If you’re thinking about entering the world of x-ray technology, you’re probably wondering “How much does a radiology school cost?” Like most educational programs, however, the cost depends on many factors, so there is no way to give one straight answer that will apply to all schools and all students. Cost is an important factor nonetheless, one which can greatly affect a student’s decision to begin a program or stay in it until completion. The exact cost for your schooling may vary depending on how long it takes, what type of curriculum your school offers, where the school is located, whether you go to school in-state or out-of-state and other factors.
There are radiology school programs that last one year, two years or four years, resulting in a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. The level of education you attain will probably have an impact on where you gain employment and what specific job you will be doing within this field. There are probably schools in your local area, but if you are moving out of state the cost of your tuition will be as much as three times higher than it would have been otherwise until you are able to establish residency. Establishing residency typically takes a year.
If you attend school at a local university and live on campus, your costs will probably be around $14,000 per year, while those who stay at home can expect to spend around $7,000 per year. Out-of-state programs and private universities may cost around $15,000 per year not including the cost of housing, but this may be a better option for you for various reasons. If you attend a private school that offers online classes, for example, it may enable you to attend school when otherwise you would have been unable to.
The cost of radiology school will pay off in the end, as x-ray technicians typically make around $50,000 annually plus benefits. Knowing you are helping people live healthier lives will also make this career and the work it took to get there more rewarding.