Bachelor's Degrees for CAT Scan Professionals

Learn the education requirements and professional certification options in the field of computed tomography (CAT scans). Find out about job options and employment outlook for CAT scan professionals. Schools offering Cardiovascular Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Type of Bachelor's Degree Can I Earn To Become a CAT Scan Professional?

If you're interested in a career as a CAT scan professional, many schools offer computed tomography (CT) as a course or clinical component within a bachelor's degree program. You can pursue a bachelor's degree in radiological sciences or nuclear medicine technology. Some schools also offer instruction in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (CT/MRI) as part of a larger bachelor's degree major in radiation science technology.

Bachelor's Degree OptionsCT/MRI as a component of radiological science, radiation science technology, or nuclear medicine technology degree programs
Common CoursesBasic sciences plus imaging science and technology, along with patient care
Online OptionsMay be available as a completion program for those who already have clinical experience
Career OptionsWork as a radiologic technologist in a clinic or hospital after professional certification
Median Salary (2018) $59,520 (for all radiologic technologists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn?

In addition to general and healthcare-related prerequisite courses, your curriculum combines didactic coursework and clinical education. You'll learn the fundamentals of computed tomography, as well as mammography, sectional anatomy and advanced patient care. You may also be required to complete a capstone research project in the field. Depending on your program, the topics you'll study may include:

  • Physics of nuclear medicine technology
  • Techniques of radiopharmaceutical applications
  • Imaging procedures and process of MRI
  • Protocols and positioning used in CT/MRI
  • Radiation biology
  • Health care management
  • Cross-sectional anatomy and physiology

Can I Earn My Degree Online?

Some colleges offer online bachelor's degree programs that can lead to a career as a CAT scan professional. These programs are typically presented as completion programs for those already registered as radiologic technologists with a vocational certificate or associate degree. Since clinical experiences were included in the qualifying academic program, remaining courses for a bachelor's degree may be taken completely online. As an online student, you'll need a computer with Internet access and an e-mail address. Your courses are delivered through e-mail, online lectures or an Internet-based course delivery system, allowing you to earn your degree in the comfort of your home.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

As a graduate of a radiography program, you'll be eligible to sit for the optional American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' certification examination for computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. After you successfully pass the exam, which covers physics and instrumentation, patient care and imaging procedures, you'll be certified as a CAT scan professional. State licensure is required, though regulations vary by state; you should check with the state board to ensure you satisfy all requirements.

You'll find many career opportunities in hospitals, medical clinics, and private practice. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for radiologic technologists was expected to increase 12% between 2016-2026, faster than the average for all jobs. The BLS stated that technologists trained in specialized areas, such as CT, MRI and mammography, should experience the best employment opportunities.

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