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Radiology Technologist Schools in Nebraska

There is a broad array of options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology in Nebraska. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Nebraska is designed to provide you with the information you need to make the right choice. As an alternative to traditional on campus learning, you can also consider online radiologic technology schools. Some students find that online programs are a better match to their needs for scheduling flexibility, with reduced commuting time and greater opportunities for accelerated learning. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 8 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 2 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 6 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 3 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health, 78%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Southeast Community College Area, 23%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health, $17,275.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Southeast Community College Area, $6,064.1
  • Highest student population: Southeast Community College Area, 11,479.1
  • Lowest student population: Regional West Medical Center of Radiologic Technology, 8.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Nebraska: $2,200.2

Continue reading this page to learn more about radiologic technology careers and your options for attending radiologic technologist and technician schools in Nebraska.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Alegent-Creighton Health Immanuel Medical Center (Omaha)
Clarkson College (Omaha)
Mary Lanning Healthcare (Hastings)
Nebraska Methodist College (Omaha)
Regional West Medical Center (Scottsbluff)
Southeast Community College (Lincoln)
University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha)

Nebraska Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Nebraska residents interested in careers as radiology technologists should consider studying at the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The school’s Division of Radiation Science Technology Education (RSTE) offers several different radiation tracks: radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, diagnostic medical sonography, computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging, and vascular interventional technology. The radiography program is the best option for individuals interested in working with x-ray imaging and traditional radiologic technology. Students must first complete 50 credits of specified college prerequisites before entering the 21-month professional program. The radiography program consists of a comprehensive curriculum including lectures, demonstrations, laboratory practices, and clinical experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a Bachelor Degree in Radiation Science Technology and are qualified to sit for the ARRT exam. They also have the option of completing an additional year of study to become certified in a post-primary radiation science program. Students may complete their coursework in any of the medical center’s campuses in Columbus, Grand Island, or Omaha.

Clarkson College
Students enrolled at Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska may choose to pursue the Associate of Applied Science degree option in radiologic technology. The program prepares students for national certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and teaches all necessary skills for operating high-tech imaging equipment and providing diagnostic services to patients. The two-year program includes several clinical experiences and some of the following courses: Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Patient Care, Radiation Physics, Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Exposures, Radiation Biology, Radiographic Pathology, Pharmacology for Radiologic Technologists, and Ethical and Cultural Frontiers in the US. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in a dual degree option that allows them to use their associate’s degree to count toward a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging. Students at Clarkson College take advantage of small class sizes, free tutoring, and the opportunity to work at 18 different clinical sites. They have a 99% first-time pass rate on the ARRT and enter the workforce at competitive starting salaries.

Southeast Community College
The radiologic technology program at Southeast Community College prepares students for entry-level positions as radiology technologists by equipping them with the ethical, professional, and clinical skills necessary for professional success. The two-year program consists of both a didactic and a clinical component. The didactic portion of the program may be completed either at the college’s Lincoln campus or online. Required program classes include: Diagnostic Imaging Concepts, Radiographic Procedures, Radiation Biology, Specialized Imaging, CT Imaging, Pathophysiology, Diagnostic Imaging Applications, Advanced Patient Care Management, and Senior Seminar. Students may be admitted to the program in either July or January depending on their clinical site. Upon graduation, they are qualified to sit for the ARRT examination. 94% of SCC’s radiologic technology class of 2012 found work or chose to continue their education.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Nebraska

Persons interested in obtaining a license in medical radiography in the state of Nebraska can do so through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The certification process includes a $25 application fee and the successful completion of the ARRT exam or the Nebraska state equivalent. Radiology or radiography exams from other states may be acceptable as well if the original state’s standards are equivalent to those of Nebraska or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Qualified Nebraska residents may also choose to obtain a limited x-ray license by passing the ARRT Limited Scope Exam. Limited radiographers are not required to attend a formal radiology school, however they are encouraged to take a course to prepare for examination. Radiology technologists interested in using fusion imaging must obtain additional nuclear medicine certification from either ARRT or NMTCB. Regardless of whether a practitioner holds a medical radiography license or a limited license, he or she must complete a mandatory 24 hours in continuing education requirements every two years to renew the license.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Nebraska

Projected Job Growth

11.7%

Radiology Techs in Nebraska from 2010-20204

Nebraska radiology technologists seeking employment should consider applying to work at Nebraska Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital, Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center, or Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital. All six hospitals are based in Omaha and are ranked top performing medical institutions by US News and World Report. Individuals with an education in radiological technology may also find employment opportunities with radiological imaging centers such as Advanced Medical Imaging in Lincoln, Boystown Imaging Center in Omaha, Dodge Street Radiology in Omaha, Hastings Imaging Center in Hastings, Lincoln Radiology LLC in Lincoln, Medical Imaging Consultants PC in Ralston, and St. Elizabeth Imaging Center in Lincoln. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1,600 radiologic technologists and technician work in Nebraska and earn an average annual wage of $48,710.3 Radiologic tech employment in Nebraska is projected to increase 11.7% in the decade ending in 2020.4

Nebraska Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Lincoln240$49,000
Western Nebraska Nonmetropolitan Area140$48,790
Central Nebraska Nonmetropolitan Area180$45,740

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-ne/
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ne.htm
4. Nebraska Department of Labor: https://neworks.nebraska.gov
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm