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, together with 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.
- 43 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
- 21 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
- 36 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
- 3 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
- Highest graduation rate: Dade Medical College-Miami Lakes, 100%.1
- Highest transfer out rate: Saint Johns River State College, 21%.1
- Highest net price per year: Fortis College-Winter Park, $25,900.1
- Lowest net price per year: Indian River State College, $1,978.1
- Highest student population: Miami Dade College, 63,736.1
- Lowest student population: Advance Science Institute, 27.1
- Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in Florida: $12,440-$16,452.2
Continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Florida and popular programs by reading more below.
JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs
The following not-for-profit programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on
Education in Radiologic Technology for radiography as of 2014.
Adventist University of Health Sciences (Orlando)
Bethesda College of Health Sciences (Boynton Beach)
Cambridge College of Healthcare and Technology – Delray Beach (Delray Beach)
Eastern Florida State College (Cocoa)
Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly Edison State College) (Ft. Myers)
Gulf Coast State College (Panama City)
Halifax Health Medical Center (Daytona Beach)
Hillsborough Community College – Dale Mabry Campus (Tampa)
Indian River State College (Fort Pierce)
Lakeland Regional Medical Center (Lakeland)
Marion County School of Radiologic Technology (Ocala)
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
Miami Dade College – Medical Center Campus (Miami)
Palm Beach State College (Palm Beach Gardens)
Pensacola State College – Warrington Campus (Pensacola)
Polk State College (Winter Haven)
Santa Fe College (Gainesville)
SHANDS Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
South Florida State College (Avon Park)
St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg)
St. Vincent’s Medical Center (Jacksonville)
State College of Florida – Manatee-Sarasota (Bradenton)
Valencia College (Orlando)
West Boca Medical Center (Boca Raton)
Florida Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
UF Health – SHANDS Jacksonville
The University of Florida Health (or UF Health) Shands Teaching Hospital offers a School of 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 40 hours per week of 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 100% 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 are 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 are checked to ensure they maintain licensing. Radiologic technologists and technicians may also opt to take the ARRT certification exam, which provides them with national certification. Like with the Florida 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
Radiology Techs in Florida from 2010-20203
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity predicts healthy job growth, of approximately 19.04%, for radiology techs between 2012 and 2020 which is on par with the nationwide estimates of 28% job growth for radiologic technologists and technicians between 2010 and 2020.3,4 Radiologic technologist and technician positions tallied 15,047 statewide in 2012 with that number expected to rise to 17,913 in 2020.3 The average annual wage for radiologic techs, who typically hold an associate’s degree, was $51,380 in 2012.5 Radiologic technologist and technicians generally secure employment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, imaging centers, and other medical facilities in Florida, such as Jupiter Medical Center, the University of Central Florida, MedExpress, Holy Cross Hospital of Florida, and West Florida Hospital.
Florida Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs
|City||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers||410||$58,670|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach||3,390||$52,250|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=FL&sort=best
3. Florida Department of Economic Development: http://www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/data-center/statistical-programs/employment-projections
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-6
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm