Dallas, TX, Radiology Programs
There are a number of schools within 20 minutes of downtown Dallas offering a variety of radiology programs, including both associate's degree and residency programs. This article features the three closest schools, their programs and a table comparing school attributes. After the program list is a brief paragraph describing another area school program.
- El Centro College is part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), the largest educational provider in Texas for undergraduate degrees. El Centro is situated in downtown Dallas and offers an associate's degree program in radiologic sciences.
- The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) is a public school located four miles from downtown and offers a residency program in diagnostic radiology.
- Brookhaven College is also part of DCCCD, located 12 miles from downtown. Brookhaven offers an associate's degree program in radiologic sciences.
School location, size and tuition may be important factors when deciding where to attend school. This table compares attributes for the schools included in this article.
|El Centro College||University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center||Brookhaven College|
|School Type||Public, 2-year||Public, 4-year||Public, 2-year|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)||10,797*||2,238*||13,286*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$1,770 for in-district students, $3,330 for in-state students, $5,220 for out-of-state students*||$6,942 for in-state students, $17,011 for out-of-state students*||$1,770 for in-district students, $3,330 for in-state students, $5,220 for out-of-state students*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator
El Centro College
El Centro's Division of Health and Legal Studies provides training for a number of health professions, including radiologic science. El Centro College is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school has affiliations with a number of well-respected hospitals in the area.
Associate of Applied Science, Radiologic Sciences
This radiologic technology program requires at least two years to complete 64 credit hours of coursework, including 12 credit hours of general education prerequisites. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam hosted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Successful completion of the exam results in certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a medical radiologic technologist. Applicants to the program must meet TSI (Texas Success Initiative) standards and prerequisites and must successfully pass the HESI (Health Education Systems, Inc.) exam. Applicants are ranked by their GPA in the general education classes and are accepted as space allows. Before the completion of a student's field practicum experience in his or her final semester, he or she must pass both a background and a drug screening test.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
UT Southwestern Medical School is a highly competitive university that only enrolls about 230 students each year. This school has been recognized as one of the top academic medical centers not only in the U.S., but in the world. Its Department of Radiology offers residency programs and fellowships in a number of radiology specialties. Students can choose to focus their residency on diagnostic radiology or nuclear medicine at this school; both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Diagnostic Radiology Residency
The diagnostic radiology residency is a 4-year program, and it accepts 11 students each year. About 66% of the program is clinical experience, which takes place at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Students have the chance to rotate through 13 different radiology specialties. After completing the diagnostic radiology residency program, students may choose to apply to the nuclear medicine program. This is a 1-year program that only accepts three students each year.
Brookhaven College's degree program in radiologic sciences is offered through its Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to an associate's degree, the radiologic sciences program also offers two advanced certificate programs for currently certified technologists. Students who complete their first two years of schooling at Brookhaven College and meet GPA and credit criteria are guaranteed admission to any public college or university in Texas through the school's core curriculum transfer agreements.
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Science
Students applying for admission to the radiologic science program at Brookhaven must meet college application requirements, hold a high school diploma or GED and comply with Texas Success Initiative mandates. Other application requirements include a score of 75 or above on the HESI exam, attendance at an information session for the program and the completion of five prerequisite classes in compliance with grade requirements. Approximately 30 students are accepted into the program each year.
The program consists of 24 classes totaling 60 credit hours over two years. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national registry exam offered by the ARRT; the program has been accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JECERT).
Other School Options
Tarrant County College District offers a AAS program in radiologic technology at its campus in Fort Worth, Texas, approximately 31 miles from Dallas.