Radiology Technologist Schools in Virginia

The colleges and universities in Virginia offer a broad array of programs for earning a degree or certificate that can support your career as a radiologic technologist or technician. 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 top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, employment and salary projections, and more.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 14 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Virginia.1
  • 9 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 11 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 2 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

For not-for-profit schools with radiologic technology programs.

Credentialing Exam Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Medical Imaging Schools in Virginia

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Virginia on a variety of factors. You can sort the table by clicking on any header. 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
Averett UniversityNoYesNo$23,978
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging (Certificate Only)NoNoNoJRCERT83%98%96%
Central Virginia Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT73%97%100%$4,650
Danville Community CollegeYesNoNo$7,751
Eastern Shore Community CollegeYesNoNo$5,499
Northern Virginia Community CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$9,124
Old Dominion UniversityNoYesNoJRCNMT$15,917
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP89%89%99%$7,038
Southwest Virginia Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT57%86%100%$8,493
Tidewater Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP82%97%96%$7,618
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT, JRCNMT100%91%98%$20,897
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeYesNoNo$6,812
Virginia Western Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT81%90%100%$6,927
Wytheville Community CollegeYesNoNo$2,304

*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

  • Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging (Richmond)
  • Central Virginia Community College (Lynchburg)
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College (Charlottesville)
  • Southwest Virginia Community College (Cedar Bluff)
  • Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)
  • Virginia Western Community College (Roanoke)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Northern Virginia Community College (Springfield)
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College (Charlottesville)
  • Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Old Dominion University (Norfolk)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond)

Virginia Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

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Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College, in conjunction with Rockingham Memorial Hospital, offers an Associate of Applied Science 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 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.

Tidewater Community College

Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program requires students to commit to full-time study, either on campus or at a local hospital or medical facility, Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Students generally complete the program in two years, including two summer semesters. Successful applicants to the radiology 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 in Health Sciences.

Southwest Virginia Community College

Southwest Virginia Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiography program spans six semesters over 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.

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 requires that all prospective radiologic techs hold a degree from an accredited radiologic technology program and maintain certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To become ARRT certified, radiologic technologists and technicians must have graduated from an accredited radiology program, fill out an application, and pass the certification exam. Both the Virginia license and ARRT certification must be renewed every two years. ARRT-certified radiologic techs must complete 24 continuing education credits, fill out an application, and pay a fee to renew their certification. To renew the Virginia license, radiology techs must provide proof of completion of the ARRT continuing education credits, fill out an application, and pay the applicable fee.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth


Radiology Techs in Virginia from 2016-20263

Estimates predict job growth of 14.3% for radiologic technologists and technicians in Virginia between 2016 and 2026.3 The expected growth is slightly above nationwide projected job growth of 12% for rad techs over the same time period.4 About 330 jobs for radiologic technologists are expected to open every year in Virginia through 2026.3 As of 2018, approximately 4,900 rad techs worked in Virginia, earning an average annual salary of $61,440.5 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 and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News1,230$57,610

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2018.6

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.

Old Dominion University
5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-3000

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
(757) 240-2200

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 where 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. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
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 2018 Occupational Employment and Wages, Radiologic Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm