List of Radiology Assistant Schools and Colleges

Radiology assisting is a recently established field of study combining radiologic technology training with more complex patient care procedures. This growing program type is available to experienced radiologic technologists who complete advanced training at the undergraduate or graduate level.

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

College/University Institution Type
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

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