Entry requirements and training (diagnostic radiographer)

This page has information on the entry requirements and training needed to become a diagnostic radiographer.

To practice as a radiographer, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In order to register with the HCPC, you first need to successfully complete an approved degree in diagnostic radiography. Degree courses take three or four years, full time or up to six years part time. There are also postgraduate programmes usually taking up to two years.

Courses cover anatomy, physiology and physics as well sociology, management, ethics and the practice and science of imaging. They all involve a lot of practical work with patients.

To get onto a diagnostic radiography degree course you usually need

or alternative qualifications, including

If you have a relevant first degree, you can apply for an accelerated programme in diagnostic radiography. These courses are usually between 21 months and 2 years long.

However, each institution sets its own entry requirements, so it’s important to check carefully. Wherever you study, you will need to show that you have an understanding of diagnostic radiography. It is a good idea to spend some time with a registered diagnostic radiographer to see what the work is like.

Once you’ve successfully completed a programme approved by the HCPC, you are then eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC. Once registered as a practitioner, you’ll be required to retain your name on the register by keeping your knowledge and skills up to date and paying an annual retention fee.

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