Education Options for Tomorrow’s Medical Imaging Professionals in Nevada

Radiologic technologists play an important role in medicine. They are technicians with at least a two-year degree and they work in hospitals, clinics, and other medical settings assisting doctors and patients with radiological procedures and diagnostic tests.

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As the population of the country grows and ages, all kinds of health careers are on the rise, including those in radiology.

Nevada is no exception and is a state that will continue to need health care workers in general, and radiologic technicians, in particular. Large medical centers in Las Vegas and smaller facilities in smaller towns alike will continue to need people to fill these jobs.

Salaries in Radiology

Radiologic technologists make, on average in the U.S., $29 per hour or $60,320 per year. In Nevada, there are approximately 1,450 employed radiologic technologists. These workers make more than the national average. The average annual salary in Nevada for work in this field is $70,040, but can be as high as $90,000 for those with specializations and experience. The average hourly wage is $33.67. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Nevada.

State Requirements

The state of Nevada only requires mammography technologists to be certified. The technologist needs 3 certifications: certification from the FDA for lawful operation of all mammography machines, an accreditation certificate from The American College of Radiology and a state certificate of authorization from Nevada Radiation Control Program (RCP).

Working in other areas of radiologic technology, such as radiography, and radiation therapy, is possible in Nevada, but does not require licensing.

Well-Known Universities and Colleges

For those interested in pursuing a radiology education in Nevada, there are a few choices including courses at the University of Nevada and National University.

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Las Vegas campus of the University of Nevada offers students a radiography certificate program. Students who graduate from the program are prepared to work in a clinical setting immediately. Coursework includes hands-on work with radiography equipment and with patients. Students also have the option of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Comprehensive Medical Imaging — Radiography.
  • National University, Henderson. This school, with a campus in Henderson offers students the chance to earn a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. The program includes a general education in the liberal arts as well as coursework that prepares students for a career as a radiation therapist. It has been accredited by the Radiologic Health Branch of the California Department of Health.

Other Schools to Consider

There are two other options for those interested in radiologic technology and health care careers.

  • Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno. In Reno, students can earn a two-year degree in radiologic technology at this community college. The program includes general education coursework, a foundation in basic science, as well as courses specific to radiology. Students receive clinical training in addition to classwork.
  • Western Nevada College. This college, which has campuses in Carson City, Fallon, Douglas, and Lovelock offers an associate of applied science degree in nursing. While not specifically designed to train radiologic technologists, this program can help students get a start in health sciences.

Large Employers in Radiology

Las Vegas and Reno are the largest cities in the state and have the most jobs for radiologic technologists. However, there are smaller facilities in towns and in the rural areas that need workers in this field too.

St. Mary’s Medical Group
235 West 6th Street
Reno, NV 89503

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center
1600 Medical Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703

Banner Churchill Community Hospital
801 E. Williams
Fallon, NV 89406

Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
2075 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Flamingo Surgery Center
2565 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89121

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
975 Kirman Avenue
Reno, NV 89502

Professional Organizations

Radiologic Technologists in Nevada can join the professional association of the Nevada Society of Radiologic Technologists. On the national level, workers in this field may take the exam set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. They may also become members of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. For more information about becoming a radiologic technologist, the education required, and the career possibilities, contact the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Popular Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Nevada

Great Basin College – Radiography

1500 College Parkway, Elko NV 89801
Tel: (775) 753-2463
Program Name: Radiology Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 26 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 82%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90%  Job Placement Rate: 89.8%
Tuition Fees: $4,050 Resident, $7,372 Non-resident

Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas – Radiography

3333 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas NV 89121
Tel: (702) 458-9650
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 90 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 82%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91.4%  Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $17,262 Resident, $17,262 Non-resident

Truckee Meadows Community College – Radiography

18600 Wedge Parkway, Reno NV 89521
Tel: (775) 850-4045
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 40 months
Tuition Fees: $92 Resident, $183 Non-resident

University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Radiography

4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 453017, Las Vegas NV 89154-3017
Tel: (702) 895-3296
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 122 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 88%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91%  Job Placement Rate: 88%
Tuition Fees: $5,775