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Radiology Technologist Schools in Georgia

There are numerous radiologic technologist schools in Georgia offering programs from the associate’s to the bachelor’s degree level. This overview of radiologic technology programs and schools in the state will help you find the information you need to decide on the right program for your interests and career expectations. Online radiologic technology programs are another option in addition to traditional on-campus study; some students find the enhanced flexibility of online programs makes these schools a better match for their individual needs. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 30 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 15 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 24 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 3 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Emory University, 88%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Andrew College, 50%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Emory University, $26,458.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Albany Technical College, $2,068.1
  • Highest student population: Georgia Perimeter College, 26,996.1
  • Lowest student population: Grady Health System Professional Schools, 83.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist programs at community colleges and career schools in Georgia: $3,843-$12,492.2

Find out more about radiologic technology schools and programs in Georgia by reading below.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Albany Technical College (Albany)
Armstrong State University (Savannah)
Athens Technical College (Athens)
Central Georgia Technical College – North (Macon)
Central Georgia Technical College – South (Warner Robins)
Chattahoochee Technical College – North Metro Campus (Acworth)
College of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick)
Columbus Technical College (Columbus)
Dalton State College (Dalton)
DeKalb Medical (Decatur)
Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (Rome)
Grady Memorial Hospital/Grady Health System (Atlanta)
Gwinnett Technical College (Lawrenceville)
Lanier Technical College (Oakwood)
Moultrie Technical College (Moultrie)
Oconee Fall Line Technical College (Dublin)
Ogeechee Technical College (Statesboro)
Okefenokee Technical College (Waycross)
Southeastern Technical College – Vidalia Campus (Vidalia)
University Hospital (Augusta)
West Georgia Technical College – Douglas Campus (Douglasville)
West Georgia Technical College – LaGrange Campus (LaGrange)

Georgia Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Dalton State College
Dalton State offers a Radiologic Technology Program that culminates in the award of an Associate of Applied Science degree. This program is selective, and admits single classes of 17 students for each program start during the summer semester. Candidates for the program must complete the pre-rad tech requirements with a cumulative college GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale. Candidates who receive preliminary approval will then complete at least 20 hours of clinical apprenticeship. Once admitted to the Radiologic Technology Program, students will take courses in subjects such as radiographic anatomy, advanced radiologic science, and advanced clinical radiologic technology. At the same time, students will complete between 10 and 15 supervised and/or indirect clinical hours per week. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the national American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. Dalton State graduates have historically achieved high pass rates and scores on each section of the ARRT exam since the radiologic technology program was launched in 1998.

Lanier Technical College
Lanier Technical College’s 21 month Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program prepares students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) certification exam and to begin working in an entry-level radiologic technologist position. The intense program, likened to a full-time job, combines radiologic technology coursework with clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities. Clinical rotations require students to work two to five days a week during varying eight-hour shifts. Students do not work on the weekends. Prospective applicants to the program are required to spend a minimum of four hours shadowing professionals in a radiology department and must complete nine classes before applying to the program. The top 40 applicants will be called for a personal interview and of those applicants, only 19 will be offered a seat in the program.

West Georgia Technical College
West Georgia Technical College confers the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology to students who successfully complete the 93 credit program. Radiologic technology coursework provides students with a broad range of knowledge in routine radiography, trauma radiography, radiation therapy, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine. All students are assigned different clinical rotations throughout the program to allow them to gain experience in different medical environments. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the ARRT certification exam and to secure entry-level employment as a radiology technologist. The admittance process is selective with successful applicants possessing a minimum GPA of 3.0 in general college coursework. All applicants must take the Psychological Service Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination Edition 3 and score a minimum of 200 on that exam. Applicants who take any other edition of the exam must score a minimum of 250 for consideration of admission to the program.

Georgia Perimeter College
Georgia Perimeter College awards the Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology to students who successfully complete the three-year program. Students typically complete the 31 credit hours of general college coursework in English, communication, government, and history at the Perimeter College campus before taking required radiologic technology courses onsite at DeKalb Medical School of Radiologic Technology or at the Grady Health System School of Radiologic Technology. Before beginning the program, students must first be accepted into Georgia Perimeter College and either the DeKalb Medical School or Grady Health System School. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to sit for the ARRT certification exam.

Georgia Northwest Technical College
Georgia Northwest Technical College offers an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology on its Floyd Campus. Students generally complete general college requirements before focusing on radiologic technology coursework covering radiographic procedures, imaging, and radiographic pathology. Program participants must complete clinical rotations at a local hospital or medical facility each semester of the program. Successful applicants to the program must be at least 18 years old at the time of application and are required to sit a placement exam, which tests students on their knowledge of basic math, reading, and writing.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Georgia

Georgia does not currently require radiology technologists to become licensed or certified to work in the state. However, radiologic technologists can receive national certification through The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. ARRT certification requires radiologist techs to complete 24 continuing education credits every two years or to take an exam approved by the ARRT and to pay associated fees, which allows for renewal of the certification. Radiology techs in Georgia may also want to join and become involved in the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc. Members of the professional organization can attend educational meetings and regional meetings. The group works to create and pass legislation that is beneficial to both the public and radiological technologists in the state.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

32.9%

Radiology Techs in Georgia from 2010-20203

The Georgia Department of Labor predicts a 32.9% job growth rate for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state between 2010 and 2020.3 That’s higher than the national average of 28% nationwide.4 Nationwide an estimated 219,000 radiology technologist and technician positions existed in 2010 with that number projected to increase to 281,000 in 2020.4 Georgia had an estimated 6,120 radiologic technologists and technicians in 2010.3 That number is predicted to grow to 8,150 in 2020. Approximately 300 new jobs are expected to open each year, with 200 newly created positions and 100 from vacated positions.3 Radiology technologists and technicians secure employment with hospitals, imaging centers, medical facilities, and doctors’ offices. Employers of radiologic technologists in Georgia include Northside Hospital, Emory Healthcare, Piedmont Healthcare, and Atlanta Medical Center.

Georgia Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta2,530$50,610
Macon240$50,400
Rome120$52,260
Savannah230$48,040
Valdosta140$44,920

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-ga/
3. Georgia Labor Market Explorer: http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/gsipub/index.asp?docid=389
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