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Radiology Technologist Schools in Tennessee

There are numerous colleges and universities in Tennessee through which you can earn a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. The following overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Tennessee provides the information you need to make an educated choice. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can also provide avenues for earning a degree or certificate, and may offer greater flexibility, reduced commuting times, and opportunities for independent study that can be a match for your educational needs. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 13 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 12 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 2 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences, 64% and Medvance Institute, 64%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Roane State Community College, 21%.1
  • Highest net price per year: South College, $26,196.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Southwest Tennessee Community College, $5,571.1
  • Highest student population: Southwest Tennessee Community College, 12,958.1
  • Lowest student population: Medvance Institute, 282.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Tennessee: $15,525-$17,000.2

Read on to discover further information about careers in radiologic technology and radiologic technologist and technician schools in Tennessee.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Austin Peay State University (Clarksville)
Baptist College of Health Sciences (Memphis)
Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga)
Columbia State Community College (Columbia)
Concorde Career College – Memphis (Memphis)
East Tennessee State University (Elizabethton)
Fortis Institute – Cookeville (Cookeville)
Fortis Institute – Nashville (Nashville)
Jackson State Community College (Jackson)
Methodist University/Methodist Healthcare (Memphis)
Nashville General Hospital (Nashville)
Roane State Community College (Oak Ridge)
South College (Knoxville)
Southwest Tennessee Community College (Memphis)
University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville (Knoxville)
Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin)

Tennessee Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Volunteer State Community College
Volunteer State Community College features a two year program leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students must first complete general education requirements, which generally takes two semesters, prior to applying to and beginning the radiology technology program, which combines intensive radiology coursework with clinical rotations. Students should be prepared to be on campus or at a clinical rotation Monday through Friday. Students will also complete a 32 hour per week clinical rotation during the summer between the first and second year of the program. The summer clinical rotation requires students to work, in addition to typical day shifts, two weekend shifts and 10 evening shifts. Successful applicants to the program are notified of their acceptance in July and will begin the program in August.

Southwest Tennessee Community College
Southwest Tennessee Community College allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Successful applicants to the seven semester program begin their studies in the summer with two courses: fundamentals of radiology technology and a clinical radiology lab. A combination of coursework, on campus labs, and clinical rotations prepare students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam and to begin work in entry level radiology technologist positions. Students will begin their first clinical rotation at a local hospital or facility during the first fall semester and complete a clinical rotation each semester thereafter. During the summer between the first and second years of the program, students will complete two clinical rotations, requiring 35 hours of work a week, in summer sessions one and two.

Columbia State Community College
Columbia State Community College’s competitive Associate of Applied Science in Radiology Technology program accepts 23 students, out of between 50 and 100 applicants, annually. The full time program requires students to commit to both on campus coursework and clinical rotations at a local hospital or medical facility. The majority of clinical rotations take place during day shifts, but students must also work the evening shift for at least a portion of each assigned clinical rotation. The community college reports a 100% job placement rate upon graduation in recent years while some graduates go on to earn bachelor’s degrees at four year colleges and universities. Applications for the radiology technology program are due February 1 with successful applicants beginning the program in July.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Tennessee

Radiologic technologists and technicians in the state of Tennessee must be licensed to work in the state by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. To be eligible for licensure in the state, radiologic techs must first graduate from an accredited radiology technology program and have earned certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Radiologic technologists and technicians can begin the application process for the ARRT certification exam three months prior to their intended graduation date. Upon earning ARRT certification, radiologic techs must apply for licensure in Tennessee. To maintain Tennessee licensure, radiology techs must complete 20 continuing education credits. ARRT-certified radiology techs must complete 24 continuing education credits to renew their certification. Those credits may also be applied to the 20 hours required by the state of Tennessee

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

6.0%

Radiology Techs in Tennessee from 2010-20203

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development predicts modest growth of 6% for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state between 2008 and 2018.3 This is lower than the expected job growth of 28% nationwide for radiologic techs between 2010 and 2020.4 An estimated 5,600 radiologic technologist and technician positions existed in Tennessee in 2008 with that number expected to increase to 5,950 in 2018.3 An estimated 115 radiologic tech jobs are expected to open annually through 2018 with 35 of those positions due to growth and 80 as the result of vacated positions that need filled.3 Radiologic technologists and technicians generally secure employment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, imaging facilities, and other medical facilities. Those organizations that hire radiologic technologists and technicians in Tennessee include Baptist Memorial Health Care, Vanderbilt University, Summit Medical Center, and Hickman Community Hospital.

Tennessee Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Chattanooga600$47,730
Cleveland90$48,830
Jackson140$42,190
Knoxville740$50,750

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-tn/
3. Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development: http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/outlooks/PDFs/GrowthOcc00.pdf
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-6
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm