Starting this fall, College of the Mainland, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, will offer a new radiologic technology associate degree.

Radiographers help interpret images of patients’ bodies for diagnosis in hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers and other health care facilities. In this new program, students will learn anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection, patient care and communication skills, according to a college news release.

“This program will train future technologists,” Radiography Program Coordinator Laura Schrettner said in the release. “Students who graduate from the program will have patient care skills, professionalism, and will be clinically competent to enter the workplace and will be employable from day one.”

The program will prepare students for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national board exam. Students may also apply for a medical technologist certification from the state of Texas, the release reads.

Radiographers are the third-largest group of medical professionals in the U.S., and the group is growing fast, according to the release. Radiographers’ median annual wage this year is $62,810, according to the Occupational Information Network.

Locally, 443 radiographer jobs will be created between 2020 and 2030, according to the release.

The college is holding virtual and in-person sessions in early May for those who want to learn about the new program. The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. May 9 online here. Applications to the program opened May 1.