Portland, OR, Schools with Radiologic Technology Programs
Because there are no ultrasound training or diagnostic medical sonography programs in the Portland, OR, area, students may want to consider enrolling in a radiologic technology-related program. This article looks at one institution within 20 minutes of downtown and the relevant programs it offers. There is also a table of facts about the school, including the student population, tuition, campus setting and percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid.
- About three miles from downtown, Portland Community College offers an associate's degree program in radiography as well as certificate programs in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.
Comparison of Schools
The following table contains information about the school that can help prospective students decide on their best option.
|Portland Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||28,005*|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$4,088 in-state; $8,840 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017)||70%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admission|
|Retention Rate (2017)||67% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in 2014||15% (20% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Portland Community College
All medical imaging programs offered by Portland Community College require clinical work and in-class training. Students looking to enroll in the computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) certificate programs need to be certified by ARRT as a Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist or Registered Radiologic Technologist. Students who hold ARRT's Registered Radiation Therapy Technologist certification or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography's Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer certification can also enroll in the MRI certificate program.
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography
A total of 119 course credits are required for graduation. Students encounter courses in radiation protection, radiographic positioning and equipment, patient care methods, principles of exposure, imaging modalities and advanced procedures. After completing this program, students qualify to take ARRT's national certification exam. Graduates can also apply for licensure through the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging.
Computed Tomography Certificate
Courses include CT physics, equipment, procedures, instrumentation, pathology correlation and protocols. This program also provides head, spine, pelvis, thorax, abdomen and neck sectional anatomy courses. Students who complete this 19-credit program qualify to take ARRT's CT certification exam.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate
This 32-credit program covers MRI physics, equipment safety, cross-sectional anatomy, safety, diagnosis and imaging procedures. This program also fulfills the requirements needed for students to take ARRT's MRI certification exam.