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Radiology Technologist Schools in New Mexico

There are numerous programs to choose from to earn a degree in radiologic technology in New Mexico that can help you start a career in this field. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in New Mexico provides key information to support your decision on where to attend school. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can also be an alternative to traditional on-campus programs for students seeking greater flexibility and less time commuting to courses. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians on our Careers page. Continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in New Mexico with our table of top-rated rad tech programs, list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, profiles of popular programs, salary and employment projections, and more below.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 8 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in New Mexico.1
  • 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 8 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 1 school offers 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*: University of New Mexico Main Campus 44%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Northern New Mexico College 34%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: University of New Mexico Main Campus $11,230.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Central New Mexico Community College $4,118.1
  • 3 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 New Mexico

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in New Mexico 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
Central New Mexico Community CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$4,118
Clovis Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT83%100%88%$7,466
Dona Ana Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP83%81%100%
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell CampusYesNoNo$7,107
New Mexico State University-Dona AnaYesNoNo$5,753
Northern New Mexico CollegeYesNoNo$6,271
Santa Fe Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT$9,569
University of New Mexico-Main CampusYesYesNoCAAHEP$11,230

*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

  • Clovis Community College (Clovis)
  • Dona Ana Community College (Las Cruces)
  • Santa Fe Community College (Santa Fe)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Central New Mexico Community College (Albuquerque)
  • Dona Ana Community College (Las Cruces)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)

New Mexico Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences program designed for students who are completing an entry-level radiography program or registered radiographers and nuclear medicine technologists who want to further their education. The program has both a full-time option and a part-time option designed for students who wish to continue working as they complete their degree. Students choose a concentration in either radiography or nuclear medicine and pick an emphasis in management, computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine imaging, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The degree equips students with the skills to carry out advanced diagnostic procedures or to take on management and teaching roles in the field of radiologic technology. The program may be completed online and includes some of the following courses: Human Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Medical Imaging Theory, Physics of Computed Tomography, Patient Care, Medical Language Systems Review, Computing for Business Students, Biology for Health Related Sciences, and Current Moral Problems.

New Mexico State University—Doña Ana Community College

Doña Ana Community College is a two-year pre-professional institution in the New Mexico State University academic system. The radiologic technology program at DACC has been training radiologic technologists and technicians in New Mexico since 1978. Students in the program learn the basics of anatomy and physiology along with the skills necessary to successfully carry out radiographic procedures. Students in the program complete a sequential radiologic science curriculum including courses such as Radiographic Positioning, Radiographic Imaging, Special Radiologic Modalities, Radiographic Physics & Equipment, Radiographic Pathology, Radiographic Anatomy & Physiology, Radiation Biology and Protection, and Radiographic Image Critique. Along with classroom instruction and clinical internships, students participate in laboratory activities to practice proper patient positioning and other skills. Program participants also have the opportunity to join the college’s Radiologic Technology Club, a social and networking organization for radiology students. The program is welcoming to English language learners.

Clovis Community College

Students in the radiologic technology program at Clovis Community College earn an Associate of Applied Science degree upon successful completion of their studies. Students in the program enjoy the advantage of instruction by a qualified and professional faculty, small classes, clinical opportunities at multiple diverse medical settings, lab instruction, and x-ray practice, as well as access to state-of-the-art radiology equipment. The program curriculum consists of a total of 78 credits and includes the following courses as requirements: Fundamentals of Radiography, Radiographic Positioning, Patient Care, Radiobiology, Radiation Protection, Radiographic Pathology, Radiographic Imaging, Radiographic Physics, Special Radiographic Processes, and Seminar in Radiologic Technology. In addition, students are expected to complete five distinct clinical experiences (one for each semester of study). Upon graduation from the program, students are qualified to sit for the ARRT exam and work in entry-level positions as radiologic technologists.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in New Mexico

New Mexico residents who hope to become radiologic technologists must typically earn licensure from the Radiation Control Bureau run by the New Mexico Environment Department. The state offers licenses for radiologist assistants, radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, and fusion imaging. For all licenses, individuals must pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Exam or a state exam with equivalent standards. New Mexico also offers a limited license for radiologic practitioners or x-ray machine operators. To obtain a limited license, individuals must either attend a state-approved training program or successfully pass the ARRT limited scope exam. To remain valid, radiologic technology licenses must be renewed every two years, and radiologic techs must complete 20 hours of continuing education to qualify for license renewal.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in New Mexico

Projected Job Growth

7.2%

Radiology Techs in New Mexico from 2014-20243

Radiologic technologist and technician employment in New Mexico is projected to increase 7.2% in the decade ending in 2024, slightly below the national average estimate for job growth of 9% during the same time period.3,4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 1,280 radiologic techs are currently employed in New Mexico, earning a mean annual salary of $58,170.5 Graduates of radiologic technology programs in New Mexico can consider employment at University of New Mexico Hospital, Heart Hospital of New Mexico, or Presbyterian Hospital. Radiologic technologists and technicians in New Mexico may also find employment opportunities at private radiology and imaging centers such as Alamogordo Imaging Center in Alamogordo, El Camino Imaging Center in Albuquerque, Las Cruces Imaging LLC in Las Cruces, Northwest Imaging Center in Albuquerque, Santa Fe Imaging LLC in Santa Fe, and X-Ray Associates at Santa Fe. Radiologic technologists and technicians are also usually in demand at orthopedic practices and cancer centers.

New Mexico Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Albuquerque720$59,790
Las CrucesNo data$51,880
Santa Fe110$58,280

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

New Mexico Radiologic Technologist Career Interview

  • Chandra Gerrard, Vice President, New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists

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. New Mexico Workforce Connection: https://www.jobs.state.nm.us/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