A Guide to Medical Imaging Education in Colorado

Although the field of radiologic technology is expected to continue growing for the next several years, the number of professionals is decreasing. This decline is occurring faster in Colorado than elsewhere in the nation, causing an overall shortage of radiologic technologists in the state.

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The result is excellent job prospects and competitive wages for radiologic science professionals who choose to work in Colorado.

What’s it worth? Salaries for Radiographers in Colorado

The average salary for a radiologic technologist in Colorado is currently $63,750 per year.

This is somewhat higher than the average nationwide annual salary for radiologic science professionals, which is $60,320.

The highest-paying positions in radiologic technology were supervising diagnostic radiography positions, which generally require individuals to have a BAS in radiologic technology in addition to several years of professional experience.

The lowest paid positions were limited radiologic technologist jobs, which are often the entry level positions for graduates of AAS programs. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Colorado.

Do I need to be licensed?

There is no state licensing program for radiologic technologists in Colorado, so these professionals must pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam in order to receive a license to practice. The requirements are the same for mammography technicians. However, limited license X-ray technicians must pass a state exam, or have passed a state exam in any of the other 49 US states.

There are no mandatory continuing education requirements for Colorado radiologic science professionals to state licensed.

Well-Known Colleges and Universities

It is possible to earn everything from a radiology limited license certificate to a doctor of radiology medicine degree in Colorado.

Colorado State University: Colorado State University is the 2nd largest university in Colorado, and spends more money on medical research than nearly any other school in the country without a medical school. Students enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences may earn a Master of Science degree or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Radiological Health Sciences while performing cancer-related research. This school also offers residencies in Radiation Cancer Biology and Oncology and Diagnostic  Imaging for veterinarians.

Pima Medical Institute: The Pima Medical Institute has locations throughout the western United States, and they offer a well-established program through which students may earn an Associate of Science degree in Radiography.  Students can earn their Associate degree at Pima’s Denver location, or enroll in their online Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree program, both of which will prepare students for a career in radiography.

Other Schools to Consider

Colorado Mesa University: Colorado Mesa University, located in the city of Grand Junction, is a great option for students who are looking for a residential college experience. This school offers  certified and registered radiologic technologists with an associate degree the opportunity for post-primary certification in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography.  Two bachelor degree programs exist within the Department of Health Sciences — both a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences and a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Radiologic Technology. The BAS qualifies radiologic technologists to advance in specialty areas in the field, and work with more advanced imaging tools, or in management positions.

There are also a number of community colleges around Colorado that all offer AAS degrees in radiologic technology. These include the Community College of Denver, Pueblo Community College, and Aims Community College in Greeley.

Out of state, Southern Colorado residents may consider other options on Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Tulsa or Oklahoma City, OK, or Dallas, TX, while future students in Northern Colorado may want to take a look at alternatives in Salt Lake City, UT, or Cheyenne, WY (admittedly rather limited). Eastward, you might consider colleges in Wichita or Kansas City, KS, or Lincoln, NE.

Large Employers in Radiology

Colorado has many large hospitals and medical centers, three of which have been nationally ranked by the US News and World Report. These large health facilities are the largest single employers of radiologic science professionals.

University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora
12605 East 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045-2545
(720) 848-0000

Craig Hospital, Englewood
3425 South Clarkson Street
Englewood, CO 80113-2899
(303) 789-8000

National Jewish Health, Denver
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO 80206-2762
(303) 388-4461

North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley
1801 16th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 352-4121

Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins
1024 South Lemay Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524-3998
(970) 495-7000

Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver
1375 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO 80218-1191
(303) 812-2000

Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver
2525 South Downing Street
Denver, CO 80210-5876
(303) 778-1955

Professional Organizations

The Colorado Society of Radiologic Technologists (CSRT) is the state affiliate of the national American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). This organization has resources for students as well as working professionals, including job postings and information about licensing. There are local chapters of the state society to help professionals stay connected.

Popular Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Colorado

Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction CO 81501
Tel: (970) 248-1775
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 83% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 88%
Tuition Fees: $6,686 Resident, $13,741 Non-resident
Description: The two-year associate?s degree program prepares students to become registered technologists whose careers can include radiography, advanced imaging, management and education. The BAS program provides registered technologists with the opportunity to advance in specialty areas in the field of radiology including CT, MR, Mammography and Cardiovascular Imaging

Community College of Denver (Lowry Campus)
1070 Alton Way – Building 849, Denver CO 80230
Tel: (303) .36-8372
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 77% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 83%
Tuition Fees: $11,994 Resident, $30,741 Non-resident
Description: The program aims to supply the community of Denver and the state of Colorado with safe, competent, Radiologic Science Professionals, who possess the entry-level knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive quality care to adults and pediatric patients in a culturally diverse society.

Concorde Career College – Denver
111 N. Havana Street, Aurora CO 80010
Tel: (303) 861-1151
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 20 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 84% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 93% Job Placement Rate: 87%
Tuition Fees: $15,602 Resident and Non-resident

Pima Medical Institute-Denver
7475 Dakin Street, Suite 100, Denver CO 80221
Tel: (303) 426-1800
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate in Occupational Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 63% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 92%
Tuition Fees: $16,760 Resident and Non-resident
Description: Students learn the necessary skills to accurately position patients, ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced.

Red Rocks Community College
5420 Miller Street, #7181, Arvada CO 80002-3069
Tel: (303) 914-6032
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 82%
Tuition Fees: $3,600 Resident, $28,000 Non-resident
Description: The program at Red Rocks Community College provides hands-on clinical training through partnerships with hospitals and clinics in the Denver area. All classroom instruction is provided at the Arvada campus.

UCH-Memorial Hospital
2420 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs CO 80909
Tel: (719) 365-8291
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 23 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 89% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97.4% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $10,000 Resident and Non-resident