Medical Imaging Education and Career Guide
Medical Imaging Education
- Medical Imaging Home
- Medical Imaging Degrees
- Earn Your Degree from an Accredited Program
- What’s a Radiologic Tech Program Like?
- Why Choose an ARRT Accredited School
- Choosing an Ultrasound Technician Program
- Ultrasound Technician Certification
- Ultrasound Education Specialties
- Ultrasound Tech Training
Medical Imaging Careers
- Medical Imaging Career Paths
- Nuclear Medicine Technologist
- Radiation Therapist Careers
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Career Outlook
- Medical Imaging Salaries
- How to Become a Radiologic Technician
- Radiologic Technology Careers
- Radiologic Tech vs. Nuclear Medicine Tech
- Ultrasound Technician Careers
- Interview with a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student
What to Expect from a Radiology Technician Program
Find out what you’ll learn when you pursue your radiologic tech training.
Radiologic tech training program options include:
- 1-year certificate or diploma
- 2-year associate’s degree
- 4-year bachelor’s degree
Upon completion of an associate degree, opportunities exist to continue education and obtain a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the radiologic technologies is desirable for supervisory, administrative or teaching positions.
Before you begin your research, make sure you look for programs that have been accredited by either the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This ensures your program has been reviewed by professionals and given a complete vetting for currency and relevance of curriculum. Accreditation also ensures your ability to file for federal financial aid to help pay for your education. Both agencies’ websites have searchable databases of schools and programs.
Certified radiologic graduates often take additional certificate programs in the following advanced imaging fields:
- Nuclear Medicine Technology
- Computed Tomography (CT scans)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Cardiovascular-Interventional Technologies
What You’ll Study in Radiologic Technology Training Programs
Radiologic tech training prerequisite course work generally includes biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, physics and medical terminology.
Typical radiologic technology programs offer courses in:
- Patient care procedures
- Radiation protection
- Radiation physics
- Principles of imaging
- Medical ethics
- Positioning of patients
You’ll also gain plenty of clinical, hands-on practical training in a 3-6 month internship.