Education Options for Tomorrow’s Medical Imaging Professionals in Nevada

Radiologic technologists play an important role in medicine. They are technicians with at least a two-year degree and they work in hospitals, clinics, and other medical settings assisting doctors and patients with radiological procedures and diagnostic tests.

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As the population of the country grows and ages, all kinds of health careers are on the rise, including those in radiology.

Nevada is no exception and is a state that will continue to need health care workers in general, and radiologic technicians, in particular. Large medical centers in Las Vegas and smaller facilities in smaller towns alike will continue to need people to fill these jobs.

Salaries in Radiology

Radiologic technologists make, on average in the U.S., $28.13 per hour or $58,520 per year. In Nevada, there are approximately 1,380 employed radiologic technologists. These workers make more than the national average. The average annual salary in Nevada for work in this field is $67,940, but can be as high as $90,000 for those with specializations and experience. The average hourly wage is $32.66. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Nevada.

State Requirements

The state of Nevada only certifies mammography technologists by issuing a license through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). To get the license, requires an appropriate course of study at a university or a college as well as a passing score on the exam set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Once these requirements are met, the technologist may apply to Nevada’s DHHS.

After receiving the license, the mammography worker must keep it current by taking 15 credit hours of continuing education over the course of three years.

Working in other areas of radiologic technology, such as radiography, and radiation therapy, is possible in Nevada, but does not require licensing.

Well-Known Universities and Colleges

For those interested in pursuing a radiology education in Nevada, there are a few choices including courses at the University of Nevada and National University.

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Las Vegas campus of the University of Nevada offers students a radiography certificate program. Students who graduate from the program are prepared to work in a clinical setting immediately. Coursework includes hands-on work with radiography equipment and with patients.
  • National University, Henderson. This school, with a campus in Henderson offers students the chance to earn a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. The program includes a general education in the liberal arts as well as coursework that prepares students for a career as a radiation therapist. It has been accredited by the Radiologic Health Branch of the California Department of Health.
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