written by: Heather Marie Kosur•edited by: Heather Marie Kosur•updated: 6/29/2011
An online associate's degree is required to begin one’s career in the radiology field, but an online bachelor's or master’s degree can enhance one’s opportunities to advance to supervisory and managerial positions.
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Radiology is a vast branch of medical science that encompasses internal imaging including ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic image resonance (MRI), digital mammography, angiography, sonograms,and digital imaging technology among others. Radiology is also about the use of radiant energy as in the treatment of a terminal disease like cancer.
To practice radiology and become an entry level technician, one has to undergo the relevant courses and obtain a certificate or diploma in radiology. A graduation degree or a post-graduate degree can make an aspirant attain senior positions in the field of radiology.
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How to Obtain a Degree Online and Advantages
There are online programs for radiologic science technicians to earn a bachelor's degree in radiologic science or for those already certified in radiologic science to earn an associate's degree in radiologic science. There are a number of online programs available in the radiology field, some of which provide certification or associate's, bachelor's, or master's degrees.
Persons who are currently radiology technicians can work towards obtaining an associate's degree by studying online. The associate's degree will increase a technician’s earning potential and improvement opportunities for advancement in radiology.
Radiology professionals keen on enhancing their educational qualifications but who cannot spare the time or spend the money for attending a regular day college can opt for an online program to obtain the same degree studying from the comfort of one’s home and with the benefit of flexible hours. When the person chooses an online program, he or she can continue to be employed full-time, particularly those who are already radiology technicians.
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Applicants will be granted admission status at any time during the year notwithstanding the program choice. Applicants for undergraduate programs must be graduates of an accredited public or private high school and must have passed a GED examination or its equivalent with an average grade of "C," if not more. Candidates who do not meet the prescribed grade point standard may be provisionally accepted but will be required to take specific introductory course work and complete it with a grade of 2.0 or better prior to acceptance.
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Nature of Course Content
For radiological science degree course, the student will be taught about the anatomy of the human body, physiology, radiation physics, radiation protection, principles of imaging, patient care procedures, medical ethics, and handling of various related equipment as well as professional protocols for interacting with doctors and patients. With a background in radiology, a bachelor of science in radiology sciences mean one can enhance the knowledge in the core areas that will help rapid career advancement.There are also online administration program to prepare radiologic science professionals for supervisory and teaching positions in the radiology departments.
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Should I Opt for an Online Bachelor Degree in Radiology Science?
Radiology is a rapidly growing area of study, and the employment opportunities are immense. As a matter of fact, there is a shortage of radiologists in the health care industry, which means anyone with a B.S. in radiology sciences should be immediately well-placed with a promising career ahead. While an associate’s degree is the most accepted qualification for radiology technicians, a bachelor’s degree in radiology sciences will mean managerial positions. One can find a number of colleges providing bachelor degree in radiology science online. Two reputed colleges in this category are:
Florida Hospital College of Health Science
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, candidates who are qualified to operate multiple types of imaging technology will be in even greater demand. Therefore, earning an online bachelor degree can only help you in your career in radiology science.