Radiology Technologist Schools in Oregon
The colleges and universities in Oregon offer numerous options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology, whether you are interested in general radiologic technology or specialized practice areas like computed tomography or radiation therapy. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Oregon provides key information on your options so that you can make the right choice. You may also find that online radiologic technologist and technician schools are a good choice based on your interest areas and scheduling needs. Read about the difference between radiologic technologists and radiology technicians. Learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Oregon below, where you will find a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, and career projections for radiologic techs.
Radiologic Technology Program Stats
- There are 5 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Oregon.1
- 3 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- 3 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
- 2 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
- Highest graduation rate*: Oregon Institute of Technology 47%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: Treasure Valley Community College 20%.1
- Highest net price per year*: Oregon Institute of Technology $16,425.1
- Lowest net price per year*: Portland Community College $7,082.1
- 2 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 Oregon
We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Oregon 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|
|Linn-Benton Community College||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$10,432|
|Oregon Health & Science University||No||Yes||No||JRCERT||100%||95%||88%||—|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||No||Yes||No||CAAHEP||—||—||—||$16,425|
|Portland Community College||Yes||No||No||JRCERT||90%||100%||93%||$7,082|
|Treasure Valley Community College||Yes||No||No||—||—||—||—||$11,974|
*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
- Oregon Health & Science University (Portland)
- Portland Community College (Portland)
CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs
- Oregon Institute of Technology (Klamath Falls)
JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in Oregon were accredited by the JRCNMT.
Oregon Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
Portland Community College
Portland Community College’s Associate of Applied Science degree program in radiography is JRCERT-accredited. The 27-month program begins in the summer term and includes on-campus classroom learning and clinical education in affiliated Portland-area hospitals and medical facilities. The AAS degree consists of a minimum of 119 credits including 16 general education credits. The radiography curriculum includes the following courses: Radiographic Positioning I-V, Methods of Patient Care, Radiographic Equipment I & II, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Principles of Exposure I & II, Radiation Protection & Biology, Radiographic Image Production, Applied Radiography Topics, Survey of Medical Imaging Diseases, and Advanced Imaging Modalities. The program also includes a course on radiography registry review. For students interested in advancing their radiology education, Portland Community College also offers more specialized certificate programs such as a CT technologist training program and an MRI technologist training program.
Linn-Benton Community College
Radiologic science students at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Imaging. The 22-month program prepares students to sit for the ARRT certification exam and to begin careers as imaging professionals. Each academic class is limited to a sequenced cohort of 25 students. Students attend class and clinical training for a full 40 hours per week for the duration of the program. The program curriculum includes the following coursework: Radiographic Procedures and Positioning, Exposure/Production, Radiation Protection, Radiation Biology, Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences, Fluoroscopy, Pharmacology for Imaging, Radiographic Pathology, and Basic Principles in Computed Tomography. The diagnostic imaging department also offers a distance learning option for students enrolled at affiliated Oregon community colleges. Diagnostic imaging students are highly encouraged to meet with an academic planning advisor to help them create an individualized plan of study.
Oregon Institute of Technology
Students at the Oregon Institute of Technology can earn a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science either at the Institute’s Klamath Falls location or online. The online academic program is designed for individuals who already work as registered radiologic technologists and want to further their education by developing advanced skills in specific focus areas such as mammography or MRI. The online distance learning program offers significant flexibility, as radiologic technologists can continue to work full-time and complete the degree at their own pace. Students enrolled in the on-campus program are required to take courses in four to five of the following radiologic modalities: cardiovascular interventional technology, computed tomography, fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, radiography, portable radiography, and quality assurance and control. Students participate in clinical rotations at nearby Sky Lakes Medical Center and learn through hands-on laboratory exercises using x-ray machines and a range of other professional imaging equipment. Upon graduation, students are prepared not only to work as entry-level radiology technologists but also to find employment in the advanced specialized modalities they studied.
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Oregon
Those who wish to work as radiologic technologists or technicians in Oregon must submit a completed license application to the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging (OBMI). The OBMI offers licensing for Limited X-Ray Machine Operators, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, radiography, and sonography. For all licenses, individuals are expected to have appropriate formal education and pass a state exam in the area of specialty for which they are applying. Exams from other states may be accepted if the original state’s standards are equivalent to those of the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging. Licensed radiology techs in Oregon must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years in order to be eligible for license renewal. The Oregon Board of Medical Imaging offers an annual calendar of approved continuing education opportunities.
Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Oregon
Projected Job Growth
Radiology Techs in Oregon from 2014-20243
Radiologic technologist and technician employment in Oregon is projected to increase by 11.5% in the decade ending in 2024.3 This is slightly above the national job growth projection of 9% for rad techs over the same time period.4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 2,110 radiologic technologists and technicians work in the state of Oregon, earning a mean annual wage of $68,780.5 Top-ranked state hospitals that hire radiologic technologists include Oregon Health and Science University, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center, Providence Portland Medical Center, St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center, Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, and Salem Hospital. Recent radiology graduates may also find employment opportunities at private imaging centers, orthopedic practices, cancer centers, and smaller clinics. Examples include Ashland Community Hospital, Cascade Medical Imaging LLC, Gresham Imaging Center, Medford Open MRI, Neuro Spine Institute, Oregon Advanced Imaging, and Orthopedic Fracture Clinic.
Oregon Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs
|City||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
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. The State of Oregon Employment Department: https://www.qualityinfo.org/
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