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Radiology Schools 411 is a comprehensive resource for prospective students looking to research schools, degrees, careers, and jobs in the rapidly growing field of medical imaging and radiotherapy. The medical imaging field includes radiography (x-rays), sonography (ultrasounds), computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and treatments such as radiation therapy. To help you research education opportunities and prepare for your career we feature information on top radiologic technology schools (commonly referred to as “radiology schools” or “x-ray tech schools”).

Radiologic Technology School Facts

  • There are 449 not-for-profit two-year colleges and universities that offer a medical radiologic technology program in the United States.1
  • 262 not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities offer a medical radiologic technology program.1
  • 171 not-for-profit colleges and universities offer a certificate in radiologic technology.1
  • 492 not-for-profit colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic technology.1
  • 137 not-for-profit colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology.1
  • 29 not-for-profit colleges and universities offer an advanced degree in radiologic technology.1
  • Over 700 programs are accredited by JRCERT for radiologic technology.*

*Accreditation awards range from 18 months to 8 years.2

What is radiologic technology?

Radiologic technology is an area of medicine that uses radiant energy to provide diagnostic images of a patient’s body under the supervision of a medical doctor with a specialty in radiology (a radiologist). Radiologic technologists assist the radiologist and are educated in and trained to perform specified radiation therapy treatments or to produce images through x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT or CAT), and sonography (ultrasound) depending on their specific training. Those who take these types of radiographic images are broadly referred to as “radiographers.” Nearly two-thirds of radiologic technologists work as radiographers.1

Radiologic technologists possess field-specific education and must pass an exam and keep updated credentials to carry the official designation of registered radiologic technologist, or registered RT, as overseen by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). As of late 2015, 35 states used the ARRT’s credentialing exam as part of their licensing process.

Since not all states use ARRT’s credentialing as part of licensure, and because many radiographers historically used the job title of “radiologic technician,” this can create confusion for those exploring this broad career area. Today, due to the required education and ARRT’s certification process, the term radiologic technologist is typically preferred. However, if one possesses training adequate for employment in some facet of imaging, but lacks the ARRT credential, he or she may be known by a title such as “radiologic technician” or “x-ray tech.” In addition, employers are at liberty to use position titles aligned to their internal standards; as such, even individuals credentialed as a registered RT may work under the title of radiologic technician. A search of job boards with these various titles yields results in all cases, so it is evident that the medical establishment references all instances of this title. Our guide will help you identify education pathways, career and certification options, salary projections, and job opportunities for these roles.

Radiology Technologist School Information by State

We have researched schools by state that offer programs in radiologic technology and science. In addition, we have featured some of those programs with program summaries and have also included a list of programs accredited in each state by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for the area of radiography.

Best Value Radiologic Technology Schools with On-Campus Programs

We researched all schools in the US with on-campus associate’s degrees in radiologic technology to compile with our best values table below. In creating our list, we only considered schools with a combination of a high graduation rate (60% or higher) and a low net price (less than $22,000 per year). A high graduation rate at a college or university is a traditional marker of student success and affordability is important when making such a long-term investment. In the table below, we have included these as well as other quality markers, including JRCERT accreditation status, retention rate, transfer out rate, and student loan default rate. Click on any header to sort the table by a given value. Click on a linked school name to view the profile of that school’s programs.

School2- or 4-Year SchoolJRCERT Accred.?Grad Rate1Retention Rate*1Transfer Out Rate**1Student Loan Default Rate1Net Price1
State Technical College of Missouri2-year (public)Yes71%85%2%8.8%$8,071
Northwest Iowa Community College2-year (public)Yes65%78%8%10.7%$10,278
Mitchell Technical Institute2-year (public)Yes68%81%6%10%$10,885
Ball State University4-year (public)Yes62%78%26%4.7%$13,535
Maine College of Health Professions4-year (private)Yes100%83%N.Av.2.5%$16,795
Cleveland University-Kansas City4-year (private)No100%50%N.Av.2.6%$16,883
Johnson College2-year (private)Yes64%68%N.Av.12.6%$17,442
Dunwoody College of Technology4-year (private)Yes64%82%1%11.0%$19,132
St. Luke’s College4-year (private)Yes100%N.Av.N.Av.6.2%$20,290
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health4-year (private)Yes70%77%13%1.7%$20,836
Clarkson College4-year (private)Yes74%77%N.Av.3.7%$21,655
Gannon University4-year (private)Yes68%85%20%4.9%$21,793

*See Table Notes and References at bottom of page.

Radiology School Profiles

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University of Iowa

There are two undergraduate majors offered by the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine in the field of medical imaging. The first is Radiation Sciences, which covers radiologic technology, sonography, MRI, CT, and radiation therapy programs. Nuclear medicine technology is the University of Iowa’s other undergraduate medical imaging degree. Designed to prepare students through intellectual, professional, and social learning opportunities, students in the University of Iowa’s radiation science educational program will work alongside faculty members and instructors.

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LIU Post

As a leader in diagnostic imaging education for 40 years, the four-year rad tech program at LIU Post is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). LIU Post’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging (Radiologic Technology)successfully addresses the growing demand for professionals who perform diagnostic tests for a range of injuries and illnesses like cancer, osteoporosis, concussion, and more. Students learn to conduct MRI scans, CT scans, and mammograms, providing 2D and 3D images of soft tissues, organs, and the skeletal system.

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Newman University

Students of the Newman University Radiology Program are educated to become successful radiographers who provide care to patients and position them to capture high-quality radiographic imagery. Rad techs must understand safety practices associated with radiation and determine the proper quantity of radiation required for accurate diagnostic images. Graduates are competent, entry-level radiologic technologists, prepared to specialize in the use of x-rays to aid the physician in diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

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Emory University

Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences offers a Medical Imaging program that prepares graduates to perform x-rays and other energy forms to diagnose and treat patients. Emory offers a baccalaureate degree, a BMSc in Medical Imaging. They also offer an RT-BMSc program in Medical Imaging, with coursework online and in a hybrid format, specifically aimed at working professionals. Courses include Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Imaging Procedures, Computer Applications in Medical Imaging, a Medical Imaging Seminar, and Clinical Practicum. The bachelor’s degree takes three years to complete, and graduates are prepared to enter or continue their careers in the industry of radiologic technology.

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Austin Peay State University

More than ultrasounds and x-rays, the Radiologic Technology Program at Austin Peay State University prepares graduates to aid physicians who rely on quality radiographic images to accurately diagnose injury and disease. Their students are committed to helping patients and saving lives through compassionate care. Programs in diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine technology, and radiography provide training and education across the various disciplines of imaging science. This includes academic theory, classroom learning, clinical experience, lab testing, and competency testing in a realistic clinical setting.

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University of Cincinnati

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is a renowned public research institution, with four campuses in Cincinnati, Ohio. The online Bachelor of Radiation Science Tech program in Radiation Science – Distance Learning combines the quality of Cincinnati’s campus-based degree with the convenience of studying at home. The online program offers currently employed technicians the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree while maintaining professional and personal responsibilities. UC also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology as well as an Undetermined Associate Degree in Pre-Health Professions.

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Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University’s Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (BSRS) that is structured to produce clinically competent, advanced-level radiologic technicians. Students in this program benefit from a technologically diverse education that teaches specific imaging modalities and patient services to be used under the direction of a physician. Past graduates have been placed in diverse positions, from technical advisors to hospitals and clinics to sales representatives for diagnostic imagery equipment.

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Xavier University

Graduates of the JRCERT-accredited Radiologic Technology program at Xavier University are prepared to work as radiologic techs in many different specialities including surgery, fluoroscopy, diagnostic x-ray, and mobile examinations. Areas for advancement include MRI, CT, and special procedures like vascular studies. Students will graduate with clinical training (approximately 1,900 hours). The Xavier University Associate Dgree in Science for Radiologic Technology program also includes clinical competency evaluation and training.

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University of Hartford

The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology program at the University of Hartford is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Clinical rotations at affiliate institutions provide students with hands-on, practical experience under the supervision of practicing professionals in the medical imaging field. During their fourth year in the program, students may choose to specialize in either CT or MRI. Graduates are prepared as leaders in healthcare through an undergraduate focus in communication, education, management, computer science, or advanced science and medicine. Imaging technologists who are currently credentialed by the ARRT may be eligible for the MRI Certificate Program and/or the CT Certificate Program.

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University of Louisiana Monroe

The four-year Radiologic Technology Program at the University Louisiana Monroe (ULM) is in the College of Health Sciences composed of two segments. While the Pre-Radiologic Technology covers the basic physical and biological sciences, the professional program prepares the graduate for a career in radiology. Radiography school students gain practical, hands-on experience and accomplish their clinical education through the university’s association with several hospitals in the area. Working professionals who are registered with the ARRT may be interested in ULM’s online Registered Technologist Education Plan (RTEP), which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology.

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California State University Northridge

The Department of Health Sciences at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS). Radiologic tech graduates receive a well-rounded education in general as well as specialized imaging, creating excellent opportunities for career growth within the field. Program graduates learn an array of procedures like CT, MRI, and Cardiovascular Imaging. The BSRS at California State University, Northridge is accredited by JRCERT.

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Idaho State University

The JRCERT-accredited Radiographic Science Program at Idaho State University aims to teach students the technical and academic foundations required to conduct radiologic imaging procedures safely and competently. Graduates of the baccalaureate degree program are qualified, skilled imaging technologists who ethically respond to the individual needs of their patients with competence and compassion, and who are technically equipped to become a professional member of any medical imaging team. After graduation, candidates are eligible to take the national certification exam in radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

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Oakland University

Oakland University offers a Biomedical, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Science bachelor’s degree program with a specialization in radiologic technology that prepares students for clinical imaging careers. Students learn the principles and science behind the safe administration of ionizing radiation for diagnostics, patient care, and research purposes, as well as how to integrate and use advanced radiographic techniques. The program includes six semester-long rotations to build students’ skills in clinical practice.

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiography that can be completed in 32 months on an accelerated track or 20 months on a fast track. The school’s state of the art radiography laboratory allows students to learn medical imaging on equipment that is comparable to that used in modern healthcare facilities. Students work in clinical placements throughout the Boston area and upon graduation are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. The program is accredited by JRCERT. The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also offers advanced certificates in computed tomography, a bachelor of science in diagnostic medical sonography, and a bachelor of science in magnetic resonance imaging, among other programs.

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Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s associate degree in radiologic science program can be earned in as little as three years. Students complete clinical placements at two different health care agencies as part of the curriculum, gaining hands-on real-world experience. Graduates are prepared to pursue further education in in-demand modalities including computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and radiation therapy. Program graduates are also prepared to sit for the ARRT certification exam in radiography. Morehead State University is also home to bachelor’s degree programs in diagnostic medical sonography and computed tomography/magnetic resonance. The school also offers an online Leadership in Medical Imaging bachelor’s degree program that can prepare students for management and leadership roles in the imaging sciences.

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Southern Vermont College

The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) program at Southern Vermont College prepares graduates to become clinically competent entry-level radiologic technicians. The program is competitive and requires students to maintain a cumulative of GPA of 2.3 or better and earn at least a C+ in all radiologic science courses. Students who have previously completed an associate’s degree in the radiologic sciences and are registered with the ARRT may be eligible to transfer up to 64 credits, enabling them to complete the BSRS in as few as 12 to 18 months. Over the past five years, 90% of graduates have passed the ARRT national exam on the first attempt.

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University of Southern Indiana

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences program that enables students to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to work as effective entry-level radiographers. The curriculum combines the university’s required liberal arts core with intensive courses specific to the radiologic sciences and clinical placements in various settings and modalities. Since 2008, 100% of program graduates have found work in radiologic technology within a year from graduation. USI also offers a bachelor’s degree completion program that allows who have previously completed an associate’s degree and are currently certified and registered as radiographers to complete their bachelor’s degree in radiologic science online. This program offers specialty tracks in CT/MRI, clinical education, or radiology management.

Typical Courses in Radiology

Below is a list of classes that are typically offered in radiologic technology programs:

  • Introduction to Radiologic Technology
  • Radiologic Physics and Equipment
  • Radiographic Anatomy, Physiology, and Positioning
  • Radiation Protection and Safety
  • Patient Care and Management Fundamentals
  • Radiographic Pathology
  • Advanced Imaging Procedures
  • Medical Terminology
  • Radiation Physics
  • Radiation Biology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Patient Communication and Care
  • Radiation Protection Biology
  • Abdominal Sonography
  • Obstetric Sonography
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Neurosonography
  • Sonographic Physics
  • Echocardiography
  • Sonography Equipment
  • Ultrasound Physics

Additional Resources

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), Accredited Educational Programs: https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/accredited-educational-programs/search
3. College of Southern Idaho: https://www.csi.edu/programs/radiologic-technology/default.aspx

Table Notes and References:
All data is based on undergraduate statistics.
*The retention rate is the percentage of first-time, full-time students who continued to a second year of study at the same institution.
**The transfer out rate is the percentage of first-time, full-time students who transferred their credits to another institution within 150% of the normal time to complete their degree.

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Joint Review Committeee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), Accredited Educational Programs: https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/accredited-educational-programs/search