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Radiology Associate Degree

A radiology associate degree is the most common route to becoming a Radiologic Technologist, Ultrasound Technician, or Nuclear Medicine Technologist. An associate degree in radiology will provide you with a solid educational foundation in the fundamentals of radiology and will prepare you for certification. 

A radiology associate degree typically may take two years to complete and many can be accomplished without disruption to your current job. Most programs include classes such as anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, then a series of core radiology courses consisting of patient positioning, radiology technology, radiation safety, and case studies. Almost all programs have a hands on component where you will get a chance to take the classroom knowledge and apply it to real situations in the field. Use the links below to request information from schools offering associate degrees in radiology.

Radiology Associate Degree FAQs

How long does it take to finish an associate degree in radiology?

Associate degrees in radiology may take approximately two years.

Are there any prerequisites?

Many schools prefer students who have taken math and science courses in high school; however, do not assume that you are not eligible if you have limited math and science education.

What kind of radiology courses will I be taking?

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Radiographic Procedures
  • Patient Positioning
  • Radiation Safety
  • Radiographic Pathology
  • Clinical Education

Will there be any real life training?

Yes, almost all radiology programs offer on the job training or job shadowing with a radiologic technologist

Will the radiology associate degree program prepare me for the ARRT exam?

Yes, radiology associate degree programs will prepare you for the ARRT exam.

What kinds of radiology jobs can I get with an associate degree in radiology?

You can expect to get a job as a Radiologic Technologist once you have received your associates degree and passed the ARRT exam. Usually as a beginner, you will perform basic x-rays unless you have received a certificate for other duties such as CT tech or MRI technician.


Sources:

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/, accessed July 29, 2016
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/, accessed July 29, 2016
  3. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, https://www.arrt.org/, accessed July 29, 2016

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