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Radiology Technologist Schools in Rhode Island

The following overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Rhode Island offers key information on your options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. Rhode Island’s colleges and universities offer several programs in this field and may offer opportunities for specialized study in areas like sonography. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can offer similar options in a more flexible format and may be a more suitable choice for some individuals. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Read on to discover more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Rhode Island, including a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, and student reviews, as well as career tracks and projections for radiologic technologists and technicians.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 2 schools with radiologic technology degree programs in Rhode Island.1
  • 1 school offers a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 1 school offers 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*: Rhode Island College 47%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Community College of Rhode Island 19%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Rhode Island College $9,145.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Community College of Rhode Island $5,632.1
  • 1 radiologic technology program is 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 Rhode Island

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Rhode Island 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
Community College of Rhode IslandYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP90%92%84%$5,632
Rhode Island CollegeNoYesNo$9,145

*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

  • Community College of Rhode Island (Lincoln)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Community College of Rhode Island (Lincoln)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

As of late 2017, no schools in Rhode Island were accredited by the JRCNMT.

Rhode Island Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College offers two baccalaureate options for study in radiologic technology: a Bachelor of Science in radiologic technology and a Bachelor of Science in radiologic technology on an RT management track. The two programs are very similar in academic requirements; the RT management track includes some additional business and management courses and is intended for students who hope to pursue upper-level management careers in radiology departments. The Rhode Island College radiologic technology program works in partnership with the School of Diagnostic Imaging at Rhode Island Hospital. Students complete two years of general education requirements at college in order to gain a well-rounded education founded in the liberal arts. In their junior and senior years, students take advantage of clinical courses at Rhode Island Hospital including Skeletal Anatomy, Radiographic Procedures, Principles of Radiography, Radiation Physics, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Ethics/Critical Thinking, Radiographic Pathology, and Registry Review. Students also participate in clinical internships at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, University Orthopedics, and Rhode Island Medical Imaging. Although the degree is designed as a full-time academic experience, the program also offers evening accommodations for part-time students.

Community College of Rhode Island

The Community College of Rhode Island offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in radiography through its Flanagan Campus. The 24-month program begins in early summer and consists of six semesters of clinical and didactic study. The mission of the program is to prepare students for professional careers as competent radiographers who demonstrate clinical skill, responsibility, and integrity in their work. Before declaring a major in radiography, Community College of Rhode Island students are expected to complete a series of general education and prerequisite requirements including Algebra for Technology and Introduction to Radiography. Once admitted to the program, students follow a specialized 60-credit curriculum that includes the following coursework: Principles of Radiography, Radiographic Anatomy & Physiology, Patient Care for Radiographers, Sectional Imaging, Quality Assurance in Radiography, Radiation Biology, Radiographic Pathology, and Specimen Collection and Handling for Health Care Professionals. Graduates of the program are prepared with all the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the ARRT certifying exam.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Rhode Island

Radiologic practitioners in the state of Rhode Island must obtain licensure from the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Radiological Health Program. The program works in partnership with the Board of Radiologic Technology, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other medical associations to ensure a statewide standard for licensing. Individuals may receive licenses in radiography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy by submitting an application to the agency and successfully passing the ARRT exam and all other requirements for certification listed by the ARRT for that modality. All radiology licenses must be renewed every two years, which requires 24 hours of continuing education each renewal cycle. Rhode Island also offers a limited x-ray license that may be earned upon successfully passing the ARRT limited scope exam.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in Rhode Island

Projected Job Growth

4.6%

Radiology Techs in Rhode Island from 2014-20243

Radiologic tech employment in Rhode Island is projected to increase by 4.6% during the decade ending in 2024.3 This is slower than the projected national rate of growth for radiologic technologists of 9% during the same time period.4 About 900 radiologic technologists and technicians are employed in the state of Rhode Island, with an average annual salary of $64,410.5 Hospitals that hire radiologic technologists in Rhode Island include Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and Newport Hospital. Rhode Island radiologic technologists and technicians will also find career opportunities with private imaging centers and smaller clinics throughout the state. Such medical facilities include Advanced Radiology Inc., Coastal Medical Imaging, Narragansett Radiology, Northwest Radiology, and Portsmouth Imaging Center.

Rhode Island Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Providence-Warwick900$65,940

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Student Reviews

Community College of Rhode Island: “The radiology program at CCRI is quite demanding. I had no idea as to the sheer volume of information I would need to learn, and in such a short amount of time. There really should be some sort of intro program or an entrance exam. I am also moderately physically disabled, and the program was not designed to accommodate me. I did enjoy the content of the program and feel that it adequately prepares today’s students for a career in radiology. The equipment we trained on was most definitely up to date, and the internship was actually quite fun. I would recommend that anyone joining this program be prepared for an intense, yet satisfying college experience. This course will challenge you, and reward you in the field of radiology.” – Student at Community College of Rhode Island

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. Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training: http://www.dlt.ri.gov/lmi/proj/occprojalpha.htm
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