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Radiology Technologist Schools in Virginia

The colleges and universities in Virginia offer a broad array of programs for earning a degree or certificate that can support your career as a radiologic technologist or technician. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Virginia provides key information so that you can find the right school for your interests and career aspirations. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, online programs in radiologic technology may be a suitable match for your schedule, interests, and learning preferences. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 18 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 7 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: Riverside School of Health Careers, 71%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Central Virginia Community College, 14%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Averett University, $18,420.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Wytheville Community College, $1,978.1
  • Highest student population: Northern Virginia Community College, 50,044.1
  • Lowest student population: Bon Secours St Mary’s Hospital of Medical Imaging, 31.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Virginia: $7,490-$13,700.2

Learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Virginia and careers for radiologic techs 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.

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital (Richmond)
Central Virginia Community College (Lynchburg)
Danville Regional Medical Center/LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (Danville)
ECPI University (Newport News)
ECPI University-Northern Virginia (Manassas)
Mary Washington Hospital/Mary Washington Healthcare (Fredericksburg)
Piedmont Virginia Community College (Charlottesville)
Riverside School of Health Careers (Newport News)
Sentara RMH Medical Center (Harrisonburg)
Southside Regional Medical Center/ Community Health Systems, Inc. (Petersburg)
Southwest Virginia Community College (Cedar Bluff)
Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
Virginia Western Community College (Roanoke)
Winchester Medical Center, Inc. (Winchester)

Virginia Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Blue Ridge Community College
Blue Ridge Community College, in conjunction with Rockingham Memorial Hospital, offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program that requires students to commit to full-time study for two years. Students should complete all prerequisite courses at the community college before applying to the radiologic technology program. Radiologic technology students will complete clinical rotations at one of three affiliated medical facilities: Rockingham Memorial College in Harrisonburg, Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, and Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville. Prospective applicants to the program are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete a minimum three or four-hour job shadowing experience at one of the affiliated medical facilities to prepare for the program interview and to gain a better understanding of the radiology technology profession.

Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program requires students to commit to full-time study, either on campus or at a local hospital or medical facility, Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Students generally complete the program in two years, including two summer semesters. Successful applicants to the radiology technology program begin their studies in May and are required to purchase the necessary uniforms and lead markers for their clinical rotations. Graduates of the program may be eligible to transfer to Old Dominion University to earn the remaining credits required for a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.

Southwest Virginia Community College
Southwest Virginia Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiography program spans six semesters over two years. The program, which combines intense on-campus coursework and clinical rotations at local medical facilities, prepares students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Students are assigned clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities and may be required to travel up to 60 miles to get to their assigned facility. Prospective applicants to the program must first complete an observation experience, of a minimum of 12 hours, in a radiology department prior to applying for the radiology technology program. Applications are due by January 15 each year. Students, who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree, should consult with their academic advisor to ensure courses are transferable.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Virginia

All radiologic technologists and technicians must be licensed to work in the state of Virginia. The Virginia Board of Medicine’s Radiological Technology Advisory Board requires that all radiology techs, to be eligible for licensure, hold a degree from an accredited radiology technology program and maintain certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To become ARRT certified, radiologic technologists and technicians must have graduated from an accredited radiology program, fill out an application, and pass the certification exam. Both the Virginia license and ARRT certification must be renewed every two years. ARRT-certified radiologic techs must complete 24 continuing education credits, fill out an application, and pay a fee to renew their certification. To renew the Virginia license, radiology techs must provide proof of completion of the continuing education credits, fill out an application, and pay the applicable fee.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

26.9%

Radiology Techs in Virginia from 2010-20203

The Virginia Workforce Commission predicts substantial job growth of an estimated 26.9% for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state between 2010 and 2020.3 The expected growth is almost on par with nationwide projected job growth of 28% in the same time period.4 The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the 219,000 radiology tech positions in 2010 to balloon to 281,000 in 2020.4 Experts estimate that 227 new radiology technologist and technician positions will open every year in Virginia between 2010 and 2020 with 144 of those new positions due to growth and 83 the result of vacated positions.3 Radiology technologists and technicians are often employed by hospitals, imaging centers, medical facilities, universities, government agencies, and private doctors’ offices. Those organizations that hire radiologic techs in Virginia include Med Express, Patient First, Kaiser Permanente, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and Fairfax Radiological Consultants.

Virginia Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford80$52,400
Harrisonburg90$53,090
Lynchburg180$45,090
Richmond920$56,020
Roanoke270$50,260

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-va/
3. Virginia Workforce Commission: https://www.vawc.virginia.gov/analyzer/default.asp
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