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Radiology Technologist Schools in Iowa

Iowa’s colleges and universities offer many options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology, with programs designed for general career tracks in addition to specialty career tracks like radiologic technology quality management. The following guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Iowa provides key information to help you make a decision that is right for you. Online radiologic technologist and technician programs are an alternative to traditional on-campus programs that may also be a good match for your interests and desired career track. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Read more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Iowa and potential career tracks in this field below, where you will find a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, and more.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 13 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Iowa.1
  • 4 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 9 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 3 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 1 school offers 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 Iowa

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Iowa 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
Allen CollegeYesYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP94%95%100%
Briar Cliff UniversityYesYesNo$18,442
Eastern Iowa Community College (Scott Community College)YesNoNoJRCERT82%97%97%$9,697
Indian Hills Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT51%96%98%$7,939
Iowa Central Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT62%77%86%$9,576
Mercy College of Health SciencesYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP80%93%100%$19,095
North Iowa Area Community CollegeYesNoNo$8,603
Northeast Iowa Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT82%87%97%$8,734
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT$10,070
St. Luke’s CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT94%94%94%$21,375
University of IowaNoYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT86%96%100%$15,817

*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

  • Allen College (Waterloo)
  • Indian Hills Community College (Ottumwa)
  • Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge)
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences (Des Moines)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College (Peosta)
  • Northwest Iowa Community College (Sheldon)
  • Scott Community College (Bettendorf)
  • St. Luke’s College (Sioux City)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Allen College (Waterloo)
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences (Des Moines)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • University of Iowa (Iowa City)

Iowa Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Mercy College of Health Sciences features an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program that prepares graduates to begin work as radiologic technologists and to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Graduates of the associate’s program may continue their studies to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science or Health Care Administration. The radiologic technology program spans six semesters and combines intense coursework and clinical rotations. Students typically complete clinical rotations during the day but must work some evening and night shifts in the trauma unit to ensure they are exposed to a variety of medical situations. Admission to the program is highly competitive with 15 students offered a seat each year. Successful applicants begin the program in the summer semester.

St. Luke’s College

St. Luke’s offers an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology and specialty options for licensed, registered radiologic technologists including Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Sonography, and Mammography. Combining classroom teaching and learning with real-world clinical experiences, this RT program requires students to have completed eight hours of job shadowing with a radiologic technologist (at least four at UnityPoint-St. Luke’s) before applying. Courses include Introduction to Radiology & Patient Care, Radiographic Imaging & Fundamentals, Fundamental & Radiologic Physics, Radiographic Pathology, and Advanced Radiographic Imaging, and 79 credit hours are required to graduate. Students are required to show competency in a variety of “essential functions” that include problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to think quickly in stressful situations.

Northwest Iowa Community College

An Associate of Applied Science degree is offered by Northwest Iowa Community College, which takes two years (including summers) to complete. Students take a variety of coursework in radiologic science, gain clinical experience, and complete general studies coursework to complete their degree. Six continuous semesters of classroom/laboratory work and five semesters of clinical education comprise the program. 14 hours each week are spent during students’ second and third semester, while during their last year, 21 hours per week are spent in clinical courses in the fall, 28 in the spring, and 27 in the summer. Clinical experience is obtained across various approved sites, while classroom courses are taught on the NCC campus. Prospective students should possess excellent people skills, a love of care-taking, good communication skills, and a strong background in math and science.

University of Iowa

Students in The University of Iowa’s Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences program can concentrate in one of three areas: radiologic technology and cardiovascular interventional, radiologic technology and computed tomography, and radiologic technology and magnetic resonance imaging. Students in the radiologic technology track will complete general education courses, major coursework, and clinical rotations at local medical facilities, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics system. Students in the program may apply to live in student housing communities with other health sciences majors, have opportunities to study abroad, and can join student organizations. Scholarships may be available for eligible students.

Eastern Iowa Community College

Eastern Iowa Community College’s Scott campus allows students to earn an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology. The two-year program requires students to commit to a minimum of 40 hours a week. Between 20 and 30 of those hours are divided between radiologic technology classes on campus and clinical rotations at an assigned medical facility. The remaining 10 hours are generally devoted to off-campus study. Students will begin their first clinical rotation in the second semester of the program and will complete a clinical internship each semester of the program thereafter. Radiology technology coursework encompasses medical terminology, radiographic terminology, radiographic exposure, film evaluation, and radiation protection and biology. Successful applicants to the program begin their studies in the fall semester.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health requires all radiologic technologists in the state to apply for a permit before working in Iowa. To be eligible for a permit, radiologic technologists must first either take the ARRT certification exam or apply to take a state radiography exam, which is also administered by the ARRT. Radiology techs who have passed the ARRT certification or state exam can then apply for their permit. Renewal of the permit occurs every two years and requires radiologic technologists to complete 24 continuing education credit hours, one credit hour of which must be in radiation protection.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

11.9%

Radiology Techs in Iowa from 2016-20263

Projections are calling for job growth of 11.9% for radiologic technologists and technicians in Iowa between 2016 and 2026, which is in line with the expected increase of 12% in radiologic technology positions nationwide during the same time period.3,4 An estimated 2,230 radiologic techs were employed in the state in 2018.5 The mean annual salary for radiologic techs in Iowa as of 2018 was $53,520.5 Radiologic technologists and technicians generally secure employment in hospitals, imaging centers, doctors’ offices, and other medical facilities. Among the organizations that hire radiology technologists and technicians in Iowa are Sanford Health, Genesis Health System, West Des Moines Medical Imaging, Mercy Medical Imaging and Mercy Hospital, Skiff Medical Center, The University of Iowa hospital system, and UnityPoint Health.

Iowa Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Cedar Rapids220$51,950
Des Moines-West Des Moines570$55,650
Dubuque70$56,120
Iowa City200$56,520
Waterloo-Cedar Falls160$54,960

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2018.6

Student Reviews

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Allen College
1990 Heath St
Waterloo, IA 50703
(319) 226-2000
http://www.allencollege.edu/default.aspx

Student Review: “I had a great experience at Allen College during their Radiography Program. The class sizes are small allowing for a lot of one of one between teacher and student both in lecture and lab. All the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and always answered any questions I had and really took the time to explain areas that I was struggling with until I got it. We attended a wide variety of clinical settings which made it easier to decide which area I wanted to seek employment in after graduating.” – Student at Allen College
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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. 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