Colleges with Radiological Science Majors: How to Choose a School

Dec 04, 2019

Aspiring radiologic technologists can earn a Bachelor of Science in Radiological Science (BSRS) at many 4-year colleges and universities. To be eligible for professional certification, they should be sure their chosen program's accreditation is accepted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Radiological science is a division of the medical field that uses imaging technology such as x-rays, CT scans and MRIs to diagnose and treat illness or injury in patients. Explore schools that offer bachelor's degrees in the field, and see considerations for selecting a program to attend.

Schools with Bachelor's Degree Programs in Radiological Science

The following public and private schools offer bachelor's degrees in the field:

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL 4-year, Private $12,240
Bluefield State College Bluefield, WV 4-year, Public $7,056 (In-state); $13,536 (Out-of-state)
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA 4-year, Public $8,165 (In-state); $20,643 (Out-of-state)
California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA 4-year, Public $6,893 (In-state); $18,773 (Out-of-state)
Presentation College Aberdeen, SD 4-year, Private $20,375
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, CO 4-year, Public $8,627 (In-state); $20,994 (Out-of-state)
University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 4-year, Public $11,341 (In-state); $29,491 (Out-of-state)
University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public $7,985 (In-state); $23,134 (Out-of-state)
Rush University Chicago, IL 4-year, Private $30,168

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Prospective students will want to consider the following when searching for a program:

  • Students should consider their career goals. Some schools don't offer specializations, while others provide many focus areas within the program, and still others include specialized degrees, such as a BSRS with a concentration in radiography. Specialized certifications could lead to career advancement.
  • Students may want to consider program length for financial purposes. While some schools follow a traditional 4-year plan, others operate on a year-round basis, making the program as short as 32 consecutive months with lighter course loads in the summer.
  • Students should look for programs with internships and/or externships, as they could be useful to radiological science students for the hands-on experience and professional connections they provide.
  • Students should look into program admissions requirements. Some radiological science programs accept students straight out of high school, while others require a year of prerequisite college work. Those who already hold an associate's degree in radiological science may be able to transfer and complete two years of additional coursework for a bachelor's degree.

Bachelor's Degree in Radiological Science

Radiological science degree programs focus a great deal on the science of radiography. Clinical experience is typically required through a BSRS program, often in the form of an internship or externship. After obtaining a BSRS, students must seek credentialing through the ARRT in order to practice professionally. The ARRT must also certify radiologic technologists in their area of specialization, such as radiography or MRIs.

Bachelor's degree programs in radiological science can be found at several 4-year public and private schools. Future students should consider things like internship opportunities, career goals and admissions requirements when choosing a school.

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