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Radiology Technologist Schools in Massachusetts

The colleges and universities in Massachusetts offer numerous programs for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Massachusetts can help you make an informed decision. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, online radiologic technologist and technician programs can also provide a route to earning your degree or certificate. Some students find these online programs offer a greater degree of flexibility and school-life balance. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 18 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 4 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 13 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: Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, 100% and Laboure College, 100%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Massachusetts Bay Community College, 33%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Boston University, $33,172.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Roxbury Community College, $922.1
  • Highest student population: Boston University, 32,439.1
  • Lowest student population: Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, 311.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Massachusetts: $8,664-$29,300.2

To learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Massachusetts, continue reading this page.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Bunker Hill Community College (Boston)
Holyoke Community College (Holyoke)
Massasoit Community College (Brockton)
MassBay Community College (Framingham)
MCPHS University (Boston)
Middlesex Community College (Bedford)
North Shore Community College (Danvers)
Northern Essex Community College – Lawrence Campus (Lawrence)
Quinsigamond Community College (Worcester)
Regis College (Medford)
Roxbury Community College (Boston)
Springfield Technical Community College (Springfield)

Massachusetts Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Massasoit Community College
The Radiologic Technology Program at Massasoit Community College began in 1988 and has graduated over 450 students since its inception. Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology, the Massasoit program seeks to serve the communities of greater Brockton, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and to prepare students for entry-level careers as radiographers demonstrating critical thinking, problem-solving skills, effective communication, and ethical behavior. Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to combine their knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the principles of radiographic exposure in order to work as competent and compassionate radiology technologists or technicians. The 21-month program includes a 12-week clinical experience in the summer between freshman and sophomore year. Students also complete a series of concentration courses including Radiologic Technology I & II, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, RADT Anatomy/Positioning, Radiation Science I & II, and RADT Advanced Imaging Procedures. Admission to the program is selective and highly competitive.

Bunker Hill Community College
The Medical Radiography Program at Bunker Hill Community College includes two options for completion: a full-time 21-month program and a part-time 35-month program. The part-time option was designed to provide more flexibility for students who have obligations outside of the classroom and cannot commit to a traditional class schedule. Both programs seek to train students for entry-level positions as radiologic technologists and are structured with a diverse multicultural population in mind. The Bunker Hill program has four main learning goals for students including becoming proficient in radiologic clinical procedures, learning to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, learning to express clear verbal and written communication skills, and demonstration of professionalism in clinical practice. Students achieve these goals by learning to evaluate diagnostic images, applying positioning skills and radiation protection, providing patient care, demonstrating verbal and written communication skills in the classroom, and continuing professional development in clinical settings. Students take a series of courses including Patient Care in Medical Imaging, Positioning, Anatomy/Physiology, Radiologic Imaging, Imaging Technology, Medical Radiography, Principles of Sociology, and Pharmacology of Radiology. Students also participate in a clinical experience with the option of working at an institution such as Massachusetts General Hospital. The program at Bunker Hill Community College is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Students looking for a more in-depth understanding of radiology technology should consider the radiography program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Boston. Offered through the School of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics, the 32-month Bachelor of Science in Radiography is an accelerated, year-round degree program that integrates professional coursework, clinical experience, and classroom instruction in the liberal arts, applied sciences, and social sciences. A typical course of study includes the completion of a core curriculum in the first year and more specified coursework in the second and third years. Sample course titles in the curriculum include X-Ray Radiation Physics, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals, Patient Care in Imaging, Health Care Ethics, and Radiographic Procedures. Students also complete radiography internships and clinical rotations at hospital affiliates such as the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Charlton Memorial Hospital, and Tuft’s New England Medical Center. Graduates of the radiography program at MCPHS are eligible to sit for the ARRT exam; 100% of the class of 2011 received passing scores their first time taking the exam.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Massachusetts

According to Massachusetts state law, only persons who hold a Radiologic Technology license issued by the Commonwealth may apply radiation treatment to people. To become a radiology technologist or technician in Massachusetts, applicants must have graduated from an accredited two-year radiology program and have successfully passed either the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam or the Nuclear Medicine Technologists Certification Board (NMTCB) exam. Students who have graduated from a two-year program but have not yet had the opportunity to sit for an exam may be eligible for a one-year temporary license. Initial full licenses as well as renewal licenses are valid for a two-year period, during which radiology techs are expected to earn a mandatory 20 hours of continuing education credits (CEUs). CEUs ensure that radiology technologists and technicians are staying up to date on changes in the medical industry and new technology.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Massachusetts

Projected Job Growth

25.9%

Radiology Techs in Massachusetts from 2010-20205

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 5,530 radiologic technologists and technicians are employed in Massachusetts. They earn a mean annual income of $82,080.3 The job outlook for the field is good nationwide, with a projected rate of change of 28% between 2010 and 2020, 14 percentage points higher than the average growth rate for all occupations.4 Radiology technologist and technician employment in Massachusetts is projected to increase 25.9% during the decade ending in 2020.5 Radiology technicians and technologists in Massachusetts may find employment at one of the state’s many hospitals such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, Pembroke Hospital, or UMass Memorial Medical Center. Radiology technologists and technicians who choose to work in a smaller medical center or a radiology imaging center should consider employment with Alliance Imaging Inc., Bay Radiology, Beth Israel Radiology, BIH Radiologic Foundation, Cape Diagnostic Imaging, or Radiology Associates of Norwood.

Massachusetts Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Barnstable Town100$71,510
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy3,150no data
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton140$68,060
Framingham240$66,720
Taunton-Norton-Raynham60no data

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-ma/
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ma.htm
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
5. http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/Occupation_Projection.asp?Area=01000025long
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm