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Rad Technologists Advance with Distance Learning

Rad Technologists Advance with Distance Learning

By Cindy Mehallow | Monster Contributing Writer

While all of the instruction is online, local students complete the laboratory component off-shift at Massachusetts General Hospital and have clinical rotations in local affiliates. Students who live farther afield travel to Boston twice for a total of seven weeks to complete the necessary laboratory courses. Or if enough students from a hospital or healthcare system in a distant locale are interested, MGH will arrange for a local clinical instructor to teach at that location.

The program costs approximately $34,000, and financial aid is available from a variety of sources. MGHIHP offers merit and diversity scholarships as well as graduate assistantships. Partners Healthcare System, which oversees the affiliation of four major Boston hospitals and helped develop the program, offers medical-imaging scholarships. Many graduate students use their employer’s tuition reimbursements or apply for federal financial aid. When budgeting, out-of-town students need to factor in costs for travel, food and lodging during on-site lab courses.

Doctorate from a Distance

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Allied Health Professions in Richmond offers an online four-year PhD program in health-related sciences with a concentration in radiation sciences. This advanced degree prepares radiation professionals to pursue rad tech careers in research, administration and education rather than direct patient care.

β€œIt’s for people who are interested in helping to advance the profession,” says Jeff Legg, PhD, assistant professor of radiation sciences at VCU.

During the course of study, students spend seven to 14 days on campus twice a year to attend lectures and seminars and interact with faculty and fellow students.

Given the intense reading, writing and analysis required in doctoral-level work, distance-based learning is a natural fit for a PhD program, Legg says.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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