Students in New York have a good range of schools from which they may earn a degree in radiology. Programs lead to associate's and bachelor's degrees; a few schools additionally offer courses through their continuing education departments pertinent to the field. In general, degree programs include courses in medical ethics and terminology, patient care and positioning, anatomy, digital imaging procedures and pathology. All radiology programs also incorporate practicum or clinical requirements.
Radiology technologists must meet certain standards of practice that have been established by the Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection of New York State, the New York State Department of Health, and the New York State Division of Professional Licensing. To become a licensed nuclear medicine or radiologic technologist, radiation therapist or radiographer in New York, students must be 18 years of age or older, demonstrate good moral character, and complete a state-approved program in radiologic technology.
The programs highlighted below can help students acquire the education and clinical training they need to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam or, if applicable, the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers exam.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits the Associate of Applied Science radiography programs at Monroe Community College, the New York City College of Technology and Trocaire College, as well as the Bachelor of Science radiography programs at Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus), St. John's University and the Upstate Medical University. It also accredits the programs in radiation therapy at Nassau Community College and the Upstate Medical University, as well as the program in medical dosimetry offered by Stony Brook University.
Read on to find more detailed profiles for each of the ten largest schools in New York to offer programs in radiology and to find a comparison table with institutions' settings and tuition costs.
CUNY La Guardia Community College
La Guardia Community College in Long Island City is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), and the school has academic transfer agreements with over 70 public and private colleges. Through the Health Sciences Department, students can pursue associate's programs in, among other areas, occupational and physical therapy, nursing and radiologic technology.
The 67-credit program in radiologic technology consists of both a pre-clinical and a clinical phase and can be completed in 27 months of year-round study (full-time students). Admission to the clinical portion of the program is competitive, but once enrolled, qualified students pursue 47 credits of major coursework with six clinical rotations (1,000 hours). In addition to direct contact with patients, students receive training in the use of computed tomography (CT), interventional radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and mammography.
CUNY New York City College of Technology
The largest public school of technology in the state, City Tech is located in downtown Brooklyn. The School of Professional Studies offers programs in medical imaging and radiologic technology, and faculty resources include a department chair and six teachers.
Admission to the pre-clinical phase of the 65-credit program includes a letter grade of 'C' or higher in a college-level biology course or a minimum of 85% on the New York State Regents exam. Students who progress to the clinical phase complete 41 credits of major coursework with five clinical internships ranging in length from 24 to 45 days.
In addition to a 2-year degree in medical imaging, applicants to the Bachelor of Science program must be certified by the ARRT and hold a current state license. Once admitted, students pursue 55 credits of upper-level coursework in, among other topics, advanced anatomy and medical imaging, general studies, medical informatics and pharmacology.
Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
In the United States, there are a limited number of schools that offer entry-level programs in radiologic technology, and these include Long Island University in Brookville. The 4-year program is available through the School of Health Professions and Nursing, and students train under the guidance of a 3-member faculty.
Admission to the radiologic technology program is competitive, and requirements include an entrance exam, an interview, letters of reference and a personal statement. Freshmen and transfer students must first apply to the university and complete 64 credits of coursework in liberal studies.
Students can choose between a 129-credit or a 134-credit plan of study, and the latter includes lower-level courses in calculus and analytical geometry, chemistry and physics. All radiologic training takes place during the junior and senior years, and in addition to four clinical imaging practicums, students take individual courses in CT, mammography, MRI, venipuncture and quality control.
Monroe Community College (SUNY)
The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest university network in the country, and its 64 schools include Monroe Community College in Brighton and Rochester (Damon City campus). The school has been offering radiological training since 1964, and through its seven clinical education centers, students have access to the most up-to-date facilities and equipment.
High school applicants to the 21-month program at the Department of Radiologic Technology must have a minimum GPA of 85 and undergo a physical exam. The curriculum requires 78 credits to complete and includes five clinical rotations and an optional summer session. Students have the opportunity to acquire their training in a variety of hospital settings, including an acute care center, a small community facility and a large university hospital.
Nassau Community College (SUNY)
Nassau Community College in Garden City is also part of the SUNY system, and the school offers allied health programs in radiation therapy and technology, as well as medical and surgical technology.
The 75-76-credit program in radiologic technology can be completed in two years of full-time study (summer sessions included). It requires a total of six clinical rotations, and students also have access to two state-of-the-art radiological suites with equipment for computed and digital radiography and film imaging. The 78-79-credit program in radiation therapy also includes six clinical rotations and covers topics in radiographic and topographic anatomy, physiology and radiation physics.
St John's University-New York
This is a Catholic university associated with the Vincentian order, and among the school's five campuses are those in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The Department of Pharmacy Administration and Allied Health Sciences (College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) has over 20 full-time faculty members and offers programs in, among other health-related areas, clinical lab work and radiologic sciences.
The Bachelor of Science in Radiological Sciences (128 credits) requires one non-credit and four 3-4-credit courses in clinical education. Clinical prerequisites include health and liability insurance, a criminal background check, a medical exam and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Unique to the program are undergraduate courses in healthcare finance, law and management, as well as an advanced study of radiation biology and protection.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
One of the foremost urban medical centers in the United States, SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn is comprised of five colleges and a hospital, including the College of Health Related Professions. The upper-level program in diagnostic medical imaging (founded in 1972) was the first in the country to offer a 4-year degree in sonography, and the program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
To be admitted, students must complete 60 credits of coursework at an accredited school, including prerequisites in anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics. The upper-level curriculum requires 70 credits to complete, and in preparation for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers exam, students pursue topics in abdominal diseases, cardiology, obstetrics and sonographic physics. The program is overseen by a 4-member faculty and includes two practicums and the option to gain some hands-on experience at the Brooklyn Free Clinic.
Stony Brook University (SUNY)
There are four university centers affiliated with the State University of New York, including this highly ranked research school in Stony Brook, Long Island. Through Stony Brook's School of Health Technology and Management, students can pursue a 4-year program in health science with clinical and non-clinical concentrations in, among other areas, medical dosimetry, nuclear medicine and radiologic technology. Currently, the health science program is composed of a program director and nine faculty members.
The senior-year curriculum requires at least 29 credits of specialized coursework, and while students do not have to submit a formal application, prerequisites include 91 credits in general studies and the natural sciences. The program in medical dosimetry helps students acquire the training they need to become a radiation therapy aide and includes coursework in anatomy, oncology, pathology and treatment protocols. To qualify for the National Registry Examination, students in both the nuclear medicine and radiologic technology programs must complete an additional year of clinical training.
A private Catholic college specializing in healthcare programs, the main campus of Trocaire College is located in Buffalo. Currently, the school offers the only diagnostic radiology programs in Erie County.
Admission to the pre-professional phase of the associate's program includes prerequisites in algebra, biology, chemistry and physics. The 81-credit curriculum takes place over the course of five semesters and requires four clinical education rotations. Licensed graduates of a college-or hospital-based program in radiologic technology can apply to the Bachelor of Science program and have the opportunity to specialize in CT. According to the school, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists recommends that students in this field obtain the 4-year degree.
Upstate Medical University (SUNY)
Upstate Medical University in Syracuse is an upper-division transfer school and the sole college-affiliated medical facility in Central New York. Through the College of Health Professions, students can pursue degree programs in, among other curative and medical fields, radiation therapies and diagnostic imaging. At the present, the medical imaging and radiation therapy faculties are composed of four and two members respectively.
The Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Science can be completed in 5-6 semesters and includes tracks in CT, diagnostic medical sonography, MRI and radiography. Students who apply to the Bachelor of Professional Studies program must have an associate's degree in a relevant area, and the curriculum offers tracks in CT, MRI and ultrasound.
Both of the radiation therapy programs require five semesters of coursework, and in addition to clinical simulations, students complete 12 credit hours of clinical internships in at least three separate oncology departments.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Radiology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|CUNY La Guardia Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$5,218 in-state
|CUNY New York City College of Technology||4-year, public; large city|| Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Radiological Science
|Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology||$37,763|
|Monroe Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$5,336 in-state
|Nassau Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Therapy,
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
|St John's University-New York||4-year, private; not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Radiological Sciences||$41,760|
|SUNY Downstate Medical Center||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging,
Mammography for Radiologic Technologists (continuing education)
|Stony Brook University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Health Science||$9,625 in-state
|Trocaire College||4-year, private; not-for-profit; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology
|Upstate Medical University||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Professional Studies in Medical Imaging Science,
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Professional Studies in Radiation Therapy
Source: *NCES College Navigator