The most common online degree programs in radiography are offered at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. Associate's degree programs are introductory and typically hybrid in format, combining online didactic courses with on-site clinical and laboratory components.
In contrast, baccalaureate options may be available entirely online. They are typically degree completion programs designed to advance the careers of certified radiographers who are in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
In addition to a number of general education credits, academic prerequisites for online degree programs in radiography can include satisfying placement test scores in math, reading and writing. Applicants must be CPR certified and possess a prior minimum GPA of 2.5. Some prerequisite courses may be required as well.
A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology - Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers a hybrid Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Radiology program. Online courses are completed via the school's educational delivery platform, eCampus. Graduates are qualified to take the national certification exam administered by the ARRT.
Students prepare for the subsequent registered radiologic technologist credentials by learning methods for positioning patients, operating radiographic equipment and assessing radiographic images for quality. In addition to general education studies in math and communication, course topics in this distance-learning associate's degree program include the following:
- Medical terminology
- Introduction to radiology technology
- Patient care
- Imaging equipment
- Anatomy and physiology
- Fundamental physics concepts
Bachelor of Health Science in Radiologic Sciences - University of Missouri Health System
The University of Missouri Health System offers an online bachelor's degree completion program through its division for Direct Continuing and Distance Education. This option is geared toward those who have already completed a number of training credits toward becoming radiographers. Prerequisite courses may be obtained through alternate schools, but must be approved by the Radiography Director of Continuing Education. Online degree completion courses are offered online, but radiographers may also attend classes in person at the school's campus in Columbia.
Students must complete general education courses, and a capstone course in the major field of study is also required. The final 30 hours of the 84-hour online degree program consist of a professional curriculum which radiographers must complete through the University of Missouri. Core courses include:
- Clinical ethics
- Intro to research
- Organization and administration
- Radiologic pharmacology
Online radiography degree programs are available primarily at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. Associate's students may have to complete on-site clinical experiences, while bachelor's students normally have courses fully online as these programs are typically geared toward students who have already completed their required training credits.