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Radiology Technologist Schools in Michigan

The radiologic technologist and technician schools in Michigan provide a variety of options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology so that you can start a rewarding career in this field. This overview of colleges and universities in Michigan offering radiologic technologist and technician programs will help you find the information you are looking for to make the right decision for your interests and career goals. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can also be a suitable and potentially more flexible choice. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Read on to learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Michigan and career paths for graduates in the state with our table of top-rated rad tech programs, list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, employment and salary projections, and student reviews.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 22 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Michigan.1
  • 2 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 18 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
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Siena Heights University 47%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Henry Ford College 39%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Concordia University-Ann Arbor $23,106.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Oakland Community College $2,999.1
  • 19 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 Michigan

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Michigan 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
Alpena Community CollegeYesNoNo$3,106
Baker College-Auburn HillsYesNoNoCAAHEP$12,554
Baker College-Clinton TownshipYesNoNoJRCERT100%100%84%$12,554
Baker College-JacksonYesYesNoJRCERT100%81%89%$12,554
Baker College-MuskegonYesNoNoJRCERT89%98%87%$12,554
Baker College-OwossoYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP93%91%88%$12,554
Concordia University-Ann ArborNoYesNo$23,106
Delta CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP72%95%91%$3,499
Ferris State UniversityYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT86%98%82%$13,204
Grand Rapids Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT83%94%87%$4,551
Grand Valley State UniversityYesYesNoCAAHEP$15,904
Henry Ford CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT84%94%88%$3,246
Jackson CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP95%89%89%$7,673
Kellogg Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT90%92%83%$6,217
Lake Michigan CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP77%92%95%$8,090
Lansing Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP86%74%81%$5,217
Macomb Community CollegeYesNoNo$7,894
Mid Michigan Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT76%86%95%$6,746
Mott Community CollegeYesNoNo$5,724
Northern Michigan UniversityYesNoNoJRCERT95%$12,667
Oakland Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP66%98%95%$2,999
Oakland UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT93%$12,198
Siena Heights UniversityYesYesNo$17,519
St. Clair County Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT91%$6,203
University of Michigan-FlintNoYesNoJRCERT88%91%89%$12,257
Washtenaw Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT74%99%94%$3,975
Wayne State UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT100%99%100%$11,910

*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

  • Baker College-Clinton Township (Clinton Township)
  • Baker College-Jackson (Jackson)
  • Baker College-Muskegon (Muskegon)
  • Baker College-Owosso (Owosso)
  • Delta College (University Center)
  • Ferris State University (Big Rapids)
  • Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids)
  • Henry Ford College (Dearborn)
  • Jackson College (Jackson)
  • Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek)
  • Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor)
  • Lansing Community College (Lansing)
  • Mid Michigan Community College (Harrison)
  • Northern Michigan University (Marquette)
  • Oakland Community College (Southfield)
  • Oakland University (Rochester)
  • University of Michigan-Flint (Flint)
  • Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor)
  • Wayne State University (Detroit)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Baker College-Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills)
  • Baker College-Owosso (Owosso)
  • Delta College (University Center)
  • Ferris State University (Big Rapids)
  • Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids)
  • Jackson College (Jackson)
  • Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor)
  • Lansing Community College (Lansing)
  • Oakland Community College (Southfield)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Ferris State University (Big Rapids)

Michigan Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Siena Heights University

A Roman Catholic educational institution, Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan has one of the largest radiologic technology programs in the state. Students enrolled in the radiologic technology program at Siena Heights University earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree upon successful completion of their studies. The program is structured using an “inverted major” model, which means that it builds upon the academic foundations of students who already hold associate’s degrees in radiologic technology. Students combine their previous radiology coursework and hospital training with upper-level coursework in the liberal arts, healthcare management, business, social science, etc. in order to gain the credits necessary for a bachelor’s degree. Many radiologic technology majors at Siena Heights choose to follow the Health Care Management Minor degree plan to complement their major. Students may also earn up to 24 credit hours for ARRT specialty training in areas such as magnetic resonance imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology, computed tomography, or diagnostic medical sonography. To be eligible for the BAS program, students must have either earned their Associated of Applied Science in radiologic technology from the Adrian or Southfield campuses of Siena Heights University or else hold an AAS degree or the equivalent from another qualified educational institution.

Grand Rapids Community College

Radiologic technology students at Grand Rapids Community College earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates of the radiologic technology program at Grand Rapids Community College will be prepared for entry-level positions in radiology departments of medical facilities, government positions, and careers in public health or education. The two-year curriculum consists of a required four semesters and two summer sessions of study and clinical practice. Students take courses such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Radiographic Positioning, Radiographic Exposure, Radiation Protection, Radiographic Poisoning, Survey of Medical-Surgical Diseases, Radiologic Leadership Skills, and Physics of X-Ray. Additionally, students are required to complete five clinical practicums in radiologic technology at one of six hospitals affiliated with the radiologic technology program: Holland Community Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, North Ottawa Community Hospital, Spectrum Health—Blodgett Campus, Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Zeeland Hospital. The department also offers an MRI program in which students can learn MRI-specific skills. The benefits of the Grand Rapids Community College radiology program include low tuition, small classes, and personal advising.

Ferris State University

Ferris State University offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in radiography through its Dental Hygiene and Medical Imaging department in the College of Health Professions. The radiography program lists five learning outcomes expected of all radiography students at the university: (1) students will be clinically competent, (2) students will be able to demonstrate effective and professional communication, (3) students will obtain critical thinking and problem solving skills, (4) students will understand the importance of professional growth and development, and (5) students will have all the skills necessary for entry-level careers as radiographers and radiology technologists. The two-year program includes coursework in the following classes: Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Pathology, Principles of Radiographic Imaging, Pharmacology for Radiographers, Radiology Protection and Biology, Digital Imaging, Public Speaking, and Radiology Management. The curriculum also includes three required clinical practicums in which students gain hands-on experience in a radiology department of a medical facility. To successfully participate in the program and to begin careers as radiographers, students are expected to meet certain physical standards including the ability to work on their feet for most of the day, the ability to lift more than 50 pounds routinely, and the ability to distinguish audible sounds.

Northern Michigan University

Students in the Radiography-Medical Imaging Sciences department at Northern Michigan University work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in radiography. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and is a limited enrollment program with only 20 spots available for each class. Prior to enrollment in the program, students must complete 35 general education credits, with at least 16 of the credits taken at Northern Michigan University. Students complete a 21-month program of study that includes both theory and clinical experience components. The theory aspect of the program includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, pathology, radiation physics, radiation biology, radiation protection, patient care, diagnostic imaging, radiographic procedures, human diversity, and medical ethics. In the first two semesters, students also participate in medical rotations at MGHS, Bell Hospital, Munising Memorial Hospital, and Orthopedic Surgery Associates. For the remaining 3 semesters, students participate in clinical internships in institutions such as Alpena General Hospital, Dickinson County Healthcare System, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, Bay Area Medical Center, and War Memorial Hospital. Depending on the hospital, students may need to relocate for the duration of their internships.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Michigan

A license is not required to operate an x-ray machine in the state of Michigan, nor are there credentialing requirements for operating x-ray machines in the state. However, radiologic technologists practicing in the state in all other modalities must be registered with either the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). Radiologic technologists in Michigan may need to seek additional national certification or credentialing for some specialties, such as nuclear medicine, mammography, and CT. Radiologic technologists must keep documentation supporting their qualifications on file and provide such documentation upon request by LARA or the Michigan Radiation Safety Section.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Michigan

Projected Job Growth

3.5%

Radiology Techs in Michigan from 2014-20243

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget projects 3.5% job growth for rad techs in Michigan in the decade ending 2024, which is lower than the projected national job growth rate of 9% for the same time period.3,4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 6,440 radiologic technologists and technicians employed in Michigan, earning an average yearly salary of $53,020.5 Michigan residents hoping to start careers as radiologic technologists or technicians can consider employment with nationally ranked hospital systems in the state such as University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor, Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Harper University Hospital in Detroit, and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. Other top-ranked hospitals in Michigan include Henry Ford Hospital, Munson Medical Center, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, and Providence Hospital. Individuals may also seek employment in private imaging centers. Some options in Michigan include Advanced Radiology Services in Grand Rapids, Biomagnetics Imaging in Port Huron, Bronson Advanced Radiology Services in Kalamazoo, Contemporary Imaging Associates in Trenton and Livonia, Farmbrook Radiology in Southfield, and McLaren Imaging in Flint.

Michigan Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Ann Arbor500$58,780
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn3,060$52,930
Flint270$49,210
Saginaw180$48,560

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.

Baker College
1050 W Bristol Rd
Flint, MI 48507
(800) 964-4299
https://www.baker.edu/

Student Review: “I studied Radiography at Baker College in Michigan. The program was small, only accepting 22 people per class. The classroom was set up so that there was a lecture area and two mock x-ray rooms set up in the back of the class that students were trained with. The two x-ray rooms had functional x-ray machines. We would practice taking x-rays on dummies, but practice positioning patients and setting up the room with other students. The program was a 2-year course. The curriculum was broken down into a year of classroom teaching and a year out in the hospital with hands on training.” – Student at Baker College
stars-5

Jackson College
2111 Emmons Rd
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 787-0800
https://www.jccmi.edu/

Student Review: “Jackson College’s radiology program has been a great experience for me. The program was designed specifically to prepare you for boards and entering the work field. We were placed in hospital settings and have remained there for two years along with taking classes. This has allowed me to basically receive on the job training from some amazing, experienced technologists. What really has made the program great is our professor Joe. Joe, was just named educator of the year by the ARRT. This was a well deserved honor. I have never had a professor care so much about his students, in both a school setting and personal. He makes sure that he does all he can to help you succeed.” – Student at Jackson College
stars-5

Student Review: “Jackson College’s General Diagnostic Medical Sonography program was more than I could have ever asked for. The professors were very informative and made learning a fun experience. While it was very challenging and demanding program, the tools they give you will help you to succeed. The program director may come off as unapproachable, he isn’t. He doesn’t want to hold your hand through, he wants you to learn the material and understand it vs him give you the answers. You won’t have him out in the real world, he is just preparing you for that. The didactic classes were the best part of the program, I could complete the classwork online in its entirety making it easier to complete this program as a Stay at home mom of 3 children. While this made the harder classes even harder, it made my graduation even more satisfying. This program really does prepare you for the real world for Sonography.” – Student at Jackson College
stars-4

Lansing Community College
309 N Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 483-1957
https://www.lcc.edu/

Student Review: “I enjoyed learning through the MiRIS consortium program through Lansing Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lake Michigan Community College, Mid Michigan Community College, and Grand Valley State University in Michigan. This program prepared me to pass my test to be registered as an MRI Technologist as well as prepared me for my career in radiology. The classwork combined with clinicals prepared me for what everyday work in radiology would be like. I loved being able to take all my classes online- I could work at my own pace and re-watch lectures as many times as I needed. The instructors were very helpful and informative. I never had any issues with downtime or navigating the website. Clinicals were 24 hours a week and close to home. In clinicals I got to actively work on patients within a radiology department and learn my trade hands on. Overall the MiRIS consortium program more than prepared me for my registration testing and the career I have today.” – Student at Lansing Community College
stars-5

Mid Michigan Community College
1375 S Clare Ave
Harrison, MI 48625
(989) 386-6622
https://www.midmich.edu/

Student Review: “Even though the school I attend is not considered to have as strong of a program for radiologic technicians as the other nearby school. I have found that it has done much to not only provide me with a wealth of knowledge I will need for the job but also prepared me with the life skills and connection I will need to secure a position in the field after graduation. There are few people in the program, and the professors are very willing to give personal attention to those who struggle with the work. It is a very in depth and fast-paced program, but it has definitely given me the confidence I need to jump into the career when I graduate.” – Student at Mid Michigan Community College
stars-4

Oakland Community College
2480 Opdyke Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
(248) 341-2000
https://www.oaklandcc.edu

Student Review: “My experience in the Radiologic Technology program at Oakland Community College was great overall. Academically, the first year was very tough. We had to learn a lot of anatomy and physiology, radiation biology and protection. It seemed quite overwhelming when the classes were combined with clinicals, but it got easier when we entered our second year of the program. The professors were great, very informing, respectful of all students, and were always willing to do help in any way. Their teaching style accommodated any type of learning styles that we had. The director of the program was very nice and always kept her door open for any student who needed anything. The program prepared me to become an amazing radiologic technologist who provides quality images to the radiologists for diagnostic purposes, as well as providing quality care to patients.” – Student at Oakland Community College
stars-4

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. Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget: http://milmi.org/datasearch/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