Radiology Schools and Education – Is It Necessary To Get My AA or Can I Just Get Certifications
If you are interesting in becoming a radiologic technologist (the professionals who produce medical images in a variety of ways, xray, mri, ct, etc), not a radiologist (a doctor who is trained to read those images). if you did mean a radiologist however, you would need to take pre-med classes, attend med school, and do a radiology residency i believe, which would take a while, over 12 years or so maybe.
to become a technologist, you can do a certificate program, not sure how long that is about 2 years maybe, or a associate degree program which is 2 years, or a 4 year program for a bachelors degree. i’d say the best choice would be a 2 year program, and if you wanna go ahead and get your bachelors later you can.
as for different certifications in the field, every modality would require you to have a certification. for example, if you have x ray and ct certifications then you are qualified to perform x ray and ct, but not say mri however, because you wouldnt be certified to do so.