Become a Radiologic Professional in Utah

Although there are comparatively few programs in Utah for the study of radiologic science, the programs that do exist are offered through some of the top educational institutions in the state.

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These few radiologic science departments also offer a full range of degree choices, from the entry-level Associate of Science degree to the Masters of Science degree.

Utah is home to some-very fast growing metropolitan areas that are great places to look for careers in this relatively fast-growing field.

Salaries for Radiologists

In 2015, radiologic science professionals in Utah were able to earn an average of $54,530 per year.

This figure is somewhat below the national average for radiologic technologists of $58,520 per year, but is well above the average salary in Utah of $44,130.

The cost of living in Utah is also slightly above average, so professionals who plan to practice in this state may find in worth their while to pursue and advanced certification or degree in order to be eligible for better-paying positions. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Utah.

Radiology Requirements in Utah

The state of Utah does not have a state certification exam for radiologic science professionals, except for the Utah Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography exam. Other practitioners must take the national exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. Continuing education requirements are: 32 hours every two years for mammography; 16 hours every two years for nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, and radiography; and 10 hours for limited scope.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in Utah

University of Utah: The University of Utah is the flagship university of the state of Utah, located in Salt Lake City. This school offers several programs in radiologic technology through the Radiology department of its school of medicine. These programs include X-ray technician certification, an Associate of Science, an Associate of Applied Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. Students will also need to pass the ARRT exam in order to practice radiography with their degree.

Weber State University: Weber State University is a public university located in the city of Ogden. Weber State also has a full range of degree programs in radiologic science. These programs are an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Radiologic Science, and a Masters of Science (MS) in Radiologic Science. The large majority of the students at Weber State who complete their AAS go on to pursue at least a BS in their field.

Other Schools to Consider

There are only four schools in Utah that offer programs in radiologic technology. Here is a look at the other two.

Dixie State University: Dixie State University is located in St. George, Utah. This school offers a single two-year program in medical radiography. The program takes five semesters to complete, and involves both academic and clinical components.

Salt Lake Community College: This affordable community college program gives students the opportunity to pursue a two-year Associate of Science degree in radiologic technology. Students must apply for acceptance into the program through the Health Sciences Admissions office.

Large Employers in Radiology

The state of Utah has a total of six hospitals that have met the US News & World Report standards for exceptional performance. Hospitals and medical centers with radiology departments are the largest single employers of radiologic technology professionals.

LDS Hospital

Eighth Avenue and ‘C’ Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84143-0001
(801) 408-1100
www.intermountainhealthcare.org

University of Utah Health Care

50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132-0002
(801) 581-2121
www.uuhsc.utah.edu

Intermountain Medical Center

5121 South Cottonwood Street
Murray, UT 84157
(801) 507-7000
www.intermountainhealthcare.org

Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital Center

4401 Harrison Boulevard
Ogden, UT 84403
(801) 387-2800
www.mckay-dee.org

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center

1034 North 500 West
Provo, UT 84604-3337
(801) 357-7850
www.intermountainhealthcare.org

Timpanogos Regional Hospital

750 West 800 North
Orem, UT 84059-3660
(801) 714-6000
www.timpanogosregionalhospital.com

Orem Community Hospital

331 North 400 West
Orem, UT 84057
(801) 714-3307
www.intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/orem

Delta Community Medical Center

126 South White Sage Avenue

Delta, UT 84624

(435) 864-5591

www.intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/delta

Professional Organizations

The professional organization for radiologic technologists in the state of Utah is the Utah Society of Radiologic Technologists (USRT). This organization is the state affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). This society organizes annual meetings and provides education and certification information to aspiring professionals.

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JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Utah

Dixie State University
225 South 700 East, St. George UT 84770
Tel: (435) 879-4840
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $3,469 Resident, $11,101 Non-resident
http://Dixie.edu/health/radiography

Salt Lake Community College (Jordan Campus)
Division of Allied Health, West Jordan UT 84088-8818
Tel: (801) 957-6198
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 94% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 84%
Tuition Fees: $4,516 Resident, $14,254 Non-resident
http://www.slcc.edu/radtech/index.aspx

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