X-Ray Tech School and College Program Information

Jan 02, 2019

Numerous community colleges and state schools offer x-ray (radiologic technology) education. Various institutions grant certificates, associate's and bachelor's degrees in radiography and radiologic technology.

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.

Radiography Certificate

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.

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