At the graduate level, experienced radiologic technologists who have already passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) certification exam can enroll in a radiology assistant master's degree program. Public and private universities around the country offer this degree.
Schools with Graduate Programs for Radiologic Technologists
These schools offer ARRT-approved master's degree programs for radiologic technologists:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition (2015-16)*|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda, California||4-year, Private not-for-profit||$24,128|
|Midwestern State University||Wichita Falls, Texas||4-year, Public|| $3,805 In-state
|Quinnipiac University||Hamden, Connecticut||4-year, Private not-for-profit||$17,190|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, Ohio||4-year, Public||$11,560 In-state
|University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||Little Rock, Arkansas||4-year, Public|| $7,559 In-state
|Rutgers University||Newark, New Jersey||4-year, Public|| $16,272 In-state
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, North Carolina||4-year, Public|| Graduate: $9,143 In-state
|Weber State University||Ogden, Utah||4-year, Public|| $5,321 In-state
*Source: National Center for Educational Statistics
School Selection Criteria
While choosing a program, potential students should consider the following:
- Prospective students should make sure that they have the necessary certifications for admission to the program. All programs require students to hold current ARRT certification, but some also require students to have the American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification or CPR certification.
- Prospective students must also check to see if they have enough clinical experience to enroll in the program. Some schools accept technologists with only one year of experience, but others require two or even three years of experience for admission.
- It can be helpful to look into the school's laboratory and clinical facilities in order to make sure that students gain experience working with the latest diagnostic equipment and software applications.
- Working technologists who want to continue to work while earning a master's degree may want to look for programs that are offered in online formats.
Master's Degree Programs
Master's degree programs for radiologic technologists prepare students to become radiology assistants, also known as advanced practice radiologic technologists. These professionals not only run diagnostic tests, but also assist radiologists by providing unofficial assessments of radiologic images. Master of Science (MS) degree programs combine advanced lecture- and lab-based biomedical coursework with hands-on clinical experience in the field. In total, these programs typically take at least two years to complete, and graduates are typically awarded a Master of Science (MS) degree.
Registered radiologic technologists can enroll in master's degree programs to become radiology assistants. When considering schools, it is important to look into admissions requirements and scheduling options.