Become a Radiologic Technician in Louisiana

This is a great time to pursue your career in the state of Louisiana. Radiologic technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the country, with an expected growth rate of 11 percent by 2024.

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In addition, Louisiana is experiencing a relatively rapid rate of job growth compared to the rest of the United States, currently ranking third in the nation. Above average salaries and the low cost of living in most parts of the state help to make this state and career appealing to young professionals.

Salaries for Radiologists

The current average salary for Louisiana professionals in radiologic technology is $47,490. This figure is below the national average salary in this field of $58,520 per year, and is above the average yearly income in Louisiana of $40,810. The overall cost of living is below the national average, so rad tech professionals should be able to live comfortably in this state. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Louisiana.

Professional Requirements

Louisiana requires that all practicing radiologic science professionals pass the appropriate national board exam. The national board exam for radiologic technologists offers examinations in the primary disciplines of radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology, sonography, and magnetic resonance imaging administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The ARRT also offers eleven post-primary certifications. Candidates for post-primary certification must be registered by ARRT in the appropriate supporting discipline to be eligible. These post-primary disciplines include mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, quality management, bone densitometry, cardiac interventional technology, vascular interventional technology, sonography, vascular sonography, breast sonography, radiologist assistant. Additionally, examinations are provided for nuclear medicine technologists by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTB) for disciplines in nuclear medicine technology, nuclear cardiology technology, and positron emission tomography. The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) offers certification to eligible sonographers and vascular technologists in three disciplines; registered diagnostic medical sonography, registered diagnostic cardiac sonography, and registered vascular technology. The Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners (LSRT-BE) requires that all radiologic technologists credentialed in radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, and fusion studies be licensed to practice. Both the ARRT and LSRT-BE require 24 hours of continuing education every two years in order to practice in this state.

Colleges you may have heard of

University of Louisiana Monroe: The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology. Students in this program must first complete the pre-radiologic technology curriculum, which takes approximately two years, before applying for the professional radiologic technology program. During the program, ULM students will gain hands-on clinic at both on-campus and off-campus clinic locations. Southern University at Shreveport: Southern University at Shreveport has a two-year Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program. In order to enter the clinical program, students must first complete 12 units at Shreveport and apply for admission. Students must also complete 24 hours of observation in Radiology before they may apply to the program. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to sit for the ARRT exam and earn their license.

Other Schools to Consider

Our Lady of the Lake College: Our Lady of the Lake College is a small Catholic institution with an Associate of Science degree in Radiologic Technology. Students will learn both computed tomography and digital radiography during completion of the program. The college is affiliated with one of the highest rated hospitals in Louisiana, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Southeastern Louisiana University: Southeastern Louisiana University offers a two-year clinical program for students who are already radiologic technologists with an associate degree from another school. At the end of the program, students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies.

Further options exist out-of-state in Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Large Employers in Radiology

The radiology departments at large hospitals and medical centers in Louisiana are the main employers of radiologic science professionals in the state. Louisiana has a number of well-respected hospitals, including one that has been nationally ranked by the US News & World Report, and several others than have been recognized for high performing specialty areas.

Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121-2429
(504) 842-3000

Willis-Knighton Medical Center
2600 Greenwood Road
Shreveport, LA 71103-2600
(318) 212-4600

WK Bossier Health Center
2400 Hospital Drive
Bossier City, LA 71111
(318) 212-7000

Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner
180 West Esplanade Avenue
Kenner, LA 70065-6001
(504) 468-8600

Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Center
5000 Hennessy Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4375
(225) 765-6565

Rapides Regional Medical Center
211 Fourth Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
(318) 473-3000

St. Francis Medical Center
309 Jackson Street
Monroe, LA 71201-7407
(318) 966-4000

Tulane Medical Center
1415 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112-2600
(504) 988-5263

Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St,
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 289-7991

Lake Area Medical Center
4200 Nelson Rd,
Lake Charles, LA 70605
(337) 474-6370

Professional Organizations

The Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists is the state affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. This society provides information about licensure, continuing education opportunities, and a forum for resume and job posting.

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JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Louisiana

Baton Rouge General Medical Center
3616 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge LA 70806
Tel: (225) 387-7157
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 80% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 82.6% Job Placement Rate: 89.13%
Tuition Fees: $10,395 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.brgeneral.org/Medical-Education/school-of-radiologic-technology

Delgado Community College
615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans LA 70119-4399
Tel: (504) 671-6210
Program Name: Radiology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 93.9% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98.7% Job Placement Rate: 92.1%
Tuition Fees: $3,557 Resident, $8,590 Non-resident
Description: This is a 24-month Associate of Applied Science degree program at Delgado’s City Park campus.
http://www.dcc.edu/campus/cp/ahealth/radiology_tech/

Fortis College – Baton Rouge
9255 Interline Avenue, Baton Rouge LA 70809
Tel: (225) 663-1955
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate in Occupational Studies
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 71% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 71% Job Placement Rate: 85%
Tuition Fees: $15,264 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.fortis.edu

Louisiana State University Alexandria
8100 Highway 71 South, Alexandria LA 71302
Tel: (318) 427-4423
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 80% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92% Job Placement Rate: 96%
Tuition Fees: $5,337 Resident, $11,068 Non-resident
http://www.lsua.edu/academic/Departments/AlliedHealth/degree-programs/Details/associate-of-science-in-radiologic-technology

Louisiana State University at Eunice
P.O. Box 1129, Eunice LA 70535
Tel: (337) 550-1340
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate Degree
Duration: 24 months
Tuition Fees: $3,864 Resident, $10,259 Non-resident
http://www.lsue.edu/academics/radtech.php

McNeese State University
4205 Ryan Street, Lake Charles LA 70609-2000
Tel: (337) 475-5657
Program Name: Radiologic Sciences
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 28 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 76.9% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $5,688 Resident, $12,028 Non-resident
http://www.mcneese.edu/radtech

North Oaks Medical Center
42161 Veterans Ave, Hammond LA 70403
Tel: (985) 230-7805
Program Name: Radiography Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 75% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98.4% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $4,500 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.northoaks.org/join_our_team/school_of_radiologic_technology.aspx

Northwestern State University
1800 Line Avenue, Shreveport LA 71101-4653
Tel: (318) 677-3071
Program Name: Radiologic Sciences
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 29 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 63% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 89% Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $5,600 Resident, $15,000 Non-resident
http://radiologicsciences.nsula.edu/bsrs/

Our Lady of the Lake College
5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge LA 70808
Tel: (225) 768-1737
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate in Radiologic Technology
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 89% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $12,157 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.ololcollege.edu/academics/academic-programs/radiologic-technology

Southern University at Shreveport
610 Texas Street, Suite 212, Shreveport LA 71101
Tel: (318) 670-9646
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 27 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 61% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 94%
Tuition Fees: $3,200 Resident, $4,618 Non-resident
http://www.susla.edu/departments/radiologic-technology

University of Holy Cross
Academics Center, New Orleans LA 70121
Tel: (504) 842-9208
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science
Duration: Bachelor of Science: 21 months, Associate of Science: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 92% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $17,390
http://uhcno.edu/academics/alliedhealth/radiologic-technology.html

University of Louisiana Monroe
700 University Avenue, Monroe LA 71209-0450
Tel: (318) 342-3270
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 82% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94% Job Placement Rate: 87%
Tuition Fees: $5,611 Resident, $14,431 Non-resident
http://ulm.edu/radtech/program_effectiveness_data.html

Delgado Community College
615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans LA 70119
Tel: (504) 671-6230
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 16 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 88% Job Placement Rate: 94%
Tuition Fees: $3,500 Resident, $7,300 Non-resident
http://www.dcc.edu/campus/cp/ahealth/radiation_thera/

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