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Radiology Technologist Schools in Illinois

The colleges and universities in Illinois offer a broad array of programs in radiologic technology, including general programs as well as options for pursuing specialized practice areas such as vascular radiography and sonography and computed tomography. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Illinois will help you make the right decision on where to attend school. As an alternative to traditional on-campus courses, you can also consider online radiologic technologist and technician schools, which some students find to be a better match to their scheduling needs. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 37 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 6 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 28 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 6 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Midwestern Career College, 73%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 43%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Roosevelt University, $27,723.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College, $1,465.1
  • Highest student population: College of DuPage, 26,209.1
  • Lowest student population: Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, 19.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Illinois: $5,910-$23,983.2

Read more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Illinois, summaries of available programs, and more 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.

AMS Test Program (Chicago)
Blessing Hospital (Quincy)
College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)
College of Lake County (Grayslake)
Danville Area Community College (Danville)
Elgin Community College (Elgin)
Harper College (Palatine)
Heartland Community College (Normal)
Illinois Central College (Peoria)
Kaskaskia College (Centralia)
Kishwaukee College (Malta)
Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield)
Malcolm X College (Chicago)
McDonough District Hospital (Macomb)
Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills)
Northwestern College (Bridgeview)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)
Olney Central College (Olney)
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria)
Parkland College (Champaign)
Rend Lake College (Ina)
Rockford Memorial Hospital (Rockford)
Sauk Valley Community College (Dixon)
Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville)
St. Francis Hospital/Presence Health (Evanston)
Swedish American Hospital (Rockford)
Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Rock Island)
Triton College (River Grove)
Wilbur Wright College (Chicago)

Illinois Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Danville Area Community College
Danville Area Community College offers a radiology program leading to an Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology. The career-based curriculum includes courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Atypical Radiologic Procedures, Radiographic Pathology, and Special Topics in Radiologic Technology. During the course of study, students also learn about patient positioning and care, radiation safety and exposure, and digital imaging. Learning takes place both in the classroom and during clinical education that is supervised by licensed technologists working at medical facilities affiliated with the college. Graduates of the program are prepared to begin entry level work as radiologic technologists or enter advanced training for post-primary imaging such as CT. Danville Area Community College’s radiologic technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and program graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam.

Southwestern Illinois College
Graduates of Southwestern Illinois College’s Associate of Science in Radiology Technology program will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam and to begin working in an entry-level radiologic technologist position. The program generally takes two years to complete with students enrolled full-time all year around. Successful applicants begin the program during the summer, completing their coursework during the day at the Belleville Campus. Clinical rotations take place at local hospitals and medical facilities with students working between 15 and 20 hours each week during the fall and spring semesters. Students must work at a clinical rotation each summer for 30 hours a week. Applications must be submitted between September 1 and December 1 of each year.

South Suburban College
South Suburban College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiology Technology program requires students to complete 72 credit hours of prerequisite and program requirements. Students generally earn their degree in seven semesters, with one of the two summer semesters dedicated to a clinical rotation. Successful applicants begin their studies in the summer and must complete all prerequisite courses prior to starting the program. Students will spend their first summer and fall semesters focusing exclusively on program coursework before beginning their clinical rotations at a local affiliated hospital or medical facility. Program coursework covers radiographic fundamentals, radiographic procedures, radiobiology, and radiographic pathology.

Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College’s radiologic technology program, which leads to an Associate of Science degree, requires a full-time commitment from students. The program spans 21 months with successful applicants beginning their first courses in the fall semester. Students will spend time on campus and at affiliate hospitals and medical facilities each semester of the program. The summer semester, however, only requires students to complete a clinical rotation of 40 hours a week. Clinical rotations take place at one of 13 sites in such surrounding communities as Lansing, Charlotte, Hastings, St. Johns, and Howell, and all students will complete their clinical rotations at two different facilities during the course of the program. The competitive program accepts a maximum of 28 students a year with applications due on May 1.

Sauk Valley Community College
Sauk Valley Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program requires 73 credit hours to complete, of which 53 credit hours are in the radiologic technology major. Program admission is competitive, and the priority deadline for applying to the program is March 1 for entry in the following Fall semester. Sauk Valley Community College also offers a Computed Tomography certificate program for those who have graduated from an accredited radiography or nuclear medicine program. Sauk also has a cooperative agreement with College of DuPage for sonography. Sonography degree or certificate options are available.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Illinois

All radiology technologists and technicians must be accredited by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s Division of Nuclear Safety to be eligible to work in the state. Radiologic techs must have completed an accredited radiology technology program, pass a state exam, fill out an application, and pay all applicable fees to earn their accreditation. Renewal requires 24 continuing education credit hours every two years. However, those radiology techs who maintain certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) will be considered to have completed those 24 credit hours. Radiologic technologists and technicians may also opt for national certification through the ARRT. ARRT-certified radiology techs can work anywhere in the United States, provided they meet individual state requirements. Radiologic technologists with ARRT certification must renew that certification every two years by completing 24 credit hours of continuing education courses and paying an applicable fee.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

12.4%

Radiology Techs in Illinois from 2010-20203

The Illinois Department of Employment Security predicts modest growth of 12.4% for radiologic technologists in the state between 2010 and 2020 with an estimated 8,464 radiology technologist and technician positions in 2010 projected to grow to 9,515 in 2020.3 An estimated 236 radiology tech positions should open each year with 105 jobs as the result of growth and 131 from vacated positions.3 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an even higher job growth of 28% for radiologic techs nationwide in the same 10-year period, with jobs up to 281,000 in 2020 from 219,000 in 2010.4 Radiologic technologists and technicians typically find work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, medical facilities, and imaging clinics. Those companies that hire radiology techs in Illinois include McDonough District Hospital, The Carle Foundation, Northwest Memorial Hospital, and the University of Chicago Medicine.

Illinois Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Bloomington-Normal130$46,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville4,710$61,380
Danville50$53,910
Peoria490$51,140
Springfield230$54,930

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

Illinois Radiologic Technologist Career Interview

  • Mary Messengill, Past Secretary, Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists

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-il/
3. Illinois Department of Employment Security: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Employment_Projections.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