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Radiology Technologist Schools in Arkansas

This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Arkansas will help you find the information you need to make an informed choice on where to attend school. There are a variety of quality radiologic technologist and technician programs available in Arkansas from the certificate to the bachelor’s degree level that can help you reach your career goals. You may also consider online radiologic technologist and technician schools, which can offer avenues for independent study for self-motivated students and can be more flexible than traditional on-campus classes. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 10 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 1 school offers a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 8 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 4 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: University of Central Arkansas, 40%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: University of Central Arkansas, 30%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock, $13,824.1
  • Lowest net price per year: East Arkansas Community College, $3,594.1
  • Highest student population: Arkansas State University-Main Campus, 13,900.1
  • Lowest student population: Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock, 852.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technician and technologist programs at community colleges and career schools in Arkansas: $9,410-$9,410.2

Keep reading this page to learn more about career prospects for radiologic technologists and technicians, popular programs in Arkansas, and further information about earning a radiologic technologist or technician certificate or degree.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Arkansas State University (State University)
Baptist Health Schools Little Rock (Little Rock)
National Park Community College (Hot Springs National Park)
North Arkansas College (Harrison)
South Arkansas Community College (El Dorado)
Southeast Arkansas College (Pine Bluff)
St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center (Little Rock)
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (Ft. Smith)
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Fayetteville)
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Texarkana)
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock)

Arkansas Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Arkansas State University
Graduates of Arkansas State University’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program will be eligible to sit The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Successful applicants to the program must have already completed general education courses or currently be enrolled in those courses to be considered for admission. Applications are accepted until April 1 of each year. The full time, 23-month program consists of both classroom learning and field experience, with students completing their clinical education at assigned hospitals and clinics. Students are encouraged to join such professional organizations as American Healthcare Radiology Administrators and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, which allows them to expand their networking and educational opportunities.

North Arkansas College
North Arkansas College confers the Associated of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology to students who successfully complete the full-time, two-year program. Students must complete between 24 and 26 general college requirements in addition to 72 to 74 credits in radiologic technology coursework and on-site clinical education, following the program outline each semester. The summer between the first and second year of the program requires students to work at a clinical facility for eight and a half hours a day Monday through Thursday. Clinical education is rotated so students can experience working in a variety of areas, such as surgery, the emergency room, a clinical laboratory, ultrasound, and bone density. Applicants must first be admitted to North Arkansas College before applying to the program with successful applicants beginning the program in the fall semester.

East Arkansas Community College
East Arkansas Community College offers a full-time, two-year program leading to the Associate of Applied Science in radiologic technology. An additional 17 credits of general education coursework in anatomy and physiology, algebra, and English is required before students begin the radiologic technology coursework and clinical education. Students should expect to spend 40 hours per week on campus and at a medical facility. The college welcomes recruiters to campus each spring, who meet with seniors in the radiologic technology and other allied health programs, often resulting in employment offers. The application deadline for the program is May 31 with successful applicants beginning the program in the fall semester. All applicants must, as part of the application process, spend four hours observing a radiologic department and fill out and submit an observation report.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Arkansas

Arkansas requires radiology techs to apply for licensure with the state. To be eligible for a radiologist technologist license, applicants must possess a degree in radiologic technology from an accredited college or university and must first pass the ARRT certification exam. The radiologic technology license allows the radiology tech to perform a variety of duties, including mammograms, bone densitometry, computed tomography, and special procedures. All licensed radiologic technologists must complete six continuing education credits every year to keep their license current. Students can begin the application process for the ARRT certification exam as soon as three months before their expected graduation date. ARRT certified radiology techs must renew their certification every two years, which requires 24 continuing education credits and applicable fees.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

9.3%

Radiology Techs in Arkansas from 2010-20203

Radiologic technologist and technician employment in Arkansas is projected to increase 9.3% between 2010 and 2020 with 2,366 positions in 2010 expected to grow to 2,586 positions in 2020.3 The expected job growth rate for one of the United States’ fastest growing fields is even better nationwide with a 28% increase in radiology tech positions during the same 10 year period.4 Radiology techs in Arkansas, as of 2012, earn an average annual mean salary of $43,940 and are generally employed at hospitals, physicians’ offices, imaging centers, and other clinical settings.5 Baptist Health, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Onsite Imaging Solutions, and Northwest Medical Center all hire radiologic technologists in Arkansas.

Arkansas Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway740$47,090
Hot Springs100$40,450
Jonesboro130$43,740
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers270$44,020

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

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=AR&sort=best
3. Discover Arkansas: http://www.discoverarkansas.net/admin/uploadedPublications/2113_LT_State_10-20.pdf
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/oes_ar.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm