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Radiology Technologist Schools in Montana

The colleges and universities in Montana offer several radiologic technology programs in general radiologic technology, as well as programs that teach specialized diagnostic imaging techniques such as those used in bone densitometry and interventional radiography. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Montana will help you make an informed choice. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools are another option to consider, and may offer greater opportunities for self-directed study and scheduling flexibility. 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.
  • No schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Montana State University Billings, 50%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Montana State University Billings, 25%.1
  • Highest net price per year: The University of Montana, $13,345.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Flathead Valley Community College, $7,719.1
  • Highest student population: The University of Montana, 15,669.1
  • Lowest student population: Highlands College of Montana Tech, 726.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Montana: $7,543-$10,797.2

Continue reading this page to learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Montana and careers in radiologic technology.

Montana Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

The University of Montana—Missoula College
Students at the University of Montana may work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in radiologic technology through the Department of Health Professions at Missoula College, the two-year professional college of the university. Students interested in the program must first take prerequisite general education courses before applying for admission. The radiologic technology program is competitive and requires a separate application after admittance into the general college. The degree program consists of five semesters of both classroom and clinical instruction. Students also participate in a ten-week clinical rotation between the first and second years. Graduates of the program have gone on to receive job offers at acute care settings, ambulatory care settings, and doctors’ offices, and have also worked in education, management, and sales positions. The program is one of the first university-based radiologic technology degrees in Montana and is approved by both the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Northwest Association.

Montana State University – Billings College of Technology
Students in the radiology program at Billings College earn an Associate of Applied Science degree at the end of their studies. The nationally licensed degree program only admits 12 to 16 students a year due to clinical and laboratory space restraints. Because the program is so small, students may only apply once they have already completed a series of prerequisites at the college. Students learn a diverse range of skills and techniques necessary for successful careers in radiography such as the principles of radiation exposure, positioning techniques, how to evaluate malfunctioning equipment, how to evaluate radiographic images, clinical applications, patient care requirements, and relevant computer skills. The plan of study for the program consists of a sequence of required coursework including Patient Care in Radiology, Radiologic Physics, Radiology Positioning Lab, Radiological Technology, Radiobiology/Radiation Protection, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Human Relations. Students are also expected to complete several clinical internships at local medical centers.

Flathead Valley Community College
Located in Kalispell, Montana, Flathead Valley Community College is a public two-year institution outside of the University of Montana and Montana State University systems. The college offers an Associate of Applied Science degree program in radiologic technology that is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as radiology technologists. The academic program requires clinical experiences every semester and includes the following coursework: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Math Applications for Allied Health Professionals, Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Principles, Radiologic Physics, Patient Care in Radiology, Radiobiology/Radiation Protection, and Radiographic Registry Review. Upon completion of the radiologic technology program at Flathead Valley Community College, graduates will be qualified in all radiology competencies. They will be trained in procedures such as diagnostic x-rays, CT scans, and digital radiography, they will be able to provide patient care in a reflective and empathetic manner, and they will possess the potential to continue their education if they so choose in the areas of radiation therapy, ultrasound, MRI, or nuclear medicine.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Montana

The Montana Board of Radiologic Technologists offers licensure for radiologic technologists as well as for limited permit x-ray procedures. To receive the limited permit, individuals must submit a $45 application fee and an addition $40 for the original certificate. Individuals must also complete a 104-hour course of study approved by the board which includes clinical competencies in x-ray procedures. They must also successfully pass the ARRT Limited Scope Exam and complete six continuing education hours to be eligible for permit renewal. Individuals who wish to obtain the full radiologic technologist license must pay a $60 non-refundable application fee along with an additional $30 for the original certificate. To be eligible for certification, radiology technologists and technicians must have completed a 24-month course of study in a board-approved radiology program and have successfully completed the ARRT examination. A temporary permit may be issued to applicants who have completed the education requirement but have not yet taken the ARRT exam. There is no mandatory continuing education requirement for licensed radiologic techs in Montana.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Montana

Projected Job Growth

28%

Radiology Techs in Montana from 2010-20204

Only about 760 radiologic technologists and technicians are employed in Montana, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They earn a mean annual income of $51,580.3 Even though there are relatively few radiology technologists and technicians working in Montana, the job outlook for the field is good; radiology technology has a projected growth rate of 28% by 2020, which is 14 percentage points above the average growth rate for all occupations.4 Montana residents wishing to start careers in radiology technology should seek employment opportunities at one of the top four hospitals according to US News & World Report: Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, Benefis Hospitals in Great Falls, Montana, St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, and Community Medical Center in Missoula, Montana.

Montana Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Billings210$52,810
Great Falls100$52,760
Missoula90$48,880

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

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=MT&sort=best
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mt.htm
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm