Radiology programs are often available at the associate's degree level for aspiring radiologic technicians or radiologic technologists. These professionals must have at least a certificate, but associate's and bachelor's degree programs are also available. Degree programs include general education classes, while certificate programs concentrate on the professional skills needed in the field of radiology. All radiology programs include clinical or practicum elements.
The following are seven of the largest schools in Tennessee that offer radiology programs.
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences is located in Memphis. The Christian college is committed to providing students with a solid foundation in many health care fields. The Bachelor of Health Sciences in Radiation Therapy trains students to administer doses of radiation. Students can also join campus clubs, including the Allied Health Student Association.
Chattanooga State Community College
Chattanooga State Community College is committed to making education both convenient and accessible and has 5 campuses, including one in Chattanooga. Students can earn a Radiation Therapy Technology Certificate or an Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. The certificate takes 12 months to complete and include studies in radiation physics, radiation oncology, imaging anatomy and 3 clinics. The associate's degree program take 2 years to complete and addresses radiologic technology, radiographic exposure, procedures in radiographic nursing, 2 radiology seminars and 5 clinics.
Columbia State Community College
Columbia State Community College has 5 campuses, with the Radiologic Technology Department in the Health Science Building on the Columbia campus. The 22-month Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology prepares students for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam. Students must undergo a criminal background check to complete the program. They study in image production, radiation physics, radiographic positioning, 4 radiologic practicums and special procedures in radiographics.
Jackson State Community College
Jackson State Community College is in Jackson has been offering a radiography program since 1969. The college's Allied Health Division prepares students to become part of a healthcare team and includes an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography. Students learn to use x-ray machines to produce images to diagnose and treat illness. The program includes clinical training and only 5 students are accepted each year.
Roane State Community College
Roane State Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology on its Oak Ridge Branch Campus. The program takes 5 semesters to complete and includes clinical coursework. Other courses include image analysis, radiographic procedures, radiation science and radiographic pathology. Didactic classes meet from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis offers a variety of non-credit courses, certificates and associate's degree programs. Individuals interested in radiology can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. They complete a 2-year program, which includes 2 summer semesters, with courses in anatomy and physiology, radiologic physics and radiographic procedures. Students also complete 6 radiologic clinics.
Volunteer State Community College
Gallatin's Volunteer State Community College is located about 30 miles northeast of Nashville. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology through the Allied Health Division. The program prepares them to sit for the national boards of the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. Courses include human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, positioning and procedures, radiographic anatomy, radiographic exposure and clinical education.
Individuals working towards working as a radiologist must also take a state certification exam or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist certification exam, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Radiology Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Baptist Memorial College of Health||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Health Sciences in Radiation Therapy||$11,900|
|Chattanooga State Community College||2-year, public; midsized city|| Radiation Therapy Technology Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
| $4,063 in-state,
|Columbia State Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology|| $4,269 in-state,
|Jackson State Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiography|| $4,221 in-state,
|Roane State Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology|| $4,443 in-state,
|Southwest Tennessee Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology|| $4,255 in-state,
|Volunteer State Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology|| $4,522 in-state,
Source: *NCES College Navigator