Houston Schools with Radiology Degrees
Houston students interested in establishing a career in radiology can find multiple training options in the closely related field of radiography. This article covers the courses and clinical components of degree programs at three institutions in particular. It also includes a table of school stats and a little info on a fourth education option in the city.
- Located about 50 miles away, Galveston College is the furthest from downtown Houston. However, this small-size school has a rather extensive health sciences department, which offers programs in radiological areas such as radiography, radiation therapy, breast imaging-mammography and computed tomography. Students can earn an associate's degree in radiography or radiation therapy.
- Houston Community College (HCC), situated in the downtown area, offers an associate's degree program in radiography.
- San Jacinto College (SJC) offers students the opportunity to earn an associate's degree in medical radiography or diagnostic medical sonography. The campus is roughly 15 miles from central Houston.
Comparison of Schools
Check out this table to compare the featured colleges in areas beyond their radiology program offerings. It contains stats and facts on student enrollment, tuition, campus settings and much more.
|Galveston College||Houston Community College||San Jacinto College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||2,208*||57,120*||30,509*|
|Campus Setting||Fringe town||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,050 in-district; $2,650 in-state; $4,600 out-of-state*||$1,632 in-district; $3,360 in-state; $3,756 out-of-state*||$1,500 in-district; $2,580 in-state; $4,140 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||78%*||62%*||50%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (students first enrolled in 2016-2017)||53% full-time*||65% full-time*||72% full-time*|
|Graduation Rate (students who first enrolled in 2014)||25%*||18%*||28%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Located in Galveston, Texas, Galveston College offers associate's degree programs in radiography and radiation therapy through its health sciences department. The department provides students with multidisciplinary educational options designed to build their medical imaging and therapeutic skills.
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
Galveston's associate's degree program in radiography is designed to train students to work with radiographic equipment. One of the program's main goals is to produce graduates who are able to pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) certifying exam on the first attempt. Courses cover areas such as radiation biology, radiation safety, anatomy, patient care and interpersonal communication. Students must complete a radiography practicum or a course in supervised practical learning each semester in order to graduate.
Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Therapy
This program is designed to train individuals seeking to become radiation cancer therapy assistants. Students are trained to perform a host of professional duties, such as helping patients position themselves for therapy, calculating correct radiation doses and operating complex radiation equipment. Courses may cover areas such as anatomy, medical terminology, radiologic physics, CT equipment and introductory oncology. The program typically takes five semesters to complete.
Houston Community College (HCC)
HCC's associate's degree program in radiography should provide students with both job-seeking and professional skills. The program claims that 80% of its graduates who look for work in the radiography field land jobs within six months.
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
Students in this degree program acquire a variety of practical and intangible skills--such as critically evaluating medical images, understanding professional ethics and communicating effectively to many kinds of patients--to use as radiography assistants. Students may take courses in areas such as radiographic pathology, radiographic imaging, sectional anatomy and radiologic technology. They'll also be required to complete supervised, workplace-based clinical instruction.
San Jacinto College (SJC)
The radiology degree and certificate programs at SJC are grouped under an area called medical imaging, which takes a humanistic approach to training students to operate diagnostic equipment.
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiography
SJC's associate's degree program in medical radiography provides students with a variety of entry-level professional skills in the field of radiography. Graduates are expected to understand the basic science underlying X-ray image production, correctly position patients for radiographic exams and correctly implement safety protocols.
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
SJC's associate's degree program in medical sonography is designed for individuals seeking expertise in helping doctors to take ultrasound images. Courses may cover areas such as ultrasound physics, sectional anatomy and obstetrics. Graduates from this program should be prepared to sit for both the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) certifying exams.
Other School Options
Degrees are also available at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, located about six miles (12 min.) from downtown Houston.