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Radiology Technologist Schools in Florida

The colleges and universities in Florida offer a broad array of programs for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology, including programs that can help you earn certifications in specialties like radiotherapy and fluoroscopy. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Florida will help you understand your options and compare schools to find the right match for you. You can also consider online radiologic technologist and technician schools, which some students find to be a better match to their needs over traditional on-campus study. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Florida below, where you will find a table of top-rated rad tech programs and a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs as well as student reviews.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 27 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Florida.1
  • 11 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 26 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
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale 67%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Adventist University of Health Sciences 41%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale $26,328.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Indian River State College $1,235.1
  • 30 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 Florida

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Florida 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
Adventist University of Health SciencesYesYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT62%92%94%$18,603
Bethesda College of Health SciencesYesNoNoJRCERT75%79%96%
Broward College-Central CampusYesNoNoJRCERT$8,882
Broward College-North CampusYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT$8,882
College of Central FloridaYesNoNo$9,337
Daytona State CollegeYesNoNo$4,364
Eastern Florida State CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP76%89%96%$5,344
Florida SouthWestern State CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT87%100%96%$9,748
Florida State College at JacksonvilleYesNoNo$6,608
Gulf Coast State CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT90%95%87%$4,298
Hillsborough Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT86%100%89%$4,555
Indian River State CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT59%100%90%$1,235
Marion Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT80%88%95%$8,067
Miami Dade CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP76%90%87%$7,675
Northwest Florida State CollegeYesNoNo$8,751
Nova Southeastern UniversityNoYesYesCAAHEP$25,344
Palm Beach State College-Palm Beach GardensYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP56%97%95%$4,134
Pasco-Hernando State CollegeYesNoNo$6,229
Pensacola State CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT59%91%83%$5,156
Polk State CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP80%90%100%$8,512
Saint Johns River State CollegeYesNoNo$6,486
Santa Fe CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT79%100%80%$7,760
Southeastern CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$29,575
South Florida State CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT83%86%89%$5,114
St. Petersburg CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT65%99%96%$7,089
State College of Florida-Manatee-SarasotaYesNoNoJRCERT67%96%97%$10,395
Tallahassee Community CollegeYesNoNo$4,093
Valencia CollegeYesYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP75%99%86%$6,804

*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

  • Adventist University of Health Sciences (Orlando)
  • Bethesda College of Health Sciences (Boynton Beach)
  • Broward College-Central Campus (Davie)
  • Broward College-North Campus (Coconut Creek)
  • Eastern Florida State College (Melbourne)
  • Florida SouthWestern State College (Ft. Meyers)
  • Gulf Coast State College (Panama City)
  • Hillsborough Community College (Tampa)
  • Indian River State College (Fort Pierce)
  • Marion Technical College (Ocala)
  • Miami Dade College (Miami)
  • Palm Beach State College-Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens)
  • Pensacola State College (Pensacola)
  • Polk State College (Lakeland)
  • Santa Fe College (Gainesville)
  • South Florida State College (Avon Park)
  • St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg)
  • State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota (Bradenton)
  • Valencia College (Orlando)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Adventist University of Health Sciences (Orlando)
  • Broward College-North Campus (Coconut Creek)
  • Eastern Florida State College (Melbourne)
  • Hillsborough Community College (Tampa)
  • Miami Dade College (Miami)
  • Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale)
  • Palm Beach State College-Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens)
  • Polk State College (Lakeland)
  • Southeastern College (Miami Lakes)
  • Valencia College (Orlando)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Adventist University of Health Sciences (Orlando)
  • Broward College-North Campus (Coconut Creek)
  • Hillsborough Community College (Tampa)
  • Santa Fe College (Gainesville)

Florida Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

UF Health – SHANDS Jacksonville

The University of Florida Health (or UF Health) Shands Teaching Hospital offers a radiologic technology program. Applicants must pass an entrance exam to be accepted, and they must also have completed program pre-requisite courses (including College Algebra and Anatomy & Physiology) with an average grade of “C” or better. The 23-month program is accredited by JRCERT and requires a commitment of at least 40 hours per week from its students, in addition to six to eight hours per week for homework and projects. Only eight to 10 new students are accepted each year and clinical rotations last for three weeks each. The program begins in January of each year.

Tallahassee Community College

Students who successfully complete the radiologic technology program at Tallahassee Community College 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 two-year program requires students to complete radiographic positioning, radiographic pathology, radiation biology, and radiation physics coursework in addition to clinical education at a local medical facility. Clinical rotations are required each semester of the program. Successful applicants to the competitive program begin their studies in the spring semester. All applicants must pass, with a minimum 75% score, the HESI A2 exam, a basic entrance exam covering math, grammar, reading, and vocabulary.

Hillsborough Community College

Graduates of Hillsborough Community College’s 22-month Associate in Science degree in Radiography will be eligible to sit the ARRT certification exam and for licensure in the state of Florida. The school boasts a high pass rate for graduates who have taken the ARRT certification exam over the past five years. Students will complete such radiologic technology coursework as special radiographic procedures, radiographic positioning, and radiographic exposure in addition to doing lab work on campus and in clinical rotations at local medical facilities. Clinical rotations require students to work for 24 hours a week. The radiography program is extremely competitive with 20 students accepted out of an average 100 applicants each year. Applicants are required to complete all prerequisite courses prior to applying for the radiography program, and the GPA from those courses is heavily considered in determining who will be offered a seat in the program. Classes begin in August of every year.

South Florida State College

South Florida State College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Radiography for students who want to pursue a career as a radiologic technologist. Graduates of the 77-credit program will be eligible to sit the ARRT certification exam and will be eligible for licensure in the state of Florida. All radiologic technology students, who typically earn their degree in two years, will complete clinical rotations each semester and will be required to make up any missed time to receive credit for their work. Students of the program are encouraged to join the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, which allows for additional networking and educational opportunities. Prospective applicants may apply for the program between the second week in January and the second Friday in April. All applicants must first complete three prerequisite courses before applying for admission: Anatomy & Physiology, freshman English, and College Algebra.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Florida

Florida requires all radiologic technologists and technicians to become certified by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Radiation Control to work in the state. Radiologic techs must have graduated from an approved radiologic technology program to be eligible to sit for the state exam. Eligible radiology techs will submit an application providing evidence of eligibility and an exam date will be scheduled. To maintain certification in Florida, radiologic technologists and technicians must apply for renewal every two years, complete 12 hours of continuing education, and pay applicable fees. State inspectors routinely inspect X-ray machines and other equipment at medical facilities and, during those inspections, all radiologic techs working at the facility are checked to ensure they hold the appropriate license(s). Radiologic technologists and technicians may also opt to take the ARRT certification exam, which provides them with national certification. As with the Florida state-level license, ARRT certification requires renewal every two years with radiology techs completing 24 continuing education credits and paying applicable fees.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

12.4%

Radiology Techs in Florida from 2016-20243

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity predicts healthy job growth of approximately 12.4% for radiology techs in the state between 2016 and 2024, slightly above the nationwide estimates of 9% job growth for radiologic technologists and technicians between 2014 and 2024.3,4 Radiologic technologist and technician positions tallied 13,675 statewide in 2016, with that number expected to rise to 15,368 by 2024.3 The mean annual wage for radiologic techs in Florida, who typically hold an associate’s degree, was $52,960 in 2016.5 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida has the fourth-highest number of employed radiologic techs in the US.5 Radiologic technologist and technicians generally secure employment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, imaging centers, and other medical facilities in Florida, such as Adventist Health System, Jupiter Medical Center, the University of Central Florida, MedExpress, Holy Cross Hospital of Florida, and West Florida Hospital.

Florida Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Cape Coral-Fort Myers460$58,190
Gainesville360$52,660
Jacksonville940$54,230
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach3,720$54,580
Tallahassee160$48,510

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Student Reviews

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Eastern Florida State College
3865 N Wickham Rd
Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 632-1111
http://www.easternflorida.edu/

Student Review: “Attending the Radiography program at Eastern Florida State College was one of my best decisions. This was an excellent field of study that really opened the door to my healthcare career. After completing my required clinical work, I was allowed to explore other related fields such as mammography, MRI, CT, and Radiation Therapy. The teachers were very easy going and explained all of the information clearly in class. They gave lots of real world examples and allowed us ample time for hands-on practice in the classroom. The hospitals and medical facilities that were available had many techs in the Radiology department that were happy to help the students learn. After graduating I continued my studies to get a Bachelor’s Degree before I started working in the field. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone interested in this field.” – Student at Eastern Florida State College
stars-5

Valencia College
1800 S Kirkman Rd
Orlando, FL 32811
(407) 299-5000
http://valenciacollege.edu/

Student Review: “I am in my second to last semester of the radiologic science bachelors degree at Valencia college and couldn’t be happier. All of my professors have been accessible and friendly, the content is interesting and enriching and I feel it is helping me to not only improve but advance in my current field. I feel in time a bachelors degree will not only be a plus for the profession but it will eventually be mandatory. The education I am receiving is helping me improve my patient care skills, improving my technical abilities and overall helping me to be a better employee and technologist. I recommend this program to anyone and everyone I know, it has been an enriching and enlightening experience for me.” – Student at Valencia College
stars-4

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. Florida Department of Economic Development: http://www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/data-center/statistical-programs/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