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Radiology Technologist Schools in West Virginia

The colleges and universities in West Virginia offer an array of radiologic technology programs from the certificate to the bachelor’s degree level. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in West Virginia will provide you with information to help you understand and compare your options. As an alternative to on-campus programs, some students find online radiologic technologist and technician programs to be a better match to their needs and learning styles compared to traditional on-campus study. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 8 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 1 school offers a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 4 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: West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition, 94%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: University of Charleston, 29%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Alderson Broaddus College, $14,512.1
  • Lowest net price per year: West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition, $2,944.1
  • Highest student population: Marshall University, 13,966.1
  • Lowest student population: West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition, 57.1

Discover further information about careers in radiologic technology, employment and salary projections for radiologic technologists and technicians, and profiles of radiologic technologist and technician schools in West Virginia 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.

Bluefield State College (Bluefield)
Ohio Valley Medical Center, Inc. (Wheeling)
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (Mount Gay)
St. Mary’s Medical Center School for Medical Imaging (Huntington)
United Hospital Center (Bridgeport)
University of Charleston (Charleston)
University of Charleston-Beckley (Beckley)
West Virginia Northern Community College (Wheeling)
West Virginia University Hospitals (Morgantown)

West Virginia Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College awards the Associate of Applied Science in Radiology to students who successfully complete the two-year, full-time program. Students will work at affiliated hospitals and medical facilities each semester of the program, including the summer between the first and second years, which requires 40 hours of work each week. Students are required to maintain CPR certification to participate in clinical rotations. All students in the program, during their second year, must become members of the West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists and participate in the organization’s annual conference. Participation includes submitting a research paper or exhibit or serving on the board of directors.

West Virginia Northern Community College
West Virginia Northern Community College features a full-time, two-year radiology technology program leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. The 60 credit program blends on-campus coursework with clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities. Students begin their first clinical rotation during the second semester of the program and will be required to complete clinical work each semester thereafter, including the summer between the first and second years of the program. Students who have already graduated from an accredited radiology technology program and who have become certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) can earn their Associate of Applied Science degree at the community college by completing required general coursework and providing evidence of program completion and ARRT certification. Applications to the program are due by May 1 of each year.

Pierpont Community and Technical College
Pierpont Community and Technical College, in conjunction with United Hospital Center and WVU Hospitals, affords students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students complete general college coursework at the community college while completing the radiology technology program at either UHC or WVU Hospitals. The highly competitive program accepts a maximum of 15 students each year. The programs at UHC and WVU both span 24 months, requiring students to commit to 40 hours a week. Students will complete radiology technology coursework and clinical rotations in both programs and will be eligible to sit for the ARRT certification exam upon completion of the program.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in West Virginia

All radiologic technologists and technicians who want to work in the state of West Virginia must first be licensed by the West Virginia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners. To qualify for a West Virginia license, radiologic techs must have graduated from an accredited radiology technology program and have already obtained certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in addition to filling out an application and paying the applicable fees. To obtain ARRT certification, radiology techs must have graduated from an accredited radiography program and pass the ARRT certification exam. Both West Virginia and ARRT certification require renewal every two years. Radiologic technologists and technicians must complete 24 continuing education credits to renew ARRT certification. To renew the West Virginia certification, radiology techs must provide evidence of ARRT certification and completion of the 24 continuing education credits through ARRT.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

22.2%

Radiology Techs in West Virginia from 2010-20202

Workforce West Virginia projects significant job growth of 22.2% for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state between 2010 and 2020.2 That number is nearly on par with the expected nationwide growth of 28% for radiology techs during the same decade.3 An estimated 2,011 radiologic technologist and technician positions existed in 2010 in West Virginia with that number expected to balloon to 2,505 in 2020.2 Experts predict that 80 radiology tech positions will open each year in West Virginia, with 49 the result of growth and 31 resulting from replacements.2 Radiologic technologists and technicians commonly find positions in hospitals, doctors’ offices, imaging centers, universities, and government agencies. Those organizations that hire radiologic technologists and technicians in West Virginia include Fairmont General Hospital, Med Express, Weirton Medical Center, and the University of Charleston.

West Virginia Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Charleston360$45,000
Morgantown180$42,530
Winchester140$54,070

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.
References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Workforce West Virginia: http://workforcewv.org/lmi/occproj/longterm/StateWide.htm
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-6
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm