Diagnostic Imaging Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Schools that offer programs related to diagnostic imaging teach students both the science behind the concepts and how to perform work-related tasks. Read on to learn more.

Students interested in learning about ultrasound, x-ray, mammography, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) should enroll in a diagnostic imaging program. Most programs are offered at the associate level although some schools also offer a bachelor's degree program.

Largest Schools and Colleges by Student Population

The following schools offer programs in diagnostic imaging. Tuition rates are for the 2015-2016 school year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL 4-year, Public Associate $2,444 (In-state) $8,732 (Out-of-state)
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI 2-year, Public Associate $2,745 (In-district) $5,235 (In-state) $7,305 (Out-of-state)
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM 2-year, Public Associate $1,448 (In-state) $6,704 (Out-of-state)
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA 2-year, Public Associate $1,184 (In-state) $6,584 (Out-of-state)
Montgomery College Rockville, MD 2-year, Public Associate $4,728 (In-district) $9,156 (In-state) $12,432 (Out-of-state)
Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL 2-year, Public Associate $2,506 (In-state) $9,111 (Out-of-state)
Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH 2-year, Public Associate $3,136 (In-district) $3,953 (In-state) $7,648 (Out-of-state)
Weber State University Ogden, UT 4-year, Public Bachelor's $5,321 (In-state) $14,235 (Out-of-state)
Owens Community College Perrysburg, OH 2-year, Public Associate $4,233 (In-state) $8,236 (Out-of-state)
Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA 2-year, Public Associate $1,551 (In-state) $8,391 (Out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

While a few bachelor's programs are offered, most diagnostic imaging programs are offered at the associate-level. These programs are typically offered as radiology, ultrasound imaging or radiologic technology.

Consider the following when looking for a diagnostic imaging school:

  • A prospective diagnostic imaging student must first decide which type of program he or she is interested in. For example, an ultrasound diagnostic imaging program focuses on how sound waves are used to create images. Ultrasound imaging has gained popularity in recent years because it does not expose patients to potentially harmful radiation.
  • In contrast, a radiology degree program focuses on how x-rays are used in such diagnostic examinations as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and mammography.
  • Students should also consider the amount of hands-on training that is incorporated into a program. The ability to work with technology and gain experience in a professional setting may set one apart to a prospective employer.

Program Information

Some of the courses found in a diagnostic medical sonography degree program include high resolution imaging, clinical sonography, sonographic physics, pediatric sonography and vascular sonography. Common core courses in a radiology associate's degree program include radiographic positioning, anatomy and physiology, clinical radiography, radiographic exposure and radiation protection and biology.

Programs in diagnostic imaging can be found in both community colleges and 4-year universities. Most positions in the field can be filled with persons earning an associate degree from an accredited college or university.

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