Radiology Technologist Schools in Arizona
This page presents an overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Arizona that will provide you with key facts to inform your decision on where to go to school. The universities and colleges in Arizona offer a variety of programs for earning a certificate or degree in radiologic technology to support your career goals. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can also be a suitable match for some students and can make it easier to balance commitments outside of school compared to traditional on-campus course scheduling. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Continue reading this page, which includes a table of top-rated rad tech programs and a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, to learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Arizona and where a degree or certificate in radiologic technology can take your career.
Radiologic Technology Program Stats
- There are 6 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Arizona.1
- 4 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- 6 colleges and universities offer 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*: Yavapai College 23%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: GateWay Community College 34%.1
- Highest net price per year*: Arizona Western College $9,240.1
- Lowest net price per year*: Pima Community College $3,970.1
- 6 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 Arizona
We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Arizona 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|
|Arizona Western College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||75%||87%||100%||$9,240|
|Central Arizona College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||75%||99%||100%||$5,090|
|GateWay Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT||77%||88%||90%||$7,616|
|Mohave Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||78%||—||—||$7,111|
|Pima Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||91%||99%||100%||$3,970|
*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
- Arizona Western College (Yuma)
- Central Arizona College (Apache Junction)
- GateWay Community College (Phoenix)
- Mohave Community College (Bullhead City)
- Pima Community College (Tucson)
- Yavapai College (Prescott)
CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs
- GateWay Community College (Phoenix)
JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs
- GateWay Community College (Phoenix)
Arizona Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
Central Arizona College
Central Arizona College’s highly competitive Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program works in a cohort format and takes two academic years to complete. Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level employment and will be eligible to sit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Students will be required to complete intensive on-site clinical rotations in addition to coursework. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session, which will earn them points in the admissions process, and to complete as many of the general education requirements as possible prior to applying for the program to increase their chances of acceptance. Applications are accepted from May 1 to June 30, with accepted applicants beginning the program the following January.
Arizona Western College
Arizona Western College’s Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology admits 20 students per cohort, who begin the program during the summer semester. Successful applicants must take, and pass with a score of at least 50%, the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Exam (HOBET), which consists of 170 questions in English, reading, math, and science. The 22-month full-time program begins with an orientation course in the summer to prepare students for their first clinical rotation in the fall. Clinical rotations will start at 12 hours a week during the first semester of the program and can increase to a maximum of 40 hours a week by the end of the program. Students will be required to work evenings and weekends to ensure they are exposed to a wide range of routine and emergency situations.
Pima Community College
Pima Community College features an Associate in Applied Science in Radiographic Technology that prepares students to sit the ARRT certification exam and to secure entry-level employment as a radiologic technologist. Prior to applying for the program, applicants must complete a series of prerequisites in medical terms, algebra, and anatomy and physiology. Students will complete coursework on campus, focusing on medical imaging and radiographic positions, in addition to completing intense clinical rotations at local medical facilities and hospitals. Clinical work, which generally takes place weekdays during the week, totals a minimum of 1,800 hours in compliance with the rules set by the Arizona Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Arizona
The state of Arizona requires radiologic technologists and technicians to apply for licensure through the Medical Radiologic Technologist Board of Examiners. Applications for a first-time license and for renewal can be found online and must be notarized before being sent to the board. Applicants are required to submit relevant documentation, including an original passport photo, proof of legal residence, and documentation of any prior criminal convictions. To maintain licensure in Arizona, radiology techs must complete 24 credit hours of continuing education every two years. Radiology techs may also sit the exam for ARRT certification. ARRT-certified radiology techs will complete 24 continuing education credits every two years prior to renewing their certification.
Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs
Projected Job Growth
Radiology Techs in Arizona from 2014-20243
Employment projections for radiologic technologists and technicians in Arizona look favorable with a projected 15% job growth rate between 2014 and 2024, which is higher than the national projected average of 9% during the same time period.3,4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3,570 rad techs worked in Arizona as of 2016.5 The average annual salary for radiologic technologists in Arizona is $63,250.5 Radiologic technologists and technicians typically find employment in a variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and doctors’ offices. Major employers who hire radiology techs in Arizona include The University of Arizona Medical Center, Mayo Clinic-Phoenix, the Department of Veterans Affairs, HonorHealth, NextCare Urgent Care, and John C. Lincoln Health Network.
Arizona Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs
|City||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Lake Havasu City-Kingman||130||$64,630|
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. Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity: https://laborstats.az.gov/
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