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Radiology Technologist Schools in West Virginia

The colleges and universities in West Virginia offer an array of radiologic technology programs from the certificate to the bachelor’s degree level. This guide to radiologic technologist and technician schools in West Virginia will provide you with information to help you understand and compare your options. As an alternative to on-campus programs, some students find online radiologic technologist and technician programs to be a better match to their needs and learning styles compared to traditional on-campus study. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians. Discover further information about careers in radiologic technology, employment and salary projections for radiologic technologists and technicians, a table of top-rated rad tech programs, a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, and profiles of radiologic technologist and technician schools in West Virginia by reading below.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 9 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in West Virginia.1
  • 1 school offers a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 6 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 5 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*: West Virginia University Hospital 94%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Charleston 43%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Alderson Broaddus University $18,233.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: West Virginia Northern Community College $3,982.1
  • 6 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 West Virginia

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in West 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
Alderson Broaddus UniversityNoYesNo$18,233
Bluefield State CollegeYesYesNoJRCERT63%88%98%$8,560
BridgeValley Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP, JRCNMT$6,836
Marshall UniversityNoYesNo$9,037
Mountwest Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNo$6,891
Pierpont Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNo
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT60%88%95%$4,010
University of CharlestonYesYesNoJRCERT47%100%100%$17,834
University of Charleston-BeckleyYesYesNoJRCERT, CAAHEP81%
West Virginia Northern Community CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT77%$3,982
West Virginia University Hospital (Certificate Only)NoNoNoJRCERT, JRCNMT87%96%91%

*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

  • Bluefield State College (Bluefield)
  • Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (Mount Gay)
  • University of Charleston (Charleston)
  • University of Charleston-Beckley (Beckley)
  • West Virginia Northern Community College (Wheeling)
  • West Virginia University Hospital (Morgantown)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • BridgeValley Community and Technical College (South Charleston)
  • University of Charleston-Beckley (Beckley)

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • BridgeValley Community and Technical College (South Charleston)
  • West Virginia University Hospital (Morgantown)

West Virginia Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College awards the Associate of Applied Science in Radiology to students who successfully complete the two-year, full-time program. Students will work at affiliated hospitals and medical facilities each semester of the program, including the summer between the first and second years, which requires 40 hours of work each week. Students are required to maintain CPR certification to participate in clinical rotations. During their second year all students in the program must become members of the West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists and participate in the organization’s annual conference. Participation includes submitting a research paper or exhibit or serving on the board of directors.

West Virginia Northern Community College

West Virginia Northern Community College features a full-time, two-year radiologic technology program leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. The 60-credit program blends on-campus coursework with clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities. Students begin their first clinical rotation during the second semester of the program and will be required to complete clinical work each semester thereafter, including the summer between the first and second years of the program. Students who have already graduated from an accredited radiologic technology program and who have become certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) can earn their Associate of Applied Science degree at the community college by completing required general coursework and providing evidence of program completion and ARRT certification. Applications to the program are due by May 1 of each year.

Pierpont Community and Technical College

Pierpont Community and Technical College, in conjunction with United Hospital Center and West Virginia University Hospitals, affords students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Students complete general college coursework at the community college while completing the radiology technology program at either UHC or WVU Hospitals. The highly competitive program accepts a maximum of 15 students each year. The programs at UHC and WVU both span 24 months, requiring students to commit to 40 hours a week. Students will complete radiology technology coursework and clinical rotations in both programs and will be eligible to sit for the ARRT certification exam upon completion of the program.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in West Virginia

All radiologic technologists and technicians who want to work in the state of West Virginia must first be licensed by the West Virginia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners. To qualify for a West Virginia license, radiologic techs must have graduated from an accredited radiologic technology program and have already obtained certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Candidates who meet these requirements must complete an application and pay the applicable fees. To obtain ARRT certification, radiology techs must have graduated from an accredited radiography program and pass the ARRT certification exam. Both West Virginia and ARRT certification require renewal every two years. Radiologic technologists and technicians must complete 24 continuing education credits to renew ARRT certification. To renew the West Virginia certification, radiology techs must provide evidence of continuing ARRT certification and completion of the 24 continuing education credits through ARRT.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

7.1%

Radiology Techs in West Virginia from 2014-20243

Workforce West Virginia projects moderate job growth of 7.1% for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state between 2014 and 2024, which is slightly below the projected national rate of job growth for rad techs of 9% during the same time period.3,4 An estimated 1,610 radiologic technologist and technician positions existed in West Virginia in 2016.5 The average annual salary for radiologic technologists in West Virginia was $47,080 as of 2016.5 Radiologic technologists and technicians commonly find positions in hospitals, doctors’ offices, imaging centers, universities, and government agencies. Organizations that hire radiologic technologists and technicians in West Virginia include CAMC Imaging Center, Fairmont General Hospital, Med Express, Weirton Medical Center, and the University of Charleston.

West Virginia Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Charleston230$48,490
Morgantown170$47,230
Wheeling150$47,660

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. Workforce West Virginia: http://lmi.workforcewv.org/LTprojections/LTOccupationalProjections.html
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