More than 400 schools offer radiology training, but only 38 offer a Bachelor of Science degree in radiology-related fields and are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The bachelor’s degree gives candidates a competitive edge in the job market and the satisfaction of knowing they hold a baccalaureate degree.
Students in the four-year radiologic technology program at the University of Hartford in Connecticut begin clinical rotations during their second year and take the certification exam after their third year. The fourth year is spent finishing up general coursework for a bachelor’s degree with classes in management, education, communications, computer science or advanced science and medicine. Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania founded its radiologic sciences department in 1936 and became one of the first radiology programs to offer a bachelor’s degree in the 1990s. Students can create their own program based on instruction in 10 differing medical tests and can choose to continue on for a master’s degree.
Wayne State University has the only accredited baccalaureate program in Michigan. Some programs are part-time for individuals who work during the day. The school has a radiation therapy technology program for students to learn to deliver cancer treatments. About 80 percent of the radiation therapy program graduates have jobs in the field in Michigan. University of Nebraska’s four-year program allows students to specialize in diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and radiation therapy. The school website offers details on classes, expected working conditions and expected salaries for those employed in each discipline.
Admission into the bachelor’s program in radiology at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee is competitive, and students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average in prerequisite courses to be accepted. They can specialize in radiation therapy, sonography or nuclear medicine and have an option to proceed onto the master’s program. Virginia Commonwealth University offers a Bachelor of Science program for full or part-time students. The bachelor’s degree allows students to fulfill goals of self improvement and meet increasing professional demands of those in the field. The school offers instruction for administering radiation therapy and nuclear medicine.
Boise State University in Idaho offers a Bachelor of Science degree in diagnostic radiography which provides technical training and instills writing skills, computer literacy, multiethnic appreciation, critical thought and professional experiences in a variety of health delivery environments. Students can specialize in radiography, medical sonography, computed tomography and medical resonace imaging. University of California, Northridge, requires academic and clinical competencies in magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, interventional radiology, cardiovascular imaging and mammography. The program emphasizes critical thinking, communication skills, compassion and the need for future professional development.