Radiology Technician Schools
There are Radiology Technician degree programs available for radiology technology at a variety of technical & vocational schools, along with community colleges as well. It will help immensely to figure out which one is going to be right for you and your schedule/finances. Look below to find your state and the available Radiology Technician Schools.
Radiology Technology Associate’s Degree
The goal behind a program that offers the associate’s degree in this field is to teach students how to provide doctors with the imagery needed to make the proper diagnoses for their patients. Students will also need to know how to administer radiation safely and effectively to patients as well. You will need to have a high school diploma or GED, and you will also need to have taken the general courses like math, English, and science.
Once you have been admitted to a program, you can expect to have a lot of hands on experience along with plenty of classroom instruction in the following areas:
- Medical terminology
- Imaging equipment use & maintenance
- Clinical radiology
- Radiation biology and safety
- Positioning radiographic equipment
You can also expect to be required by your employer to continue your education every two years with refresher courses that will help you retain the basics and learn new techniques that have been implemented. There are also going to be other certifications that you can obtain, some of which may be required by your specific state where you work. You should check with your employer or potential employer on what it is that they consider a requirement to apply for the job. This can give you an idea of what you need to obtain before moving forward.
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
The bachelor’s degree program for someone interested in radiology technology is a bit more complex than the associate’s program, but covers a broader scope of learning and will be favored by potential employers looking to hire. The requirements for this degree program are much like the associate’s, in that you have to provide a high school diploma, but you are also going to be required to submit your SAT and ACT scores as well. In this program you can expect to gain more experience in addition to the basics described in the associate’s degree program above, like:
- Physiology and psychology
- Leadership and management training
- Radiographic procedures and physics
There is not a master’s degree program for those looking to achieve one, but there are areas of specialization that have programs you can attend after you have completed this one. That way you can start to narrow your focus and decide where you want to work. You can also just work as a general technician without any specialties too. Either way, this program is going to open a lot of doors for anyone looking to get into this career field. You are also expected to make a lot more money and have more jobs available when you have completed the bachelor’s degree program instead of just the associate’s degree program. You may also be required by your employer to take additional courses every couple of years as a refresher.