Students who would like to become radiology therapists can find education programs at community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.
10 JRCERT-Accredited Radiology Therapy Schools
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Wayne State University||Detroit, MI||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$11,814 in-state, $25,254 out-of-state|
|Upstate Medical University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$6,470 in-state, $16,320 out-of-state|
|University of Wisconsin-La Crosse||La Crosse, WI||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's||$8,832 in-state, $16,783 out-of-state|
|University of Vermont||Burlington, VT||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$16,768 in-state, $39,160 out-of-state|
|University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center||Dallas, TX||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Certificate||$5,397 in-state, $19,537 out-of-state|
|University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center||Oklahoma City, OK||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$4,296 in-state, $17,682 out-of-state|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||Omaha, NE||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$8,340 in-state, $25,920 out-of-state|
|University of Michigan-Flint||Flint, MI||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$9,936 in-state, $19,392 out-of-state|
|University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College||Blue Ash, OH||4-year - primarily Associate's, public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$6,746 in-state, $15,544 out-of-state|
|The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center||Houston, TX||4-year, public||Certificate, Bachelor's||$4,590 in-state, $23,280 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Important factors to consider when choosing a school:
- Consider programs that provide hands-on experience with the most up-to-date technology, while splitting time between a lecture-based classroom environment and clinical experience in a healthcare setting.
- A few schools offer online coursework, though many of these programs are provided in a hybrid format that requires on-campus participation, on-site clinical training or previous experience in radiology.
- Research the degrees available and understand the career positions that correspond to the degree offered to ensure that the student has the skills needed to succeed.
- Individuals wishing to become certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) might benefit by researching programs that provide specific preparation for a credential.
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
Though some community colleges, vocational and technical schools offer an Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy, associate degree programs in radiologic technology are more common. An associate degree program incorporates general education into the 2-year program, and students are often required to participate in clinical training.
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science
Bachelor's degree programs in radiologic science can be earned in four years for high school graduates or 1-2 years for students with an associate degree in the field. Bachelor's degree programs typically include internship opportunities during the final two years of study.
Certificate Programs in Radiation Therapy
Certificate programs are intensive, 1-year programs offered at the post-baccalaureate level. Radiology therapy certificate programs require students to complete several hours observing and working with experienced professionals through clinical practicums. Graduates are often qualified to earn ARRT certification and become radiology therapists.
Students interested in radiation technology can find various degree and certificate programs at local community colleges, and through bachelor programs. Internships, practical application and hands-on course work are all key features to sound radiation technology programs.