A large percentage of the nation’s population – the Boomer generation – is growing older, and the radiology profession is following the healthcare sector’s upward trend in order to meet rising medical needs. In fact, the radiological technology profession is growing at rate that’s twice as fast as the national average for other professions.
Currently, the radiology field in Oregon is going strong, with about 1,990 radiological technologists currently employed, and that number is rising.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current mean annual salary for radiological technologists working in Oregon is about $66,450, with a mean hourly wage of $31.95. This is much higher than the national average annual salary of $58,520, and while this makes Oregon one of the higher-paying states for the radiology profession, it is also a reflection of this state’s higher cost of living, especially in cities such as Portland and Bend. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Oregon.
Radiologic technologists in the state of Oregon are required to carry a state license, which must be renewed at the end of every 2-year term. Continuing education requirements must also be met, and include a mandatory 24 hours of course work every two years. The state license is earned once the student or professional passes the state certification exam or, has passed another comparable exam from another state. Oregon also uses the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certificate examination for licensing Radiologist Assistants.
In the state of Oregon, there is currently only once school program for radiography that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT):
Portland Community College:
Located in the metropolis city of Portland, this public 2-year community college offers an Associate of Applied Science degree through its Radiography program. This program’s graduates have performed well, with a 99.9% pass rate for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam for the past 5 years.
The Portland Community College’s Radiology Program requires special admissions process, and only accepts 36 students per term, so the application process can be competitive. The program takes 27 consecutive months to complete, and involves both traditional classes and supervised clinical experience. In addition, for licensed professionals the Radiology Program also offers continuing education classes. Certified radiographic technologists may also receive specialized training through the school’s MRI Technologist and Computed Tomography programs.
Other Schools to Consider
The radiography programs listed below do not currently have an accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT); however, many of these programs are accredited through another organization and are still a good option for quality radiological technology education:
Abdill Career College Inc, Medford
Linn-Benton Community College, Albany
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls
Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario
Oregon is home to many large healthcare facilities that employ radiologic technologists, with the majority concentrated in and around Portland and other urban areas. While most employment opportunities for radiologic technologists are provided by the major hospitals, smaller medical centers and doctors’ offices also provide employment, especially in the state’s more rural areas.
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97201-3098
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center, Portland
1015 NW 22nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97210-3099
Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland
4805 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97213-2967
St. Charles Medical Center, Bend
2500 NE Neff Road
Bend, OR 97701-6015
Sacred Heart Medical Center, RiverBend
3333 Riverbend Drive
Springfield, OR 97477-8800
Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center, Clackamas
10180 SE Sunnyside Road
Clackamas, OR 97015-9303
Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, Portland
2801 North Gantenbein Avenue
Portland, OR 97227-1674
For valuable career resources, networking and support, both working radiological technologists and students alike should look into joining a professional organization such as the Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT), which provides member benefits such as exclusive job openings, continuing education opportunities and conferences. The OSRT is a state member of the national American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) organization.
JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Oregon
Pioneer Pacific College
3800 Sports Way, Springfield OR 97477
Tel: (541) 684-4644
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 20 months
Tuition Fees: $21,353 Resident and Non-resident
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Ave. SY HT 306, Portland OR 97219
Tel: (971) 722-4907
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 27 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 91% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $4,950 Resident, $10,500 Non-resident
Oregon Health Sciences University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, GH124, Portland OR 97239-3098
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95% Job Placement Rate: 88%
Tuition Fees: $21,064 Resident, $25,344 Non-resident