Radiation science technology is a field of health care that includes a number of specific careers focused on taking quality images of the human body in order to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. Radiation science technologists can obtain certification to work with X-ray, MRI scans, CT scans, and diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound). They can obtain further education to be able to use nuclear and radioactive substances to diagnose and treat disease. They work closely with physicians and other healthcare professionals as part of a treatment team. Radiation science technologists may also be called radiologic technologists or radiographers. Please read more about radiologic technology, diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and radiation therapy. Please see Professional Degrees for a more detailed description of the educational path to these careers.
Specific admission requirements vary per radiation science program. You should consult with schools of interest to determine their specific admission requirements. The course requirements for the University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) Radiography Program, with the UNL courses that fulfill these requirements are available by downloading the program checklist above.
Suggested academic preparation:
- A bachelor's degree is not required to enter a radiation science program, as students will receive the bachelor's degree from a radiation science program. Therefore, no UNL major is required.
- Students are required to complete some undergraduate coursework at an accredited institution prior to enrolling in some radiation science programs. Very often, this means a student spends 1-2 years taking prerequisite courses at a college or university and then finishes the bachelor's degree in a 2-3 year radiation science/radiography program at an accredited radiation science education program.
We recommend you meet with an Explore Center advisor once a semester to ensure you are progressing with the correct academic coursework.
For many careers in radiation sciences, a Bachelor's Degree in Radiography or Radiation Science Technology and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists are required. This bachelor's degree is the gateway into more specialized forms of radiation science like diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), nuclear medicine technology, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and radiation therapy, among others. The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) offers a radiography degree that can lead into all of these areas. Please see UNMC's School of Allied Health Professions for more information on the radiography degree and specific post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Other schools offer bachelor's degrees in ultrasound or medical imaging, without requiring a radiography degree first.
Community colleges often offer associate's degrees in X-ray technician (radiologic technician) and ultrasound technician. UNL does not offer associate's degrees in radiologic or ultrasound technology. See Nebraska Professional Schools for a list of these schools.
No Centralized Application Service
Students apply directly to each radiation science technology program. Please see program websites for application procedures, requirements, and deadlines. The application process may require letters of recommendation, an interview, and/or a personal narrative. Links to local schools that offer these degrees are provided in the Professional Schools section.
You should check with the individual programs but none of the accredited radiation science schools currently require a standardized entrance exam.
Nebraska Professional Schools
Degrees in this career field are offered at these local schools:
- B.S. in Radiography (UNMC, Omaha, NE)
- A.S. in Radiology or Ultrasound Technology from several community colleges in Nebraska and Nebraska Methodist College (Omaha, NE)
- Dual degree- A.S in Radiology Technology and B.S in Medical Imaging (Clarkson College, Omaha, NE)
- B.S. degrees in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Cardiac and Vascular Sonography (Bryan College of Health Sciences, Lincoln, NE)
- B.S. in Imaging Sciences (Nebraska Methodist College, Omaha, NE)
- A.S. in Cardiovascular Sonography (Nebraska Methodist College, Omaha, NE)
- A.S. in Multispecialty Sonography (Nebraska Methodist College, Omaha, NE)
- Bryan College of Health Sciences
- Lincoln, NE
- 1-800-742-7844 ext. 18697
- Clarkson College - Medical Imaging
- Omaha, NE
- Nebraska Methodist College
- Omaha, NE
- University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Allied Health Professions
- Omaha, NE
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