How to Select a Radiology Assistant School
In a well-rounded radiology assistant program, clinical work gives students hands-on experience working with radiologic machinery, while case studies focus on managing patients and reacting to on-the-spot tasks. A radiology assistant program should lead to the potential for American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification upon graduation.
Required courses for a radiology assistant program may deal with biological sciences, medical terminology and equipment. Course topics include human anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology, patient assessment, research methods, intervention procedures, health law and pathology. In radiology equipment seminars, students learn how to use x-ray or digital radiography equipment and, sometimes, help interpret the results.
Here are some considerations when looking for a program in this field:
- Students might want to consider programs using several learning approaches, such as research, clinical work, case studies and lab work.
- Students should look for a school with a radiologist assistant program that is accredited according to the ARRT. As of 2015, there were nine schools accredited by the ARRT.
Top Schools with Radiologic Assistant Programs
|Loma Linda University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||4-year, Public|
|Weber State University||4-year, Public|
|Midwestern State University||4-year, Public|
|Quinnipiac University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|The Ohio State University||4-year, Public|
|University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||4-year, Public|
|Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey||4-year, Public|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||4-year, Public|