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
|Weber State University||Ogden, Utah||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $5,859 In-state
|Midwestern State University||Wichita Falls, Texas||4-year, Public||Master's|| Graduate: $3,294 In-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
|University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||Little Rock, Arkansas||4-year, Public||Master's|| Graduate: $7,687 In-state
|Rutgers University||Newark, New Jersey||4-year, Public||Master's**|| Graduate: $17,232 In-state
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, North Carolina||4-year, Public||Master's**|| Graduate: $10,243 In-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.