Radiology Training in Virginia

As the population in the U.S grows, the demand for skilled radiologic technicians will continue to increase, along with demand for all types of health care workers.

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Radiologic technicians and technologists work in hospitals and medical centers, large and small assisting with diagnostics, treatments, and imaging tools.

Across the country, the number of jobs available in this field is expected to grow by 11 percent over the next decade. This is two times faster than the average for all jobs. Virginia is a populous state with many opportunities for radiologic technologists. Already, there are almost 5,000 people working in this field in the state.

Salaries in Radiology

In Virginia, the average annual salary that a radiologic technologist earns is $57,270.

This is slightly below the national average for the field, which is at $58,520. For an hourly wage, the mean in Virginia is $27.53 as compared to the national average of $28.13. Salaries can be even higher for technologists with more experience or with areas of specializations.

Salaries can be as high as $75,000 to $80,000. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Virginia.

Radiology Requirements in Virginia

Radiologic technologists working in Virginia must be licensed by the state. Exceptions to this are any employees of hospitals that are licensed. Someone working at a licensed hospital that is not an employee of that facility must have an individual license.

The Virginia Board of Medicine oversees licensing and has the necessary applications for licensing. To be approved for a license, the radiologic technologist must have completed 24 credit hours of education that is approved by and documented by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A minimum of 12 of those hours needs to be listed as Category A courses as defined by the ARRT. Virginia does not issue temporary licenses, but unlicensed graduates may work temporarily as trainees until the license is approved.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in Virginia

For anyone hoping to earn a certificate or degree in an area of radiologic technology there are many choices in Virginia. The community college system of the state, in particular, offers opportunities in several locations.

  • Virginia’s Community Colleges. There are several community college campuses in the state, and many offer degrees in radiology fields. Northern Virginia, Piedmont, Tidewater, Virginia Highlands, Virginia Western, and Wytheville Community Colleges all offer an associate of applied science degree in radiography. Central Virginia Community College has an associate degree in radiologic technology.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. For those looking for a more intensive course of study, VCU offers a four-year program in clinical radiation sciences. The degree program prepares students for jobs as radiologic technologists, nuclear medicine assistants, radiographers, and radiation therapists. The coursework includes hands-on experience in a clinical setting.

Other Schools to Consider

There are a couple of other options in Virginia for an education related to radiologic technology.

  • St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging. This school is a part of the Bon Secours Richmond Health System and trains students to work as radiologic technologists. The program curriculum closely follows that recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee in Radiologic Technology. Students who complete this program are prepared to become licensed and to find employment in the state of Virginia.
  • ECPI University. This school offers an associate of applied science degree in medical radiography that can be completed in as little as 18 months. There are several campus locations including Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Richmond.

Those living in the south of the State of Virginia, may want to consider their options in schools in North Carolina, with the Raleigh to Greensboro area certainly offering some alternatives. Up north, there are also sound alternatives in West Virginia and in Maryland.

Large Employers in Radiology

Virginia is a large state with a big population, which means that there are plenty of hospitals and medical centers hiring radiologic technicians and technologists.

Bedford Memorial Hospital
1613 Oakwood St.
Bedford, VA 24523

St. Mary’s Hospital
5801 Bremo Road
Richmond, VA 23226

Children’s Hospital of Richmond
2924 Brook Road
Richmond, VA 23220

Dominion Hospital
2960 Sleepy Hollow Road
Falls Church, VA 22044

Professional Organizations

There are several national professional organizations for those who work as radiologic technologists. There is the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, which also provides the exam that is needed for most licensing. There is also the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. At the state level, there is the Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists. This organization provides students with internships, career information, and scholarships and awards and is a good resource for anyone in Virginia considering radiologic technology as a new career.

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JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Virginia

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
8550 Magellan Parkway, Suite 700, Richmond VA 23227
Tel: (804) 627-5307
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 18 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 75% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 87%
Tuition Fees: $9,310 Resident and Non-resident
Description: The St. Mary?s Hospital School of Medical Imaging has 38 years of experience and accreditation. This is a full-time 18 month program designed to prepare students to become Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists.
http://www.bonsecours.com/jobs-and-education-education-st-marys-hospital-school-of-medical-imaging-overview.html

Central Virginia Community College
3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg VA 24502-2498
Tel: (434) 832-7683
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 23 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 71% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $5,149 Resident, $12,544 Non-resident
Description: The program has instructional equipment that includes a dedicated classroom specific to the needs of radiography students, and an energized x-ray room on campus for use in laboratory courses.
http://www.cvcc.vccs.edu/Academics/Programs/RadiologicTech.asp

Danville Regional Medical Center/LifePoint Hospitals, Inc.
142 South Main Street, Danville VA 24541
Tel: (434) 799-2271
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 77% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $4,250 Resident, $9,950 Non-resident
http://danvilleregional.com/for-healthcare-professionals/radiologic-technology-program

ECPI University
1001 Omni Boulevard, Suite 200, Newport News VA 23606
Tel: (757) 873-2423
Program Name: Medical Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 18 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 80% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 80% Job Placement Rate: 81%
Tuition Fees: $16,900 Resident and Non-resident
Description: This is an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Radiography. Students must earn 82 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of five semesters/18 months/75 weeks of instruction.
http://www.ecpi.edu/medical/program/radiography-associate-degree/

ECPI University-Northern Virginia
10021 Balls Ford Road, #100, Manassas VA 20109
Tel: (703) 330-5300
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 18 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 65%
Tuition Fees: $28,166 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.ecpi.edu/medical/program/radiography-associate-degree/

Mary Washington Hospital
2300 Fall Hill Avenue, Suite 260, Fredericksburg VA 22401
Tel: (540) 741-1802
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 90% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94% Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $5,000 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.marywashingtonhealthcare.com/school-of-radiologic-technology

Piedmont Virginia Community College
501 College Drive, Charlottesville VA 22902
Tel: (434) 961-5427
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 83% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 86% Job Placement Rate: 97.6%
Tuition Fees: $4,758 Resident, $10,570 Non-resident
Description: This is a two-year (five semester) course of study leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Radiography. Admission to the program is competitive.
The Program Director Says: “In order to be competitive for admission it is advised that you keep your curricular GPA in the General Education courses required for our program as high as possible. Also, those students who have completed the most general education courses with a competitive GPA will be given first consideration when making admissions decisions.”
http://www.pvcc.edu/programs/radiography

Riverside College of Health Careers
316 Main Street, Newport News VA 23601
Tel: (757) 240-2486
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 18 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 82.61% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98.65% Job Placement Rate: 91.45%
Tuition Fees: $25,248 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.riversideonline.com/rshc/radiologic-tech.cfm

Sentara RMH Medical Center
2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg VA 22801
Tel: (540) 564-7236
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $3,500 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.rmhonline.org/rmh_human_resources/pages/RMH_school_of_radiologic_technology.html

Southside Regional Medical Center/Community Health Systems, Inc.
430 Clairmont Court, Suite 200, Colonial Heights VA 23834
Tel: (804) 765-5883
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 20 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 78% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $5,500 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.srmconline.com/southside-regional-medical-center/services/southsideregionalmedicalcenter-radiation-sciences-1692.aspx

Southwest Virginia Community College
724 Community College Road, Cedar Bluff VA 24609
Tel: (276) 964-7313
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 85% Job Placement Rate: 97%
Tuition Fees: $4,734 Resident, $11,739 Non-resident
Description: This is a 2-year, six-semester program with practical experience in a radiology department to complete requirements for ARRT certification.
http://sw.edu/catalogs/programs-of-study/associate-of-applied-science/radiography/

Tidewater Community College
1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach VA 23453-1918
Tel: (757) 822-7462
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 72.5% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99.4% Job Placement Rate: 76.7%
Tuition Fees: $5,682 Resident, $12,688 Non-resident
http://www.tcc.edu/academics/health-professions/programs/radiography-degree

Virginia Commonwealth University
701 W. Grace Street, Suite 2100, Richmond VA 23284
Tel: (804) 828-7709
Program Name: Radiology
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 33 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 94.1% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 93.8%
Tuition Fees: $11,967 Resident, $29,057 Non-resident
http://www.sahp.vcu.edu/departments/radsci/index.html

Virginia Western Community College
P.O. Box 14007, Roanoke VA 24038
Tel: (540) 857-6197
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 86% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 85%
Tuition Fees: $5,516 Resident, $12,717 Non-resident
Description: The program goal is to provide quality educational experiences that ensure students prepare academically, clinically and professionally to develop intelligent, flexible and mature responses to the changing nature of medical imaging.
http://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health/radiography/documents/RadiographyProgramEffectivenssData.pdf

Winchester Medical Center, Inc.
220 Campus Boulevard, Suite 300, Winchester VA 22601
Tel: (540) 536-7935
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 93% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 95%
Tuition Fees: $6,000 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.valleyhealthlink.com/radtech

Virginia Commonwealth University
701 W. Grace Street, Suite 2100, Richmond VA 23284
Tel: (804) 828-9104
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 33 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 86% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 78%
Tuition Fees: $11,967 Resident, $29,057 Non-resident
http://www.sahp.vcu.edu/departments/radsci/index.html

Virginia Western Community College
3091 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke VA 24015
Tel: (540) 857-6104
Program Name: Radiation Oncology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 95% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91% Job Placement Rate: 83%
Tuition Fees: $11,373 Resident, $24,545 Non-resident
http://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/health/oncology/index.php

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