School and Ranking Information
Two of the three schools providing programs in diagnostic radiology in Tampa are for-profit institutions. Based on rankings, school type and number of 2-year degrees conferred in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in Tampa for diagnostic radiology:
- Winner: Hillsborough Community College is the only public institution and the largest school in terms of student enrollment in Tampa to offer diagnostic radiology programs. The school also awarded the highest number of associate's degrees in this subject in Tampa in 2012. In addition to 2-year degree programs in radiation therapy and radiography, students can earn a radiation therapy specialist certificate.
School Info Chart
|Category||Hillsborough Community College|
|Ranking||#5 among U.S. community colleges in the production of associate's degrees according to Community College Week (2013)*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,506 (in-state); $9,111 (out-of-state)**|
|Diagnostic Radiology Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Diagnostic Radiology Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||41**|
|Most Popular Diagnostic Radiology Level in 2012-2013||Associate's degree (39 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||24%**|
|Noteworthy||Diagnostic radiology programs accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology|
Sources: *Hillsborough Community College; **NCES College Navigator
Hillsborough Community College
- Programs combine classroom studies with hands-on labs and clinical field experiences
- Diagnostic radiology students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and labs
- Graduates prepared to take the certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
A 2-year, public school headquartered right in the metropolitan area of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College hosts five campuses spread throughout the county. The school enrolls more than 26,000 students in on-campus associate's degree and certificate programs, as well as distance learning and continuing education programs. The Health Sciences Division offers certificate and associate's degree programs in radiography and radiation therapy.
The 43-credit hour Radiation Therapist Specialist Certificate program is designed for radiographers seeking to specialize in radiation therapy. Topics include treatment planning, physics, radiation biology and quality assurance. Students enrolled in the Associate of Science in Radiography program learn how to use radiology technology, such as x-ray machines, to diagnose a patient's condition. Required courses include radiography, patient care, radiation protection and safety, radiographic technology and radiographic positioning. In the Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy program, students can acquire the skills to diagnose and treat medical conditions using radiation. The curriculum involves didactic lessons as well as clinical rotations to equip the enrollees with the knowledge and experience necessary to work with ionizing radiation.