Online Radiology Assistant Degrees
Advanced training in radiologic sciences through a bachelor's degree program can lead to professional advancement for certified radiologic technologists. A master's degree will allow you to assist radiologists with patient assessments, fluoroscopy and making initial diagnostic evaluations. Continue reading for more information about radiology assistant degree programs online, discover how online learning is conducted and get career information.
What Online Radiology Assistant Degree Programs Are Available?
Online radiology assistant degree programs are found at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Online bachelor's degree programs are limited and typically require you to be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) as a condition of admission.
Online radiology assistant master's degree programs typically require you to have a bachelor's degree in radiologic science or radiologic technology for admission; however, some programs offer a special associate's to master's track.
|Degree Levels Available||Bachelor's, master's|
|Prerequisites||Varies by program; some require applicants to work at a laboratory and have a radiology certification, while most master's programs require a bachelor's degree|
|Online Availability||Blended programs combine online learning (through forum discussions, email, broadcast lectures and video conferencing) and in-person labs and seminars, as well as proctored exams|
|Common Courses||Statistics, radiation biology, diagnostic imaging, patient assessment, research methods|
|Careers||Radiologic technician, radiologic technologist, radiology assistant|
How Do Online Programs Work?
Online radiology assistant programs are typically a hybrid of Internet courses and on-campus seminars. On campus visits vary by program, but typically you will be required to attend on-campus seminars a couple of times each semester. You will also be required to locate a radiology practice in your community with American Board of Radiology (ABR)-certified radiologists to serve as your clinical preceptorship for master's degree programs. Most programs require around 1,700 hours of clinical contact. Online courses are delivered via dedicated Web portals, and communication with your instructor will be through e-mail. Some programs may require you to take exams at a pre-approved proctored site.
What Will I Learn?
The curriculum at the bachelor degree level is designed to increase your knowledge and skills in specific modalities through courses such as the following:
- Radiation therapy
- Sectional anatomy
- Advanced practice skills
- Radiation biology
- Health laws
- Nuclear medicine physics
The master's degree curriculum provides advanced training in diagnostic imaging procedures. You will learn how to assist radiologists through courses such as diagnostic imaging, patient assessment, special issues, research methods and radiologic education. A thesis paper is required.
What is the Career Outlook?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of radiologic technologists will increase by 7% from 2019-2029, primarily due to an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging services (source: www.bls.gov). Also according to the BLS, as of May 2020, the annual median salary for radiologic technologists was $61,900.