Individuals who want to become radiologic technologists in North Carolina do not need to be licensed; however, they do need to complete a radiology educational program. These programs exist at the diploma, certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree levels. Associate's and bachelor's programs usually prepare graduates to pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam for radiologic technologists, while diploma and certificate programs are often for those already employed in radiology jobs and who want to gain skills in a specialty, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT). Clinical practice at a medical center is normally part of radiology programs.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
With an enrolled student body of over 29,000, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the flagship educational institution in the state's university system. The division of radiologic sciences within the UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences has three radiology programs, including a certificate, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
The school's 20-month certificate program in radiography covers equipment basics, human anatomy, medical terminology, patient care and imaging techniques. The clinical observation requirement is offered in collaboration with local medical centers.
Designed to prepare graduates to take the AART certification exam, the bachelor's degree program in medical imaging covers CT, MRI, x-rays, healthcare public policy, research methodology and issues in radiologic practice. A clinical internship is also required.
The 24-month master's degree program is open to graduates of an accredited medical radiography program who hold a bachelor's degree and a current AART certification in radiography, following which they must have completed one year of full-time experience with direct patient contact. Combining distance instruction, web-based instruction and on-campus, supervised clinical sections can result in the individual becoming a qualified radiologist assistant.
Wake Technical Community College
Wake Technical Community College (WTCC), located in Raleigh, has a population of nearly 21,400 students, and it offers associate's degree and continuing education programs in nearly 70 subject areas. Among those programs are diploma, certificate and associate's degree programs related to radiology.
The MRI diploma and CT certificate programs are open only to qualified radiologic technologists, sonographers, radiation therapists and nuclear medicine technologists. The MRI program's coursework trains students to take images of the body using magnetic energy fields and prepares graduates for the MRI technologist certification exam. Students in the computed tomography certificate program learn to use scanning equipment that presents cross-sectioned images of bodily structures. Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to complete the ARRT advanced-level CT exam.
The 21-month Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in radiography prepares students to operate imaging equipment that uses radiation. Classroom work covers imaging procedures, image processing, patient handling and quality assurance, and students do clinical rotations. Graduates are eligible for ARRT certification.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate\Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||4-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Radiography,
Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging,
Master of Radiologic Science
| Undergraduate: $8,591 (in-state), $33,673 (out-of-state)*
Graduate: $11,074 (in-state), $28,285 (out-of-state)*
|Wake Technical Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Diploma in MRI
Certificate in CT,
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography
|$2,768 (in-state), $8,912 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator