Radiology Technologist Schools and Careers in Virginia
The colleges and universities in Virginia offer many options for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. This overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in Virginia provides key information so that you can find the right school for your interests and career aspirations. As an alternative to traditional on-campus programs, online programs in radiologic technology may be a suitable match for your schedule, interests, and learning preferences. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians on our Careers page. Learn more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Virginia and careers for radiologic techs by reading below, where you will find a table of rad tech programs, employment and salary projections, and more.
- There are 15 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Virginia.1
- 9 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- 11 schools offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
- 3 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
- No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1
- 7 schools have medical imaging programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).2
- 3 schools have medical imaging programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).3
- 2 schools have medical imaging programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).4
For not-for-profit schools with radiologic technology programs.
- Virginia Medical Imaging Schools Comparison
- Select Schools in Virginia with RT Programs
- How to Become an RT in Virginia
- Virginia RT Salary and Job Outlook
- Student Reviews
Table of Contents
Virginia Medical Imaging Schools Comparison
We have designed the following table to allow you to easily compare all of the not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Virginia on a variety of factors. You should check with the Virginia Radiological Technology Advisory Board to ensure that the program you are considering will meet licensure requirements.
|School Name||Associate’s Imaging Program||Bachelor’s Imaging Program||Graduate Imaging Program||National Accreditation||Completion Rate2||Credential Exam Pass Rate2||Job Placement Rate2||Net Price1|
|Blue Ridge Community College||Yes||—||—||—||N.Av.||N.Av.||N.Av.||N.Av.|
|Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging (Certificate Only)||—||—||—||JRCERT||81%||98%||100%||N.Av.|
|Central Virginia Community College||Yes||—||—||JRCERT||79%||94%||100%||$5,436|
|Danville Community College||Yes||—||—||—||N.Av.||N.Av.||N.Av.||$7,955|
|Eastern Shore Community College||Yes||—||—||—||N.Av.||N.Av.||N.Av.||$6,117|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Yes||—||—||CAAHEP||N.Av.||N.Av.||N.Av.||$9,440|
|Old Dominion University||—||Yes||—||JRCNMT||N.Av.||N.Av.||N.Av.||$16,681|
|Piedmont Virginia Community College||Yes||—||—||JRCERT, CAAHEP||88%||96%||97%||$6,913|
|Southwest Virginia Community College||Yes||—||—||JRCERT||83%||79%||100%||$8,326|
|Tidewater Community College||Yes||—||—||JRCERT, CAAHEP||87%||97%||99%||$7,943|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||—||Yes||—||JRCERT, JRCNMT||93%||94%||100%||$20,968|
|Virginia Highlands Community College||Yes||—||—||—||N.Av.||N.Av.||N.Av.||$6,493|
|Virginia Western Community College||Yes||—||—||JRCERT||95%||90%||100%||$6,663|
|Wytheville Community College||Yes||—||—||—||N.Av.||N.Av.||N.Av.||$2,761|
- — indicates none.
- N.Av. indicates no data available.
Select Schools in Virginia with Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
Blue Ridge Community College, in conjunction with Rockingham Memorial Hospital, offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology program that requires students to commit to full-time study for two years. Students should complete all prerequisite courses at the community college before applying to the radiologic technology program. Radiologic technology students will complete clinical rotations at one of three affiliated medical facilities: Rockingham Memorial College in Harrisonburg, Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, and Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville. Prospective applicants to the program are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of a three-hour job shadowing experience at one of the affiliated medical facilities to prepare for the program’s interview and to gain a better understanding of the radiologic technology profession.
Southwest Virginia Community College’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Radiography program spans six consecutive semesters over the course of two years. The program, which combines intense on-campus coursework and clinical rotations at local medical facilities, prepares students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Students are assigned clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities and may be required to travel up to 60 miles to get to their assigned facility. Prospective applicants to the program must first complete an observation experience, of a minimum of 12 hours, in a radiology department prior to applying for the radiology technology program. Applications are due by January 15 each year. Students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree should consult with their academic advisor to ensure courses are transferable.
Tidewater Community College’s (TCC) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Radiography program requires students to commit to full-time study in order to complete its competitive accelerated radiologic technology program. Students generally complete the program in two years, including two summer semesters. Successful applicants to the radiologic technology program begin their studies in May and are required to purchase the necessary uniforms and lead markers for their clinical rotations. Graduates of the program may be eligible to transfer to Old Dominion University to earn the remaining credits required for a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Sciences. TCC also offers Certificate programs in Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Virginia
All radiologic technologists and technicians must be licensed to work in the state of Virginia. The Virginia Board of Medicine’s Radiological Technology Advisory Board (RTAB) oversees the licensure process. The licenses offered are Radiological Technologist, Rad Tech Limited, and Radiologist Assistant. While the steps may vary according to modality, in general, the process to licensure in Virginia involves:
- Complete a diploma, certificate, or degree in radiologic technology. Prospective radiologic techs must hold at least an associate’s degree and complete an appropriate program from an accredited radiologic technology school.
- Pass the ARRT certification exam. The exam you take will be specific to the modality that you wish to practice.
- Apply for ARRT certification. Certification from the ARRT is a separate step from taking the ARRT exam. Once you receive notification that you have passed the exam, you may apply for certification.
- Complete continuing education. Both the state license and ARRT certification must be renewed every two years. ARRT-certified radiologic techs must complete 24 continuing education credits to qualify for renewal. All RTs in Virginia must maintain certification by the ARRT.
The RTAB also oversees licensure for Radiologic Technologist – Limited (RTL) applicants. As limited scope x-ray technicians, RTLs may x-ray select areas of the body under supervision. To qualify for the RTL license, you must complete an acceptable formal education program in radiography. You must then submit an application to the Board which includes a confirmation of supervision by your intended employer(s). You must also pass the ARRT Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography exam. Once all requirements have been met, the RTAB may issue your RTL license.
How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Virginia
Projected Job Growth
Radiology Techs in Virginia from 2018-20285
Estimates predict job growth of 10.7% for radiologic technologists and technicians in Virginia between 2018 and 2028.5 The expected growth is slightly above nationwide projected job growth of 9% for rad techs over the same time period.5 About 340 jobs for radiologic technologists are expected to open every year in Virginia through 2028.5 As of 2019, approximately 5,480 rad techs worked in Virginia, earning an average annual salary of $62,580.6 Although the BLS does not provide employment data for limited scope x-ray technicians, technicians typically earn less than radiologic technologists due to the lower educational requirements and scope of responsibility. Radiologic technologists and technicians are often employed by hospitals, imaging centers, medical facilities, universities, government agencies, and private doctors’ offices. Hospitals and imaging centers that hire radiologic techs in Virginia include University of Virginia Medical Center, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Med Express, Patient First, Kaiser Permanente, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and Fairfax Radiological Consultants.
Virginia Radiologic Technologist Salary by Metro Area
|City||Number Employed7||Average Annual Salary7|
|Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News||1,320||$59,460|
Old Dominion University
5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529
Student Review: “The nuclear medicine program at Old Dominion University is small but highly effective. My experience was phenomenal. I was able to gather the skills in school so that I could effectively learn the intricacies of actual practice when I got hired. Furthermore, the critical thinking skills acquired while in school have helped me to this day. The program only allows 12 new applicants per year. My class had 20 applicants, with 11 graduating. Applicants apply as part of the intro course in the fall of their junior year, and the program officially begins in January where we received hands-on training for hospital work. The training was invaluable, being able to practice IVs and patient moving techniques at that time were important for the next three semesters. For the rest of the program, we essentially worked as technologists at local hospitals, like a 3-semester working interview. I got employed solely because of my performance as an intern. My only issue was maintaining enough income, as we weren’t paid to work 40 hours a week. Graduates from this program hold the majority of local positions, and frequently go on to higher education or better opportunities.”
-Student at Old Dominion University
Riverside College of Health Careers
316 Main St
Newport News, VA 23601
Student Review: “The Radiology Technologist program through Riverside is an awesome opportunity for anyone interested in the field. I had amazing teachers that would stay after if extra help is needed or if you needed someone to talk to about the stressful scenarios you are going through. I felt extremely prepared to take the certification exam as soon as I finished my last semester of the program. I did not like the clinical set up for the first semester, we were only assigned one day a week. I feel like that is not enough experience especially for the very first time heading out into the clinical world. However the clinical days did increase, by the end of the program you are required to go 4 days a week.”
-Student at Riverside College of Health Careers
Student Review: “I had a great experience in rad tech school threw riverside. I really liked how all of the teachers for this program were willing to help you and use their free time to make sure you succeed in the program. This program did a great job of preparing me for the ARRT certification exam. The only thing I did not like about the program was the outdated [equipment that] was completely different from the equipment that we would use in the clinical setting.”
-Student at Riverside College of Health Careers
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. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs: https://www.caahep.org/Students/Find-a-Program.aspx
4. Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology: https://www.jrcnmt.org/find-a-program/
5. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: https://projectionscentral.org/Projections/LongTerm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, Radiologic Technologists and Technicians: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm