Radiology Schools, Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Radiology is a field of medicine that involves the use of radiation-based biomedical imagine techniques to diagnose and treat disease. Learn more about advanced educational options in this field.

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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

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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.

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