Most online programs in radiography and radiologic technology are offered at the bachelor's level, which is becoming the norm for education in the field. These degrees are generally offered as Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Health Science in Radiography or Radiologic Technology. However, there are a few associate's degree programs, like the associate's degree in radiography/radiologic technology, that are offered online through various community colleges and private schools. Courses are completed online, but individuals are also required to receive hands-on training in the radiology department of a hospital affiliated with an education institution.
Associate's - Radiography/Radiologic Technology
Online radiologic technology programs at the associate's level provide students with instruction on human anatomy, medical terminology, radiographic methods and related topics. Students can also expect coursework on interacting with patients in order to effectively address their unique health needs. Students must complete a set number of clinical hours at an area hospital or imaging center. General education courses are also required. Course examples include:
- Radiography and protection
- Radiographic procedures
- Principles of radiographic exposure
- Fundamentals of patient care
- Radiation biology and safety procedures
Bachelor's - Radiography/Radiologic Technology
These programs often award a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Health Science. Some programs allow students the opportunity to specialize within a specific area of radiography, such as mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac interventional radiography, vascular interventional radiography or diagnostic medical ultrasonography.
This 4-year program includes courses in legal aspects of health care, leadership, English composition and technical writing. In addition to classes, students take supervised clinical practice courses with progressively less supervision. Major-area courses include:
- Basic radiographic procedures
- Basic radiographic procedures laboratory
- Medical radiation physics
- Health and safety management
- Production of radiographic images
- Quality assurance
- Radiation biology
- Radiographic pathology
Bachelor's Completion - Radiography/Radiologic Technology
Bachelor's degree completion programs are designed for registered technologists with an associate's degree or certificate who would like to obtain a bachelor's degree. These programs are often offered 100% online, because the students in them have already had the clinical part and are working radiologic technologists. Coursework can usually be completed in well under four years, depending upon the courses taken in a previous program. Core and elective courses for the degree include:
- Intro to research
- Radiologic pharmacology
- Sectional anatomy
- MRI physics and procedures
- Public health principles
- Sociology of aging
Students should make sure that any online program they are considering will prepare them to take the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The RT (Registered Technologist) certification is preferred by employers and is recognized in all U.S. states, as well as by most other countries.
While there aren't any online diploma programs in radiography, individuals can pursue an online degree in radiography, which typically includes in-person clinical requirements. Bachelor's degree programs are generally going to include more advanced course work than associate's degree programs in this field and may be designed for individuals who already have experience in the field.