Top Schools for Radiological Science and Technologies

Jan 03, 2020

Read about programs in radiologic science and technology that teach students how to work with diagnostic imaging equipment. Learn about the academic options at four high-ranking universities, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. that provide training in radiologic science and technology.

There are a number of top schools that offer certificate, bachelor's and master's programs in radiologic science and technology. These include Ohio State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, California State University and Alcorn State University.

School Overviews

Radiologic science and technology programs are designed to teach students how to work with different types of diagnostic imaging exams, including mammography, x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Programs are available at both the undergraduate and the graduate level.

Based on the 2020 rankings of U.S. News and World Report, some of the schools that offer programs in radiological science and technologies hold high positions in the regional and national standings. Here you can find more information about four of these institutions.

Top U.S. Schools with Radiological Science and Technologies Programs

Ohio State University in Columbus

School Highlight: The school offers a 4-year bachelor's degree program and a 2-year completion program in radiologic science.

Ohio State University was tied for 54th among national universities for 2020, as designated by U.S. News & World Report. The university's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a bachelor's degree program in radiologic sciences and therapy with specializations in radiography, radiation therapy or sonography. In addition to in-class work, students participate in rotations at clinics and urban medical centers.

The university also offers a Master of Science program for certified radiographers interested in becoming radiology assistants. Applicants must complete prerequisite coursework in pharmacology and have at least two years of radiography experience. They must also hold an advanced life support certification and a credential from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls

School Highlight: This school offered the 1st bachelor's degree program in radiologic sciences in the United States.

The Oregon Institute of Technology was ranked the second best public school in the West and the sixth-best overall college in the region for 2020, according to U.S. News & World Report. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science, available both on campus and online. Students become familiar with a minimum of four modalities, such as cardiovascular intervention, fluoroscopy, portable radiography and mammography.

California State University in Northridge

School Highlight: This school offers the only advanced imaging certificate programs in California.

For 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked California State University in Northridge as tied for 49th among regional universities in the West. Relevant program offerings include a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences and a specialized certificate program in different types of diagnostic imaging technologies, including computed tomography and MRI technology.

Alcorn State University

School Highlight: The school has proposed a contract for a mammography project for the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center.

At Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, students can study medical radiologic science and technology as a concentration within the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in applied science. Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the American Registry of Technologist advanced certification exam in this specialty area. The school was tied for 82nd in the 2020 regional rankings of universities in the South, and it was tied for 24th among all historically black colleges and universities.

List of Good Radiological Science and Technologies Schools

There are other schools around the country at which students can get solid training in radiological science and technologies:

  • The radiologic technology program at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California, includes 2000 hours of clinical fieldwork.
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, offers a strong program, and there is also an affiliate site in Charleston, South Carolina, that offers bachelor's degrees and post-baccalaureate certificate programs through distance learning.
  • The program at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, awards up to 30 credit hours, which can be applied toward an associate degree in radiologic science, as well as the minimum educational requirements for ARRT certification.
  • Graduates of the radiologic science program at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas, are prepared to apply for certification and jobs in the field.
  • Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, is the only school in the country that offers a master's degree specifically in radiologic science disciplines.
  • At Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont, the ARRT certification pass rate for graduates of the radiologic technology program is 100 percent.

There are colleges and universities across the United States that offer education in radiologic science and technologies, some of which have achieved high regional and national rankings. Many programs are aimed at preparing students for ARRT certification in the field.

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