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Radiology Technologist Schools in Alaska

The following overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Alaska is designed to provide you with key information so that you can make the right decision on where to attend school. The colleges and universities in Alaska offer several radiologic technology programs that may be a match for your interests and career goals. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, you may also wish to consider online radiologic technology programs, which some students find offer key advantages such as reduced travel time and greater flexibility. Read about the difference between radiologic technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 2 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 2 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 1 school offers an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • No schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: University of Alaska Anchorage, 26%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: University of Alaska Southeast, 25%.1
  • Highest net price per year: University of Alaska Anchorage, $8,943.1
  • Lowest net price per year: University of Alaska Southeast, $8,827.1
  • Highest student population: University of Alaska Anchorage, 18,128.1
  • Lowest student population: University of Alaska Southeast, 3,344.1

Continue reading this page to learn about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Alaska, popular programs in the state, and more.

Alaska Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

University of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska at Fairbanks awards the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. In addition to radiology technology coursework and clinical rotations, students must also fulfill general college requirements. Students generally find it easier to fulfill those requirements before beginning the five semester radiology technology program. Students will complete a minimum of 1,200 hours of clinical experience at one of the university’s affiliated medical facilities, including Fairbanks Hospital, Bassett Army hospital at Fort Wainwright, and Tanana Valley Clinic. Acceptance into the program is competitive and students must complete prerequisite courses and attend a personal interview to be considered for a seat in the program. Graduates of the radiologic technology program will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam.

University of Alaska Anchorage
Graduates of the University of Alaska at Anchorage’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology will be eligible to take the ARRT certification exam and to begin work in an entry-level radiologic technologist position. Successful applicants to the full-time, two-year program begin their studies in the fall semester. A maximum of 12 to 16 students are accepted in the program each year, due in large part to the limited opportunities for clinical rotations in Anchorage. Students in the program will complete general college requirements, radiology technology coursework, and clinical rotations at local medical facilities. The university offers classes at off-site locations throughout Alaska, including in Juneau, Ketchikan, Bethel, Kenai, and Fairbanks. While the Fairbanks program listed above accepts students each year, the Bethel and Ketchikan campuses only admit students in odd numbered years with Juneau and Kenai welcoming new students in even numbered years. Distance students are required to travel to Anchorage during the summer semester to complete a clinical rotation.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Alaska

The state of Alaska does not currently require radiologic technologists to be licensed to work in the state. However, many hospitals and medical facilities prefer radiologic technologists who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To be eligible for ARRT certification, radiology techs must have graduated from an accredited radiologic technology program. Current students can begin the application process for the exam up to three months prior to their intended date of graduation. ARRT-certified radiologic technologists must renew their certification every two years by completing 24 continuing education credit hours or by taking an ARRT-approved exam and by filling out a renewal application and paying all applicable fees.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

30.9%

Radiology Techs in Alaska from 2010-20202

Radiology technologists in Alaska, who typically possess an associate’s degree, can anticipate a healthy expected job growth rate of an estimated 30.9% between 2010 and 2020.2 Radiologic technologist and technician positions totaled 431 in 2010 with that number expected to grow to 564 in 2020.2 21 new positions are expected to open annually, with 13 resulting from newly created jobs and eight from vacated positions.2 The anticipated job growth rate for radiology techs in Alaska is slightly higher than the national average. Radiologic technologist and technician jobs are expected to grow 28% nationwide over the same 10 year period, with 219,000 jobs in 2010 expected to increase to 281,000 in 2020.3 Hospitals, clinics, private doctors’ offices, and imaging centers generally employ radiologic technologists and technicians. Peace Health and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium both hire radiology techs in Alaska.

Alaska Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Anchorage210$68,880
Fairbanksno data$64,210

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.


References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development: http://live.laborstats.alaska.gov/occ/occ.cfm?o=292034
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-6
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm