Radiologic technologists work with radiologists making diagnostic images; some specialize in providing radiation therapy treatments. Students in New Jersey have a range of schools with which they may study in order to gain the education needed to work as a radiation technician or technologist. Such programs lead to the award of primarily associate's degrees, although at least one certificate and one bachelor's degree program are also available. All radiology programs include practicum or clinical requirements in addition to didactic instruction and lab training.
Bergen Community College
Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College offers a 2-year radiography program with 1,000 hours of classroom training and 1,725 hours of clinical instruction. Upon completing their general studies, students must apply to the radiology program by February 1 and take the radiography admissions exam.
Bergen Community College also offers a 1-year certificate program in radiation therapy for professionals who already have their radiologic technologist licenses and are seeking to focus on radiation therapy for cancer patients. The radiation therapy certificate program is accredited by the NJDEP Bureau of Radiologic Health and has applied for accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Brookdale Community College
Brookdale Community College in Lincroft offers a full-time associate's degree program in radiologic technology. The degree requires 51 professional credits and 20 general education credits. Students can expect 12 hours of classroom instruction, 5 hours of laboratory instruction and 16 hours of clinical training per week. They're also required to complete a clinical practice during each summer of the program. Students can participate in study groups and join the Radiologic Technology Student Organization to interact with their peers and colleagues.
County College of Morris
Randolph-based County College of Morris offers a full-time day program for students interested in careers in radiography. The associate's degree program in radiography includes general education courses and 44 credits related to diagnostic radiography, including radiography principles, advanced imaging and special imaging. Students apply principles learned in class during clinical practice training.
Essex County College
Located in Newark, the associate's degree program in radiography at Essex County College lasts approximately 24 months. In addition to general education classes, students receive 50 credit hours in radiology instruction, which includes hands-on training and coursework in topics such as radiology position and contrast media. To enter this competitive program, applicants must earn a satisfactory score on the entrance exam as well as complete prerequisites with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus
Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck offers an associate's and a bachelor's degree in this field. Students complete clinical practice at The Valley Hospital. The 2-year associate's degree program in radiography is designed to prepare students to become radiologic technologists. To be admitted into the associate's degree program, students need to interview with The Valley Hospital admissions board.
Students can pursue their bachelor's degree in radiology technology on a part- or full-time basis. The bachelor's degree is for certified radiologic technologists seeking to expand their skill sets and to advance in their careers. Transfer credits may be available for graduates of 2-year programs.
Mercer County Community College
Mercer County Community College is located in West Windsor. The associate's degree program in radiography includes classroom instruction as well as clinical practice at one of the school's affiliated healthcare organizations, which include Capital Health Regional Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton. Prerequisites include anatomy and physiology courses. Upon admission into the program, students take courses in radiographic procedures, radiation protection and diagnostic imaging.
Middlesex County College
This associate's degree program in radiography education in Edison is only offered as a full-time day program. The accredited program accepts a limited number of students each year. Prerequisites include anatomy and physiology as well as physical or health education. To enter this program, students must pass the health technologies entrance examination. Throughout their studies, students are trained in using industry-standard lab equipment to gain experience in areas like computed radiography and direct digital radiography.
Passaic County Community College
To enter Paterson's Passaic County Community College's competitive associate's degree program in radiography, applicants need to take a placement test and radiography admissions exam, complete prerequisites and interview with the program director. The curriculum includes 5 practicums as well as courses in radiation biology, imaging equipment, vascular radiography and professional ethics, among others. The 24-month day program is continuous and includes 10-week summer semesters.
Rowan College at Burlington County
Rowan College at Burlington County is located in Pemberton. Students in the associate's degree program in radiography take classes on campus as well as receive clinical instruction at one of several sites up to 29 miles from the campus. This is a day program designed for full-time study. Each year, the program accepts 14 students into the program, which starts in the summer. To be admitted, candidates must complete a separate application and take the Psychological Services Bureau Health Occupations Aptitude Examination; completion of prerequisites and grade point average are also considered during the admissions process.
Union County College
Union County College in Cranford offers an amplified associate's degree program in radiography. This program is the result of an agreement between Union County College and the Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools at the JFK Medical Center. The radiography program includes courses in radiographic physics, radiation biology, procedures and radiographic exposure. In addition, students participate in practicum 2-4 days per week during each of the 8 semesters (including summers).
The state of New Jersey requires that all radiologic procedures be performed by licensed technologists. To become licensed in diagnostic radiologic technology, candidates must complete a training program approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Bureau of Radiological Health and/or by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). They're also required to pass the certification exam of the American Registry for Radiologic Technology (ARRT) or through the state board if ineligible for the ARRT certification exam.
Below are the ten largest educational institutions that offer 2-year programs in radiologic technology, which are designed to prepare graduates to earn state-issued licenses. The state-approved radiology programs offered by healthcare centers aren't discussed here. The NJDEP Bureau of Radiological Health approves all of the schools below, and graduates are eligible for the ARRT certification exam. These allied health programs generally require background checks, drug tests and CPR certification.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Radiology Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Bergen Community College||2-year; public; suburban|| Associate of Applied Science in Radiography,
Advanced Certificate in Radiation Therapy Technology
|$4,500 in-district; $8,154 in-state; $8,526 out-of-state*|
|Brookdale Community College||2-year; public; rural||Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$4,869 in-district; $7,963 in-state; $8,663 out-of-state*|
|County College of Morris||2-year; public; suburban||Associate in Applied Science in Radiography||$4,920 in-district; $8,760 in-state; $12,060 out-of-state*|
|Essex County College||2-year; public; city||Associate in Applied Science in Radiography||$4,995 in-district; $8,790 in-state and out-of-state*|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus||4-year; private; suburban|| Associate of Science in Radiography,
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology
|Mercer County Community College||2-year; public; rural||Associate in Applied Science in Radiography||$4,206 in-district; $5,394 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*|
|Middlesex County College||2-year; public; suburban||Associate in Applied Science in Radiography Education||$3,516 in-district; $7,032 in-state and out-of-state*|
|Passaic County Community College||2-year; public; suburban||Associate in Applied Science in Radiography||$5,070 in-district; $6,960 in-state; $8,850 out-of-state*|
|Rowan College at Burlington County||2-year; public; rural||Associate of Applied Science in Radiography||$4,725 in-district; $5,235 in-state; $7,185 out-of-state*|
|Union County College||2-year; public; suburban||Associate in Science in Radiography||$5,140 in-district; $10,280 for in-state and out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator