Programs for aspiring radiology technologists teach students to properly position patients and monitor their condition while imaging equipment is being used. These programs are most often available at the associate's degree level and usually prepare students for the occupation's certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), which many states require for licensure. Certificate programs are also available and may allow graduates to perform limited duties in their state. Many radiology programs have a clinical component as part of the curriculum.
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
The University of Cincinnati (UC) has a long history of training medical workers and was originally founded in 1819 as a medical college for Cincinnati residents. It joined the University System of Ohio in 1977. UC offers radiologic technology programs at it's Blue Ash College campus located in Blue Ash, Ohio.
UC Blue Ash College offers a full-time, 2-year associate's degree program in radiologic technology that includes general education classes and radiology courses that include radiographic pathology, anatomy and physiology, emergency first response and basic radiologic technology. A clinical practicum is also part of the curriculum. Graduates are eligible for the AART's certification exam for radiologic technologists.
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Columbus State Community College
Columbus State Community College (CSCC), located in Columbus, Ohio, was founded in 1963 and mostly offers 2-year associate's degree programs. Students can choose from over 55 programs in engineering, public service, business, human service and health and can also take prerequisite classes in the arts and sciences before transferring to 4-year schools.
Students can pursue a 22 credit GXMO medical imaging certificate that teaches them to position patients for imaging, use radiation protection and operate equipment. General education courses are also included. Graduates are qualified for a limited radiography license under Ohio state law, and they may also apply for the medical imaging associate's degree program at CSCC.
The associate's degree program teaches students to safely use the equipment associated with fluoroscopy, diagnostic imaging and radiography. Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography are also covered. To earn the associate's degree, students take general education courses in addition to their specialty courses in computerized imaging, anatomy, radiographic procedures and radiologic science. A hands-on clinical component is also required.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large suburb||AAS in Radiologic Technology|| $11,000 (in-state),
|Columbus State Community College||2-year, public; large city|| GXMO Medical Imaging Certificate,
AAS in Medical Imaging
| $3,808 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator