Interested students may enroll in certificate, associate or bachelor's degree programs in radiologic technology. Relevant programs are most commonly offered at community colleges.
Schools With Radiologic Technology Programs
At these institutions, students can enroll in radiologic technology programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate||$2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$1,504 in-district, $3,184 in-state, $3,544 out-of-state|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate||$2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,766 in-state, $8,374 out-of-state|
|St Petersburg College||Clearwater, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate||$3,352 in-state, $11,607 out-of-state|
|Texas State University||San Marcos, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,348 in-state, $20,268 out-of-state|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Certificate||$13,790 in-state, $22,210 out-of-state|
|Valencia College||Orlando, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate, Bachelor's, Certificate||$2,474 in-state, $9,383 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School School Criteria
These are some considerations for prospective students in this field:
- Applicants should ensure that programs are approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), since approved formal education is a requirement for ARRT certification.
- When selecting a program, students should consider the clinical placement facilities affiliated with a school.
- Students should consider time commitment before selecting a school, since full-time study is required for some programs.
- Although certificate programs are typically the shortest, they're usually intended for professionals already working in the field; students seeking career entry should consider an associate's degree program instead.
Associate Degree Programs
Associate degree programs may require applicants to pass an entrance exam and fulfill prerequisite math and science courses. Students enrolled in an associate degree program are introduced to radiation protection procedures and imaging evaluation. Clinical education comprises a significant portion of the curriculum.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
In some 4-year degree programs, the last two years are dedicated to field experience based in a hospital or medical center. In these cases, clinical training placement may be selective and determined by students' grade point averages. In other programs, clinical experiences are incorporated throughout the program. Some programs include internships and research courses.
Certificate programs are geared towards medical imaging professionals and provide specialized training in a specific area within radiologic technology, such as mammography, angiography, MRI or CT imaging. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the certification exam in their specialization. Many certificate programs require applicants to already be registered with the ARRT prior to enrollment. Clinical education or an internship is incorporated into certificate programs.
Aspiring radiologic technologists can get the training they need for professional certification and jobs in the field by earning a certificate or undergraduate degree. Many programs prepare students for the job by including real-world training opportunities.