Making a decision to pursue a career in radiology is just the first step toward entering the exciting world of medicine, whether you want to remain in radiology or later pursue careers in nursing. Now that you’ve set your sights on radiology, you must decide how you will receive your training, and from where. There are a lot of options open to those who want to train in radiology, and online educational institutions are one such option that may seem very tempting. However, as with every type of commitment you must make in the process of pursuing your career dreams, it is important that you weigh the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision. Here are the pros and cons of online radiology training.
Cost. Online radiology training courses are considerably less expensive than their on-site counterparts, plain and simple.
Convenience. When you opt for online radiology training, you benefit from the ability to “attend” your classes any time of day or night, and from the comfort of your own home. There is no traffic to sit it, busy student halls to wait in in-between classes, or necessity to change out of your pajamas, if you don’t feel like it. What’s more, if you have a family to take care of or a job that you must maintain, online courses may be your only option for continuing your education.
Pacing. If you don’t understand a concept, or if you simply don’t have the time to commit to completing coursework on a full-time basis, online courses allow you to extend your allotted time for coursework completion, according to your personal needs.
One-on-one instructor time. If you choose to take online courses from home, you will lack for personalized guidance from an instructor. Virtual school is not the same as a tangible classroom, in that you are expected to guide yourself through your coursework. Online training is basically a self-study program, and you must be self-directed to be successful at it. No matter what you do, you’ll end up having to do some hands-on work in a clinic or hospital – something that can be awkward if you’ve never practiced in a classroom.
Isolation. You may feel that your online training experience is lacking for social interaction that can enrich your education experience. Additionally, working directly with other students who are pursuing radiology training allows for you to gain new perspectives outside of your own, and also affords you the opportunity to form study groups (or to find a study partner) as needed.
Tech knowledge. In order to complete online radiology training, you will have to learn to work with the educational institution’s Internet interface. If you’re not a tech-savvy person, you may feel that learning how to use the online interface requires training in itself.
There are a lot of things to consider any time you face the option of training online. Before you commit to an online radiology training program, read over these pros and cons in order to decide what’s best for you.