Radiology Technologist Schools in Colorado
The colleges and universities in Colorado offer a variety of options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Colorado provides the information you need to make an educated decision on where to attend school. As an alternative to traditional on-campus courses, you might also consider online radiologic technologist and technician schools, which can provide greater flexibility and reduced time commuting. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Keep reading this page for further information on radiologic technologist and technician schools in Colorado, including a table of top-rated rad tech programs and a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, as well as potential career tracks for rad tech program graduates.
Radiologic Technology Program Stats
- There are 8 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Colorado.1
- 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- 7 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
- 1 school offers a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
- 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1
- Highest graduation rate*: Morgan Community College 45%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: Red Rocks Community College 32%.1
- Highest net price per year*: Colorado Mesa University $13,529.1
- Lowest net price per year*: Aims Community College $6,216.1
- 3 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 Colorado
We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Colorado 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|
|Aims Community College||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$6,216|
|Colorado Mesa University||Yes||Yes||No||JRCERT||94%||98%||89%||$13,529|
|Colorado State University-Fort Collins||No||No||Yes||—||—||—||—||$16,232|
|Community College of Denver||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||100%||97%||84%||$8,038|
|Morgan Community College||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$6,822|
|Pikes Peak Community College||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$9,082|
|Pueblo Community College||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$12,744|
|Red Rocks Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||100%||99%||82%||$7,636|
*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
- Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction)
- Community College of Denver (Denver)
- Red Rocks Community College (Arvada)
CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in Colorado were accredited by CAAHEP.
JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in Colorado were accredited by the JRCNMT.
Colorado Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
Red Rocks Community College
Students who successfully complete Red Rocks Community College’s full-time, 21-month radiologic technology program will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology and will be eligible to sit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. The program is divided into classroom and clinical work, with the first year devoted to full-time study on campus. Students will then spend the final three semesters of the program on several clinical rotations, which requires 32 to 36 hours a week. At times, students will be required to work evenings and weekends at their clinical rotation. Admittance to the program is competitive with a maximum of 20 students accepted each year.
Pueblo Community College
Graduates of Pueblo Community College’s Associated of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program will have developed the necessary foundation to secure entry-level employment as a radiologic technologist or technician and will be eligible to sit for the ARRT certification exam. The full-time, five-semester program combines coursework and clinical rotations in addition to 16 general education credits. Students will take classes and intern at a local hospital or medical facility each semester of the program, with the summer between the first and the second year devoted solely to an internship. Applicants to the program will be required to visit campus for a scheduled personal interview in June.
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado Mesa University’s full-time radiologic technology program leads to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students typically complete the program in three years with two semesters devoted to fulfilling general education requirements. The radiologic technology program itself takes five semesters, in which the student must be enrolled full-time, and students are discouraged from holding a job due to the intensity of the program workload. Students will complete approximately 1,300 hours of clinical education during the program in addition to intense coursework. The radiologic technology program is competitive with 18 students, out of between 72 and 90 applicants, being admitted each year.
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Colorado
Colorado does not have specific state licensing requirements for radiology technologists and technicians who work in the state. However, any radiologic technologist or technician who will use X-ray machines (limited scope operators) must be certified by the ARRT per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment rules. The limited scope operator certification requires registrants to complete 24 continuing education credits every two years to maintain certification. Mammographers and bone densitometry operators must also pass the relevant ARRT exam and become registered with the ARRT in order to work in the state of Colorado. ARRT-certified techs must complete 24 continuing education credits every two years, and pay all applicable fees, to maintain certification.
Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs
Projected Job Growth
Radiology Techs in Colorado from 2016-20263
Colorado occupational estimates between 2016 and 2026 show an expected 2.3% increase in radiologic technologist employment.3 This is lower than the national projection for rad tech job growth through 2024, which predicts a 9% increase in radiologic technologist employment.4 Radiologic technologists and technicians in Colorado earn an average annual mean salary of $63,650, and there were an estimated 3,320 radiologic technologists working in the state as of 2016.5 Among the hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and private physicians offices that hire radiology techs in Colorado are University of Colorado Hospital, Centura Health, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Southwest Diagnostic Centers, and Vibra Healthcare.
Colorado Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs
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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. Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, Labor Market Information for Economists and Researchers: http://www.coworkforce.com/LMI/Intro/research.asp
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