The educational requirements for radiologists are surprisingly diverse considering the specific and necessary talents of the profession. Radiologists require either a two year associate’s degree, a four year bachelor’s degree, or a certificate program that is usually between twenty one to twenty four months. These latter programs are the most readily available avenues for education in the field of radiology. Related prerequisites typically involve medical terminology and experience training, ethics and office technology coursework, and anatomical courses that involve mathematics and patient safety, radiology theory, chemistry and biology.
Certification programs are awarded by the ARRT, or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and will suffice for accreditation during the hiring process with most practicing medical establishments. Licensing is dependent on the state and region of the student, but typically involves certification exams and twenty four hour education extensions mandated every two years after the fact.