Become a Radiology Professional in West Virginia

Radiologic technologists are specially trained health care workers who assist physicians with such aspects of medical care as diagnostic imaging, cancer treatment, and sonograms.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in this field are on the rise and are expected to grow by 11 percent over the next decade. This is faster than the average for all jobs in the U.S. and West Virginia is no exception.

Now is a great time to get an appropriate education and to seek employment in the state as a radiologic technologist.

Salaries in Radiology

On average in the U.S. workers in the field of radiologic technology earn $28.13 per hour or $58,520 per year.

In West Virginia, the average does not quite match up. Workers here can expect to earn an average salary of $46,100 per year or $22.16.

With more experience, a higher degree, or areas of specialization, that salary can rise to $60,000 per year or $30.00 per hour. With the cost of living lower in West Virginia than in many other states, the lower than average salaries are to be expected. More information on Rad Tech salaries in West Virginia.

Radiology Requirements in West Virginia

To gain employment as a radiologic technologist in West Virginia requires licensing through the state. Radiologist assistants are licensed by the West Virginia Board of Medicine and other types of technologists by the West Virginia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners. The former are licensed for a two year period and the latter for just one year. Those seeking a license must first finish a course of study approved by the licensing boards and then pass either a state exam or the exam set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in West Virginia

There are several locations in the state of West Virginia for receiving an education in radiologic technology including four-year institutions.

  • West Virginia University Hospitals. This hospital system has its own educational program with courses of study in radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging.
  • University of Charleston. This school offers a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science, which prepares students for licensing and employment in the field with both academic and clinical work. Students here also have the option of earning an associate degree in radiologic technology. Having this degree qualifies students to sit for the licensing exam.
  • Bluefield State College, Bluefield. The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers both an associate and a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology and radiologic sciences.
    • Other Schools to Consider

      There are also some technical and community colleges in West Virginia with radiologic technology programs.

      • Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The Mount Gay campus of this technical college offers a degree in radiologic technology, which can be completed in two or three years.
      • Northern Community College. This community college offers students an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology, which prepares students to be entry level workers in the field.
      • Mountwest Community and Technical College. At Mountwest, students may earn a degree in radiologic technology in coordination with the Collins Career Center.

      Large Employers in Radiology

      There are many choices for graduates of radiologic technology programs seeking employment in West Virginia. In addition to large hospital systems, there are smaller hospitals and medical centers.

      Bluefield Regional Medical Center
      500 Cherry Street
      Bluefield, WV 24701
      http://www.bluefieldregional.net/Pages/home.aspx

      Broadus Hospital
      119 Mansfield Hill
      Philippi, WV 26416
      http://www.davishealthcare.com/broadhos.cfm

      St. Francis Hospital
      333 Laidley Street
      Charleston, WV 25322
      http://www.stfrancishospital.com/about/

      Wheeling Hospital
      1 Medical Park
      Wheeling, WV 26003
      http://www.wheelinghospital.org/default.aspx

      West Virginia University Children’s Hospital
      1 Medical Center Drive
      Morgantown, WV 26506
      http://www.wvukids.com/wvuh/

      Huntington VA Medical Center
      1540 Spring Valley Drive
      Huntington, WV 25704
      http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=749

      Professional Organizations

      The leading professional organization in the U.S. for radiologic technicians and technologists is the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. In West Virginia, workers in this field may join the organization’s state affiliate, the West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists. Additional organizations at the national level include the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This is the group that sets the exam that many graduates will take before earning a license. Another national group, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits many educational programs and is a good source of information about schools and careers.

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      JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in West Virginia

      Bluefield State College
      219 Rock Street, Bluefield WV 24701
      Tel: (304) 327-4145
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 72% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 94%
      Tuition Fees: $7,050 Resident, $14,016 Non-resident
      http://bluefieldstate.edu/as-radiologic-technology

      Ohio Valley Medical Center, Inc.
      2000 Eoff Street, Wheeling WV 26003
      Tel: (304) 234-8781
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Certificate
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 90% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
      Tuition Fees: $4,000 Resident and Non-resident
      http://www.ovmc-eorh.com/program-of-radiologic-technology

      Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
      Box 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay WV 25637
      Tel: (304) 896-7335
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 22 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 86.7% Job Placement Rate: 87.5%
      Tuition Fees: $2,904 Resident, $4,344 Non-resident
      http://www.southernwv.edu/?q=programs/radiologic-technology

      St. Mary’s Medical Center School for Medical Imaging
      2900 First Avenue, Huntington WV 25702
      Tel: (304) 526-1259
      Program Name: Medical Imaging
      Program Type: Certificate
      Duration: 36 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 90% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92% Job Placement Rate: 100%
      Tuition Fees: $7,560 Resident and Non-resident
      The Program Director Says: “The SMMC program is affiliated with Marshall University and is a 4-year BS program. We?re the only program in the state to offer course work in advanced imaging as well as the diagnostic entry level curriculum. Beginning in 2016 applicants for any advanced certificate from the ARRT will be required to have a minimum of 16 hours of structured coursework to sit for the exam. The SMMC program offers both radiograph and sonography and has an option for the RT to enter the program to complete a BS degree in Medical Imaging and complete course work for an advanced imaging track in CT, MRI, Interventional Radiography, Cardiac Catherization, Mammography, Management and a new Advanced Diagnostic track focused on surgical/trauma/pediatric/geriatric and mobile radiography.”
      http://www.st-marys.org/education_training/center_for_education/school_of_medical_imaging/

      United Hospital Center
      327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport WV 26330
      Tel: (681) 342-1871
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Certificate
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 71.4% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 98%
      Tuition Fees: $3,000 Resident and Non-resident
      http://www.uhcwv.org/radiology.php

      University of Charleston
      2300 MacCorkle Avenue, S.E., Charleston WV 25304
      Tel: (304) 357-4923
      Program Name: Radiologic Science
      Program Type: Bachelor of Science
      Duration: 45 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 60% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
      Tuition Fees: $23,000 Resident and Non-resident
      http://www.ucwv.edu/majors/radiologic_science/

      University of Charleston-Beckley
      158 Dye Drive, Beckley WV 25801
      Tel: (304) 352-0066
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 17 months
      Tuition Fees: $13,650
      http://www.ucwv.edu/Academics/Degree-Programs/Undergraduate-Programs/Radiologic-Technology/

      West Virginia Northern Community College
      1704 Market Street, Wheeling WV 26003
      Tel: (304) 214-8899
      Program Name: Radiologic Sciences
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 21 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 81%
      Tuition Fees: $3,750 Resident and Non-resident
      Description: There is no program effectiveness data available for this program
      http://www.wvncc.edu/programs-of-study/radiologic-technology-a.a.s./1108

      West Virginia University Hospitals
      Medical Center Drive Box 8062, Morgantown WV 26506
      Tel:
      Program Name: Radiography
      Program Type: Certificate
      Duration: 23 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 93% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 90%
      Tuition Fees: $3,000 Resident and Non-resident
      http://www.wvuhradtech.com/radiography.htm

      West Virginia University Hospitals
      Medical Center Drive Box 8150, Morgantown WV 26506
      Tel: (304) 598-4715
      Program Name: Radiation Therapy
      Program Type: Certificate
      Duration: 12 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 93%
      Tuition Fees: $3,000
      http://www.wvuhradtech.com/rad_therapy.htm

      West Virginia University Hospitals
      Medical Center Drive Box 8062, Morgantown WV 26506
      Tel: (304) 293-8802
      Program Name: Magnetic Resonance
      Program Type: Certificate
      Duration: 12 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
      Tuition Fees: $4,000 Resident and Non-resident
      http://www.wvuhradtech.com/mri.htm

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