Positions for radiologic technologists, who assist with x-rays, radiation therapy, ultrasound, and other similar medical procedures, are increasing at a rate of 28 percent. This is twice the rate at which jobs on average are increasing across the country.
Now is a great time to get an education and to look for work as a radiologic technologist in Washington D.C.
On average, radiologic technologists in the U.S. earn $28.13 per hour or $58,520 per year.
For the District of Columbia, the average is higher at $74,910 per year or $36.01 per hour. The cost of living in the city is higher than in many places in the U.S., which means that the salaries should be higher.
A radiologic technologist working here with experience or with specializations can earn upwards of $90,000 per year or $43.00 per hour. More information on Rad Tech salaries in DC.
Many states require a license to work as a radiologic technician or technologist. This is not the case in the District of Columbia, however, where there are no laws for licensing or certification. However, employers are likely to have their own standards for hiring people to work in this field.
To get a position in the D.C. area, a course of study at a college or university, and a passing grade on the exam set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists is needed. A student getting an education in D.C. and hoping to work in nearby suburbs in Maryland or Virginia will need to pursue licensing in those states. Maryland administers licenses through the Maryland Board of Physicians and Virginia through the Virginia Board of Medicine.
There are several options for students of radiologic technology both in the city of Washington D.C. and in the surrounding suburbs.
- Howard University. This historic university offers students the option to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. This program prepares students to administer radiation therapy in cancer treatment centers and hospitals. The degree is administered through the university’s Division of Allied Sciences.
- The George Washington University. Another historic four-year institution in D.C., this university offers students the option of earning a certificate or a degree in sonography. Completing either option will give students the chance to work in this field in a number of specialties.
Other Schools to Consider
In the nearby communities of Maryland, students from Washington D.C. have several options for earning degrees in radiologic technology.
- Montgomery College. Students can earn an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology in Montgomery, Maryland. The degree is a specialization in x-ray technology and prepares students to work in this field.
- Howard Community College. This community college is located in Columbia and also offers an associate’s degree in radiologic technology focused on x-rays. Students take general education courses as well as those that prepare them to work with x-ray diagnostics.
- Prince George’s Community College. Located in Largo, Maryland, this two-year institution gives students two options. One is to earn a certificate in radiography and the other is to earn an associate’s degree. Either choice is good preparation for a career in radiography.
Washington D.C. is a large city with many options for students who have earned a degree or certificate in radiologic technology, radiography, or sonography.
Children’s National Medical Center
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
The George Washington University Hospital
900 23rd St., NW
Washington, DC 20037
1150 Varnum Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
National Rehabilitation Hospital
102 Irving St., NW
Washington, DC 20010
Sibley Memorial Hospital
5255 Loughboro Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Because there are no licensing requirements for radiologic technologists working in Washington D.C., there are no local professional organizations. There are, however, national organizations to which workers in this field may belong. These include the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology is an accrediting organization that also can provide information on getting an education in this field.
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JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in District Of Columbia
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street, N.W., Washington DC 20010
Tel: (202) 877-6051
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 81% Job Placement Rate: 90%
Tuition Fees: $9,000 Resident and Non-resident
516 Bryant Street, N.W., Washington DC 20059
Tel: (202) 806-5920
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 48 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 82% Job Placement Rate: 86%
Tuition Fees: $21,450 Resident and Non-resident
Description: The Howard University Radiation Therapy program has a rich legacy of providing quality education for individuals interested in a career as a radiation therapist who will serve diverse and underserved populations locally and globally. The Department offers an accredited educational program in the field of radiation therapy. The primary responsibilities of radiation therapists are to provide service delivery for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.