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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
  • 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 9 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
  • 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Allen College 100%, St. Luke’s College 100%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Iowa 21%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Mercy College of Health Sciences $20,585.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Indian Hills Community College $8,762.1
  • 8 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 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 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
Allen CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT94%94%98%
Briar Cliff UniversityNoYesNo$18,818
Eastern Iowa Community College (Scott Community College)YesNoNoJRCERT83%97%90%$9,373
Indian Hills Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT68%95%96%$8,762
Iowa Central Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT63%77%79%$9,229
Mercy College of Health SciencesYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP71%93%100%$20,585
North Iowa Area Community CollegeYesNoNo$8,957
Northeast Iowa Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT56%92%89%$8,872
Northwest Iowa Community CollegeYesNoNo$10,089
St. Luke’s CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT100%93%85%$19,560
University of IowaNoYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT$14,161

*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)
  • 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

  • Allen College (Waterloo)
  • 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.

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

6.7%

Radiology Techs in Iowa from 2014-20243

The Department of Iowa Workforce Development predicts job growth of 6.7% for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state between 2014 and 2024, nearly on par with the expected increase of 9% in radiologic technology positions nationwide during the same time period.3,4 An estimated 2,180 radiologic techs were employed in the state in 2016.5 The mean annual salary for radiologic techs in Iowa as of 2016 was $50,410.5 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$41,900
Des Moines-West Des Moines570$53,760
Dubuque70$55,060
Iowa City200$55,910
Waterloo-Cedar FallsNo data$53,320

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

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. Iowa Labor Market Information Division: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/occupational-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