The field of radiologic science spans different disciplines in the medical field and offers a variety of learning options. Several colleges in Texas offer associate degree programs in radiography or radiologic technology, which are designed to prepare students for work as radiographers or radiologic technologists. These programs combine didactic and clinical training to teach students how to perform X-rays.
In addition, several medical schools offer diagnostic radiology residencies for students seeking careers as radiology physicians. Students in a residency program may complete rotations at several partner hospitals. In addition, participants may be able to contribute to medical papers for publishing in scientific journals. Further specialized training may be available through fellowships in such areas as pediatric radiology, neuroradiology or mammography.
Graduates of radiology technology programs will need to take an exam provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Additionally, graduates must apply for certification or licensure in the state of practice.
Contrary to radiology technicians or radiographers, radiologists must earn a bachelor's degree and spend an additional four years in medical school. After a one or two year internship, a four-year residency training program must be completed, followed by an optional fellowship program.
Here is an overview of the five largest schools in Texas that offer programs in radiology technology. This is followed by information detailing five radiology residency training programs within the state.
Austin Community College District
Austin Community College District serves more than 40,000 students across its eight campuses. The school offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiology designed to instruct students on the safe use of X-ray equipment in a supervised setting. In this program students gain radiologic technology and clinical experience.
El Paso Community College
El Paso Community College has more than 30,000 undergraduate students enrolled. The school offers a couple of degree programs in the field of radiology. The Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology is designed to train students to operate imaging equipment and perform other medical diagnostic procedures. The curriculum of this degree program includes courses in mathematics, physiology, anatomy, radiobiology and clinical training. El Paso Community College also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Therapy.
Houston Community College
Houston Community College is one of the largest higher-learning schools in the nation. The 2-year college teaches more than 70,000 students each year. The Coleman College of Health Sciences offers an Associate in Applied Science in Radiography. The degree program trains individuals in the use of X-ray devices to diagnose medical conditions.
South Texas College
McAllen's South Texas College serves more than 30,000 students in its five state-of-the-art campuses. The Nursing and Allied Health Division offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. This two-year program contains various practicum courses and advanced lessons in radiology. Graduates of this program may seek a career as a radiographer after certification.
Tarrant County College District
Forth Worth's Tarrant County College District is the sixth largest higher-learning institution in the state. The school offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. This degree program trains graduates for careers as radiologic technologists. This 2-year program includes classes on pathology, biology and medical imaging.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Radiology Technology Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Austin Community College District||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiology||$10,830 (in-state)* $13,020 (out-of-state)*|
|El Paso Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Therapy
|$3,010 (in-state)* $4,858 (out-of-state)*|
|Houston Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiography||$3,360 (in-state)* $3,756 (out-of-state)*|
|South Texas College||4-year, public; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$4,080 (in-state)* $7,680 (out-of-state)*|
|Tarrant County College District||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$3,132 (in-state)* $7,560 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is located in Lubbock. The Department of Radiology offers a residency program in diagnostic radiology. Residents train in the following fields: emergency radiology, MRI, nuclear radiology, radiation physics and other areas. The faculty provides direct guidance to the residents when they are involved in clinical cases. Additionally, residents are educated through supplemental resources including: conferences, lectures and modern digital teaching devices. A diagnostic radiology fellowship also is offered by the university.
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston serves more than 4,500 students each year. The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging offers a radiology residency training program. The school has a sizable residency program allowing students to train at three hospitals integrated within the program and three partnering hospitals. There is close to a 2:1 faculty to resident ratio allowing for heavy supervision. As residents progress through the program and gain skill level, responsibilities increase. Throughout residency many contribute to scientific journals through the co-authorization of medical papers. The program includes monthly rotations in the specialties of: angiography, gastrointestinal, pediatric radiology and other disciplines.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio teaches more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Department of Radiology has one of the biggest graduate degree programs in radiology available across the nation. The diagnostic radiology residency provides training through clinical experience at University Hospital and other research centers. The program consists of 13 rotations of four weeks in length each year. First year residents are required to rotate core rotations including ultrasound and Body Computer Tomography (CT)/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. The university also offers a nuclear radiology residency and a research P.h.D. radiology residency, which is the only program of its kind in the country. Additionally, the school offers fellowships in vascular intervention, mammography and other specializations.
The University of Texas Medical Branch
The University of Texas Medical Branch is located in Galveston. The Department of Radiology has received accreditation from the American College of Radiology. The accredited fields are CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI. Residents will spend much time performing laboratory and clinical research. Past residents have presented their research material to the American Society of Neuroradiology and the Texas Radiological Society. The department also offers neuroradiology, breast imaging, vascular and interventional post-residency fellowships.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is located in Dallas. The school offers a 4-year residency program in diagnostic radiology. Two-thirds of the program is made up of clinical instruction at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Residents will complete 13 rotations per year, each lasting four weeks in length. During the fourth year, electives are offered to encourage individualized training. Additional resources including online material and video lectures are available through the university, Parkland Memorial Hospital and the American College of Radiology. Fellowships also are available in many specializations including: pediatric radiology, thoracic imaging and interventional neuroradiology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Radiology Residency Training Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees|
|Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center||4-year, public; midsize city||Diagnostic Radiology Residency||N/A|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston||4-year, public; large city||Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging/Radiology Residency||N/A|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio||4-year, public; large city|| Diagnostic Radiology Residency,
Nuclear Radiology Residency,
Radiology Resident/ Doctor of Philosophy
|The University of Texas Medical Branch||4-year, public, small city||Radiology Residency||N/A|
|The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center||4-year, public; large city||Diagnostic Radiology Residency||N/A|