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 is also among the higher paying jobs that require only a two-year associate degree to find entry-level work.

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 Southeast Community College in 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 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 2017) found that openings in this career are expanding faster than the national average. In fact, between 2016 and 2026, the BLS expects a 13 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 25,300 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 Created25,300
Projected Job Growth12%
Low Salary$39,840
Average Salary (Median)$60,320
High Salary$84,110
Entry-Level EDU Associate'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 minimum, an associate degree from an accredited institution. Please reference the accreditation section of this page for more information on the 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 on this page 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 a 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).

Following is a selection of radiologic technologist schools that may be appropriate for launching a career in this field:

  • Bellevue College: Based in Bellevue, Washington, this associate of 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. Coursework is designed to prepare students to sit for the ARRT exam upon completion. Students may later apply their associate degree toward a bachelor’s of science (BS) in radiation & imaging sciences at Bellevue College.
  • Tarrant County College: Based in Fort Worth, Texas, 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, California, this associate of science (AS) 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 2012 and 2016 was 99 percent.
  • Foothill College: Based in Los Altos Hills, California, 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, South Carolina, this associate of applied science (AAS) degree program in radiologic technology program comprises of two phases. First, students complete general education requirements, then they move on to 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 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 ARRT began requiring the completion of an accredited educational program (e.g., associate, bachelor’s, or graduate-level) in order to qualify 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) also 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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School City State Website Total grads (2013)
Modern Technology School Fountain Valley California 79
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 69
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Indiana 68
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena Texas 66
Spencerian College-Louisville Louisville Kentucky 66
Siena Heights University Adrian Michigan 65
Indiana University-Northwest Gary Indiana 63
EDIC College Caguas Puerto Rico 62
Universidad Del Este Carolina Puerto Rico 62
Ponce Paramedical College Inc Ponce Puerto Rico 61
Houston Community College Houston Texas 57
Fresno City College Fresno California 56
Galveston College Galveston Texas 56
The Bryman School of Arizona Phoenix Arizona 56
Triton College River Grove Illinois 54
University of South Alabama Mobile Alabama 55
Pima Medical Institute-Mesa Mesa Arizona 52
Career Care Institute Lancaster California 49
Bakersfield College Bakersfield California 48
San Diego Mesa College San Diego California 48
Anthem Career College-Memphis Memphis Tennessee 47
University of Iowa Iowa City Iowa 47
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch Texas 46
ECPI University Virginia Beach Virginia 45
Florida National University-Main Campus Hialeah Florida 45
New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education Brooklyn New York 44
Pima Medical Institute-Chula Vista Chula Vista California 44
Pima Medical Institute-Houston Houston Texas 44
Austin Community College District Austin Texas 43
Cypress College Cypress California 43
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills Illinois 42
Pueblo Community College Pueblo Colorado 42
Career Technical College-Monroe Monroe Louisiana 41
Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis Missouri 41
Argosy University-Twin Cities Eagan Minnesota 40
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond Virginia 40
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Illinois 38
Anthem Career College-Nashville Nashville Tennessee 36
Century College White Bear Lake Minnesota 36
Community College of Denver Denver Colorado 35
Sinclair Community College Dayton Ohio 35
ATA College Louisville Kentucky 34
Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins Georgia 34
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indianapolis Indiana 34
Trocaire College Buffalo New York 34
Bon Secours St Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging Richmond Virginia 33
Tidewater Community College Norfolk Virginia 33
Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville Georgia 32
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Virginia 32
Southern Union State Community College Wadley Alabama 32
Colorado Technical University-Kansas City North Kansas City Missouri 31
Merced College Merced California 31
Washburn University Topeka Kansas 31
West Georgia Technical College Waco Georgia 31
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago Illinois 30
Delgado Community College New Orleans Louisiana http://WWW.DCC.EDU 30
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas Barranquitas Puerto Rico 30
Jefferson State Community College Birmingham Alabama 30
Community College of Rhode Island Warwick Rhode Island 29
Long Beach City College Long Beach California 29
Merritt College Oakland California 29
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Oklahoma 29
Atenas College Manati Puerto Rico 28
Foothill College Los Altos Hills California 28
GateWay Community College Phoenix Arizona 28
Grady Health System Professional Schools Atlanta Georgia 28
Riverside School of Health Careers Newport News Virginia 28
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara California 28
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa California 28
South College Knoxville Tennessee 28
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith Arkansas 28
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh North Carolina 28
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago Illinois 27
College of Health Care Professions-Northwest Houston Texas 27
County College of Morris Randolph New Jersey http://WWW.CCM.EDU 27
Del Mar College Corpus Christi Texas 27
Holy Family University Philadelphia Pennsylvania 27
Pima Medical Institute-Seattle Seattle Washington 27
St John's University-New York Queens New York 27
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage Alaska 27
El Camino Community College District Torrance California 26
Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids Michigan 26
Harper College Palatine Illinois 25
McLennan Community College Waco Texas 25
Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield Missouri 25
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City Utah 25
Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood Pennsylvania 25
Yuba College Marysville California 25
Amarillo College Amarillo Texas 24
California State University-Northridge Northridge California 24
El Centro College Dallas Texas 24
George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Hanceville Alabama 24
Hinds Community College Raymond Mississippi 24
Indian Capital Technology Center-Muskogee Muskogee Oklahoma 24
Johnston Community College Smithfield North Carolina 24
Mercy College of Ohio Toledo Ohio 24
Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem Pennsylvania 24
Professional Training Centers Miami Florida 24
Vance-Granville Community College Henderson North Carolina 24
Fortis College-Richmond Richmond Virginia 23
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn Michigan 23
Kaskaskia College Centralia Illinois 23
Our Lady of the Lake College Baton Rouge Louisiana 23
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood Colorado 23
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth Texas 23
H Councill Trenholm State Technical College Montgomery Alabama 22
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Harrisburg Pennsylvania 22
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Mississippi 22
North Dakota State University-Main Campus Fargo North Dakota 22
Herzing University-Winter Park Winter Park Florida 21
Metro Technology Centers Oklahoma City Oklahoma 21
NHTI-Concord's Community College Concord New Hampshire 21
Angelina College Lufkin Texas 20
Central Arizona College Coolidge Arizona 20
Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Lewiston Maine 20
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston Salem North Carolina 20
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa Iowa 20
Labette Community College Parsons Kansas 20
Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus Bridgeview Illinois 20
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Denver Colorado 20
Pitt Community College Winterville North Carolina 20
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta Georgia 20
Aims Community College Greeley Colorado 19
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions San Antonio Texas 19
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome Georgia 19
Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge Iowa 19
Kettering College Kettering Ohio 19
Marshall University Huntington West Virginia 19
McNeese State University Lake Charles Louisiana 19
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa California 19
Paris Junior College Paris Texas 19
Pima Community College Tucson Arizona 19
Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada 19
Quinsigamond Community College Worcester Massachusetts 19
South Texas College McAllen Texas 19
Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin Georgia 19
Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport Louisiana 19
Weatherford College Weatherford Texas 19
Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee Washington 19
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque New Mexico 18
Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta Georgia 18
Clark College Vancouver Washington 18
Cleveland Clinic Health System-School of Diagnostic Imaging Euclid Ohio 18
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville North Carolina 18
Fortis Institute-Miami Miami Florida 18
Gadsden State Community College Gadsden Alabama 18
Itawamba Community College Fulton Mississippi 18
Joliet Junior College Joliet Illinois 18
Louisiana State University-Eunice Eunice Louisiana 18
Moorpark College Moorpark California 18
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Johnstown Pennsylvania 18
Sauk Valley Community College Dixon Illinois 18
Spencerian College-Lexington Lexington Kentucky 18
Tyler Junior College Tyler Texas http://WWW.TJC.EDU 18
Central Ohio Technical College Newark Ohio 17
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga California 17
Cleveland Community College Shelby North Carolina 17
Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia Pennsylvania 17
Dalton State College Dalton Georgia 17
Edgecombe Community College Tarboro North Carolina 17
Gateway Community College New Haven Connecticut 17
Grayson College Denison Texas 17
Jackson College Jackson Michigan 17
Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield Maine 17
Lanier Technical College Oakwood Georgia 17
Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills Massachusetts 17
North Central Texas College Gainesville Texas 17
South College-Asheville Asheville North Carolina 17
South Suburban College South Holland Illinois 17
Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde Texas 17
Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus Tulsa Oklahoma 17
Union County College Cranford New Jersey 17
Virginia Western Community College Roanoke Virginia 17
Western Technical College La Crosse Wisconsin 17
Wharton County Junior College Wharton Texas 17
Allen College Waterloo Iowa 16
Augusta Technical College Augusta Georgia 16
Blinn College Brenham Texas 16
Carteret Community College Morehead City North Carolina 16
Cooper Health System Center for Allied Health Education Camden New Jersey 16
Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson Mississippi 16
Fortis Institute-Baltimore Baltimore Maryland 16
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Mercedita Puerto Rico 16
Johnson College Scranton Pennsylvania 16
Kilgore College Kilgore Texas 16
Lake Superior College Duluth Minnesota 16
Mayo School of Health Sciences Rochester Minnesota 16
Mt San Antonio College Walnut California 16
Piedmont Virginia Community College Charlottesville Virginia 16
Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences Reading Pennsylvania 16
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury North Carolina 16
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cape Girardeau Missouri 16
Spokane Community College Spokane Washington 16
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Indiana 16
Advance Science Institute Hialeah Florida 15
Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Canton Ohio 15
Cabrillo College Aptos California 15
Canada College Redwood City California 15
Carl Sandburg College Galesburg Illinois 15
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles California 15
City College of San Francisco San Francisco California 15
Danville Area Community College Danville Illinois 15
Harcum College Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania 15
Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor Michigan 15
Los Angeles City College Los Angeles California 15
Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls Minnesota 15
Olney Central College Olney Illinois 15
Our Lady of Holy Cross College New Orleans Louisiana 15
St Joseph's Medical Center School of Radiography Yonkers New York 15
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston Texas 15
Universidad Central Del Caribe Bayamon Puerto Rico 15
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences San Juan Puerto Rico 15
Arizona Western College Yuma Arizona 14
Athens Technical College Athens Georgia 14
Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte North Carolina 14
Casper College Casper Wyoming 14
Concorde Career College-Memphis Memphis Tennessee 14
Delaware Technical Community College-Owens Georgetown Delaware 14
Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington Wilmington Delaware 14
Fortis College-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana 14
George C Wallace State Community College-Dothan Dothan Alabama 14
Kankakee Community College Kankakee Illinois 14
MCPHS University Boston Massachusetts 14
Mercy Hospital Springfield-School of Radiologic Technology Springfield Missouri 14
North Shore Community College Danvers Massachusetts 14
Randolph Community College Asheboro North Carolina 14
Richmond School of Health and Technology CHESTER Virginia 14
Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester Minnesota 14
Sanford Medical Center Sioux Falls South Dakota 14
Southern Vermont College Bennington Vermont 14
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville North Carolina 13
Central Virginia Community College Lynchburg Virginia 13
Champlain College Burlington Vermont 13
Columbia Basin College Pasco Washington 13
Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport Iowa 13
Elgin Community College Elgin Illinois 13
Heartland Community College Normal Illinois 13
Indiana University-South Bend South Bend Indiana 13
Kishwaukee College Malta Illinois 13
Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston Idaho 13
Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar Calmar Iowa 13
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 13
Sanford-Brown Institute-Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 13
Stanly Community College Albemarle North Carolina 13
State Fair Community College Sedalia Missouri 13
Washington State Community College Marietta Ohio 13
West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition Morgantown West Virginia 13
Wytheville Community College Wytheville Virginia 13
Albany Technical College Albany Georgia 12
Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions Danville Virginia 12
El Paso Community College El Paso Texas 12
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Teaneck New Jersey 12
Highlands College of Montana Tech Butte Montana 12
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German San German Puerto Rico 12
Jones County Junior College Ellisville Mississippi 12
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City Kansas City Missouri 12
Montana State University-Billings Billings Montana 12
Muhlenberg Harold B and Dorothy A Snyder Schools-School of Imaging Plainfield New Jersey 12
Southeastern Technical College Vidalia Georgia 12
Southern Maine Community College South Portland Maine 12
Southwest Virginia Community College Richlands Virginia 12
Springfield Technical Community College Springfield Massachusetts 12
St James Mercy Hospital School of Radiologic Science Hornell New York 12
The Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore Maryland 12
Xavier University Cincinnati Ohio 12
Alegent Creighton Health School of Radiologic Technology Omaha Nebraska 11
ATA Career Education Spring Hill Florida 11
Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital Johnstown Pennsylvania 11
Crafton Hills College Yucaipa California 11
Dixie State University Saint George Utah 11
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus Roswell New Mexico 11
Laramie County Community College Cheyenne Wyoming 11
Medvance Institute-West Palm Palm Springs Florida 11
Mercy-St Luke's School of Radiologic Technology Cedar Rapids Iowa 11
Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead Mississippi 11
Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell South Dakota 11
North Central State College Mansfield Ohio 11
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant Texas 11
Okefenokee Technical College Waycross Georgia 11
Portland Community College Portland Oregon 11
Regis College Weston Massachusetts 11
Riverland Community College Austin Minnesota 11
Southwestern Community College Sylva North Carolina 11
The University of Montana Missoula Montana 11
University of St Francis Joliet Illinois 11
Virginia Highlands Community College Abingdon Virginia 11
Cambridge Institute of Health & Technology Delray Beach Florida 10
Carl Albert State College Poteau Oklahoma 10
Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley Pennsylvania 10
Howard College Big Spring Texas 10
Illinois Central College East Peoria Illinois 10
Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Medford Massachusetts 10
Lincoln Land Community College Springfield Illinois 10
Meridian Technology Center Stillwater Oklahoma 10
Mount Marty College Yankton South Dakota 10
Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville Mississippi 10
Robeson Community College Lumberton North Carolina 10
Sandhills Community College Pinehurst North Carolina 10
South Plains College Levelland Texas 10
The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville Texas 10
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences Rock Island Illinois 10
Vatterott College-Des Moines Des Moines Iowa 10
Washington Hospital School of Radiography Washington Pennsylvania 10
Coastal Bend College Beeville Texas 9
College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick Georgia 9
Colorado State University-Fort Collins Fort Collins Colorado 9
CVPH Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology Plattsburgh New York 9
Indiana University-Kokomo Kokomo Indiana 9
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls Minnesota 9
Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell Pennsylvania 9
Moultrie Technical College Moultrie Georgia 9
Northern Michigan University Marquette Michigan 9
Odessa College Odessa Texas 9
Rhode Island College Providence Rhode Island 9
Richland Community College Decatur Illinois 9
Saint Elizabeth Medical Center School of Radiography Utica New York 9
University of Mary Bismarck North Dakota 9
Yavapai College Prescott Arizona 9
Bellin College Green Bay Wisconsin 8
Boston University Boston Massachusetts 8
Great Falls College Montana State University Great Falls Montana 8
John Wood Community College Quincy Illinois 8
Laredo Community College Laredo Texas 8
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical Winona Minnesota 8
North Iowa Area Community College Mason City Iowa 8
Owens Community College Perrysburg Ohio 8
St Francis Medical Center-School of Radiologic Technology Trenton New Jersey 8
Arnot Ogden Medical Center Elmira New York 7
Great Basin College Elko Nevada 7
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts San Mateo California 7
Louisiana State University-Alexandria Alexandria Louisiana 7
Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon Iowa 7
O C Collins Career Center Chesapeake Ohio 7
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville Georgia 7
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Yankton South Dakota 6
Meridian Community College Meridian Mississippi 6
Parkland College Champaign Illinois 6
Southwest Georgia Technical College Thomasville Georgia 6
Quinnipiac University Hamden Connecticut 5
Ridgewater College Willmar Minnesota 5
Rush University Chicago Illinois 5
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande Ohio 5
Autry Technology Center Enid Oklahoma 4
Bellevue College Bellevue Washington 4
Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell Montana 4
Lenoir Community College Kinston North Carolina 4
Massasoit Community College Brockton Massachusetts 4
Morgan Community College Fort Morgan Colorado 4
Regional West Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology Scottsbluff Nebraska 4
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton California 4
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Memphis Tennessee 3
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg Pennsylvania 3
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson North Carolina 3
Fortis Institute-Erie Erie Pennsylvania 3
Fortis Institute-Grand Prairie Grand Prairie Texas 3
University of Charleston Charleston West Virginia 3
Darton State College Albany Georgia 2
Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown North Carolina 2
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Wisconsin 2
Oakland University Rochester Hills Michigan 2
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond Louisiana 2
University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell Massachusetts 2
Yakima Valley Community College Yakima Washington 2
Andrew College Cuthbert Georgia 1
Bristol Community College Fall River Massachusetts 1
Butler County Community College Butler Pennsylvania 1
Contra Costa College San Pablo California 1
Friends University Wichita Kansas 1
National University of Health Sciences Lombard Illinois 1
Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs Colorado 1
Sanford-Brown College-Houston North Loop Houston Texas 1
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada 1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Online & Hybrid Programs in Radiologic Technology

The George Washington University
Online Healthcare MBA
HealthInformatics@GW - The George Washington University
Online Master's - Health Informatics
Johns Hopkins University
MS - Healthcare Mgmt (Online, On-Site, or Both)

While there is 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. Applicants should be sure to ask coordinators of online programs about the school’s state authorization status.

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

  • Indian Hills Community College: Based in Ottumwa, Iowa, 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 2012 and 2016, the five-year passing rate among students was an impressive 96 percent.

  • Southeast Community College: Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, 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, Indiana, 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 IU Health Methodist Hospital in Muncie.

  • 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.

School City State Website Total grads (2013)
Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando Florida 213
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls Texas 180
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson Tucson Arizona 160
Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches Louisiana 51
St Philip's College San Antonio Texas 50
Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls Oregon 48
University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson Mississippi 43
Marian University Fond Du Lac Wisconsin 42
University of Southern Indiana Evansville Indiana 41
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe Louisiana 37
Spencerian College-Louisville Louisville Kentucky 34
Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin 29
Lansing Community College Lansing Michigan 26
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction Colorado 24
Linn-Benton Community College Albany Oregon 24
University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha Nebraska 16
Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro Georgia 15
South Central College North Mankato Minnesota 14
Presentation College Aberdeen South Dakota 14
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock Arkansas 14
Loma Linda University Loma Linda California 13
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls Minnesota 13
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland Wisconsin 12
Everest University-Brandon Tampa Florida 8
Saint Joseph's College of Maine Standish Maine 7
Bluefield State College Bluefield West Virginia 3
Allied Health Institute Plantation Florida 2
Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay Oregon 1
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha Nebraska 1
University of Alaska Southeast Juneau Alaska 1
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 ARRT, a person must have graduated from an accredited associate, bachelor’s, or graduate-level program.

One of the most recognized programmatic 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. The JRCERT website lists the full set of standards used when deciding whether to grant accreditation to a school, as well as a convenient 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 ARRT provides a full list of approved radiologic technologist schools programs that will ensure credentialing eligibility for graduates.

Career Outlook

As mentioned in the introduction, the outlook is bright for radiologic technologists. By illustration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017) predicts that openings for radiologic technologists will increase 12 percent between 2016 and 20264, faster than the average growth projected across all occupations during that time period (7 percent). With 205,200 of these healthcare professionals currently working across the country and the expected addition of 25,300 more positions, it’s a career with expanding opportunities. The BLS (2017) adds that a majority of radiologic technologists work in hospitals (59 percent), followed by medical and diagnostic laboratories (20 percent), and the offices of physicians (13 percent).

Furthermore, the salary prospects are also promising, particularly for a career which requires a two-year degree. In fact, the BLS (2017) found that radiologic technologists make an average annual salary of $60,320 with the following percentiles:

10th percentile: $39,840

25th percentile: $47,380

50th percentile (median): $58,440

75th percentile: $71,810

90th percentile: $84,110

In a recent survey on compensation, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT 2016, available behind paywall) 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 survey. Radiologic technologists in California earn the highest annual compensation at $92,396, followed by those in Washington DC at $81,083. Notably, the BLS (2017), found slightly lower averages in these regions at $77,650 and $77,500, respectively—but this may be due to the nature of data collection and the differing time frames.

Career Facts Radiologic 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 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, applicants can consult the ARRT state credentialing page 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. ARRT continuing education requirements are available on the ARRT website.