Radiology covers four disciplines: diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and radiography. Radiology students learn about administration of radiopharmaceuticals, diagnostic testing, imaging and radiation safety. Training in Connecticut is offered through associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. However, certain programs are designed for existing industry professionals and/or those who have already completed a relevant undergraduate program.
Gateway Community College
Gateway Community College in New Haven offers associate's degree programs in four radiology disciplines, including radiography, radiation therapy, diagnostic medical sonography and nuclear medicine technology. The college also offers a certificate program in nuclear medicine for associate's degree holders in any of the other radiology disciplines. The programs generally run 20 to 22 months and involve classroom training as well as extensive hands-on experience in clinical practica.
Quinnipiac is a private, not-for-profit college in Hampton offering a three-year, accelerated bachelor's degree in radiologic sciences. The first year of this program covers general education curriculum and prerequisite courses for the professional component of diagnostic imaging. The bachelor's degree is awarded at the end of the third year. The university also offers a two-year master's degree program for radiologist assistants. Applicants to the master's degree program must have a bachelor's degree and be a radiologic technician in good standing, as well as having completed 2,000 hours of direct patient care.
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Connecticut requires radiologists to be licensed but does not require sonographers to be licensed. Radiology applicants must have completed an accredited radiologic technology program, and they must pass an examination covering radiography or radiation therapy technology administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Radiology Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Gateway Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Associate in Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology,
Associate in Science in Radiation Therapy,
Associate in Science in Radiography,
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certificate
|$4,032 in-state; $12,096 out-of-state*|
|Quinnipiac University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences,
Master of Health Science in Radiologist Assistant
|$42,270 (undergraduate); $17,874 (graduate)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator