Radiology Technologist Schools in Idaho
There are a variety of colleges and universities in Idaho that offer programs in radiologic technology. These programs include options for earning a general degree or certificate as well as options for pursuing specialty practice areas like radiation therapy. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Idaho provides information to help you compare your options. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools are other options and a potentially more flexible alternative to traditional on-campus programs. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Discover more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Idaho with a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, profiles of popular programs, student reviews, and further in-depth information by reading below.
Radiologic Technology Program Stats
- There are 6 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Idaho.1
- 2 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- 5 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
- Highest graduation rate*: Eastern Idaho Technical College 57%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: Boise State University 26%, Lewis-Clark State College 26%.1
- Highest net price per year*: Idaho State University $13,301.1
- Lowest net price per year*: College of Southern Idaho $7,065.1
- 5 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 Idaho
We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Idaho 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|
|Boise State University||Yes||Yes||No||JRCERT, CAAHEP||95%||100%||96%||$11,711|
|College of Southern Idaho||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||92%||89%||100%||$7,065|
|Eastern Idaho Technical College||No||No||No||—||—||—||—||$7,824|
|Idaho State University||Yes||Yes||No||JRCERT||100%||98%||94%||$13,301|
|Lewis-Clark State College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||94%||97%||98%||$11,296|
|North Idaho College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||—||100%||91%||$7,268|
*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
- Boise State University (Boise)
- College of Southern Idaho (Twin Falls)
- Idaho State University (Pocatello)
- Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston)
- North Idaho College (Coeur d’Alene)
CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs
- Boise State University (Boise)
JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in Idaho were accredited by the JRCNMT.
Idaho Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
College of Southern Idaho
The College of Southern Idaho allows students to complete their Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology in only 22 months. The five-semester program, which includes a short summer session between the first and second academic years, requires students to complete a full range of coursework in general education and radiologic technology. Students receive hands-on experience through clinical rotations at three local hospitals, working a total of 1,170 hours over the course of the program. On-campus coursework will cover radiographic procedures, image analysis, imaging and processing, and radiation protection. Courses will be enhanced by work in the on-campus labs. Applications for the program are due June 1.
North Idaho College
Graduates of North Idaho College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiography Technology program will be prepared for entry-level positions as radiologic technologists and will be eligible to sit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. In addition to general education requirements and radiologic technology courses, the two-year program requires students to complete a series of clinical rotations at affiliated institutions such as Bonner General Hospital, Mountain Health Care, and St. John’s Lutheran Hospital. The first two semesters require students to work at a clinical rotation two to three days a week, with that time increasing to three to four days a week for the remainder of the program. Students will be required to work evening and weekend shifts, which are typically less than 10% of the clinical experience. The radiology tech program is competitive with applicants in the running for a spot required to complete a personal interview on campus. Successful applicants begin the program in the fall semester.
Idaho State University
Idaho State University allows students to earn both an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science in Radiography. The associate’s program spans three years and the bachelor’s program, which prepares students for managerial positions, takes four years to complete. Students who have completed the necessary requirements for the Associate of Applied Science will then be eligible to sit the ARRT exam. Upon acceptance into the program, students are assigned a clinical rotation facility and will work at that facility throughout the duration of the program. In the past, students have completed clinical rotations at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical, Madison Memorial Hospital, Bingham Memorial Hospital, and Portneuf Medical Center. Clinical rotations are combined with intensive coursework to prepare students for a career in radiology technology.
Boise State University
Boise State University prepares students for a career in radiologic technology with its Bachelor of Science in Radiography program. Students can choose to emphasize in medical sonography, computed tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging. Classroom coursework will be enhanced by time in the on-campus lab and during clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities. Students will complete a well-rounded curriculum that focuses on both traditional radiography (analog) and current technology (digital). The program, which requires students to complete 30 credits in prerequisite courses prior to applying, is competitive with a maximum of 24 students accepted each year. Boise State also offers an imaging sciences bachelor’s degree completion program that can be completed online.
Lewis-Clark State College
Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) offers a three-year Associate of Science in Radiographic Science program that prepares students for the ARRT certification exam and to start a career in the field of diagnostic imaging. The 99 credit program includes courses in Patient Care in Radiography, Radiographic Methods, Special Procedures, and Applied Radiography. During the first two semesters, students take classes on campus on Mondays and Wednesdays and then attend clinical training at assigned clinical sites during the rest of the program. The program accepts 18 students per year and applications are due on April 1st.
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Idaho
Idaho does not have specific licensing or certification requirements for radiologic techs in the state. However, employers typically look for candidates who possess ARRT certification. ARRT certification allows radiologic techs to work in all states in the United States, provided techs meet state requirements, if applicable, for certification. Radiologic technologists and technicians who hold ARRT certification must complete 24 continuing education credits and pay associated fees every two years to renew their certification.
Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs
Projected Job Growth
Radiology Techs in Idaho from 2014-20243
The Idaho Department of Labor predicts 10% growth in available jobs for radiologic technologists and technicians between 2014 and 2024, slightly higher than the projected national average job growth rate for rad techs of 9%.4 Approximately 820 radiologic technologists and technicians worked in Idaho as of 2016, earning an average annual salary of $53,080.5 Idaho Medical Imaging, Portneuf Medical Center, Intermountain Healthcare, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center are among the hospitals, imaging centers, physicians’ offices, and medical facilities that hire radiologic technologists and technicians in Idaho.
Idaho Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs
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Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6
Idaho Radiologic Technologist Career Interview
- Candice Moore, President, Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists
Boise State University
1910 W University Dr
Boise, ID 83725
Student Review: “Boise State University Radiology Technology program was the best in the west. The program was highly respected of other universities because of the nature of the program. The first year was a hard one. It was literally to weed out the weak links. Our program wanted the best and that’s what they got. It was highly competitive to get into. Each semester we had to learn a variety of different things and one particular teacher is the reason I learned the most. She was hard but there was a reason, to make it when you take your boards you pass. All the professors and faculty were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The program had the reputation to show employers that you are a good hire.” – Student at Boise State University
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. Idaho Department of Labor: http://lmi.idaho.gov/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