Radiology Technologist Schools in Alabama
The colleges and universities in Alabama provide an array of radiologic tech programs from the certificate to the bachelor’s degree level. This guide to radiologic technologist schools in Alabama will help you find the information you need to make an informed decision. Online radiologic technologist schools and degree programs may also be a suitable match for your skills, interests, and career expectations while providing benefits such as greater scheduling flexibility. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Read on to continue learning about radiologic tech schools in Alabama with profiles of popular schools, a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, student reviews, and career projections for graduates.
Radiologic Technology Program Stats
- There are 7 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Alabama.1
- 1 school offers a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- 7 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
- 2 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
- 2 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1
- Highest graduation rate*: University of South Alabama 38%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: University of South Alabama 34%.1
- Highest net price per year*: University of South Alabama $12,963.1
- Lowest net price per year*: George C. Wallace Community College-Dothan $3,496.1
- 7 radiologic technology programs are accredited by JRCERT (see below).*
*For not-for-profit schools with radiologic technology programs.
Credentialing Exam Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Medical Imaging Schools in Alabama
We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Alabama on a variety of factors. You can sort the table by clicking on the arrows in the top row. Since many state licensing boards and organizations that offer credentialing exams such as the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) require that aspiring radiologic technologists complete a recognized program, accreditation is an important factor in evaluating schools. Additionally, if you are considering transferring from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the imaging sciences, or are interested in pursuing a specialized certificate in the future, be aware that many programs consider accreditation for previously completed programs in their admissions decisions. Finally, you should always check with your state’s licensing board to ensure that the program you are considering will meet licensure requirements.
|School Name||Associate’s Imaging Program||Bachelor’s Imaging Program||Graduate Imaging Program||National Accreditation||Completion Rate2*||Credential Exam Pass Rate2*||Job Placement Rate2*||Net Price**1|
|Gadsden State Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||52%||96%||100%||$4,235|
|George C. Wallace Community College-Dothan||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||57%||83%||93%||$3,496|
|George C. Wallace State Community College-Hanceville||Yes||No||No||JRCERT, CAAHEP||79%||94%||92%||$5,691|
|H. Councill Trenholm State Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT, CAAHEP||79%||63%||85%||$6,445|
|Jefferson State Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||63%||97%||98%||$9,284|
|Lurleen B. Wallace Community College||Yes||No||No||CAAHEP||—||—||—||—|
|Southern Union State Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||90%||84%||83%||$7,649|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||No||No||Yes||JRCNMT||—||—||—||—|
|University of South Alabama (Bachelor’s)||No||Yes||Yes||JRCERT||83%||94%||87%||$12,963|
|University of South Alabama (Post-Bachelor’s Certificate)||No||Yes||Yes||JRCERT||89%||97%||96%||$12,963|
*Completion Rate, Credential Exam Pass Rate, and Job Placement Rate data are from Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data for JRCERT-accredited programs.
**Net price is the annual cost per year for undergraduate tuition as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, after deducting the average financial aid award.
Accredited Medical Imaging Programs
JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs
- Gadsden State Community College (Gadsden)
- George C. Wallace Community College-Dothan (Dothan)
- George C. Wallace State Community College-Hanceville (Hanceville)
- H. Councill Trenholm State Community College (Montgomery)
- Jefferson State Community College (Birmingham)
- Southern Union State Community College (Opelika)
- University of South Alabama (Mobile)
CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs
- George C. Wallace State Community College-Hanceville (Hanceville)
- H. Councill Trenholm State Community College (Montgomery)
- Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (Opp)
JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs
- Midlands Technical College (Columbia)
Alabama Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
Gadsden State Community College
Gadsden State Community College’s 21-month, full-time radiology tech program leads to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. The program combines coursework with hands-on experience, both in the college’s lab and at nearly a dozen clinical locations in six surrounding counties. Students will have the opportunity to work at one clinical site the first year of the program and will be assigned to another facility during the second year. Clinical rotations take place during the day, although evening hours may be available during the second year, and students will only work one day a week their first semester, two days a week their second semester, and three days a week for the remaining duration of the program. The program is competitive, admitting only 24 students each year with new classes starting the program in the fall semester.
Trenholm State Technical College
Trenholm State Technical College awards the Associate of Applied Technology in Radiologic Technology to students to successfully complete the six-semester program. Successful applicants to the program must complete 10 general education courses in addition to their core radiology classes. All students complete a clinical rotation each semester of the program at one of nearly a dozen facilities, including the East Montgomery Imaging Center and the Troy Regional Medical Center. Those interested in the program can only submit an application between January 1 and May 10 of each year.
Huntsville Hospital School of Radiologic Technology
Graduates of Huntsville Hospital School of Radiologic Technology program will earn a certificate in radiologic technology and have the necessary credentials to sit for the national American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. The two-year, full-time program requires students to be in class or at a clinical site, the latter of which will be located less than half a mile from campus, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Successful applicants begin the program in July of each year. Program coursework covers patient care, image analysis, radiation exposure, and digital imaging and acquisition. All students must also do clinical rotations at a local hospital or medical facility to gain hands-on experience. The school boasts a 98% employment rate within six months of graduation with 98% of graduates passing the ARRT exam on the first try.
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Alabama
The state of Alabama does not require radiologic technologists to receive state licensing in order to work in Alabama. However, many employers prefer to hire radiologic techs who are registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Graduates of a radiologic science program may be eligible to take the ARRT certification exam to become registered. Students currently enrolled in a radiologic tech program are permitted to begin the application process for the exam up to three months prior to their expected graduation date. ARRT-certified radiologic technologists must complete 24 continuing education credits every two years before their certification can be renewed. All applicable fees must also be paid prior to the renewal date.
Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs
Projected Job Growth
Radiology Techs in Alabama from 2014-20243
Radiologic tech positions in Alabama are expected to grow 7% through 2024.3 That’s slightly below the expected job increase for radiologic technologists nationwide, projected at 9% for the same time period.4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3,490 rad techs were employed in Alabama as of 2016, earning an average annual salary of $47,530.5 Dothan and Gadsden, Alabama have among the highest concentrations for metro areas in the US of employed radiologic technologists and technicians per thousand jobs.5 Radiologic techs typically work in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and imaging centers. Major employers in Alabama that hire radiologic techs include UAB Health System, the University of Alabama Hospital, Huntsville Hospital, Brookwood Medical Center, Medical Imaging Systems of Birmingham, MRI & Imaging of Alabama, and Foley Clinic.
Alabama Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs
|City||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6
Community College of the Air Force
100 S Turner Blvd
Montgomery, AL 36114
Student Review: “I’m in the Army and went through the tri-service radiology program through the Community College of the Air Force. The program was split into two sections; six months in a schoolhouse learning anatomy and positioning, as well as supplementary classes like physics and electrical. The last month at the school was practicing and being tested on all the exams. The second six months were spent at a training hospital as a student. We had to check off all the exams on a list. I feel I learned a lot at the school itself. The material was difficult, but there was enough time to finish it all at school and never have homework except to study. I liked my second phase, but it relies on whatever civilians are at the hospital as the primary people to teach you the practical side. They are not trained in any specific way for teaching, so if they’re not great as techs, then that’s all you have to learn from.” – Student at Community College of the Air Force
Jefferson State Community College
2601 Carson Rd
Birmingham, AL 35215-3098
Student Review: “Jeff State’s Rad Tech program was great because I got to have clinical experiences in local hospitals starting my very first semester in the program. By my second year, I was spending more time in hospitals than in the classroom, which really helped build confidence in my hands-on skills. All of the teaching faculty are also still actively employed rad techs, so they’re in touch with the latest technology and what local employers want. Best of all, I was offered a job by one of my clinical sites before I even graduated! I also passed the ARRT exam on my first try thanks to good classes and strong review. The only thing I would change if I could would be the admissions process, which was unnecessarily confusing. I had to meet with an advisor in person twice to get everything straightened out. It was worth it, though, and I recommend the program highly!” – Student at Jefferson State Community College
Wallace Community College
1141 Wallace Dr
Dothan, AL 36303
Student Review: “I enjoyed many aspects of my time in the WCC radiologic technology program. The instructors were both good and bad. The clinical coordinator was a great teacher and instilled many great qualities into his students. The program director was not. He taught us a few very important classes. We never received our grades back for exams and was just told: “we would be fine.” Somehow, I managed to get a “B” in each of his classes although learning nothing in the subject and having to actually learn it when studying for the registry. I also wished that we had the opportunity to have clinicals over the course of different shifts, not just daytime first shift. This would have allowed us to better gauge the job and the workload more effectively. I did enjoy being able to visit many different clinical sites and see how each of them operated. Overall my RT program had some flaws but this has allowed me to have a job that pays my bills.” – Student at Wallace Community College
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data: https://www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data/
3. Alabama Department of Labor: http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/Projections/Default.aspx
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Occupational Employment and Wages, Radiologic Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm