Radiologic Technologist Training in Mississippi – Schools, Programs and Other Education Options

As the healthcare needs of our nation’s aging population continue to increase, many professions in the healthcare industry are growing rapidly to meet the demand. Current national trends indicate that employment opportunities for radiologic technologists are likely to expand by 11% in only 10 years – just one of many reasons why now is a better time than ever to start pursuing a career in radiology.

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The state of Mississippi is currently following this national trend with 1,930 working radiological technologists so far, and many more expected within the decade.

Salaries for Radiographers

The mean annual salary for a radiologic technologist in the state of Mississippi is currently $46,750, with a mean hourly wage of $22.48, which is significantly less than the national annual salary mean of $58,520. While this makes Mississippi one of the nation’s lowest-paying states for radiological technologists, it also has one of the nation’s lowest overall costs of living.

Even radiological technologists working in the state’s cities enjoy relatively low expenses when compared to other urban areas in the country. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Mississippi.

Radiography Licensure in Mississippi

In the state of Mississippi, radiological technologists are required to carry a license in order to perform work. Depending on the specific radiology field, working professionals must renew their licenses ever 1 or 2 years. For its licensing requirements, Mississippi, like 36 other US states, uses the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam.

In addition, some radiology fields require workers to fulfill continuing education hours every license term.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in Mississippi

Mississippi is currently home to 10 radiological technology school programs that are endorsed by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) which include 2-year, 4-year and both public and private institutions. Degrees offered include Associate, Bachelor and Masters.

University of Mississippi: Located in the capital city of Jackson, the University of Mississippi offers students a Bachelor of Science through its Radiology Department. The program takes 22 months to complete and involves an in-depth residency program and numerous radiology divisions. The program only accepts 50 students per term, and a rigorous admissions process is required of all interested students.

  • Itawamba Community College, Fulton
  • Northeast Mississippi Community College, Booneville
  • Hinds Community College, Raymond
  • Mississippi Delta Community College, Moorhead
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Wesson
  • Jones County Junior College, Ellisville
  • Meridian Community College, Meridian
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gautier
  • Pearl River Community College, Hattiesburg
    • Other Schools to Consider

      Northwest Mississippi Community College: Located in Senatobia, this public 2-year institution does not offer a radiologic technology program, but it does offer a pre-radiology program for students who wish to pursue their MD in radiology at another institution.

      Mississippi shares its borders with Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

      Mississippi’s future radiographers can also look for training in: Birmingham, Dothan, Gadsden, Hanceville, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika and Tuscaloosa, Alabama; in El Dorado, Fayetteville, Ft. Smith, Harrison, Jonesboro, Little Rock, or Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Eunice, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans and Shreveport in Louisiana, and; Clarksville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Columbia, Elizabethton, Nashville, Jackson, Cookeville, Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and Gallatin, Tennessee.

      Students should note that community colleges and state universities typically charge higher tuition fees for out-of-state (and sometimes out-of-district) students.

      Large Employers in Radiology

      There are several large healthcare centers located in Mississippi, especially in the state’s cities and metro areas, which consistently employ radiologic technologists. While the largest numbers of radiologic technology professionals work for the major hospitals, small clinics and rural doctors’ offices hire technologists as well.

      University of Mississippi Health Care, Jackson
      2500 North State Street
      Jackson, MS 39216-4505
      (601) 984-1000

      St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, Jackson
      969 Lakeland Drive
      Jackson, MS 39216-4606
      (601) 200-2000

      Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg
      6051 U S Highway 49
      Hattiesburg, MS 39401-7243
      (601) 288-7000

      Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula
      2809 Denny Avenue
      Pascagoula, MS 39581-5301
      (228) 809-5000

      Alliance Health Center, Meridian
      5000 Highway 39 North
      Meridian, MS 39301-1021
      (601) 483-6211

      Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian
      1102 Constitution Avenue
      Meridian, MS 39301-4001
      (601) 693-2511

      Baptist Medical Center, Carthage
      310 Ellis Street
      Carthage, MS 39051-3809
      (601) 267-1100

      Professional Organizations

      For more information, professional networking and job opportunities, radiologic technologists in the state of Mississippi should consider joining the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT), which is a professional organization that was established back in 1938. Prospective students of radiological technology should also visit the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

      Popular Programs

      JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Mississippi

      Copiah-Lincoln Community College
      P.O. Box 649, Wesson MS 39191
      Tel: (601) 643-8496
      Program Name: Medical Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 42% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 97%
      Tuition Fees: $2,100 Resident, $3,900 Non-resident
      http://careertraining.colin.edu/rgt

      Hinds Community College
      P.O. Box 1100, Raymond MS 39154-9799
      Tel: (601) 376-4826
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 95% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 86% Job Placement Rate: 100%
      Tuition Fees: $2,160 Resident, $3,866 Non-resident
      http://www.hindscc.edu/departments/health_related_professions/mrt/default.aspx

      Itawamba Community College
      2176 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo MS 38804
      Tel: (662) 620-5233
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 22 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 94.7% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90.4% Job Placement Rate: 93.4%
      Tuition Fees: $2,300 Resident, $4,500 Non-resident
      http://www.iccms.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=553

      Jones County Junior College
      900 Court Street, Ellisville MS 39437
      Tel: (601) 477-2416
      Program Name: Radiography
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 71% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97% Job Placement Rate: 93%
      Tuition Fees: $3,880 Resident, $6,245 Non-resident
      http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/radiography/docs/2013_annual_performance_report.pdf

      Meridian Community College
      910 Highway 19 North, Meridian MS 39307-5890
      Tel: (601) 484-8757
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology (X-ray)
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 60% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 89% Job Placement Rate: 93%
      Tuition Fees: $3,150 Resident, $4,715 Non-resident
      http://www.meridiancc.edu/radtech

      Mississippi Delta Community College
      P.O. Box 668, Moorhead MS 38761
      Tel: (662) 246-6510
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 22 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 61% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 86% Job Placement Rate: 96%
      Tuition Fees: $2,490 Resident, $4,980 Non-resident
      http://www.msdelta.edu/index.php/program-effectiveness-data

      Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Jackson County Campus)
      P.O. Box 100, Gautier MS 39553
      Tel: (228) 497-7710
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology (Radiography)
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 85.2% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97.2% Job Placement Rate: 98%
      Tuition Fees: $3,910 Resident, $6,834 Non-resident
      http://catalog.mgccc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=3&poid=151&returnto=126

      Northeast Mississippi Community College
      101 Cunningham Boulevard, Booneville MS 38829
      Tel: (662) 720-7364
      Program Name: Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 22 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 75% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91% Job Placement Rate: 94%
      Tuition Fees: $3,150 Resident, $6,306 Non-resident
      http://www.nemcc.edu/health-sciences/radiologic-technology/program-mission-and-goals/5-year-data/

      Pearl River Community College
      5448 U.S. Highway 49 South, Hattiesburg MS 39401
      Tel: (601) 270-6977
      Program Name: Medical Radiologic Technology
      Program Type: Associate of Science
      Duration: 24 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 85% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 93%
      Tuition Fees: $3,000 Resident, $3,600 Non-resident
      http://prcc.edu/career-tech/radiologic-technology

      University of Mississippi Medical Center
      School of Health Related Professions, Jackson MS 39216-4505
      Tel: (601) 984-6368
      Program Name: Radiologic Sciences
      Program Type: Bachelor of Science
      Duration: 22 months
      Program Effectiveness:  Completion Rate: 100% Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100% Job Placement Rate: 98%
      Tuition Fees: $8,745 Resident, $23,805 Non-resident
      http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Radiologic_Sciences/Radiologic_Sciences_Home.aspx