Limited Scope X-Ray Operator

Program Overview

Limited Scope X-Ray Machine Operators (LXMO) may perform radiographic exams at physicians’ offices, chiropractic offices, urgent care facilities, clinics, and in hospitals. Limited Scope X-Ray Machine Operators prepare patients for exams, explain procedures, give clear instructions during the exam, and practice standards that ensure the highest level of radiation protection and safe operation of the x-ray machine.

Limited Scope X-Ray Machine Operators must have excellent communication skills and "soft skills" to elicit patient data and explain radiographic procedures. They must be mentally prepared to work with critically ill patients, trustworthy for maintaining patient privacy, and detail-oriented for record-keeping. Upon completion of the certificate program, individuals are eligible to sit for the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) to earn their LXMO certification. LXMO certification means an individual has acquired the necessary training, has taken and passed the Limited Scope ARRT test, and received approval from the state. They are limited by the type of x-rays they are permitted to take; for example, Limited Scope X-Ray Machine Operators who have taken and passed the Limited Scope ARRT extremity module may perform x-rays only on extremities. Radiologic technologists are not limited and can perform a larger array of imaging, which includes modalities like computed tomography (CT).

Courses in Limited Scope X-Ray Machine Operation include English communications, biology, and radiology technology and diagnostic imaging. All core, technical courses are delivered in an online format.

Program Plan


Certificate (16 credits)

BIOL 1240 Health and Disease in the Human Body (4)
ENGL 1276 College Composition (4)
LXMO 1101 Introduction to Radiology for the Limited X-Ray Machine Operator (3)
LXMO 1201 Anatomy and Positioning for the Limited X-Ray Machine Operator (3)
LXMO 1301 Clinical Observation and Exam Preparation (2)

Course Outlines

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Cost of Program

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Career and Employment Information

As the American population ages and creates demand for medical services, Limited Scope X-Ray Operators will experience faster than average job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists reports that Limited Scope X-Ray Operators can earn between $36,918 and $48,331, depending on experience.

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