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Radiology Technologist Schools in Washington

Washington’s colleges and universities offer a range of programs for earning a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in Washington provides you with key information about your options so that you can compare schools to find the right match for your personal interests, skills, and career goals. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools are another option to consider, which may provide greater flexibility and reduced travel time compared to traditional on-campus study. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Read on to continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in Washington and potential career tracks for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state with our table of top-rated rad tech programs, list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, employment and salary projections, and more.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 10 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in Washington.1
  • 4 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 4 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
  • 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Washington-Seattle 84%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Tacoma Community College 20%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: University of Washington-Seattle $10,068.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Spokane Community College $4,147.1
  • 3 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 Washington

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in Washington 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
Bellevue College (Associate’s)YesYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT80%100%100%$8,011
Bellevue College (Bachelor’s)YesYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT81%91%85%$8,011
Bellingham Technical CollegeYesNoNo$7,708
Clark CollegeYesNoNo$7,319
Columbia Basin CollegeYesNoNo$8,033
Seattle UniversityNoYesNoCAAHEP$35,627
Spokane Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP100%97%89%$4,147
Tacoma Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP77%100%89%$6,358
University of Washington-Seattle CampusNoNoYes$10,068
Wenatchee Valley CollegeYesNoNo$7,269
Yakima Valley CollegeYesNoNo$7,277

*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

  • Bellevue College (Bellevue)
  • Spokane Community College (Spokane)
  • Tacoma Community College (Tacoma)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Bellevue College (Bellevue)
  • Seattle University (Seattle)
  • Spokane Community College (Spokane)
  • Tacoma Community College (Tacoma)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Bellevue College (Bellevue)

Washington Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham Technical College’s radiography program leads to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students will begin clinical rotations their second quarter in the program and will complete a full range of radiologic technology coursework encompassing radiographic physics, radiographic positioning, radiation biology, and sectional anatomy. Clinical rotations require students to be flexible as scheduled hours may take place during the day and include evening and night shifts. Typical shifts are between eight and 12 hours. All new students must attend an orientation day in the summer prior to starting the program. Prospective applicants must complete eight prerequisite courses before submitting an application.

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Sciences program prepares students to sit for the ARRT certification. The two-year program combines clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities with intensive coursework covering radiation physics, radiographic positioning, imaging pathology, and mammography. All prospective applicants must first attend a virtual information session, spend a minimum of eight hours job shadowing in a local radiology department, and complete all prerequisite coursework before submitting application materials by the April 1 deadline. The competitive program accepts between 20 and 24 new students each year.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in Washington

The Washington State Department of Health requires all radiologic technologists and technicians to become certified before they can work in the state. Eligibility for Washington State certification is based on graduating from an accredited radiologic technology program. Applicants must also provide a complete work history, proof of certification or licensure in other states (if applicable), and a personal statement attesting to the applicant’s physical and mental health, any suspensions that may have occurred in the past, and any past felony convictions. Washington State-certified radiologic techs must renew their certification every two years by their birth date. The state does not require continuing education credits for renewal.

Many radiologic technologists also opt to become nationally certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Renewal of ARRT certification requires radiology techs to complete 24 continuing education credits every two years.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

2.2%

Radiology Techs in Washington from 2015-20203

The Washington State Employment Security Department predicts a 2.24% increase in radiologic technologist and technician jobs between 2015 and 2020, which is less than the projected growth of 9% for radiologic technologists and technicians nationwide through 2014.3,4 An estimated average of 96 radiologic technologist and technician jobs due to growth are expected to open annually in Washington State between 2010 and 2015.3 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2016 there were 4,110 rad techs working in Washington state, with an annual average salary of $68,830.5 Peace Health, Doctors Express, the Vancouver Clinic, and Valley Medical Center are among the imaging centers and medical facilities that hire radiology technologists and technicians in Washington State. Rad techs can also seek employment in hospital systems, including Providence Health, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center, and Swedish Medical Centers.

Washington Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Bremerton-Silverdale80$63,850
Longview60$72,360
Olympia140$62,330
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue2,160$71,390
Spokane-Spokane Valley510$64,990

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. Washington State Employment Security Department: https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/reports-publications/industry-reports/employment-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