Most graduates of x-ray tech schools become radiographic technologists or technicians; they use x-rays to help physicians make medical diagnoses. Many schools with radiography or radiological sciences departments offer associate's or bachelor's degrees in x-ray technology or radiology that may prepare individuals to sit for the American Registry of Radiological Technologists certification exam.
Schools with X-Ray Technology Programs
Listed below are some schools offering programs that qualify professional to work as a radiographic technologist or technician. Tuition listed is for undergraduates.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Armstrong State University||Savannah, Georgia||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In state $5,360, Out of state $15,616|
|Boise State University||Boise, Idaho||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In state $6,876, Out of state $20,926|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||4-year, Public||Associate's||In state $2,753, Out of state $8,875|
|El Paso Community College||El Paso, Texas||2-year, Public||Associate's||In state $2,386, Out of state $4,042|
|Jackson State Community College||Jackson, Tennessee||2-year, Public||Associate's||In state $3,933, Out of state $15,333|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, Texas||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In district $2,550, In state $9,210, Out of state $11,340|
|Orange County Community College||Middletown, New York||2-year, Public||Associate's||In district $5,122, In state $5,128, Out of state $9,614|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, Pennsylvania||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||In state $15,810, Out of state $22,470|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill||Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania||4-year, Public||Associate's||In state $13,902, Out of state $21,096|
|York Technical College||Rock Hill, South Carolina||2-year, Public||Associate's||In district $4,339, In state $4,699, Out of state $9,403|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, School websites
School Selection Criteria
Generally, a student must graduate from a program that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) to be qualified for both state licensure and for certification. Consider the following when looking for an x-ray technician school:
- The American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT) offers certification to graduates of accredited programs, so applicants should inquire about the pass rate for graduates taking the ARRT certification exam and the percentage of graduates who find work within six months or a year of graduation.
- Associate's degrees are the most common credential, but there are a few bachelor' degree programs available. Certificate programs are usually intended for those who already have some healthcare training and experience.
- Ensure that a school's laboratory facilities are up-to-date and that the teachers hold sufficient work experience, certification and licensure.
- Consider what additional, more advanced courses or programs are available to registered and certified radiologic technicians if you are interested in continuing your education later on.
These programs are commonly designed for students who have already completed some postsecondary education, which could mean specific coursework or an associate's degree program. Programs can take 1-2 years to complete, and typically include coursework and laboratory experiences.
Associate's Degree in Radiography
A radiographic associate's program usually takes about two years to complete. The program should include lectures, labs and internships. Students study how to communicate with, educate and care for patients.
Bachelor's Degree in Radiography
Accredited bachelor's degree programs are not offered as commonly as certificate and associate's degree programs, but they are available. Some schools offer them as bachelor's degree completion programs for those with a lower level of training in the field and certification.
Aspiring X-ray technicians and technologists could pursue education in the form of a certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree. These programs are typically offered at community colleges, technical schools, colleges or universities, and students should pick a program that prepares them to earn the required licensure and certification for this field.