Radiology Schools In Massachusetts
There are many options for radiology schools in Massachusetts; Boston University, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Northeastern University are just a few. At Boston University, students have the opportunity to do their clinical studies at Boston Medical Center, which has the largest and busiest level one trauma center in the area. Students can also choose two outlying, smaller facilities for their clinical work.
Massachusetts General Hospital has a partner program where students can complete a 17-month clinical post baccalaureate program in radiologic technology online. Many of the state's community colleges also offer associate degrees and certifications as well.
Another benefit to attending radiology schools in Massachusetts is The Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technologists, a state chapter of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, which supports the continuing education needs of registered technicians.
What Is Radiology School?
Attending radiology school may be the start of a rewarding career. At radiology school, students interested in fields such as radiography, dosimetry, radiation therapy and medical resonance can learn to become radiographic technologists and radiologists. Radiographic technologists create diagnostic images of the body to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses or injuries; radiologists review and interpret the images and suggest treatment options. Students may not only learn how to use such technology as MRI and X-ray machines, but also to perform sonograms, mammograms and how to work with patients to ensure the best images and utmost safety for all involved.
The basic job of a radiological technologist is to produce diagnostic images, but depending on the educational path that is chosen, that may just be the beginning. Most schools require one to four years of study, at the end of which you can earn a certification or advanced degree such as a bachelor’s or an associate degree (BLS.gov/ooh, 2013). Many schools require some college credits be attained before admission in such classes as algebra, anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology. Students do their clinical studies (working in a clinical setting) as part of their academic schedule, which allows for real-world experience in conjunction with classroom learning.
Radiology Career Options
A radiologist is a type of medical doctor, so to become a radiologist you must attend medical school and earn a medical degree. While in your residency you can choose a specialty of radiology, such as diagnostic radiology or pediatric radiology. Prospective students who are already in medical school have an advantage, as they are already working toward their medical degree.
For many radiologic technicians, a state issued license or certification from an organization such as the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists is required for employment (BLS.gov/ooh, 2013). In most cases, continuing education is a requirement of staying registered. The amount of continuing education units needed and how often can vary by organization. For instance, the ARRT requires 24 CEU credits every 24 months to stay certified.
Radiology job opportunities encompass much more than just working with MRI or X-ray machines. With advanced certification and degrees, radiologists might become educators, administrators or even work in the sales and marketing aspects of the field. Specializing in a specific area of study can lead to such radiology careers as a magnetic resonance technologist, mammographer, sonographer, or a nuclear medicine technologist. More specialized professionals include cardiovascular-interventional technologists, who take sophisticated images of the circulatory system (BLS.gov/ooh, 2013).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov/ooh, 2013), the majority of radiological technicians and radiologists work is in hospitals but almost as many positions available are located in doctor's offices, laboratories and outpatient care centers.
|Radiology Job Title||Annual Mean Wage in Mass.*|
|Nuclear Medicine Tech||$74,370|
*Salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics for the state of Massachusetts, May 2011.
Massachusetts Radiological Society
P.O. Box 54-9132
Waltham, MA 02454-9132
Massachusetts State Department of Health
90 Washington St.
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02121
Sources and further reading:
Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technologists • http://www.msrt-ma.org
Radiology technology schools in Massachusetts • http://www.educationnews.org/career-index/radiology-technology-schools-in-massachusetts/
Radiologic Technology Education • http://www.massgeneral.org/radiology/education/internship.aspx?id=45
MGH Institute of Health Professionals • http://www.mghihp.edu