologic technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular-interventional technology, bone densitometry and mammography. For an excellent description of each of these specialties, visit American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

With a degree in medical imaging from Fort Hays State University, you will develop competence and skills in multiple imaging modalities, which enables you to pursue a wide variety of jobs and compete for higher salaries upon graduation.

Many of our graduates are employed as staff in diagnostic imaging departments in hospitals, but others seek employment in clinics, physician's offices, mobile diagnostic imaging units and industrial health care facilities. Aside from health care positions, you may consider administration, education or becoming a representative or technical adviser for manufacturers of diagnostic imaging equipment and supplies.

Still not sure about pursuing a degree in medical imaging?  Visit Fort Hays State University’s Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center for more information about other career options.  Feel free to contact us to talk with a faculty advisor about the many opportunities that await you as a medical imaging professional.

FHSU Allied Health graduates - out in the world

Lisa-Kanak

Lisa Kanak (1999)
Imaging Supervisor
Scott County Hospital
Scott City, KS

Since graduating, I accepted a job in the imaging department at Scott County Hospital as lead technologist. Aside from performing general Radiology and CT, I was also trained in mammography and bone densitometry and passed my Mammography Registry in 2006. My role has since changed to imaging supervisor. I really enjoy working in a rural community and being able to work in a variety of modalities. I completed a preceptorship in CT and an externship in mammography at Hays Medical Center. In my time at FHSU, I was also a member of the ARTS – Association of Radiologic Technology Students. I enjoyed participating in a variety of intramural sports, as well. The experience I gained during my CT preceptorship and mammo externship were valuable in helping me learn these modalities. I always considered the opportunity to learn a skill in the clinical setting highly effective when compared to just learning it in the classroom.

Mandy-Meyers

Mandy (Rozean) Meyers
(1997, 1999)
Radiologic Technologist/Clinical Instructor
Hays Medical Center
Hays, KS

I am a Registered and Licensed Radiologic Technologist (11 years) at HMC and a Clinical Instructor (4 years) for the Radiology program at FHSU. I also am trained in the Vascular Lab where I assist the Radiologist in interventional studies and am involved with the KSRT and in planning continuing education seminars. I use my academic experiences every day. Whether it be working with patients or teaching the students, each requires my past education as well as new information that may be coming available. I did my clinical internship at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Neb., and took part in various clubs and fundraisers in the Allied Health Department. They helped me in my current career by giving me hands on experience as a student in the field. Not only did it involve bookwork but involved patient care which I still use every day. I pass this information on to the students that I have at clinical. My experience as a student in the radiologic technology program prepared me for my role as a clinical instructor. This role has given me the chance not only to teach the students, but to learn something new from them.

Mitch Bartels (1997)
Radiology Supervisor
Norton County Hospital
Phillipsburg, KS

As supervisor of radiology of Norton County Hospital, I have a staff of 3 FTE and one part time employee. We offer in house services of x-ray/fluoro, CT, mammography, & ultrasound. I’ve been advance registered in CT since 1999. Within a small hospital setting, I enjoy the challenges of doing both direct patient care and management. Whether it’s something from exposure or safety class to physics or anatomy, I use at least some aspect of my education in everything I do here. Outside of my clinicals at Hays Medical Center, the only extracurricular activity I participated in was KSRT. Even though I didn’t have many outside activities or internships, I feel that the more experiences you can participate in, the better. There really is no substitute for “hands-on” experiences to grow your career.

Lisa Linhart (2006)
Sonographer
Diagnostic Imaging Center
Olathe, KS

I work as a Sonographer at an outpatient-imaging center in the Kansas City area, where I perform general and vascular ultrasound. Previously, I worked at Olathe Medical Center and Providence Medical Center. I continue to use the skills and experiences I gained in school on a daily basis. I was able to use the didactic knowledge to study for and pass my board exams soon after graduation. Also, my clinical experience prepared me to transition smoothly into my first job. At FHSU, I was Society of Student Sonographers Secretary and a member of Campus Crusade for Christ. Involvement in these activities helped me further develop and refine professional skills such as leadership, organization, and networking. 

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