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Radiology Technologist Schools in Tennessee

There are numerous colleges and universities in Tennessee through which you can earn a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. The following overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Tennessee provides the information you need to make an educated choice. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can also provide avenues for earning a degree or certificate and may offer greater flexibility, reduced commuting times, and opportunities for independent study that can be a match for your educational needs. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Read on to discover further information about careers in radiologic technology and radiologic technologist and technician schools in Tennessee, including a table of top-rated rad tech programs and a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 9 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Tennessee.1
  • 1 school offers a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 6 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 4 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

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 72%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Southern Adventist University 29%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Southern Adventist University $21,540.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Southwest Tennessee Community College $3,927.1
  • 10 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 Tennessee

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Tennessee 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
Austin Peay State UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT89%92%98%$12,688
Baptist Memorial College of Health SciencesNoYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT100%80%90%$9,626
Chattanooga State Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT88%100%83%$6,971
Columbia State Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT84%93%95%$6,806
East Tennessee State UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT82%99%92%$14,915
Jackson State Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT100%96%98%$7,383
Roane State Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT90%92%97%$7,849
Southern Adventist UniversityNoYesNo$21,540
Southwest Tennessee Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT96%81%79%$3,927
University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville (Certificate Only)NoNoNoJRCERT100%98%100%$20,780
Volunteer State Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP97%96%100%$6,005

*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

  • Austin Peay State University (Clarksville)
  • Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (Memphis)
  • Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga)
  • Columbia State Community College (Columbia)
  • East Tennessee State University (Elizabethton)
  • Jackson State Community College (Jackson)
  • Roane State Community College (Oak Ridge)
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College (Memphis)
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville (Knoxville)
  • Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (Memphis)
  • Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga)
  • Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (Memphis)
  • Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga)

Tennessee Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer State Community College features a two-year program leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students must first complete general education requirements, which generally takes two semesters, prior to applying to and beginning the radiology technology program, which combines intensive radiology coursework with clinical rotations. Students should be prepared to be on campus or at a clinical rotation Monday through Friday. Students will also complete a 32 hour per week clinical rotation during the summer between the first and second year of the program. The summer clinical rotation requires students to work, in addition to typical day shifts, designated weekend and evening shifts. Successful applicants to the program are notified of their acceptance in July and will begin the program in August.

Southwest Tennessee Community College

Southwest Tennessee Community College allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Successful applicants to the seven-semester program begin their studies in the summer with two courses: fundamentals of radiology technology and a clinical radiology lab. A combination of coursework, on-campus labs, and clinical rotations prepare students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam and to begin work in entry-level radiology technologist positions. Students will begin their first clinical rotation at a local hospital or facility during the first fall semester and complete a clinical rotation each semester thereafter. During the summer between the first and second years of the program, students will complete two clinical rotations, requiring 35 hours of work a week, in summer sessions one and two.

Columbia State Community College

Columbia State Community College’s competitive Associate of Applied Science in Radiology Technology program accepts 23 students, out of between 50 and 100 applicants, annually. The full-time program requires students to commit to both on-campus coursework and clinical rotations at a local hospital or medical facility. The majority of clinical rotations take place during day shifts, but students must also work the evening shift for at least a portion of each assigned clinical rotation. The community college reports a 100% job placement rate upon graduation in recent years while some graduates go on to earn bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges and universities. Applications for the radiology technology program are due February 1 with successful applicants beginning the program in July.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Tennessee

Radiologic technologists and technicians in the state of Tennessee must be licensed to work in the state by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. To be eligible for licensure in the state, radiologic techs must first graduate from an accredited radiology technology program and have earned certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Radiologic technologists and technicians can begin the application process for the ARRT certification exam three months prior to their intended graduation date. Upon earning ARRT certification, radiologic techs must apply for licensure in Tennessee. To maintain Tennessee licensure, radiology techs must complete 20 continuing education credits. ARRT-certified radiology techs must complete 24 continuing education credits to renew their certification. Those credits may also be applied to the 20 hours required by the state of Tennessee

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

24.7%

Radiology Techs in Tennessee from 2014-20243

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development predicts job growth of 24.7% for radiologic and MRI technologists and technicians in the state between 2014 and 2024.3 This is higher than the expected job growth of 9% nationwide for radiologic techs between 2014 and 2024.4 An estimated 5,060 radiologic technologist and technician positions existed in Tennessee in 2016.5 The annual average salary for radiologic technologists in Tennessee was $50,770 as of 2016.5 Radiologic technologists and technicians generally secure employment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, imaging facilities, and other medical facilities. Organizations that hire radiologic technologists and technicians in Tennessee include Chattanooga Imaging, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Diagnostic Health, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Vanderbilt University, Summit Medical Center, and Hickman Community Hospital.

Tennessee Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Chattanooga510$53,770
Cleveland90$50,980
Jackson180$46,030
Knoxville680$49,200
Memphis1,030$54,840
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin1,360$51,670

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Tennessee Radiologic Technologist Career Interview

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. Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development: http://www.tennessee.gov/workforce
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