New program at Darton State College

Darton State College now offers an Associate of Science degree in Radiologic Science. The new program is a two-year degree that prepares students for a career as a radiologic technologist. The program application deadline is November 1, 2012.

According the to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate for radiologic technologists is projected to increase approximately 28 percent between 2010 and 2020. This is primarily due to the increasing age of the population that will have more medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures, which require imaging for treatment.

Radiographers work in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, physician offices, urgent care facilities, and stand-alone imaging facilities. The annual income for radiologic technologists ranges from $36,510 to $76,850. In 2011, the median annual income for radiologic technologist in Georgia is $46, 380.

Darton's program follows approved professional curriculum developed and published by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Students get hands-on training at various clinical locations throughout Southwest Georgia, and after graduation are eligible to sit for the national certification examination from the American Registry of Radiologis Technologist.

The application deadline for the radiologic science program is November 1, 2012. Applicants must be accepted by Darton State College before applying for the radiologicscience program. For more information on the program and how to apply, please call Kelley Castro, radiologic science program director, at (229) 317-6724.

About Darton State College

Since 1966, Darton State College has been a leader in providing quality educational opportunities and services to Southwest Georgia.

During fiscal year 2011, Darton had a total economic impact of more than $119 million. Darton offers a variety of programs, including a new bachelor's degree in nursing, 87 associate degrees, 36 certificate programs, and 40+ online programs. Today, Darton ishome to more than 6,200 students with over 155 international students from 40 countries. Darton State College is a four-year public institution within the University System of Georgia.