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Radiology Technologist Schools in Pennsylvania

This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Pennsylvania will provide you with important information to inform your choice on where to pursue a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. There are numerous radiologic technology programs available in Pennsylvania from general practice to specialty practice areas such as nuclear medicine and fluoroscopy. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools also offer a variety of programs, and may be a more suitable match for some individuals based on course availability, scheduling flexibility, and options for self-directed study. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 31 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 6 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 23 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 8 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Washington Hospital School of Radiography, 77%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Butler County Community College, 34%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Drexel University, $35,948.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Westmoreland County Community College, $2,558.1
  • Highest student population: Drexel University, 24,860.1
  • Lowest student population: Washington Hospital School of Radiography, 23.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Pennsylvania: $7,890-$24,223.2

Read on to continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Pennsylvania and possible career paths for radiologic techs in the state.

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JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Abington Memorial Hospital (Willow Grove)
Albert Einstein Medical Center/Einstein Healthcare Network (Philadelphia)
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital (Kittanning)
Bradford Regional Medical Center/Upper Allegheny Health System (Bradford)
Bucks County Community College (Bristol)
Clearfield Hospital (Clearfield)
Community College of Allegheny County – Boyce Campus (Monroeville)
Community College of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital (Johnstown)
Crozer-Chester Medical Center (Upland)
Drexel University (Philadelphia)
Gannon University (Erie)
Geisinger Medical Center (Danville)
Harcum College (Bryn Mawr)
Harrisburg Area Community College – Lancaster Campus (Lancaster)
Holy Family University (Philadelphia)
Jameson Hospital – North Campus/ Jameson Health System (New Castle)
Johnson College (Scranton)
Mansfield University (Sayre)
Misericordia University (Dallas)
Montgomery County Community College (Pottstown)
Northampton Community College (Bethlehem)
Ohio Valley General Hospital (McKees Rock)
Penn Medicine – Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (Lancaster)
Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport)
Pennsylvania State University – New Kensington Campus (New Kensington)
Pennsylvania State University – Schuylkill Haven Campus (Schuylkill Haven)
Reading Hospital (Reading)
Sanford-Brown Institute (Pittsburgh)
Sharon Regional Health System (Sharon)
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (Philadelphia)
Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia)
UPMC Northwest (Seneca)
Washington Hospital/Washington Health System (Washington)
York Hospital/WellSpan Health (York)

Pennsylvania Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Bucks County Community College
Bucks County Community College offers a 23-month certificate program in Medical Imaging across six consecutive semesters, with classes beginning each May. Students learn radiography through a mix of in-class, laboratory, and clinical activities that emphasize patient care, radiation protection, and technical skills. The curriculum includes classes such as Radiation Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Radiographic Pathology, Image Production and Evaluation, and Contrast Media Procedures. All classes take place on the Lower Bucks campus, while clinical experiences take place at Pennsylvania clinics and hospitals. Graduates of the Medical Imaging Program are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam, and the program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Bucks County Community College also offers online certificates in Advanced Medical Imaging for professionals who have experience in medical imaging.

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University offers radiology programs at several of its campuses including at Penn State—Hershey, Penn State—Schuylkill, and Penn State—New Kensington. The Penn State—New Kensington program begins in the fall semester and consists of 24 months of consecutive study, including summer sessions. Upon graduation, students receive an Associate of Science degree in radiological sciences and are qualified to take the ARRT professional certification exam. The program is a full-time experience with generally alternating days of clinical internship and academic study. Students take classes such as Patient Care, Biology & Protections, Procedures, Exposure, Radiology Pathology, Radiographic Physics, Introduction to Ethics, Pharmacy and Drug Administration, and Registry Prep. Program participants fulfill their clinical requirements at Allegheny medical centers, Butler Memorial Hospital, or West Penn Hospital. In order to gain a more holistic academic foundation, students in the radiological sciences program at Penn State—New Kensington balance their radiology education with general education requirements in humanities, arts and sciences, and communication skills.

Community College of Philadelphia
The diagnostic medical imaging program at the Community College of Philadelphia is a 76-credit academic experience designed for completion within 24 months including summer sessions. Students in the program participate in seven clinical education experiences at affiliated hospitals. Under the supervision of department faculty members and clinical staff, students gain professional experience in various hospital departments including the emergency room, the operating room, the CT department, and the interventional radiology department. Students also learn how to do portable x-ray examinations. Because clinical experiences involve contact with children, students must successfully pass a criminal background check before admission to the program. In the classroom setting, students complete a specialized curriculum including the following courses: Image Production and Evaluation, Intro to Radiologic Physics, Patient Care and Procedures, Radiographic Osteology and Pathology, Anatomy and Physiology, Radiographic Equipment and Operation, Advanced Imaging/Computer Modalities, Radiation Biology and Protection, and Angiographic/Interventional Procedures.

Drexel University
The radiologic technology department at Drexel University has two options for undergraduate study in radiology: an associate of science degree and a bachelor’s degree. The associate of science degree allows students to learn basic professional skills in general radiology and to gain exposure to specialty areas of radiology such as magnetic resonance imaging, cardiovascular imaging, and nuclear medicine. The program was ranked as a Top Associate Degree Program by the Philadelphia Business Journal and has a five-year average ARRT exam pass rate of 84 percent. Students in the associate degree program participate in multiple clinical practicums and take courses such as Principles of Radiographic Exposure, Methods of Patient Care, Radiologic Procedures, Anatomy & Physiology, Clinical Health Informatics, Radiologic Physics, Cross Sectional Anatomy, Radiation Biology, Medical Imaging, Pathology, Principles of Radiation Protection, Quality Assurance, and Registry Review. The bachelor’s program focuses on invasive cardiovascular technology and provides intensive specialized training in cardiovascular imaging.

Gannon University
Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gannon University is a private Catholic university with around 4,200 students. The radiologic sciences program at Gannon is a 24-month Associate Degree program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The first year of the program is considered an introductory year. Students fulfill general education requirements including Gannon University’s Liberal Studies Core, a required academic curriculum that reflects the university’s commitment to its Catholic values. First-year students also take a series of introductory radiology courses and also participate in a clinical rotation to learn about different departments in hospitals that require radiology technologists. The last fifteen months of the program are tailored toward professional development; students focus on clinical competency by continuing clinical rotations in conjunction with advanced radiology coursework. Graduates of the program are prepared to pass the ARRT exam and begin careers in radiologic technology. The program also provides a strong foundation for advanced study in radiologic specialties such as magnetic resonance imaging, sonography, computed tomography, radiation therapy, and radiology education.

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How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Pennsylvania

Radiology technologists and technicians in Pennsylvania may obtain certification through the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. To practice radiology in a clinical setting, individuals must sit for a state examination in their specialized area; radiology areas include radiography, nuclear medicine technology, and radiation therapy technology. Pennsylvania also offers limited scope examinations in radiography—thorax and extremities and radiography—skull and sinuses. Individuals may also take the ARRT exam to qualify for licensing. There are no mandatory continuing education requirements for radiology techs in Pennsylvania.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Pennsylvania

Projected Job Growth

16.4%

Radiology Techs in Pennsylvania from 2010-20204

With over 9,600 radiologic technologists and technicians employed in Pennsylvania, the state has ample opportunities for recent radiology program graduates. On average, radiologic technologists and technicians in the state earn $52,970 a year.3 Radiology tech employment in Pennsylvania is projected to grow 16.4% in the decade ending in 2020.4 Radiology technologists and technicians should consider employment opportunities at Pennsylvania’s many imaging centers. Some options include Adams Diagnostic Imaging in Gettysburg, Image Radiology Group in Pittsburgh, Cedar Crest Imaging in Allentown, Hamot Imaging Center in Erie, Lebanon Diagnostic Imaging in Colebrook, and Medical Imaging Associates LP in Philadelphia. Radiology techs will also find career opportunities in the 253 hospitals in the state. U.S. News & World Report ranks the top ten hospitals in Pennsylvania as University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Albert Einstein Medical Center. The majority of the top-ranked hospitals are located in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Radiologic Technology Programs in Pennsylvania

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Rd,
Newtown, PA 18940
(215) 968-8000

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden St,
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 751-8000

Gannon University
109 University Square,
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 871-7000

Penn State New Kensington
3550 7th Street Rd,
New Kensington, PA 15068
(724) 334-5466

Philadelphia School of Radiologic Technology
3601 A. Street
Philadelphia, PA. 19134
(215) 427-4853

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Pennsylvania Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

City Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Altoona 190 $50,190
Erie 240 $44,600
Harrisburg-Carlisle 500 $52,380
Johnstown no data $46,540
Lancaster 330 $55,590
Pittsburgh 2,210 $46,700
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre 490 $55,820

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

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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. College Prowler: http://collegeprowler.com/search/t-career/sm2-radiologic-technician/st-pa/
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_pa.htm
4. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=814813&mode=2
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm

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