Radiologic Technologist Schools

For tech-savvy, sociable people seeking a high-growth career in healthcare, becoming a radiologic technologist may be an excellent choice. Not only are opportunities in this field expected to increase in coming years, but it’s also among the higher paying jobs requiring a two-year associate degree as opposed to a four-year bachelor’s degree.

So what do radiologic technologists do? And how has the field changed over the years? According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging, give radiation treatments to treat disease, protect patients from unnecessary radiation, counsel patients through procedures, and maintain detailed patient records. As the Southeast Community College of Nebraska points out on its website, the field incorporates both science and art, combining a scientific understanding of radiologic principles with a discerning eye for interpreting diagnostic imagery (e.g., x-rays). These professionals may specialize in various methods and types of treatment, including radiation therapy, medical dosimetry, mammography, bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, or sonography.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT 2016) adds that radiologic technologists have gone by many names over the years. In fact, prior to the mid 1960s, they were referred to as “x-ray technicians” and were typically trained on-the-job as opposed to enrolling in structured educational programs. The term “technologist” arose in the mid-twentieth century and denoted a new class of formally trained radiological specialists. The ASRT reports that registered radiologic technologists—referred to as RTs—must have completed at least two years of accredited education, passed an exam, and registered in the profession. Furthermore, these credentials are expected to be maintained following the completion of continuing education (CE) credits. Registration through the ARRT is a prerequisite for most jobs in hospitals, clinics, and private practices.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) found that openings in this career are expanding faster than the national average. In fact, between 2014 and 2024, the BLS expects a 9 percent jump in openings for radiologic and MRI technologists, while the average growth for all occupations during that time period is 7 percent. With the expected addition of 20,700 positions in this field, there’s a bright outlook for aspiring radiologic technologists.

Read on to discover what to expect from an accredited, two- to four-year program in radiologic technology—either on-campus or online—as well as to learn about how much these healthcare professionals make and how to become credentialed.

Radiologic Technologist fast facts
Projected Jobs Created17,200
Projected Job Growth9%
Low Salary$38,110
Average Salary (Median)$56,670
High Salary$81,660
Entry-Level EDUAssociate's Degree
Sourced From BLS, June 2016

Programs in Radiologic Technology

Most radiologic technology programs lead to two-year associate degrees, although some lead to a bachelor’s degree. In order to become credentialed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)—the predominant credentialing agency in the field—a person must have at least an associate degree from an accredited institution. Please reference the “Accreditation” section for more information on this program-approval process.

According to the ARRT, more than two-thirds of American states have laws governing the practice of radiologic technology. Also, ARRT’s exams are used in 35 states for regional licensure including populous states such as California, New York, and Texas. For all aspiring radiologic technologists, it’s crucial to verify regional requirements before planning for licensure. Please check out the “Licensing & Certification” section to learn more about professional credentialing.

Programs and curriculum can vary by state or institution, but all radiologic technologist schools generally feature a combination of didactic coursework and hands-on lab work, as well as supervised clinical experiences. To be accepted into radiologic technologist school, admissions committees typically call for official secondary school transcripts, a personal statement, a completed application, and a fee. Students may also need to complete specific prerequisite classes (e.g., biology), a physical exam, a background check, or a test (e.g., TOEFL for non-native speakers of English).

Select schools include:

  • Bellevue College: Based in Bellevue, WA, this associate in arts (AA) degree in radiologic technology involves eight quarters of classroom work and clinical experiences. Courses include positioning & related anatomy, basic patient care procedures, and principles of radiographic exposure. Students must maintain at least a C in all courses to earn the degree and students should be prepared to sit for the ARRT exam upon completion. Students may later apply their associate degree toward a bachelor’s of science (B.S.) in radiation & imaging sciences at the school. A certificate of completion to work as an imaging aide is another education option available at the school.
  • Tarrant County College: Based in Fort Worth, TX, this associate of applied science (AAS) degree in radiology technology is a two-year program with selective admission. It comprises courses such as patient care, radiographic imaging equipment, and radiation biology & protection, as well as several clinical practicums. Clinical hours are required and students must meet pre-screening requirements before participating. To even be considered for admission, two biology classes need to be completed as prerequisites.
  • Chaffey College: Based in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, this associate degree program features 72.5 units of training, including 2,072.5 clinical hours. Chaffey has classes such as anatomy for radiologic positioning, radiographic pathology, and venipuncture for imaging professionals. Applicants to the program need to be in good physical health and are required to complete a health examination beforehand. Students also must have completed two biology courses in the five years prior to enrollment to be eligible for admission. The program prepares students for the ARRT board exam, on which the average passing rate at the school between 2009 and 2014 was 75 percent.
  • Foothill College: Based in Los Altos, CA, Foothill offers a 22-month associate degree in radiologic technology. Instruction includes lectures, on-campus labs, and supervised hands-on learning experiences. Students start in the summer of their first year and work through eight terms, finishing up in the spring of their second year. In their second year, they are required to complete three practicums and learn about professional development in radiology. Students should be prepared to take the ARRT test upon graduation and to seek California state licensure.
  • Greenville Technical College: Based in Greenville, SC, this associate program in radiologic technology program comprises of two phases. First, students complete general education requirements, and second is the specialized radiologic technology coursework such as anatomy & physiology, radiography, and medical terminology. The clinical assignments are completed during this phase and students may be required to work evenings or weekends. Upon completion of the program, students are generally eligible to sit for the ARRT exam. Please note that admission into the first phase of the program does not guarantee admission into the second phase.
  • Metropolitan Community College: Based in Kansas City, Missouri, this associate of applied science (AAS) in radiologic technology lasts 24 months and has classes such as imaging modalities, human physiology, and digital imaging environment & imaging analysis. Students need to receive a C or better in all their coursework, and may be required to travel outside the Kansas City area to complete some of their clinical mentorships. The program prepares students to sit for the ARRT exam upon completion.


Associate vs. Bachelor’s Degree

Beginning January 1, 2015, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) began requiring the completion of an accredited educational program (e.g., associate, bachelor’s, or graduate-level) in order to qualify a person for professional certification. The ARRT recognizes that a four-year bachelor’s degree requires more in-depth coursework and clinical training, and therefore may enhance a person’s earning potential or employment prospects. Bachelor’s programs may give students more advanced training in specific techniques or technologies such as radiation therapy, MRI, ultrasound, CT, mammography, angiography, or nuclear medicine. Additionally, a bachelor’s degree is necessary for those seeking to enter medical school and become radiologists.

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) of Evansville provides a bachelor’s degree in radiologic and imaging sciences with coursework in radiographic exposure, CT-MRI physics & instrumentation, and introduction to invasive imaging procedures. The University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (UNC) offers bachelor of science (BS) in radiologic technology. With broad-based training in medical imaging, UNC has units in cardiac catheterization studies, vascular imaging, orthopedics, and pediatrics. Specific classes include pathophysiology, leadership in radiologic science, and clinical decisions in radiology.

Overall, pursuing a bachelor’s degree can augment a student’s preparation in various aspects of radiologic practice, and even prepare a person for one of ARRT’s specialty certifications in areas such as cardiac-interventional radiography, mammography, or vascular sonography, to name a few. If the ARRT trend continues toward requiring more advanced educational preparation to qualify for professional credentialing, it’s possible that RT certification may someday require a four-year degree.

List of Radiologic Technologist Schools

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SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
Modern Technology SchoolFountain ValleyCalifornia 79
Ivy Tech Community CollegeIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.ivytech.edu68
Community College of Allegheny CountyPittsburghPennsylvaniahttps://www.ccac.edu69
Spencerian College-LouisvilleLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.spencerian.edu66
San Jacinto Community CollegePasadenaTexashttp://www.sjcd.edu66
Siena Heights UniversityAdrianMichiganhttp://www.sienaheights.edu65
Universidad Del EsteCarolinaPuerto Rico 62
EDIC CollegeCaguasPuerto Rico 62
Indiana University-NorthwestGaryIndianahttp://www.iun.edu63
Ponce Paramedical College IncPoncePuerto Ricohttp://www.popac.edu61
Houston Community CollegeHoustonTexashttp://www.hccs.edu57
Fresno City CollegeFresnoCaliforniahttp://www.fresnocitycollege.edu56
The Bryman School of ArizonaPhoenixArizona 56
Galveston CollegeGalvestonTexas 56
Triton CollegeRiver GroveIllinoishttp://www.triton.edu54
University of South AlabamaMobileAlabamahttp://www.southalabama.edu55
Pima Medical Institute-MesaMesaArizonahttp://pmi.edu52
Career Care InstituteLancasterCaliforniahttp://www.ccicolleges.edu49
San Diego Mesa CollegeSan DiegoCalifornia
Bakersfield CollegeBakersfieldCalifornia 48
University of IowaIowa CityIowahttp://www.uiowa.edu47
Anthem Career College-MemphisMemphisTennesseehttp://www.anthem.edu47
Brookhaven CollegeFarmers BranchTexas 46
Florida National University-Main CampusHialeahFloridahttp://www.fnu.edu45
ECPI UniversityVirginia BeachVirginiahttp://www.ecpi.edu45
Pima Medical Institute-HoustonHoustonTexashttp://pmi.edu44
Pima Medical Institute-Chula VistaChula VistaCaliforniahttp://pmi.edu44
New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health EducationBrooklynNew York 44
Cypress CollegeCypressCaliforniahttp://www.cypresscollege.edu43
Austin Community College DistrictAustinTexashttp://www.austincc.edu43
Pueblo Community CollegePuebloColoradohttp://www.pueblocc.edu42
Moraine Valley Community CollegePalos HillsIllinois 42
Saint Louis Community CollegeSaint LouisMissourihttp://www.stlcc.edu41
Career Technical College-MonroeMonroeLouisianahttp://www.careertc.edu41
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondVirginia
Argosy University-Twin CitiesEaganMinnesota 40
Southwestern Illinois CollegeBellevilleIllinoishttp://www.swic.edu38
Century CollegeWhite Bear LakeMinnesotahttp://www.century.edu36
Anthem Career College-NashvilleNashvilleTennesseehttp://www.anthem.edu36
Community College of DenverDenverColorado 35
Sinclair Community CollegeDaytonOhiohttp://www.sinclair.edu35
Trocaire CollegeBuffaloNew York
Indiana University-Purdue University-IndianapolisIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.iupui.edu34
Central Georgia Technical CollegeWarner RobinsGeorgiahttp://www.centralgatech.edu34
ATA CollegeLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.ata.edu34
Tidewater Community CollegeNorfolkVirginiahttp://www.tcc.edu33
Bon Secours St Mary's Hospital School of Medical ImagingRichmondVirginia 33
Southern Union State Community CollegeWadleyAlabamahttp://www.suscc.edu32
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAnnandaleVirginiahttp://www.nvcc.edu32
Gwinnett Technical CollegeLawrencevilleGeorgiahttp://www.GwinnettTech.edu32
West Georgia Technical CollegeWacoGeorgiahttp://www.westgatech.edu31
Washburn UniversityTopekaKansashttp://www.washburn.edu31
Merced CollegeMercedCaliforniahttp://www.mccd.edu31
Colorado Technical University-Kansas CityNorth Kansas CityMissouri 31
Delgado Community CollegeNew OrleansLouisianahttp://WWW.DCC.EDU30
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X CollegeChicagoIllinois
Jefferson State Community CollegeBirminghamAlabamahttp://www.jeffstateonline.com30
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-BarranquitasBarranquitasPuerto Rico 30
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma CityOklahoma CityOklahomahttp://www.osuokc.edu29
Merritt CollegeOaklandCalifornia 29
Long Beach City CollegeLong BeachCaliforniahttp://www.lbcc.edu29
Community College of Rhode IslandWarwickRhode Islandhttp://www.ccri.edu29
University of Arkansas-Fort SmithFort SmithArkansas
South CollegeKnoxvilleTennesseehttp://www.southcollegetn.edu28
Santa Rosa Junior CollegeSanta RosaCaliforniahttp://www.santarosa.edu28
Santa Barbara City CollegeSanta BarbaraCaliforniahttp://www.sbcc.edu28
Riverside School of Health CareersNewport NewsVirginia
Grady Health System Professional SchoolsAtlantaGeorgia 28
GateWay Community CollegePhoenixArizonahttp://www.gatewaycc.edu28
Foothill CollegeLos Altos HillsCaliforniahttp://www.foothill.edu28
Atenas CollegeManatiPuerto Rico
Wake Technical Community CollegeRaleighNorth Carolina 28
University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageAlaskahttp://www.uaa.alaska.edu27
St John's University-New YorkQueensNew Yorkhttp://www.stjohns.edu27
Pima Medical Institute-SeattleSeattleWashingtonhttp://pmi.edu27
Holy Family UniversityPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniahttp://www.holyfamily.edu27
Del Mar CollegeCorpus ChristiTexashttp://www.delmar.edu27
County College of MorrisRandolphNew Jerseyhttp://WWW.CCM.EDU27
College of Health Care Professions-NorthwestHoustonTexashttp://www.chcp.edu27
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright CollegeChicagoIllinois
Grand Rapids Community CollegeGrand RapidsMichiganhttp://www.grcc.edu26
El Camino Community College DistrictTorranceCaliforniahttp://www.elcamino.edu26
Yuba CollegeMarysvilleCaliforniahttp://yc.yccd.edu25
Westmoreland County Community CollegeYoungwoodPennsylvania 25
Salt Lake Community CollegeSalt Lake CityUtahhttp://www.slcc.edu25
Missouri State University-SpringfieldSpringfieldMissourihttp://www.missouristate.edu25
McLennan Community CollegeWacoTexashttp://www.mclennan.edu25
Harper CollegePalatineIllinoishttp://www.harpercollege.edu25
Vance-Granville Community CollegeHendersonNorth Carolinahttp://www.vgcc.edu24
Professional Training CentersMiamiFlorida
Northampton County Area Community CollegeBethlehemPennsylvaniahttp://www.northampton.edu24
Mercy College of OhioToledoOhiohttp://www.mercycollege.edu24
Johnston Community CollegeSmithfieldNorth Carolinahttp://www.johnstoncc.edu24
Indian Capital Technology Center-MuskogeeMuskogeeOklahomahttp://www.ictctech.com24
Hinds Community CollegeRaymondMississippihttp://www.hindscc.edu24
George C Wallace State Community College-HancevilleHancevilleAlabamahttp://www.wallacestate.edu24
El Centro CollegeDallasTexas
California State University-NorthridgeNorthridgeCaliforniahttp://www.csun.edu24
Amarillo CollegeAmarilloTexas 24
Red Rocks Community CollegeLakewoodColoradohttp://www.rrcc.edu23
Our Lady of the Lake CollegeBaton RougeLouisianahttp://www.ololcollege.edu23
Kaskaskia CollegeCentraliaIllinois 23
Henry Ford Community CollegeDearbornMichigan 23
Fortis College-RichmondRichmondVirginia 23
Tarrant County College DistrictFort WorthTexashttp://www.tccd.edu23
North Dakota State University-Main CampusFargoNorth Dakotahttp://www.ndsu.edu22
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegePerkinstonMississippihttps://www.mgccc.edu22
Harrisburg Area Community College-HarrisburgHarrisburgPennsylvaniahttp://www.hacc.edu22
H Councill Trenholm State Technical CollegeMontgomeryAlabamahttp://www.trenholmstate.edu22
NHTI-Concord's Community CollegeConcordNew Hampshire 21
Metro Technology CentersOklahoma CityOklahomahttp://www.metrotech.edu21
Herzing University-Winter ParkWinter ParkFlorida 21
Wiregrass Georgia Technical CollegeValdostaGeorgia
Pitt Community CollegeWintervilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.pittcc.edu20
Pima Medical Institute-DenverDenverColoradohttp://pmi.edu20
Northwestern College-Southwestern CampusBridgeviewIllinois 20
Labette Community CollegeParsonsKansashttp://www.labette.edu20
Indian Hills Community CollegeOttumwaIowahttp://www.indianhills.edu20
Forsyth Technical Community CollegeWinston SalemNorth Carolina
Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health ProfessionsLewistonMaine
Central Arizona CollegeCoolidgeArizonahttp://www.centralaz.edu20
Angelina CollegeLufkinTexashttp://www.angelina.edu20
Wenatchee Valley CollegeWenatcheeWashingtonhttp://www.wvc.edu19
Weatherford CollegeWeatherfordTexas 19
Southern University at ShreveportShreveportLouisianahttp://www.susla.edu19
Southern Crescent Technical CollegeGriffinGeorgia 19
South Texas CollegeMcAllenTexashttp://www.southtexascollege.edu19
Quinsigamond Community CollegeWorcesterMassachusettshttp://www.qcc.edu19
Pima Medical Institute-Las VegasLas VegasNevadahttp://pmi.edu19
Pima Community CollegeTucsonArizona 19
Paris Junior CollegeParisTexas
Orange Coast CollegeCosta MesaCalifornia 19
McNeese State UniversityLake CharlesLouisianahttp://www.mcneese.edu19
Marshall UniversityHuntingtonWest Virginia 19
Kettering CollegeKetteringOhiohttp://www.kc.edu19
Iowa Central Community CollegeFort DodgeIowahttp://www.iowacentral.edu19
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeRomeGeorgiahttp://www.gntc.edu19
Baptist Health System School of Health ProfessionsSan AntonioTexashttp://www.bshp.edu19
Aims Community CollegeGreeleyColoradohttp://www.aims.edu19
Tyler Junior CollegeTylerTexashttp://WWW.TJC.EDU18
Spencerian College-LexingtonLexingtonKentucky
Sauk Valley Community CollegeDixonIllinois 18
Pennsylvania Highlands Community CollegeJohnstownPennsylvaniahttp://www.pennhighlands.edu18
Moorpark CollegeMoorparkCalifornia
Louisiana State University-EuniceEuniceLouisiana
Joliet Junior CollegeJolietIllinois 18
Itawamba Community CollegeFultonMississippi
Gadsden State Community CollegeGadsdenAlabamahttp://www.gadsdenstate.edu18
Fortis Institute-MiamiMiamiFlorida 18
Fayetteville Technical Community CollegeFayettevilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.faytechcc.edu18
Cleveland Clinic Health System-School of Diagnostic ImagingEuclidOhio 18
Clark CollegeVancouverWashingtonhttp://www.clark.edu18
Chattahoochee Technical CollegeMariettaGeorgiahttp://www.chattahoocheetech.edu18
Central New Mexico Community CollegeAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://www.cnm.edu18
Wharton County Junior CollegeWhartonTexashttp://www.wcjc.edu17
Western Technical CollegeLa CrosseWisconsin 17
Virginia Western Community CollegeRoanokeVirginia
Union County CollegeCranfordNew Jerseyhttp://www.ucc.edu17
Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley CampusTulsaOklahomahttp://www.tulsatech.edu17
Southwest Texas Junior CollegeUvaldeTexashttp://www.swtjc.net17
South Suburban CollegeSouth HollandIllinois
South College-AshevilleAshevilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.southcollegenc.edu17
North Central Texas CollegeGainesvilleTexashttp://www.nctc.edu17
Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeWellesley HillsMassachusettshttp://www.massbay.edu17
Lanier Technical CollegeOakwoodGeorgia 17
Kennebec Valley Community CollegeFairfieldMaine
Jackson CollegeJacksonMichiganhttp://www.jccmi.edu17
Grayson CollegeDenisonTexashttp://www.grayson.edu17
Gateway Community CollegeNew HavenConnecticut 17
Edgecombe Community CollegeTarboroNorth Carolinahttp://www.edgecombe.edu17
Dalton State CollegeDaltonGeorgia
Community College of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniahttp://www.ccp.edu17
Cleveland Community CollegeShelbyNorth Carolinahttp://www.clevelandcc.edu17
Chaffey CollegeRancho CucamongaCaliforniahttp://www.chaffey.edu17
Central Ohio Technical CollegeNewarkOhiohttp://www.cotc.edu17
Rowan-Cabarrus Community CollegeSalisburyNorth Carolina 16
Reading Hospital School of Health SciencesReadingPennsylvania 16
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeCharlottesvilleVirginiahttp://www.pvcc.edu16
Mt San Antonio CollegeWalnutCaliforniahttp://www.mtsac.edu16
Mayo School of Health SciencesRochesterMinnesota
Lake Superior CollegeDuluthMinnesotahttp://www.lsc.edu16
Kilgore CollegeKilgoreTexas 16
Johnson CollegeScrantonPennsylvaniahttp://www.johnson.edu16
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-PonceMerceditaPuerto Ricohttp://www.ponce.inter.edu16
Fortis Institute-BaltimoreBaltimoreMaryland 16
Copiah-Lincoln Community CollegeWessonMississippihttp://www.colin.edu16
Cooper Health System Center for Allied Health EducationCamdenNew Jerseyhttp://www.cooperhealth.org16
Carteret Community CollegeMorehead CityNorth Carolina 16
Blinn CollegeBrenhamTexashttp://www.blinn.edu16
Augusta Technical CollegeAugustaGeorgiahttp://www.augustatech.edu16
Allen CollegeWaterlooIowahttp://www.allencollege.edu16
University of Saint Francis-Fort WayneFort WayneIndianahttp://www.sf.edu16
Spokane Community CollegeSpokaneWashingtonhttp://www.scc.spokane.edu16
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health SciencesCape GirardeauMissouri
Advance Science InstituteHialeahFloridahttp://www.ASImedschool.com15
Harcum CollegeBryn MawrPennsylvania 15
Danville Area Community CollegeDanvilleIllinoishttp://www.dacc.edu15
City College of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCaliforniahttp://www.ccsf.edu15
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and ScienceLos AngelesCaliforniahttp://www.cdrewu.edu15
Carl Sandburg CollegeGalesburgIllinoishttp://www.sandburg.edu15
Canada CollegeRedwood CityCalifornia
Cabrillo CollegeAptosCaliforniahttp://www.cabrillo.edu15
Aultman College of Nursing and Health SciencesCantonOhio
University of Puerto Rico-Medical SciencesSan JuanPuerto Ricohttp://www.rcm.upr.edu15
Universidad Central Del CaribeBayamonPuerto Rico
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonTexashttp://www.mdanderson.org15
St Joseph's Medical Center School of RadiographyYonkersNew Yorkhttp://www.saintjosephs.org15
Our Lady of Holy Cross CollegeNew OrleansLouisiana 15
Olney Central CollegeOlneyIllinois
Northland Community and Technical CollegeThief River FallsMinnesotahttp://www.northlandcollege.edu15
Los Angeles City CollegeLos AngelesCalifornia
Lake Michigan CollegeBenton HarborMichiganhttp://www.lakemichigancollege.edu15
Southern Vermont CollegeBenningtonVermonthttp://www.svc.edu14
Sanford Medical CenterSioux FallsSouth Dakotahttp://www.sanfordhealth.org14
Rochester Community and Technical CollegeRochesterMinnesota
Richmond School of Health and TechnologyCHESTERVirginia
Randolph Community CollegeAsheboroNorth Carolinahttp://www.randolph.edu14
North Shore Community CollegeDanversMassachusettshttp://www.northshore.edu14
Mercy Hospital Springfield-School of Radiologic TechnologySpringfieldMissouri 14
MCPHS UniversityBostonMassachusetts 14
Kankakee Community CollegeKankakeeIllinois 14
George C Wallace State Community College-DothanDothanAlabamahttp://www.wallace.edu14
Fortis College-Baton RougeBaton RougeLouisiana 14
Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/WilmingtonWilmingtonDelaware
Delaware Technical Community College-OwensGeorgetownDelaware
Concorde Career College-MemphisMemphisTennesseehttp://www.concorde.edu14
Casper CollegeCasperWyominghttp://www.caspercollege.edu14
Carolinas College of Health SciencesCharlotteNorth Carolina 14
Athens Technical CollegeAthensGeorgia
Arizona Western CollegeYumaArizonahttp://www.azwestern.edu14
Wytheville Community CollegeWythevilleVirginiahttp://www.wcc.vccs.edu13
West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and NutritionMorgantownWest Virginiahttp://www.wvuhradtech.com13
Washington State Community CollegeMariettaOhiohttp://www.wscc.edu13
State Fair Community CollegeSedaliaMissouri 13
Stanly Community CollegeAlbemarleNorth Carolina 13
Sanford-Brown Institute-PittsburghPittsburghPennsylvania 13
Pima Medical Institute-AlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://pmi.edu13
Northeast Iowa Community College-CalmarCalmarIowa 13
Lewis-Clark State CollegeLewistonIdahohttp://www.lcsc.edu13
Kishwaukee CollegeMaltaIllinoishttp://www.kishwaukeecollege.edu13
Indiana University-South BendSouth BendIndiana 13
Heartland Community CollegeNormalIllinoishttp://www.heartland.edu13
Elgin Community CollegeElginIllinois 13
Eastern Iowa Community College DistrictDavenportIowahttp://www.eicc.edu13
Columbia Basin CollegePascoWashingtonhttp://www.columbiabasin.edu13
Champlain CollegeBurlingtonVermonthttp://www.champlain.edu13
Central Virginia Community CollegeLynchburgVirginiahttp://www.cvcc.vccs.edu13
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeAshevilleNorth Carolina 13
El Paso Community CollegeEl PasoTexas 12
Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health ProfessionsDanvilleVirginia
Albany Technical CollegeAlbanyGeorgiahttp://www.albanytech.edu12
Xavier UniversityCincinnatiOhiohttp://www.xavier.edu12
The Community College of Baltimore CountyBaltimoreMarylandhttp://www.ccbcmd.edu12
St James Mercy Hospital School of Radiologic ScienceHornellNew Yorkhttp://www.stjamesmercy.org12
Springfield Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldMassachusettshttp://www.stcc.edu12
Southwest Virginia Community CollegeRichlandsVirginia 12
Southern Maine Community CollegeSouth PortlandMainehttp://www.smccME.edu12
Southeastern Technical CollegeVidaliaGeorgiahttp://www.southeasterntech.edu12
Muhlenberg Harold B and Dorothy A Snyder Schools-School of ImagingPlainfieldNew Jerseyhttp://www.jfkmuhlenbergschools.org12
Montana State University-BillingsBillingsMontanahttp://www.msubillings.edu12
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas CityKansas CityMissouri
Jones County Junior CollegeEllisvilleMississippihttp://www.jcjc.edu12
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San GermanSan GermanPuerto Rico
Highlands College of Montana TechButteMontana
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan CampusTeaneckNew Jerseyhttp://www.fdu.edu12
North Central State CollegeMansfieldOhio 11
Mitchell Technical InstituteMitchellSouth Dakota 11
Mississippi Delta Community CollegeMoorheadMississippihttp://www.msdelta.edu11
Mercy-St Luke's School of Radiologic TechnologyCedar RapidsIowa 11
Medvance Institute-West PalmPalm SpringsFlorida 11
Laramie County Community CollegeCheyenneWyominghttp://www.lccc.wy.edu11
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell CampusRoswellNew Mexicohttp://www.roswell.enmu.edu11
Dixie State UniversitySaint GeorgeUtah
Crafton Hills CollegeYucaipaCaliforniahttp://www.craftonhills.edu11
Conemaugh Valley Memorial HospitalJohnstownPennsylvaniahttp://www.conemaugh.org11
ATA Career EducationSpring HillFloridahttp://www.atafl.edu11
Alegent Creighton Health School of Radiologic TechnologyOmahaNebraska 11
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAbingdonVirginiahttp://www.vhcc.edu11
University of St FrancisJolietIllinoishttp://www.stfrancis.edu11
The University of MontanaMissoulaMontanahttp://www.umt.edu11
Southwestern Community CollegeSylvaNorth Carolina
Riverland Community CollegeAustinMinnesotahttp://www.riverland.edu11
Regis CollegeWestonMassachusettshttp://www.regiscollege.edu11
Portland Community CollegePortlandOregonhttp://www.pcc.edu11
Okefenokee Technical CollegeWaycrossGeorgia
Northeast Texas Community CollegeMount PleasantTexashttp://www.ntcc.edu11
Washington Hospital School of RadiographyWashingtonPennsylvaniahttp://www.washingtonhospital.org10
Vatterott College-Des MoinesDes MoinesIowahttp://www.vatterott.edu10
Trinity College of Nursing & Health SciencesRock IslandIllinoishttp://www.trinitycollegeqc.edu10
The University of Texas at BrownsvilleBrownsvilleTexas 10
South Plains CollegeLevellandTexas
Sandhills Community CollegePinehurstNorth Carolina
Robeson Community CollegeLumbertonNorth Carolinahttp://www.robeson.edu10
Northeast Mississippi Community CollegeBoonevilleMississippihttp://www.nemcc.edu10
Mount Marty CollegeYanktonSouth Dakotahttp://www.mtmc.edu10
Meridian Technology CenterStillwaterOklahoma 10
Lincoln Land Community CollegeSpringfieldIllinois 10
Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of NursingMedfordMassachusetts 10
Illinois Central CollegeEast PeoriaIllinois 10
Howard CollegeBig SpringTexashttp://www.howardcollege.edu10
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityGwynedd ValleyPennsylvaniahttp://www.gmc.edu10
Carl Albert State CollegePoteauOklahoma 10
Cambridge Institute of Health & TechnologyDelray BeachFlorida
Yavapai CollegePrescottArizona 9
University of MaryBismarckNorth Dakota
Saint Elizabeth Medical Center School of RadiographyUticaNew Yorkhttp://www.stemc.org9
Richland Community CollegeDecaturIllinoishttp://www.richland.edu9
Rhode Island CollegeProvidenceRhode Islandhttp://www.ric.edu9
Odessa CollegeOdessaTexashttp://www.odessa.edu9
Northern Michigan UniversityMarquetteMichiganhttp://www.nmu.edu9
Moultrie Technical CollegeMoultrieGeorgia 9
Montgomery County Community CollegeBlue BellPennsylvaniahttp://www.mc3.edu9
Minnesota West Community and Technical CollegeGranite FallsMinnesotahttp://www.mnwest.edu9
Indiana University-KokomoKokomoIndianahttp://www.iuk.edu9
CVPH Medical Center School of Radiologic TechnologyPlattsburghNew York
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsFort CollinsColoradohttp://www.colostate.edu9
College of Coastal GeorgiaBrunswickGeorgiahttp://www.ccga.edu9
Coastal Bend CollegeBeevilleTexashttp://www.coastalbend.edu9
North Iowa Area Community CollegeMason CityIowahttp://www.niacc.edu8
Minnesota State College-Southeast TechnicalWinonaMinnesotahttp://www.southeastmn.edu8
Laredo Community CollegeLaredoTexashttp://www.laredo.edu8
John Wood Community CollegeQuincyIllinois 8
Great Falls College Montana State UniversityGreat FallsMontanahttp://www.gfcmsu.edu8
Boston UniversityBostonMassachusettshttp://www.bu.edu8
Bellin CollegeGreen BayWisconsinhttp://www.bellincollege.edu8
St Francis Medical Center-School of Radiologic TechnologyTrentonNew Jersey
Owens Community CollegePerrysburgOhiohttps://www.owens.edu8
Oconee Fall Line Technical CollegeSandersvilleGeorgiahttp://www.oftc.edu7
O C Collins Career CenterChesapeakeOhiohttp://www.collins-cc.edu7
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeSheldonIowahttp://www.nwicc.edu7
Louisiana State University-AlexandriaAlexandriaLouisianahttp://www.lsua.edu7
Gurnick Academy of Medical ArtsSan MateoCaliforniahttp://www.gurnick.edu7
Great Basin CollegeElkoNevadahttp://www.gbcnv.edu7
Arnot Ogden Medical CenterElmiraNew York 7
Southwest Georgia Technical CollegeThomasvilleGeorgia 6
Parkland CollegeChampaignIllinoishttp://www.parkland.edu6
Meridian Community CollegeMeridianMississippihttp://www.meridiancc.edu6
Avera Sacred Heart HospitalYanktonSouth Dakota 6
Quinnipiac UniversityHamdenConnecticuthttp://www.quinnipiac.edu5
University of Rio GrandeRio GrandeOhio
Rush UniversityChicagoIllinois 5
Ridgewater CollegeWillmarMinnesota
San Joaquin Delta CollegeStocktonCalifornia 4
Regional West Medical Center School of Radiologic TechnologyScottsbluffNebraska 4
Morgan Community CollegeFort MorganColoradohttp://www.morgancc.edu4
Massasoit Community CollegeBrocktonMassachusetts 4
Lenoir Community CollegeKinstonNorth Carolinahttp://www.lenoircc.edu4
Flathead Valley Community CollegeKalispellMontanahttp://www.fvcc.edu4
Bellevue CollegeBellevueWashington 4
Autry Technology CenterEnidOklahomahttp://www.autrytech.edu4
Caldwell Community College and Technical InstituteHudsonNorth Carolinahttp://www.cccti.edu3
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaBloomsburgPennsylvaniahttp://www.bloomu.edu3
Baptist Memorial College of Health SciencesMemphisTennesseehttp://www.bchs.edu3
University of CharlestonCharlestonWest Virginiahttp://www.ucwv.edu3
Fortis Institute-Grand PrairieGrand PrairieTexas 3
Fortis Institute-ErieEriePennsylvania 3
Yakima Valley Community CollegeYakimaWashington 2
University of Massachusetts-LowellLowellMassachusettshttp://www.uml.edu2
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityHammondLouisiana 2
Oakland UniversityRochester HillsMichigan 2
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeMilwaukeeWisconsin 2
Guilford Technical Community CollegeJamestownNorth Carolina 2
Darton State CollegeAlbanyGeorgiahttp://www.darton.edu2
University of Nevada-Las VegasLas VegasNevada
Sanford-Brown College-Houston North LoopHoustonTexas 1
Pikes Peak Community CollegeColorado SpringsColoradohttp://www.ppcc.edu1
National University of Health SciencesLombardIllinoishttp://www.nuhs.edu1
Friends UniversityWichitaKansashttp://www.friends.edu1
Contra Costa CollegeSan PabloCaliforniahttp://www.contracosta.edu1
Butler County Community CollegeButlerPennsylvaniahttp://www.bc3.edu1
Bristol Community CollegeFall RiverMassachusetts
Andrew CollegeCuthbertGeorgia 1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Online & Hybrid Programs in Radiologic Technology

American University
Online MS - Healthcare Management
Arizona State University
Clinical Research Management (MS)
Clinical Research Management - Regulatory Science (MS)
Johns Hopkins University
MS - Healthcare Mgmt (Online, On-Site, or Both)

While there’s a wealth of accredited educational programs across the country, for students located in more rural regions or with temporal constraints, enrolling in an online or hybrid (i.e., blended online and on-campus) program may be preferable. These flexible programs typically involve the completion of online classes and in-person clinical practicums at approved facilities near a student’s home. Please note that due to state-based restrictions on distance-based education, residents from some states may not be authorized to receive online instruction from another state. Be sure to ask coordinators of online programs about the school’s “state authorization” status.

For students seeking this convenient learning format, here are some online or hybrid radiologic technologist schools:

Indian Hills Community College: Based in Ottumwa, IA, this hybrid two-year associate program offers online learning during the second year. Classes include human anatomy, medical terminology, radiology & medical imaging, and positioning & film critique. After graduating, students are eligible to sit for the ARRT exam. Between 2008 and 2013, the five-year passing rate among students was an impressive 95 percent.

Southeast Community College: Based in Lincoln, NE, Southeast This two-year program includes a track for clinical coursework to be completed in Lincoln, but the didactic portion may be learned online or in the classroom. Classes include diagnostic imaging theory, radiation biology, and advanced patient care management. Students must maintain at least a C+ in all of their program courses and those pursuing the online option must attend a multi-day workshop at the Lincoln campus at their own expense.

Ball State University (BSU): Based in Muncie, IN, BSU provides a 26-month hybrid associate of science (AS) in radiography. Please note that while classes are offered mainly online, clinical work must be completed at specific sites in IN, including IU Health Methodist Hospital or Hendricks Regional Health.

St. Joseph’s College (SJC): This online bachelor of science (BS) in radiologic science administration program may be ideal to advance the careers of aspiring leaders in the field. Designed to prepare supervisors and educators, this unique online program has classes in human resource management, ethics in healthcare, healthcare informatics, and reimbursement methodologies. SJC also offers the option to “fast track” to a master of health administration degree program.

Oregon Tech Online: As another online BS degree, Oregon Tech’s distance-based program focuses more on the practice of radiologic science (as opposed to the administration). It provides advanced instruction in patient care, physics or medical imaging, radiation protection, equipment operation & maintenance, and a hands-on radiographic science externship at an approved facility. Please note that students must already be ARRT registered radiologic technologists to qualify for admission.

SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
Adventist University of Health SciencesOrlandoFloridahttp://www.adu.edu213
Midwestern State UniversityWichita FallsTexashttp://www.mwsu.edu180
Pima Medical Institute-TucsonTucsonArizonahttp://pmi.edu160
Northwestern State University of LouisianaNatchitochesLouisiana 51
St Philip's CollegeSan AntonioTexas
Oregon Institute of TechnologyKlamath FallsOregonhttp://www.oit.edu48
University of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonMississippi 43
Marian UniversityFond Du LacWisconsinhttp://www.marianuniversity.edu42
University of Southern IndianaEvansvilleIndianahttp://www.usi.edu41
University of Louisiana at MonroeMonroeLouisianahttp://www.ulm.edu37
Spencerian College-LouisvilleLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.spencerian.edu34
Mid-State Technical CollegeWisconsin RapidsWisconsinhttp://www.mstc.edu29
Lansing Community CollegeLansingMichiganhttp://www.lcc.edu26
Colorado Mesa UniversityGrand JunctionColoradohttp://www.coloradomesa.edu24
Linn-Benton Community CollegeAlbanyOregonhttp://www.linnbenton.edu24
University of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaNebraskahttp://www.unmc.edu16
Ogeechee Technical CollegeStatesboroGeorgiahttp://www.ogeecheetech.edu15
South Central CollegeNorth MankatoMinnesotahttp://www.southcentral.edu14
Presentation CollegeAberdeenSouth Dakotahttp://www.presentation.edu14
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockArkansashttp://www.uams.edu14
Loma Linda UniversityLoma LindaCalifornia
Minnesota State Community and Technical CollegeFergus FallsMinnesotahttp://www.minnesota.edu13
Lakeshore Technical CollegeClevelandWisconsinhttp://www.gotoltc.edu12
Everest University-BrandonTampaFlorida
Saint Joseph's College of MaineStandishMaine 7
Bluefield State CollegeBluefieldWest Virginia 3
Allied Health InstitutePlantationFlorida 2
Southwestern Oregon Community CollegeCoos BayOregonhttps://www.socc.edu1
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied HealthOmahaNebraskahttp://www.methodistcollege.edu1
University of Alaska SoutheastJuneauAlaskahttp://www.uas.alaska.edu1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Core & Elective Courses

According to the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT), there are several core competencies that students must demonstrate before receiving their licensure. As of January 1, 2015, aspiring radiologic technologists must have at least an associate degree in order to pursue the nationally recognized ARRT-certification. In the past, a certificate was sufficient to qualify students for the ARRT board exam. Degree programs are specially designed to expose students to the didactic and clinical experiences which will prepare them for the national ARRT exam and state licensing procedures. In addition to general education requirements, associate degree programs in radiologic technology may offer the following preparatory courses:

  • Basic radiographic procedures
  • Anatomy & radiographic positioning
  • Medical procedures for radiologic technologists
  • Imaging modalities
  • Medical terminology
  • Radiation biology & protection
  • Radiographic pathology
  • Radiographic imaging equipment
  • Specialized imaging
  • Radiation physics
  • Patient care

Bachelor’s degrees in radiologic technology typically feature the following:

  • Patient professional interaction
  • Radiographic legal & ethical aspects
  • Radiographic exposure
  • Physics in medical imaging
  • Radiologic pathophysiology
  • Radiographic technique
  • Physics of radiation protection
  • Advanced patient assessment & treatment
  • Introduction to CT
  • Introduction to MRI
  • Introduction to mammography
  • Procedures in imaging
  • Anatomy & radiation biology

In addition to field-specific coursework, students need to gain hands-on experience through supervised instruction sessions known as practicums or clinicals. This training typically occurs in the latter half of programs after students have developed their skills and knowledge of a healthcare setting. Clinicals allow students to put their newfound abilities into practice in a real-world environment while working under the supervision of a skilled professional.


As mentioned in the overview of radiologic technology programs, students are encouraged to verify the accreditation status of their educational programs. The process of accreditation ensures that a school or program is meeting certain standards of quality with respect to curricula, student outcomes, and facilities. Furthermore, in order to qualify for professional certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), a person must have graduated from an accredited associate, bachelor’s, or graduate-level program.

One of the popular accreditation organizations in this field is the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). According to its website, JRCERT is the only agency that is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit traditional and online learning programs in magnetic resonance, medical dosimetry, radiation therapy, and radiography. Its website lists the full set of standards used when deciding whether to grant accreditation to a school, as well as a handy search tool to organize radiologic technologist programs by state and degree level. Search results include information on the type of degree awarded, program length, contact person, website for the program, tuition per year, next scheduled accreditation review, and the program capacity.

While JRCERT is one program-approval option to qualify for credentialing in the field, the AART provides a full list of recognized accrediting agencies for radiologic technologist schools, including programmatic, regional, national, and faith-related institutions.

Career Outlook

As mentioned in the introduction, the outlook is bright for radiologic technologists. By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Dec. 2015) predicts that openings for radiologic technologists will increase 9 percent between 2014 and 2024, faster than the average growth projected across all occupations during that time period (7 percent). With 197,000 of these healthcare professionals currently working across the country and the expected addition of 17,200 more positions, it’s a career with expanding opportunities. The BLS (2015) adds that a majority of radiologic technologists work in hospitals (59 percent), followed by the offices of physicians (21 percent), and medical & diagnostic laboratories (8 percent).

Furthermore, the salary prospects are also promising, particularly for a career which requires a two-year degree. In fact, the BLS (May 2015) found that radiologic technologists make an average annual salary of $58,520 with the following percentiles:

10th percentile: $38,110

25th percentile: $45,870

50th percentile (median): $56,670

75th percentile: $69,480

90th percentile: $81,660

In a recent survey on compensation, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT 2016) found that the annual average salary of radiologic technologists was $65,756, a 4.8 percent increase over 2015 figures. The highest paying specialty disciplines in this field were medical dosimetry ($106,777) and registered radiologic assistance / RPA ($100,311).

Not surprisingly, there were also regional differences in the ASRT (2016) survey. Radiologic technologists in California earn the highest annual compensation at $92,396, followed by those in Washington DC ($81,083). Notably, the BLS (May 2015), found slightly lower averages in these regions—$76,070 and $74,910, respectively—but this may be due to the nature of data collection and the differing time frames.

Finally, Payscale (2016)—an aggregator of self-reported salaries—found much lower figures among its 247 responding radiologic technicians nationwide:

10th percentile: $31,000

25th percentile: $39,000

50th percentile (median): $45,794

75th percentile: $57,000

90th percentile: $68,000

Career FactsRadiologic Technologist
Related CareersRadiation Therapist, Nuclear Medical Technologist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Common Job TitlesRTs, X-Ray Technologists
Technology & EquipmentX-Ray Bone Densitometers, Medical X-Ray Darkroom Equipment, Radiographic Locators
Sourced From BLS, June 2016

Licensing & Certification

Radiologic technologists need to be professionally credentialed to practice in their field. The most common credentialing agency is the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), which has both generalized and specialized registration exams. There are several types of certification available through the ARRT, including nuclear medicine technology, magnetic resonance imaging, sonography, radiography and radiation therapy. Candidates have three attempts to pass one of the computer-based tests, and once they have received certification can use the credentials RT (radiologic technologist) after their name.

There are several types of primary certifications and registrations available, including radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, MRI, and sonography. To qualify for primary category certification and registration through the ARRT, candidates must graduate from an accredited college program (associate degree or higher), pass an ARRT examination, and pay a fee.

There are also post-primary (i.e., specialty) certifications available, including bone densitometry, breast sonography, cardiac-interventional radiography, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, quality management, sonography, vascular-interventional radiography, and vascular sonography. To qualify, candidates must hold a primary certification, complete 16 hours of structured specialty education, show documentation of clinical experience, and pay a fee.

Additionally, the ARRT credentialing exams are used in 35 states for licensing of radiologic technologists. To learn more about regional credentialing in this field, please consult the ARRT state contacts list and reach out to the proper governing body.

Finally, these certifications must be renewed and maintained following the completion of qualifying continuing education (CE) credits every two years and continuing qualifications requirements (CQR) every ten years. Please check out the ARRT continuing education requirements page to learn more about what’s required to maintain specific credentials.