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Radiology Technologist Schools in North Carolina

There are numerous radiologic technology degree and certificate programs available in North Carolina, with options for pursuing studies in general radiologic technology as well as studies in specialized radiologic technology like magnetic resonance and nuclear medicine. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in North Carolina provides key information on your options. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools are another option which may suit your interests and career goals in a flexible study format. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in North Carolina on this page, where you will find a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, employment and salary projections, and student reviews.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 26 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in North Carolina.1
  • 4 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 24 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 1 university 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*: Carolinas College of Health Sciences 100%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Cape Fear Community College 43%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Carolinas College of Health Sciences $21,895.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Cleveland Community College $454.1
  • 24 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 North Carolina

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in North Carolina 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
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP88%100%97%$8,356
Cabarrus College of Health SciencesYesNoNo$14,068
Caldwell Community College and Technical InstituteYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT75%79%99%$11,295
Cape Fear Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP72%100%93%$8,778
Carolinas College of Health SciencesYesNoNoJRCERT72%100%98%$21,895
Carteret Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT67%97%95%$13,132
Catawba Valley Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT100%100%95%$9,608
Central Piedmont Community CollegeYesNoNo$7,461
Cleveland Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT67%89%89%$454
Edgecombe Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT70%86%95%$7,719
Fayetteville Technical Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT70%96%85%$3,157
Forsyth Technical Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT89%97%94%$5,402
Guilford Technical Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT83%$10,483
Johnston Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP59%97%90%$6,736
Lenoir Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT66%96%100%$7,646
Pitt Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP79%100%96%$5,660
Randolph Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT81%81%95%$8,120
Robeson Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT90%93%95%$8,932
Rowan-Cabarrus Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT77%100%99%$4,780
Sandhills Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT69%96%95%$10,611
South Piedmont Community CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$6,242
Southwestern Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP92%91%100%$6,566
Stanly Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT40%96%96%$7,584
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNoYesNoJRCERT87%97%100%$10,077
Vance-Granville Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT66%94%95%$5,273
Wake Technical Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT68%100%89%$8,771
Wilkes Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT60%$5,801

*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

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (Asheville)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (Hudson)
  • Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington)
  • Carolinas College of Health Sciences (Charlotte)
  • Carteret Community College (Morehead City)
  • Catawba Valley Community College (Hickory)
  • Cleveland Community College (Shelby)
  • Edgecombe Community College (Rocky Mount)
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College (Fayetteville)
  • Forsyth Technical Community College (Winston-Salem)
  • Guilford Technical Community College (Jamestown)
  • Johnston Community College (Smithfield)
  • Lenoir Community College (Kinston)
  • Pitt Community College (Greenville)
  • Randolph Community College (Asheboro)
  • Robeson Community College (Lumberton)
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (Salisbury)
  • Sandhills Community College (Pinehurst)
  • Southwestern Community College (Sylva)
  • Stanly Community College (Locust)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill)
  • Vance-Granville Community College (Creedmoor)
  • Wake Technical Community College (Raleigh)
  • Wilkes Community College (Wilkesboro)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (Asheville)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (Hudson)
  • Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington)
  • Forsyth Technical Community College (Winston-Salem)
  • Johnston Community College (Smithfield)
  • Pitt Community College (Greenville)
  • South Piedmont Community College (Monroe)
  • Southwestern Community College (Sylva)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (Hudson)
  • Forsyth Technical Community College (Winston-Salem)

North Carolina Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine offers several options for academic study in radiology through its Department of Allied Health Sciences. For students interested in pursuing entry-level positions in radiography and radiologic technology, the school offers a 20-month Certificate in Radiography program. The program includes a clinical rotation component along with courses that cover the following topics: radiographic procedures, imaging equipment and analysis, radiation biology and protection, patient care, medical terminology, and medical ethics. Students who want to reach a more advanced level of radiologic education should consider enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging program. The program integrates liberal arts philosophies with professional education to create a curriculum that promotes critical thinking and intensive communication skills. Along with extensive clinical experiences, students take courses such as Pathophysiology, Radiographic Imaging, Integrated Principles of Radiologic Analysis, Radiologic Health Physics, Research in Radiologic Science, Professional Communications and Interactions, Leadership in Radiologic Science, and Issues in the Radiologic Practice Environment. The university also offers a Radiologic Assistant program, which awards a Master of Science degree that combines online learning and clinical opportunities.

Carolinas College of Health Sciences

Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Carolinas College of Health Sciences offers a JRCERT-certified program in radiologic technology. After successful completion of the program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates of the program also have a 100% first-time pass rate for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam. The two-year program includes the following courses: Applied Radiography, Medical Terminology, Radiation Physics, Imaging, Radiation Protection, General Psychology, Contemporary Issues, and Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology. One of the advantages of the Carolinas College of Health Sciences program is that it focuses not only on basic radiography but also on more advanced imaging practices such as magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, radiation therapy, and ultrasound. Through the clinical practicum component of the program, students receive more than 1350 hours of clinical practice in medical settings.

Forsyth Technical Community College

Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Forsyth Technical Community College is a two-year public learning institution with a traditional student body of over 11,000 students and over 30,000 additional students enrolled in its continuing education programs. The radiography program at Forsyth Tech is a five-semester academic program that includes both classroom study and clinical rotational experiences. Students enrolled in the program are required to complete a radiography core along with all general education requirements for the college. Required radiography courses include: Radiography Intro & Patient Care, Radiographic Procedures, Anatomy & Physiology, Radiographic Imaging, Radiographic Physics, Radiobiology/Protection, Interpersonal Psychology, Image Analysis, and a radiography capstone in the final semester of study. The total number of credit hours for the program is 73. The program has limited enrollment, and students are selected based on grades in related coursework and any additional clinical training they have. Students must be CPR certified while enrolled in the program.

Cape Fear Community College

Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Cape Fear Community College is the fifth-largest community college in the state. Despite an overall enrollment of around 27,000 students each year, the college’s radiography program is limited to only 18 students per academic class. Students enrolled in the program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree over the course of five semesters. The program is full-time, and students are expected to commit 40 hours a week to coursework and clinical experiences. Cape Fear radiography students complete 75 credits of major requirements including the following courses: Intro to Patient Care and Radiography, Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Imaging, Radiographic Physics, Radiobiology Protection, Radiographic Quality Management, and Radiography Capstone. Students participate in clinical experiences with a selection of local medical affiliates such as Cape Fear Hospital, Delaney Radiology, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Dosher Memorial Hospital, and Wilmington Health Associates. In the past five years, an average 99% of graduates passed the ARRT exam on their first attempt and 71% of graduates found employment within six months of graduation.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in North Carolina

Radiologic technologists are not required to be licensed by or registered with a licensing board in North Carolina, although there is support within the state to secure legislation that would set training and licensure requirements for medical imaging professionals. Radiologic technologists in North Carolina may find expanded job opportunities by becoming certified in their modalities through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or equivalent organizations. At the present time, each medical imaging facility in the state sets its own training and evaluation requirements. Additionally, operators of mammography imaging equipment should meet the requirements of the federal Mammography Quality Standards Act, as the Radiology Compliance Branch of the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation uses this act to evaluate staff and equipment compliance during mammography inspections.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in North Carolina

Projected Job Growth

12.6%

Radiology Techs in North Carolina from 2014-20243

Radiology tech employment in North Carolina is projected to increase 12.6% in the decade ending in 2014.3 In comparison, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), radiologic technologists and technicians have a 9% projected rate of job growth nationally.4 With around 7,440 radiologic technologists employed in North Carolina, job opportunities are good for aspiring radiology techs in the state.5 On average, radiologic technologists and technicians in North Carolina earn $56,860 per year according to BLS data.5 North Carolina radiology technologists and technicians can take advantage of employment opportunities at some of the state’s university-run medical centers; top university-affiliated hospitals in the state include Duke University Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and University of North Carolina Hospitals. Other top hospitals include High Point Regional Hospital, Durham Regional Hospital, First Health Moore Regional Hospital, Mission Hospital, Rex Healthcare, and Carolinas Medical Center. North Carolina is also home to many private imaging centers such as Access Medical Imaging, Cabarrus Radiologists, Delaney Radiologists, Morehead Imaging Center, and Onslow Radiology Center.

North Carolina Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Asheville490$49,600
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia1,540$55,410
Fayetteville260$53,560
Greensboro-High Point510$58,890
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach190$48,310
Raleigh990$65,520
Wilmington310$56,850

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Student Reviews

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Central Piedmont Community College
1141 Elizabeth Ave
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 330-2722
https://www.cpcc.edu/

Student Review: “Earning my Associate’s Degree in Radiologic Technology from Central Piedmont Community College was truly a pleasure. I got to see, study, and learn how to work with and use all of the latest technologies and features that are aligned with my new careers’ skill set. The professors were all very affable and helpful, as were the other students. Luckily for me, Central Piedmont Community College (or just CPCC, as well all know and call it) has a specialized program in their Radiologic Technology degree path. This specialized sub-field is called non-invasive cardiology technology, also known as cardiac ultrasound sonography. The program is a rare opportunity for students to specialize in the well-paying field of cardiovascular imaging.” – Student at Central Piedmont 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. North Carolina Employment Security Commission: http://www.nccommerce.com/lead/data-tools/occupations/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