Online X-Ray Technician Degree Programs

Online degree programs in radiologic technology exist to prepare you for entry-level work as an X-ray technician or advance a career in the field. Learn about program availability, online learning, common courses and career options. Schools offering Cardiovascular Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs offer online courses in radiography, training you for a career as an X-ray technician. Fewer online programs exist at the associate's level, which are frequently available as hybrid programs. While part of the curriculum can be completed online, some on-campus attendance is necessary. You'll find more distance learning options at the bachelor's and master's degree levels, and the advanced education typically qualifies you for greater employment opportunities.

Degree Levels Available Associate, bachelor's, master's
Online Availability Some available as hybrid online and on-campus; rarely available fully online
Learning Requirements Learn online through forum discussions, broadcast lectures and video conferencing and in-person (on-campus or at an approved facility) through labs, clinical rotations and proctored exams
Common Courses Radiologic technology and equipment, medical terminology, medical ethics and law, invasive procedures in imaging, research methods
Career Options Work as an X-ray technician in doctors' offices, hospitals, emergency clinics, nursing homes, dentists' offices

What Do I Need For an Online Program?

Online programs require you to have a computer with Internet access and an e-mail address. Your coursework may be delivered through video lecture, online reading material and course delivery systems. You'll be able to interact with instructors through e-mail, chat sessions and online forums. While most of your courses are completed online, you may be required to complete clinical rotations and practicums at an affiliated local medical facility.

What Will I Learn?

You'll learn all aspects of radiologic technology, including aligning and positioning, medical terminology, ethics and laws, X-ray techniques, and how to assist radiologists in examining the body for abnormalities. Topics of study may include:

  • Conventional and digital imaging equipment
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Fiscal management in health care
  • Invasive procedures in imaging
  • Research methods and radiologic theory

What Are My Career Options?

After you graduate and become licensed and certified as an X-ray technician (also known as a radiologic technician), you'll find career opportunities working in many medical settings, including doctors' offices, hospitals, emergency medical clinics, nursing homes and dentist's offices. Employers often prefer you earn certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Many states require you to obtain licensure before you can work as an X-ray technician and may utilize the same testing used by the ARRT for certification. You'll often need to participate in continuing education to maintain both your certification and license.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for radiologic technologists is projected to increase 9% between 2014-2024 (source: In 2014, the annual median salary for radiologic technologists was $57,370 (source:

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