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Radiology Technologist Schools in Arkansas

This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Arkansas will help you find the information you need to make an informed choice on where to attend school. There are a variety of quality radiologic technologist and technician programs available in Arkansas from the certificate to the bachelor’s degree level that can help you reach your career goals. You may also consider online radiologic technologist and technician schools, which can offer avenues for independent study for self-motivated students and can be more flexible than traditional on-campus classes. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Keep reading this page to learn more about career prospects for radiologic technologists and technicians in Arkansas, as well as a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, profiles of popular programs, and more.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 11 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Arkansas.1
  • 2 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 8 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 5 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Arkansas State University-Main Campus 45%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Henderson State University 40%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Baptist Health College $22,700.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: North Arkansas College $4,097.1
  • 8 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 Arkansas

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Arkansas 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 NameAssociate’s Imaging ProgramBachelor’s Imaging ProgramGraduate Imaging ProgramNational AccreditationCompletion Rate2*Credential Exam Pass Rate2*Job Placement Rate2*Net Price**1
Arkansas State University-Main CampusYesYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP85%86%95%$12,310
Baptist Health College-Little RockYesNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT83%100%95%$22,700
East Arkansas Community CollegeYesNoNo$4,618
Henderson State UniversityNoYesNo$11,219
National Park CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT77%88%100%$7,082
North Arkansas CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT75%87%100%$4,097
South Arkansas Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT55%84%97%$7,071
Southeast Arkansas CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT67%100%100%$6,550
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesYesYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT88%90%96%
University of Arkansas-Fort SmithYesYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP80%99%100%$8,858
University of Central ArkansasNoYesNo$12,988

*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

  • Arkansas State University-Main Campus (Jonesboro)
  • Baptist Health College-Little Rock (Little Rock)
  • National Park College (Hot Springs National Park)
  • North Arkansas College (Harrison)
  • South Arkansas Community College (El Dorado)
  • Southeast Arkansas College (Pine Bluff)
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock)
  • University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Fort Smith)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Arkansas State University-Main Campus (Jonesboro)
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock)
  • University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Fort Smith)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Baptist Health College-Little Rock (Little Rock)
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock)

Arkansas Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Arkansas State University

Graduates of Arkansas State University’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program will be eligible to sit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Successful applicants to the program must have already completed general education courses or currently be enrolled in those courses to be considered for admission. Applications are accepted until April 1 of each year. The full-time, 23-month program consists of both classroom learning and field experience, with students completing their clinical education at assigned hospitals and clinics. Students are encouraged to join such professional organizations as American Healthcare Radiology Administrators and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, which allows them to expand their networking and educational opportunities.

North Arkansas College

North Arkansas College confers the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology to students who successfully complete the full-time, two-year program. Students must complete between 24 and 26 general college requirements in addition to 72 to 74 credits in radiologic technology coursework and on-site clinical education, following the program outline each semester. The summer between the first and second year of the program requires students to work at a clinical facility for eight-and-a-half hours per day Monday through Thursday. Clinical education is rotated so that students can experience working in a variety of areas, such as surgery, the emergency room, a clinical laboratory, ultrasound, and bone density. Applicants must first be admitted to North Arkansas College before applying to the program with successful applicants beginning the program in the fall semester.

East Arkansas Community College

East Arkansas Community College offers a full-time, two-year program leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. An additional 17 credits of general education coursework in anatomy and physiology, algebra, and English is required before students begin the radiologic technology coursework and clinical education. Students should expect to spend 40 hours per week on campus and at a medical facility. The college welcomes recruiters to campus each spring, who meet with seniors in the radiologic technology and other allied health programs, often resulting in employment offers. The application deadline for the program is May 31 with successful applicants beginning the program in the fall semester. All applicants must, as part of the application process, spend four hours observing a radiologic department and fill out and submit an observation report.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Arkansas

Arkansas requires radiology techs to apply for licensure with the state. To be eligible for a radiologic technologist license, applicants must possess a degree in radiologic technology from an accredited college or university and must pass the ARRT certification exam. The radiologic technology license allows the radiology tech to perform a variety of duties, including mammograms, bone densitometry, computed tomography, and special procedures. All licensed radiologic technologists must complete six continuing education credits every year to keep their license current. Students can begin the application process for the ARRT certification exam as soon as three months before their expected graduation date. ARRT certified radiology techs must renew their certification every two years, which requires 24 continuing education credits and applicable fees.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

9.6%

Radiology Techs in Arkansas from 2014-20243

Radiologic technologist and technician employment in Arkansas is projected to increase 9.6% between 2014 and 2024, which is on par with national projections of 9% job growth for rad techs in the US as a whole during the same time period.3,4 51 average annual openings for rad techs are expected in the state each year through 2024.3 Radiologic techs in Arkansas earned an average annual mean salary of $47,750 as of 2016.5 and are generally employed in hospitals, physicians’ offices, imaging centers, and other clinical settings.5 Baptist Health, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Onsite Imaging Solutions, and Northwest Medical Center are among the medical centers that commonly hire rad techs in Arkansas. Imaging centers in Arkansas that employ rad tachs include Arkansas MRI Services, Arkansas Medical Imaging, and Prime Medical Imaging.

Arkansas Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers360$50,130
Hot Springs90$46,760
Jonesboro140$46,000
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway740$49,440

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

References:
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. Arkansas Department of Workforce Services: http://www.discover.arkansas.gov/Employment/Employment-Projections
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