Long Island, New York, has radiology technology programs that confer a certificate, associate or bachelor degree upon completion. As radiology technicians, graduates of these programs will provide specialized medical services using radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer.

Nassau Community College

Students in the radiologic technology program at Nassau Community College receive an associate of applied science degree at the end of the two-year program. Admission requirements for high-school applicants include a rank in the upper 50 percent of the senior class, one year each of biology, chemistry or physics and two years of math. For applicants who have previously attended college, admission requirements include college-level English composition, math and anatomy and physiology with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applications can be obtained and subsequently submitted in person only. Applicants selected for an interview must first complete a two-hour observation in a radiology facility. Once accepted, students matriculate in the fall.

Nassau Community College 1 Education Dr Garden City, NY 11530 516-572-7501 ncc.edu

Mercy Medical Center

For admission to the School of Radiography at Mercy Medical Center, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, at least an associate degree, passing scores on the program’s entrance exam and an essay written after a clinical observation. Once admitted, students must provide proof of a physical exam and submit to a drug screening. The program admits students in the fall only, takes 24 months to complete and confers a certificate upon completion.

Mercy Medical Center 1000 North Village Ave P.O. Box 9024 Rockville Centre, NY 11571 516-705-2525 mercymedicalcenter.chsli.org

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St. John’s University

The two-year radiologic science program at the St. John’s University Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center confers a bachelor of science degree upon completion. Admission requirements include a high school diploma or GED, acceptance to the university, a personal statement and two letters of recommendation. Applications are due March 15, and applicants must be 18 years old at time of matriculation in fall of the same year.

St. John’s University Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center 175-05 Horace Harding Expressway Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 718-990-8436 stjohns.edu

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