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Q&A - Bachelors Degrees in X Ray Technology

Can I work while studying for my bachelors degree in x ray tech?

With a few exceptions, radiology bachelors degrees are awarded to working radiologic technologists who are already registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and want to further develop their careers. It is the most advanced degree that an x ray tech can receive. If you receive a masters degree, you are known as a radiologist assistant.

Students seeking a bachelors degree are employed in hospitals, doctors’ offices, medical imaging clinics and dental offices. They may also work in an emergency room or in the field with mobile x ray equipment. Because these students are already working, most programs are offered online.

An online bachelors in radiology program is tailored to the working student. The flexibility allows you to maintain your full-time job, which many programs require, and study in your free time.

A top online bachelor degree in radiology allows you to pursue leadership or management positions, earn advanced degrees as radiologist assistants or specialize in a specific segment of radiologic technology such as MRI scans, CT scans, nuclear medicine or ultrasound. It is challenging for any student to work full time while pursuing a bachelors degree. However, the personal and professional rewards you will receive are well worth the effort.

Are there any brick-and-mortar colleges that offer an online x ray tech bachelors degree program?

Students have numerous options available when considering an online bachelors degree in radiology, and those looking for the best radiology bachelor degree should start with the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, a world-renowned hospital system. It offers a radiologic sciences program designed for radiologic technologists who want to learn the technical, medical and business skills they need for continued professional growth.

Colorado Mesa University, highly ranked by students for its academics, offers a radiologic technology program that gives students the opportunity to advance in specialty areas of radiology including CT scans, MRI scans, mammography and cardiovascular imaging. Students also acquire skills in informatics, quality management and advanced patient care.

At the Oregon Institute of Technology, ranked eighth among western colleges by U.S. News & World Report, you can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science. The program combines the study of MRI scans, CT scans, mammography, quality assurance/quality control and cardiovascular-interventional technology (CIT) with business applications and general education.

Clarkson College, nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for its business and nursing programs, offers a blended online medical imaging program. Students develop specialized skills in CT scans, MRI scans, angiography, mammography, quality control and more. The degree includes theoretical coursework and opportunities for externships.

Are there any scholarships for traditional or online bachelors degree students in x ray tech?

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Foundation offers many scholarships to students seeking a bachelor in radiology. To apply, students must be an ASRT member, hold an unrestricted state license or be registered by ARRT (or an equivalent certifying body) and have applied to or be currently attending accredited x ray technician schools. The scholarship amounts range from $1,500 to $5,000.

The West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists (WVSRT) provides scholarships as well. Eligible students must be current members of ASRT and WVSRT, be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents, demonstrate enrollment in 1 of the 2 types of accredited entry-level radiologic science programs, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the radiologic science core curriculum and provide evidence of financial need. Students in radiology classes outside of West Virginia should check with their individual state’s radiological society as most, if not all, will offer similar opportunities.

Online students should consult their school’s financial aid office and departmental websites for scholarship information. Obtaining an accredited bachelors degree in radiology generally entitles you to apply for your school’s available grants and scholarships.

Can I study abroad during my on-campus or online bachelors degree program in x ray tech?

Concordia University Wisconsin offers study abroad programs to its radiology bachelors degree students. Students can study abroad for 1 semester and are eligible for a grant as long as they have completed at least 60 undergraduate credits with a 2.5 GPA.

Colorado Mesa University offers several options for studying abroad. Students can participate in a reciprocal exchange, study abroad for a semester or just spend the summer overseas. You must be a sophomore and have a GPA of at least 2.75. Some programs require that you be a junior with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Wichita State University (WSU) provides an interesting twist on the study abroad concept. WSU, along with about 200 other colleges and universities nationwide, participates in a program that allows students to study for a semester or a year at another university. Students can live in a different area and experience an entirely new campus environment without the concerns of traveling to a foreign country.

Online students attending programs based at traditional campuses may also be eligible to participate in study abroad. Information is usually available on your school’s website, or you can contact the director of your school’s international studies department.