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.
    • Other Schools to Consider

      There are two other options for those interested in radiologic technology and health care careers.

      • Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno. In Reno, students can earn a two-year degree in radiologic technology at this community college. The program includes general education coursework, a foundation in basic science, as well as courses specific to radiology. Students receive clinical training in addition to classwork.
      • Western Nevada College. This college, which has campuses in Carson City, Fallon, Douglas, and Lovelock offers an associate of applied science degree in nursing. While not specifically designed to train radiologic technologists, this program can help students get a start in health sciences.
        • Large Employers in Radiology

          Las Vegas and Reno are the largest cities in the state and have the most jobs for radiologic technologists. However, there are smaller facilities in towns and in the rural areas that need workers in this field too.

          St. Mary’s Medical Group
          235 West 6th Street
          Reno, NV 89503

          Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center
          1600 Medical Parkway
          Carson City, NV 89703

          Banner Churchill Community Hospital
          801 E. Williams
          Fallon, NV 89406

          Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
          2075 E. Flamingo Rd.
          Las Vegas, NV 89119

          Flamingo Surgery Center
          2565 E. Flamingo Rd.
          Las Vegas, NV 89121

          VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
          975 Kirman Avenue
          Reno, NV 89502

          Professional Organizations

          Because there are such minimal licensing requirements in the state of Nevada for radiologic technologists, there are no statewide professional organizations. However, on the national level, workers in this field may take the exam set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. They may also become members of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. For more information about becoming a radiologic technologist, the education required, and the career possibilities, contact the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

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          JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Nevada

          Great Basin College
          1500 College Parkway, Elko NV 89801
          Tel: (775) 753-2463
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 22 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 82% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 85% Job Placement Rate: 82.3%
          Tuition Fees: $4,050 Resident, $7,372 Non-resident
          http://www.gbcnv.edu/programs/show.cgi?AAS-RT

          Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas
          3333 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas NV 89121
          Tel: (702) 458-9650
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Associate in Occupational Studies
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 81% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 91%
          Tuition Fees: $17,262 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

          University of Nevada, Las Vegas
          4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 453017, Las Vegas NV 89154-3017
          Tel: (702) 895-3296
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 96% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 89% Job Placement Rate: 97%
          Tuition Fees: $5,775
          http://www.unlv.edu/hpds/radiography

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