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Radiology Technologist Schools in South Carolina

There are a variety of radiologic technology programs available in South Carolina that can help you earn a degree or certificate in this field. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in South Carolina will help you compare your options so that you can make an informed decision. You may find that online radiologic technologist and technician schools are another option that provide a match for your interests and career goals. Some students also find that online programs are more flexible than traditional on campus programs. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 11 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 11 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: Aiken Technical College, 14%; Horry-Georgetown Technical College, 14%; and Piedmont Technical College, 14%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Technical College of the Lowcountry, 30%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Greenville Technical College, $8,056.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Technical College of the Lowcountry, $4,417.1
  • Highest student population: Trident Technical College, 16,781.1
  • Lowest student population: Technical College of the Lowcountry, 2,633.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in South Carolina: $7,398-$10,130.2

Continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician programs in South Carolina and career information for graduates by reading 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.

Aiken Technical College (Graniteville)
AnMed Health Medical Center (Anderson)
Florence-Darlington Technical College (Florence)
Greenville Technical College (Greenville)
Horry-Georgetown Technical College (Myrtle Beach)
Midlands Technical College (Columbia)
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (Orangeburg)
Piedmont Technical College (Greenwood)
Spartanburg Community College (Spartanburg)
Technical College of the Lowcountry (Beaufort)
Trident Technical College (Charleston)
York Technical College (Rock Hill)

South Carolina Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Midlands Technical College
Students enrolled in the radiologic sciences program at Midland Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina receive an Associate Degree upon completion of their studies. Program participants take a series of didactic courses including: Anatomy & Physiology, Patient Care Procedures, Applied Radiography, Radiographic Anatomy, Radiographic Imaging, Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Physics, Selected Radiographic Topics, Selected Imaging Topics, and Fluoroscopic Procedures. One of the benefits of the curriculum is that it offers opportunities to gain exposure to more advanced forms of radiology specialization such as bone densitometry, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, and radiation oncology. Students also train in hospital radiology departments, where they have the chance to learn more about topics in trauma, surgery, and fluoroscopy. To participate in the clinical aspect of the program, however, students must meet certain technical standards such as the ability to lift heavy weights and stand for long periods of time. The degree program prepares students to pass the ARRT exam and begin careers as certified radiographers.

Greenville Technical College
Students in the radiologic technology program at Greenville Technical College earn an Associate in Applied Science degree upon graduation. The 88-credit program is divided into two distinct phases: a general education phase and a professional phase. Phase I of the program takes place the first year of study and consists of a series of general education and introductory courses such as Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Introduction to Sociology, and Public Speaking. Phase II of the program begins fall of sophomore year and continues for five semesters including a summer session. Students take radiology-specific courses such as Radiology Patient Care Procedures, Radiographic Imaging, Applied Radiography, Radiographic Physics, Radiation Biology, Introduction to Computed Tomography, Radiographic Pathology, and Selected Imaging Topics. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education Radiologic Technology and also meets the educational standards laid out by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Greenville Technical College also has additional medical imaging programs in computed tomography, diagnostic medical sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and mammography.

Trident Technical College
Located in Charleston, South Carolina, Trident Technical College offers an Associate in Health Science degree in radiologic technology. The 83-semester hour degree program prepares students for clinical careers as radiographers. The program seeks to foster professional and intellectual growth by encouraging students to advance their problem solving and communication skills through didactic study, and by imparting practical professional knowledge through clinical experiences in medical facilities. Students follow a radiologic technology academic curriculum, and it is recommended that they take courses in the academic plan sequentially. Some of the required courses include: Patient Care Procedures, Radiographic Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Radiographic Imaging, Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Pathology, Radiation Biology, Interpersonal Communication, and Selected Imaging Topics. Trident radiologic technology students fulfill their clinical requirements at one of the following medical institutions: East Cooper Regional Medical Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Roper/St. Francis, Trident Health System, or Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in South Carolina

Radiology technologists and technicians in South Carolina may apply for certification through the South Carolina Radiation Quality Standards Association. The association offers licensing for the following categories: radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, computed tomography, and bone densitometry operator. Individuals may also obtain limited practice certification for different areas of radiography and for peripheral bone densitometry operation. To become certified, radiology techs must successfully pass the ARRT exam or a state equivalent, and must submit an application to the South Carolina Radiation Quality Standards Association with a $50 certification fee along with all necessary documentation including proof of graduation from a radiology educational program. Once certified, radiology techs may apply for license renewal every two years provided they complete a mandatory 24 hours of continuing education requirements.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in South Carolina

Projected Job Growth

16.0%

Radiology Techs in South Carolina from 2008-20184

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3,240 radiologic technologists and technicians work in South Carolina, earning an average annual salary of $51,400.3 Radiology tech employment in South Carolina is projected to increase by 16.0% in the decade ending in 2018.4 South Carolina is home to 90 hospitals. Among these, U.S. News & World Report lists the top area hospitals as Medical University of South Carolina, Greenville Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital, McLeod Health, Roper Hospital, and AnMed Health. Both Medical University of South Carolina and Greenville Memorial Hospital also have nationally ranked specialties. Radiology technologists and technicians in South Carolina should also consider employment opportunities at local diagnostic imaging centers and radiology practices such as Anderson Diagnostic Imaging in Starr, Beaufort Imaging Center in Beaufort, Carolina Forest Imaging Center in Myrtle Beach, Carolinas Diagnostic Imaging in Tega Cay, East Cooper Imaging in Mt. Pleasant, and Mountainview Medical Imaging in Seneca.

South Carolina Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Anderson40no data
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville600$54,590
Columbia720$47,630
Florence240$51,190
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley450$49,890
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway170$50,570
Spartanburg180$45,890

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

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: http://colleges.niche.com/search/t-career/sm2-radiologic-technician/st-sc/
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_sc.htm
4. SC Works: https://jobs.scworks.org/vosnet/Default.aspx
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm