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Radiology Technologist Schools in Pennsylvania

This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Pennsylvania will provide you with important information to inform your choice on where to pursue a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. There are numerous radiologic technology programs available in Pennsylvania from general practice to specialty practice areas such as nuclear medicine and fluoroscopy. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools also offer a variety of programs and may be a more suitable match for some individuals based on course availability, scheduling flexibility, and options for self-directed study. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Read on to continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Pennsylvania with our table of top-rated rad tech programs, list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, and more information about possible career paths for radiologic techs in the state.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 31 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Pennsylvania.1
  • 6 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 24 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 8 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 2 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Misericordia University 74%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Alvernia University 37%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Drexel University $39,021.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Butler County Community College $4,292.1
  • 19 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 Pennsylvania

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Pennsylvania 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
Alvernia UniversityYesNoNo$24,675
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaYesYesYes$16,027
Bucks County Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT70%93%93%$7,760
Butler County Community CollegeYesNoNo$4,292
Clarion University of PennsylvaniaYesYesNo$17,972
Community College of Allegheny County-AlleghenyYesNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT86%85%79%$8,385
Community College of Allegheny County-BoyceYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP85%77%94%$8,385
Community College of Beaver CountyYesNoNo$8,960
Community College of PhiladelphiaYesNoNoJRCERT65%100%96%$5,949
Drexel UniversityYesNoNo$39,021
Gannon UniversityYesNoNoJRCERT77%100%100%$22,003
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT92%88%83%$24,254
Harcum CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT71%73%79%$20,507
Harrisburg Area Community College-HarrisburgYesNoNoCAAHEP$9,701
Harrisburg Area Community College-LancasterYesNoNoJRCERT87%93%94%$9,701
Holy Family UniversityYesYesNoJRCERT67%99%92%$15,611
Johnson CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT81%83%94%$18,059
Lackawanna CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$16,113
La Roche CollegeNoYesNo$22,426
Mansfield University of PennsylvaniaYesNoNoJRCERT73%98%95%$17,080
Misericordia UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP61%97%93%$24,715
Montgomery County Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT83%98%90%$7,904
Mount Aloysius CollegeYesYesNoCAAHEP$22,241
Northampton County Area Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP89%91%92%$7,488
Pennsylvania College of Health SciencesYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT82%85%98%$30,549
Pennsylvania College of TechnologyYesNoNoJRCERT83%93%87%$22,011
Pennsylvania Highlands Community CollegeYesNoNo$4,564
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New KensingtonYesNoNoJRCERT70%92%90%$13,521
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State SchuylkillYesNoNoJRCERT59%97%87%$15,772
Reading Hospital School of Health SciencesYesNoNo$19,079
Robert Morris UniversityNoYesNoJRCNMT$24,536
Thomas Jefferson UniversityNoYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT88%92%100%
Washington Hospital School of Radiologic TechnologyYesNoNo
Westmoreland County Community CollegeYesNoNo$5,814
Widener UniversityYesNoNo$28,335
York College PennsylvaniaNoYesNo$22,318

*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

  • Bucks County Community College (Bristol)
  • Community College of Allegheny County-Allegheny (Pittsburgh)
  • Community College of Allegheny County-Boyce (Monroeville)
  • Community College of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
  • Gannon University (Erie)
  • Gwynedd Mercy University (Gwynedd Valley)
  • Harcum College (Bryn Mawr)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College (Lancaster)
  • Holy Family University (Philadelphia)
  • Johnson College (Scranton)
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Sayre)
  • Misericordia University (Dallas)
  • Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell)
  • Northampton County Area Community College (Bethlehem)
  • Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (Lancaster)
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington (New Kensington)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill (Schuylkill Haven)
  • Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Community College of Allegheny County-Boyce (Monroeville)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg)
  • Lackawanna College (Scranton)
  • Misericordia University (Dallas)
  • Mount Aloysius College (Cresson)
  • Northampton County Area Community College (Bethlehem)
  • Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (Lancaster)
  • Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Community College of Allegheny County-Allegheny (Pittsburgh)
  • Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (Lancaster)
  • Robert Morris University (Moon Township)
  • Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia)

Pennsylvania Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College offers a 23-month certificate program in Medical Imaging across six consecutive semesters, with classes beginning each May. Students learn radiography through a mix of in-class, laboratory, and clinical activities that emphasize patient care, radiation protection, and technical skills. The curriculum includes classes such as Radiation Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Radiographic Pathology, Image Production and Evaluation, and Contrast Media Procedures. All classes take place on the Lower Bucks campus, while clinical experiences take place at Pennsylvania clinics and hospitals. Graduates of the Medical Imaging Program are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam, and the program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Bucks County Community College also offers online certificates in Advanced Medical Imaging for professionals who have experience in medical imaging.

Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University offers radiology programs at several of its campuses including at Penn State—Hershey, Penn State—Schuylkill, and Penn State—New Kensington. The Penn State—New Kensington program begins in the fall semester and consists of 24 months of consecutive study, including summer sessions. Upon graduation, students receive an Associate of Science degree in radiological sciences and are qualified to take the ARRT professional certification exam. The program is a full-time experience with generally alternating days of clinical internship and academic study. Students take classes such as Patient Care, Biology & Protections, Procedures, Exposure, Radiology Pathology, Radiographic Physics, Introduction to Ethics, Pharmacy and Drug Administration, and Registry Prep. Program participants fulfill their clinical requirements at Allegheny medical centers, Butler Memorial Hospital, or West Penn Hospital. In order to gain a more holistic academic foundation, students in the radiological sciences program at Penn State—New Kensington balance their radiology education with general education requirements in humanities, arts and sciences, and communication skills.

Community College of Philadelphia

The diagnostic medical imaging program at the Community College of Philadelphia is a 76-credit academic experience designed for completion within 24 months including summer sessions. Students in the program participate in seven clinical education experiences at affiliated hospitals. Under the supervision of department faculty members and clinical staff, students gain professional experience in various hospital departments including the emergency room, the operating room, the CT department, and the interventional radiology department. Students also learn how to do portable x-ray examinations. Because clinical experiences involve contact with children, students must successfully pass a criminal background check before admission to the program. In the classroom setting, students complete a specialized curriculum including the following courses: Image Production and Evaluation, Intro to Radiologic Physics, Patient Care and Procedures, Radiographic Osteology and Pathology, Anatomy and Physiology, Radiographic Equipment and Operation, Advanced Imaging/Computer Modalities, Radiation Biology and Protection, and Angiographic/Interventional Procedures.

Drexel University

The radiologic technology department at Drexel University has two options for undergraduate study in radiology: an associate of science degree and a bachelor’s degree. The associate of science degree allows students to learn basic professional skills in general radiology and to gain exposure to specialty areas of radiology such as magnetic resonance imaging, cardiovascular imaging, and nuclear medicine. The program was ranked as a Top Associate Degree Program by the Philadelphia Business Journal and has a five-year average ARRT exam pass rate of 84%. Students in the associate degree program participate in multiple clinical practicums and take courses such as Principles of Radiographic Exposure, Methods of Patient Care, Radiologic Procedures, Anatomy & Physiology, Clinical Health Informatics, Radiologic Physics, Cross Sectional Anatomy, Radiation Biology, Medical Imaging, Pathology, Principles of Radiation Protection, Quality Assurance, and Registry Review. The bachelor’s program focuses on invasive cardiovascular technology and provides intensive specialized training in cardiovascular imaging.

Gannon University

Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gannon University is a private Catholic university with around 4,200 students. The radiologic sciences program at Gannon is a 24-month associate degree program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The first year of the program is considered an introductory year. Students fulfill general education requirements including Gannon University’s Liberal Studies Core, a required academic curriculum that reflects the university’s commitment to Catholic values. First-year students also take a series of introductory radiology courses and also participate in a clinical rotation to learn about different departments in hospitals that require radiology technologists. The last 15 months of the program are tailored toward professional development, during which students focus on clinical competency by continuing clinical rotations in conjunction with advanced radiology coursework. Graduates of the program are prepared to pass the ARRT exam and begin careers in radiologic technology. The program also provides a strong foundation for advanced study in radiologic specialties such as magnetic resonance imaging, sonography, computed tomography, radiation therapy, and radiology education.

Johnson College

Located in Scranton, Johnson College offers an Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology which takes 73 credit hours to complete. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam and begin entry-level careers in radiologic technology. Major courses in the program include Radiologic Positioning, Radiologic Nursing Procedures, Advanced Medical Imaging, and Radiologic Pathology. Students additionally complete 1,320 hours of clinical practicum under the supervision of faculty and licensed practitioners. Admission to the program is competitive and is based on completion of course prerequisites, test scores, and cumulative GPA. Over the past five years, program graduates have reported competitive pass rates on the ARRT radiography exam and high job placement rates. The Radiologic Technology program at Johnson College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Pennsylvania

Radiology technologists and technicians in Pennsylvania may obtain certification through the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. To practice radiology in a clinical setting, individuals must sit for a state examination in their specialized area; radiology areas include radiography, nuclear medicine technology, and radiation therapy technology. Pennsylvania also offers limited scope examinations in radiography—thorax and extremities and radiography—skull and sinuses. Individuals may also take the ARRT exam to qualify for licensing. There are no mandatory continuing education requirements for radiology techs in Pennsylvania.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Pennsylvania

Projected Job Growth

4.4%

Radiology Techs in Pennsylvania from 2014-20243

Pennsylvania offers ample opportunities for recent radiology program graduates. The average salary for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state is $56,880 per year.4 Radiology tech employment in Pennsylvania is projected to grow 4.4% through the decade ending in 2024.3 With an estimated 10,120 rad techs working in the state as of 2016, Pennsylvania also has the fifth-highest employment level for radiologic technologists in the US.5 Radiology technologists and technicians can consider employment opportunities at Pennsylvania’s many imaging centers. Some options include Adams Diagnostic Imaging in Gettysburg, Image Radiology Group in Pittsburgh, Cedar Crest Imaging in Allentown, Hamot Imaging Center in Erie, Lebanon Diagnostic Imaging in Colebrook, and Medical Imaging Associates LP in Philadelphia. Radiology techs will also find career opportunities in the 253 hospitals in the state, including Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania, and Mercy Health System.

Pennsylvania Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Altoona130$52,140
Erie260$47,770
Harrisburg-Carlisle440$53,260
Johnstown80$47,400
Lancaster310$56,260
Philadelphia1,890$66,170
Pittsburgh2,390$48,990
Scranton-Wilkes–Barre-Hazleton460$64,460

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Pennsylvania Radiologic Technologist Career Interview

  • Sharon Miller, President, Pennsylvania 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. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry: http://www.workstats.dli.pa.gov/Pages/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