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So, you're thinking about attending a radiology school and wondering what to expect from radiology classes? First, every school has a different set of curriculum, but you can be sure that there will be the usual radiology classes on the core set of principles and knowledge you will need to successfully practice as a radiology technician out in the field, not to mention being prepared for certification through the ARRT.

The foundational knowledge you will get from radiology classes

If you have ever found yourself surfing through the course lists on any given college offering radiology classes, you will find that almost all of them will offer the following basic course work before you even get to the good stuff:

  • Basic Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Cross-sectional anatomy
  • Ethics - Medical Ethics & Practice Standards
  • Physics (with a radiology emphasis)
  • Medical Record Organization & Management

Browse through any radiology class list and you will almost always find these at the beginning of the program. Some can get away with waivers if these courses have been taken before or for example, if you have taken physics in high school, but this depends on the school's policies.

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The core radiology course work:

Now we're ready to get to the good stuff; the radiology stuff you came for that is. At this point, you can expect to be taking radiology classes that will get into the specifics of the technology you will be using, the patient positioning techniques, and applying what you learned about anatomy to real world radiology case studies. The following are radiology classes that are commonly a part of your core training:

  • Introduction to Radiography, including radiography terminology and basic background.
  • Radiology Equipment Operation
  • Patient Positioning Techniques and Terminology
  • Image Exposure & Quality Control
  • Radiography Pathology
  • Radiology Case Studies
  • Applied Learning & Technology Integration

This core set of classes is just a sample of what you will see in almost any radiography class schedule. While the curriculum may differ depending on your instructor and the radiology school you are attending, the basic information and skills are the same.

Externships & Hands On Component

Lastly, every set of radiology classes includes what we'll call the hands on portion of your training. Usually, you will radiology training throughout your classes and most schools have equipment that you will be able to practice with; however, this is where you get to do some job shadowing with a Radiologic Technologist in the real world. This is where you get to observe what it is like to interact with real patients with real anxieties and real illnesses. At this point, you will get a chance to round out all of that book knowledge and classroom instruction.

Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into what to expect from radiology classes. To learn more, check out the radiology careers page or request more detailed information about radiology course work from schools of your choice:

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  • A Seventh-day Adventist institution located in Orlando, Florida that specializes in allied health and nursing education.
  • Associated with Florida Hospital, and Adventist Health System which is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Campus Ministries provide students with Christian educational experiences that include assembly programs, music, drama, and more.
  • A growing number of programs are available at ADU-Denver located in Denver, Colorado.
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  • Associated with Florida Hospital, and Adventist Health System which is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Campus Ministries provide students with Christian educational experiences that include assembly programs, music, drama, and more.
  • A growing number of programs are available at ADU-Denver located in Denver, Colorado.
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  • Family-owned and operated since opening in 1977.
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • 12 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), with programmatic accreditation from several organizations, including the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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  • Family-owned and operated since opening in 1977.
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • 12 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), with programmatic accreditation from several organizations, including the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Blended courses combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Online chat rooms let students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours.
  • Some programs are available with accelerated scheduling, which allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
  • In addition to hands-on training, students participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
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  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Blended courses combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Online chat rooms let students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours.
  • Some programs are available with accelerated scheduling, which allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
  • In addition to hands-on training, students participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
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  • Features the Success Education Program, with numerous scholarship opportunities to students who qualify.
  • Offers a paralegal program and several healthcare programs including pharmacy technology, medical assisting, massage therapy, and diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Provides an active Placement Assistance Program for all qualified gradutes.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 7 southern California campuses available in West Covina, Pomona, Pasadena, Glendale, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Long Beach.
  • Part of the Success Education Colleges (SEC) group.
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  • Features the Success Education Program, with numerous scholarship opportunities to students who qualify.
  • Offers a paralegal program and several healthcare programs including pharmacy technology, medical assisting, massage therapy, and diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Provides an active Placement Assistance Program for all qualified gradutes.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 7 southern California campuses available in West Covina, Pomona, Pasadena, Glendale, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Long Beach.
  • Part of the Success Education Colleges (SEC) group.
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  • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
  • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current and relevant.
  • Blackboard Learn mobile allows students to complete assignments on the go.
  • Online students can get live student support for technical or course questions.
  • Has campus locations in Tampa and Clearwater, Florida as well as online learning programs.
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  • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
  • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current and relevant.
  • Blackboard Learn mobile allows students to complete assignments on the go.
  • Online students can get live student support for technical or course questions.
  • Has campus locations in Tampa and Clearwater, Florida as well as online learning programs.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits