Undergraduate radiography programs teach students how to use imaging techniques such as X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), interventional radiology, and mammography. These programs are typically available at the certificate, associate, or bachelor's degree levels.
Xavier University, Champlain College, and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are three nationally-recognized schools with undergraduate study options in radiography. Each of these schools is ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017 in various categories. Programs are available at the certificate to bachelor's degree level.
Xavier University is a Catholic Jesuit institution that was ranked the 4th-best university in the Midwest for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers a one-year certificate program for radiographers wishing to gain MRI skills. The College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education at Xavier University also offers a two-year Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Courses include pharmacology, ethics and law, pathology, image processing, and CT imaging (also called CAT scans). Students participate in practicum work at Good Samaritan Hospital and Mercy Hospital, both located in Cincinnati.
University of Texas Cancer Center
The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas was ranked the #1 cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.The hospital's diagnostic imaging department supports the clinical education portion of the radiography degree program. The diagnostic imaging program at M.D. Anderson awards a Bachelor of Science degree along with a radiography certificate that is accredited by the JRCERT.
The program's one-year track is for those who already hold Registered Technologist status with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The three-year track, for students with one year of college behind them, leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and allows students to specialize in education and management, CT, or MRI. Classes include imaging diverse populations, quality management, leadership and staffing, fiscal analysis, and therapeutic radiology.
Champlain College was ranked #3 in U.S. News & World Report's list of most innovative schools for 2017. Students in the associate degree program in radiography have the opportunity to get 1600 hours of clinical experience while earning their degree. Graduates of the program have a 98% pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam, with grades higher than the national average. For 2015 graduates, 100% were employed in the field within six months of graduation.
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Top Radiography Schools
These top schools also offer radiography programs:
|Emory University||Atlanta, GA||Bachelor of Medical Science program in medical imaging is intended for licensed radiographers; offers online and hybrid courses|
|Indiana University - Northwest||Gary, IN||Has an associate degree program in radiography and bachelor's degree program in radiologic sciences available; concentrations are offered in clinical/health management, radiation therapy, and diagnostic medical sonography|
|Quinnipiac University||Hamden, CT||Has an accelerated bachelor's degree program in diagnostic imaging that can be completed in three years; a radiologist assistant Master of Health Science program is also available with studies in radiography|
|St. John's University||Queens, NY||BS degree program in radiologic sciences prepares students to pursue both certification in radiography and radiologic tech licensure in NY|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||In addition to the BS program in radiologic technology, the university has a non-degree option in radiation sciences for students who are already certified radiologic techs and who want to take online courses in sonography, CT, and MRI|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, MO||Students pursuing a Bachelor of Health Science in radiography get clinical experience at facilities like the University of Missouri Hospital Center, the Harry S. Truman Veteran's Administration Hospital, and the Women's & Children's Hospital|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||Radiography certificate program may help students meet the requirements to sit for the radiologic technology certification exam|
|University of South Alabama||Mobile, AL||Radiologic sciences bachelor's degree students can choose a track in ultrasound, radiation therapy, or general radiography with a focus in one advanced imaging technique|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Richmond, VA||Offers a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences that allows senior-level students opportunities to work with advanced radiological techniques, like CT and MRI|
These top schools all offer quality radiography programs, many of which offer specializations and opportunities for practical experience.