Radiology Schools in Massachusetts with Course and Program Info

There are four medical schools within Massachusetts that offer a residency in radiology, and there are a few more than 10 schools that offer undergraduate degrees in radiology in the state. Read an overview of programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Essential Information

Individuals interested in studying radiology in Massachusetts may pursue an undergraduate degree towards becoming a technician or technologist, or earn a medical degree before completing a residency in radiology. Both tracks of education are offered in the state; this article highlights radiology programs and does not include medical degree information.

Undergraduate degree programs may lead to associate's or bachelor's degrees in radiology; the majority of Massachusetts programs may be completed in two years. Such programs include general education classes, lab training, and clinical or practicum requirements. During a medical residency, students have an opportunity to focus on a specialty area and will receive a stipend for their work. Such residencies are available through cooperative relationships with nearby hospitals and often require long hours of full-time work.

Students interested in pursuing a residency in radiology in Massachusetts can choose from one of four medical schools in the state. Additionally, the six largest schools that offer undergraduate programs in radiology are detailed in this article.

Boston University

Located in Massachusetts' capital city, Boston University offers a residency program for medical school graduates interested in pursuing the field of radiology. Radiological residents will work at one of two Boston Medical Center (BMC) sites. They may also take advantage of the university's affiliation with the Veterans Administration (VA) Boston Healthcare System. The residency program is open to 10 new students each year, totaling 40 residents at one time. Residents can expect twice-daily teaching conferences along with clinical rotations.

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School (HMS), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is affiliated with several hospitals that offer a 4-year radiology residency including Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. Massachusetts General Hospital appoints 9-10 residents per year. Beth Israel also appoints ten residents annually; they hold concurrent positions as residents with the hospital along with clinical fellows through HMS. Residents will have an opportunity to complete rotations in various areas of radiology that include pediatric and cardiovascular radiology.

Tufts University

Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts offers a 4-year residency program in diagnostic radiology. Students can work with one of several affiliates with the school's medical program including Tufts University Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Students interested in pursuing subspecialties of radiology may also find opportunities one or more of the affiliated hospitals.

University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts has a medical facility on its Worcester, Massachusetts, campus. Residents may join one of several research groups. The medical facility also has a state-of-the-art human imaging research center on campus. The curriculum is based on criteria outlined by the American Board of Radiology.

Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, offers a full-time and part-time program in medical radiography. Students will take courses in radiologic imaging, positioning and pharmacology. The full-time program lasts 21 months and the part-time program lasts 35 months.

Massasoit Community College

Located in Brockton, Massachusetts, Massasoit Community College offers a 21-month Associate in Science in Radiography. The program begins in September and includes a summer clinical practice. Admission into the program is highly selective and applicants are reviewed by a committee prior to being accepted into the program.

Middlesex Community College

Students can pursue an associate's degree in radiologic technology at the Bedford campus of Middlesex Community College. Over the course of their studies and clinical practice, students will learn principles in positioning, radiation safety, patient care and radiographic quality. Students may also have the opportunity to learn about niche areas of radiography such as nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

North Shore Community College

On its campus in Danvers, Massachusetts, North Shore Community College students can pursue an associate's degree in radiologic technology. The program includes coursework such as radiologic technology and anatomy and physiology. Students will also be required to complete several clinical experiences.

Quinsigamond Community College

Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Quinsigamond Community College offers a 21-month associate's program in radiologic technology. Over the course of five semesters, students will receive instruction in equipment operation, patient care and ethics, as well as medical terminology. They will also be required to apply their knowledge in four clinical practicums over the five semesters. During this program, students can expect some night courses including evening clinical practices.

Suffolk University

Suffolk University in Boston, offers a bachelor's degree in radiation science. This is the only program on the list that is not recognized by the ARRT or accredited by JRCERT. This program is designed for students interested in graduate studies, specifically in health sciences or biology. Students will take courses in biology, cancer management, chemistry, physics and statistics. This degree is not designed to prepare students to take the AART and does not require clinical training.

Career Requirements

To be a licensed radiological technologist in the state of Massachusetts, individuals must complete a 2-year training program and pass either the certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) or an equivalent exam issued by the state of Massachusetts. All schools except for Suffolk University are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Individuals in pursuit of a career as a radiologist must complete a residency to receive a medical license upon graduation from medical school.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Radiology Program Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Boston University 4-year; private; large city Postgraduate residency N/A
Harvard University 4-year; private; midsize city Postgraduate residency N/A
Tufts University 4-year; private; suburb Postgraduate residency N/A
University of Massachusetts 4-year; public; city Postgraduate residency N/A
Bunker Hill Community College 2-year; public; city Associate in Science in Medical Radiography $3,576 in-state; $8,520 out-of-state*
Massasoit Community College 2-year; public; suburban Associate of Science in Radiography $4,488 in-state; $9,432 out-of-state*
Middlesex Community College 2-year; public; suburb Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology $4,514 in-state; $9,458 out-of-state*
North Shore Community College 2-year public, large suburb Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology $4,536 in-state; $10,104 out-of-state*
Quinsigamond Community College 2-year, public, midsize city Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology $5,302 in-state; $10,246 out-of-state*
Suffolk University 4-year, private, large city Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science $33,934*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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