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Various 2- and 4-year public and private postsecondary institutions offer radiology training. Typically, students can earn an associate's or bachelor's degree in radiologic science or technology. Though uncommon, other options include a master's degree in radiologic science and a certificate in radiation therapy. In addition, clinical experiences are integrated into radiology programs to give students hands-on training in the field. To work as a radiographic technician or radiologic technician, individuals must earn licensure through the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.
Delgado Community College
In New Orleans, Delgado Community College offers two programs related to radiation therapy and radiologic technology for interested students. The first option is an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology, which is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT). This associate's degree program is 24 months in length and prepares students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) certification examination. In addition, Delgado Community College offers ARRT-certified students didactic courses in computed tomography (CT) and mammography for post-primary certification. The second option is a post-associate degree certificate of technical studies in radiation therapy. The certificate program focuses on patient care, surface and sectional anatomy, oncologic pathology, radiation physics, treatment planning and radiation protection. Additionally, this program was designed to prepare students to take and pass the radiation therapy certification examination from the AART.
Louisiana State University-Alexandria
Alexandria's Louisiana State University campus offers an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology that prepares students for careers in radiologic technology. Major-specific course work begins in the second semester, with an introduction to radiologic technology. In the third semester, students learn about radiologic image production and positioning before starting the clinical portion of their studies in the fourth semester; clinical sessions continue through the seventh semester. Other required courses include radiobiology, advanced radiographic procedures and imaging modalities. Admission into the clinical rotations of this program are competitive.
Louisiana State University -Eunice
The Eunice campus of Louisiana State University also offers an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology with courses starting in the summer session of a student's first year. Students learn about patient care and begin their clinical rotations in that first summer session, exploring procedures to create images of patients' abdomens and chests and later learning more advanced skills as they proceed through their clinical rotations. Radiation physics, image processing and evaluation, protection from radiation and study of pathologic conditions are also covered in the 2-year program.
McNeese State University
Lake Charles-based McNeese State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. This program includes the 3-semester pre-professional phase with basic biological and physical science courses, in addition to the 2.5-year professional phase, which includes 15-25 hours a week of clinical experience at local, college-affiliated clinics and hospitals. Students enrolled in this program can choose to participate in advanced courses in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT, cardiac-interventional technology, quality management, mammography, vascular interventional technology and bone densitometry. Program graduates can take the ARRT radiography certification examination.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Natchitoches-based Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers both a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science and a Master of Science in Radiologic Science for students interested in radiology-related careers. In the undergraduate degree program, students learn medical terminology, principles of radiology, positioning and how to protect against exposure to radiation. Other courses include advanced patient care, healthcare organization and management and clinical rotations where students gain hands-on experience. The Master of Science in Radiologic Science is a 2-year program that allows students to focus on one of two concentrations - radiologic sciences education or administration. Each concentration has its own requirements.
Our Lady of Holy Cross University
Students at New Orleans' Our Lady of Holy Cross University can pursue either a 2-year Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology or a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. The 2-year degree program includes study of human anatomy and physiology and 5 terms of clinical experience associated with Oschner Medical Center. The clinical rotations are competitive and comprise 61 credit hours of the required 101 hours. In the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science program, students complete general education courses along with the clinical experience and Oschner. They also study pharmacology and medical terminology.
Our Lady of the Lake College
Baton Rouge's Our Lady of the Lake College offers an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology that includes study of radiographic anatomy and positioning, positioning and image generation for spinal imaging, clinical experience in a supervised facility that covers topics like patient and room preparation, examination and evaluation of shoulder and upper extremities. Students also complete a senior seminar that includes a review of concepts for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Exam.
Southern University at Shreveport
At Shreveport's Southern University, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology in just two years. Radiology-specific courses include study of procedures and positioning, avoiding unnecessary exposure to radiation and radiologic physics. Students take courses in phlebotomy and multiple clinical rotations when they work under the supervision of a licensed radiation professional. Students must complete an exit exam at the end of the second summer term.
University of Louisiana-Monroe
As a student in the Department of Radiologic Technology at the University of Louisiana's Monroe_ campus, students can work toward a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science, starting with courses in the fundamentals of medical imaging, patient care, radiographic procedures, exposure and digital imaging, along with the associated laboratory courses. Students spend time in clinical settings and gain hands-on experience through six sessions of clinical radiography when they work with licensed professionals and patients. Other required courses include computed tomography, pathology and use of imaging equipment. The radiography program includes 69 credit hours of courses dedicated to radiography.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Radiography Degree Programs and Certificates Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Delgado Community College||2-year, public; midsize city*|| Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology,
Radiation Therapy Certificate of Technical Studies
|$3,911 (in-state); $8,200 (out-of-state)*|
|Louisiana State University-Alexandria||4-year public; rural fringe*||Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology||$6,158 (in-state); $13,150 (out-of-state)*|
|Louisiana State University-Eunice||2-year public; rural distant*||Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology||$3,828 (in-state); $9,192 (out-of-state)*|
|McNeese State University||4-year, public; small city*||Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences||$7,290 (in-state); $18,365 (out-of-state)*|
|Northwestern State University of Louisiana||4-year, public; remote town*|| Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science,
Master of Science in Radiologic Science
|$7,006 (in-state); $17,794 (out-of-state)*|
|Our Lady of the Holy Cross University||4-year, private not for profit; midsize city*|| Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology
|Our Lady of the Lake College||4-year, private not for profit; midsize city*||Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology||$11,444*|
|Southern University at Shreveport||2-year, public; rural fringe*||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$3,987*|
|University of Louisiana Monroe||4-year, public; small city*||Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology||$7,658 (in-state); $19,758(out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.