Radiologic technologists use diagnostic instruments to produce images of patients that can be used for diagnostic purposes. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and x-ray technicians are all included in this category. Associate and bachelor's degree programs in radiologic technology, radiography, and radiological sciences allow students to master these technologies. All programs have a substantial hands-on clinical component. Prerequisites for these programs generally include human biology, math, English composition and courses in the humanities and social sciences; sometimes these courses can be taken as part of the program.
Allegany College of Maryland
Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology. The 70-credit hour curriculum includes multiple courses in the technological aspects of the field, along with classes in biological science, math, anatomy and English. In addition to taking lecture and lab courses, students spend 1,600 hours performing supervised procedures in radiology at affiliated clinical sites. Prerequisites for the program include anatomy and physiology, math and humanities.
Anne Arundel Community College
Students at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold can apply to the AAS program in radiologic technology. The 66-credit hour program includes five semesters of clinical experience in radiography, in addition to classes that cover radiographic procedures, patient management and the maintenance and operation of imaging equipment. The program boasts state-of-the-art radiographic equipment. Students have the opportunity to work with both digital radiography and computer radiography at various clinical sites.
The 6-semester AAS in Radiological Sciences at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills begins in June of each year. The curriculum consists of radiologic studies, human anatomy and physiology, general education courses and in-field clinical demonstrations. Students can expect to spend 29-34 hours per week in both course and clinical work, in addition to study time. Biology, social and behavioral sciences, math, English and humanities courses are prerequisites.
The Community College of Baltimore County
This Baltimore school's 22-month radiography AAS degree program comprises six levels of radiography courses, in addition to clinical seminars and classes in physics, physiology and medical terminology. Students complete hands-on clinical work Monday through Friday during the daytime, though weekend and evening clinical hours are also scheduled periodically.
The school also offers CT and MRI certificate programs of six and nine months, respectively, that generally require two hours of in-class time and four hours of online lecture time per week. Individuals who need clinical hours can participate at affiliated facilities.
Hagerstown Community College
This community college in Hagerstown has a 70-credit hour AAS program in radiography. Split between 20 hours of general education and 50 hours of major coursework, the program covers venipuncture, radiation biology, CT imaging, radiological physics, medical imaging and cross-sectional anatomy. Clinical assignments include day and weekend hours. General education requirements include the physical and social sciences, with classes in human anatomy and general psychology.
Howard Community College
Situated in the town of Columbia, Howard Community College has an AAS program in radiologic technology consisting of courses in radiologic procedures, clinical radiography, physical science and radiation biology. Core requirements for the 74-credit hour program include physiology, psychology and microbiology.
Rockville's Montgomery College offers a 70-credit hour radiologic technology AAS program that intersperses multiple levels of radiologic technology with courses in radiographic positioning and clinical radiology. Students are also required to take classes in human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, computer applications, math and writing.
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Students have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in radiological sciences at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. The 3-year concentration includes clinical certification. Students must complete pre-clinical courses in the sciences, including anatomy and physiology, biology, medical ethics, interpersonal communication, psychology, calculus and chemistry, prior to beginning the program. In addition to a 38-credit hour clinical concentration in radiography, students take one year of concentrated study in business in which they can focus on computer systems management or organizational management.
After completing the program, students have the option of enrolling in 6-month-long CT, MRI or interventional cardiovascular advanced imaging programs. Standalone certificates are also available in radiography, diagnostic medical sonography, echocardiography and nuclear medicine technology for students with at least 60 college credits. These take from 14-18 months to complete.
Prince George's Community College
The radiography program at this Largo school includes core coursework in radiographic procedures, patient care, image production and clinical radiography. Students also complete five semesters of clinical practicums, including one in computed tomography. Required general education courses include English composition, anatomy and physiology, math, psychology and medical terminology.
Wor-Wic Community College
Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury offers a 33-credit hour AAS program in radiologic technology. Through a mix of study and clinical practice at area hospitals, students develop expertise in diagnostic imaging and radiation protection. Courses in the major cover topics like radiographic positioning and radiographic nursing procedures, as well as radiobiology and computed tomography. The college also offers a 33-credit hour associate degree completion program for hospital-trained registered radiologic technologists.
Licensure is required for radiologic technologists in the state of Maryland. In order to earn licensure, individuals must have graduated from a radiologic technology program accredited by either the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). Certification is also required by either the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).
Included below are nine public community colleges offering associate degree programs and one private not-for-profit school with a bachelor's degree program in this field. All of the programs are accredited by JRCERT.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Radiology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Allegany College of Maryland||Two-year, public, small city||AAS in Radiologic Technology|| $3,660 (in-district)
|Anne Arundel Community College||Two-year, public, large suburb||AAS in Radiologic Technology|| $4,464 (in-district)
|Chesapeake College||Two-year, public, distant rural||AAS in Radiologic Sciences|| $3,676 (in-district)
|The Community College of Baltimore County||Two-year, public, large suburb|| AAS in Radiography,
Certificate in CT,
Certificate in MRI
| $3,712 (in-district)
|Hagerstown Community College||Two-year, public, midsize suburb||AAS in Radiography|| $3,564 (in-district)
|Howard Community College||Two-year, public, small city||AAS in Radiologic Technology|| $3,398 (in-district)
|Montgomery College||Two-year, public, small city||AAS in Radiologic Technology|| $4,728 (in-district)
|Notre Dame of Maryland University||Four-year, private not-for-profit, large city||BS in Radiological Sciences||$33,670*|
|Prince George's Community College||Two-year, public, large suburb||AAS in Radiography|| $3,650 (in-district)
|Wor-Wic Community College||Two-year, public, fringe rural||AAS in Radiologic Technology|| $2,880 (in-district)
Source: *NCES College Navigator