In order to become practicing radiologist, it is necessary to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and complete a residency program. There are also master's degree programs in radiology that prepare students for academic careers and leadership positions in the field.
Radiologic Technology Schools
These schools offer relevant training programs for individuals who want to study radiology:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of California San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||4-year, Public||Master's & Residency||$11,220 (in-state)|
|Duke University||Durham, NC||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency||N/A|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Saint Louis, MO||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency||N/A|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency||N/A|
|University of Michigan Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Residency||N/A|
|Columbia University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency||N/A|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency||N/A|
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Residency||N/A|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency||N/A|
|Yale University||New Haven, CT||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Residency||N/A|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Here are some things to consider when choosing between radiology residency programs:
- Prospective students must find a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
- Some schools provide general residency programs, while others offer specializations such as diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy; students can choose between them based on their academic interests.
- It can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the certification exam offered by the American Board of Radiology.
- Prospective students may want to find out what percentage of graduates pursue highly specialized fellowships after they finish the program, and what percentage go directly into private practice.
Radiology Residency Programs
After finishing medical school, aspiring radiologists must complete a four-year residency program. They may enroll in a general radiology program or choose program that focuses on a specific type of radiology, such as diagnostic radiology or interventional radiology. Students in these programs get extensive clinical experience in the field, attend lectures and analyze case studies. They may also have the chance to conduct research. Upon completion, graduates are prepared for licensure, and they can enter directly into practice or enroll in a fellowship in a highly specialized subfield of radiology, such as neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, nuclear medicine or musculoskeletal imaging. It is important to note that radiology residents receive a stipend.
Master's Degree Programs
Another advanced educational option for students who are interested in radiology is a Master of Science (MS) program in radiology or biomedical imaging. Some programs focus heavily on academic research, enabling students to conduct investigations into a particular topic of interest in the field. These programs can be completed in one to two years. Other MS programs provide advanced courses that prepare experienced radiology professionals for leadership positions in the medical imaging field, either as an educator or a manager. These programs may be available in online formats in order to meet the needs of working students.
Doctors interested in specializing in radiology may continue their education by completing a residency program. There are also master's degrees available in this field.