Radiology Schools in the Kansas City, Missouri, Area
This article looks at the two schools in the Kansas City, Missouri, area that offer degree programs in radiologic technology and prepare graduates for professional certification exams. Both of these schools are less than 25 minutes from the city center. Before descriptions of the degree programs offered at each school is a table of information that prospective students should know, such as enrollment, school type, tuition, graduation percentages and acceptance rates.
- Students who are looking for an associate's degree program in radiologic technology can enroll at Metropolitan Community College, which is just three miles from downtown Kansas City.
- About 17 miles from downtown Kansas City, Avila University is another option. This private school offers a bachelor's degree program in radiologic science.
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Comparison of Schools
Students should be aware of many factors about a school they are considering. The following table presents important information in a format that makes it simple to compare these two schools.
|Metropolitan Community College||Avila University|
|School Type*||2-year; public||4-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)*||18,222||1,907|
|Campus Setting*||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|| $2,880 in-district;
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)*||83%||98%|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)*||N/A - Open admissions||52%|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)*|| 56% full-time;
|Graduation Rate (For students who began their studies Fall 2011)*||16% (17% transfer rate)||49% (39% transfer rate)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Metropolitan Community College
This community college offers more than 80 programs that prepare students for entry-level careers or transfer to a 4-year university. It provides the freedom to take morning, evening or weekend classes and can be an affordable alternative to a university or private school. Among the degrees students can earn is an associate's in radiologic technology; the program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
Students earn a total of 76-83 credits to complete this degree program. Prerequisites focus on developing the math and anatomy knowledge needed for the program, along with introducing information on the scope of practice and duties of a radiologic technologist. Once in the program, students learn about patient care, traditional and digital radiographic imaging, and medical terminology. They also develop skills in performing radiographic procedures, positioning patients for various images and protecting both themselves and patients from the effects of radiation.
Along with taking courses, students have the opportunity to gain supervised clinical experience reading digital images and performing patient examinations. A final seminar helps prepare students for certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Graduates can choose to enter the workforce, continue on to study specialized imaging such as sonography or nuclear medicine, or transfer to a 4-year college to earn a bachelor's degree in radiologic science.
This small, Catholic university offers students more than 60 undergraduate and six graduate degree programs. It hosts international students from nearly 30 countries and has an active alumni network. Among its offerings is a bachelor's degree program in radiologic science, which is accredited by JRCERT and offers a low student-teacher ratio of 12:1. The school prepares students for entry-level employment as radiologic technologists.
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science
Full-time students can earn this bachelor's degree in four years. Students begin the program by taking foundation courses in biology, medical terminology, anatomy, computers and chemistry. From there, students take a series of major courses involving radiographic procedures, radiologic science, radiologic pathology and radiography. Throughout the program, participants gain professional experience through clinical training. By the end of the program, they will be able to read digital images used in medical settings.