Radiology Classes

Radiology classes are often part of a radiography or radiologic technology program, in which you can learn to operate X-ray equipment and process the images. Get information on undergraduate and graduate programs, find out about career options, and see what's needed for professional certification. Schools offering Cardiovascular Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Radiology Classes Will I Take?

Classes in an undergraduate radiography or radiologic technology program include anatomy, physiology and the science of radiography. Radiation protection courses cover health and safety issues relating to radiation doses and patient safety. Radiology classes in radiologic procedures and positioning, imaging techniques, clinical education, pathology and venipuncture (blood collection) are also part of the curriculum.

Many radiology classes include a laboratory component. You also complete training in CPR, sterile and aseptic techniques, vital signs, patient transfer and care of medical equipment, such as oxygen tanks and IV tubing.

Graduate radiology courses may prepare you for a career as a radiology assistant. Classes in a graduate program include pharmacology, pathophysiology, research and imaging specialties, such as procedures for imaging the vascular and lymphatic systems.

Where Can I Find These Courses?

Radiology classes are available as part of certificate or associate's, bachelor's or master's degree programs. Community colleges, 4-year colleges and universities offer radiology classes and programs. Some programs are sponsored by hospitals, and the classes in these programs take place at the sponsoring hospital. Although most radiology courses are offered on campus, there are programs that will allow you to take online courses if you have some education in radiography.

What Do Classes Prepare Me For?

With an associate's degree, you may be eligible for employment as a staff radiographer. With a bachelor's or master's degree in radiology assisting, you can work as a radiologist assistant. In some states, you need a license to work as a radiographer or radiologist assistant.

You may continue your education into a radiography specialty, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), mammography, ultrasound, cardiac catheterization, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or sonography. Experienced radiologic technologists may find career opportunities in education or administration.

What Do I Need for Certification?

As of January 2015, you'll need a minimum of an associate's degree to qualify for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) radiography certification examination. This credential is often required by employers and may be a useful tool for advancing your career. Before taking the ARRT exam, you must complete an accredited education program and demonstrate your competency in six areas of radiology, including general patient care, general imaging procedures, imaging procedures from the head and fluoroscopy procedures. If you pass the ARRT radiography exam, you earn the registered technologist designation, which, in some states, is required for licensure.

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