Where to Study Radiologic Technology in Illinois

Now is a great time to consider becoming a radiological technologist in Illinois and the rest of the US.

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The radiology field, like other medical fields, is growing nationally at a rate twice as fast as average, leading to an estimated 13% increase in new jobs over the course of a decade. The state of Illinois is no exception, and in fact this state is one of the nation’s largest employers of radiological technologists.

Currently, there are about 6,990 radiological technologists working in the state, with many more expected over the next several years.

Salaries for Radiographers

In Illinois, the average annual salary for a radiologic technologist is currently about $63,100, with an average hourly wage of $30.34, which is greater than the national average annual salary of $60,230.

However, many of this state’s largest radiological technologists are located in major cities such as Chicago which have a very high cost of living.

Salaries may vary widely for radiologists in this state, and are influenced by factors such as an employee’s education level, employer and specific job title. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Illinois.

Radiology Requirements in Illinois

Working professionals in Illinois must have a state license, which needs to be renewed at the end of every 2-year term. The license is acquired by passing the state certification exam or, like 36 other US states, by passing the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Continuing education requirements must also be met to be licensed in Illinois, which range from 6 hours to 12 hours every 12 months. Depending on the specific profession, such as nuclear medicine, additional permits may be required.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, aspiring radiological technologists have many educational options to choose from. There are currently 29 school programs for radiography in the state that are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT):

Other Schools to Consider

The programs listed below are not currently accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT), but most are accredited by other entities and offer quality instruction and training for aspiring radiological technologists.

Large Employers in Radiology

Illinois is home to dozens of healthcare centers that employ radiologic technologists, with most concentrated in Chicago, Springfield and other urban areas. While the state’s major hospitals hire the largest number of radiology professionals, smaller clinics and offices hire radiological technologists as well.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
251 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2908
(312) 926-2000

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
1653 West Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612-3833
(312) 942-5000

University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago
5841 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-1447
(773) 702-1000

Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn
4440 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453-2699
(708) 684-8000

North Shore Evanston Hospital, Evanston
1301 Central Street,
Evanston, IL 60201-1613
(847) 570-2000

Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana
611 West Park Street
Urbana, IL 61801-2595
(217) 383-3311

Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153-5585
(708) 216-9000

Professional Organizations

Radiologic technologist professionals and students in Illinois should consider joining the Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISSRT), which provides career support resources such as exclusive job lists, student support and conferences. Radiology students can also visit the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), which provides more information on radiology programs and education.

Popular Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Illinois

Blessing Hospital
Broadway at 14th Street, Quincy IL 62305-7005
Tel: (217) 223-8400
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 73% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 91%
Tuition Fees: $4,000 Resident and Non-resident
The Program Director Says: “Students in the program receive hands on training by participating in approximately 1750 clinical hours. By graduation day, they are ready and able to enter the field as a competent R.T.(R).”
http://www.blessinghealthsystem.org/?id=524&sid=1

College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn IL 60137
Tel: (630) 942-2434
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 60% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96% Job Placement Rate: 81%
Tuition Fees: $4,773 Resident, $11,772 Non-resident
Description: The program aims to educate students with didactic, laboratory and clinical experience in preparation for the administration of ionizing radiation to humans for diagnostic purposes.
http://www.cod.edu/programs/dmi/radiography/pdf/program_effectiveness.pdf

College of Lake County
19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake IL 60030-1198
Tel: (847) 543-2880
Program Name: Medical Imaging
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 68% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 92%
Tuition Fees: $3,816 Resident, $8,640 Non-resident
Description: The program is a full-time, 2-year, daytime program that begins in August. Acceptance into the program is limited.
http://www.clcillinois.edu/programs/mim

Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main Street, Danville IL 61832
Tel: (217) 443-8552
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 80% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 95%
Tuition Fees: $7,022 Resident, $9,862 Non-resident
Description: In addition to classroom and laboratory sessions, students complete 1300 hours of clinical education directly supervised by licensed technologists at affiliated medical facilities.? This critical component of the curriculum allows students to perform real world hands-on application of knowledge.
http://www.dacc.edu/depts/inst/sci/radtech/

Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin IL 60123-7193
Tel: (847) 214-7691
Program Name: Medical Imaging
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 81% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 96%
Tuition Fees: $2,507 Resident, $7,521 Non-resident
Description: The program prepares students to produce quality diagnostic images that will assist the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases.
http://elgin.edu/catalogprograms/Depts.aspx?Dept=RAD&Show=Y

Harper College
1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine IL 60067
Tel: (847) 925-6575
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 81% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 90%
Tuition Fees: $6,500 Resident, $3,000 Non-resident
Description: This is a limited enrollment program and has special requirements. Attendance at a diagnostic medical imaging information session is mandatory prior to acceptance.
http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/academics/areas/health/radtech/index.php

Heartland Community College
1500 W. Raab Road, Normal IL 61761
Tel: (309) 268-8756
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 73% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94% Job Placement Rate: 96%
Tuition Fees: $4,831 Resident, $9,661 Non-resident
Description: This is a two year, associate degree program of education in diagnostic medical radiography whose faculty is committed to excellence in the preparation of competent and compassionate graduates.
http://www.heartland.edu/hhs/rad

Illinois Central College
Thomas K. Thomas Building, Peoria IL 61635-0001
Tel: (309) 999-4645
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 23 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 81% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 88%
Tuition Fees: $3,887 Resident, $8,578 Non-resident
Description: This 23-month, 6-semester program instructs healthcare professionals in diagnostic x-ray techniques. Students participate in approximately 1600-1700 clock hours of clinical experience during the program, including evenings and weekends. Some students choose to spread the program out over 3 years by taking general education courses prior to beginning the radiography courses.
http://www.icc.edu/healthCareers/radiography_programInformation.asp

Kaskaskia College
27210 College Road, Centralia IL 62801
Tel: (618) 545-3363
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 77% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 93% Job Placement Rate: 84%
Tuition Fees: $4,218 Resident, $7,524 Non-resident
http://www.kaskaskia.edu/radiology

Kishwaukee College
21193 Malta Road, Malta IL 60150-9699
Tel: (815) 825-2086
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 23 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 79% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 87% Job Placement Rate: 84%
Tuition Fees: $8,500
Description: Concurrent clinical experience is provided in major trauma centers, community hospitals, clinics and dedicated imaging centers with which the program is affiliated.
https://www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/program/radiologic-technology

Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield IL 62794-9256
Tel: (217) 786-4208
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 75% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $5,600 Resident, $9,000 Non-resident
http://www.llcc.edu/academics/health-professions/radiography/

Malcolm X College
1900 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago IL 60612
Tel: (312) 850-7373
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 55% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 84% Job Placement Rate: 95%
Tuition Fees: $2,581 Resident, $5,033 Non-resident
Description: The 75 credit hour AAS.?degree in Radiography provides the necessary professional skills, progressive maturity, and the intellectual, social, and emotional values necessary for a graduate to be a trustworthy member of a healthcare team.?
http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/malcolm-x/departments/Pages/Radiography.aspx

Moraine Valley Community College
9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills IL 60465
Tel: (708) 974-5316
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 84% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 81% Job Placement Rate: 90%
Tuition Fees: $1,600 Resident, $2,400 Non-resident
Description: This 26-month program starts in June of each year and includes 2 academic years and 3 summer sessions. There is also an evening option every other year.
http://www.morainevalley.edu/academics/academic-programs/careers/radiologic-technology/

Northwestern College
7725 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview IL 60455
Tel: (708) 237-5000
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 81% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 83.75% Job Placement Rate: 88.7%
Tuition Fees: $25,900 Resident and Non-resident
Description: Offered at the Bridgeview campus, this program is designed to take 27 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 100% finished in 27 months.
http://www.nc.edu/career-programs/healthcare/radiologic-technology-degree/

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite #950, Chicago IL 60611
Tel: (312) 926-8046
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 90% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $4,250 Resident and Non-resident
Description: This 21-month full-time program begins in September and is limited to 10 students per year. Students attend approximately 500 hours of didactic and laboratory instruction and approximately 1600 hours of clinical instruction. The ARRT Certification Examination, first-attempt pass rate was 97% over the four years to 2013, the completion rate 88% and the in-field employment rate 95%.
http://www.clinicalschools.nm.org

Olney Central College
305 North West Street, Olney IL 62450
Tel: (618) 395-7777
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 50% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 77% Job Placement Rate: 94.7%
Tuition Fees: $3,879 Resident, $12,267 Non-resident
Description: This is a 71.5 credit hour program lasting two years (6 semesters)
http://www.iecc.edu/page.php?page=RADT_PED

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
530 N.E. Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria IL 61637
Tel: (309) 655-2782
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 80% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 97%
Tuition Fees: $2,500 Resident and Non-resident
Description: This is a a 24-month, hospital-based program of full-time study.
http://www.osfhealthcare.or/saint-francis/about/education/school-radiography

Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign IL 61821-1899
Tel: (217) 351-2436
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 50% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $4,700 Resident, $9,300 Non-resident
http://www.parkland.edu/academics/departments/health/radtech.aspx

Rend Lake College
468 North Ken Gray Parkway, Ina IL 62846
Tel: (618) 437-5321
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 50% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 78% Job Placement Rate: 86%
Tuition Fees: $5,115
http://www.rlc.edu/allied-health/radiology-tech

Resurrection University
355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston IL 60202
Tel: (847) 316-5810
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 21 months
Tuition Fees: $54,948
http://www.resu.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/sfsor-imaging-technology-post-licensure/

Richland Community College
One College Park, Decatur IL 62521
Tel: (217) 875-7211
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 75% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 92%
Tuition Fees: $1,356 Resident, $2,976 Non-resident
http://www.richland.edu/programs/radt

Rockford Memorial Hospital Health System
2400 North Rockton Avenue, Rockford IL 61101
Tel: (815) 971-5480
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 89%
Tuition Fees: $2,000 Resident, $2,500 Non-resident
http://www.rockfordhealthsystem.org/school-of-radiography

Sauk Valley Community College
173 IL Route 2, Dixon IL 61021-9112
Tel: (815) 835-6362
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 61% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 82%
Tuition Fees: $3,497 Resident, $7,500 Non-resident
https://www.svcc.edu/departments/academic/health-careers/radiology/index.html

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
School of Allied Health, Carbondale IL 62901
Tel: (618) 453-7229
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 36 months
Tuition Fees: $8,415 Resident, $21,037 Non-resident
http://sah.siu.edu/undergraduate/radiologic-sciences/radiography.php

Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville IL 62221-9989
Tel: (618) 235-2700
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 77.5% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 84%
Tuition Fees: $3,760 Resident, $32,266 Non-resident
http://www.swic.edu/RT-FAQ/

Swedish American Hospital
1250 East State Street, Rockford IL 61104-2315
Tel: (779) 696-4966
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $2,000 Resident and Non-resident
Description: Sponsored by SwedishAmerican Hospital, the SwedishAmerican School of Radiography is a hospital-based certificate program, which aims to provide the healthcare community with competent and compassionate radiographers through excellence in education and a quality-focused environment.
http://www.swedishamerican.org/careers/educational_opportunities/school_of_radiography/

Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
2122 25th Avenue, Rock Island IL 61201
Tel: (309) 779-7776
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 23 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 80% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96% Job Placement Rate: 94%
Tuition Fees: $15,000 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.trinitycollegeqc.edu/Academics/Associate-of-Applied-Science-in-Radiography.aspx

Triton College
2000 Fifth Avenue, River Grove IL 60171
Tel: (708) 456-0300
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 64% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92% Job Placement Rate: 88%
Tuition Fees: $4,050 Resident, $9,750 Non-resident
http://www.triton.edu/uploadedFiles/Content/Current_Students/Departments/Academic/School_of_Health_Careers_and_Public_Service_Programs/Radiologic_Tech

Wilbur Wright College
4300 North Narragansett Avenue, Chicago IL 60634
Tel: (773) 481-8887
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 78% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 90%
Tuition Fees: $6,675 Resident, $17,745 Non-resident
Description: Completion of the program leads to an AAS degree. Students earn 75 semester hours of academic credit. The curriculum is based on 24 months of study, and includes all subject matter identified by the ASRT.
http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/wright/departments/Pages/Radiography.aspx

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 East Huron Street, Chicago IL 60611
Tel: (312) 926-2733
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 14 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 71.4% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $6,500 Resident and Non-resident
Description: The School of Radiation Therapy prepares students for the clinical, theoretical, technical and psychological aspects of the career. The 14-month training begins in July and is limited to five to eight students per year. The 5-year graduation rate (2009-2013) is 85%, the ARRT Certification Pass Rates was 100% for the same period and the employment rate 90%.
http://clinicalschools.nm.org/school-of-radiation-therapy.html

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
School of Allied Health, Carbondale IL 62901
Tel: (618) 453-8800
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 12 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 85% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 95%
Tuition Fees: $8,696 Resident, $21,739 Non-resident
http://www.sah.siu.edu/undergraduate/radiologic-sciences/radiation-therapy/index.php

University of St. Francis
500 Wilcox Street, Joliet IL 60435
Tel:
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Bachelor of Science, Certificate
Duration: Bachelor of Science: 22 months, Certificate: 22 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $32,000
http://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/allied-health-programs/radiation-therapy/

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
School of Allied Health, Carbondale IL 62901
Tel: (618) 453-8800
Program Name: Medical Dosimetry
Program Type: Master of Science
Duration: 12 months
Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94.4% Job Placement Rate: 98.6%
Tuition Fees: $11,820 Resident and Non-resident
http://www.sah.siu.edu/graduate/track1/index.php

Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin IL 60123-7193
Tel: (847) 214-7691
Program Name: Magnetic Resonance
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 12 months
Tuition Fees: $2,943 Resident, $3,348 Non-resident
http://www.elgin.edu

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
School of Allied Health, Carbondale IL 62901
Tel:
Program Name: Magnetic Resonance
Program Type: Bachelor of Radiologic Science
Duration: 12 months
Tuition Fees: $8,548 Resident, $21,370 Non-resident
http://sah.siu.edu/undergraduate/radiologic-sciences/mrict/