There are many schools in Georgia that offer undergraduate radiology training programs that prepare students for careers using diagnostic imaging equipment, such as x-ray and ultrasound machines, to examine patients. These programs may result in a certificate, diploma, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree, and prepare students for a careers like a radiologic technologist. A few schools also offer radiology residency or fellowship programs for medical school graduates who wish to become radiologists.
Armstrong State University
Savannah's Armstrong State University offers a bachelor's degree program in radiologic sciences with track options in radiation, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular interventional sciences and sonography. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree in radiologic sciences can earn a post-baccalaureate certificate. Depending on their track, students are prepared to sit for certification exams offered by the AART, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.
Central Georgia Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College is found in Macon and offers several associate's degree and certificate programs in radiology. The radiologic technology degree program is an entry-level program that includes courses in imaging, clinical radiography, radiographic procedures and medical terminology. Graduates are prepared for the ARRT radiography exam.
The school also offers two technical certificates and a medical imaging degree program for registered radiologic technologists, radiation therapists and nuclear medicine technologists. These programs instruct students on performing computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams and readies them for the ARRT's MRI and CT certification examinations.
Chattahoochee Technical College
Marietta is home to Chattahoochee Technical College, where students can earn an AAS in Radiography. Studies include radiographic technology, radiographic procedures, radiation biology and radiation protection. This is a competitive program that can be completed in five semesters. Applicants must first enroll in the school's health science certificate program in order to complete prerequisite classes.
Dalton State College
Dalton State College is found in Dalton and only accepts 17 students each year to its 6-semester radiologic technology program. In order to gain clinical experiences, students must attend second shift and weekend clinical assignments. Course examples include radiographic anatomy, radiologic science, advanced clinical radiologic technology and fundamentals of computer applications.
Darton State College
Darton State College is located in Albany and is in the initial stage of gaining accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. This school offers an Associate of Science in Radiologic Science that includes clinical experiences, as well as classes in patient care and radiologic procedures. An associate's degree in diagnostic medical sonography is also available. Students in this program are instructed on obstetrical ultrasound, clinical observations, abdomen ultrasound, neurosonology and medical science.
The college also offers a 2-semester computed tomography certificate for registered radiologic, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy technologists.
Atlanta's Emory University is home to a Department of Radiology that offers two undergraduate programs in medical imaging. The Bachelor of Medical Science in Medical Imaging accepts 15 to 20 students each year and can be completed in 33 months. The school also offers a program for current AART-certified radiologic technicians who would like to earn a bachelor's degree. This program can be completed in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.
Emory also offers a diagnostic radiology residency and fellowship programs for medical school graduates who wish to become board certified radiologists.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Rome-based Georgia Northwestern Technical College prepares students to become qualified radiographers and diagnostic medical sonographers through associate's degree programs in radiologic technology and diagnostic medical sonography. Classes cover clinical radiography, radiographic procedures, abdominal sonography and radiographic pathology. The college also offers a diagnostic medical sonography diploma program.
Georgia Perimeter College
Located in Decatur, this college combines two radiology programs in conjunction with DeKalb Medical School of Radiologic Technology and Grady Health System. The general education courses are taken at Georgia Perimeter College and the radiology specialty courses are taken at the other schools. Radiology courses include radiographic procedures, patient care, radiographic exposure and equipment and maintenance.
Gwinnett Technical College
Gwinnett Technical College is found in Lawrenceville and offers full-time computed tomography clinical specialist and magnetic resonance imaging certificate programs for currently certified radiologic technologists. Both programs can be completed in two semesters and ready students for employment in outpatient centers, independent imaging facilities and general hospitals. Associate's degree programs are also available in diagnostic medical sonography and radiologic technology.
West Georgia Technical College
Waco's West Georgia Technical Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program that instructs students on trauma radiography, pediatric radiography, mobile radiography and fluoroscopy. Admission to the program is competitive and students learn about radiation protection, clinical radiography and medical terminology.
Radiologists are required to have a medical license; voluntary board certification is also available.
Georgia does not require radiologic technologist to be licensed, however voluntary certification is available from organizations like the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The ARRT provides certification in five areas of radiology: radiography, sonography, nuclear medicine technology, magnetic resonance imaging and radiation therapy. Certification applicants must have completed an accredited program and pass an exam.
While there are more than ten schools in Georgia that offer radiology programs, this article only covers ten of the largest. All of the programs prepare students for at least one of the AART certification exams.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Radiology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Armstrong State University||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences,
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
| $5,360 (in-state)
|Central Georgia Technical College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Advanced Medical Imaging,
Computed Tomography Specialist Technical Certificate,
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Specialist Technical Certificate
| $2,674 (in-state)
|Chattahoochee Technical College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Radiography|| $2,682 (in-state)
|Dalton State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology|| $4,052 (in-state)
|Darton State College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate of Science in Radiologic Science,
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Computed Tomography Certificate
| $3,395 (in-state)
|Emory University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Medical Science in Medical Imaging,
Radiologic Technologist to Bachelor of Medical Science in Medical Imaging,
|Georgia Northwestern Technical College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
| $2,684 (in-state)
|Georgia Perimeter College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology|| $3,213 (in-state)
|Gwinnett Technical College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology,
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Specialist Certificate,
Computed Tomography Clinical Specialist Certificate
| $2,796 (in-state)
|West Georgia Technical College||2-year, public; rural||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology|| $2,724 (in-state)
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.