The Online Radiologist Assistant Master’s in Radiologic Science Program

From UNC School of Medicine

Prepare to Become an Effective Radiologist Assistant

The UNC School of Medicine’s online master’s in radiologic science program prepares you to become an advanced-practice provider specifically trained in medical imaging procedures and patient management.

ARRT-certified radiographers enrolled in the Radiologist Assistant (RA) program can pursue additional professional responsibility while under the direction of a radiologist. Radiographers will assist with patient assessment, patient management and radiologic procedures. The 24-month UNC curriculum provides a radiologist-directed clinical preceptorship delivered through distance education, web-based instruction, and on-campus seminars.

The Online Radiology Program at a Glance

1 start per year (January)

2 years to complete


ARRT exam scores required

The Radiologist Assistant Program Online Curriculum

The UNC Radiologist Assistant program is aligned with the national curriculum from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). It is also consistent with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification requirements.


The program, curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy are designed to:

  • Develop competent, effective radiologist assistants.
  • Support development of skills necessary to practice as an integral team member in a radiology practice.
  • Promote development of integrative, critical thinking, and communication skills to include written, oral, and electronic discourse.

ADMISSIONS: The Online Radiology Degree Program

There is one start date per year for the UNC-Chapel Hill Radiologist Assistant program. All applicants are reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Clarity and quality of applicant data form information
  • Past academic performance, academic progress and promise
  • Knowledge of the field
  • Supportive references


  • Completion of an accredited medical radiography program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA (may apply while still enrolled; completion date must be prior to RA program enrollment date).
  • Current ARRT Certification in Radiography.
  • BCLS certification (American Heart Association or American Red Cross accepted. All students must acquire ACLS certification prior to participating in any invasive procedures).
  • Minimum one year full-time experience in direct patient care, after passing the ARRT Radiography exam (applicants with additional years of practice and/or diversified experience may be more competitive).

Review a complete list of application requirements and deadlines for the online Master’s in Radiologic Science.


Apply now to the online Radiologist Assistant program to take the next step toward gaining a competitive edge and distinct advantage in the health care industry.

The Online Learning Experience

Students participate in a 24-month distance education program consisting of web-based instruction and a radiologist-directed clinical preceptorship. 

  • The off-campus clinical preceptorship includes a minimum of 1,792 clinical hours. 
  • Students should be prepared to identify a radiology practice to serve the role of preceptor. 
  • The identified radiology practice must include American Board of Radiology (ABR) certified radiologists who can instruct and assess the RA student’s competence while working and learning under their supervision.

In addition, students must participate in one to two on-campus seminars each semester. 

  • The sessions will provide students with in-person contact with faculty and are developed to enhance critical thinking and analysis skills regarding radiological procedures and images. 
  • In addition to educational activities, there are also professional networking opportunities with fellow RA students and other faculty.

Additional Online Offerings From UNC-Chapel Hill

In addition to the online Radiologist Assistant Master’s in Radiologic Science, UNC-Chapel Hill offers other online education options from the Department of Health Sciences. 

Degree Program

Join the Next Generation of Radiologist Assistants

UNC-Chapel Hill’s online Radiologist Assistant Master’s in Radiologic Science prepares students to practice competently and effectively as medical imaging professionals in radiology.

The academic and clinical foundation in the online radiology degree develops graduates with professional flexibility and adaptability to assume prominent roles and responsibilities after graduation in both career and scholarly pursuits.

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