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Radiology Technologist Schools in Arizona

This page presents an overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Arizona that will provide you with key facts to inform your decision on where to go to school. The universities and colleges in Arizona offer a variety of programs for earning a certificate or degree in radiologic technology to support your career goals. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can also be a suitable match for some students and can make it easier to balance commitments outside of school compared to traditional on-campus course scheduling. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 9 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 2 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 8 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 1 school offers a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: The Bryman School of Arizona, 76%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: GateWay Community College, 32%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Carrington College-Phoenix Westside, $24,681.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Pima Community College, $2,968.1
  • Highest student population: Pima Community College, 36,969.1
  • Lowest student population: Carringon College-Phoenix Westside, 600.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Arizona: $6,560-$9,360.2

Continue reading this page to learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Arizona and where a degree or certificate in radiologic technology can take your career.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

The following programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology for radiography as of 2014.

Arizona Western College (Yuma)
Carrington College – Westside (Phoenix)
Central Arizona College (Apache Junction)
GateWay Community College (Phoenix)
Pima Community College (Tucson)
Pima Medical Institute – Mesa (Mesa)
Pima Medical Institute – Tucson (Tucson)
Yavapai College (Prescott)

Arizona Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Central Arizona College
Central Arizona College’s highly competitive Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program works in a cohort format and takes two academic years to complete. Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level employment and will be eligible to sit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Students will be required to complete both coursework and intensive on-site clinical rotations. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session, which will earn them points, and to complete as many of the general education requirements prior to applying for the program to increase their chances of acceptance. Applications are accepted from May 1 to June 30 with accepted applicants beginning the program the following January.

Arizona Western College
Arizona Western College’s Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology admits 20 students, who begin the program during the summer semester. Successful applicants must take, and pass with a score of at least 50%, the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Exam (HOBET), which consists of 170 questions in English, reading, math, and science. The 22-month full-time program begins with an orientation course in the summer to prepare students for their first clinical rotation in the fall. Clinical rotations will start at 12 hours a week during the first semester of the program and can increase to a maximum of 40 hours a week by the end of the program. Students will be required to work evenings and weekends to ensure they are exposed to various every day and emergency situations.

Pima Community College
Pima Community College features an Associate in Applied Science in Radiographic Technology that prepares students to sit the ARRT certification exam and to secure entry-level employment as a radiologic technologist. Prior to applying for the program, applicants must complete a series of prerequisites in medical terms, algebra, and anatomy and physiology. Students will complete coursework on campus, focusing on medical imaging and radiographic positions, in addition to intense clinical rotations at local medical facilities and hospitals. Clinical work, which generally takes place weekdays during the week, totals a minimum of 1,800 hours in compliance with the rules set by the Arizona Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Arizona

The state of Arizona requires radiologic technologists and technicians to apply for licensure through the Medical Radiologic Technologist Board of Examiners. Applications for a first-time license and for renewal can be found online and must be notarized before being sent to the board. Applicants are required to submit relevant documentation, including an original passport photo, a proof of legal residence, and documentation of any prior criminal convictions. To maintain licensure in Arizona, radiology techs must complete 24 credit hours of continuing education every two years. Radiology techs may also sit the exam for ARRT certification, which allows those who pass to work anywhere in the United States provided they also meet state requirements. ARRT-certified radiology techs will complete 24 continuing education credits every two years prior to renewing their certification.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

36.4%

Radiology Techs in Arizona from 2010-20203

Employment projections for radiologic technologists and technicians in Arizona look favorable with a projected 36.4% job growth between 2010 and 2020.3 Radiology technologist and technician positions tallied 5,314 in 2010 and are expected to increase to 7,246 in 2020.3 A projected 275 positions should open annually, with 193 new positions and 82 vacated positions needing filled.3 Radiologic technology is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States with a projected 28% – from 219,000 in 2010 to 281,000 in 2020 – growth spurt nationwide between 2010 and 2020.4 Radiology technologists and technicians typically find employment in a variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and doctors’ offices. Those employers who hire radiology techs in Arizona include The University of Arizona Medical Center, the Department of Veteran Affairs, NextCare Urgent Care, and John C. Lincoln Health Network.

Arizona Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Lake Havasu City – Kingman100$63,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale2,790$61,490
Tucson510$56,200

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


References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: http://colleges.niche.com/search/t-career/sm2-radiologic-technician/st-az/
3. Arizona Department of Administration: http://azstats.gov/employment-forecasts.aspx
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-6
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm