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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
  • 7 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 11 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 3 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*: Rutgers University-New Brunswick%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: County College of Morris 20%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham $25,257.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Union County College $3,364.1
  • 8 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 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 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
Averett UniversityNoYesNo$24,904
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical ImagingYesNoNoJRCERT75%99%87%
Central Virginia Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT94%99%100%$4,877
Danville Community CollegeYesNoNo$6,808
Eastern Shore Community CollegeYesNoNo$5,609
Northern Virginia Community CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$9,685
Old Dominion UniversityNoYesNoJRCNMT$15,218
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP94%89%94%$6,969
Riverside College of Health CareersYesNoNoJRCERT93%96%84%$14,319
Southwest Virginia Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT68%84%87%$8,250
Tidewater Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP92%98%86%$7,806
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT, JRCNMT88%99%94%$20,544
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeYesNoNo$6,921
Virginia Western Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT90%95%99%$6,619
Wytheville Community CollegeYesNoNo$1,825

*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)
  • Riverside College of Health Careers (Newport News)
  • 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

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 or four-hour job shadowing experience at one of the affiliated medical facilities to prepare for the program interview and to gain a better understanding of the radiology 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

12.2%

Radiology Techs in Virginia from 2014-20243

The Virginia Workforce Commission (VWC) predicts job growth of 12.23% for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state between 2014 and 2024.3 The expected growth is slightly above nationwide projected job growth of 9% for rad techs over the same time period.4 The VWC estimates that 158 average radiologic technologist and technician positions will open every year in Virginia through 2024, with 62 of those new positions due to growth and 96 the result of vacated positions.3 As of 2016, approximately 4,670 rad techs worked in Virginia, earning an average annual salary of $58,890.5 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
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford890$53,300
Charlottesville170$54,130
Lynchburg200$42,100
Richmond900$57,820
Roanoke260$53,530
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News1,090$55,850

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. Virginia Workforce Commission: https://www.vawc.virginia.gov/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