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Radiology Technologist Schools in Washington DC

This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Washington DC is designed to equip you with important information on your options. The colleges and universities in Washington DC can provide aspiring radiologic technologists and technicians with training in diagnostic imaging and equipment for general and specialty practice areas. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools are other options that can provide unique advantages such as greater flexibility in scheduling and completing coursework, as well as potentially more diverse opportunities for pursuing study in specialty practice. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Read more about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Washington DC and career prospects for graduates by continuing below, where you will find a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, profiles of popular programs in the state, and student reviews.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 2 schools with radiologic technology degree programs in Washington DC.1
  • 1 school offers a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • No schools offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 1 school offers a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Georgetown University 94%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Howard University 15%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Georgetown University $26,625.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Howard University $22,712.1
  • 1 radiologic technology programs is 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 Washington DC

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Washington DC 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
Georgetown UniversityNoNoYes$26,625
Howard UniversityNoYesNoJRCERT80%74%85%$22,712

*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

  • Howard University

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

As of late 2017, no diagnostic medical sonography programs in Washington DC were accredited by CAAHEP.

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

As of late 2017, no schools in Washington DC were accredited by the JRCNMT.

Washington DC Area Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Prince George’s Community College

Prince George’s Community College, in Largo, Maryland awards the Associate of Applied Science in Radiography. Students typically complete general college requirements prior to beginning the radiology technology program. The program combines radiologic technology coursework and clinical rotations to prepare students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. Coursework encompasses radiographic procedures, patient care and management, image production and imaging equipment, and a course designed to help students prepare to take the ARRT certification exam. Students are assigned clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities and are required to work shifts of between eight and 10 hours.

Northern Virginia Community College

Students in Northern Virginia Community College’s radiologic technology program will earn the Associate of Applied Science in Radiography after successfully completing the two-year, 72 credit program. The program requires students to complete intensive radiology technology coursework in patient care, radiographic procedures, radiation quality, radiographic equipment, and radiation protection and radiobiology. Radiologic technology students are assigned to clinical rotations at one of the school’s affiliated hospitals and medical facilities, such as Alexandria Hospital, Potomac Hospital, Virginia Hospital Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Prince William Hospital. Prospective applicants to the program must first complete five prerequisite courses prior to submitting application materials. Successful applicants will receive notice of acceptance in May and will attend a mandatory orientation prior to beginning the program in the fall.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Washington DC

Radiologic technologists and technicians must be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to be eligible to work in the District of Columbia. The ARRT requires radiologic technologists to have graduated from an accredited radiologic technology program, to complete an application, and to pass an exam to earn certification. Students in an accredited radiology technology program may begin the application process three months prior to graduating. ARRT-certified radiologic techs must renew their certification every two years. Requirements for certification include completing 24 continuing education credits or taking an ARRT-administered exam, filling out an application, and paying applicable fees.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

3.1%

Radiology Techs in Washington DC from 2014-20243

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services predicts that radiologic technologist and technician positions will grow 3.1% between 2014 and 2024 in Washington DC, with the creation of a projected 17 new rad tech jobs during that timeframe.3 Nationally, projections call for 9% job growth for rad techs over the same time period.4 Approximately 550 radiologic technologists work in the District of Columbia, which is the top-paying state for this profession – rad techs in the DC metro earn an average of $76,270 per year.5 Meditech Ventures, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and Sibley Memorial Hospital are among the hospitals, imaging centers, doctors’ offices, and medical facilities that hire radiologic technologists and technicians in the District of Columbia.

Washington DC Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria2,390$71,870

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.

Georgetown University
3700 O St NW
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-0100
https://www.georgetown.edu/

Student Review: “The Department of Radiologic Technology at Georgetown University was incredible. The school has up-to-date MRIs, PET, Gamma Cameras, and more. There are even fluoroscopy rooms and 3D workstations. I worked in the college hospital: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. I was involved in the Direct Pathway in Interventional Radiology Program which saw myself working directly alongside experienced doctors. The Chairman, Dr. James Spies, was greatly involved in the students’ activities. I was able to get support from my peers and professors. However, this support was not needed often as the classes were performed excellently. I was involved in rotations in General Radiology, Neuroradiology, and Nuclear Medicine. The residency program offers five positions per year. This is bad because the residency is difficult to get into. However, it is also very good because we get to work closely with the experts. The Department also offered monthly participation in the District of Columbia Radiological Society and attendance at the ACR Radiology Pathology Course. The Department of Radiologic Technology at Georgetown University made it not only easy to learn but fun. I have recommended the Department to anyone who is interested in this field. The Department has changed my life for the better and set me on the path of becoming an expert radiologist myself.” – Student at Georgetown 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. District of Columbia Department of Employment Services: https://does.dc.gov/publication/district-columbia-long-term-industry-and-occupational-projections
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