As a radiology technician, you’ll work with x-ray machines and other equipment to help patients dealing with a number of different medical conditions. These machines and different imaging methods allow radiologists to treat and diagnose diseases. To become a radiology technician, you need at least a diploma, but most employers are looking for radiology technicians with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. These programs can be expensive, but with the help of scholarships and other financial aid options, you can find different ways to help assist with the cost.
If you already work in the radiology field and want to go back to school, you can also check with your employer to see if they have a tuition reimbursement fund for employees. Some companies allow will pay for the continued education of their employees in exchange for an agreement that they will continue working for them for a set number of years. This can be beneficial for both the employer as as well as the student.
The Pell Grant and other government resources are just a start if you want to find money for school. Another great resource for radiology technician students is the American Association of Radiologic Technologists. This organization offers a number of financial aid programs, including the Jerman-Cahoon Student Scholarship for new students, the Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship for minority students, and the Siemen’s Clinical Advancement Scholarship for advanced students. In addition, you can look to your specific college for radiology technician scholarships and grants – most schools have programs for their students and your college’s financial aid office may also be able to point you to private sources of money in your community that may not be highly publicized.
For new and returning students interested in seeking financial aid, the best place to start is with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application through the federal government is designed so that every student has the equal opportunity to apply for aid, and that every eligible student receives the aid that they qualify for. The first step is to fill out the application. This can be done online or printed out and mailed in. Before beginning the application, be sure you have the following items available:
Becoming a radiologist or radiologic technician/technologist doesn’t take as long as becoming a doctor, but it still requires rigorous training. The following schools can provide partially or fully online accredited degrees that can lead to a career as a radiology tech.
Pima Medical Institute — Pima Medical Institute offers an AOS in radiography which can smoothly transition into the BS in radiologic sciences program. Students learn to perform diagnostic imaging examinations like X-rays, for which they need to know what to look for, as well as medical terminology, and anatomy. Students can specialize in bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, and sonography among others.
Adventist University of Health Sciences — The Adventist University of Health Sciences' BS in radiological science degree covers everything the professional radiologist needs to know about mammography, computed tomography, MRI, advanced patient care issues, and medical imaging. Coursework also covers issues and trends in health care and case studies, with a focus on providing the tools and insights students need to become marketable job applicants.
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