AS/AOS in Radiography

One of the best ways to advance in any career area is to get a degree in a specific field. As an ultrasound tech, there are many degree options students could pursue, including an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) in Radiography. After students complete one of these programs, they can take their certification exam to be nationally certified, which is definitely a plus for any resume.

Requirements for Earning an AS or AOS in Radiography

Most AS and AOS programs in radiography take about two years to complete. This, of course, depends on the school students attend and how many credit hours they complete every semester. Online programs provide a lot of flexibility for those working in the field already or for students who are interested in changing careers to become an ultrasound tech or medical radiologist. Students can complete the classroom hours online and set a schedule that is convenient for them, and then participate in clinical hours at a nearby facility.

Programs in this area include both classroom hours and, in most cases, clinical hours where students get hands-on experience using radiography equipment, working with patients, and reading charts. The course content for an AS or AOS in Radiography differs from school to school, but some of the skills students can expect to learn include:

  • Sonography Techniques
  • Communication
  • Types of Patient Care
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy
  • Health Informatics

Further Information About Radiography Programs

Whether students go to school online or get their AS/AOS in radiography at a traditional campus college, they should check with their employer to see if they offer any tuition assistance programs for workers who go back to school to get a degree. There are also scholarship and grant programs for students working toward degrees in radiography (also consider a bachelor’s in radiology), so students could go to school for a fraction of the actual cost if they take some time to research their options before they enroll.

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