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ASRT 2023 Survey Shows Slight Increases in Radiography Educational Program Enrollment

Dec 11, 2023

Radiography educational program directors report that the number of enrolled students increased slightly in radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine technology programs in 2023 as compared to 2022. However, enrollment in sonography and magnetic resonance programs decreased slightly according to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Enrollment Snapshot 2023.

Conducted annually, the ASRT enrollment survey highlights entering class enrollments, student capacity and program data that measures past trends, attrition and viability rates.

The 2023 survey results show that the number of enrolled radiography students increased with an estimated 17,679 students entering American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-approved radiography programs, up from 16,235 in 2022.

Student enrollment in ARRT-approved radiation therapy programs is estimated at 1,302 students in 2023, up from 1,208 in 2022.

Nuclear medicine program enrollments also increased with an estimated 903 students enrolling in 2023, up from 837 in 2022.

For the second consecutive year, the survey tracked enrollments in sonography and magnetic resonance programs. In 2022, there were an estimated 3,144 students enrolled in ARRT-recognized sonography programs, down from 3,531 in 2022. And MR programs enrolled an average of 555 students, a decrease from 720 in 2022.

“The American Society of Radiologic Technologists reviews longitudinal enrollment survey results, along with feedback from educator and student members, to ensure that we create and maintain forward-thinking, valuable benefits that support educational programs in medical imaging and radiation therapy,” said Melissa Culp, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(MR), ASRT executive vice president of member engagement.

ASRT sent the survey to 1,209 directors of radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology, sonography and MR programs currently approved by the ARRT. By the close of the survey in late October, 301 responses had been received, yielding an overall response rate of 28.5%. Of the radiography programs surveyed 97.3% were in the United States with 2.7% in Canada. The ASRT began conducting the survey in 2001.

Enrollment Snapshot 2023