Your Career in Medical Imaging in Massachusetts Starts Here

There are many reasons to consider pursuing a career in radiology. As this nation’s population continues to age, the radiology profession is following the overall healthcare trend and is growing at rate that’s twice as fast as the national average for other professions.

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In the state of Massachusetts, the radiology field is going strong, with about 4,380 radiological technologists currently employed, with dozens of new jobs estimated to appear over the next several years.

Salaries for Radiographers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current average annual salary for a radiologic technologist in the state of Massachusetts is currently about $71,790, with an average hourly wage of $34.51.

This is significantly greater than the national average annual salary of $58,520, and is just one of many reasons why pursuing a radiology degree in Massachusetts is so worthwhile.

Unsurprisingly, however, the majority of radiological technologists are located near major hospitals in cities such as Boston, which do have a high cost of living. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Massachusetts.

Radiology Requirements in Massachusetts

Massachusetts radiological technologists are required to carry a state license, which lasts for a 2-year term. The radiological technology license is acquired by passing the state certification exam or, like 36 other US states, by passing the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Continuing education requirements must also be met to hold a license in Massachusetts and include 20 hours of education every 2 years.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in Massachusetts

In the state of Massachusetts, there are currently 12 school programs for radiography that are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT):

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences University: Located in the picturesque capital city of Boston, this 4-year university offers a Bachelor of Science degree from its Radiography program, which is an accelerated, year-round program that takes 32 months to complete. This program features extensive laboratory classes and supervised field experience. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the American Regis­try of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam.

  • Middlesex Community College, Bedford
  • Bunker Hill Community College, Boston
  • North Shore Community College, Danvers
  • Regis College, Medford
  • Holyoke Community College, Holyoke
  • Massasoit Community College, Brockton
  • Northern Essex Community College, Lawrence
  • Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester
  • Roxbury Community College, Boston
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College, Framingham
  • Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield
    • Other Schools to Consider

      The radiography programs listed below are not currently accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT), but many are accredited by other organizations and still offer quality radiological technology education and training:

      Laboure College, Boston
      Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Medford
      MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston
      Northeastern University, Boston
      Suffolk University, Boston

      Leaving Massachusetts, there are options in Concord and Lebanon, New Hampshire, to the north, various locations in Connecticut, including Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport, to the south, many options in New York State, including Syracuse, Utica, and Binghampton, to the west, as well as schools in Lincoln and Providence, RI and Burlington and Bennington, VT.

      Large Employers in Radiology

      There are many large healthcare facilities that employ radiologic technologists in Massachusetts, especially in Boston and other cities. While major hospitals provide the bulk of employment opportunities, small clinics and rural doctors’ offices employ radiological technologists as well.

      Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
      55 Fruit St,
      Boston, MA 02114
      (617) 726-2000

      Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
      75 Francis Street
      Boston, MA 02215
      (617) 732-5500

      South Shore Hospital, Weymouth
      55 Fogg Rd Weymouth, MA 02190
      (781) 624-8000

      Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
      330 Brookline Avenue
      Boston, MA 02215-5491
      (617) 667-7000

      Baystate Medical Center, Springfield
      759 Chestnut Street
      Springfield, MA 01199-0001
      (413) 794-0000

      Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston
      243 Charles Street
      Boston, MA 02114-3002
      (617) 523-7900

      Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge
      25 Main Street
      Stockbridge, MA 01262-0962
      (413) 298-5511

      Professional Organizations

      For career support and valuable professional resources such as employment listings, continuing education and conferences, radiologic technologists and students should consider joining a state organization such as the Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT). For aspiring radiology students, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) is a valuable resource on radiology education.

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      JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Massachusetts

      Bunker Hill Community College
      250 New Rutherford Avenue, Boston MA 02129-2925
      Tel: (617) 228-2197
      Program Name: Medical Radiography
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 21 Months Full-time, 35 months Part-time
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 85.2% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 84.9% Job Placement Rate: 94%
      Tuition Fees: $5,550 Resident, $11,070 Non-resident
      Description: Unusually, this program has a part-time option available (35 months) as well as full time (21 months).
      http://www.bhcc.mass.edu/academics/divisions/nurseducationmedicalimagingandrespiratory/medicalimaging/medicalradiography

      Holyoke Community College
      303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke MA 01040
      Tel: (413) 552-2460
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 21 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 57% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96% Job Placement Rate: 71%
      Tuition Fees: $5,740 Resident, $12,950 Non-resident
      http://www.hcc.edu/courses-and-programs/academic-divisions/health-and-natural-sciences/radiologic-technology

      Massasoit Community College
      One Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton MA 02302
      Tel: (508) 588-9100
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 21 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 88.4% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 93.6% Job Placement Rate: 93.2%
      Tuition Fees: $7,267 Resident, $14,534 Non-resident
      http://www.massasoit.edu/Assets/documents/academic-departments/allied-health/rad-tech/PROGRAM-EFFECTIVENESS-MEASURES.pdf

      MassBay Community College
      19 Flagg Drive, Framingham MA 01702
      Tel: (508) 270-4046
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 21 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 79% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 87%
      Tuition Fees: $912 Resident, $8,740 Non-resident
      http://www.massbay.edu/Academics/Health-Sciences/Rad-Tech-Program/Program-Effectiveness-Data.aspx

      MCPHS University
      179 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115-5896
      Tel: (617) 879-5033
      Program Name: Radiography
      Program Type: Bachelor of Science
      Duration: 32 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 93% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94% Job Placement Rate: 92%
      Tuition Fees: $38,525 Resident and Non-resident
      Description: This is a full-time, year-round, 32-month accelerated program.
      http://www.mcphs.edu/academics/programs/radiography-bs

      Middlesex Community College
      591 Springs Road, Bedford MA 01730-1197
      Tel: (781) 280-3942
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 21 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 90% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 76% Job Placement Rate: 94%
      Tuition Fees: $7,000 Resident, $7,400 Non-resident
      Description: This competitive degree program prepares students for future work in hospitals and medical offices, taking x-rays and administering non-radioactive materials to patients for diagnostic purposes. It also includes an internship component where students gain valuable experience and skills in a clinical setting.
      https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/RadiologicTechnology/

      North Shore Community College
      1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers MA 01923
      Tel: (978) 762-4163
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 21 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92% Job Placement Rate: 88%
      Tuition Fees: $5,408 Resident, $12,832 Non-resident
      http://www.northshore.edu/academics/programs/rad

      Northern Essex Community College (Lawrence Campus)
      45 Franklin Street, Lawrence MA 01841-4911
      Tel:
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 21 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 89% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 93.8% Job Placement Rate: 96%
      Tuition Fees: $8,032
      http://www.necc.mass.edu/academics/courses-programs/areas/health/radiologic-technology-associate-degree/

      Quinsigamond Community College
      25 Federal Street, Worcester MA 01608
      Tel: (508) 854-4289
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 96% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 95%
      Tuition Fees: $6,335 Resident, $11,500 Non-resident
      http://www.qcc.edu/radiologic-technology

      Regis College
      170 Governors Avenue, Medford MA 02155
      Tel: (781) 306-6753
      Program Name: Medical Radiography
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 22 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 93.75% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 89.23% Job Placement Rate: 84.21%
      Tuition Fees: $21,690 Resident and Non-resident
      Description: Regis College and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford work in partnership in which the degree is granted by Regis College.
      http://lmregis.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Program-Effectiveness-Data-June-2014.pdf

      Roxbury Community College
      1234 Columbus Avenue, Boston MA 02120
      Tel: (617) 427-0060
      Program Name: Radiology Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 20 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 67% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 89.47% Job Placement Rate: 87%
      Tuition Fees: $2,297 Resident, $9,266 Non-resident
      http://www.rcc.mass.edu/academics/health-sciences/about-radiology

      Springfield Technical Community College
      One Armory Square, Suite 1, Springfield MA 01102-9000
      Tel: (413) 755-4850
      Program Name: Radiography
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 23 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 80% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 76.4% Job Placement Rate: 89%
      Tuition Fees: $7,729 Resident, $14,890 Non-resident
      http://catalog.stcc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=5&poid=1243&returnto=622

      Laboure College
      303 Adams Street, Milton MA 02186
      Tel: (617) 312-3514
      Program Name: Radiation Therapy
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 63% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92% Job Placement Rate: 92%
      Tuition Fees: $26,000 Resident and Non-resident
      Description: The radiation therapy program offers experienced instructors and many clinical affiliations to provide students with a varied experience allowing development of the skills and traits needed to be a successful radiation therapist.
      http://www.laboure.edu/programs/associate-degrees/radiation-therapy.aspx

      MCPHS University
      179 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115-5896
      Tel: (617) 274-3322
      Program Name: Radiation Therapy
      Program Type: Bachelor of Science
      Duration: 33 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94% Job Placement Rate: 93%
      Tuition Fees: $26,600 Resident, $ Non-resident
      Description: In the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy program, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in just 32 months.
      http://www.mcphs.edu/academics/programs/radiation-therapy-bs

      Suffolk University
      20 Somerset Street, Boston MA 02114
      Tel: (617) 305-1995
      Program Name: Radiation Therapy
      Program Type: Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate), Bachelor of Science
      Duration: Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate): 21 months, Bachelor of Science: 21 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 89% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 85% Job Placement Rate: 86.67%
      Tuition Fees: $31,592 Resident and Non-resident
      Description: The Post Baccalaureate Radiation Therapy Certificat Program is designed for college graduates who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and are interested in pursuing a career change into Radiation Therapy.
      http://www.suffolk.edu/college/departments/15131.php

      UMass Memorial Medical Center
      55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester MA 01655
      Tel: (774) 442-5551
      Program Name: Radiation Therapy
      Program Type: Certificate
      Duration: 15 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 90%
      Tuition Fees: $4,500 Resident and Non-resident
      http://www.umassmed.edu/radiationoncology/education/

      Suffolk University
      20 Somerset Street, Boston MA 02114
      Tel: (617) 305-1995
      Program Name: Medical Dosimetry
      Program Type: Certificate
      Duration: 21 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 60%
      Tuition Fees: $20,520 Resident and Non-resident
      Description: The 21-month program consists of a combination of classroom work and clinical hands-on experience through clinical rotation at Suffolk University’s affiliates. There is no program effectiveness data available for this program
      http://www.suffolk.edu/college/departments/15132.php

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