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Radiology Technologist Schools in Massachusetts

The colleges and universities in Massachusetts offer numerous programs for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Massachusetts can help you make an informed decision. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, online radiologic technologist and technician programs can also provide a route to earning your degree or certificate. Some students find these online programs offer a greater degree of flexibility and school-life balance. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. To learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Massachusetts, continue reading this page, where you will find a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, and student reviews.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 18 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Massachusetts.1
  • 4 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 13 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
  • 5 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Boston University 87%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Laboure College 50%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: MCPHS University $37,422.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Middlesex Community College $4,288.1
  • 14 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 Massachusetts

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Massachusetts 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
Boston UniversityNoNoYes$31,539
Bristol Community CollegeYesNoNo$6,251
Bunker Hill Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP85%85%94%$6,710
Holyoke Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT59%93%82%$7,311
Laboure CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT100%83%92%
Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of NursingYesNoNo
Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT92%88%86%$11,576
Massasoit Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT85%92%90%$7,639
MCPHS UniversityNoYesYesJRCERT, JRCNMT85%95%94%$37,422
Middlesex Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP90%76%93%$4,288
North Shore Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT76%93%91%$7,657
Northern Essex Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT84%89%94%$8,674
Quinsigamond Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT83%98%92%$7,215
Regis CollegeYesYesYesJRCERT, JRCNMT92%85%84%$27,777
Roxbury Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT89%91%85%$6,444
Salem State UniversityNoYesNoJRCNMT$16,556
Springfield Technical Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP77%74%88%$8,243
Suffolk UniversityNoYesYesJRCERT86%88%86%$30,498
University of Massachusetts-LowellNoNoYes$18,348

*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

  • Bunker Hill Community College (Boston)
  • Holyoke Community College (Holyoke)
  • Laboure College (Milton)
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College (Framingham)
  • Massasoit Community College (Brockton)
  • MCPHS University (Boston)
  • Middlesex Community College (Bedford)
  • North Shore Community College (Danvers)
  • Northern Essex Community College (Lawrence)
  • Quinsigamond Community College (Worcester)
  • Regis College (Medford)
  • Roxbury Community College (Boston)
  • Springfield Technical Community College (Springfield)
  • Suffolk University (Boston)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Bunker Hill Community College (Boston)
  • Middlesex Community College (Bedford)
  • Springfield Technical Community College (Springfield)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • MCPHS University (Boston)
  • Regis College (Medford)
  • Salem State University (Salem)

Massachusetts Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Massasoit Community College

The Radiologic Technology Program at Massasoit Community College began in 1988 and has graduated over 450 students since its inception. Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT), the rad tech program at Massasoit serves the communities of greater Brockton, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and prepares students for entry-level careers as radiographers who demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving skills, effective communication, and ethical behavior. Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to combine their knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the principles of radiographic exposure in order to work as competent and compassionate radiology technologists or technicians. The 21-month program includes a 12-week clinical experience in the summer between the freshman and sophomore years. Students also complete a series of concentration courses including Radiologic Technology I & II, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, RADT Anatomy/Positioning, Radiation Science I & II, and RADT Advanced Imaging Procedures. Admission to the program is selective and highly competitive.

Bunker Hill Community College

The Medical Radiography Program at Bunker Hill Community College includes two options for completion: a full-time 21-month program and a part-time 35-month program. The part-time option was designed to provide more flexibility for students who have obligations outside of the classroom and cannot commit to a traditional class schedule. Both programs seek to train students for entry-level positions as radiologic technologists and are structured with a diverse multicultural population in mind. The Bunker Hill program has four main learning goals for students including becoming proficient in radiologic clinical procedures, learning to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, learning to express clear verbal and written communication skills, and demonstration of professionalism in clinical practice. Students achieve these goals by learning to evaluate diagnostic images, applying positioning skills and radiation protection, providing patient care, demonstrating verbal and written communication skills in the classroom, and pursuing continuing professional development in clinical settings. Students take a series of courses including Patient Care in Medical Imaging, Positioning, Anatomy/Physiology, Radiologic Imaging, Imaging Technology, Medical Radiography, Principles of Sociology, and Pharmacology of Radiology. Students also participate in clinical experience. The program at Bunker Hill Community College is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Students looking for a more in-depth understanding of radiologic technology should consider the radiography program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Boston. Offered through the School of Medical Imaging and Therapeutics, the 32-month Bachelor of Science in Radiography is an accelerated, year-round degree program that integrates professional coursework, clinical experience, and classroom instruction in the liberal arts, applied sciences, and social sciences. A typical course of study includes the completion of a core curriculum in the first year and more specified coursework in the second and third years. Sample course titles in the curriculum include X-Ray Radiation Physics, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals, Patient Care in Imaging, Health Care Ethics, and Radiographic Procedures. Students also complete radiography internships and clinical rotations at hospital affiliates such as the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Charlton Memorial Hospital, and Tuft’s New England Medical Center. Graduates of the radiography program at MCPHS are eligible to sit for the ARRT exam.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Massachusetts

According to Massachusetts state law, only persons who hold a Radiologic Technology license issued by the Commonwealth may apply radiation treatment to people. To become a radiologic technologist or technician in Massachusetts, applicants must have graduated from an accredited two-year radiology program and have successfully passed either the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam or the Nuclear Medicine Technologists Certification Board (NMTCB) exam. Students who have graduated from a two-year program but have not yet had the opportunity to sit for an exam may be eligible for a one-year temporary license. Initial full licenses, as well as renewal licenses, are valid for a two-year period, during which radiology techs are expected to earn a mandatory 20 hours of continuing education credits (CEUs). CEUs ensure that radiologic technologists and technicians are staying up to date on changes in the medical industry and new technology.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Massachusetts

Projected Job Growth

7.5%

Radiology Techs in Massachusetts from 2014-20243

Radiologic technologist and technician employment in Massachusetts is projected to increase 7.5% during the decade ending in 2024.3 This is comparable to the projected national job growth rate for rad techs of 9% during the same time period.4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 4,340 radiologic technologists and technicians are employed in Massachusetts.5 Massachusetts radiologic technologists earn an average annual income of $71,100, making Massachusetts one of the top-paying states for this field.5 Radiologic technicians and technologists in Massachusetts may find employment at one of the state’s many hospitals such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, Pembroke Hospital, or UMass Memorial Medical Center. Radiology technologists and technicians who prefer to work in imaging centers can consider applying to such employers as Alliance Imaging Inc., Bay Radiology, Beth Israel Radiology, BIH Radiologic Foundation, Cape Diagnostic Imaging, or Radiology Associates of Norwood.

Massachusetts Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Barnstable Town100$78,900
Boston-Cambridge-Newton2,500$74,430
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton140$72,540
Framingham150$73,130
Peabody-Salem-Beverly170$69,560

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Student Reviews

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Middlesex Community College
591 Springs Rd
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 280-3200
https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/

Student Review: “The RT program at Middlesex Community College was an excellent experience for me. It truly prepared me to become at RT(R). The coursework was very in-depth but the professors made it so that almost all students followed along and really understood the material. When it came time to take the registry exam, I scored a 96 because I was able to retain all of the anatomical, physiological, and scientific information that was drilled into me over the course of the two-year program. The sites in which we interned were also top notch and provided most of the students with jobs after graduation. The MCC program for Radiologic Technology was truly a blessing in my life, and allowed me to have the lucrative career I have today.” – Student at Middlesex Community 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. Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development: http://lmi2.detma.org/lmi/Occupation_projection_a.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