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Radiologic and MRI technologists are among the highest-paying careers you can attain with only an associate degree. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calculates the profession’s median annual salary at over $60,000 -- and projects the number of positions in the field to grow 13% by 2026 -- earning a radiology degree online makes sense.

This page includes a ranked list of accredited online radiology programs and provides information on courses in radiology, typical career paths for graduates, how to finance your degree, and more.

Best Online Associate in Radiology Programs

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Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health 

Omaha, NE

About this school

Devoted to education for healthcare occupations, Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing and Allied Health delivers cutting-edge programs both on campus and online. Learners with an associate degree and the American registry of radiologic technologies (ARRT) credential can complete the 122-credit bachelor of science in imaging science online in 18-24 months.

The radiology degree curriculum includes health education, applied analysis of research, and advanced cross-sectional anatomy. Students can choose minors in healthcare sign language or Spanish for healthcare professionals. The program accommodates learners without ARRT credentials, giving them the opportunity to earn both an associate and bachelor’s degree in three years. After these students complete the associate degree, they sit for the ARRT exam. Admission to the BS in imaging science requires a minimum 2.5 GPA and ARRT certification for those entering the BS program. NMC recommends that applicants complete clinic/hospital observation in a radiology department before applying.

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University of Iowa 

Iowa City, IA

About this school

A top research institution in the U.S., the University of Iowa also houses one of the largest medical centers in the country. The school’s catalog of online degrees includes the 120-credit bachelor of science in radiation science, a program that enrolls registered radiologic technologists. Students choose one of three modalities: computed tomography, cardiovascular interventional, or magnetic resonance imaging. The curriculum for the online radiology degree depends on the chosen modality, but all students compete 22-25 credits in major coursework, such as vascular anatomy and sectional anatomy for imaging sciences.

Students receive 60 credits for the completion of a radiologic technology program and credit for prerequisite courses. Since the program does not offer the clinical component required to sit for the advanced American registry of radiologic technologies (ARRT) certification, learners must contact one of the school’s partnering institutions to complete that aspect. Admission requires ARRT certification, 25-27 credits in prerequisite coursework, and a minimum 2.5 GPA.

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Concordia University - Wisconsin 

Mequon, WI

About this school

Concordia University-Wisconsin uses a robust virtual campus to provide access to education that blends faith and learning. A Lutheran school, CUW offers a degree completion bachelor of science in radiologic technology for radiology technicians with American registry of radiologic technologies (ARRT) certification who provide proof of current licensure. Students earn credit for the ARRT credential and college credit they transfer into the online radiology degree. Each course in the 128- to 130-credit program lasts between six and eight weeks, fostering accelerated learning. Courses cover topics like human anatomy and physics, medical terminology, human biology, and stewardship of the body.

Students who take courses in the radiology technician degree online receive access to personalized online tutoring or one-on-one tutoring at one of the school’s regional centers. Learners benefit from affordable tuition and scholarship opportunities for nontraditional students. Admission requires a minimum 2.75 GPA, with preference given to students holding a minimum 3.0 GPA in science classes.

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Misericordia University 

Dallas, PA

About this school

Situated on a 123-acre campus in Dallas, Pennsylvania, Misericordia University has served nontraditional learners for 90 years. The bachelor of science in diagnostic medical sonography provides practicing sonographers with a degree completion option that offers training in specialties other than ultrasound. The radiology tech degree includes core coursework in clinical sonography, abdominal sonography, and ultrasound physics and instrumentation. Some courses prepare students for specialty certification, such as fetal echocardiography and neurosonography. The program also offers a social science track that uses 15 credits to cover issues in family, cultural minorities, and child welfare law.

With all courses offered online, sonographers can continue working as they study on a part-time basis. The school awards credits for life experiences, excels in helping learners transfer credits, and guides students toward secure access to financial aid. Admission requires American registry of radiologic technologies or American society of diagnostic medical sonography certification.

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana 

Natchitoches, LA

About this school

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is home to eNSU, Louisiana’s largest electronic campus. The bachelor of science in radiologic sciences at eNSU trains students for careers as radiologic technologists. The online curriculum includes imaging principles, clinical radiography, radiation protection, and radiographic pathology.

Students enrolled in the online radiology degree participate in clinical experiences at hospitals and other facilities. Learners receive clinical training in routine radiography, computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. NSU facilitates clinical experience through partnerships with healthcare organizations in Louisiana and elsewhere in the United States. The school also accommodates the needs of online students with flexible scheduling and personalized learning. Admission requires a minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA on general academic courses, a minimum "C" grade on prerequisite courses, such as biological sciences, and an entrance examination in radiology.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis 

Indianapolis, IN

About this school

Northwestern State University of Louisiana is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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University of Louisiana at Monroe 

Monroe, LA

About this school

The University of Louisiana at Monroe offers online learners in Louisiana and other states access to the school’s 80-year tradition of academic excellence. ULM’s portfolio of 30 online degrees includes a bachelor of science in radiologic technology that enrolls radiologic technologists with American registry of radiologic technologies (ARRT) certification. The school boasts 30 years of experience in training radiologic technologists and allows learners to study at their own pace with a fully online format. Students receive 38 credits for ARRT certification and must also complete general education requirements in the humanities, biology, science, and math.

The radiology degree includes the study of radiologic technology and requires a capstone project. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at ULM to satisfy the school’s residency requirement. Admission requires that applicants submit evidence of ARRT status.

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Clarion University of Pennsylvania 

Clarion, PA

About this school

Clarion University delivers programs both on campuses in Clarion and Venango, Pennsylvania and through a growing online platform. The 120-credit bachelor of science in medical imaging sciences offers learners a choice between two concentrations: ultrasound (sonography) or radiologic technology. The program enrolls learners already certified as sonographers, radiologic technologists, or nuclear medicine technologists. Students may transfer in the program’s general education requirements or complete them at Clarion.

Each concentration requires 60 credits. The ultrasound concentration in the radiology degree online requires a series of ultrasound clinical courses and research methods studies. The radiologic technology concentration includes radiographic procedures, imaging, and radiographic physics. Both concentrations require a leadership capstone. Applicants must hold a minimum 2.0 GPA on transferrable credits and professional certification. The school offers several scholarships, including those for returning students.

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Siena Heights University 

Adrian, MI

About this school

Since 1975, Siena Heights University has served nontraditional students. The school provides learning opportunities in eight locations in Michigan and online. SHU offers 50 majors, including a degree completion bachelor of applied science (BAS) in radiologic technology. The BAS utilizes an "inverted major" model in which learners design a curriculum around their allied health experience and prior college credit.

The radiologic major requires learners to enroll with an associate of applied science in radiologic technology or a combination of American registry of radiologic technologies (ARRT) credentials and two years of related work experience. SHU awards up to 24 credits for ARRT certification in magnetic resonance imaging and radiation therapy. Students in this online radiology degree receive no further professional training in radiology. Instead, learners complete the other BAS requirements in the liberal arts, healthcare management, and social science. Learners without an associate degree in radiologic science may earn the credential on the Adrian or Southfield campus.

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University of New Mexico 

Albuquerque, NM

About this school

Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico operates several campuses, including a main campus in Albuquerque. The 126-credit bachelor of science in radiologic science enrolls primary-certified technologists, such as radiographers, radiation therapists, and nuclear medicine technologists. The degree completion program provides a flexible curriculum for working technologists to enroll on a part- or full-time basis.

All radiology students must complete courses in human anatomy and physiology, biology for health related sciences, and 21 credits of radiology courses. The school offers concentrations in nuclear medicine and medical imaging, providing learners with the opportunity to master advanced diagnostic procedures. UMN maintains a 30-credit residency requirement. Admission requires an associate degree in medical imaging; certification from or eligibility for American registry of radiologic technologies certification, nuclear medicine technology certification, or American registry for diagnostic medical sonography certification; and a minimum 2.5 GPA.

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Presentation College 

Aberdeen, SD

About this school

Presentation College oversees a portfolio of degrees in allied health that emphasize professional competence, social justice, and service learning. The Aberdeen, South Dakota, college offers the 123-credit bachelor of science in radiologic technology for certified radiologic technologists with an associate degree. The degree completion program requires the study of medical terminology, cross-sectional anatomy, and physical principles of computed tomography. Learners choose from a suite of electives in healthcare economics and healthcare administration. Students in the radiology degree online earn 50 credits for American registry of radiologic technologies (ARRT) credentials, helping them accelerate degree completion.

The school offers an affordable education; 98% of students receive some form of financial aid, and the school remains 40% cheaper than private colleges. PC also reports an 88% job placement rate. Admission requires ARRT certification and a minimum 2.75 GPA.

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Midwestern State University 

Wichita Falls, TX

About this school

Midwestern State University is a public college serving 6,000 students in Wichita,Texas. MSU oversees a radiology program with a 45-year history in medical imaging education. The fully online bachelor of science in radiologic science enrolls registered imaging technologists or those eligible for the registry. Learners study radiation therapy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and other subjects designed to advance learners' knowledge and proficiency.

The program also offers a specialized course for those planning to teach strategies in imaging science, providing in-depth coverage of curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. Those interested in forensic medical imaging learn how to handle evidence, perform investigational radiography, and conduct anthropological radiography. All undergraduate online students pay in-state tuition. Admission to the radiology degree online requires a minimum 2.0 GPA and current American registry of radiologic technologies certification, nuclear medicine technology certification, or American registry for diagnostic medical sonography certification.

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Marian University 

Indianapolis, IN

About this school

A Catholic college located in Wisconsin, Marian University offers a values-based education that emphasizes small classes and the integration of classroom learning and work experiences. The school lauds a 100-year history of educating healthcare professionals and developed the fully online bachelor of science (BS) in radiologic technology for working radiology technologists. Learners enter the program with an associate degree that covers radiologic technology coursework. Students meet the requirements of the BS by completing 45 credits in the liberal arts, such as physics, world civilization, and psychology. An optional 21-credit business administration minor positions learners for managerial careers.

Students complete the program in 24 months and pay the same tuition regardless of in-state or out-of-state residency. Admission requires a minimum of 60 credits from an accredited radiologic technology program and American registry of radiologic technologies certification. The program only enrolls students in January, March, May, July, August, and October.

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East Tennessee State University 

Johnson City, TN

About this school

Located in Johnson City, East Tennessee State University enrolls 14,000 students, including professionals in allied health programs. The 120-credit bachelor of science in radiologic science provides working radiologic professionals with the skills needed for career advancement, such as managerial or supervisory roles. Learners can enroll in the radiology degree online with an associate degree and go on to complete 41-42 credits in general education.

Courses in the major cover healthcare management, healthcare law and compliance, leadership in allied health, and patient care and assessment. Students also complete a series of professional courses in radiographic procedures and clinical education. The school’s eRate program provides out-of-state learners studying exclusively online with affordable reduced tuition. Admission requires an associate of applied science in radiography science, a minimum 2.5 GPA on transferable credits, and American registry of radiologic technologies certification or eligibility for certification.

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University of Southern Indiana 

Evansville, IN

About this school

The University of Southern Indiana offers more than 130 programs on a large campus in Evansville and through a virtual college. The 120-credit bachelor in radiologic and imaging sciences provides a degree completion option for registered radiographers. Students complete 39 credits of university core subjects in the liberal arts in addition to 33 credits in the radiologic and imaging sciences major. Major options include CT/MRI, clinical education, or radiology management. Registered radiographers with current certification receive credit for professionals courses.

The 33-credit radiology management specialty track prepares learners for managerial positions and includes the study of healthcare delivery systems in the U.S., critical thinking skills in radiography, and digital radiography and imaging informatics. Admission to the radiology degree online requires certification as an American registry of radiologic technologies technologist. Learners enrolling in the CT/MRI concentration must complete a background check for the required clinical.

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Weber State University 

Ogden, UT

About this school

Weber State University offers educational opportunities across Utah. WSU’s 225 degree and certificate programs include a bachelor of science in radiologic science for registered radiologic technologists. Students receive credit for American registry of radiologic technologies (ARRT) certification, including credit for training in more than one modality.

Learners work with advisors to develop a plan of study that fulfills the school’s general education requirements for baccalaureate degrees. This covers coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and physical and life sciences. WSU strongly advises learners to complete an associate of arts to fulfil these requirements -- in addition to the required credits in radiology transferred into this program.

Those who complete the radiology degree expand their career opportunities to include research, education, and health services administration. WSU offers affordable tuition and scholarships awarded on merit. Admission requires an associate of applied science in radiography and ARRT certification.

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Bluefield State College 

Bluefield, WV

About this school

Located in West Virginia, Bluefield State College specializes in programs like STEM, nursing, and allied health.The hybrid bachelor of science in imaging science builds on an associate degree in radiography to cultivate healthcare professionals able to step into roles as chief technologists or department managers. The 121-credit degree offers concentrations in nuclear medicine, sonography, or computed tomography, each with a different required set of courses.

All BSC students learn more about the U.S. healthcare system, studying healthcare law and compliance and patient information management. Depending on the concentration chosen within the radiology degree online, learners complete courses at other colleges, such as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. To facilitate transfer, BSC maintains articulation agreements with Central Virginia Community College and Chattanooga State Community College. Admission requires an associate of applied science in radiologic technology, a minimum 2.5 GPA, and American registry of radiologic technologies certification.

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Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus 

Savannah, GA

About this school

Georgia Southern University oversees campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, and Hinesville. The school’s 129-credit bachelor of science in radiologic sciences provides a bridge program for certified radiation therapists, radiographers, and sonography and nuclear medicine technologists. Students complete 63 core credits and 66 credits within the major. Participants in the clinical track complete most courses online except for the clinical education they must complete in their local area. After clinicals, students qualify for certification in CT, MRI, or mammography.

The non-clinical track offers courses in management, leadership, and technical communication. Students complete all of the didactic courses online and the clinical education component at an accredited healthcare organization. All learners receive 33 credits for their primary certification (half of the major’s required credits) and may receive additional credits for secondary certification. Admission to the radiology degree requires graduation from a program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and American registry of radiologic technologies certification, nuclear medicine technology certification, or American registry for diagnostic medical sonography certification.

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Missouri Southern State University 

Joplin, MO

About this school

Missouri Southern State University offers healthcare programs delivered through seven departments in the School of Health Sciences. The college, located in Joplin, offers a bachelor of science in health science - radiologic technology that enrolls registered technologists. The 124-credit degree plan includes 27 credits of general education and a health sciences core that covers business statistics, epidemiology, and an examination of healthcare systems.

The school’s Retro Credit program awards 33 upper-level credits to registered radiologists. The online radiology degree delves into radiation biology, medical terminology, radiographic positioning, and patient care and radiation protection. Learners master new techniques in growing radiology areas, such as digital radiography and computerized tomography. The school offers affordable tuition, and learners studying in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and many counties in Illinois pay in-state tuition. Admission requires an associate of applied science in radiology and American registry of radiologic technologies certification.

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Southern Illinois University - Carbondale 

Carbondale, IL

About this school

Founded as a teacher training college, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale enrolls 17,000 students in programs administered through several colleges, including the School of Allied Health. The 120-credit bachelor of science in radiologic sciences management and education is a fully online program that enrolls certified radiologists, or those completing a program, in a part- or full-time curriculum.

The program uses 31 credits of upper-level courses to teach learners management theories, imaging techniques, and educational concepts in medical imaging for those planning to teach. Course topics include healthcare supervision, radiology management, research methods, and problems in radiology education and/or management. Students in the radiology degree online complete the degree asynchronously. SIU offers affordable tuition, and distance learners pay in-state tuition and fees. Admission requires certification in radiography, MRI/CT technology, or nuclear medicine technology.

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Kettering College 

Kettering, OH

About this school

An Ohio school that specializes in education for the healthcare professions, Kettering College offers a bachelor of science in health sciences with an emphasis in sonography or advanced imaging. Learners benefit from a program that offers accelerated sessions and flexible schedules to accommodate nontraditional learners. Students study online, acquiring advanced skills that position them to manage or teach other healthcare professionals.

The online radiology degree curriculum includes a health sciences core for both specializations that covers healthcare economics and finance, management and leadership in healthcare, and legal and ethical considerations in healthcare. The sonography emphasis requires advanced sonography and leadership theory in healthcare. The advanced imaging emphasis serves as a more comprehensive concentration that requires CT theory, clinical aspects of MRI, and vascular interventional technology. Admission requires an associate of applied science in sonography and American registry of radiologic technologies registration or its equivalent.

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What Else Can I Expect From an Online Radiology Program?

Example Courses for an Online Radiology Associate Program

Radiologic Physics and Principles:
This introductory course teaches students the basics of radiology. Topics include physics, imaging, positioning, and other foundational areas radiology students need to master before moving on to more complex material.
Methods of Patient Care:
This generalist course focuses on how medical professionals can best deal with patients of all kinds. The course includes case studies and real-world examples from medical professionals in different fields.
Clinical:
In this hands-on course, students complete clinical hours working in radiology departments at local hospitals or healthcare organizations. In most online associate degree in radiology programs, distance learners can complete this course in their own communities. 

Example Courses for an Online Radiology Bachelor’s Program

Imaging Techniques:
This survey course provides students with a foundation in the basics of imaging techniques for MRIs, X-ray, and other diagnostic tests. In addition to practical knowledge, the course covers theoretical physics knowledge such as nuclear medicine, atoms, light, and signal analysis.
Radiographic Positioning:
Another survey course, radiographic positioning covers a wide range of topics, such as basic anatomy and physiology and how to position radiographic examinations of different body areas (e.g. pelvis, abdomen, chest). Many radiology curricula divide this material into multiple courses in radiographic positioning.
Externship:
Like the clinical course in associate programs, radiology bachelor’s students complete hands-on credit hours within radiology departments at local hospitals or healthcare organizations. Distance learners can generally arrange to complete this course in their own communities.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Radiology Degree?

On average, earning a radiology degree online typically requires two years of full-time study and 60 credits, while a bachelor’s degree usually requires four years and around 120 credits.

Several factors can alter these completion times. For example, students who take self-paced courses can often move through coursework faster. However, self-paced learning provides more fluid completion times, as students who work full time may progress at a slower rate. Cohort programs often take longer to complete, but they can provide more fixed completion times, as students work through the same courses with the same peer group.

What Can I Do With a Radiology Degree?

The main difference between an online associate degree in radiology and a bachelor’s in radiology involves the level of mastery students attain. While associate degrees take two years and around 60 credits, bachelor’s degrees take four years and 120 credits. Students who earn bachelor’s degrees complete nearly twice the coursework of students who earn associate degrees.

The following section demonstrates salary potential and several career paths in radiology.

Career Paths for Graduates of Radiology Programs

As a pre-professional field, radiology programs prepare graduates for a limited number of positions. Nevertheless, some diversity does exist within the field, as graduates can pursue jobs as radiologists or MRI and CT technicians, continue their medical education, or learn adjacent skills such as nuclear medicine. Below, this page highlights common career paths for professionals who earn a radiology degree online.

  1. Radiologic and MRI Technologists: Radiologic and MRI technologists typically work in hospitals. They perform diagnostic imaging tests such as MRIs and X-rays, providing additional insight to doctors making diagnoses.
    • Median Annual Salary: $60,070
    • Minimum Degree Required: Associate
  2. Radiation Therapists: Radiation therapists use certain radiation treatments like chemotherapy to help patients fight cancer or similar diseases. They typically work in hospitals and outpatient cancer centers.
    • Median Annual Salary: $80,570
    • Minimum Degree Required: Associate
  3. Physicians or Doctors in Radiology: These doctors perform functions typical to the profession but specialize in X-rays, MRIs, and imaging.
    • Median Annual Salary: $295,745
    • Minimum Degree Required: M.D.
  4. Nuclear Medicine Technologists: Typically working in hospitals or other healthcare settings, nuclear medicine technologists prepare and deliver the radioactive drugs necessary for therapy or imaging tests.
    • Median Annual Salary: $75,660
    • Minimum Degree Required: Associate
  5. Radiology Manager: Radiology managers oversee radiology departments at hospitals or other healthcare organizations. They help other radiologists improve their craft and ensure the department has all the materials it needs.
    • Median Annual Salary: $81,180
    • Minimum Degree Required: Associate
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Transferring to a Bachelor’s Program With an Associate Degree

Students who want to earn a radiology degree online can save money by pursuing an online associate degree in radiology before transferring to a bachelor’s program. These students often complete their associate degrees at a community college, paying much cheaper rates than at four-year universities. Earning a bachelor’s serves as a good step for radiologists interested in increasing their salary potential and promotion opportunities. A bachelor’s qualifies candidates to advance to radiology manager positions, moving up from technologist positions generally open to anyone with an associate degree in the field. The step up from technologist to manager also comes with a pay raise.

Accreditation for Associate and Bachelor’s Programs

Two types of accreditation matter to students who enroll in a radiology degree online: regional and national. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation oversee the regional accreditation process, in which an independent evaluator visits a school and judges its programs against standardized criteria. Radiology students should not enroll in schools that do not hold regional accreditation, as future employers may not recognize degrees earned at these schools. National accreditation focuses on a specific skill or field. While less important than regional accreditation, national accreditation can help radiology programs separate themselves from the pack. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology oversees national accreditation in the radiology field.

Financing Your Online Radiology Program

Students pursuing a radiology degree online can find many ways to ease the burden of tuition. They should first complete the FAFSA form, which qualifies them for most federal funding. Additionally, students interested in this field can often find radiology-specific grants and scholarships.

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