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How Do I Get an Associate's Degree in Radiology?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
  • Edited By: Jenn Walker
  • Last Modified Date: 12 August 2014
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To earn an associate’s degree in radiology, you will typically have to obtain a high school or equivalency diploma and then commit at least two years to working toward a degree, though you may need longer if you choose to pursue your studies part time instead. You may enroll in an associate’s degree program at a community college, though some four-year schools may offer this program as well. Once enrolled, your classes will likely include science courses as well as those in subjects directly related to your major, such as radiology technology and safety.

In order to earn an associate’s degree in radiology, you will first have to graduate from high school or earn a general educational development (GED) diploma. In most cases, you won’t have to pursue a specific selection of high school classes to prepare for earning a radiology degree. Taking academic courses in math, science, composition, and history, however, may give you a better chance of gaining acceptance to an associate’s degree program, and such classes may provide a better foundation of knowledge on which you can build in college.

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You will likely find an associate’s in radiology program at a community college, though some four-year colleges may offer a selection of associate’s degree programs as well. You may do well to choose an accredited college at which to earn a radiology degree and compare schools based on their reputations. Choosing a school with a good reputation may boost your chances of obtaining a quality education. Additionally, you may find it easier to find a job if you graduate from a reputable school.

When applying to a program to earn an associate’s degree in radiology, it is important to follow the application process instructions carefully, as they may vary by college. Many colleges will request a copy of your high school transcript or proof that you have earned a GED. Some may also request the results of pre-admission standardized testing. In general, it is easier to gain admission to a community college than a four-year institution. This may depend on the school in question, however.

Once enrolled in an associate’s in radiology program, you will usually have to spend about two years working toward a degree if you attend full-time and a bit longer if you attend part-time. The classes you will take as you pursue an associate’s degree in radiology will typically depend on the school you choose. In most cases, however, you will take classes in such subjects as anatomy and physiology as you pursue this degree. Likewise, you will likely take classes in radiology technology, medical terminology, and safety as well. You may also examine case studies as you pursue this degree.

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