Programs in Texas for Aspiring Radiologic Technologists
Many radiology programs in Texas are available at 2-year schools and confer associate's degrees for radiologic technologists. Two Texas community colleges, located in Houston and Austin, offer programs for those interested in this profession. Read about the hands-on learning that can prepare students for professional certification exams administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In addition, learn about the range of continuing education available for graduates. Additional facts about each school are also included in the table at the bottom of this article.
- Houston Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography through the Coleman College for Health Sciences, which is located just a few miles from downtown Houston.
- Austin Community College District has eight campus locations throughout Central Texas, although most of the health sciences courses are taught right in Austin at the Eastview campus, or at the Round Rock campus, which is situated about 20 miles north of Austin. This school offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiology.
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Comparison of Schools
Beyond the locations and program requirements, there are many other facets to consider, like the annual tuition, enrollment and graduation rate. Check out additional school details in the table below.
|Houston Community College||Austin Community College District|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||58,276*||40,949*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|| $1,632 (in-district)
| $2,550 (in-district)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||70%*||47%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014-2015)||Radiography program accepts 40 applicants per class**||Radiology program accepts the top 50 applicants per year***|
|Retention Rate (2014)||56%*||56%|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2015)||12%*||8%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Houston Community College, ***Austin Community College District.
Houston Community College
Houston Community College is one of the largest higher education institutions in the nation. The college's radiology program is offered at the Coleman College for Health Sciences, which was founded in 2004 and is a member institution of the Texas Medical Center.
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
Radiologic technologists work with image-producing equipment for image evaluation purposes in addition to transferring and positioning patients and using proper safety protocols. Students can expect to spend two years in this program, gaining the knowledge and skills necessary through classroom lectures. Students also gain hands-on experience through labs and clinical education at local, college-affiliated clinics and hospitals. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates are able to take the national qualifying certification examination to become registered radiologic technologists.
Austin Community College District
The Austin Community College District (ACCD) opened in 1973 and includes eight campuses in the Austin area. ACCD enrolls more than 43,000 students at its eight campuses. The college's Health Sciences Division offers students an associate's degree in radiology.
Associate of Applied Science in Radiology
This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and was designed to provide qualified individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter into a career as a radiologic technologist. Upon entering this profession, individuals must have knowledge in radiation protection procedures, image production, physiology, anatomy and patient care. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates can take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination in addition to applying for state certification/licensure as prescribed by the Texas Department of Health, Medical Radiologic Technologist certification program.
Graduates who wish to advance their education beyond an associate's degree can choose to specialize in areas including nuclear medicine, CT, MRI, radiotherapy and cardiovascular interventional procedures.