Our Limited License X-ray Program entitled
Radiology Study Guide Program

The most comprehensive online radiology study course available!


The Radiology Study Guide is a limited license x-ray course designed specifically for Nurses, medical assistants, CNA's and other health care workers who are asked to perform x-rays in addition to their regular duties.

The Radiology Study Guide has been developed to serve two objectives:
1. Providing basic academic education in Radiologic Technology
2. Preparing eligible candidates to successfully sit for State limited licensure certification examinations.

When you purchase Glacier Valley's online Radiology Study Guide, there are no books to buy, no classes to attend, and no travel required. Everything you need is included within the online course. Study from the comfort of your own home, or from work- wherever you have an internet connection. You complete the course at your own pace and you can come and go from the course 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no expiration time restrictions imposed by Glacier Valley- once you enter the course, you can take as long as you need to complete it.

Please note: We do not organize or administer clinical placements. If your state requires clinical hours as part the requirements to obtain a state limited license, you must arrange for your clinical affiliation(s).  You cannot get a college degree, or become a certified radiologic technologic technologist through any online or home study course. The only way to become a registered radiologic technologist is to enroll in an accredited two-year school of radiologic technology. However, in many states, you can be granted a limited license or permit, which allows you to perform specific radiology exams. Many students who are working towards a limited license or permit use our Radiology Study Guide course as their primary or supplemental curriculum.   

Program Length

This course was designed with the assumption that the student taking the course has not worked in a radiology setting in the past. Although length of time to complete the course varies considerably according to each students background and study habits, we have listed the amount of time we suggest the average student spends in each section of the course so that a solid foundation of learning can be achieved. Some students complete the course in a fraction of the suggested time, while others take longer. The suggested reading times are included on the following course outline. 
The Radiology Study Guide course is divided into two main divisions: Academic curriculum and Clinical curriculum. These two main divisions are further sub-divided into 27 smaller sections, each with 10-20 pages of reading.
  1. Academic Curriculum: 150 hours of reading. This includes the first 16 sections of the course including physics, equipment, radiation safety, technical factors, anatomy, etc.
  2. Clinical Curriculum: 100 hours of reading and practice. This includes the final 11 sections of the course including positioning the patient and correctly performing the procedures. In some states, students are required to spend a certain number of clinical hands-on hours in a medical facility practicing and performing radiographic procedures as part of their state licensing requirements. You can check your state's requirements by using the "requirements" link at the bottom of this page).

Suggested reading time to complete the Radiology Study Guide Course is about 250 hours (150 hours for the academic portion and 100 hours for the clinical portion)


Course Details

Exiting and re-entering this course
Recommendations for length of study time for each section of this course

Chapter 1:  Introduction to the radiology department
Chapter 2
:  Fundamentals of radiobiology and radiation physics
Chapter 3
:  Components of an x-ray machine and x-ray equipment
Chapter 4
:  Radiation safety for radiology workers
Chapter 5
:  Radiation safety for patients
Chapter 6
:  Radiation exposure monitoring (film badges)
Chapter 7
:  Radiographic technique: kVp, mAs, & time
Chapter 8
:  Image production
Chapter 9
:  Fluoroscopy
Chapter 10
:  Darkroom & film processing
Chapter 11
:  Picture Archiving & Communication System (PACS), computed radiography (CR);digital radiography (DR)
Chapter 12
:  Equipment and image processing malfunctions & image critique
Chapter 13
:  Radiographic contrast agents
Chapter 14
:  Radiographic contrast reactions
Chapter 15
:  Managing acute medical emergencies
Chapter 16
:  Infection control
Chapter 17
:  Patient education, safety and comfort
Chapter 18
:  Professional and legal responsibilities of health care workers
Chapter 19:  Medical Terminology

Chapter 20:  General patient positioning principles
Chapter 21
:  Anatomy of upper extremity
Chapter 22:  Positioning of the Upper Extremity
Chapter 23
:  Anatomy of lower extremity
Chapter 24:  Positioning of the Lower Extremities
Chapter 25
:  Anatomy of chest
Chapter 26:  Positioning of the Chest
Chapter 27
:  Anatomy of Abdomen & pelvis
Chapter 28:  Positioning of the Abdomen & Pelvis
Chapter 29
:  Anatomy of spine
Chapter 30:  Positioning of the Spine
Chapter 31
:  Anatomy of skull & Positioning of the Skull
Chapter 32
:  Fluoro Positioning
Chapter 33
:  Image Critique
Chapter 34:  Clinical Requirements and
Clinical sign-off sheets (for states that require competencies/exam pass off)
Chapter 35:  Tips for taking your state limited licensure examination.

Course Quiz:  The quiz contains content pulled directly from the course. Once you complete the quiz and pass with a score of 75% or better, you will be forwarded out of this course to the page where you can view and print your certificate of course completion.