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ASRT Survey Reports Student Enrollments Increase Slightly

Jan 23, 2019

Radiography and nuclear medicine educational program directors report that the number of enrolled students increased slightly in 2018, while radiation therapy programs saw more substantial enrollment increases, according to a survey conducted by American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Entering class enrollments and longitudinal enrollment data are among the findings released this month in the ASRT Enrollment Snapshot of Radiography, Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs ─ 2018

According to the survey results, an estimated 16,374 students were enrolled in radiography programs in 2018 averaging 22.4 students per program, up from 21.7 in 2017. Radiation therapy programs saw an increase of 12.4 students enrolled in 2018, up from 10.5 in 2017. An average of 11.0 students were enrolled in nuclear medicine technology programs, up from 10.9 in 2017.

“Our survey results show a modest increase each year since 2014 in the number of students enrolled in radiography programs and some fluctuations in radiation therapy and nuclear medicine programs,” said ASRT Director of Research John Culbertson, M.A., M.Ed. “Looking ahead, most of the program directors surveyed say they plan to maintain their current levels of enrollment with no increase, so we’ll continue to monitor trends to see if it continues in 2019.”

ASRT sent the survey to all directors of radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine technology programs currently recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. ASRT sent the survey by email to 956 program directors in December 2018; 377 participated, a response rate of 39.6 percent. ASRT has conducted the survey every year since 2001.

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