Limited Permit for Bone Densitometry (DXA) Operator Course

This 24-hour course develops competencies in the principles and practices of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone health and body composition. This course also aims to improve student confidence in conducting and interpreting DXA scans, as well as in interacting with patients throughout their DXA visit, including intake of medical history, fracture risk assessment, and patient education.

Didactic instruction focuses on the following subject areas:

  • Skeletal Anatomy and Bone biology
  • Epidemiology of Osteoporosis and Diagnostic criteria
  • Radiation basics and safety
  • X-ray bone densitometry equipment
  • Computers and image formation
  • DXA machine operation, scan acquisition, analysis, and report generation
  • Pharmacologic treatment of osteoporosis

Clinical instruction includes:

  • A minimum of 20 scans on volunteer patients (required for state licensure)
  • Experience with patient positioning, operation, and analysis on 2 DXA manufacturer machines (GE Healthcare Prodigy, and Hologic Horizon W)


This course has both online and in-class components. Once you enroll you will have access to an online pre-requisite portion for 2 weeks. You are required to complete this pre-requisite course and take a short exam BEFORE attending the in-person portion of the School. The remainder of the course will take place in-class during one of the 3-day weekends listed below. Attendance in-person on all 3 days is mandatory for course credit. Please note the in-class meeting times are as follows:

Friday:       11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday:  7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday:    7:30 a.m.  ~ 6:00 p.m.

Space is very limited for each course session. Register today!
Registration for each course will CLOSE 8 days before the start of class.

Limited Permit for Bone Densitometry (DXA) Operator Course Price: $2, 350

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! Receive a $100 discount on the course for registering more than 4 weeks in advance!

2020 Course Calendar

January 31-February 2, 2020 FULL
March 13-15, 2020 Register HERE
April 24-26, 2020 Register HERE
June 19-21, 2020 Opening 4/8/20
August 14-16, 2020
September 25-27, 2020
November 13-15, 2020
December 11-13, 2020
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