Radiology Training in Virginia

As the population in the U.S grows, the demand for skilled radiologic technicians will continue to increase, along with demand for all types of health care workers.

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Radiologic technicians and technologists work in hospitals and medical centers, large and small assisting with diagnostics, treatments, and imaging tools.

Across the country, the number of jobs available in this field is expected to grow by 12 percent over the next decade. This is two times faster than the average for all jobs. Virginia is a populous state with many opportunities for radiologic technologists. Already, there are almost 5,000 people working in this field in the state.

Salaries in Radiology

In Virginia, the average annual salary that a radiologic technologist earns is $59,370.

This is slightly below the national average for the field, which is at $60,320. For an hourly wage, the mean in Virginia is $28.55 as compared to the national average of $29. Salaries can be even higher for technologists with more experience or with areas of specializations.

Salaries can be as high as $70,000 to $80,000. More information on Rad Tech salaries in Virginia.

Radiology Requirements in Virginia

Radiologic technologists working in Virginia must be licensed by the state. Exceptions to this are any employees of hospitals that are licensed. Someone working at a licensed hospital that is not an employee of that facility must have an individual license.

The Virginia Board of Medicine oversees licensing and has the necessary applications for licensing. To be approved for a license, the radiologic technologist must have completed 24 credit hours of education that is approved by and documented by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A minimum of 12 of those hours needs to be listed as Category A courses as defined by the ARRT. Virginia does not issue temporary licenses, but unlicensed graduates may work temporarily as trainees until the license is approved.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in Virginia

For anyone hoping to earn a certificate or degree in an area of radiologic technology there are many choices in Virginia. The community college system of the state, in particular, offers opportunities in several locations.

  • Virginia’s Community Colleges. There are several community college campuses in the state, and many offer degrees in radiology fields. Northern Virginia, Piedmont, Tidewater, Virginia Highlands, Virginia Western, and Wytheville Community Colleges all offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in radiography. Central Virginia Community College has an associate degree in radiologic technology.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. For those looking for a more intensive course of study, VCU offers a four-year program in clinical radiation sciences. The degree program prepares students for jobs as radiologic technologists, nuclear medicine assistants, radiographers, and radiation therapists. The coursework includes hands-on experience in a clinical setting.

Other Schools to Consider

There are a couple of other options in Virginia for an education related to radiologic technology.

  • St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging. This school is a part of the Bon Secours Richmond Health System and trains students to work as radiologic technologists. The program curriculum closely follows that recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee in Radiologic Technology. Students who complete this program are prepared to become licensed and to find employment in the state of Virginia.
  • ECPI University. This school offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in medical radiography that can be completed in as little as 18 months. There are several campus locations including Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Richmond. The school also offers an online program to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences.

Those living in the south of the State of Virginia, may want to consider their options in schools in North Carolina, with the Raleigh to Greensboro area certainly offering some alternatives. Up north, there are also sound alternatives in West Virginia and in Maryland.

Large Employers in Radiology

Virginia is a large state with a big population, which means that there are plenty of hospitals and medical centers hiring radiologic technicians and technologists.

Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital
1613 Oakwood St.
Bedford, VA 24523

St. Mary’s Hospital
5801 Bremo Road
Richmond, VA 23226

Children’s Hospital of Richmond
2924 Brook Road
Richmond, VA 23220

Dominion Hospital
2960 Sleepy Hollow Road
Falls Church, VA 22044

Professional Organizations

There are several national professional organizations for those who work as radiologic technologists. There is the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, which also provides the exam that is needed for most licensing. There is also the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. At the state level, there is the Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists. This organization provides students with internships, career information, and scholarships and awards and is a good resource for anyone in Virginia considering radiologic technology as a new career.

Popular Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in Virginia

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital – Radiography

8550 Magellan Parkway, Suite 700, Richmond VA 23227
Tel: (804) 627-5307
Program Name: Medical Imaging
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 67 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 83.3%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98.46%  Job Placement Rate: 96.2%
Tuition Fees: $9,310 Resident, $9,310 Non-resident

Central Virginia Community College – Radiography

3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg VA 24502-2498
Tel: (434) 832-7683
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 94%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $5,149 Resident, $12,544 Non-resident

ECPI University – Radiography

1001 Omni Boulevard, Suite 200, Newport News VA 23606
Tel: (757) 873-2423
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 59 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 72%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 81%  Job Placement Rate: 88%
Tuition Fees: $16,900 Resident, $16,900 Non-resident

ECPI University-Northern Virginia – Radiography

10021 Balls Ford Road, #100, Manassas VA 20109
Tel: (703) 330-5300
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 85%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 89%  Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $28,166 Resident, $28,166 Non-resident

Mary Washington Hospital – Radiography

2300 Fall Hill Avenue, Suite 260, Fredericksburg VA 22401
Tel: (540) 741-1802
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 28 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $5,000 Resident, $5,000 Non-resident

Piedmont Virginia Community College – Radiography

501 College Drive, Charlottesville VA 22902
Tel: (434) 961-5427
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 36 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 93.7%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 88%  Job Placement Rate: 98.6%
Tuition Fees: $4,758 Resident, $10,570 Non-resident

Riverside College of Health Careers – Radiography

316 Main Street, Newport News VA 23601
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 67 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 86.96%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 93.89%  Job Placement Rate: 90.52%
Tuition Fees: $25,248 Resident, $25,248 Non-resident

Sentara RMH Medical Center – Radiography

2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg VA 22801
Tel: (540) 564-7236
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 93%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $4,500 Resident, $4,500 Non-resident

Southside Regional Medical Center/Community Health Systems, Inc. – Radiography

430 Clairmont Court, Suite 200, Colonial Heights VA 23834
Tel: (804) 765-5965
Program Name: Radiation Sciences
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 44 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 94%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99%  Job Placement Rate: 96%
Tuition Fees: $5,500 Resident, $5,500 Non-resident

Southwest Virginia Community College – Radiography

724 Community College Road, Cedar Bluff VA 24609
Tel: (276) 964-7341
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 86 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 55%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 85%  Job Placement Rate: 94%
Tuition Fees: $4,734 Resident, $11,739 Non-resident

SOVAH Health /dba/ Danville Regional Medical Center – Radiography

142 South Main Street, Danville VA 24541
Tel: (434) 799-2271
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 37 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 75%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 84%  Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $4,250 Resident, $9,950 Non-resident

Tidewater Community College – Radiography

1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach VA 23453-1918
Tel: (757) 822-7462
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 108 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 81.5%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96.1%  Job Placement Rate: 89.7%
Tuition Fees: $6,520 Resident, $13,633 Non-resident

Virginia Commonwealth University – Radiation Therapy

701 W. Grace Street, Suite 2100, Richmond VA 23284
Tel: (804) 828-9104
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 40 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 92%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98%  Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $11,967 Resident, $29,057 Non-resident

Virginia Commonwealth University – Radiography

701 W. Grace Street, Suite 2100, Richmond VA 23284
Tel: (804) 828-7709
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 48 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 77.78%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 99%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $11,967 Resident, $29,057 Non-resident

Virginia Western Community College – Radiography

3091 Colonial Avenue SW, Roanoke VA 24015
Tel: (540) 857-6197
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 48 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 76%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 91.2%  Job Placement Rate: 98.8%
Tuition Fees: $5,516 Resident, $12,717 Non-resident

Virginia Western Community College – Radiation Therapy

3091 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke VA 24015
Tel: (540) 857-6104
Program Name: Radiation Oncology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 46 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 91%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 97%  Job Placement Rate: 87.6%
Tuition Fees: $11,373 Resident, $24,545 Non-resident

Winchester Medical Center, Inc. – Radiography

220 Campus Boulevard, Suite 300, Winchester VA 22601
Tel: (540) 536-7935
Program Name: Medical Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 40 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 98%
Tuition Fees: $6,000 Resident, $6,000 Non-resident