Alabama – Schools, Programs and Career Options

This is a good time to explore a career as a radiologic technologist in Alabama. Although the number of jobs is expected to grow over the foreseeable future, the number of radiology technologists in Alabama has decreased over the past few years.

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As a result, there are a good number of well-paying jobs available to qualified individuals. Like many skilled areas in the medical field, careers in x-ray technology tend to be stable.

How much can you earn?

According to the Alabama Department of Labor, the average annual salary for a radiologic technologist in Alabama in 2017 was $48,222. This figure is above the median income of $43,170 for Alabama. Although the annual salary for radiologic technologists in Alabama is about 20 percent less than the national average for those in the profession,  the cost of living index in the state is about 11 percent less than the national average.

Within the category of radiologic technologists, salaries will vary between more entry level positions and positions that require additional education and certifications.

Even with a salary on the lower end of the spectrum, the below-average cost of living in Alabama means that radiologic technologists are able to live very comfortably in this state. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Alabama.

What are the professional requirements in Alabama?

The only universal requirement to practice as a radiologic technologist in Alabama is certification through the state Radiation Control Program. This certification is valid for a period of five years. Different employers around the state of Alabama may require additional training or certification for the positions they advertise.

Radiologic technologists who trained in other states should be able to easily certify upon moving to Alabama, but there may be additional hurdles for x-ray technologists who trained in Alabama but hope to work in a different state.

Well-Known Universities and Colleges in Alabama for Radiology

The University of Southern Alabama: The Department of Radiologic Sciences at the University of Southern Alabama offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences designed for students who want to become Medical Imaging Professionals. The degree program offers students the opportunity to study CT, MRI, Vascular Radiography, Mammography, Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy or Radiology Administration.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham: The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Health Professions offers a Master of Science (MS) degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology that is designed to lead to professional certification.  A master’s degree is the minimum education required to work as a radiologist assistant.

Other Schools to Consider

There are other schools around Alabama that offer an Associates Degree in Radiology Technology. These programs take an average of two years, and qualify graduates to work in certain radiology positions.

Motivated students should consider the on-site radiologic technology programs at the Huntsville Hospital or the Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville. These programs are accredited through the Joint Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and offer intensive, hands-on learning in a working hospital environment.

Jefferson State Community College is also a great choice because of its proximity to UAB, to which students who complete an associate’s degree may want to transfer to pursue a BS.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in Alabama, you might want to consider the many alternatives around Atlanta, Georgia. There are few options in the northeast Florida, and the nearest significant offerings in that state are in Jacksonville. Options in Mississippi are largely limited to community colleges, with the exception of the University of Mississippi Medical Center program in Jackson. Many more programs, including various hospital programs, are available in Tennessee.

Large Employers in Radiology

The largest employers of radiologic technologists are hospitals and large medical centers. Individuals with degrees in radiologic technology may want to look to these and other larges hospitals in Alabama for employment.

University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital, Birmingham
1802 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 934-4011

Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville
101 Sivley Road
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 265-1000

Baptist Medical Center East, Montgomery

400 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3512
(334) 277-8330

University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile

2451 Fillingim Street
Mobile, AL 36617-2293
(251) 471-7000

DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa
809 University Boulevard East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-9961
(205) 759-7111

Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, Anniston
400 East Tenth Street
Anniston, AL 36207-4716
(256) 235-5121

Professional Organizations

There are resources available to radiologic technologists in Alabama who require professional support. The leading professional organization is the Alabama Society of Radiologic Technologists (ALSRT), which is an affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Current or prospective radiologists should also contact the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for information about certification.

Popular Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Alabama

Crestwood Medical Center – Radiography

One Hospital Drive, S.E., Huntsville AL 35801
Tel: (256) 429-5634
Program Name: Radiology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 16 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 93%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $2,500 Resident, $2,500 Non-resident

DCH Regional Medical Center – Radiography

809 University Blvd., East, Tuscaloosa AL 35401
Tel: (205) 759-6009
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 40 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 94%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99%  Job Placement Rate: 97%
Tuition Fees: $5,200 Resident, $5,200 Non-resident

Gadsden State Community College – Radiography

1001 George Wallace Drive, Gadsden AL 35903
Tel: (256) 549-8469
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 48 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 86%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96%  Job Placement Rate: 97%
Tuition Fees: $5,888 Resident, $10,902 Non-resident

George C. Wallace Community College – Radiography

1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan AL 36303
Tel: (334) 556-2299
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 55 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 80%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 78%  Job Placement Rate: 94%
Tuition Fees: $5,005 Resident, $9,279 Non-resident

H. Councill Trenholm State Community College – Radiography

1225 Air Base Blvd., Montgomery AL 36108
Tel: (334) 420-4342
Program Name: Medical Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate in Applied Technology
Duration: 57 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 72.4%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 62.2%  Job Placement Rate: 86.3%
Tuition Fees: $5,206 Resident, $10,412 Non-resident

Huntsville Hospital – Radiography

101 Sivley Road, Huntsville AL 35801
Tel: (256) 265-8928
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Occupational Technology
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 62%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $2,200 Resident, $2,200 Non-resident

Jefferson State Community College – Radiography

4600 Valleydale Road, Birmingham AL 35242
Tel: (205) 983-5218
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 80 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 63%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97%  Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $10,650 Resident, $18,975 Non-resident

Southern Union State Community College – Radiography

1701 Lafayette Parkway, Opelika AL 36801
Tel: (334) 745-6437
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 66 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 93%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 84%  Job Placement Rate: 85%
Tuition Fees: $5,150 Resident, $12,236 Non-resident

University of South Alabama – Radiation Therapy

Department of Radiologic Sciences, Mobile AL 36688-0002
Tel: (251) 445-9355
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate)
Duration: 12 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 83%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96.7%  Job Placement Rate: 95.7%
Tuition Fees: $12,936 Resident, $25,872 Non-resident

University of South Alabama – Radiography

Department of Radiologic Sciences, Mobile AL 36688
Tel: (251) 445-9351
Program Name: Radiologic Sciences
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 98 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 79.5%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91.2%  Job Placement Rate: 86.7%
Tuition Fees: $10,336 Resident, $22,000 Non-resident

Wallace State Community College – Radiography

801 Main Street, Hanceville AL 35077
Tel: (256) 352-8309
Program Name: Diagnostic Imaging
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 83 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 76%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95%  Job Placement Rate: 94%
Tuition Fees: $3,616 Resident, $14,560 Non-resident