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Radiology Technologist Schools in Iowa

Iowa’s colleges and universities offer many options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology, with programs designed for general career tracks in addition to specialty career tracks like radiologic technology quality management. The following guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Iowa provides key information to help you make a decision that is right for you. Online radiologic technologist and technician programs are an alternative to traditional on-campus programs that may also be a good match for your interests and desired career track. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 13 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 9 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: Iowa Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology, 100%; Mercy/St Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology, 100%; and St. Luke’s College, 100%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Eastern Iowa Community College District, 27%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Allen College, $26,207.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Iowa Central Community College, $7,116.1
  • Highest student population: University of Iowa, 29,810.1
  • Lowest student population: Iowa Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology, 17.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Iowa: $2,600-$6,238.2

Read more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Iowa and potential career tracks in this field 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.

Allen College (Waterloo)
Covenant Medical Center (Waterloo)
Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa)
Iowa Central Community College – Fort Dodge Center (Fort Dodge)
Mercy College of Health Sciences (Des Moines)
Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa (Mason City)
Mercy/St. Luke’s Hospitals (Cedar Rapids)
Northeast Iowa Community College – Peosta Campus (Peosta)
Scott Community College (Bettendorf)
St. Luke’s College (Sioux City)
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines (Des Moines)
University of Iowa Hospital/University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Health Care (Iowa City)

Iowa Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Mercy College of Health Sciences
Mercy College of Health Sciences features an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program that prepares graduates to begin work as a radiologic technologist and to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Graduates of the program may continue their studies, earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Science or Health Care Administration. The radiologic technology program spans six semesters and combines intense coursework and clinical rotations. Students complete clinical rotations during the day but must work some evening and night shifts in the trauma unit to ensure they are exposed to a variety of medical situations. Admission to the program is highly competitive with 15 students offered a seat each year. Successful applicants begin the program in the summer semester.

University of Iowa
Students in The University of Iowa’s Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences program can concentrate in one of three areas: radiologic technology and cardiovascular interventional, radiologic technology and computed tomography, and radiologic technology and magnetic resonance imaging. Students in the radiologic technology track will complete general education courses, major coursework, and clinical rotations at local medical facilities, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Students in the program may live in living learning communities with other health sciences majors, may have opportunities to study abroad, and may join such student organizations as the Christian Medical Association. Scholarships may be available for eligible students.

Eastern Iowa Community College
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Scott campus allows students to earn an Associate of Science in Radiology Technology. The two-year program requires students to commit to a minimum of 40 hours a week. Between 20 and 30 of those hours are divided between radiology technology classes on campus and clinical rotations at an assigned medical facility. The remaining 10 hours are generally devoted to off-campus study. Students will begin their first clinical rotation in the second semester of the program and will complete a clinical internship each semester of the program thereafter. Radiology technology coursework encompasses medical terminology, radiographic terminology, radiographic exposure, film evaluation, and radiation protection and biology. Successful applicants to the program begin their studies in the fall semester.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health requires all radiologic technologists in the state to apply for a permit before working in Iowa. To be eligible for a permit, radiologic technologists must first either take the ARRT certification exam or apply to take a state radiography exam, which is also administered by the ARRT. Radiology techs who have passed the ARRT certification or state exam can then apply for their permit. Renewal of the permit occurs every two years and requires radiologic technologists to complete 24 continuing education credit hours, one credit hour of which must be in radiation protection.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

24%

Radiology Techs in Iowa from 2010-20203

The State of Iowa predicts healthy job growth of 24% for radiologic technologist and technicians between 2010 and 2020, nearly on par with the expected increase of 28% in radiologic technology positions nationwide during the same time period.3 An estimated 2,600 radiology techs were employed in the state in 2010 with that number expected to increase to 3,235 in 2020.3 Approximately 105 radiologic technologist and technician positions are predicted to open every year with 65 due to growth and 40 due to vacated positions.3 Radiologic techs in Iowa generally hold an associate’s degree. The mean annual salary for experienced radiology techs in 2012 was $46,919 with entry-level radiologic technologists and technicians earning approximately $35,767 in 2012.4 Radiologic technologist and technicians generally secure employment in hospitals, imaging centers, doctors’ offices, and other medical facilities. Among those organizations that hire radiology technologists and technicians in Iowa are Sanford Health, Genesis Health System, Skiff Medical Center, The University of Iowa, and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Iowa Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Cedar Rapids200$45,670
Des Moines-West Des Moines460$49,160
Dubuque100$41,740
Iowa City170$52,260
Waterloo-Cedar Falls140$47,240

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-ia/
3. Iowa Workforce Information Network: http://iwin.iwd.state.ia.us/pubs/statewide/stateoccproj.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/oessrcma.htm