Arizona – Schools, Programs and Other Education Options

There is currently a nationwide shortage of professionals working in the field of radiology technology. While the demand for x-ray technologists has remained steady or grown slightly in most parts of the country, the number of available practitioners has decreased.

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Although the number of technologists has declined at a slightly slower rate in Arizona than in the rest of the country, the state is still a great place to pursue this career. The shrinking field means that current graduates in radiology technology are more likely to find a well-paying job upon earning their degree.

Salaries for Radiologists

The average annual salary for an Arizona professional in the field of radiology science is $61,860 according to the US Department of Labor.

Cities in less densely populated areas in Arizona such as Kingman and Prescott also tend to offer somewhat higher average salaries than a dense urban center like Phoenix. Radiology science salaries have been on an upward trend in Arizona, and continue to lead the average for all professions in the state.

More information on Rad Tech salaries in Arizona.

Radiology Requirements in Arizona

Arizona professionals in the field of radiology technology from limited license X-ray technicians to radiologist assistants must pass the appropriate American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. Practitioners working in nuclear medicine must also pass the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMCTB) exam.

Limited license X-ray technicians who want to practice in Arizona must complete a limited license program within the state of Arizona.

Well-Known Radiology Schools in Arizona

Pima Medical Institute: Pima Medical Institute has multiple locations around the western United States, including Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa. These locations offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiography (Radiologic Technology) for new professionals, as well as an online advanced track in radiography for students with some prior radiology technology training. Current radiologic technologists may also earn an online Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science in order to be better qualified for advancement in their field.

Carrington College, Phoenix Westside Campus: Carrington College is part of the DeVry, Inc private education corporation that includes DeVry University and DeVry Institute of Technology. Carrington has satellite campuses around the western US. The Phoenix Westside Campus offers an Associate of Science degree in Medical Radiography, and graduates are prepared to sit for the ARRT exam immediately upon graduation.

Other Schools to Consider

Several other schools around Arizona offer Associate of Science degrees in radiologic technology. These schools include Arizona Western College in Yuma, Central Arizona College in Coolidge between Phoenix and Tucson, and Pima Community College in Tucson. These schools offer more of a traditional community college experience for students who are looking for more than just a fast track to a degree.

Additionally, Arizona students can look outside the State (note that public universities and colleges will charge more for non-residents). There are good options in Southern California in general, and Los Angeles in particular, in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV to the north, limited options Albuquerque, NM and in Salt Lake City, Utah. Further afield you can consider x-ray technician schools in Colorado and Texas.

Professional Organizations

Radiology science professionals in Arizona are well advised to use the resources available to them through their professional organizations. Societies such as the Arizona State Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASSRT) are able to help technologists make professional contacts and stay abreast of any changes in state regulations.

The ASSRT is the Arizona affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT.) Technologists in Arizona should also be familiar with the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA), which oversees licensing for the state.

Large Employers in Radiology

Large hospitals and medical centers are by far the largest employers of radiologic technologists. These large institutions are also generally able to offer the most competitive wages. Here are some of the most significant employers in Arizona in the field of radiology science.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix
1111 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006-2666
(602) 239-2000

Mayo Clinic, Phoenix
5777 East Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85054-4502
(480) 515-6296

University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson
1501 North Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724-5128
(520) 694-0111

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix
350 West Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013-4496
(602) 406-3000

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale
9003 East Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-6771
(480) 323-3000

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Glendale
5555 West Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306-4696
(602) 865-5555

Popular Programs

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JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Arizona

Arizona Western College
2020 S. Avenue 8E, Yuma AZ 85365-8834
Tel: (928) 314-9574
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 94%
Tuition Fees: $3,034 Resident, $3,444 Non-resident
Description: The Radiologic Technology program is a a comprehensive competency-based program of study that prepares students to sit for the National Registry Examination offered by the American Registry of Registered Technologists (ARRT) and allows successful students to graduate with expertise at the entry level in the field of diagnostic radiology.
http://www.azwestern.edu/academic_services/career_and_technical_education/Radiology_Department/jrcert_accreditation.html

Central Arizona College
Superstition Mountain Campus, Apache Junction AZ 85119-5231
Tel: (480) 677-7746
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 95% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $2,310 Resident, $4,620 Non-resident
Description: The program aims to provide an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment where competency based education in radiography is focused on the needs of the patient and intended to produce competent and progressive imaging professionals of the highest caliber.
http://www.centralaz.edu/Home/Academics/Divisions_and_Programs/Radiologic_Technology.htm

GateWay Community College-Washington Campus
108 North 40th Street, Phoenix AZ 85034
Tel: (602) 286-8542
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 21.5 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 75% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91% Job Placement Rate: 89%
Tuition Fees: $4,536 Resident, $10,360 Non-resident
http://www.gatewaycc.edu/medical-radiography

Mohave Community College
3400 Highway 95, Building 1100, Bullhead City AZ 86442
Tel: (928) 704-4182
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $2,784 Resident, $9,400 Non-resident
http://www.mohave.edu/radtech

Pima Community College
2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson AZ 85709-0080
Tel: (520) 206-3105
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 76% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 88%
Tuition Fees: $2,754 Resident, $10,650 Non-resident
https://www.pima.edu/programs-courses/credit-programs-degrees/health-professions/radiologic-technology/index.html

Pima Medical Institute-Mesa
957 South Dobson Road, Mesa AZ 85202
Tel: (480) 644-0307
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate in Health Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 83% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91% Job Placement Rate: 87%
Tuition Fees: $15,687 Resident and Non-resident
Description: Students learn the necessary skills to accurately position patients, ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced.
http://www.pmi.edu/Programs/Associate/Radiology

Pima Medical Institute-Online
40 North Swan Road, Suite 100, Tucson AZ 85711
Tel: (520) 245-0869
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 15 months
Tuition Fees: $20,633

Pima Medical Institute-Tucson
3350 East Grant Road, Tucson AZ 85716
Tel: (520) 881-1284
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate Degree
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 82% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 75% Job Placement Rate: 91%
Tuition Fees: $16,158 Resident and Non-resident
Description: Students learn the necessary skills to accurately position patients, ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced.
http://pmi.edu/programs/associate/radiology

Yavapai College
1100 East Sheldon Street, Prescott AZ 86301
Tel: (928) 771-4866
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 80%
Tuition Fees: $3,485 Resident, $16,605 Non-resident
Description: The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology is a 24 month program (six sequential semesters including summers)that prepares students for entry?level positions as radiographers. The program starts once per year in the Fall semester. Students must complete 20 credit hours of pre?entry courses, and 62 credits of major core courses.
http://www.yc.edu/v5content/academics/divisions/sciences-and-health/radiology/

GateWay Community College-Washington Campus
108 North 40th Street, Phoenix AZ 85034
Tel: (602) 286-8483
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 13 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $4,455 Resident, $17,480 Non-resident
http://www.gatewaycc.edu/radiation-therapy

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