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Radiology Technologist Schools in South Carolina

There are a variety of radiologic technology programs available in South Carolina that can help you earn a degree or certificate in this field. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in South Carolina will help you compare your options so that you can make an informed decision. You may find that online radiologic technologist and technician schools are another option that provide a match for your interests and career goals. Some students also find that online programs are more flexible than traditional on campus programs. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician programs in South Carolina and career information for graduates by reading below, where you will find a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, and more.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 11 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in South Carolina.1
  • 6 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 11 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • No schools offer 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*: Horry-Georgetown Technical College 23%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Midlands Technical College 35%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Piedmont Technical College $8,904.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Florence-Darlington Technical College $3,401.1
  • 11 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 South Carolina

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in South 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
Aiken Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT79%84%89%$3,411
Florence-Darlington Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT76%97%100%$3,401
Greenville Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP82%97%93%$7,208
Horry-Georgetown Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP75%96%95%$7,655
Midlands Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT53%100%100%$6,028
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT69%100%100%$7,367
Piedmont Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT84%93%94%$8,904
Spartanburg Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT58%100%86%$3,429
Technical College of the LowcountryYesNoNoJRCERT81%98%100%$4,585
Trident Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT86%81%79%$7,616
York Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT67%100%100%$8,656

*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

  • Aiken Technical College (Graniteville)
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College (Florence)
  • Greenville Technical College (Greenville)
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College (Myrtle Beach)
  • Midlands Technical College (Columbia)
  • Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College (Orangeburg)
  • Piedmont Technical College (Greenwood)
  • Spartanburg Community College (Spartanburg)
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry (Beaufort)
  • Trident Technical College (Charleston)
  • York Technical College (Rock Hill)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Greenville Technical College (Greenville)
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College (Myrtle Beach)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Midlands Technical College (Columbia)

South Carolina Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Midlands Technical College

Students enrolled in the radiologic sciences associate’s degree program at Midland Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina take a series of didactic courses including Anatomy & Physiology, Patient Care Procedures, Applied Radiography, Radiographic Anatomy, Radiographic Imaging, Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Physics, Selected Radiographic Topics, Selected Imaging Topics, and Fluoroscopic Procedures. One of the benefits of the curriculum is that it offers opportunities to gain exposure to medical imaging specializations such as bone densitometry, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, and radiation oncology. Students also train in hospital radiology departments, where they have the chance to learn more about topics in trauma, surgery, and fluoroscopy. To participate in the clinical aspects of the program, students must meet certain technical standards such as the ability to lift heavy weights and stand for long periods of time. The degree program prepares students to pass the ARRT exam and begin careers as certified radiographers.

Greenville Technical College

Students in the radiologic technology program at Greenville Technical College earn an Associate in Applied Science degree upon graduation. The 88-credit program is divided into two distinct phases: a general education phase and a professional phase. Phase I of the program takes place the first year of study and consists of a series of general education and introductory courses such as Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Introduction to Sociology, and Public Speaking. Phase II of the program begins in the fall of the sophomore year and continues for five semesters including a summer session. Students take radiology-specific courses such as Radiology Patient Care Procedures, Radiographic Imaging, Applied Radiography, Radiographic Physics, Radiation Biology, Introduction to Computed Tomography, Radiographic Pathology, and Selected Imaging Topics. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and also meets the educational standards laid out by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Greenville Technical College also offers medical imaging programs in computed tomography, diagnostic medical sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and mammography.

Trident Technical College

Located in Charleston, South Carolina, Trident Technical College offers an Associate in Health Science degree in radiologic technology. The 83-semester hour degree program prepares students for clinical careers as radiographers. The program seeks to foster professional and intellectual growth by encouraging students to advance their problem solving and communication skills through didactic study, and by imparting practical professional knowledge through clinical experiences in medical facilities. It is recommended that students take courses in the academic plan in a set sequence. Required courses include Patient Care Procedures, Radiographic Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Radiographic Imaging, Radiographic Procedures, Radiographic Pathology, Radiation Biology, Interpersonal Communication, and Selected Imaging Topics. Trident radiologic technology students fulfill their clinical requirements at one of the following medical institutions: East Cooper Regional Medical Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Roper/St. Francis, Trident Health System, or Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in South Carolina

Radiologic technologists and technicians in South Carolina must apply for certification through the South Carolina Radiation Quality Standards Association. The association offers certifications in the following categories: radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, computed tomography, and bone densitometry operator. Individuals may also obtain limited practice certification for different areas of radiography and for peripheral bone densitometry operation. To become certified, radiologic techs must successfully pass the ARRT exam or its equivalent and must submit an application to the South Carolina Radiation Quality Standards Association with a $50 certification fee along with all necessary documentation, including proof of graduation from an accredited radiologic technology education program. Once certified, radiology techs must apply for license renewal every two years, which is contingent upon completing 24 hours of continuing education.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in South Carolina

Projected Job Growth

0.8%

Radiology Techs in South Carolina from 2014-20243

Radiologic tech employment in South Carolina is projected to increase only slightly through 2024, with projections calling for 248 added jobs for a job growth rate of 0.8%.3 The national job growth outlook for rad techs is more positive, with a job growth projection of 9% for the same time period.4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3,390 radiologic technologists and technicians work in South Carolina, earning an average annual salary of $51,210.5 South Carolina is home to roughly 90 hospitals; top area hospitals include Medical University of South Carolina, Greenville Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital, McLeod Health, Roper Hospital, and AnMed Health. Radiologic technologists and technicians in South Carolina can also consider employment opportunities at local diagnostic imaging centers and radiology practices such as Anderson Diagnostic Imaging in Starr, Beaufort Imaging Center in Beaufort, Carolina Forest Imaging Center in Myrtle Beach, Carolinas Diagnostic Imaging in Tega Cay, East Cooper Imaging in Mt. Pleasant, and Mountainview Medical Imaging in Seneca.

South Carolina Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Charleston-North Charleston550$57,400
Columbia740$49,280
Florence260$52,830
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin450$51,280
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort200$49,160
Spartanburg380$49,240

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

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. SC Works: https://jobs.scworks.org/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