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The state of Montana currently does not have any programs in ultrasound that have been approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). However, the state does contain four ARRT-approved radiology programs that include instruction in ultrasound and can help to prepare students for the national licensing exam for radiologic technology.
The programs in Montana in radiology lead to associate's degrees and may usually be completed in two years. Such programs include classroom instruction, lab training, and clinical rotations or other practicum experiences, such as an internship. Depending on the school, admission to radiology programs can be highly competitive. Some prerequisite classes may be required of program applicants, in addition to requirements such as an interview, health records, and professional experience, among others.
City College (Montana State University)
Montana State University in Billings is located in the state's largest city, and the school offers programs in radiologic and surgical technology, allied health, pre-medicine, pre-nursing and rehabilitative services.
At the City College campus, the associate's degree program in radiologic technology admits a maximum of 16 students per year, and application requirements include paid or volunteer experience in patient care, a visit to a hospital radiology department, an interview and completion of the Montana Career Information System assessment. Although it's not a part of the 13 credits of prerequisite coursework required, a course in high school or college physics is recommended.
The 80-credit radiologic technology program provides training in diagnostic imaging and exposures, radiation biology, positioning techniques and radiation protection. Students who are accepted into the program also complete five clinical rotations.
Flathead Valley Community College
Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell is located near Glacier National Park in Northwest Montana. The school offers over 20 different certificate and associate's degree programs in the field of health care, including formal training in radiologic technology.
Admission to the radiologic technology program is competitive, and in addition to an essay, an interview and references, students must undergo a background check and purchase health insurance. The program requires 75 credits and includes four prerequisite courses in human anatomy and physiology, algebra and writing. Training in ultrasound takes place during the second year with a course in radiographic procedures. Beginning with the first semester, students also participate in five clinical rotations.
Highlands College of Montana Tech
This small Butte college offers certificate and associate's degree programs in business, health and technology fields, including radiological and surgical technology. The school's program in radiologic technology is based upon standards established by the American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT), the ARRT and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT).
The program has a limited number of spaces, and applicants should be computer literate and have a background in health-related academics. The degree program requires a total of 72 credits to complete and includes 16 credits of prerequisite coursework in anatomy and physiology, biology or chemistry, psychology, math and writing. Coursework specific to ultrasound is covered in the second of three courses in radiographic imaging. To earn the degree, students also complete 30 credits of clinical practice and take a course in medical ethics and law.
University of Montana (Missoula College)
The University of Montana in Missoula was founded in 1893 and is the parent institution of Missoula College. Through the Department of Health Professions at Missoula College, students can pursue programs in medical assisting, nursing, radiology and respiratory care.
The 83-credit associate's degree program in radiologic technology takes five semesters to complete and requires one semester of general education courses. The application process is competitive, and along with health insurance and immunizations, students must participate in an interview, take assessment tests, provide references, include a writing sample and have some experience in the health care field. Once enrolled, students complete four clinical rotations and, along with training in radiology, take courses in oral communication and organizational psychology.
Licensing procedures for radiologists in this state include a 2-year course of study that has been approved by the Montana Board of Radiologic Technologists, a fee payment and a satisfactory score on the ARRT exam. Radiologists must also complete continuing education and pay a fee to fulfill renewal requirements. In general, the 2-year programs include sequential coursework in radiologic principles, procedures and physics, as well as training in patient care and clinical rotations.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Ultrasound Programs and Courses Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|City College (Montana State University Billings)||2-year, public; midsized city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$3,810 in-state; $8,027 out-of-state*|
|Flathead Valley Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$3,964 in-district; $5,337 in-state; $11,105 out-of-state*|
|Highlands College of Montana Tech||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$3,263 in-state; $8,380 out-of-state*|
|University of Montana (Missoula College)||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$3,543 in-state; $12,155 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator