What Are the Best Radiologic Technology Schools?
Learn about programs available at the best schools in the U.S. for studying radiologic technology. Get information on certificate and degree programs and specialties in the field.
What Are Some Characteristics of the Best Radiologic Technology Schools?
Different schools offer different subspecialties that might appeal to you. For example, your program choice might be influenced by a sub-field interest like bone densitometry, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, vascular radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or radiography.
You could also identify those schools that meet accreditation standards of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). You might also want a nationally-ranked school that is associated with a teaching hospital. Here are some possible choices.
Three Good Schools for Radiologic Technology
St. John's University in Queens, NY
St. John's University tied for 152nd among national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings. The College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions offers a 128-credit Bachelor of Science in Radiological Sciences program. You'd be positioned to specialize in computed tomography, MRI, mammography, angiography, administration or education. You'd complete two years of classroom instruction followed by two years of clinical preparation at Dr. Andrew J. Bartilluci Center laboratories and clinical sites like the Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers network. You can then sit for the ARRT Certification in Radiography examination. St. John's University offers the following for Radiology:
- Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA
VCU tied for 157th among U.S. News & World Report's 2019 national universities. The Medical Center's Department of Radiology hosts the Center for Molecular Imaging, the VCU Baird Vascular Institute and an American College of Radiology-designated Center of Excellence for breast imaging. With an associate degree and radiographer certification or eligibility for certification by the ARRT or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, you could matriculate in the Radiologist Assistant program of the VCU School of Allied Health Professions' Department of Radiation Sciences. If you're already a certified radiologic technologist, you could complete your Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences either full or part-time. You can earn the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Clinical Radiation Sciences
West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV
WVU tied for 205th among U.S. News & World Report's 2019 national universities. Its affiliated WVU Hospitals were identified as high-performing in five specialties by U.S. News & World Report in 2019. WVU Healthcare Hospitals, the teaching hospital for WVU's Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, is a Level One Trauma Center. Through Byrd's Department of Radiology and the WVU University Hospitals, you could pursue radiologic technology disciplines including radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, ultrasound and MRI. Enrollment is limited for these certificate programs. Radiology is a 2-year program. In an 18-month diagnostic medical sonography program, you could specialize in abdominal, neurosonography or ob-gyn.
- Medical Sonography Certificate
- Radiography Certificate
- Radiation Therapy Certificate
- Nuclear Medicine Certificate
- MRI Certificate
Ten Top Radiologic Schools
|College/University||Institution Type||Location||Estimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*|
|Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania||4-year, Public||Bloomburg, PA||$11,000|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||4-year, Public||Jacksonville, FL||$3,000|
|CUNY New York City College of Technology||4-year, Public||Brooklyn, NY||$7,000|
|Idaho State University||4-year, Public||Pocatello, ID||$7,000|
|Daytona State College||4-year, Public||Daytona Beach, FL||$3,000|
|Saint Cloud State University||4-year, Public||Saint Cloud, MN||$8,000|
|University of Nevada-Las Vegas||4-year, Public||Las Vegas, NV||$8,000|
|University of Akron Main Campus||4-year, Public||Akron, OH||$11,000|
|Weber State University||4-year, Public||Ogden, UT||$6,000|
|University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center||4-year, Public||Dallas, TX||$6,000 (graduate tuition)|
*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education