Bachelor's Degrees in Radiology

A bachelor's degree program in radiology trains you to perform medical image tests, including x-rays, mammograms and magnetic resonance images (MRIs). Read on to learn about degree options, typical classes and licensing or certification requirements. Schools offering Cardiovascular Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Educational Programs Are Common in Radiology?

The most common programs you will find in radiology lead to certificates and associate degrees. Bachelor's degree programs are widely available, though these are most often pursued if you already possess a certificate or associate degree in radiology. Through a bachelor's degree program, you can learn the skills necessary for a career in radiology while also completing the general education requirements of a 4-year degree. If you are interested in career advancement after completing a certificate or undergraduate degree in radiology, you may pursue a master's degree in radiological administration or education or in a related field, such health care administration.

Degree Levels Certificates, Associate's and Bachelor's degrees
Key Topics Anatomy, physiology, anatomy, image creation, image interpretation
Learning Environments Traditional classroom and distance learning degree options are available
Continuing Education Licensure or certification is mandatory in most states; requirements vary by state
Median Salary (2018) $82,330 (for all radiation therapists)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 13% growth (for all radiation therapists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Study?

In a bachelor's degree program in radiology, you will receive career-focused training through lecture-based courses and clinical experiences. You will study various techniques that are used to create radiologic images, including the use of different types of machines and various methods of positioning patients. Additionally, you will learn how to interpret these images, which will include extensive study of human anatomy and physiology. Your clinical training, which may take place in a local hospital or medical center, will help you grow comfortable with radiologic equipment and patient interactions while working in a supervised environment.

Can I Earn This Degree Online?

Though radiology bachelor's degrees are available online, you are often required to be a registered radiologic technologist in order to apply to a program. In an online program, your courses are offered through an Internet-based platform that enables you to watch recorded lectures, communicate with faculty and participate with fellow students through discussion boards.

These programs are often asynchronous, allowing you to complete coursework at your own pace while you work full-time. If you choose to study online, you will be required to have access to a computer with high-speed Internet capabilities. These programs often have proctored examinations and will help you locate and schedule an exam at a facility in your area.

What Licensing and Certification Should I Have?

To work in radiology in most states, you will be required to earn licensure. Licensure requirements vary by state, but typically include the successful completion of an exam. You can also earn voluntary certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To obtain this certification, you will need to complete an educational program and pass a certifying exam (www.arrt.org). Some states use the ARRT certification exam as part of their licensing process.

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