Associate programs are the most common option for aspiring radiation technologists, though certificate programs and bachelor's programs are also available. Radiation technologists generally work in a supportive capacity, helping patients during the process of taking an x-ray.
Schools with Radiation Technician Programs
The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer radiation technician programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $8,104; Out-of-state $27,890|
|Community College of Allegheny County||Pittsburgh, PA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $3,999; In-state $7,298; Out-of-state $10,440|
|Triton College||River Grove, IL||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $3,870; In-state $9,360; Out-of-state $11,630|
|Montgomery College||Rockville, MD||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $4,728; In-state $9,156; Out-of-state $12,432|
|CUNY New York City College of Technology||Brooklyn, NY||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $6,669; Out-of-state $13,779|
|University of California - San Diego||San Diego, CA||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $13,530; Out-of-state $38,238|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, MI||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $2,745; In-state $5,235; Out-of-state $7,305|
|Central Pennsylvania Community College||Harrisburg, PA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $6,015; In-state $7,500; Out-of-state $8,940|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are several things to consider when selecting a radiation technician program.
- While many radiation technician schools offer classes through traditional, on-campus programs, online courses in radiation technology are available.
- Students may want to visit the school and look at its classroom and lab facilities to ensure up-to-date radiologic equipment.
- Students might also consider whether their chosen program will prepare them to earn professional credentials with licensing prep courses.
- Radiation technicians may look into programs that offer a general focus or those that have a sub-specialty focus, like mammography.
A certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree in radiation technology can be pursued at several 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. Tuition costs vary widely, based on the length of program and whether it's offered at a public or private institution.