Radiology Technologist Schools in Nebraska
There is a broad array of options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology in Nebraska. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Nebraska is designed to provide you with the information you need to make the right choice. As an alternative to traditional on-campus learning, you can also consider online radiologic technology schools. Some students find that online programs are a better match to their needs for scheduling flexibility, with reduced commuting time and greater opportunities for accelerated learning. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Continue reading this page to learn more about radiologic technology careers and your options for attending radiologic technologist and technician schools in Nebraska with our table of top-rated rad tech programs, list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, and more.
Radiologic Technology Program Stats
- There are 8 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Nebraska.1
- 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- 6 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
- 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1
- Highest graduation rate*: Nebraska Methodist College 59%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: Western Nebraska Community College 19%.1
- Highest net price per year*: Clarkson College $19,842.1
- Lowest net price per year*: Western Nebraska Community College $6,987.1
- 5 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 Nebraska
We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Nebraska 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|
|CHI Health School of Radiologic Technology||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||92%||96%||100%||—|
|Nebraska Methodist College||Yes||Yes||No||JRCERT, CAAHEP||86%||92%||91%||$18,374|
|Northeast Community College||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$8,079|
|Southeast Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||91%||90%||95%||$8,523|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||No||Yes||Yes||JRCERT, CAAHEP||89%||99%||100%||—|
|Western Nebraska Community College||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$6,987|
*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
- CHI Health School of Radiologic Technology (Omaha)
- Clarkson College (Omaha)
- Nebraska Methodist College (Omaha)
- Southeast Community College (Lincoln)
- University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha)
CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs
- Nebraska Methodist College (Omaha)
- University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha)
JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in Nebraska were accredited by the JRCNMT.
Nebraska Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
University of Nebraska Medical Center
The School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Radiation Science Technology Education (RSTE) offers several different radiation tracks: radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, diagnostic medical sonography, computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging, and vascular interventional technology. The radiography program is the best option for individuals interested in working with x-ray imaging and traditional radiologic technology. Students must first complete 50 credits of specified college prerequisites before entering the 21-month professional program. The radiography program consists of a comprehensive curriculum including lectures, demonstrations, laboratory practices, and clinical experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a bachelor’s degree in Radiation Science Technology and are qualified to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. Graduates also have the option of completing an additional year of study to become certified in a post-primary radiation science program. Students may complete their coursework in any of the medical center’s campuses in Columbus, Grand Island, or Omaha.
Students enrolled at Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska may choose to pursue the Associate of Applied Science degree option in radiologic technology. The program prepares students for national certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and teaches all necessary skills for operating high-tech imaging equipment and providing diagnostic services to patients. The two-year program includes several clinical experiences and courses such as Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Patient Care, Radiation Physics, Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Exposures, Radiation Biology, Radiographic Pathology, Pharmacology for Radiologic Technologists, and Ethical and Cultural Frontiers in the US. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in a dual degree option that allows them to use their associate’s degree to count toward a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging. Students at Clarkson College can take advantage of small class sizes, free tutoring, and the opportunity to work at 18 different clinical sites.
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health
Nebraska Methodist College offers an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology that can be completed in 24 months. A strong liberal arts foundation is coupled with professional training to produce competent entry-level radiologic technologists. A clinical component allows students to work in various healthcare settings in nearby areas, and in the classroom, students have access to a state-of-the-art digital X-ray lab. 80 credit hours are required to graduate, in courses such as Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Imaging, and Advanced Imaging Modalities. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills, critical-thinking skills, professional growth and development, and clinically competency. They will also need to meet certain technical standards proving they are eligible to sit for the AART certification exam.
Southeast Community College
The radiologic technology program at Southeast Community College prepares students for entry-level positions as radiologic technologists by equipping them with the ethical, professional, and clinical skills necessary for professional success. The two-year program consists of both a didactic and a clinical component. The didactic portion of the program may be completed either at the college’s Lincoln campus or online. Required program classes include Diagnostic Imaging Concepts, Radiographic Procedures, Radiation Biology, Specialized Imaging, CT Imaging, Pathophysiology, Diagnostic Imaging Applications, Advanced Patient Care Management, and Senior Seminar. Students may be admitted to the program in either July or January depending on their clinical site. Upon graduation, they are qualified to sit for the ARRT examination.
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Nebraska
Prospective radiologic technologists in Nevada must apply for a license in medical radiography through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The certification process includes a $25 application fee and the successful completion of the ARRT exam or the Nebraska state equivalent. Radiologic science or radiography exams from other states may be acceptable as well if the original state’s standards are equivalent to those of Nebraska or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Qualified Nebraska residents may also choose to obtain a limited x-ray license by passing the ARRT Limited Scope Exam. Limited radiographers are encouraged to take a course to prepare for the examination. Radiologic technologists interested in using fusion imaging must obtain additional nuclear medicine certification from either ARRT or NMTCB. Regardless of whether a practitioner holds a medical radiography license or a limited license, he or she must complete 24 hours in continuing education requirements every two years to renew the license.
Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Nebraska
Projected Job Growth
Radiology Techs in Nebraska from 2014-20242
Radiologic tech employment in Nebraska is projected to increase 9.6% in the decade ending in 2024, which is on par with the projected national average job growth rate for rad techs of 9% during the same time period.3,4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1,610 radiologic technologists and technicians work in Nebraska, with an average annual wage of $52,030.5 Nebraska radiologic technologists seeking employment can consider applying to work at facilities such as Nebraska Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital, Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center, or Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital. Individuals with an education in radiologic technology may also find employment opportunities with radiological imaging centers such as Advanced Medical Imaging in Lincoln, Boystown Imaging Center in Omaha, Dodge Street Radiology in Omaha, Hastings Imaging Center in Hastings, Lincoln Radiology LLC in Lincoln, Medical Imaging Consultants PC in Ralston, and St. Elizabeth Imaging Center in Lincoln.
Nebraska Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs
|City||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Sioux City Metropolitan Area||140||$44,250|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6
Nebraska Radiologic Technologist Career Interview
- Randy Prouty, Chairman of the Board, Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists
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. Nebraska Department of Labor: https://neworks.nebraska.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx
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