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    Ask This When Looking for a Radiology School

    A career in radiology can be extremely rewarding but requires plenty of technical know-how before you can get started. Radiology schools all over the country can train you to be a radiologist, which involves operating high-tech equipment and using a variety of imaging techniques to help diagnose and treat diseases in patients. Though radiology can be a highly lucrative career with a terrific salary, training can take quite a while to complete. With enough time and dedication, anyone can do it, especially by enrolling in the right school or online program. UC San Francisco, University of Washington and John Hopkins School of Medicine are the top three radiology schools in the country. Ask these questions if you are looking for a radiology school to attend.

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    Where is this radiology program located?
    Since you'll be in radiology school for quite a while, you'll want to be sure the school you attend is somewhere you enjoy living. If you want to be near family, you obviously don't want to go out of state. If you have no friends in the area, you'll likely feel very isolated and unhappy.
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    How much will radiology school cost?
    Radiology school can cost around $20,000 to $50,000 depending on where you go and how long you attend of course. Look around for schools you can afford or get a loan for. Attending the best school possible will ensure you greater knowledge and confidence, and help you along in your career. And though it may cost you quite a bit at first, you’ll be able to pay it off soon enough.
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    Who has the best programs for radiology?

    The University of California at San Francisco features two residency programs for individuals specializing in radiology. Its diagnostic radiology program focuses on general radiology while nuclear medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The University of Washington in Seattle features a residency program at the UW Medical Center, after which students can enter fellowship program for a specialized area in radiology. John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland is another top-ranked medical school and offers an education of the highest quality with residency, fellowship programs and radiologist technologist programs.

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    How long will radiology school take?

    It usually takes four years to get an undergraduate degree. However, to become a radiologist you'll also need four years of medical school, a one-year internship and four years of residency. Therefore, it may take around 13 years before you can become a diagnostic radiologist.

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    Is this program's radiology equipment up-to-date?
    Equipment doesn't necessarily have to be the latest and greatest, but you don't want to be working with nearly obsolete equipment that will leave you less prepared for the real world. You'll want to be working with fairly up-to-date technology you'll likely use in the future.
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    What is the faculty situation like?
    A well-rounded faculty with experience in both teaching and the radiology field is essential for delivering a high-quality education. You should also ask about the faculty member to student ratio; the last thing you want is to enroll in a program where the faculty is stretched too thin. This will ensure you get more one-on-one time with your teachers.
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    What is the reputation and board pass rate?
    Attending an accredited school with a good reputation will make it easier for you to get a job afterwards. It will also make sure you pick a school where you’ll be guaranteed the best possible education. You want to be sure your training will properly prepare you for the board exam. Finding out the board pass rate will help you decide on the right school for you.
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    Does the school train in cardiac imaging or other specialized areas?
    Cardiac imaging is not yet as common as other areas, so not all programs will teach it. However, learning about cardiac imaging could be beneficial especially if this practice becomes more commonplace in the future.