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Radiology Technologist Schools in Washington

Washington’s colleges and universities offer a range of programs for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Washington provides you with key information about your options so that you can compare schools to find the right match for your personal interests, skills, and career goals. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools are another option to consider, which may provide greater flexibility and reduced travel time compared to traditional on-campus study. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 10 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 9 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: Carrington College-Spokane, 69%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Tacoma Community College, 28%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Carrington College-Spokane, $22,636.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Bellingham Technical College, $3,913.1
  • Highest student population: Bellevue College, 14,156.1
  • Lowest student population: Carrington College-Spokane, 588.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Washington: $3,732-$8,749.2

Read on to continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Washington and potential career tracks for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Carrington College (Spokane)
Pima Medical Institute – Seattle (Seattle)
Spokane Community College (Spokane)
Tacoma Community College (Tacoma)

Washington Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Washington State Community College
Washington State Community College, in conjunction with Marietta Memorial Hospital, affords students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students in the two year program complete all radiology technology coursework on campus at the community college while fulfilling clinical rotation requirements at one of several affiliate medical facilities, including Marietta Memorial Hospital, Selby General Hospital, and Camden Clark Medical Center. Program participants typically complete general education requirements prior to beginning the radiology technology program. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible after December 1. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam.

Bellingham Technical College
Bellingham Technical College’s seven-quarter radiography program leads to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students will begin clinical rotations their second quarter in the program and will complete a full range of radiologic technology coursework encompassing radiographic physics, radiographic positioning, radiation biology, and sectional anatomy. Clinical rotations require students to be flexible as scheduled hours may take place during the day and include evening and night shifts. Typical shifts are between eight and 12 hours. All new students must attend an orientation day in the summer prior to starting the program. Prospective applicants must complete eight prerequisite courses before submitting an application.

Tacoma Community College
Tacoma Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Sciences program prepares students to sit for the ARRT certification. The two-year program combines clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities with intensive coursework covering radiation physics, radiographic positioning, imaging pathology, and mammography. All prospective applicants must first attend a virtual information session, spend a minimum of eight hours in a local radiology department, and complete all prerequisite coursework before submitting application materials by the April 1 deadline. The competitive program accepts between 20 and 24 new students each year. The community college reports a 100% pass rate for graduates of the program on the ARRT certification exam between 2006 and 2011.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Washington

The Washington State Department of Health requires all radiologic technologists and technicians to become certified before they can work in the state. Eligibility for Washington State certification requires applicants to have graduated from an accredited radiologic technology program. Applicants must also provide a complete work history, proof of certification or licensure in other states (if applicable), and a personal statement attesting to the applicant’s physical and mental health, any suspensions that may have occurred in the past, and felony convictions. Washington State certified radiologic techs must renew their certification every two years by their birth date. The state does not require continuing education credits for renewal.

Many radiologic technologists, who have graduated from an accredited radiology technology program, also opt to become nationally certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Renewal of ARRT certification requires radiology techs to complete 24 continuing education credits every two years.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

20%

Radiology Techs in Washington from 2010-20203

The Washington State Employment Security Department predicts a 20% increase in radiologic technologist and technician jobs between 2010 and 2020, slightly less than the projected growth of 28% for radiology technologists and technicians nationwide during the same time period.3 The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 281,000 radiology tech jobs will exist nationwide in 2020 compared to an estimated 219,000 positions in 2010.4 An estimated 105 new radiologic technologist and technician jobs are expected to open annually in Washington State between 2010 and 2015 with 94 of those positions due to growth.3 A projected 199 new radiology tech jobs will open in Washington State between 2015 and 2020 with 153 of those expected from growth.3 Peace Health, Doctors Express, the Vancouver Clinic, and Valley Medical Center are among the hospitals, doctors’ offices, imaging centers, and medical facilities that hire radiology technologists and technicians in Washington State.

Washington Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Bremerton-Silverdale130$53,860
Longviewno data$65,230
Olympia70$55,480
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue1,990$69,160
Spokane220$57,940

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-wa/
3. Washington State Employment Security Department: https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/reports-publications/occupational-reports/employment-projections
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