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Radiology Technologist Schools in Colorado

The colleges and universities in Colorado offer a variety of options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Colorado provides the information you need to make an educated decision on where to attend school. As an alternative to traditional on-campus courses, you might also consider online radiologic technologist and technician schools, which can provide greater flexibility and reduced commuting time that may make these programs a better fit for some individuals. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 11 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 10 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: Anthem College-Denver, 68%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Red Rocks Community College, 34%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Concorde Career College-Aurora, $20,811.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Aims Community College, $8,928.1
  • Highest student population: Colorado State University-Fort Collins, 30,467.1
  • Lowest student population: Anthem College-Denver, 302.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Colorado: $10,437-$10,956.2

Keep reading this page for further information on radiologic technologist and technician schools in Colorado and potential career tracks for graduates.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction)
Community College of Denver – Lowry Campus (Denver)
Concorde Career College – Denver (Aurora)
Pima Medical Institute – Denver (Denver)
Red Rocks Community College (Arvada)
St. Anthony Hospitals (Lakewood)
UCH-Memorial Hospital (Colorado Springs)

Colorado Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Red Rocks Community College
Students who successfully complete Red Rocks Community College’s full-time, 21-month radiological technology program will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology and will be eligible to sit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. The program is divided into classroom and clinical work with the first year devoted to full-time study on campus. Students will then spend the final three semesters of the program on several clinical rotations, which requires 32 to 36 hours a week. At times, students will be required to work evenings and weekends at their clinical rotation. Admittance to the program is competitive with a maximum of 20 students accepted each year.

Pueblo Community College
Graduates of Pueblo Community College’s Associated of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program will have developed the necessary foundation to secure entry-level employment as a radiology technologist or technician and will be eligible to sit for the ARRT certification exam. The full-time, five-semester program combines coursework and clinical rotations in addition to 16 general education credits. Students will take classes and intern at a local hospital or medical facility each semester of the program with the summer between the first and the second year devoted solely to an internship. Applicants to the program will be required to visit campus for a scheduled personal interview in June.

Colorado Mesa University
Colorado Mesa University’s full-time radiologic technology program leads to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students typically complete the program in three years with two semesters devoted to fulfilling general education requirements. The radiologic technology program itself takes five semesters, in which the student must be enrolled full-time, and students are discouraged from holding a job due to the intensity of the program workload. Students will complete approximately 1,300 hours of clinical education during the program in addition to intense coursework. The radiologic technology program is competitive with 18 students, out of between 72 and 90 applicants, being admitted each year.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Colorado

Colorado does not have specific state licensing requirements for radiology technologists and technicians who work in the state. However, any radiologic technologist or technician who will use X-ray machines must be certified by the ARRT, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In lieu of ARRT certification, radiology technologists and technicians can apply for Limited Scope Operator certification. The Limited Scope Operator certification requires radiology technologists and technicians to complete 24 continuing education credits every two years to maintain certification. Radiological technologists and technicians who opt for the ARRT certification must first pass the certification examination. ARRT-certified techs must also complete 24 continuing education credits every two years, and pay all applicable fees, to maintain certification.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

35.9%

Radiology Techs in Colorado from 2010-20203

Colorado employment estimates between 2010 and 2020 show an expected 35.9% increase in jobs with 3,332 positions in 2010 surging to 4,528 in 2020.3 That means about 172 positions are expected to open annually with 120 from newly created jobs and 52 the result of vacancy.3 The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 28% nationwide growth in radiologic technologist and technician jobs during the same decade with 281,000 jobs in 2020, up from 219,000 in 2010.3 Radiologic technologists and technicians in Colorado earn an average annual mean salary of $58,780.4 The mean hourly wage is $28.26 and the median hourly wage is $28.00.4 Among the hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and private physicians offices that hire radiology techs in Colorado are Centura Health, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, and Vibra Healthcare.

Colorado Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Boulder260$52,570
Colorado Springs390$53,050
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield1,680$61,020
Fort Collins-Loveland250$48,990

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: http://colleges.niche.com/search/t-career/sm2-radiologic-technician/st-co/
3. Colorado LMI Gateway: http://www.colmigateway.com/default.asp
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_co.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm