Radiology Technician Degree Programs

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Radiation is a useful tool in modern medicine, but it takes great care, attention and training to ensure that it's used safely. Earning a degree in radiology can teach you the skills you need you to operate sensitive radiological equipment and provide a foundation for further medical education when you're ready to take your career to the next level.

Degree programs in radiology touch all points on the academic spectrum, from two-year associate plans to professional medical degrees that require post-doctoral work. Undergraduate programs tend to focus on basic patient care, medical terminology and safe procedures for operating x-ray machinery, while top-level plans cover medicine and the human body in great depth.

Many institutions across the country also offer online degrees for radiology students, in case the extra flexibility might help you fit the program into your schedule. Online radiology degrees might also come with a lower price tag for tuition, fees, books and other expenses.

Best Colleges for Radiology Degree Programs

There are more than 500 accredited radiology schools in the U.S., so we analyzed a mountain of data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to help sort out which ones were the best in the country. Click the button below to get the details on how we calculated the rankings, and read on for our list of the ten best colleges for radiology degree programs.

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Methodology
1Weber State University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
13

Our No. 1 school overall was also the most affordable institution in our top ten. Students at Weber State University paid an average of just $5,321 for their annual tuition and fees in 2015-16. This Ogden, Utah, school also got high marks in the flexibility category, thanks to its alternative tuition plans, available weekend/evening courses and more than 32 percent enrollment in distance education courses.

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) program in radiography at WSU is among the more thorough associate programs, requiring 139 credits of coursework and taking a suggested nine semesters to complete. Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), advanced radiological sciences and more are also available, provided you've already earned entry-level radiology certification.

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2Kent State University at Salem+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

The Salem, Ohio, campus of Kent State University placed just behind our No. 1 school on the affordability metric, posting an average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year that came in under $5,700. This small school offers two- and four-year radiology programs, with a list of four specializations available for bachelor's degree students to choose from.

If you're in the market for partially online radiology degrees, KSU might be the place for you. The catalog doesn't list any fully online degrees for radiology students, but the three other health-related B.S. programs available online suggest that you'll have access to certain general education and health care courses in the virtual classroom.

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3Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences+
ADMISSION RATE
84%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
12

Access to cutting-edge classroom technology and up-to-date course development is a must when training for health careers, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences set aside the largest raw dollar amount on our list for such instructional expenses. Only one other school in our top ten posted a higher graduation rate than this Boston institution.

The B.S. in radiology at MCPHS can be earned in two different ways, depending on your level of prior college experience. A three-year accelerated plan is available for students attending college for the first time, and those with the appropriate amount of college credits and prerequisites may qualify for a fast-track plan that can be completed in as few as 15 months of full-time study.

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4Bluefield State College+
ADMISSION RATE
83%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

This small college in Bluefield, West Virginia, took the crown among our top ten schools for its percentage of students enrolled at least partially in distance education courses. Nearly two-thirds of the 2015 student body at Bluefield State College took at least some of their classes online. Affordability was high here as well -- just two other institutions on our list reported a lower average cost for tuition and fees.

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in radiologic technology at BSU is a campus-based program, but partially online radiology degrees can be found at the bachelor's level. Applicants for the hybrid B.S. program in imaging science must have first earned an A.S. in the field and completed their professional certification in radiography.

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5Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences+
ADMISSION RATE
54%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences posted the No. 3 graduation rate among schools that made our top ten and features a second-ranked student-faculty ratio of 10:1. The national average ratio is closer to 16 students per faculty member, so professors here are likely to have ample time to provide some individualized instruction if you need it.

Professional courses in radiographic procedures, comparative pathology, radiation protection and CT/MRI technologies are all part of the bachelor's degree in medical radiography at this faith-based institution in Memphis, Tennessee. Students also spend 24 hours a week learning in off-campus clinical settings, gaining experience in the professional environment and interacting with patients from diverse backgrounds.

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6Indiana University Kokomo+
ADMISSION RATE
69%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

An annual average cost of tuition and fees that came in under $7,000 for the 2015-16 school year landed Indiana University Kokomo in the No. 4 spot on our affordability metric, and its weekend/evening classes and alternative tuition plans gave it high marks for flexibility. Approximately 25 percent of students took one or more classes via distance education in 2015.

An A.S. degree in radiography can be earned on campus at IU Kokomo, and students looking for online radiography degrees can pursue a B.S. in medical imaging technology that's available entirely in the virtual classroom. Laboratory and clinical sections are difficult to duplicate online, so applicants to the online B.S. program must have already earned certification in radiography, nuclear medicine, sonography or radiation therapy.

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7Oregon Institute of Technology+
ADMISSION RATE
73%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
7

Oregon Institute of Technology put up respectable numbers in just about every category of our analysis. The Klamath Falls school ranked No. 5 in affordability and graduation rate, No. 2 for spending on academic support and instructional expenses and No. 6 in distance education enrollment. The radiologic sciences program here covers a few lesser-known modalities, such as portable radiography and quality assurance for radiologic imaging systems.

Oregon Tech also has programs that lead to fully online degrees, for radiology professionals looking to move their career forward into advanced practice or supervisory roles. The institution recommends that you be employed in the field during your online bachelor's program -- its clinical portion requires independent access to a full-service radiology lab.

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8Spencierian College - Louisville+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
14

At the Louisville campus of Spencerian College, a for-profit health care career school with two locations in Kentucky, students have nearly unparalleled opportunity to spend personalized instructional time with professors. The student-faculty ratio here was just 7:1 in 2015 -- less than half the average number of students per faculty member at national universities.

The A.A.S. program in radiologic technology at Spencieran's Louisville campus contains courses in radiographic positioning, radiation physics, advanced radiographic imaging and health and safety techniques. Clinical rotations for the program take students through a variety of medical settings in which radiology is used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, including trauma centers, pediatric clinics and surgical facilities.

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9Regis College+
ADMISSION RATE
97%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

This private, Catholic faith-based institution in Weston, Massachusetts, ranked No. 4 in our graduation rate category and features one of the more forgiving admissions policies in our top ten. Outside of those with completely open admissions -- which admit 100 percent of qualified applicants -- just one other school on our list had a higher ratio of applications to enrollments than Regis College.

Radiology students at Regis pursue an A.S. in radiography that prepares them to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists credentialing exam after graduation. The program is offered as a joint effort between Regis and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, allowing students to train in a fully equipped working clinic.

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10Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health+
ADMISSION RATE
35%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
24

The last college on our list was also among the most successful at guiding students through to the end of their degree programs. Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health took the No. 1 spot on our list for its graduation rate, which also placed in the top 15 of the more than 500 schools we surveyed nationwide.

Two levels of radiology degree programs can be earned at NMC. The A.S. in radiologic technology requires 80 credits for graduation and typically takes 24 months of full-time study, and the B.S. in imaging sciences program can function either as an online degree completion program for certified radiology personnel or a standard bachelor's program for those with no college experience.

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Radiology Degree Programs and Common Career Paths

Entry-level careers in radiology and radiography may be open to candidates with a two-year associate degree, but earning a bachelor's in the field can increase your chances of landing more competitive positions. Certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists can also boost your employability, even if it's not required in your state.

Bachelor's degree in Radiology
Appropriately preparing and positioning patients for x-ray imaging is a vital part of most radiology degree programs, as are patient safety, human anatomy and medical terminology. Some more thorough study plans might train you in medical ethics and law, research, basic medicine and the theories behind radiation imaging and therapy.
Radiology technicians
also known as radiographers, use x-ray machinery to safely capture diagnostic images of the body and share their findings with radiologists and other physicians
MRI technicians
use injectable contrast dyes and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment to take snapshots of activity inside the body and help diagnose medical problems

Career Outlook for Radiology Majors

Earning a degree in radiology can't guarantee you a job in the field, but keeping your eyes on the movements of the career market can help you know what to expect after graduation and plan for how you'll take on the job search. Check out these employment projections for radiology careers.

JOB TITLE
AVERAGE SALARY($)
EMPLOYMENT
PROJECTED JOB GROWTH(%)
Radiologic Technologists$60,320201,20012.3%
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.
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Financial Aid and Scholarships in Radiology

Most grants and scholarships for radiology undergraduates are offered through state- or institution-level programs, although the Jerman-Cahoon Student Scholarship and several other aid programs administered by ASRT have a national scope. Take a look at this quick list of scholarship opportunities for radiology students.

Dr. Ling H. Lee Memorial Scholarship
Applicant must be a junior or senior majoring in radiology and enrolled in clinical courses. Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and financial need required. More

AWARD AMOUNT

$6,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 1

 

 

Radiography Scholarship
Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Missouri at Columbia. More

AWARD AMOUNT

$5,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 1 (Priority)

 

 

Suburban Hospital Casey Scholarships
Applicant must be a current employee who is enrolled in a nursing or allied health (e.g. radiology technology, respiratory therapy, medical technology, physical therapy, physical therapy assistant, occupational therapy, or physician assistant) undergraduate program or a non-employee who is enrolled in a nursing program leading to a B.S.N. or higher. Minimum 2.5 GPA, two letters of recommendation, transcript, and letter of acceptance/good standing required. Award requires a work commitment at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, upon completion of degree program. More

AWARD AMOUNT

$5,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 30; April 30

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable once after one year, provided minimum GPA is maintained.

Radiology Centennial Scholarship
Applicants must be enrolled currently as an entering or fully matriculated graduate student in an American Dental Association-accredited oral and maxillofacial radiology program at the time of application. Completed application form, three letters of recommendation, a typed statement of personal and professional goals, academic achievement record form, and confirmation of matriculation in an oral and maxillofacial radiology program required. More

AWARD AMOUNT

$5,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 30

 

 

Professional Organizations

ASRT offers access to a library of helpful articles and continuing education options in radiography, CT, MRI, mammography and more
RSNA members get free advance registration to their annual conference, subscriptions to peer-reviewed publications and access to research grants
Students and professionals in the sub-discipline of vascular and interventional radiography can join AVIR to stay on top of their field
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