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A Degree in Radiologic Technology for Military & Veterans

What can you do with a Radiologic Technology Degree?

Radiologic Technology uses electromagnetic rays to safely create images to check patient health including:

  • bone fractures
  • pneumonia
  • blocked blood vessels
  • abnormal growths in breast tissue
  • brain tumors
  • COPD
  • cancers

Getting a Degree in Radiologic Technology

A Degree in Radiologic Technology offers graduates a rewarding career as a radiologic technologist (or radiographer). Jobs are available in a variety of settings including:

  • hospitals
  • physician’s’ offices
  • medical and diagnostic labs
  • research
  • administration
  • education

A necessity for licensure in most states is successful completion of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam. Once licensed students may begin their career as a radiologic technologist or even continue their education in a graduate program.

Radiologic Technologist – Perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients. Median Annual Salary: $62,000.

Is a Radiologic Technology Degree hard?

A Degree in Radiologic Technology is not difficult. It requires both classroom and clinical (hands-on) work as it prepares students for the technical and theoretical aspects of a career in this field.

Look for programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. These programs are commended for developing knowledge and skills to the care of real patients in clinical settings under the supervision of qualified technologists. In addition, programs with this accreditation make certain their graduates have all the necessary qualifications and are well prepared to acquire necessary certifications and licensure.

Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology

Through a combination of classroom, lab, and clinical experiences students gain practical knowledge of topics such as:

  • radiology best practices
  • radiation safety
  • physics
  • anatomy
  • pathology

Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Technology

A Bachelor’s of Science program in Radiologic Technology (often listed as Radiologic Sciences) is for both new radiologic science students as well as professionals already working in the field. Students pursuing a Bachelor’s in Radiologic Technology will, upon successful completion of the program, be able to seamlessly move into a leadership position in the profession. In addition to the classroom, lab, and clinical experiences offered to students similar to those in an Associate degree program, students in a Bachelor’s degree program will also be instructed in areas such as:

  • leadership
  • management
  • critical thinking skills
  • research
  • effective communication including writing and speaking

GI Bill®-approved Schools with Bachelor’s Degrees in Radiologic Technology

Ready to start your Degree in Radiologic Technology? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:  

Central Ohio Technical College

Offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Science Technology. Central Ohio Tech also offers a completion degree option for radiologic science students. This allows graduates with an AS in Radiologic Science Technology to earn their Bachelor of Science completely online through a partnership with The Ohio State University.  Central Ohio Technical College has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP exam and the DSST exam. Central Ohio Technical College is a MyCAA approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance

Concordia University of Ann Arbor

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology and a fully online option for those that are already certified Radiology Techs to finish their BS Degree remotely. Concordia U-Ann Arbor has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. Concordia U-Ann Arbor is a Yellow Ribbon school and is approved for Tuition Assistance

Concordia University of Wisconsin

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology and a fully online option for those that are already certified Radiology Techs to finish their BS Degree remotely. Concordia U-WI has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. Concordia U-WI is a MyCAA approved school, is approved for Tuition Assistance, and Concordia U-WI is a Yellow Ribbon school.

John Patrick University of Health and Applied Sciences

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science. JPU has GI Bill approved programs, awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. JPU is a Yellow Ribbon school.

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Offers a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging/Radiography (X-ray). Upstate Medical University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP  exam, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

Kent State University

Offers an Associate of Applied Sciences in Radiologic Technology and a Bachelor’s in Radiologic Imaging Sciences.  Kent State University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for CLEP exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Kent State University is a MyCAA approved school.

Quinnipiac University

Offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Radiologic Science. Quinnipiac offers an MHS in Radiologist Assistant and an MHS in Advanced Medical Imaging and Leadership for those wishing to pursue related advanced degrees. Quinnipiac University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Quinnipiac University is a Yellow Ribbon school and a MyCAA approved school.

Is a Radiologic Technology Degree worth it?

Yes! A Degree in Radiologic Technology is worth it! A rewarding career with great pay, a Radiologic Technologist can secure a job anywhere in the country in a setting of their choosing! From high-volume and fast-paced emergency rooms in a big city to a physician’s office in a quiet rural town, job opportunities are vast and varied. This career field is expected to grow by 10% over the next decade making it a great career opportunity to take advantage of today!

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.