Students aspiring to become CAT scan technicians typically enter an education program in radiologic technology. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that a 2-year associate degree is usually required for employment in the field, related bachelor's degree and professional certificate programs are also available (www.bls.gov).
Radiologic Technology Schools
These schools offer radiologic technology programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Albany Technical Community College||Albany, GA||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$2,652 in-state, $4,792 out-of-state|
|Allegany College of Maryland||Cumberland, MD||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,660 in-district, $6,660 in-state, $7,950 out-of-state|
|Allen College||Waterloo, IA||2-year, Public||Associate||$17,373|
|Arizona Western College||Yuma, AZ||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$2,540 in-state, $9,530 out-of-state|
|Central Georgia Technical College||Warner Robins, GA||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$2,674 in-state, $4,810 out-of-state|
|Champlain College||Burlington, VT||2-year, Public||Associate||$37,536|
|Foothill College||Los Altos Hills, CA||2-year, Public||Associate||$1,551 in-state, $8,391 out-of-state|
|El Centro College||Dallas, TX||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state|
|Galveston College||Galveston, TX||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$1,900 in-district, $2,380 in-state, $4,270 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Students who are comparing schools with CAT scan technician programs should keep the following in mind:
- Students should try to select schools that have accreditation through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
- It is often best to choose a program that offers hands-on clinical opportunities that give students academic credit while providing professional work experience.
- When choosing a program, students should consider their career goals. For example, those who wish to advance into supervisory positions within the field may wish to enroll in the bachelor's degree program.
- Students should also consider their educational objectives when choosing between programs. In particular, it is important to note that associate degree programs include general education requirements, while certificate programs usually only include career-specific training.
Radiologic Technology Certificate
Radiologic technology certificate programs prepare students in the use of computerized axial tomography imaging equipment. Certificate programs can be very specific to CAT scan technology, or they may offer multiple technologies in addition to X-rays, such as CAT scan imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and mammography. Clinical experiences are integrated into the curriculum.
Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology
Associate degree programs related to CAT scan technology offer core courses in radiographic techniques and basic sciences like anatomy and physiology. In addition, programs usually require general education courses in communications, social science, humanities, mathematics and science. There may also be courses in specialized applications, including CT scan imaging. Students gain hands-on experience through clinical courses.
Bachelor's Degree in Radiological Science Technology
Bachelor's degree programs in radiological science technology allow students to acquire a broad range of imaging skills, and they may allow students to concentrate in a specific imaging modality. Along with general education courses, students take additional courses in written communications, advanced mathematics, computer information systems, human anatomy and health care services. Bachelor's degree students also participate in clinical training where they receive hands-on training on current imaging equipment, including CAT scan machines. An internship may be required.
Accredited programs in radiologic technology can prepare students to become CAT scan technicians. Students can choose between certificate, associate and bachelor's degree programs based on their educational needs and career goals.