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Radiology Technologist Schools in New Mexico

There are numerous programs to choose from to earn a degree in radiologic technology in New Mexico that can help you start a career in this field. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in New Mexico provides key information to support your decision on where to attend school. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can also be an alternative to traditional on campus programs for students seeking greater flexibility and less time commuting to courses. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 7 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • No schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 6 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 1 school offers a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque, 61%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Northern New Mexico College, 18%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque, $16,600.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Northern New Mexico College, $4,181.1
  • Highest student population: University of New Mexico-Main Campus, 28,977.1
  • Lowest student population: Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque, 1,064.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in New Mexico: $5,272.2

Continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in New Mexico with profiles of popular programs, salary and employment projections, and more 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.

Clovis Community College (Clovis)
Dona Ana Community College (Las Cruces)
Northern New Mexico College (Espanola)
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque (Albuquerque)

New Mexico Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

University of New Mexico
New Mexico residents pursuing careers in radiology should consider the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences offered through The University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The baccalaureate degree is designed for students who are completing an entry-level radiography program or registered radiographers and nuclear medicine technologists who want to further their education. The program has both a full-time option and a part-time option designed for students who wish to continue working as they complete their degree. Students choose a concentration in either radiography or nuclear medicine and pick an emphasis in management, computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine imaging, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The degree equips students with the skills to carry out advanced diagnostic procedures or to take on management and teaching roles in the field of radiology. The program may be completed online and includes some of the following courses: Human Cross Sectional Anatomy, Medical Imaging Theory, Physics of Computed Tomography, Patient Care, Medical Language Systems Review, Computing for Business Students, Biology for Health Related Sciences, and Current Moral Problems.

New Mexico State University—Doña Ana Community College
Doña Ana Community College is a two-year pre-professional institution in the New Mexico State University academic system. The radiologic technology program at DACC has been training radiology technologists and technicians in New Mexico since 1978. Students in the program learn the basics of anatomy and physiology, along with the skills necessary to successfully carry out radiographic procedures and diagnose patients based on radiographic imaging. Students in the program complete a sequential radiology curriculum including courses such as Radiographic Positioning, Radiographic Imaging, Special Radiologic Modalities, Radiographic Physics & Equipment, Radiographic Pathology, Radiographic Anatomy & Physiology, Radiation Biology and Protection, and Radiographic Image Critique. Along with classroom instruction and clinical internships, students participate in laboratory activities to practice proper radiographic positioning. Program participants also have the opportunity to join the college’s Radiology Technology Club, a social and networking organization for radiology students. The program is welcoming to English language learners.

Clovis Community College
Students in the radiologic technology program at Clovis Community College earn an Associate of Applied Science degree upon successful completion of their studies. Students in the program enjoy the advantage of instruction by a qualified and professional faculty, small classes, clinical opportunities at multiple diverse medical settings, lab instruction and x-ray practice, and access to state-of-the-art radiology equipment. The program curriculum consists of a total of 78 credits and includes the following course requirements: Fundamentals of Radiography, Radiographic Positioning, Patient Care, Radiobiology, Radiation Protection, Radiographic Pathology, Radiographic Imaging, Radiographic Physics, Special Radiographic Processes, and Seminar in Radiologic Technology. In addition, students are expected to complete five distinct clinical experiences (one for each semester of study). Upon graduation from the program, students are qualified to sit for the ARRT exam and work in entry-level positions as radiology technologists.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in New Mexico

New Mexico residents who hope to become licensed radiology technologists may obtain licenses from the Radiation Control Bureau run by the New Mexico Environment Department. The state offers licenses for radiologist assistants, radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, and fusion imaging. For all licenses, individuals must pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Exam or a state exam with equivalent standards. New Mexico also offers a limited license for radiologic practitioners or x-ray machine operators. To obtain a limited license, individuals must either attend a state approved training program or else successfully pass the ARRT limited scope exam. To remain valid, radiology licenses must be renewed every two years, and radiology techs must complete a mandatory 20 hours of continuing education to qualify for license renewal.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in New Mexico

Projected Job Growth

13.8%

Radiology Techs in New Mexico from 2011-20214

Recent graduates of radiologic technology programs in New Mexico should consider employment at either University Hospital or Presbyterian Hospital. Both hospitals are located in Albuquerque and are ranked by US News & World Report as the best hospitals in New Mexico. Radiology technologists and technicians in New Mexico may also find employment opportunities at private radiology and imaging center such as Alamogordo Imaging Center in Alamogordo, El Camino Imaging Center in Albuquerque, Las Cruces Imaging LLC in Las Cruces, Northwest Imaging Center in Albuquerque, Santa Fe Imaging LLC in Santa Fe, and X Ray Associates at Santa Fe. Radiology technologists and technicians are also usually in demand at orthopedic practices and cancer centers, so recent graduates should explore opportunities in those areas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 1,080 radiologic techs are currently employed in New Mexico. They earn a mean annual salary of $55,500.3 Radiology technologist and technician employment in New Mexico is projected to increase 13.8% in the decade ending in 2021.4

New Mexico Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Albuquerque530$58,400
Las Cruces50$52,160
Santa Fe60no 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-nm/
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nm.htm
4. New Mexico Workforce Connection: https://www.jobs.state.nm.us/
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm