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Radiology Technologist Schools in Louisiana

Louisiana’s colleges and universities offer a broad array of options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology, including options encompassing specialty areas of practice like radiation therapy and interventional radiography. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Louisiana will help you choose the school that is right for you. As an alternative to traditional on-campus courses, online radiologic technologist and technician courses may also be a suitable choice for continuing your career and education. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Continue reading this page to find profiles of popular programs, a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, and more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Louisiana.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 10 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Louisiana.1
  • 2 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 8 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 2 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Our Lady of the Lake College 47%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Louisiana State University-Eunice 44%, University of Holy Cross 44%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: University of Holy Cross $13,212.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Louisiana State University-Eunice $7,403.1
  • 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 Louisiana

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Louisiana 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
Baton Rouge Community CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$8,302
Delgado Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT97%99%94%$7,990
Louisiana State University-AlexandriaYesNoNoJRCERT64%91%98%$7,981
Louisiana State University-EuniceYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP95%96%99%$7,403
McNeese State UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT83%97%100%$9,978
Northwestern State University of LouisianaNoYesYesJRCERT79%87%100%$11,567
Our Lady of the Lake CollegeYesNoNo$12,552
South Louisiana Community CollegeYesNoNo$8,223
Southern University at ShreveportYesNoNoJRCERT61%85%96%$9,263
University of Holy CrossYesYesNoJRCERT92%100%100%$13,212
University of Louisiana at MonroeNoYesYesJRCERT82%94%87%$9,145

*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

  • Delgado Community College (New Orleans)
  • Louisiana State University-Alexandria (Alexandria)
  • Louisiana State University-Eunice (Eunice)
  • McNeese State University (Lake Charles)
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Shreveport)
  • Southern University at Shreveport (Shreveport)
  • University of Holy Cross (New Orleans)
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Baton Rouge Community College (Baton Rouge)
  • Delgado Community College (New Orleans)
  • Louisiana State University-Eunice (Eunice)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Delgado Community College (New Orleans)

Louisiana Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University confers an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology. Successful applicants to the two-year program begin their studies in the summer semester. In addition to fulfilling general college coursework, radiologic technology majors will complete a full range of radiology technology courses and clinical rotations. Students should expect to spend 40 hours a week between classes on campus and clinical experiences on their studies. Clinical rotations are not permitted to exceed 10 hours per day. Students are assigned clinical rotations at one of the university’s affiliate medical facilities, such as Acadian Medical Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Lafayette, and Mercy Regional Medical Center. Prospective applicants to the program must complete five prerequisite courses in medical terminology, algebra, introductory radiologic technology, human anatomy, and a human anatomy lab prior to applying for the program. No set number of students is admitted each year, although the selection process is competitive.

Our Lady of Holy Cross College

At Our Lady of Holy Cross College, students can earn an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology or a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. Students who have fulfilled the requirements for the associate’s degree will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam and will be prepared to begin entry-level positions as radiologic technologists. The 21-month associate’s program requires students to commit to 40 hours a week with classes and clinical rotations scheduled 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Successful applicants to the program begin in the fall semester.

Delgado Community College

Delgado Community College’s 24-month radiography program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology degree. Students generally complete core college requirements before beginning the coursework and clinical education for the radiology technology program. In addition to clinical rotations, radiologic technology students will complete coursework in pathology and terminology, radiologic positioning, and radiation biology and protection. Applications are due by February 15 of each year with successful applicants starting the program in the fall semester. Graduates are well-prepared to seek entry-level work as radiographers and may also be interested in transferring their associate’s degree work towards a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Louisiana

Radiologic technologists and technicians in Louisiana must be licensed to work in the state. Radiologic techs in private physicians’ offices must be licensed by the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners. The Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners licenses all other radiologic techs. Radiologic technologists and technicians in Louisiana earn their licensure by first becoming certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Radiologic techs seeking ARRT credentials must graduate from an accredited radiology technology program, pass the ARRT exam, and pay all applicable fees. Both the Louisiana license and ARRT certification require renewal every two years. Radiologic technologists and technicians must complete 24 credit hours of continuing education to be eligible for license renewal.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

5%

Radiology Techs in Louisiana from 2014-20243

The Louisiana Workforce Commission predicts a modest job growth rate of 5% for rad techs in the state through 2024, compared to a national average job growth projection of 9% for rad techs during the same time period.3,4 The Louisiana Workforce Commission estimates that 70 new radiologic technologist jobs will open each year, with an average of 20 annual openings due to growth and an average of 50 annual openings due to job vacancies.3 Radiologic technologists and technicians in Louisiana earn average annual wage of $48,230.5 Hospitals, doctors’ offices, medical facilities, and imaging centers all employ radiologic technologists and technicians. Job opportunities in Louisiana include medical imaging jobs with such organizations as Baton Rouge General Hospital, North Oaks Health System, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Diagnostic Imaging Services, Imaging Center of Louisiana, and Lafayette General Medical Center.

Louisiana Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Alexandria120$48,720
Baton Rouge480$49,010
Lafayette270$45,470
New Orleans-Metairie580$52,090
Shreveport-Bossier City370$44,170

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Louisiana Radiologic Technologist Career Interview

  • Joel Hicks, Assistant Professor, Northwestern State University

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. Louisiana Workforce Commission: http://www.laworks.net/LaborMarketInfo/LMI_MainMenu.asp
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