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Radiology Technologist Schools in Idaho

There are a variety of colleges and universities in Idaho that offer programs in radiologic technology. These programs include options for earning a general degree or certificate as well as options for pursuing specialty practice areas like radiation therapy. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Idaho provides information to help you compare your options. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools are another option and a potentially more flexible alternative to traditional on-campus programs. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 5 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • No schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 5 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 2 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Boise State University, 31% and Lewis-Clark State College, 31%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: North Idaho College, 34%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Boise State University, $13,790.1
  • Lowest net price per year: College of Southern Idaho, $5,990.1
  • Highest student population: Boise State University, 19,664.1
  • Lowest student population: Lewis-Clark State College, 4,693.1

Discover more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Idaho, popular programs, and further in-depth information 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.

Boise State University (Boise)
College of Southern Idaho (Twin Falls)
Idaho State University (Pocatello)
Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston)
North Idaho College (Coeur d’Alene)

Idaho Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

College of Southern Idaho
The College of Southern Idaho allows students to complete their Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology in only 22 months. The five-semester program, which includes a short summer session between the first and second academic years, requires students to complete a full range of coursework in general education and radiologic technology. Students receive hands-on experience through clinical rotations at three local hospitals, working a total of 1,170 hours over the course of the program. On-campus coursework will cover radiographic procedures, image analysis, imaging and processing, and radiation protection. Courses will be enhanced by work in the on-campus labs. Applications for the program are due June 1.

North Idaho College
Graduates of North Idaho College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiography Technology program will be prepared for entry-level positions as a radiologic technologist and will be eligible to sit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. In addition to general education requirements and radiologic technology courses, the two-year program requires students to complete a series of clinical rotations at affiliate institutions such as Bonner General Hospital, Mountain Health Care, and St. John’s Lutheran Hospital. The first two semesters require students to work at a clinical rotation two to three days a week with that time increasing to three to four days a week for the remainder of the program. Students will be required to work evening and weekend shifts, which are typically less than 10% of the clinical experience. The radiology tech program is competitive with applicants in the running for a spot required to complete a personal interview on campus. Successful applicants begin the program in the fall semester.

Idaho State University
Idaho State University allows students to earn both an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science in Radiography. The associate’s program spans three years and the bachelor’s program, which prepares students for managerial positions, takes four years to complete. Students who have completed the necessary requirements for the Associate of Applied Science will then be eligible to sit the ARRT exam. Upon acceptance into the program, students are randomly assigned a clinical rotation facility and will work at the facility throughout the duration of the program. Students have completed clinical rotations at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical, Madison Memorial Hospital, Bingham Memorial Hospital, and Portneuf Medical Center. Clinical rotations are combined with intensive coursework to prepare students for a career in radiology technology.

Boise State University
Boise State University prepares students for a career in radiology technology with its Bachelor of Science in Radiography, with a diagnostic emphasis, program. Classroom coursework will be enhanced by time in the on-campus lab and during clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities. Students will complete a well-rounded curriculum that focuses on both traditional radiography (analog) and current technology (digital). The university boasts a 100% pass rate for students who have taken the ARRT certification exam with students scoring an average of 91.4% on the exam. The program, which requires students to complete 30 credits in prerequisite courses prior to applying, is competitive with a maximum of 24 students accepted each year.

Lewis-Clark State College
LCSC offers a three-year Associate of Science in Radiographic Science program that prepares students for the ARRT certification exam and to start a career in the field of diagnostic imaging. The 99 credit program includes courses in Patient Care in Radiography, Radiographic Methods, Special Procedures, and Applied Radiography. During the first two semesters, students take classes on campus on Mondays and Wednesdays and then attend clinical training at assigned clinical sites during the rest of the program. The program accepts 18 students per year and applications are due on April 1st.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Idaho

Idaho does not have specific licensing or certification requirements for radiology techs in the state. However, employers typically look for candidates who possess ARRT certification. ARRT certification allows radiology techs to work in all states in the United States, provided techs meet state requirements, if applicable, for certification. Radiologic technologists and technicians who hold ARRT certification must complete 24 continuing education credits and pay associated fees every two years to renew their certification.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

39.0%

Radiology Techs in Idaho from 2010-20202,3

The Idaho Department of Labor predicts that the growth of jobs for radiology technologists and technicians between 2010 and 2020 will be significant at 39%, even higher than the national average of 28%.2,3 An estimated 1,000 radiologic technologist and technician positions existed in Idaho in 2010 with that number predicted to grow to 1,399 in 2020.2 56 new positions are expected to open each year with 39 the result of newly created jobs and 15 from vacated positions.2 Radiologic technology is one of the hottest career fields in the United States, with jobs expected to catapult from 219,000 jobs nationwide in 2010 to 281,000 jobs in 2020.3 Portneuf Medical Center, Intermountain Healthcare, and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center are among the hospitals, imaging centers, physicians’ offices, and medical facilities that hire radiologic technologists and technicians in Idaho.

Idaho Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Boise City-Nampa320$53,030
Coeur d’Alene60$46,880
Logan50$52,270
Pocatello70$48,650

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

Idaho Radiologic Technologist Career Interview

  • Candice Moore, President, Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Idaho Department of Labor: http://lmi.idaho.gov/Data/tabid/781/ctl/OccupationProjections/mid/982/Default.aspx
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