Your Career in Medical Imaging in Hawaii Starts Here

As the medical needs of our nation’s population increase, the demand increases for qualified professionals in many areas of the health industry. In order to fulfill the rising demand, now is a better time than ever to start pursuing a career in radiology.

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In Hawaii, workers of this occupation are few in number but are starting to grow, following the national trend that expects the employment opportunities for radiologic technologists to increase by 13% in only 10 years.

Salaries for Radiologists

In the state of Hawaii, the average annual salary for a radiologic technologist is $72,720, with an average hourly wage of $34.96. This makes Hawaii one of the nation’s 5 top paying states for radiologic technologists. However, this island state boasts some of the nation’s highest costs of living. Due to its isolation in the middle of the Pacific and limited land space, gas, food, utilities and home prices are all higher than in most places in the continental US. Some less-urbanized cities and towns throughout the islands may have cheaper living costs, although employment opportunities will be more limited than in Honolulu. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Hawaii.

Radiology Requirements in Hawaii

Radiologic technologists in the state of Hawaii must currently be licensed by the Hawai‘i Board of Radiologic Technology  in order to perform work. Like 36 other US states, Hawaii uses the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examinations for its licensing requirements. Hawaii also states that working technologists in the radiology field must complete 24 hours of continuing education per 2-year term. Licensed radiologic technicians from other states with equivalent requirements are also licensed to work in Hawaii. Some specific radiology jobs, such as nuclear medicine technology and cardiovascular radiography, must hold additional licenses in order to practice.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in Hawaii

University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College: Located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, the University of Hawaii’s Kapiolani Community College (KCC) is currently the only accredited school in the state to offer a degree in radiologic technology. Graduates of the Radiologic Technology (RAD) program will receive a 2-year Associate of Science (AS) degree.

The RAD program involves classroom lectures, laboratory instruction and supervised clinical experience. Upon completing the program, graduates are eligible for taking the ARRT national certification exam, which fulfills the state’s licensing requirements for this profession. KCC’s Radiologic Technology program boasts a strong examination record with a 99 percent first-attempt pass rate from 2012-2016, and a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate for 2017.

Large Employers in Radiology

Hawaii is home to several large healthcare centers, especially on Oahu and in populated areas of the other islands, which consistently employ radiologic technologists. While the largest numbers of radiologic technologists work for these larger facilities, small clinics and rural doctors’ offices hire technologists as well.

The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu (Oahu)
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Pali Momi Medical Center, Aiea (Oahu)
98-1079 Moanalua Road
Aiea, HI 96701

Straub Medical Center, Honolulu, Mililani, Kaneohe, Kailua (Oahu), Hilo, Kona (Big Island), Lanai City (Lanai)
888 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Castle Medical Center, Kailua (Oahu)
640 Ulukahiki St
Kailua, HI 96734

Wilcox Medical Center , Lihue (Kauai)
3-3420 Kuhio Highway
Lihue, HI 96766

North Hawaii Community Hospital, Waimea (Big Island)
67 1125 Mamalahoa Highway
Kamuela, HI 96743

Kona Community Hospital, Kealakekua (Big Island)
79-1019 Haukapila Street
Kealakekua, HI 96750

Professional Organizations

The Hawaii Society of Radiologic Technologists (HSRT) is a recognized affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) that fully supports the needs of the imaging community and professionals in the state of Hawaii.  HSRT offers members networking and continuing education opportunities throughout the entire state.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Hawaii

University of Hawaii-Kapiolani Community College – Radiography

4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu HI 96816
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 74 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 75%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99%  Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $4,545 Resident, $21,960 Non-resident