Individuals seeking radiology training at the undergraduate and graduate level may consider programs in medical imaging, radiation therapy, radiologic technology, nuclear medicine technology or radiography. Training in these areas can be found at the certificate, associate's degree, and bachelor's degree levels; a few schools in Pennsylvania also offer residencies in radiology. All undergraduate programs include clinical or practicum elements in addition to classroom and lab training. Some programs are designated as 'limited admission' and entrance to these programs can be difficult.
The below schools are among the largest schools in the state to offer training in these fields.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Located in Bloomsburg, this university offers a bachelor's degree program in medical imaging that has relationships with over 15 hospital-based clinical experience programs. BUP provides the first two years of classroom education which includes major core courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics. Students then apply for and, if accepted, obtain clinical experience in a specialty such as radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or cardiovascular interventional radiography. Completing the outside clinical experience and passing the exam awards the student with 60 credits towards earning the degree. The school offers a variety of flexible clinical and transfer options for prospective radiology students.
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
A bachelor's degree program in medical imaging is offered in Clarion by this university's Venango College. Students can choose from a list of concentrations; radiologic technology and sonography options are available to any student, while nuclear medicine, medical dosimetry and radiation therapy are available only to those with a credential in at least one of these fields. The program provides two years of academic coursework in topics such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and general education. Students then earn the final 60 credits through clinical training.
Community College of Allegheny County
The Community College of Allegheny County offers two associate's degree programs and a certificate program related to radiology at its campus in Pittsburgh. Graduates of the radiologic technologist associate's degree program are qualified to sit for the Radiologic Technologist Radiography certification examination from ARRT.
Radiation therapy technology is offered as an associate's degree or certificate program to applicants who have graduated from a school accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education and Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and are ARRT-certified in diagnostic radiography. Admission is highly competitive, with limited enrollment based on academic performance.
Community College of Philadelphia
This community college in Philadelphia offers an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical imaging. The program covers radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures. Academic coursework and labs are provided at the school, with clinical education provided at an area hospital. Graduates are eligible to take the ARRT examination to become a certified radiographer.
Drexel University in Philadelphia offers an associate's degree program in radiologic technology. Graduates of the radiologic technology associate's degree program are qualified to sit for the ARRT certification examination. Applicants must have current cardiopulmonary resuscitation/automated external defibrillator (CPR/AED) certification and have completed Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certification training.
This university also offers a radiology residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital through its College of Medicine. The 4-year program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants are required to submit United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) test scores, letters of recommendations and an application, as well as have completed a preliminary/transitional year of ACGME-approved training. Residents gain hands-on experience in multiple areas of radiology, including pediatric, pulmonary, emergency, neurological, abdominal and musculoskeletal. Students may also focus their studies on neurointerventional or interventional radiology.
Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg
This community college has campuses in several locations around Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg and Lancaster, where pre-clinical courses and clinical components of the associate's degree program in nuclear medicine are provided. Students who take the pre-clinical courses for the college's radiologic technician program at the Harrisburg campus must perform the clinical portion at the Lancaster campus. Admission to the clinical portions of both of these programs is limited, and graduates are qualified to sit for the ARRT certification examination. Nuclear medicine program graduates may also sit for the NMTC examination. As of Fall 2016, the school's 5-course program in computed tomography can be pursued by ARRT-certified radiologic technologists.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus
This university provides a bachelor's degree program in nuclear medicine technology at its main campus in Indiana, PA. Students spend the first three years taking general education courses and building an academic foundation in science, including physics, biology, anatomy and physiology. During the fourth year, students participate in clinical training at the Nuclear Medicine Institute at the University of Findlay in Ohio or with the Nuclear Medicine Technology Department at the Community College of Allegheny County. Admission to the clinical portion of the program is competitive and clinical students must fulfill the graduation requirements of the clinical institution. Graduates are qualified to apply for national certification examinations with ARRT or NMTC.
Montgomery County Community College
Located in Blue Bell, Montgomery County Community College offers an associate's degree program in radiography. The program provides training in the principles and applications of ionizing radiation in diagnostic and fluoroscopic procedures. This program has significant clinical training, which begins in the second semester of this 6-semester program. Graduates are qualified to apply for ARRT certification. Admission to the program is highly competitive, and applicants are required to have CPR certification.
Northampton County Area Community College
The main campus of Northampton County Area Community College is situated in Bethlehem, where the school offers an associate's degree program in radiography. The school boasts one digital radiographic room and one computed radiography room. Students begin clinical education in the first semester, and significant clinical education is interspersed throughout the rest of the program. Students participate in clinical training at one of the eight affiliated hospitals. Applicants are required to have CPR certification and to certify their knowledge of HIPAA requirements. The school also gives preference to applicants who have participated in a virtual shadowing experience, which involves reviewing online resources that are supplied by the school before filling out a Career Assessment Form and mailing the form to the admissions office. Graduates are qualified to sit for the ARRT certification exam.
University of Pennsylvania
This school's Department of Radiology is located at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. It offers a 4-year residency program in diagnostic radiology. The program includes supervised clinical rotations in multiple areas of radiology and prepares students for the American Board of Radiology Core Examination. Residency applicants must submit their medical school transcripts, USMLE test scores, letters of recommendation and a personal statement with their application.
Pennsylvania does not require radiologic technicians to be licensed; however, they must be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), which establishes standards for the certification of radiographers, or pass the state board exam for medicine or osteopathic medicine in order to practice in Pennsylvania. Nuclear medicine technologists may also receive Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification (NMTC).
Students who wish to become radiologists need to complete medical school and then complete a radiology residency. After completing their residency, prospective radiologists need to pass an exam and earn their medical license to practice. Voluntary certification is also available from the American Board of Radiology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Radiology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging|| $10,958 in-state;
|Clarion University of Pennsylvania||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences|| $11,175 in-state;
|Community College of Allegheny County||2-year, public; large city|| Radiation Therapy Technology Certificate,
Associate of Science - Radiologic Technologist,
Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy Technology
| $4,315 in-district;
|Community College of Philadelphia||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging|| $5,142 in-district;
|Drexel University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology,
|Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg||2-year, public; small city|| Associate Degree in Nuclear Medical Technologist,
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology
| $6,683 in-district;
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology|| $12,979 in-state;
|Montgomery County Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Radiography|| $5,730 in-district;
|Northampton County Area Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Radiography|| $4,380 in-district;
|University of Pennsylvania||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Diagnostic Radiology Residency||$38,666 (for graduate tuition)|
Source: *NCES, College Navigator