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Radiology Technologist Schools in Texas

This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Texas is designed to equip you with key data on the schools and programs available in the state so that you can make an informed decision. The radiologic technology programs in Texas offer education and training in a broad array of practice areas, including mammography and diagnostic radiology. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can also offer similar programs in a more flexible format that may suit your educational and career goals. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 48 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 16 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 38 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 4 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: The College of Health Care Professions, 93%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Blinn College, 52%.1
  • Highest net price per year: College of Health Care Professions-Northwest, $20,200.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Laredo Community College, $2,702.1
  • Highest student population: Lone Star College System, 63,029.1
  • Lowest student population: The College of Health Care Professions-Southwest, 229 (all undergraduate).1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Texas: $2,242-$14,372.2

Read more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Texas and career options for graduates 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.

Amarillo College (Amarillo)
Angelina College (Lufkin)
Austin Community College – Eastview Campus (Austin)
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions (San Antonio)
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas (Beaumont)
Blinn College (Bryan)
Brookhaven College (Dallas)
Citizens Medical Center (Victoria)
Coastal Bend College (Beeville)
Covenant Medical Center/Covenant Health Systems (Lubbock)
Del Mar College (Corpus Christi)
El Centro College (Dallas)
El Paso Community College (El Paso)
Fortis Institute – Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie)
Galveston College (Galveston)
Hendrick Medical Center (Abilene)
Houston Community College System/Coleman College of Health Sciences (Houston)
Howard College (San Angelo)
Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont)
Laredo Community College (Laredo)
Lone Star College – CyFair (Cypress)
Lone Star College – Montgomery (Conroe)
Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital/Harris Health System (Houston)
McLennan Community College (Waco)
Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) (Fort Sam Houston)
Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls)
Odessa College (Odessa)
Paris Junior College (Paris)
Pima Medical Institute – Houston (Houston)
San Jacinto College – Central Campus (Pasadena)
Sanford-Brown College – North Loop (Houston)
St. Philip’s College (San Antonio)
Tarrant County College – Trinity River East Campus (Fort Worth)
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston)
Tyler Junior College (Tyler)
Weatherford College (Weatherford)
Wharton County Junior College (Wharton)

Texas Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

North Central Texas College
North Central Texas College’s full-time, two-year radiography program at the Gainesville campus leads to the Associated of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Prior to beginning radiology technology coursework, skills labs, and clinical rotations, students must first complete 14 credit hours of prerequisite courses in algebra, grammar and composition, and anatomy and physiology. Students will complete a clinical rotation each semester of the program in addition to coursework covering medical imaging, radiography pathology, radiographic procedures, and radiation protection and biology. The highly selective program only admits 20 applicants a year. Prospective applicants must attend a mandatory advisory session prior to applying for the program.

South Texas College
Graduates of South Texas College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. The two-year, full-time program combines radiology technology coursework, work in the on-campus laboratory, and clinical rotations to prepare students to begin working in entry-level radiology technologist positions. Students will become proficient in radiographic positioning and in using both traditional and digital radiography equipment. Applicants to the program must submit their application materials by the end of May with those offered a seat in the program beginning their studies in the fall semester.

Tarrant County College
Tarrant County College confers the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology to students who successfully complete the two-year, full-time radiography program. A combination of radiologic technology coursework and clinical rotations prepare students to take the ARRT certification exam upon graduation. Program coursework covers patient care, radiographic imaging, radiographic pathology, and radiographic procedures. Students must also complete a series of clinical rotations to fulfill degree requirements. Prospective applicants must complete and receive a passing C grade in two prerequisite courses in anatomy and physiology. Applications for the selective program are due March 1 of each year.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services requires radiologic technologists and technicians to become licensed to work in the state of Texas. Radiologic techs will first apply for a temporary certificate, as long as they are high school graduates and have completed an accredited radiology technology program. A general certificate of licensure, which is awarded to radiologic technologists and technicians who already possess a temporary certificate, requires radiologic techs to have completed an accredited radiology technology program and to pass an examination that has been approved by the Department of State Health Services. The general license must be renewed every two years and requires radiology techs to fill out a renewal application and pay applicable fees.

Radiologic technologists may also become certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). ARRT-certified radiology technologists must pass an ARRT exam, fill out an application, and pay associated fees. Renewal of ARRT certification every two years requires radiology techs to complete 24 continuing education credits.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

36.2%

Radiology Techs in Texas from 2010-20203

Texas Labor Market Information predicts that radiologic technologists and technicians in the state will enjoy an estimated 36.2% increase in available jobs between 2010 and 2020.3 That’s considerably higher than the expected growth of 28% for radiology techs nationwide in the same 10-year period.4 An estimated 13,350 radiologic technologists and technicians were employed in Texas in 2010 with 20,910 radiology technology jobs predicted in 2020.3 The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, nationwide, 219,000 radiology technologist and technician positions in 2010 will grow to 281,000 jobs in 2020.4 An estimated 795 new positions are expected to open annually in Texas with 555 of those jobs due to growth and 240 the result of vacated positions.3 Radiologic technologists and technicians frequently find employment at hospitals, medical facilities, imaging centers, and private doctors’ offices. Those employers that hire radiologic technologists and technicians in Texas include West Houston Medical Center, Scott and White Healthcare, Mission Region Medical Center, and MC Anderson Cancer Center.

Texas Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Abilene70$49,820
Amarillo90$47,220
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos760$50,440
Corpus Christi350$51,970
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington3,430$57,420
El Paso320$50,830
Lubbock41$46,250
San Antonio-New Braunfels1,020$51,920

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-tx/
3. Texas Workforce Commission: http://www.tracer2.com/publication.asp?PUBLICATIONID=826
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