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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, summaries of available programs, and more below.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 37 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Illinois.1
  • 8 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 29 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 7 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

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 100%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Roosevelt University 47%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Roosevelt University $27,418.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Wabash Valley College $1,311.1
  • 25 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 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 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
Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic TechnologyYesNoNoJRCERT100%98%93%
Carl Sandburg CollegeYesNoNo$2,281
College of DuPageYesNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT, CAAHEP76%96%85%$7,178
College of Lake CountyYesNoNoJRCERT86%99%90%$4,715
Danville Area Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT93%84%100%$4,464
Elgin Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT88%100%94%$4,552
Heartland Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT82%95%95%$5,957
Illinois Central CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT78%99%92%$9,093
John A. Logan CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$3,942
John Wood Community CollegeYesNoNo$7,465
Joliet Junior CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$4,208
Kankakee Community CollegeYesNoNo$5,644
Kaskaskia CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT77%94%90%$5,355
Kishwaukee CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT100%88%84%$6,198
Lewis UniversityNoYesNo$20,232
Lincoln Land Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT75%98%100%$6,762
Malcolm X CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT75%84%98%$5,436
Moraine Valley Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT84%81%90%$4,848
National Louis UniversityNoYesNo$13,650
National University of Health SciencesNoNoYes
North Central CollegeNoYesNo$24,236
Oakton Community CollegeYesNoNo$6,606
Olney Central CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT42%82%86%$1,793
Parkland CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT67%96%96%$7,268
Rend Lake CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT56%77%88%$6,631
Resurrection UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT
Richland Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT75%100%92%$4,463
Roosevelt UniversityNoYesNo$27,418
Rush UniversityNoYesNoCAAHEP
Sauk Valley Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT79%96%93%$5,740
South Suburban CollegeYesNoNo$5,298
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Associate’s)YesYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP100%82%100%$17,149
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Bachelor’s)YesYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP100%$17,149
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Master’s)YesYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP100%97%99%$17,149
Southwestern Illinois CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT78%97%87%$6,740
Trinity College of Nursing & Health SciencesYesNoNoJRCERT93%97%90%
Triton CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT, CAAHEP69%91%90%$5,085
University of St. FrancisNoYesNoJRCERT86%$17,968
Wabash Valley CollegeYesNoNo$1,311
Wilbur Wright CollegeYesNoNo$3,685
William Rainey Harper CollegeYesNoNo$6,952

*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)
  • Northwestern College (Bridgeview)
  • 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)
  • Rush University (Chicago)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)
  • Triton College (River Grove)

Illinois Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

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 a 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.

Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College’s radiologic technology program, which leads to an Associate of Science degree, requires a full-time commitment from students. The program spans 21 months with successful applicants beginning their first courses in the fall semester. Students will spend time on campus and at affiliated hospitals and medical facilities each semester of the program. The summer semester, however, only requires students to complete a clinical rotation of 40 hours a week. Clinical rotations take place at one of 13 sites in such surrounding communities as Lansing, Charlotte, Hastings, St. Johns, and Howell, and all students will complete their clinical rotations at two different facilities during the course of the program. The competitive program accepts a maximum of 28 students a year with applications due on May 1.

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 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

1.5%

Radiology Techs in Illinois from 2014-20243

The Illinois Department of Employment Security predicts modest growth of 1.5% for radiologic technologists in the state between 2014 and 2024.3 An estimated 149 radiology tech positions should open each year with 11 jobs as the result of growth and 138 from vacated positions.3 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates higher job growth of 9% 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 4,090 reported working in this area as of 2016.5 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
Bloomington120$51,390
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin5,280$65,360
Danville60$58,380
Peoria260$54,060
Springfield240$56,640

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Illinois Radiologic Technologist Career Interview

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

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. Illinois Department of Employment Security: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Employment_Projections.aspx
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