Radiology Technologist Schools in Illinois

The colleges and universities in Illinois offer a broad array of programs in radiologic technology, including general programs as well as options for pursuing specialized practice areas such as vascular radiography, sonography, and computed tomography. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Illinois will help you make the right decision on where to attend school. As an alternative to traditional on-campus courses, you can also consider online radiologic technologist and technician schools, which some students find to be a better match to their scheduling needs. Learn about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Read more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Illinois with our table of top-rated rad tech programs, list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, student reviews, summaries of available programs, and more below.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 39 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Illinois.1
  • 14 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 30 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 8 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 2 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

For not-for-profit schools with radiologic technology programs.

Credentialing Exam Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Medical Imaging Schools in Illinois

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Illinois on a variety of factors. You can sort the table by clicking on any header. 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
Benedictine UniversityNoYesNo$24,039
Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic TechnologyYesNoNoJRCERT100%97%95%
Carl Sandburg CollegeYesNoNo$1,695
College of DuPageYesNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT, CAAHEP63%94%100%$6,349
College of Lake CountyYesNoNoJRCERT86%100%92%$4,275
Danville Area Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT86%75%100%$4,796
Elgin Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT63%100%97%$4,580
Heartland Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT50%97%94%$8,037
Illinois Central CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT72%99%92%$8,749
John A. Logan CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$6,441
John Wood Community CollegeYesNoNo$7,174
Joliet Junior CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$4,162
Kankakee Community CollegeYesNoNo$6,248
Kaskaskia CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT90%92%92%$5,233
Kishwaukee CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT85%89%90%$6,827
Lewis UniversityNoYesNo$19,967
Lincoln Land Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT62%98%100%$6,076
Malcolm X CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT63%87%100%$4,751
Moraine Valley Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT77%81%86%$4,828
National University of Health SciencesNoNoYes
North Central CollegeNoYesNo$25,037
Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineNoNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT89%96%100%$26,099
Olney Central CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT69%82%94%$3,176
Parkland CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT94%95%100%$7,627
Rend Lake CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT55%78%97%$7,963
Resurrection UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT82%
Richland Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT58%100%95%$5,127
Roosevelt UniversityNoYesNo$26,098
Rush UniversityNoYesNoCAAHEP
Sauk Valley Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT75%95%92%$6,721
South Suburban CollegeYesNoNo$5,840
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Associate’s)YesYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP100%83%100%$16,431
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Bachelor’s)YesYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP83%98100%$16,431
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Master’s)YesYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP96%95%100%$16,431
Southwestern Illinois CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT97%95%94%$6,200
Trinity College of Nursing & Health SciencesYesNoNoJRCERT71%91%100%
Triton CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT, CAAHEP68%90%97%$5,207
University of St. FrancisNoYesNoJRCERT73%$18,766
Wilbur Wright CollegeYesNoNo$3,969
William Rainey Harper CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP76%99%95%$6,616

*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

  • Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic Technology (Quincy)
  • College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)
  • College of Lake County (Grayslake)
  • Danville Area Community College (Danville)
  • Elgin Community College (Elgin)
  • Harper College (Palatine)
  • Heartland Community College (Normal)
  • Illinois Central College (Peoria)
  • Kaskaskia College (Centralia)
  • Kishwaukee College (Malta)
  • Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield)
  • Malcolm X College (Chicago)
  • Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills)
  • Olney Central College (Olney)
  • Parkland College (Champaign)
  • Rend Lake College (Ina)
  • Resurrection University (Chicago)
  • Richland Community College (Decatur)
  • Sauk Valley Community College (Dixon)
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Carbondale)
  • Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville)
  • Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Rock Island)
  • Triton College (River Grove)
  • University of St. Francis (Joliet)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)
  • John A. Logan College (Carterville)
  • Joliet Junior College (Joliet)
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago)
  • Rush University (Chicago)
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Carbondale)
  • Triton College (River Grove)
  • William Rainey Harper College (Palatine)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago)
  • Triton College (River Grove)

Illinois Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

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Danville Area Community College

Danville Area Community College offers a radiology program leading to an Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology. The career-based curriculum includes courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Atypical Radiologic Procedures, Radiographic Pathology, and Special Topics in Radiologic Technology. During the course of study, students also learn about patient positioning and care, radiation safety and exposure, and digital imaging. Learning takes place both in the classroom and during clinical education that is supervised by licensed technologists working at medical facilities affiliated with the college. Graduates of the program are prepared to begin entry-level work as radiologic technologists or enter advanced training for post-primary imaging such as CT. Danville Area Community College’s radiologic technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and program graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam.

Southwestern Illinois College

Graduates of Southwestern Illinois College’s Associate of Science in Radiology Technology program will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam and to begin working in an entry-level radiologic technologist position. The program generally takes two years to complete with students enrolled full-time year-round. Successful applicants begin the program during the summer, completing their coursework during the day at the Belleville campus. Clinical rotations take place at local hospitals and medical facilities with students working between 15 and 20 hours each week during the fall and spring semesters. Students must work at a clinical rotation each summer for 30 hours a week. Applications must be submitted between September 1 and December 1 of each year.

South Suburban College

South Suburban College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiology Technology program requires students to complete 72 credit hours of prerequisite and program requirements. Students generally earn their degree in seven semesters, with one of the two summer semesters dedicated to clinical rotation. Successful applicants begin their studies in the summer and must complete all prerequisite courses prior to starting the program. Students will spend their first summer and fall semesters focusing exclusively on program coursework before beginning their clinical rotations at a local affiliated hospital or medical facility. Program coursework covers radiographic fundamentals, radiographic procedures, radiobiology, and radiographic pathology.

College of DuPage

The College of DuPage offers a two-year radiography program. These courses provide a complete scholastic and clinical education for a career in radiography. Beginning with the summer semester, the program takes approximately 24 months to complete. Graduates may earn a national certification after successfully passing a national certification exam. To achieve the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging Radiography degree, studentsĀ are required to earn 72 credit hours, with 66 credit hours in radiography and six credit hours in general education. The radiography program has a limited enrollment of approximately 40 students per year and an early admission deadline of February 28th. The college also offers advanced certificates in Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography, and Radiation Therapy.

Sauk Valley Community College

Sauk Valley Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program requires 73 credit hours to complete, of which 53 credit hours are in the radiologic technology major. Program admission is competitive, and the priority deadline for applying to the program is March 1 for entry in the following fall semester. Sauk Valley Community College also offers a Computed Tomography certificate program for those who have graduated from an accredited radiography or nuclear medicine program. Sauk also has a cooperative agreement with the College of DuPage for sonography. Sonography degree or certificate options are available.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Illinois

All radiology technologists and technicians must be accredited by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s Division of Nuclear Safety to be eligible to work in the state. Radiologic techs must have completed an accredited radiology technology program, pass a state exam, fill out an application, and pay all applicable fees to earn their accreditation. Renewal requires 24 continuing education credit hours every two years. However, radiology techs who maintain certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) will be considered to have completed those 24 credit hours. Radiologic technologists and technicians may also opt for national certification through the ARRT. ARRT-certified radiology techs can work anywhere in the United States, provided they meet individual state requirements. Radiologic technologists with ARRT certification must renew that certification every two years by completing 24 credit hours of continuing education courses and paying the renewal fee.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth


Radiology Techs in Illinois from 2016-20263

Estimates predict modest growth of 1.8% for radiologic technologists in Illinois between 2016 and 2026.3 An estimated 380 radiology tech positions are expected to open each year, which includes both newly created jobs and replacements.3 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates higher job growth of 12% for radiologic techs nationwide in the same 10-year period.4 The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metropolitan area is home to one of the highest concentrations of employed radiologic technologists in the US, with 5,940 rad techs reported working in this area as of 2018.5 Radiologic technologists and technicians typically find work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, medical facilities, and imaging clinics. Companies that hire radiologic techs in Illinois include McDonough District Hospital, Advocate Health Care, Hospital Sisters Health System, Northwest Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Medicine Center, and Rush University Medical Center.

Illinois Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL250$56,510

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2018.6

Illinois Radiologic Technologist Career Interview

  • Mary Messengill, Past Secretary, Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists

Student Reviews

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College of Lake County
19351 W Washington St
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-2000

Student Review: “The Medical Imaging program at the College of Lake County was a specialized degree program that very obviously had a lot of time and money dedicated to the learning equipment, faculty, and curriculum. I felt like I was in a very professional environment and had confidence that my instructors were beyond knowledgeable and experienced in the trade. We had specific courses that addressed a lot of the nuances of the profession that aren’t obvious to the patient or public eye; patient care was heavily emphasized and even the basics of billing insurance were addressed. I appreciated that the primary focus was equally distributed between the science behind x-ray technology and patient care, it made me more respectful of why we have certain procedures and rules no matter what environment you’re working in, hospital or clinic. The few things I would improve on would be accessibility–entrance to the program was very competitive and limited, and I feel as though there was a lot of students who dropped out over the few years and were never replaced. Overall, I had a wonderful experience that gave me the confidence to be a compassionate and able radiographer.” -Student at College of Lake County

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. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
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 2018 Occupational Employment and Wages, Radiologic Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm