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X-Ray Tech Schools in Richmond, VA with Course and Degree Info

There are two schools within about 10 miles of downtown Richmond that have radiologic technology programs. Read an overview of these programs, requirements and admission info to find out which one is right for you.

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Richmond X-Ray Tech Programs

X-ray technicians, also referred to as radiographic technicians, use medical imaging equipment to assist in the diagnosis and therapy of patients. Prospective technicians in Richmond, VA, can study radiologic technology at a couple of schools located within 15 minutes of the city's center. Learn about the coursework and clinical components of their programs, and then review a table of statistics to compare the institutions.

  • Located roughly 11 miles from downtown Richmond, Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging offers a radiologic technology certificate program that takes about a year and a half to complete.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), located about a mile from central Richmond, has multiple concentrations available through its bachelor's degree program in clinical radiation sciences that can prepare students to become radiographers and radiologist assistants.

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Comparison of Schools

Compare the profiled schools across a number of areas beyond their academic offerings by looking over this table. It has details on student enrollment, costs, campus settings and more to help you make an informed education decision.

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging Virginia Commonwealth University
School Type 2-year; private, non-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014)* 25 30,848
Campus Setting Large Suburb Midsize city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $11,300** $12,772 in-state; $31,464 out-of-state*
% of Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2014)* 17% 50%
Acceptance Rate (2014)* This school doesn't admit first-time certificate or degree-seeking students looking for full-time enrollment 75%
Retention Rate (2013-2014)* This school doesn't admit first-time certificate or degree-seeking students looking for full-time enrollment 86% for full-time students
Graduation Rate (2014)* This school doesn't admit first-time certificate or degree-seeking students looking for full-time enrollment 59%

Sources: *National Center for Educational Statistics, **Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging

The Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging is a not-for-profit institution that is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). In addition to the radiologic technology certificate, the institute offers continuing education opportunities in a number of imaging specialties.

Certificate in Radiologic Technology

This 5-semester program is full-time and typically takes 18 months to complete. Core coursework teaches radiographic procedures, medical imaging, clinical radiation, radiobiology and radiographic pathology. Students also complete a series of clinical rotations during the fourth and fifth semesters. Graduates of the program will be able to earn certification in the field and perform radiographic examinations.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a public research university that offers 47 certificates, 62 bachelor's degrees, 72 master's degrees and 41 doctorate programs. Students have the opportunity to study radiologic technology through the Department of Radiation Sciences. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences that includes concentrations in radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine technology.

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences-Radiography

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Science - Radiography is a 4-year program that combines general education coursework with core courses and clinical education in the field. Students complete all general education coursework during the first year before moving on to the professional program for the final three years. Courses cover topics in anatomy, radiation sciences, radiographic procedures, radiographic exposure, imaging equipment and pathology. Students are also required to complete a senior project and seminar.

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences-Radiology Assistant

This program is for certified radiologic technologists who want to continue their education and focus their work on patient assessment and perform select procedures in the field. In addition to an associate's degree or certificate, applicants must also have at least two years of experience. The curriculum provides students with education and training in cross-sectional anatomy, pathology, imaging procedures, radiobiology and patient care. Students are also required to complete two 24-week clinical education courses.

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences-Degree Completion

The degree completion program is for applicants who are certified as radiologic technologists and want to expand their career opportunities in the field. Students can complete courses on a part- or full-time schedule. The curriculum includes upper division radiologic courses in radiobiology, radiation sciences research methods, computer tomography and cross-sectional anatomy.

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