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Is a bachelor’s in radiology worth it?

Earning a bachelor’s degree is not a requirement for most radiology field professionals. An associate degree or certificate is enough to start your career and prepare for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam for imaging professionals. So, is earning a bachelor’s in radiology worth it? If you hope to take your career to the next level, it’s an important step.

There are several advantages to graduating from Boise State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences or online Bachelor of Science in Advanced Medical Imaging programs.

One of the biggest reasons to earn an online radiology degree is you can complete your coursework from anywhere with internet access.

In addition to gaining real-world experience while studying, a bachelor’s degree can lay the groundwork for future success in several ways, including:

Standing out from the crowd: Because a bachelor’s degree is not required for most radiology professionals, having one can set you apart from the competition for jobs. You will also be more qualified for certain roles upon graduation.

Building a solid foundation of knowledge: Although you can prepare for the ARRT exam with an associate degree, you qualify to apply to become a registered radiologist assistant with an online radiology bachelor’s degree.

Increasing your earning potential: Having only an associate degree can limit your salary. With a bachelor’s degree, technologists earn $51,316-$53,967 per year, while registered radiology assistants earn $90,076-$112,615 annually. Having a bachelor’s degree provides the potential to earn more money.

Specializing in a radiologic science: You can focus on an area of radiology while earning a bachelor’s degree. With Boise State’s online Bachelor of Science in Advanced Medical Imaging, you choose from five modality options — interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and diagnostic medical sonography.

Which Degree is Right For You?

Choosing between Boise State’s online radiology degree programs comes down to where you are in your career and what direction you hope to take.

The online Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences prepares professional imaging technologists to better serve as a resource for their patients, coworkers and employers and to participate in the administration and leadership of their organizations.

The online Bachelor of Science in Advanced Medical Imaging is for credentialed healthcare practitioners and current imaging technologists looking to branch out into a new modality or different area in the imaging field.

Online Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences

This degree is for students of all medical imaging backgrounds who are ready to build on their knowledge of and experience in imaging science. These students will have already completed an associate degree (Associate of Science, Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science) from a regionally accredited college or university.

With an accelerated degree completion of as few as 12 months, the program’s curriculum adheres to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences Core Curriculum. You will receive a comprehensive education that meets industry standards.

The program’s forward-thinking approach and rigorous academic standards are designed to advance your professional development by using the latest best practices in technology and teaching methodologies.

Online Bachelor of Science in Advanced Medical Imaging

You will prepare for credentialing exams with a curriculum that equips you with the knowledge and skills to thrive in your modality.

Expert faculty and support staff ensure that you will qualify for additional career opportunities in the radiology field, including ultrasonographer, CT/MRI technologist and interventional radiologic technologist.

You can also gain clinical experience locally, giving you the opportunity to apply what you are learning in a real-world scenario with professionals guiding the way.
The program offers four certificate options — interventional radiology and interventional cardiology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and diagnostic medical sonography — if you already have an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Both programs offer you a strong support network from when you show initial interest through graduation and beyond. Plus, you will build a strong network of fellow students, alumni and industry professionals to help guide your career.

In addition to specialized training, Boise State ranks in the top 8% of online bachelor’s degrees in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Want to Learn More About Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiology?

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