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Online Colleges for Radiologic Sciences

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Radiologic science is the study of medical imaging. Medical imaging is used in procedures as routine as the X-ray of a broken toe or as complex as oncological radiation therapy.

Online radiological science degree and degree completion programs allow medical imaging professionals to pursue further education and specializations within their field. OnlineColleges.com has compiled information about the top online radiological science programs in the country. Read on to find out more about degree options, specializations and the career outlook for graduates of radiological science programs.

Best Online Colleges for Radiologic Sciences

Our rankings take the guesswork out of choosing an online program in radiologic science. OnlineColleges.com developed a unique methodology to evaluate programs in radiologic sciences based on factors that matter to real students -- like graduation rates and tuition costs.

Below are the ten top schools for online radiologic science programs.

1

Midwestern State University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$4,342
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
7
Accredited
School Type
4-year
Located in Wichita Falls, Texas, Midwestern State University offers fully online and hybrid programs in radiological science. Midwestern State University earns first place by achieving all around solid scores in our rankings. The university has a strong commitment to its online student body. Online students can take advantage of all the university's services through the program's online portal. They also get a dedicated faculty advisor who follows them through the completion of their degree program. The online Bachelor of Science in radiologic sciences degree is a completion program designed to provide advanced study to American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registered or registry-eligible technologists. Midwestern State University also offers a hybrid Master of Science in radiologic sciences with three separate degree pathways: radiologic administration, radiologic education or radiologic assistant, which aims to prepare students for advanced clinical care positions. The master’s is a hybrid course delivered online with a limited amount of on-campus time required.

Accreditation:

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Location:

3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, Texas 76308
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2

Oregon Institute of Technology

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$8,952
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
13
Accredited
School Type
4-year

In addition to placing No. 2 overall, Oregon Institute of Technology came in second place in the prominence metric according to the methodology.

The school offers an online radiologic science degree completion program designed for students who are currently working as registered radiologic technologists. This program includes a 15 credit externship component. Therefore, students must have access to a fully equipped radiology imaging site or laboratory. Prospective students should be graduates of an associate program or hospital training program. Oregon Institute of Technology’s program includes general education courses, such as English composition and communication, alongside courses specific to radiology such as radiographic pathology and magnetic resonance.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location:

3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601
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3

Adventist University of Health Sciences

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$15,862
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
4
Accredited
School Type
4-year
For nearly a century, the Adventist University of Health Sciences has delivered top-notch healthcare training in a faith-affirming environment. The university ranks first in both prominence and accessibility out of 30 schools.

Affiliated with the Adventist Health System, the school's program is built on a solid foundation of math and sciences. However, general education requirements also round out the curriculum. Adventist University of Health Sciences offers two fully online bachelor degrees: radiologic sciences and diagnostic medical sonography. Prospective students must have an associate degree or have graduated from a certified diploma or certificate program. Students should also hold current registration and certification in radiology, radiologic technology, nuclear medicine, sonography or cardiovascular technology. Both programs are bachelor's degree completion programs.

Accreditation:

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Licensed by the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities Department of Education

Location:

671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, Florida 32803
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4

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$12,774
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
14
Accredited
School Type
4-year
First established in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College ranks sixth for the prominence metric. Ranked seventh for accessibility, the college offers two bachelor’s degree completion programs entirely online. Prospective students must be currently registered and certified in radiologic technology. The online bachelor’s degree program in imaging sciences offers students the opportunity to specialize in MRI and CT technology. The online bachelor’s degree program in women's imaging focuses on the health needs of women including breast cancer and high-risk pregnancy.

Alternatively, students with no prior experience can take advantage of hybrid programs that combine online and campus-based learning. The school also offers online certificate programs in computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for those with ARRT certification. Credits from both programs can be applied to the Bachelor of Science in imaging science program.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Location:

720 N. 87th St.
Omaha, Nebraska 68114
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5

Fort Hays State University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$3,272
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
38
Accredited
School Type
4-year
Fort Hays State University tops OnlineCollege.com's rankings for the lowest tuition out of the best schools for radiologic sciences. In addition to that first place score, the university came in fourth out of 30 schools for accessibility. Strong evidence of the school’s accessibility is found in their online offerings in radiologic sciences. Fort Hays State University offers a fully online program for a Bachelors of Science in medical diagnostic imaging. It also has three fully online certificate programs that can lead to ARRT certification: cardiovascular intervention technology (CVIT), computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The fourth certificate option is a women's imaging certificate, and it includes a one week on-campus component.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

600 Park St.
Hays, Kansas 67601
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6

Clarkson College

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$10,116
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
16
Accredited
School Type
4-year
Ranking third out of 30 schools for the prominence metric is Clarkson College. Clarkson boasts a well-established online program, with over 90 percent of their students taking at least one online course per semester. A 25-to-1 student-teacher ratio allows for individual attention from faculty. Clarkson has a fully online Bachelor of Science in medical imaging program. Students study CT, MRI, mammography, bone density and angiography procedures. The bachelor's degree program requires 180 externship hours per semester. Clarkson also has an associate degree program in radiologic technology that allows certain courses within the program to be completed online.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Location:

101 S. 42 St.
Omaha, Nebraska 68131
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7

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$8,858
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
17
Accredited
School Type
4-year
Clarion University is a member of Pennsylvania's state system of education. Clarion offers a fully online bachelor's degree completion program in medical imaging. Prospective students must be fully credentialed technologists in radiology, diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, or medical dosimetry.

Ranked third for accessibility, Clarion University has been offering online degree programs since 2007. All online students participate in a well-crafted online orientation. Clarion also offers online tutoring and writing support. With over 90 percent of their students receiving some form of financial aid, Clarion University ranks 10th out of 30 schools for affordability.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

840 Wood St.
Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214
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8

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,268
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
50
Accredited
School Type
4-year
For over 30 years, the University of Louisiana at Monroe has provided advanced radiologic training. Earning third place for low tuition out of 30 schools, the university is an affordable option for a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology. Prospective students must be credentialed graduates of an accredited associate degree or hospital-based training program. Self-paced and fully online, this program covers advanced radiographic and imaging procedures. The university also offers a registered technologist education plan. This offers a pathway for registered technologists to enter the bachelor's degree program.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Location:

700 University Ave.
Monroe, Louisiana 71209
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9

Siena Heights University

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$15,865
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
46
Accredited
School Type
4-year
Siena Heights University allows working professionals to earn a bachelor’s degree of applied science entirely online. Graduates of an accredited associate degree program build an individualized bachelor's degree curriculum around the technical background they already have. Common majors include diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and radiologic technology. Prospective students without an associate degree can enter the program as long as they have the ARRT credentials, have completed a hospital-based training program, and have at least two years of work experience. The 'inverted major' program uses a cohort model. Online students start as a group, or cohort, and progress through the program together. Siena Heights University also offers a hybrid program that combines on-campus and online learning.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

247 E. Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221
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10

La Roche College

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$20,295
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
3
Accredited
School Type
4-year
La Roche College offers its online students a wide range of support services. Online students can access technical help from the Student Help Desk. Academic and career advising is available along with financial aid support. Online students can access an online bookstore and electronic resources from the college's library.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Location:

9000 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237
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We even provide support after graduation. I've run study sessions and helped prepare
students for their registry exams. There is not much we won't do for our students.

Beth L. Vealé, PhD., RT(R)(QM)

Professor, Radiologic Sciences

Midwestern State University

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Beth L. Vealé, PhD., RT(R)(QM)

Beth L. Vealé, PhD., RT(R)(QM)

Professor, Radiologic Sciences

Midwestern State University

Q: What qualities make Midwestern State University's online radiologic sciences program so outstanding?

A: There are several factors that contribute to this. To begin with, Midwestern State University is very supportive of online programs. Our online students really matter. We make sure we are available for our students. Our online students comment that when they call, we are there.

Class size is another factor. With 30 students in each course, we can ensure each one receives individualized attention. When our students raise concerns, we listen. In fact, the transition from an entry-level associate degree to baccalaureate degree program grew out of a request from our students. They were spending four years of study only to come out with an associate degree. The degree itself has really transformed from a vocational, technical degree to a research-based bachelor's degree.

Our professors are another factor. All of our professors are registered radiological technicians. Several professors still practice. They serve on national boards. They work with national and state legislatures to address concerns related to radiology programs and to stay at the forefront of the industry. Our professors serve as expert consultants and are active in publishing and research. Our professors make sure our courses stay up-to-date on current research and practice. When students take our courses, they bring back to their own practice what they have learned. This has lead not only to positive changes in their practice, but also to promotions and new job opportunities.

Finally, the nature of our online program means we are not bound by walls. We make connections all over the country and all over the world.

Q: What support does Midwestern State University offer their online student body?

A: Our online students get the same support that our on-campus students get. The online program actually allows for more one-on-one interaction between students and professors. Our online students have access to all the same opportunities as our on-campus students. If they are in the area, their student ID can get them into university activities and concerts.

As far as our online courses, the university provides an online orientation. Then, there is an online orientation specific to our program. Once you are in our program, we provide easy access to all our university services. Using the D2L portal, students can access services including financial aid and our online bookstore. Even the library has online support that connects students directly with librarians. We have tried to make things as accessible as possible, so that students reach the services they need in as few clicks as possible.

We offer online advising. Students are connected with one advisor who stays with them throughout the course of the program. When students first apply, they receive a degree plan. We believe all of our students are important and we will even help them access resources in their own community -- not just within our university program. Our support system is great. Our secretaries are so knowledgeable and able to help if, for instance, a degree plan goes missing. They can provide a new copy and connect the student to their advisor to make sure things stay on track.

We even provide support after graduation. I've run study sessions and helped prepare students for their registry exams. There is not much we won't do for our students. We have high standards and we hold our students to them. But, we are flexible, too.

Q: How does the online program differ from the on-campus program?

A: The online program is a completion program for technicians already working in the field. Whereas, the on-campus program is an entry-level baccalaureate program and includes lab classes be completed at the university. Online students are able to complete their lab courses by observing and practicing with registered technologists in their own facilities at work.

In some ways, our online students have it better than our on-campus students. Online courses are capped at 30 students, as opposed to 50 or 60 on campus. And, I have noticed that online students are often more willing to ask questions of me than their on-campus counterparts. Online courses allow me to pinpoint students who are having issues and offer targeted support. Online students also have the flexibility to schedule how and when they take the course. They are not bound by the university's hours or vacation schedules. With our online proctoring program, our students can take exams at any time of day or night. And, they know they can always reach me if they have any trouble.

Finally, I feel like teaching online has made me a better teacher. The nature of online courses means my materials and course must be highly organized. It makes me more specific and more proactive.

Radiologic Sciences Specializations

There are a number of specializations within the general field of radiologic science. Experienced radiographers will often pursue additional education to become certified in specialized equipment or to work with specific areas, such as oncology or women's health.

Sonography

Diagnostic medical sonographers use ultrasound machines to take pictures of the soft tissues and organs inside the body. The procedure is non-invasive. Sound waves are used to produce images as opposed to the ionizing radiation of X-rays. Sonographers work with physicians to interpret the images and make a diagnosis. Sonography is used to detect tumors or other masses such as cysts or nodules within the body. Sonographers assist during needle biopsies. Sonograms can be used to evaluate blood flow through veins as well as to the brain. Pregnant women often have sonograms in order to check the growth and development of a baby.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI is another non-invasive, non-ionizing radiation method of medical imaging. MRI technologists operate machines that use powerful magnets and radio waves to produce very detailed images of the soft tissues within the body. It is commonly used to diagnose aneurysms, tumors, diseases in organs such as the liver, and injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Mammography

Mammography is a specialty within radiography. Mammograms use X-rays to examine breast tissue. Mammography is used both in routine cancer screening tool as well as a specific diagnostic tool.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed tomography imaging is often referred to as a CT or CAT scan. Radiographers can specialize in CT imaging. CT scans use sophisticated X-ray technology to produced highly detailed, cross-section images of the body. CT scans are a common diagnostic tool for heart and vascular diseases, tumors and cysts, malformations of skeletal structures and organs, and injuries to bone or soft tissue.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses concentrated doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapists use linear accelerators to deliver external beam radiation. Brachytherapy delivers radiation therapy internally by implanting radioactive material within or adjacent to a tumor. To ensure radiation is delivered to the precise location necessary, radiation therapists use X-ray, CT or MRI.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine differs from other kinds of imaging procedures such as X-ray, ultrasound and MRI. Those technologies show the structure of bones, organs, and soft tissue. Nuclear medicine, on the other hand, uses radioactive drugs to show the body's physiological processes are functioning. For example, nuclear medicine technologists can evaluate how a patient's metabolism is functioning.

Cardiovascular Interventional Sciences

Cardiovascular interventional medicine diagnoses and treats heart disease as well as diseases that affect the heart such as those of the arteries. Cardiovascular radiologists work as part of specialized cardiovascular teams that perform minimally-invasive procedures. Angioplasty, stent implantation, atherectomy, and valve surgery are examples of such procedures.

Radiologic Sciences Completion Programs

Degree completion programs offer working professionals a bridge to a college degree, allowing them to use the experience they have to attend a shorter, more focused program. Some employers prefer or require a bachelor's degree. Also, it can open the door to certain specialties within the field.

Radiologic science education requires hands-on skills practice. Therefore, most degree completion programs require prospective students to have a solid background in radiology prior to applying. In some cases, lab courses and practice are completed at the student's work site under the supervision of a fully credentialed, registered technologist. Occasionally, online degree completion programs will require students to participate in a formal externship as well.

Radiologic Technologist to Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences

Bachelor’s degree completion programs are for registry-eligible or certified radiology professionals. Prospective students should have completed an associate degree or hospital-based training program. Radiologic technologists may use degree completion programs in order to specialize their practice in areas such as women's imaging or MRI. Technologists may pursue a bachelor's degree with the goal of moving into senior positions or transitioning into management or administration.

Radiologic Technologist to Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

This degree is specifically geared to radiologists interested in becoming diagnostic medical sonographers. As with the more generalized radiologic sciences bachelor's program, students will generally need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered or registry-eligible
  • Be a graduate of an associate degree or hospital-based program

Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Radiologic Science

A master’s degree is appropriate for professionals interested in advanced practice, administration or radiologic science education. While not technically a completion degree, some programs will allow radiologic professionals to apply continuing education credits toward their degree.

Certificate to Associate Degree

Associate degree completion programs offer a degree pathway for professionals holding limited practice certificates or who are graduates of non-degree granting hospital programs. As of 2015, ARRT requires at least an associate degree to be eligible for primary certification and registration in many of the radiologic sciences fields.

Radiologic Sciences Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015, strong overall job growth is predicted for radiologic science careers over the next decade. This trend is driven by the increased availability of healthcare coverage that stems from the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicare. Furthermore, as the baby boomer generation ages there will be an increased need for medical imaging to both diagnose and treat their ailments.

There are a number of specialties within the radiologic sciences. Each requires specialized skills and training. Below you can see the career outlook for several jobs in this field.

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2015 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$56,100
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
21,400
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015
Associate's degree
Cardiovascular technology focuses on the function of the heart. Most cardiovascular technologists work in hospitals. Some may work in an individual physician's office or medical laboratory. Medicare and many insurance companies only cover tests and procedures performed by licensed and certified cardiovascular technologists. As a result, most employers require full credentialing in addition to formal education.

There are a number of specializations within cardiovascular technology including echocardiographers, EKG technicians and cardiovascular technologists. Each of these professionals perform different tests to the heart to help diagnose and treat patients.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2015 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$70,880
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
27,500
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015
Associate's degree
Sonography is increasingly on the front lines of diagnosing disease. It is also used in routine examinations such as obstetric sonograms that track fetal development. Diagnostic medical sonographers mainly work in hospitals. Some work in doctor's offices or laboratories.

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers certification in a number of specialties in addition to the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) credential. Sonographers need a combination of formal education and clinical experience to be eligible to take the certification exams. Employers generally prefer to hire certified sonographers. The BLS notes that job prospects are strongest for sonographers holding multiple certifications.

Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2015 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$74,990
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
4,200
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015
Associate's degree
Nuclear medicine technologists use radioactive pharmaceuticals to help doctors diagnose and treat disease such as cancer. Technologists follow strict protocols to prepare and administer the radioactive drugs to patients. They operate equipment, such as CT or CAT scans, to create the images of body tissues or organs and ensure precise delivery of radiopharmaceuticals. The majority of nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals. Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate or bachelor's degree in nuclear technology. Alternatively, professionals may pursue a nuclear medicine certificate with a bachelor's degree in an area such as radiologic science or medical imaging.
Radiation Therapist
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2015 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$84,460
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
6,200
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015
Associate's degree
Radiation therapy is most commonly used to treat cancer. Using linear accelerators, radiation therapists deliver targeted doses of radiation (x-rays) to destroy cancerous cells and shrink tumors. Following treatment plans created by radiation oncologists, radiation therapists may also be responsible for ensuring the correct dosage of radiation. They may also monitor patients for side effects.

Radiation therapists work in hospitals, outpatient clinics or physician's offices. Most states require additional certification from ARRT for radiation therapists. Radiation therapists may further advance their careers with additional education and a certification as a medical dosimetrist.

Radiologic and MRI Technologist
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2015 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$58,520
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
54,400
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015
Associate's degree
Radiographers use X-ray and computer tomograpy (CT) scans to examine and assist in diagnosis of injuries, illness and disease. Radiographers may administer special dyes that help them image soft tissue. They may also take a patient's medical history, keep medical records and maintain the equipment. Radiographers can pursue medical imaging specialties such as mammography. Some radiographers go on to pursue certifications and credentials in order to specialize in MRI.

The majority of radiographers and MRI technologists work in hospitals. Others work in medical laboratories or outpatient clinics. While not all states require certification, most employers prefer to hire technologists certified by ARRT or the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists.

Salary
Number of Jobs
Job Growth
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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