Radiology Technologist Schools in Alaska
The following overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Alaska is designed to provide you with key information so that you can make the right decision on where to attend school. The colleges and universities in Alaska offer several radiologic technology programs that may be a match for your interests and career goals. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, you may also wish to consider online radiologic technology programs, which some students find offer advantages such as reduced travel time and greater flexibility. Read about the difference between radiologic technologists and radiology technicians. Continue reading this page to learn about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Alaska with a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, profiles of popular programs in the state, and more.
Radiologic Technology Program Stats
- There are 2 schools with radiologic technology degree programs in Alaska.1
- 2 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- 1 school offers an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
- No schools offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
- No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1
- Highest graduation rate*: University of Alaska Anchorage 24%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Alaska Southeast 29%.1
- Highest net price per year*: University of Alaska Anchorage $11,860.1
- Lowest net price per year*: University of Alaska Southeast $8,719.1
- No 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 Alaska
We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Alaska 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|
|University of Alaska Anchorage||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$11,860|
|University of Alaska Southeast (Certificate Only)||No||No||No||—||—||—||—||$8,719|
*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
As of late 2017, no schools in Alaska were accredited by JRCERT.
CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs
As of late 2017, no diagnostic medical sonography programs in Alaska were accredited by CAAHEP.
JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in Alaska were accredited by the JRCNMT.
Alaska Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College
The University of Alaska at Fairbanks Community and Technical College, in conjunction with the University of Alaska Anchorage, awards the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. In addition to radiology technology coursework and clinical rotations, students must also fulfill general college requirements. Students generally find it easier to fulfill those requirements before beginning the five-semester radiology technology program. Students will complete a minimum of 1,200 hours of clinical experience at one of the university’s affiliated medical facilities, including Fairbanks Hospital, Bassett Army hospital at Fort Wainwright, and Tanana Valley Clinic. Acceptance into the program is competitive and students must complete prerequisite courses and attend a personal interview to be considered for a seat in the program. Graduates of the radiologic technology program will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam.
University of Alaska Anchorage
Graduates of the University of Alaska at Anchorage’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology will be eligible to take the ARRT certification exam and to begin work in an entry-level radiologic technologist position. Successful applicants to the full-time, two-year program begin their studies in the fall semester. 12 to 16 students are accepted into the program each year, due in large part to the limited opportunities for clinical rotations in Anchorage. Students in the program will complete general college requirements, radiology technology coursework, and clinical rotations at local medical facilities. The university offers classes at off-site locations throughout Alaska, including in Juneau, Ketchikan, Bethel, Kenai, and Fairbanks. While the Fairbanks program listed above accepts students each year, the Bethel and Ketchikan campuses only admit students in odd-numbered years with Juneau and Kenai welcoming new students in even-numbered years. Distance students are required to travel to Anchorage during the summer semester to complete a clinical rotation.
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Alaska
The state of Alaska does not currently require radiologic technologists to be licensed to work in the state. However, many hospitals and medical facilities prefer radiologic technologists who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To be eligible for ARRT certification, radiology techs must have graduated from an accredited radiologic technology program. Current students can begin the application process for the exam up to three months prior to their intended date of graduation. ARRT-certified radiologic technologists must renew their certification every two years by completing 24 continuing education credit hours or by taking an ARRT-approved exam and by filling out a renewal application and paying all applicable fees.
Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs
Projected Job Growth
Radiology Techs in Alaska from 2014-20243
Radiology technologists in Alaska can anticipate a job growth rate estimated at 13.2% between 2014 and 2024.3 Six new positions are expected to open annually, with eight additional openings per year resulting from vacated positions.3 Radiologic technologist and technician jobs are expected to grow 9% nationwide over the same 10 year period.4 As of 2016 there were approximately 340 radiologic technologists working in Alaska, at an average annual salary of $68,520.5 Hospitals, clinics, private doctors’ offices, and imaging centers generally employ radiologic technologists and technicians. Peace Health, Alaska Regional Hospital, Bartlett Regional Hospital, and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium are among the organizations that hire radiologic techs in Alaska.
Alaska Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs
|City||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Southeast Nonmetropolitan Alaska||40||$70,210|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6
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. State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development: http://live.laborstats.alaska.gov/occ/occ.cfm?o=292034
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