Students who are interested in studying radiology have program options available through a few Virginia schools. These programs are generally carried out through classroom lectures and hands-on clinical training.
Virginia Western Community College
Virginia Western Community College is a 2-year, public school located in Roanoke and part of the Virginia Community College System. Through the school's radiation oncology and radiology programs, students are trained for careers in radiology. Admissions officials recommend that applicants have a strong background in mathematics and science.
The Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Oncology includes courses in pathology, pre-clinical techniques, therapy physics and clinical radiobiology. As part of their training, radiation oncology students take four clinical clerkships, where they have direct patient experience. Graduates are eligible to take the radiation therapist certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Students enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Radiography program complete courses in medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, radiographic procedures and radiologic science. They participate in clinical procedures and coordinated internships. Instructors address radiation exposure, infectious diseases and patient care. After program completion, students can apply for additional training in programs such as ultrasonography, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. Certification as a Registered Radiographer is available to students who pass the National Registry Examination.
Established in 1859 as a school for women, Averett University has 32 programs of study and campuses in Richmond, Virginia, and the Tidewater area. The biology department offers a radiologic technology major in addition to concentrations in medical technology, biomedical sciences and environmental studies.
To begin the radiologic technology program, students must be licensed as a certified radiologic technologist. The curriculum includes traditional classroom coursework and clinical training in a teaching hospital. Students have the option of participating in independent research studies and projects. Required classes include biology, general zoology, statistics and biomedical science. Global travel is offered through the department's study abroad program and includes travel to Belize, Mexico, Costa Rica, Africa or Finland.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type and Setting||Program Offered||Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Virginia Western Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Oncology
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
|$5,355 in-state, $11,283 out-of-state|
|Averett University||4-year, private nonprofit; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Sciences-Radiologic Technology||$34,520|
Source: *NCES College Navigator