Online Radiology Assistant Degrees

Advanced training in radiologic sciences through a bachelor's degree program can lead to professional advancement for certified radiologic technologists. A master's degree will allow you to assist radiologists with patient assessments, fluoroscopy and making initial diagnostic evaluations. Continue reading for more information about how you can earn this degree online. See how online learning is conducted and get career info, too. Schools offering Biomedical Engineering Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in an Online Radiology Assistant Degree Program?

Online radiology assistant degree programs are found at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Online bachelor's degree programs are limited and typically require you to be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) as a condition of admission. The curriculum is designed to increase your knowledge and skills in specific modalities through courses such as the following:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Statistics
  • Sectional anatomy
  • Advanced practice skills
  • Pathophysiology
  • Radiation biology
  • Health laws
  • Nuclear medicine physics
  • Mammography

Online radiology assistant master's degree programs typically require you to have a bachelor's degree in radiologic science or radiologic technology for admission; however, some programs offer a special associate's to master's track. The master's degree curriculum provides advanced training in diagnostic imaging procedures. You will learn how to assist radiologists through courses such as diagnostic imaging, patient assessment, special issues, research methods and radiologic education. A thesis paper is required.

How Do Online Programs Work?

Online radiology assistant programs are typically a hybrid of Internet courses and on-campus seminars. On campus visits vary by program, but typically you will be required to attend on-campus seminars a couple of times each semester. You will also be required to locate a radiology practice in your community with American Board of Radiology (ABR)-certified radiologists to serve as your clinical preceptorship for master's degree programs. Most programs require around 1,700 hours of clinical contact. Online courses are delivered via dedicated Web portals, and communication with your instructor will be through e-mail. Some programs may require you to take exams at a pre-approved proctored site.

What is the Career Outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of radiologic technologists and technicians will increase by 17% from 2008-2018, primarily due to an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging services (www.bls.gov). Also according to the BLS, as of May 2009, the annual median salary for radiologic technologists was $53,240.

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