How to Become a Radiologic Technician in Minnesota

Minnesota, like the rest of the nation, is experiencing a rapid expansion of the healthcare field as its population grows older.

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With a greater national need for medical care ahead, the demand for health technologists is growing, and more radiological technologists are required to help fulfill the expanding industry.

In the next decade alone, radiography jobs are expected to increase by 11% nationally, leading to more job opportunities and competitive pay to professionals who are qualified.

Salaries for Radiologists

In the state of Minnesota radiological technologists enjoy above-average salaries.

The average annual salary for a radiologic technologist in Minnesota is currently about $62,800, with an average hourly wage of $30.19.

This is greater than the current national average annual salary for radiologic technologists, which is about $58,520. Like other US states, salaries of radiological technologists can vary in Minnesota, with career factors such as job duties, employer and level of experience influencing salaries. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Minnesota.

State Licensure Requirements in Minnesota

In the state of Minnesota, radiological technology professionals are required to have an official license in order work. These licenses do not have a renewal date, but licensed professionals must complete mandatory continuing education classes, which vary from 24-50 hours every two years. Some radiological technology professions may have additional requirements that must be met, so be sure to do some proper research before choosing a specific radiology field. Minnesota, like a majority of US states in the nation, uses the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exams to fulfill state licensing requirements.

Well-Known Schools for Radiography

Minnesota is currently home to 11 radiography programs that are accredited by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). These radiology programs may offer a Certificate, an Associate’s, a Bachelor’s in Radiology Technology, or a combination of the three.

  • Century College, White Bear Lake
  • Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis
  • Lake Superior College, Duluth
  • Mayo School of Health Sciences, Rochester
  • Minnesota State College, Winona, Detroit Lakes
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Luverne
  • Northland Community & Technical College, East Grand Forks
  • Riverland Community College, Austin
  • St. Catherine University, Minneapolis
  • St. Cloud Hospital, St Cloud
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis
    • Other Schools to Consider

      In addition to the colleges listed above, Minnesota currently has 5 other schools with radiography programs that are not currently accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT). However, most of these have either been accredited by other entities or have applied for their JRCERT-accredited status:

      • Argosy University, Eagan
      • North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park
      • Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester
      • Ridgewater College, Willmar
      • Anthem College – Minnesota, Louis Park
        • Crossing the state border to the south, there are several options in Iowa, including Des Moines, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. In North Dakota, there are schools in Bismarck, Fargo and Minot, while in South Dakota there are programs in Sioux Falls, Yankton, Aberdeen, Mitchell and Rapid City. To the east in Wisconsin, students will find schools in Wassau, LaCrosse, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Madison.

          Large Employers in Radiology

          The state of Minnesota is home to more than 100 hospitals and numerous other small healthcare facilities, such as clinics and family practice offices. While the major hospitals employ the greatest number of radiologic technologists, the smaller clinics them as well. Many of Minnesota’s most well-known hospitals are below:

          Mayo Clinic, Rochester
          200 S. W. First Street
          Rochester, MN 55905-0002
          (507) 284-2511

          University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis
          2450 Riverside Avenue
          Minneapolis, MN 55454-1400
          (612) 672-6000

          Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
          800 East 28th Street
          Minneapolis, MN 55407-3799
          (612) 863-4000

          Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis
          2525 Chicago Avenue South
          Minneapolis, MN 55404-9976
          (612) 813-6100

          St. Cloud Hospital, Saint Cloud
          1406 Sixth Avenue North
          Saint Cloud, MN 56303-1901
          (320) 251-2700

          United Hospital of St. Paul, Saint Paul
          333 North Smith Avenue
          Saint Paul, MN 55102-2389
          (651) 241-8000

          North Memorial Hospital, Robbinsdale
          3300 Oakdale Avenue North
          Robbinsdale, MN 55422-2926
          (763) 520-5200

          Professional Organizations

          To help further their career, both working radiologic technologists and students should consider joining the Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists (MNSRT). This professional organization offers its members benefits including exclusive employment listings and networking opportunities. For more information on radiology education, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) is a valuable resource.

          Popular Programs

          JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Minnesota

          Century College
          3300 Century Avenue North, White Bear Lake MN 55110
          Tel: (651) 773-1751
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 66% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 88%
          Tuition Fees: $6,981 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.century.edu/futurestudents/programs/pnd.aspx?id=55

          Dunwoody College of Technology
          818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis MN 55403
          Tel: (612) 381-3091
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 95% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 91%
          Tuition Fees: $24,000 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.dunwoody.edu/health/radiologic-technology/radiologic-technology-accreditation-information/

          Lake Superior College
          2101 Trinity Road, Duluth MN 55811-2741
          Tel: (218) 733-7713
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 22 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 70% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99% Job Placement Rate: 83%
          Tuition Fees: $7,779 Resident, $14,240 Non-resident
          http://www2.lsc.edu/academics/requirements.cfm?major_id=5207

          Mayo School of Health Sciences
          Siebens Building, 200 First Street, S.W., Rochester MN 55905
          Tel: (507) 293-5411
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 21 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 90% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 88.5%
          Tuition Fees: $15,841
          http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/radiography/radiography-program-minnesota

          Minneapolis VA Healthcare System
          One Veterans Drive – 114, Minneapolis MN 55417-2399
          Tel: (612) 467-2546
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 92% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96% Job Placement Rate: 98%
          http://www.minneapolis.va.gov/education/srt/srt_about.asp

          Minnesota State College Southeast
          1250 Homer Road, Winona MN 55987
          Tel: (507) 453-2799
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 21 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 83%
          http://southeastmn.edu/academic_programs/radiography/index.asp?programID=65

          Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Detroit Lakes Campus
          900 Highway 34 East, Detroit Lakes MN 56501
          Tel: (218) 846-3740
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 27 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 87% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92% Job Placement Rate: 85%
          Tuition Fees: $4,351 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.minnesota.edu/_RESOURCES_/_UPLOADS_/_SPECIAL_/RadTech/Program_Effectiveness.pdf

          Minnesota West Community and Technical College
          311 North Spring Street, Luverne MN 56156
          Tel: (507) 449-2775
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 87% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98% Job Placement Rate: 90%
          Tuition Fees: $7,817 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.mnwest.edu/index.php/faculty-webpages/radiologic-technology

          Northland Community & Technical College
          2022 Central Avenue NE, East Grand Forks MN 56721-2702
          Tel: (218) 793-2597
          Program Name: Radiologic Technology
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 21 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 88% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90% Job Placement Rate: 100%
          Tuition Fees: $7,547 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.northlandcollege.edu/programs/radiologic_technology/program_detail.php?program_code=470

          Riverland Community College
          1900 8th Avenue, N.W., Austin MN 55912
          Tel: (507) 433-0365
          Program Name: Radiography (X-Ray)
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 24 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 88% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91% Job Placement Rate: 98%
          Tuition Fees: $7,400 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.riverland.edu/radiography

          St. Catherine University
          601 25th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55454
          Tel: (651) 690-7887
          Program Name: Radiography
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 23 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 86% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92% Job Placement Rate: 89%
          Tuition Fees: $19,800 Resident and Non-resident
          https://www.stkate.edu/academics/associate-degrees/academic-programs/radiography

          St. Cloud Hospital
          1406 Sixth Avenue North, St. Cloud MN 56303
          Tel: (320) 255-5719
          Program Name: Diagnostic Imaging
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 22 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
          http://www.centracare.com/professionals/school-of-diagnostic-imaging/

          Argosy University – Twin Cities
          1515 Central Parkway, Eagan MN 55121
          Tel: (651) 846-3437
          Program Name: Radiation Therapy
          Program Type: Associate of Science
          Duration: 27 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 75% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 87% Job Placement Rate: 76%
          Tuition Fees: $20,800 Resident and Non-resident
          https://www.argosy.edu/locations/twin-cities/health-sciences-1/associate-of-science-in-radiation-therapy

          Mayo School of Health Sciences
          Jacobson LO 210 Rad, 200 First Street, S.W., Rochester MN 55905
          Tel: (507) 284-4148
          Program Name: Radiation Therapy
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 12 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
          Tuition Fees: $16,275 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/radiation-therapy/radiation-therapy-program-minnesota

          University of Minnesota Medical Center/Fairview Corporation
          420 Delaware Street, S.E. MMC 400, Minneapolis MN 55455
          Tel: (612) 273-5107
          Program Name: Radiation Therapy
          Program Type: Certificate
          Duration: 12 months
          Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 86% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 100%
          Tuition Fees: $12,000 Resident and Non-resident
          http://www.fairview.org/Careers/EducationTraining/RadiationTherapy/S_108182