Radiology Physician Assistant Schools: How to Choose

Jan 02, 2019

Radiology physician assistants, more commonly known as radiologist assistants, are advanced health care professionals who use X-ray, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines under the direct supervision of licensed radiologists. Several master's degree programs are available throughout the U.S. that are designed to train radiologist assistants.

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Master's degree programs for aspiring radiologist assistants can be found at 4-year universities. These programs provide the advanced coursework and clinical training necessary for a career in the field.

Top 10 Physician Assistant Schools

Based on the 2015 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, these are the top ten physician assistant schools in the United States:

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition (In-state, 2015-2016)*
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private not-for-profit $47,590
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public $8,396
Emory University Atlanta, GA 4-year, Private not-for-profit $38,800
George Washington University Washington, DC 4-year, Private not-for-profit $27,810
Oregon Health and Sciences University Portland, OR 4-year, Public $20,412
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 4-year, Private not-for-profit $17,190
University of Colorado Aurora, CO 4-year, Public $6,516
University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT 4-year, Public $6,230
University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 4-year, Public $7,830
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 4-year, Private not-for-profit $36,420

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here is some advice for prospective students who are looking at different radiology physician assistant programs:

  • Search for a radiologist assistant program that is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
  • Consider the radiologic facilities and equipment made available to students.
  • Find out about the prerequisites for admission, which can include an undergraduate degree, ARRT credentialing and previous work experience.
  • Research what internship options a school offers for radiology assisting.

Master's Degree for Radiologist Assistants

A master's degree for radiologist assistants may be completed in two years, though three-year programs are sometimes available for students who only hold associate degrees. Clinical experiences and internship opportunities are typically mandatory in such programs, and these hours must often be logged separately from the student's current employment. Some programs require students to complete a research project as well.

Through a master's degree program, students who want to become radiologic physician assistants can get the education necessary for this career.

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