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 – Radiography

Broadway at 14th Street, Quincy IL 62305-7005
Tel: (217) 223-8400
Program Name: Radiology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98%  Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $4,000 Resident, $4,000 Non-resident

College of DuPage – Radiography

425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn IL 60137
Tel: (630) 942-2434
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 92 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 66%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94%  Job Placement Rate: 86%
Tuition Fees: $4,773 Resident, $11,772 Non-resident

College of Lake County – Radiography

19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake IL 60030-1198
Tel: (847) 543-2880
Program Name: Medical Imaging
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 90 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 86%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 90%
Tuition Fees: $3,816 Resident, $8,640 Non-resident

Danville Area Community College – Radiography

2000 East Main Street, Danville IL 61832
Tel: (217) 443-8552
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 87%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 78%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $7,022 Resident, $9,862 Non-resident

Elgin Community College – Magnetic Resonance

1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin IL 60123-7193
Tel: (847) 214-7691
Program Name: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 20 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $2,943 Resident, $3,348 Non-resident

Elgin Community College – Radiography

1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin IL 60123-7193
Tel: (847) 214-7691
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 32 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 62.5%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 96.8%
Tuition Fees: $2,507 Resident, $7,521 Non-resident

Harper College – Radiography

1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine IL 60067
Tel: (847) 925-6575
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 54 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 82%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99%  Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $6,500 Resident, $3,000 Non-resident

Heartland Community College – Radiography

1500 W. Raab Road, Normal IL 61761
Tel: (309) 268-8756
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97%  Job Placement Rate: 94%
Tuition Fees: $4,831 Resident, $9,661 Non-resident

Illinois Central College – Peoria Campus – Radiography

5407 N. University St., Peoria IL 61635-0001
Tel: (309) 690-7541
Program Name: Radiographer
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 40 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 78%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99%  Job Placement Rate: 92%
Tuition Fees: $3,887 Resident, $8,578 Non-resident

Kaskaskia College – Radiography

27210 College Road, Centralia IL 62801
Tel: (618) 545-3363
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 53 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 77%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94%  Job Placement Rate: 90%
Tuition Fees: $4,218 Resident, $7,524 Non-resident

Kishwaukee College – Radiography

21193 Malta Road, Malta IL 60150-9699
Tel: (815) 825-2086
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 77%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94%  Job Placement Rate: 87%
Tuition Fees: $8,500

Lincoln Land Community College – Radiography

5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield IL 62794-9256
Tel: (217) 786-2408
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 33 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 50%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $5,600 Resident, $9,000 Non-resident

Malcolm X College – Radiography

1900 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago IL 60612
Tel: (312) 850-7373
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 114 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 66%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 88%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $2,581 Resident, $5,033 Non-resident

Mercyhealth Hospital – Radiography

2400 North Rockton Avenue, Rockford IL 61101
Tel: (815) 971-5480
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 21 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $2,000 Resident, $2,500 Non-resident

Moraine Valley Community College – Radiography

9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills IL 60465
Tel: (708) 974-5316
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 79 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 77%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 81%  Job Placement Rate: 86%
Tuition Fees: $1,600 Resident, $2,400 Non-resident

Northwestern College – Radiography

7725 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview IL 60455
Tel: (708) 237-5050
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 52 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 92%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 78%  Job Placement Rate: 79%
Tuition Fees: $25,900 Resident, $25,900 Non-resident

Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Radiation Therapy

251 East Huron Street, Chicago IL 60611
Tel: (312) 926-2733
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 9 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 83%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 96%
Tuition Fees: $6,500 Resident, $6,500 Non-resident

Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Radiography

541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite #950, Chicago IL 60611
Tel: (312) 694-2425
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 23 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 89%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $4,250 Resident, $4,250 Non-resident

Olney Central College – Radiography

305 North West Street, Olney IL 62450
Tel: (618) 395-7777
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 48 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 72.7%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 87%  Job Placement Rate: 87.5%
Tuition Fees: $3,879 Resident, $12,267 Non-resident

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center – Radiography

530 N.E. Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria IL 61637
Tel: (309) 655-2782
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 63%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 97%
Tuition Fees: $2,500 Resident, $2,500 Non-resident

Parkland College – Radiography

2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign IL 61821-1899
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 40 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 78%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $4,700 Resident, $9,300 Non-resident

Rend Lake College – Radiography

468 North Ken Gray Parkway, Ina IL 62846
Tel: (618) 437-5321
Program Name: Radiology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 64 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 71.4%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 77%  Job Placement Rate: 92%
Tuition Fees: $5,115

Resurrection University – Radiography

1431 North Claremont Avenue, Chicago IL 60622
Tel: (773) 235-5583
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 53 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 95%
Tuition Fees: $54,948

Richland Community College – Radiography

One College Park, Decatur IL 62521
Tel: (217) 875-7211
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 71.6%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 92.5%
Tuition Fees: $1,356 Resident, $2,976 Non-resident

Sauk Valley Community College – Radiography

173 IL Route 2, Dixon IL 61021-9112
Tel: (815) 835-6362
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 78 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 63%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95%  Job Placement Rate: 91%
Tuition Fees: $3,497 Resident, $7,500 Non-resident

Southern Illinois University Carbondale – Radiography

School of Allied Health, Carbondale IL 62901
Tel: (618) 453-7229
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 72 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 82%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $8,415 Resident, $21,037 Non-resident

Southern Illinois University Carbondale – Magnetic Resonance

School of Allied Health, Carbondale IL 62901
Tel: (618) 453-7229
Program Name: Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography
Program Type: Bachelor of Radiologic Science
Duration: 23 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $8,548 Resident, $21,370 Non-resident

Southern Illinois University Carbondale – Radiation Therapy

School of Allied Health, Carbondale IL 62901
Tel: (618) 453-8800
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 25 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 83.3%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97.5%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $8,696 Resident, $21,739 Non-resident

Southern Illinois University Carbondale – Medical Dosimetry

School of Allied Health, Carbondale IL 62901
Tel: (618) 453-8800
Program Name: Medical Dosimetry
Program Type: Master of Science
Duration: 37 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 90.1%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95%  Job Placement Rate: 98.5%
Tuition Fees: $11,820 Resident, $11,820 Non-resident

Southwestern Illinois College – Radiography

2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville IL 62221-9989
Tel: (618) 235-2700
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 100 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 88%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96%  Job Placement Rate: 92%
Tuition Fees: $3,760 Resident, $32,266 Non-resident

Swedish American Hospital – Radiography

1250 East State Street, Rockford IL 61104-2315
Tel: (779) 696-4966
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 20 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 83%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $3,000 Resident, $3,000 Non-resident

Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences – Radiography

2122 25th Avenue, Rock Island IL 61201
Tel: (309) 779-7778
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 36 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 93%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97%  Job Placement Rate: 91%
Tuition Fees: $15,000 Resident, $15,000 Non-resident

Triton College – Radiography

2000 Fifth Avenue, River Grove IL 60171
Tel: (708) 456-0300
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 75 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 68%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90%  Job Placement Rate: 97%
Tuition Fees: $4,050 Resident, $9,750 Non-resident

University of St. Francis – Radiation Therapy

500 Wilcox Street, Joliet IL 60435
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 20 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 70%
Tuition Fees: $32,000