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Radiology Technologist Schools in Texas

This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Texas is designed to equip you with key data on the schools and programs available in the state so that you can make an informed decision. The radiologic technology programs in Texas offer education and training in a broad array of practice areas, including mammography and diagnostic radiology. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools can also offer similar programs in a more flexible format that may suit your educational and career goals. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Below you will find more information about radiologic and technician schools in Texas and career options for graduates, including a table of top-rated rad tech programs and a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs as well as student reviews.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 38 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Texas.1
  • 15 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 33 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
  • 2 universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Texas State University 54%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: St. Philip’s College 57%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Parker University $24,301.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: South Texas College $1,892.1
  • 30 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 Texas

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Texas 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
Amarillo CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT81%86%92%$6,655
Alvin Community CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$7,166
Angelina CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP74%96%91%$8,797
Austin Community College DistrictYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP74%99%87%$7,233
Blinn CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT93%100%100%$11,525
Brookhaven CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT88%100%96%$5,245
Coastal Bend CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT87%77%100%$8,241
Del Mar CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP86%95%97%$5,688
El Centro CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP88%94%93%$6,017
El Paso Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP81%97%100%$3,911
Galveston CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT76%68%87%$3,751
Grayson CollegeYesNoNo$7,645
Houston Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT78%96%91%$5,205
Howard CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT80%81%92%$4,267
Kilgore CollegeYesNoNo$8,850
Lamar Institute of TechnologyYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP83%86%86%$9,114
Laredo Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT83%84%92%$5,603
Lone Star College-CyFairYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP75%96%89%$5,197
Lone Star College-MontgomeryYesNoNoJRCERT88%100%100%$5,197
McLennan Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT90%93%95%$6,075
Midland CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$8,579
Midwestern State UniversityNoYesYesJRCERT71%92%90%$9,777
North Central Texas CollegeYesNoNo$4,913
Odessa CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT94%95%98%$8,017
Paris Junior CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT90%81%92%$7,909
Parker UniversityNoNoNo$24,301
San Jacinto Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP96%94%90%$8,208
South Plains CollegeNoNoNo$4,173
South Texas CollegeNoNoNo$1,892
Southwest Texas Junior CollegeNoNoNo$7,083
St. Philip’s CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT87%79%86%$7,004
Tarrant County CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT82%93%82%$6,691
Temple CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$5,214
Texas Southmost CollegeYesNoNo$4,370
Texas State University-San MarcosNoYesNoJRCERT86%98%93%$12,647
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterYesYesYesJRCERT91%89%83%
Tyler Junior CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP80%100%100%$8,863
University of Texas-Rio Grande ValleyYesNoNoCAAHEP$4,432
University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterNoYesYesJRCERT83%100%100%
University of the Incarnate WordNoYesNoJRCNMT$21,462
Weatherford CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP71%99%98%$6,594
Wharton County Junior CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT82%86%100%$4,482

*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

  • Amarillo College (Amarillo)
  • Angelina College (Lufkin)
  • Austin Community College (Austin)
  • Blinn College (Bryan)
  • Brookhaven College (Dallas)
  • Coastal Bend College (Beeville)
  • Del Mar College (Corpus Christi)
  • El Centro College (Dallas)
  • El Paso Community College (El Paso)
  • Galveston College (Galveston)
  • Houston Community College (Houston)
  • Howard College (San Angelo)
  • Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont)
  • Laredo Community College (Laredo)
  • Lone Star College-CyFair (Cypress)
  • Lone Star College-Montgomery (Conroe)
  • McLennan Community College (Waco)
  • Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls)
  • Odessa College (Odessa)
  • Paris Junior College (Paris)
  • San Jacinto College (Pasadena)
  • St. Philip’s College (San Antonio)
  • Tarrant County College (Fort Worth)
  • Texas State University-San Marcos (San Marcos)
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston)
  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)
  • Tyler Junior College (Tyler)
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio)
  • Weatherford College (Weatherford)
  • Wharton County Junior College (Wharton)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Alvin Community College (Alvin)
  • Angelina College (Lufkin)
  • Austin Community College (Austin)
  • Del Mar College (Corpus Christi)
  • El Centro College (Dallas)
  • El Paso Community College (El Paso)
  • Houston Community College (Houston)
  • Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont)
  • Lone Star College-CyFair (Cypress)
  • Midland College (Midland)
  • San Jacinto College (Pasadena)
  • Temple College (Temple)
  • Tyler Junior College (Tyler)
  • University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville)
  • Weatherford College (Weatherford)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Amarillo College (Amarillo)
  • Galveston College (Galveston)
  • Houston Community College (Houston)
  • University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio)

Texas Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

North Central Texas College

North Central Texas College’s full-time, two-year radiography program at the Gainesville campus leads to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Prior to beginning radiology technology coursework, skills labs, and clinical rotations, students must first complete 14 credit hours of prerequisite courses in algebra, grammar and composition, and anatomy and physiology. Students will complete a clinical rotation each semester of the program in addition to coursework covering medical imaging, radiography pathology, radiographic procedures, and radiation protection and biology. The highly selective program only admits 20 applicants a year. Prospective applicants must attend a mandatory advising session prior to applying for the program.

South Texas College

Graduates of South Texas College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. The two-year, full-time program combines radiology technology coursework, work in the on-campus laboratory, and clinical rotations to prepare students to begin working in entry-level radiology technologist positions. Students will become proficient in radiographic positioning and in using both traditional and digital radiography equipment. Applicants to the program must submit their application materials by the end of May with those offered a seat in the program beginning their studies in the fall semester.

Tarrant County College

Tarrant County College confers the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology to students who successfully complete the two-year, full-time radiography program. A combination of radiologic technology coursework and clinical rotations prepare students to take the ARRT certification exam upon graduation. Program coursework covers patient care, radiographic imaging, radiographic pathology, and radiographic procedures. Students must also complete a series of clinical rotations to fulfill degree requirements. Prospective applicants must complete and receive a passing C grade in two prerequisite courses in anatomy and physiology. Applications for the selective program are due March 1 of each year.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services requires radiologic technologists and technicians to be licensed to work in the state of Texas. Radiologic techs will first apply for a temporary certificate after completing an accredited radiology technology program. A general certificate of licensure, which is awarded to radiologic technologists and technicians who already possess a temporary certificate, requires radiologic techs to pass an examination that has been approved by the Department of State Health Services. The general license must be renewed every two years and requires radiology techs to fill out a renewal application and pay applicable fees.

Radiologic technologists may also become certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). ARRT-certified radiology technologists must pass an ARRT exam, fill out an application, and pay associated fees. Renewal of ARRT certification every two years requires radiology techs to complete 24 continuing education credits.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

24.5%

Radiology Techs in Texas from 2014-20243

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Department predicts that radiologic technologists and technicians in the state will enjoy an estimated 24.5% increase in available jobs between 2014 and 2024.3 That’s considerably higher than the expected job growth rate of 9% for radiology techs nationwide in the same 10-year period.4 An estimated 15,360 radiologic technologists and technicians were employed in Texas in 2014, with a total of 19,120 radiologic technology jobs predicted in 2024.3 The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, nationwide, in 2024 there will be 251,300 positions for radiologic technologists, up from an estimated 230,600 jobs in 2014.4 An estimated 665 average annual job openings for rad techs are expected in Texas, with 375 of these jobs anticipated due to growth and 290 jobs anticipated due to vacated positions.3 Texas has the second-greatest number of radiologic technologist jobs in the nation, at 15,700 as of 2016.5 Radiologic technologists and technicians frequently find employment at hospitals, medical facilities, imaging centers, and private doctors’ offices. Some of the largest employers that hire radiologic technologists and technicians in Texas include Christus Health, West Houston Medical Center, Scott and White Healthcare, Mission Region Medical Center, East Texas Medical Center, and MC Anderson Cancer Center.

Texas Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Abilene100$51,620
Amarillo140$50,790
Austin-Round Rock940$54,890
Corpus Christi290$54,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington4,550$58,870
El Paso290$49,150
Lubbock400$51,000
San Antonio-New Braunfels1,500$54,120

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

Student Reviews

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Texas A&M University
400 Bizzell St
College Station, TX 77843
(979) 845-3211
https://www.tamu.edu/

Student Review: “Attending the Texas A&M Radiology program was a positive experience for me. The classes I took were mostly relevant to my major and helped prepare me for a career after I left school. The administration provides a great network of support, including office hours from professors, career counseling and tutoring centers to help those that need a little extra help. The classes were varied enough so that you could narrow down your interests and take classes relevant to whatever that may be. The labs that were assigned to supplement the classes gave interesting practical applications to concepts that were covered in lecture. Some classes featured intelligent guest lectures that went more in depth about their particular areas that were insightful and gave us a more detailed look at what sort of responsibilities we would have after entering our field. I would like to see a little more conciseness in the degree plan as some classes felt like filler. Overall I would highly recommend pursuing the Radiology degree at A&M.” – Student at Texas A&M University
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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. Texas Workforce Commission: http://www.tracer2.com/publication.asp?PUBLICATIONID=826
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