How to Become a Radiologic Technologist in New Jersey

Careers in radiologic technology are increasing in number across the country and in every state.

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The growth rate for this field of work is expected to be 12 percent, more than double that for other careers, over the next decade because of the increasing need for health care. This is a populous state with a large number of sizable medical centers and hospitals. Jobs in this state in the field of radiologic technology should be easy to find for many years to come. Now is an excellent time to earn a degree or a certificate and to get a job in radiology.

Salaries in Radiology

Across the U.S. the mean salary for a radiologic technologist is $29 per hour or $60,320 per year. In New Jersey, which employs close to 6,000 workers in this field, the average is much higher.

The average annual salary for a radiologic technologist here is $65,170, but can be as high as $84,010 with specializations. The average hourly wage in the state is $31.33, but can also go higher, up to $40.39 per hour.

Getting a higher degree, years of experience working in the field, and areas of specialization can all work to increase salary. More information on Rad Tech salaries in New Jersey.

State Licensure

To work as an x-ray tech in New Jersey requires licensing. To work in radiography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy, a two-year license may be granted. The licenses are administered by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The state also issues limited licenses that allow someone to work in specific areas such as dental or podiatric radiologic technology. To get a license, students must complete an appropriate course of study and then pass the exam set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). For nuclear medicine licensing, the exam given by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board may be substituted for that given by the ARRT.

Well-Known Universities and Colleges

New Jersey is home to several community colleges and medical colleges that offer certificates and degrees in radiologic technology and areas of specialty.

Other Schools to Consider

There are many community and county colleges in New Jersey offering programs in radiologic technology.

        • Middlesex County College, Edison. The radiography program at Middlesex includes general education courses as well as those specific to radiography. Graduates are prepared to take the exam for licensing.
        • Cumberland County College, Vineland. Students at Cumberland can earn a degree in radiography and be ready for the licensing exam. Admission to the program is selective.
        • Bergen Community College, Paramus. At Bergen, students can choose between a certificate in radiation therapy or an associate degree in radiography.

Large Employers in Radiology

New Jersey has many large medical centers and hospitals that need to hire radiologic technologists.

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112

Christ Hospital
176 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

East Orange General Hospital
300 Central Avenue
East Orange, NJ 07018

Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

New Bridge Medical Center
230 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

Tom’s River X-Ray
154 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755

Professional Organizations

Radiologic technologists in New Jersey can join the national organizations for the profession, which includes the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. There is also a state affiliate for the latter, the New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits many of the programs of study in this field and is a good source of further information about careers and schools for radiologic technology.

Popular Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in New Jersey

Bergen Community College – Radiation Therapy

400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652
Tel: (201) 493-5025
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 15 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90%  Job Placement Rate: 90%
Tuition Fees: $6,800 Resident, $6,800 Non-resident

Bergen Community College – Radiography

400 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ 07652-1595
Tel: (201) 493-5025
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 86 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 77%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96%  Job Placement Rate: 94%
Tuition Fees: $4,885

Brookdale Community College – Radiography

765 Newman Springs Road, NAS 144, Lincroft NJ 07738
Tel: (732) 224-2000
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 100 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 97.1%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 87.2%  Job Placement Rate: 97.1%
Tuition Fees: $3,600 Resident, $7,200 Non-resident

County College of Morris – Radiography

214 Center Grove Road, Randolph NJ 07869
Tel: (973) 328-5354
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 92 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 73%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96%  Job Placement Rate: 84.2%
Tuition Fees: $5,000 Resident, $8,500 Non-resident

Cumberland County College – Radiography

3322 College Drive, Vineland NJ 08362-1500
Tel: (856) 691-8600
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 65 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 84.2%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 94.8%  Job Placement Rate: 96.7%
Tuition Fees: $3,795 Resident, $4,485 Non-resident

Englewood Hospital & Medical Center – Radiography

350 Engle Street, Englewood NJ 07631
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 22 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 82%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $7,500 Resident, $7,500 Non-resident

Essex County College – Radiography

303 University Avenue, Newark NJ 07102
Tel: (973) 877-3293
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 54 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 50%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91%  Job Placement Rate: 91.6%
Tuition Fees: $5,994 Resident, $10,548 Non-resident

Hudson County Community College – Radiography

70 Sip Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07306
Tel: (201) 360-4781
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 43 months
Tuition Fees: $11,000

JFK Medical Center – Radiography

65 James Street, Edison NJ 08820
Tel: (908) 668-2477
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 45 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 50%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92%  Job Placement Rate: 90%
Tuition Fees: $13,200 Resident, $26,400 Non-resident

Mercer County Community College – Radiography

1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor NJ 08550
Tel: (609) 570-3337
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 72 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 88%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97%  Job Placement Rate: 92%
Tuition Fees: $5,254 Resident, $6,938 Non-resident

Middlesex County College – Radiography

2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison NJ 08818-3050
Tel: (732) 906-2583
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 110 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 91%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95%  Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $4,813 Resident, $9,625 Non-resident

Passaic County Community College – Radiography

One College Boulevard, Paterson NJ 07505
Tel: (973) 684-6243
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 48 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 54%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90%  Job Placement Rate: 85%
Tuition Fees: $5,000 Resident, $8,000 Non-resident

Rowan College at Burlington County – Radiography

1000 College Circle, Mount Laurel NJ 08054
Tel: (609) 894-9311
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 71.42%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97.77%  Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $6,273 Resident, $7,333 Non-resident

Shore Medical Center – Radiography

100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point NJ 08244-2387
Tel: (609) 653-3695
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 38 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 93%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 90.8%  Job Placement Rate: 96%
Tuition Fees: $7,000 Resident, $7,000 Non-resident

St. Barnabas Medical Center – Radiation Therapy

94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston NJ 07039
Tel: (973) 322-5628
Program Name: Radiation Therapy Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 16 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92%  Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $7,000 Resident, $7,000 Non-resident

St. Francis Medical Center/Trinity Health – Radiography

601 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton NJ 08629-1986
Tel: (609) 599-5234
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 16 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97%  Job Placement Rate: 95%
Tuition Fees: $6,900 Resident, $6,900 Non-resident

Valley Hospital – Radiography

223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood NJ 07450-2736
Tel: (201) 447-8221
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 20 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 80%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $21,661 Resident, $21,660 Non-resident