General X-Ray Machine Operator

About the General X-Ray Machine Operator Course:

**This course was designed for certified and licensed healthcare professionals. To be enrolled in this course you must be certified or licensed in healthcare career fields such as Medical Assisting or Nursing. This course is designed to provide additional educational experience which may be used for career advancement. It is not a stand-alone program.

The General X-ray Machine Operator Course is designed to prepare the student to perform restricted x-rays in accordance with the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3701-72. The program will include twenty (20) classroom hours and thirty (30) clinical hours. Classroom will include but not be limited to physics, radiation safety, biological effects of radiation exposure, math, and positioning. Clinical hours will cover the modality which the student has chosen to be competent.

The state recognizes the following areas for competencies:

  • Chest/Abdomen
  • Extremity
  • Skull/Sinuses
  • Spine
  • Podiatry
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Digital Certifcation

Important Notice

*GXMO Course Note: In the event the student is/or becomes pregnant while attending OIAH, the student will not be permitted to attend clinical. Once the pregnancy is complete, clinical time will be scheduled for completion at no extra cost. This is to insure the safety of both the mother and fetus for the duration of the pregnancy.

The final exam will reflect the material which will be on the state licensure exam that is required to obtain the state GXMO license.

General X-ray Machine Operator Coursework

CoursePrerequisiteContact HoursTuition Cost
GXMO 101:
General X-Ray Machine Operator
HS graduate or GED Certified/Licensed Healthcare Professional20 Classroom/30 Clinical$600
Course TitleTotal Contact HoursCost
Total Contact & Clinical Hours and Tuition20 Classroom /30 Clinical$600
Estimated Cost of Textbook$139.99
Total Program Cost$739.99

General X-Ray Machine Operator – FAQ’s

Where can I get a job after completing this program?

There are many opportunities for the GXMO. Many podiatrists and chiropractors have x-ray equipment in their offices. Most urgent care facilities offer x-ray services to their patients.

Do I need to take the GXMO class if I am planning to enroll in a radiographer program?

No, it’s not necessary, however, it will give you the experience and classroom knowledge to assist you should you decide to attend a 2 year program.

GXMO Course Curriculum

GXMO 101 General X-ray Machine Operator – Minimum 40 contact hours

  • Course Description:This comprehensive course includes 20 classroom hours and minimum 20 clinical hours (based on whether attending a weekend or week day class). Students will learn the circuitry, and placement of components of an x-ray machine, radiation production, radiation safety, State and Federal regulations regarding use of x-ray equipment. The student will also be taught correct positioning skills with both phantoms and patient observation. Successful completion of this course qualifies the student to take the state licensure examination.
  • Learning Outcomes:
      1) Safely operate an x-ray machine
      2) Read and understand x-ray orders
      3) Practice radiation safety
      4) Know and understand the Ohio Department of Health requirements for General X-ray Machine Operators.
  • Prerequisite:18 years of age; High School Diploma or GED; If taken the General X-ray Machine Operator class at another facility and needing clinicals only, state issued General X-ray Machine Operator’s License required.

Admissions and Enrollment

All applicants for programs must be 18 years or older and a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate.

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Disqualifying Offenses for Enrollment

A criminal background could prevent enrollment into the GXMO program. Please click the PDF below to view disqualifying offenses.

GXMO Disqualifying Offenses PDF

Contact Information

Administrative Offices
Phone: 937-237-1010
Fax: 937-237-0506

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