According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, aspiring radiologic technicians usually need an associate's degree to get an entry-level job, but there are also undergraduate certificate and bachelor's degree programs available in this field. Relevant programs can be found at two-year and four-year colleges and universities.
Colleges with Radiological Technician Programs
The following schools offer radiological technician programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Albany Technical College||Albany, GA||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $2,652 In-state
|Bellevue College||Bellevue, WA||4-year, primarily associates, Public||Associate's|| $3,619 In-state
|Mayo School of Health Sciences||Rochester, MN||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate||$564|
|Paris Junior College||Paris, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $1,548 In-district
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $8,104 In-state
|Pueblo Community College||Pueblo, CO||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $6,761 In-state
|San Joaquin Delta College||Stockton, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,104 In-state
|Saint Louis Community College||St. Louis, MO||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $3,090 In-district
|Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City||Oklahoma City, OK||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's|| $2,859 In-state
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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College Selection Criteria
Students must consider the degree they wish to obtain in selecting a school for radiological technician training. Some other considerations when selecting a radiological technician school:
- Students should make sure that the program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
- Students may want to find out what the pass rates are for graduates on state-required certification exams.
- It can be helpful to find out about school facilities in order to ensure that students have the chance to gain experience with the latest radiologic equipment and computer software applications.
- Students with scheduling commitments may want to look for schools that have flexible programs with evening, online and/or part-time options.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs for aspiring radiologic technicians combine lecture-based coursework with practical clinical training. Students take introductory courses in the biomedical sciences, patient care and radiation safety, as well as general education classes. They also gain experience using medical imaging technologies to diagnose patients. In total, these programs take two years of full-time study to complete and can lead to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Science (AS) degree.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Radiology Technology programs are designed for registered radiologic technologists who want to pursue more advanced studies in the field. Applicants must already hold an associate's degree and have passed the registration exam. Often, these programs are available in online or part-time formats to meet the needs of working technologists.
Certificate programs in radiologic technology cover the same topics as associate's degree programs, but they do not include general education coursework. Therefore, they may be completed in one year. There are also undergraduate certificates that focus on specific areas of radiography, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography, which can be completed in less than one year.
Radiological technician degree and certificate programs are available at colleges and universities around the country. Students should consider exam pass rates and scheduling options when choosing between schools.