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Radiology Technologist Schools in Louisiana

Louisiana’s colleges and universities offer a broad array of options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology, including options encompassing specialty areas of practice like radiation therapy and interventional radiography. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Louisiana will help you choose the school that is right for you. As an alternative to traditional on-campus courses, online radiologic technologist and technician courses may also be a suitable choice for learning useful skills and continuing your career education. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 13 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 2 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 8 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 5 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Fortis College, 50%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: L E Fletcher Technical Community College, 64%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Fortis College, $21,410.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Louisiana State University Eunice, $7,010.1
  • Highest student population: Delgado Community College, 20,436.1
  • Lowest student population: Fortis College, 751.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Louisiana: $4,684-$9,088.2

Continue reading this page to find profiles of popular programs, well-known colleges, and universities, and more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Louisiana.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Baton Rouge General Medical Center (Baton Rouge)
Delgado Community College (New Orleans)
Fortis College – Baton Rouge (Baton Rouge)
Lafayette General Medical Center (Lafayette)
Louisiana State University Alexandria (Alexandria)
Louisiana State University at Eunice (Eunice)
McNeese State University (Lake Charles)
North Oaks Medical Center (Hammond)
Northwestern State University (Shreveport)
Our Lady of Holy Cross College (New Orleans)
Our Lady of the Lake College (Baton Rouge)
Southern University at Shreveport (Shreveport)
University of Louisiana-Monroe (Monroe)

Louisiana Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University confers the Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology. Successful applicants to the two-year program begin their studies in the summer semester. In addition to fulfilling general college coursework, radiologic technology majors will complete a full range of radiology technology courses and clinical rotations. Students should expect to spend 40 hours a week, between classes on campus and clinical experiences, on their studies. Clinical rotations are not permitted to exceed 10 hours a day. Students are assigned clinical rotations at one of the university’s affiliate medical facilities, such as Acadian Medical Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Lafayette, and Mercy Regional Medical Center. Prospective applicants to the program must complete five prerequisite courses in medical terminology, algebra, introductory radiologic technology, human anatomy, and a human anatomy lab prior to applying for the program. No set number of students is admitted each year, although the selection process is competitive.

Our Lady of Holy Cross College
At Our Lady of Holy Cross College, students can earn an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology or a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. Students, who have fulfilled the requirements of the associate’s degree, will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam and will be prepared to begin an entry-level position as a radiologic technologist. The 21-month associate’s program requires students to commit to 40 hours a week with classes and clinical rotations scheduled 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Successful applicants to the program begin in the fall semester.

Delgado Community College
Delgado Community College’s 24-month radiography program leads to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students generally complete general college requirements before beginning the coursework and clinical education of the radiology technology program. In addition to clinical rotations, radiology technology students will complete coursework in pathology and terminology, radiologic positioning, and radiation biology and protection. The college reports a 100% pass rate on the first try for graduates who took the ARRT certification exam between 2007 and 2011. Applications are due by February 15 of each year with successful applicants starting the program in the fall semester.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Louisiana

Radiologic technologists and technicians in Louisiana must be licensed to work in the state. Those radiology techs who will or who do work in a private physician’s office must be licensed by the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners. The Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners licenses all other radiologic techs. Radiologic technologists and technicians in Louisiana earn their licensure by first becoming certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The ARRT requires all radiologic techs who want to become certified to graduate from an accredited radiology technology program, to pass the ARRT exam, and to pay applicable fees. Both the Louisiana license and ARRT certification require renewal every two years. Radiologic technologists and technicians must also complete 24 credit hours of continuing education to be eligible for a license renewal every two years.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

21.7%

Radiology Techs in Louisiana from 2010-20203

The Louisiana Work Force Commission predicts a modest job increase of 640 jobs between 2010 and 2020, with 2,940 radiology technologist and technician positions in 2010 growing to 3,580 in 2020.3 Experts predict that 110 new jobs will open each year.3 Of those new positions, 60 will be the result of growth and 50 from jobs left vacated.3 Radiology technologists and technicians in Louisiana generally possess an associate’s degree and earn average annual wage of $48,610.5 Radiologic technologist and technician jobs are also expected to grow at an overall rate of 28% nationwide during the same 10 year period.4 Hospitals, doctors’ offices, medical facilities, and imaging centers all employ radiologic technologists and technicians. Hiring organizations in Louisiana include Baton Rouge General Hospital, North Oaks Health System, and Lafayette General Medical Center.

Louisiana Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Alexandria160$43,400
Baton Rouge540$51,220
Lafayette160$48,820
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner640$51,920
Shreveport-Bossier City310$43,150

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

Louisiana Radiologic Technologist Career Interview

  • Joel Hicks, Assistant Professor, Northwestern State University

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=LA&sort=best
3. Louisiana Workforce Commission: http://www.laworks.net/LaborMarketInfo/LMI_OccAllProj.asp?years=20102020
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_la.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm