How to Become a Pediatric Radiologist in 5 Steps

Pediatric radiologists diagnose medical conditions in infants and children by studying diagnostic images, like X-rays, MRI scans and computed tomography scans. After four years of medical school, you'll need to complete a 4-year diagnostic radiology residency and finish a 1- or 2-year fellowship. Read on for more details about the steps to entering this career. Schools offering Cardiovascular Sonography degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Pediatric Radiologist?

Pediatric radiologists utilize medical imaging to diagnose the diseases and injuries of children. O*Net Online reports that pediatric radiologists use a diverse range of technology, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, ultrasound, X-ray, positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) to produce diagnostic images (www.onetonline.org). As a pediatric radiologist, you'll analyze these images to determine the best treatment plan for sick or injured children and infants.

Step 1: Go to College

The first step to becoming any kind of doctor is to attend college. Many colleges offer bachelor's degree programs in radiological sciences. These programs tend to be for people who want to become a technician of one of the radiological tests. However, they do provide some of the necessary courses that you might find in an alternative pre-med program, such as chemistry, biology, anatomy, medical terminology, health assessment and pathology. Otherwise, consider a pre-med program.

Step 2: Take the MCAT

The Medical College Admission Test, or the MCAT, is an essential part of applying to medical school. This exam is offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at testing centers across the nation (www.aamc.org). The multiple-choice exam tests you on your verbal reasoning, writing skills and knowledge of the sciences.

Step 3: Attend Medical School

You must first attend medical school to become a pediatric radiologist. A medical program trains you in medical sciences. In general, you'll learn how to be a physician with no specific specialty. Along with classroom lectures, you'll research case studies, practice medical scenarios and complete clinical rotations.

Step 4: Complete Residency and Fellowship

After medical school, you'll spend several years in a residency and fellowship. This is a time in which you gain firsthand experience at hospitals or clinics analyzing medical images and performing diagnoses. Some hospitals allow you to begin specializing in pediatric radiology, but for the most part you'll focus your time on diagnostic radiology.

After finishing a 4-year residency in diagnostic radiology, you must complete a 1- or 2-year fellowship in pediatric radiology. This time is spent mastering the diseases typical among children.

Step 5: Consider Becoming Certified

The American Board of Radiology offers optional board certification in both diagnostic and pediatric radiology (www.theabr.org). You must earn initial certification in diagnostic radiology prior to earning initial certification in pediatric radiology. Passing either exam certifies you for ten years. The certification exams, which question your knowledge and qualifications, are given over a computer.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

  • 1. Degree Options:

Popular Schools

  • Strayer University

    Strayer University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Strayer University:

    Online and Campus-Based Programs Available:

    View All Locations
    • Anywhere: Online Campus
    • Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville
    • Arkansas: Little Rock
    • Columbia (D.C.): Washington
    • Delaware: Newark
    • Florida: Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Maitland, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Tampa
    • Georgia: Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Douglasville, Lithonia, Morrow, Roswell, Savannah
    • Louisiana: Metairie
    • Maryland: Baltimore, Millersville, Owings Mills, Rockville, Suitland
    • Mississippi: Jackson
    • North Carolina: Charlotte, Greensboro, Huntersville, Morrisville, Raleigh
    • Pennsylvania: Center Valley, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Springfield, Trevose, Warrendale
    • South Carolina: Columbia, Greenville, North Charleston
    • Tennessee: Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville
    • Texas: Austin, Cedar Hill, Dallas, Houston, Irving, Plano, San Antonio, Stafford
    • Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Chesapeake, Fredericksburg, Glen Allen, Manassas, Midlothian, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Woodbridge
    • West Virginia: Scott Depot
  • DeVry University

    DeVry University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at DeVry University:

    Online and Campus-Based Programs Available:

    View All Locations
    • Anywhere: Online Campus
    • Arizona: Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix
    • California: Alhambra, Anaheim, Bakersfield, Colton, Daly City, Elk Grove, Fremont, Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, Oxnard, Palmdale, Pomona, San Diego, San Jose, Sherman Oaks
    • Colorado: Colorado Springs, Greenwood Village, Westminster
    • Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Tampa
    • Georgia: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Decatur, Duluth, Stockbridge
    • Illinois: Addison, Chicago, Downers Grove, Elgin, Gurnee, Naperville, Schaumburg, Tinley Park
    • Indiana: Indianapolis, Merrillville
    • Kentucky: Louisville
    • Maryland: Bethesda
    • Michigan: Southfield
    • Minnesota: Edina
    • Missouri: Kansas City, Saint Louis
    • North Carolina: Charlotte, Morrisville
    • New Jersey: Cherry Hill, North Brunswick, Paramus
    • Nevada: Henderson
    • New York: New York, Rego Park
    • Ohio: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Seven Hills
    • Oklahoma: Oklahoma City
    • Oregon: Portland
    • Pennsylvania: Cranberry Township, Fort Washington, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
    • Tennessee: Memphis, Nashville
    • Texas: Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, Irving, Richardson, San Antonio, Sugar Land
    • Utah: Sandy
    • Virginia: Arlington, Chesapeake, Manassas
    • Washington: Bellevue, Federal Way, Lynnwood
    • Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Waukesha
  • ECPI University

    ECPI University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at ECPI University:

    Campus Locations:

    • Virginia: Newport News, Richmond
  • Kaplan University

    Kaplan University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Kaplan University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Sanford-Brown

    Sanford-Brown responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Sanford-Brown:

    Campus-Based Programs Available:

    View All Locations
    • Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tampa
    • Georgia: Atlanta
    • New Jersey: Iselin
    • New York: Bethpage, Garden City, New York, Patchogue
    • Texas: Dallas, Houston, San Antonio
  • Capella University

    Capella University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Capella University:

    • Doctoral
    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

    Online Programs Available

  • Herzing University

    Herzing University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Herzing University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Bryant & Stratton College

    Bryant & Stratton College responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Bryant & Stratton College:

    • Bachelor Degrees

    Online Programs Available

  • Keiser University

    Keiser University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Keiser University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees
    • Associate Programs

    Online Programs Available

  • Saint Joseph's University

    Saint Joseph's University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Saint Joseph's University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Grand Canyon University

    Grand Canyon University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Grand Canyon University:

    Online Programs Available

  • The University of Liverpool

    The University of Liverpool responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at The University of Liverpool:

    • Master

    Online Programs Available

  • California InterContinental University

    California InterContinental University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at California InterContinental University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Brandman University

    Brandman University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Brandman University:

    • Certificates

    Online and Campus-Based Programs Available:

    View All Locations
    • Anywhere: Online Campus
    • California: Culver City, Fairfield, Folsom, Hanford, Irvine, Menifee, Monterey, Ontario, Palm Desert, Palmdale, Riverside, Roseville, Salida, San Diego, Santa Clarita, Santa Maria, Victorville, Visalia, Yuba City
    • Washington: Lacey
  • Azusa Pacific Online University

    Azusa Pacific Online University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Azusa Pacific Online University:

    Online Programs Available