Radiology Technologist Schools in Montana
The colleges and universities in Montana offer several radiologic technology programs in general radiologic technology, as well as programs that teach specialized diagnostic imaging techniques such as those used in bone densitometry and interventional radiography. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Montana will help you make an informed choice. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools are another option to consider and may offer greater opportunities for self-directed study and scheduling flexibility. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Continue reading this page to learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Montana with our table of top-rated rad tech programs and list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, as well as additional information about careers in radiologic technology.
Radiologic Technology Program Stats
- There are 4 schools with radiologic technology degree programs in Montana.1
- No schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- 4 schools offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
- No schools offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
- No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1
- Highest graduation rate*: University of Montana 45%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: Montana State University-Billings 24%.1
- Highest net price per year*: University of Montana $13,894.1
- Lowest net price per year*: Flathead Valley Community College $8,298.1
- No 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 Montana
We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Montana 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 Name||Associate’s Imaging Program||Bachelor’s Imaging Program||Graduate Imaging Program||National Accreditation||Completion Rate2*||Credential Exam Pass Rate2*||Job Placement Rate2*||Net Price**1|
|Flathead Valley Community College||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$8,298|
|Highlands College of Montana Tech||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$9,507|
|Montana State University-Billings||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$11,680|
|The University of Montana||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$13,894|
*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
As of late 2017, no schools in Montana were accredited by JRCERT.
CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in Montana were accredited by CAAHEP for diagnostic medical sonography.
JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in Montana were accredited by the JRCNMT.
Montana Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
The University of Montana—Missoula
Students at the University of Montana may work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in radiologic technology through the Department of Health Professions at Missoula College, the two-year professional college of the university. Students interested in the program must first take prerequisite general education courses before applying for admission. The radiologic technology program is competitive and requires a separate application after admittance into the general college. The degree program consists of five semesters of both classroom and clinical instruction. Students also participate in a ten-week clinical rotation between the first and second years. Graduates of the program have gone on to receive job offers at acute care settings, ambulatory care settings, and doctors’ offices, and have also worked in education, management, and sales positions. The program is one of the first university-based radiologic technology degrees in Montana.
Montana State University-Billings
Students in the radiologic technology program at Montana State University-Billings earn an Associate of Applied Science after completing all degree requirements. The program only admits 12 to 16 students a year due to clinical and laboratory space restraints. Because the program is so small, students may only apply once they have already completed a series of prerequisites at the college. Students learn a diverse range of skills and techniques necessary for successful careers in radiography such as the principles of radiation exposure, positioning techniques, how to evaluate malfunctioning equipment, how to evaluate radiographic images, clinical applications, patient care requirements, and relevant computer skills. The plan of study for the program consists of a sequence of required coursework including Patient Care in Radiology, Radiologic Physics, Radiology Positioning Lab, Radiological Technology, Radiobiology/Radiation Protection, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Human Relations. Students are also expected to complete several clinical internships at local medical centers.
Flathead Valley Community College
Located in Kalispell, Montana, Flathead Valley Community College is a public two-year institution. The college offers an Associate of Applied Science degree program in radiologic technology that is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as radiologic technologists. The academic program requires clinical experiences every semester and includes the following coursework: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Math Applications for Allied Health Professionals, Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Principles, Radiologic Physics, Patient Care in Radiology, Radiobiology/Radiation Protection, and Radiographic Registry Review. Upon completion of the radiologic technology program at Flathead Valley Community College, graduates will be qualified in all radiology competencies. They will be trained in procedures such as diagnostic x-rays, CT scans, and digital radiography, will be able to provide patient care in a reflective and empathetic manner, and will be prepared to continue their education in the areas of radiation therapy, ultrasound, MRI, or nuclear medicine.
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Montana
The Montana Board of Radiologic Technologists oversees licensure for radiologic technologists as well as for limited permit x-ray procedures. To receive the limited permit, individuals must submit a $45 application fee and an addition $40 for the original certificate. Individuals must also complete a 104-hour course of study approved by the board which includes clinical competencies in x-ray procedures. They must also successfully pass the ARRT Limited Scope Exam and complete six continuing education hours to be eligible for permit renewal. Individuals who wish to become radiologic technologists must qualify for a license by completing a 24-month course of study in a board-approved radiology program and passing the ARRT examination. A temporary permit may be issued to applicants who have completed the education requirement but have not yet taken the ARRT exam. There is no continuing education requirement for licensed radiologic techs in Montana, though continuing ARRT certification is contingent upon completing 24 hours of continuing education during each two-year renewal period.
Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Montana
Projected Job Growth
Radiology Techs in Montana from 2015-20253
Even though there are relatively few radiology technologists and technicians working in Montana, the job outlook for the field is good; radiology technology has a projected growth rate of 11% by 2025, which is 2 percentage points above the national job growth rate of 9% for rad techs through 2024.3,4 About 790 radiologic technologists and technicians are employed in Montana, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.5 Rad techs in Montana earn an average annual income of $54,420.5 Montana residents wishing to start careers in radiologic technology can seek employment opportunities at various hospitals and medical clinics including Billings Clinic in Billings, Benefis Hospitals in Great Falls, St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, and Community Medical Center in Missoula.
Montana Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs
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Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6
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. Montana Department of Labor & Industry: http://lmi.mt.gov/
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