Top Schools for Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Professions

Read about the top schools for aspiring medical diagnostic and treatment professionals, who use high-tech imaging equipment for detection and treatment purposes. Learn about the program options at four leading institutions, and find a summary of other schools in the U.S. with medical diagnostic and treatment programs.

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Medical diagnostic and treatment raining programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Some programs allow students to specialize, or at least have courses in, a type of procedure such as computed tomography, fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and sonography, as well as traditional X-rays.

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Students who are interested in helping physicians diagnose medical problems and determine the proper course of treatment can find top-notch programs at the Oregon Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina, Carroll University and Ball State University, all of which were regionally or nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The Oregon Institute of Technology, Ball State University and Carroll University offer undergraduate programs in the field. Students at the University of North Carolina can earn a bachelor's or master's degree.

Not only are these schools considered reputable by U.S. News & World Report but they offer programs with small class sizes, flexible schedules and/or report high passing rates on the certification exam.

Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, OR

School Highlight: This school has about 5,200 students, boasts small class-sizes, and a 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

The institute offers several degree programs in medical imaging technology. Students can choose from Bachelor of Science programs in nuclear medicine or vascular technology, diagnostic medical sonography, echocardiography or radiologic science. Graduates in many of these programs achieve a high passing rate on professional certification exams.

University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, NC

School Highlight: Students enrolled in the radiologic science division can expect to find postgraduate careers in a multitude of areas, such as Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, Computed Tomography Technologist, Vascular/Interventional Technologist, and Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

This university includes a School of Medicine, through which students in the Division of Radiologic Science can earn a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging. Additional programs include a Master of Radiologic Science for radiologist assistants and a radiography certificate.

Carroll University in Waukesha, WI

School Highlight: This is Wisconsin's oldest college, founded in the mid-1800's and soon-after becoming connected to the Presbyterian church.

This university offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in diagnostic medical sonography. This program is offered in partnership with Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. After two years at each school, graduates receive a certificate in diagnostic medical sonography and a bachelor's degree.

Ball State University in Muncie, IN

School Highlight: The school's radiography program offers onsite and online courses.

Ball State University offers an Associate in Science in Radiography. In addition to online and on-campus courses, students get hands-on clinical training at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and Hendricks Regional Health Hospital in Danville. The program takes at least 26 months to complete. Upon graduation, graduates will have accumulated the necessary training to apply for the national certification examination from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Top Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Professions Schools

These two schools offer strong programs for aspiring medical diagnostic and treatment professionals:

  • West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown, WV, offers a wide selection of programs, including nuclear medicine, MRI, sonography and radiography.
  • Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, was ranked #4 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best regional universities in the Midwest region for 2017.

For students who want to become medical diagnostic and treatment professionals, undergraduate programs are the most common degree offering, although some schools also offer relevant master's degree programs. Excellent programs are available at well-regarded universities.

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