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List of Radiology Assistant Schools and Colleges

Oct 05, 2019

A radiology assistant is an advanced practice radiology technologists. In addition to conducting diagnostic imaging tests, they also provide unofficial patient assessments. Read on to find out how to become one.

Radiology Assistant Education Requirements

Radiology assistant programs are available to radiologists who have passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam and have several years of experience in the field. Most programs are offered at the master's degree level, but there are also bachelor's degree completion programs at some schools.

Schools with Radiology Assistant Programs

The following schools offer radiology assistant programs that are recognized by ARRT:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Tuition (2018-19)*
Loma Linda University Loma Linda, California 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's Graduate: $26,080
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia 4-year, Public Bachelor's $14,493 In-state
$35,834 Out-of-state
Weber State University Ogden, Utah 4-year, Public Bachelor's $5,859 In-state
$15,646 Out-of-state
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, Texas 4-year, Public Master's Graduate: $3,294 In-state
$4,464 Out-of-state
Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's Graduate: $18,630
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,726 In-state
$30,742 Out-of-state
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, Arkansas 4-year, Public Master's Graduate: $7,687 In-state
$15,817 Out-of-state
Rutgers University Newark, New Jersey 4-year, Public Master's** Graduate: $17,232 In-state
$29,304 Out-of-state
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina 4-year, Public Master's** Graduate: $10,243 In-state
$27,454 Out-of-state

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website

Radiology Assistant Schools Selection Criteria

Here are some things to consider when choosing between radiology assistant programs:

  • Prospective students should make sure that they meet the admissions requirements for the school's program; all require ARRT certification, but some also require American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, and some programs also require two years of previous work experience, while others require three.
  • Working radiologic technologists who want to boost their careers in radiology assistant programs may want to look for schools that offer online or part-time study options so that they can continue full-time work.
  • Students may want to find out about the school's laboratory and clinical facilities to make sure that they will get hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment and software applications.

Radiology Assistant Bachelor's Degree Programs

Certified radiologic technologists who only hold a bachelor's degree in radiologycan enroll in a degree-completion program in radiology assistance. Applicants need to have already completed general education requirements, so these programs allow students to focus their studies on career-specific courses in anatomy, pharmacology, and radiologic techniques. In total, bachelor's degree completion programs take 20 to 24 months to complete.

Radiology Assistant Master's Degree Programs

Most radiology assistant training programs result in a Master of Science (MS) degree. In these programs, students take advanced radiology-related coursework and gain clinical experience with imaging technologies. Because these programs are aimed at experienced radiologic technologists, it is common for programs to allow students to study part-time or from a distance so that they don't have to give up their jobs to advance their education in the field.

Radiology assisting is a relatively new field of study that combines classic radiology training with more advanced patient care practices. Students should look to enroll at accredited schools, and they may want to find programs that allow for part-time or distance learning.

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