As the medical needs of our nation’s population increase, the demand increases for qualified professionals in many areas of the health industry. In order to fulfill the rising demand, now is a better time than ever to start pursuing a career in radiology.
In Hawaii, workers of this occupation are few in number but are starting to grow, following the national trend that expects the employment opportunities for radiologic technologists to increase by 28% in only 10 years.
In the state of Hawaii, the average annual salary for a radiologic technologist is $69,100, with an average hourly wage of $33.22. This makes Hawaii one of the nation’s 5 top paying states for radiologic technologists. However, this island state boasts some of the nation’s highest costs of living. Due to its isolation in the middle of the Pacific and limited land space, gas, food, utilities and home prices are all higher than in most places in the continental US. Some less-urbanized cities and towns throughout the islands may have cheaper living costs, although employment opportunities will be more limited than in Honolulu. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Hawaii.
Radiological technicians in the state of Hawaii must currently be licensed in order to perform work. Like 36 other US states, Hawaii uses the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examinations for its licensing requirements. Hawaii also states that working technologists in the radiology field must complete 24 hours of continuing education per 2-year term. Licensed radiological technicians from other states with equivalent requirements are also licensed to work in Hawaii. Some specific radiology jobs, such as nuclear medicine technology and cardiovascular radiography, must hold additional licenses in order to practice.
University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College: Located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, the University of Hawaii’s Kapiolani Community College (KCC) is currently the only accredited school in the state to offer a degree in radiologic technology. Graduates of the Radiologic Technology (RAD) program will receive a 2-year Associate of Science (AS) degree.
The RAD program involves classroom lectures, laboratory instruction and supervised clinical experience. Upon completing the program, graduates are eligible for taking the ARRT national certification exam, which fulfills the state’s licensing requirements for this profession. KCC’s Radiologic Technology program boasts a strong examination record with a 100% first-attempt pass rate from 2007-2011, and a 97% first-attempt pass rate overall since the program was started in 1972.
Hawaii is home to several large healthcare centers, especially on Oahu and in populated areas of the other islands, which consistently employ radiologic technologists. While the largest numbers of radiologic technologists work for these larger facilities, small clinics and rural doctors’ offices hire technologists as well.
The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu (Oahu)
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Pali Momi Medical Center, Aiea (Oahu)
98-1079 Moanalua Road
Aiea, HI 96701
Straub Clinic and Hospital, Honolulu, Mililani, Kaneohe, Kailua (Oahu), Hilo, Kona (Big Island), Lanai City (Lanai)
888 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Castle Medical Center, Kailua (Oahu)
640 Ulukahiki St
Kailua, HI 96734
Wilcox Memorial Hospital, Lihue (Kauai)
3-3420 Kuhio Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
North Hawaii Community Hospital, Waimea (Big Island)
67 1125 Mamalahoa Highway
Kamuela, HI 96743
Kona Community Hospital, Kealakekua (Big Island)
79-1019 Haukapila Street
Kealakekua, HI 96750
JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Hawaii
University of Hawaii-Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu HI 96816
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 23 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 75% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 87%
Tuition Fees: $4,545 Resident, $21,960 Non-resident
Description: The RAD Program at Kapiolani Community College is a 2-year AS degree curriculum that combines classroom studies, hands-on exercises in well-equipped laboratories, and intensive supervised clinical practice in affiliated hospitals. Some prerequisite courses, including human anatomy and physiology, must be completed prior to admission. Applicants must attend at least one information session, and complete the admissions assessment (A2) with the minimum qualifying scores, within one year of the application deadline as part of the qualifications for admission to the RAD Program.