How to Become a Radiologic Technologist in New Jersey

Careers in radiologic technology are increasing in number across the country and in every state.

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The growth rate for this field of work is expected to be 11 percent, more than double that for other careers, over the next decade because of the increasing need for health care. This is a populous state with a large number of sizable medical centers and hospitals. Jobs in this state in the field of radiologic technology should be easy to find for many years to come. Now is an excellent time to earn a degree or a certificate and to get a job in radiology.

Salaries in Radiology

Across the U.S. the mean salary for a radiologic technologist is $28.13 per hour or $58,520 per year. In New Jersey, which employs over 5,000 workers in this field, the average is much higher.

The average annual salary for a radiologic technologist here is $65,050, but can be as high as $84,000 with specializations. The average hourly wage in the state is $31.27, but can also go higher, up to $40.56 per hour.

Getting a higher degree, years of experience working in the field, and areas of specialization can all work to increase salary. More information on Rad Tech salaries in New Jersey.

State Licensure

To work as an x-ray tech in New Jersey requires licensing. To work in radiography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy, a two-year license may be granted. The licenses are administered by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The state also issues limited licenses that allow someone to work in specific areas such as dental or podiatric radiologic technology. To get a license, students must complete an appropriate course of study and then pass the exam set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). For nuclear medicine licensing, the exam given by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board may be substituted for that given by the ARRT.

Well-Known Universities and Colleges

New Jersey is home to several community colleges and medical colleges that offer certificates and degrees in radiologic technology and areas of specialty.

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck. The metro campus of this university offers students of radiology two options: and associate degree in radiography or a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology. The former will prepare students for a career in the field, while the latter is designed to help already licensed workers continue their educations.
  • JFK Medical Center. This affiliate of the JFK Health System is also connected to Union County College and offers students programs in nuclear medicine technology, diagnostic sonography, and radiography.
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. This school has many campus locations including Newark, Piscataway, Stratford, and Scotch Plains. Students can enter a program to become a radiologist assistant or work towards a certificate or degree in a specialty such as diagnostic imaging.
  • American Institute of Medical Sciences and Education, Piscataway. This school offers students programs in several different areas of radiologic technology including MRI technology and ultrasound and vascular technology.
    • Other Schools to Consider

      There are many community and county colleges in New Jersey offering programs in radiologic technology.

      • Middlesex County College, Edison. The radiography program at Middlesex includes general education courses as well as those specific to radiography. Graduates are prepared to take the exam for licensing.
      • Cumberland County College, Vineland. Students at Cumberland can earn a degree in radiography and be ready for the licensing exam. Admission to the program is selective.
      • Bergen Community College, Paramus. At Bergen, students can choose between a certificate in radiation therapy or an associate degree in radiography.
        • Large Employers in Radiology

          New Jersey has many large medical centers and hospitals that need to hire radiologic technologists.

          Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
          201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
          Newark, NJ 07112

          Christ Hospital
          176 Palisade Avenue
          Jersey City, NJ 07306

          East Orange General Hospital
          300 Central Avenue
          East Orange, NJ 07018

          Morristown Medical Center
          100 Madison Avenue
          Morristown, NJ 07960

          Bergen Regional Medical Center
          230 East Ridgewood Avenue
          Paramus, NJ 07652

          Tom’s River X-Ray
          154 Highway 37 West
          Toms River, NJ 08755

          Professional Organizations

          Radiologic technologists in New Jersey can join the national organizations for the profession, which includes the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. There is also a state affiliate for the latter, the New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits many of the programs of study in this field and is a good source of further information about careers and schools for radiologic technology.

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          JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in New Jersey

          Bergen Community College
          400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652-1595
          Tel: (201) 493-5025
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 69.4% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 96.5%
          Tuition Fees: $4,885
          http://bergen.edu/academics/academic-divisions-departments/health-professions-division/radiography/

          Brookdale Community College
          765 Newman Springs Road, NAS 144, Lincroft NJ 07738
          Tel: (732) 224-2000
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 22 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 77.4% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96.7% Job Placement Rate: 92.7%
          Tuition Fees: $3,600 Resident, $7,200 Non-resident
          http://sites.brookdalecc.edu/home/science-health-sciences/radiologic-technology/rt-program-outcomes/

          CarePoint Health Christ Hospital
          176 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07306-1121
          Tel: (201) 360-4781
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 92% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92% Job Placement Rate: 92%
          Tuition Fees: $10,000 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.carepointhealth.org/residency-programs-and-schools/school-of-radiography/

          County College of Morris
          214 Center Grove Road, Randolph NJ 07869
          Tel: (973) 328-5354
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 86% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 84%
          Tuition Fees: $5,000 Resident, $8,500 Non-resident
          http://ccm.edu/academics/degrees/radiography.aspx

          Cumberland County College
          3322 College Drive, Vineland NJ 08362-1500
          Tel: (856) 691-8600
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 23 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 85.7% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 93.3% Job Placement Rate: 86.9%
          Tuition Fees: $3,795 Resident, $4,485 Non-resident
          http://www.cccnj.edu/academics/radiography

          Englewood Hospital & Medical Center
          350 Engle Street, Englewood NJ 07631
          Tel: (201) 894-3481
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 72.7% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97.77% Job Placement Rate: 100%
          Tuition Fees: $7,500 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.englewoodhospital.com/prs_radiography_home.asp

          Essex County College
          303 University Avenue, Newark NJ 07102
          Tel: (973) 877-3293
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 22 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 90% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 88.7%
          Tuition Fees: $5,147 Resident, $9,107 Non-resident
          http://www.essex.edu/academics/programs/stem/nah/radiography

          JFK Medical Center
          65 James Street, Edison NJ 08820
          Tel: (908) 668-2966
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 77% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95% Job Placement Rate: 88%
          Tuition Fees: $13,200 Resident, $26,400 Non-resident
          http://www.jfkmuhlenbergschools.org

          Mercer County Community College
          1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor NJ 08550
          Tel: (609) 570-3337
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 23 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 77% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95% Job Placement Rate: 87%
          Tuition Fees: $5,254 Resident, $6,938 Non-resident
          http://www.mccc.edu/~petroskw/rad/

          Middlesex County College
          2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison NJ 08818-3050
          Tel: (732) 906-2583
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 74% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97.3% Job Placement Rate: 81.7%
          Tuition Fees: $4,813 Resident, $9,625 Non-resident
          http://www2.middlesexcc.edu/academics/academic-departments/radiography.html

          Passaic County Community College
          One College Boulevard, Paterson NJ 07505
          Tel: (973) 684-6243
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 30% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91% Job Placement Rate: 88%
          Tuition Fees: $5,000 Resident, $8,000 Non-resident
          http://www.pccc.edu/uploads/93/10/9310bec6a2cec6735ff316bc21b33732/Program_Effectiveness_Data.pdf

          Rowan College at Burlington County
          601 Pemberton Brown Mills Road, Pemberton NJ 08068
          Tel: (609) 894-9311
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 87.71% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
          Tuition Fees: $6,273 Resident, $7,333 Non-resident
          http://www.bcc.edu

          Shore Medical Center
          100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point NJ 08244-2387
          Tel: (609) 653-3695
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 21 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 86% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 85.8% Job Placement Rate: 91.8%
          Tuition Fees: $7,000 Resident and Non-resident
          http://shoremedicalcenter.org/radiologyschool

          St. Francis Medical Center/Trinity Health
          601 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton NJ 08629-1986
          Tel: (609) 599-5234
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 86%
          Tuition Fees: $6,900 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.stfrancismedical.org/Education/School-of-Radiologic-Technology.aspx

          Valley Hospital
          223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood NJ 07450-2736
          Tel: (201) 447-8221
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 80% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96% Job Placement Rate: 100%
          Tuition Fees: $21,661 Resident, $21,660 Non-resident
          http://www.valleyhealth.com/School_Radiography.aspx?id=474

          Bergen Community College
          400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652
          Tel: (201) 493-5034
          Program Name: Radiation Therapy
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 12 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 85% Job Placement Rate: 92%
          Tuition Fees: $6,800 Resident and Non-resident
          http://bergen.edu/academics/academic-divisions-departments/health-professions-division/radiation-therapy/

          St. Barnabas Medical Center
          94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston NJ 07039
          Tel: (973) 322-5628
          Program Name: Diagnostic Radiology
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 12 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 83% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91% Job Placement Rate: 96%
          Tuition Fees: $7,000 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.barnabashealth.org/Saint-Barnabas-Medical-Center/Our-Services/Radiation-Oncology/ACareer-in-Radiation-Therapy-Technology.aspx

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