Become a Radiology Professional in West Virginia

Radiologic technologists are specially trained health care workers who assist physicians with such aspects of medical care as diagnostic imaging, cancer treatment, and sonograms.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in this field are on the rise and are expected to grow by 12 percent over the next decade. This is faster than the average for all jobs in the U.S., and West Virginia is no exception.

Now is a great time to get an appropriate education and to seek employment in the state as a radiologic technologist.

Salaries in Radiology

On average in the U.S. workers in the field of radiologic technology earn $29 per hour or $60,320 per year.

In West Virginia, the average does not quite match up. Workers here can expect to earn an average salary of $48,280 per year or $23.21 per hour.

With more experience, a higher degree, or areas of specialization, that salary can rise to about $65,000 per year or $31.25 per hour. With the cost of living lower in West Virginia than in many other states, the lower than average salaries are to be expected. More information on Rad Tech salaries in West Virginia.

Radiology Requirements in West Virginia

To gain employment as a radiologic technologist in West Virginia requires licensing through the state. Radiologist assistants are licensed by the West Virginia Board of Medicine and other types of technologists by the West Virginia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners. The former are licensed for a two year period and the latter for just one year. Those seeking a license must first finish a course of study approved by the licensing boards and then pass either a state exam or the exam set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in West Virginia

There are several locations in the state of West Virginia for receiving an education in radiologic technology including four-year institutions.

    • West Virginia University Hospitals. This hospital system has its own educational program with courses of study in radiography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, ultrasound, echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging.
    • University of Charleston. This school offers a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science, which prepares students for licensing and employment in the field with both academic and clinical work. Students here also have the option of earning an associate degree in radiologic technology. Having this degree qualifies students to sit for the licensing exam.
    • Bluefield State College, Bluefield. The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology and a bachelor’s degree in imaging science.

Other Schools to Consider

There are also some technical and community colleges in West Virginia with radiologic technology programs.

Large Employers in Radiology

There are many choices for graduates of radiologic technology programs seeking employment in West Virginia. In addition to large hospital systems, there are smaller hospitals and medical centers.

Bluefield Regional Medical Center
500 Cherry Street
Bluefield, WV 24701

Broaddus Hospital
119 Mansfield Hill
Philippi, WV 26416

St. Francis Hospital
333 Laidley Street
Charleston, WV 25322

Wheeling Hospital
1 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV 26003

West Virginia University Children’s Hospital
1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506

Hershel Woody Williams VA Medical Center
1540 Spring Valley Drive
Huntington, WV 25704

Professional Organizations

The leading professional organization in the U.S. for radiologic technicians and technologists is the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. In West Virginia, workers in this field may join the organization’s state affiliate, the West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists. Additional organizations at the national level include the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This is the group that sets the exam that many graduates will take before earning a license. Another national group, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits many educational programs and is a good source of information about schools and careers.

Popular Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in West Virginia

Bluefield State College – Radiography

219 Rock Street, Bluefield WV 24701
Tel: (304) 327-4145
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 46 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 53%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 81%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $7,050 Resident, $14,016 Non-resident

Ohio Valley Medical Center, Inc. – Radiography

2000 Eoff Street, Wheeling WV 26003
Tel: (304) 234-8781
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 20 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 90%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $4,000 Resident, $4,000 Non-resident

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College – Radiography

Box 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay WV 25637
Tel: (304) 896-7335
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 58 months
Program Effectiveness:   Credential Examination Pass Rate: 83.3%  Job Placement Rate: 93.3%
Tuition Fees: $2,904 Resident, $4,344 Non-resident

St. Mary’s Medical Center School for Medical Imaging – Radiography

2900 First Avenue, Huntington WV 25702
Tel: (304) 526-1259
Program Name: Medical Imaging
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 56 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 83%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 89%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $7,560 Resident, $7,560 Non-resident

United Hospital Center – Radiography

327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport WV 26330
Tel: (681) 342-1871
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 75%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $3,000 Resident, $3,000 Non-resident

University of Charleston – Radiography

2300 MacCorkle Avenue, S.E., Charleston WV 25304
Tel: (304) 357-4923
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 60 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 83.3%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $23,000 Resident, $23,000 Non-resident

University of Charleston-Beckley – Radiography

158 Dye Drive, Beckley WV 25801
Tel: (304) 352-0066
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 50 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 84.6%
Tuition Fees: $13,650

West Virginia Northern Community College – Radiography

1704 Market Street, Wheeling WV 26003
Tel: (304) 214-8899
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 40 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 95%
Tuition Fees: $3,750 Resident, $3,750 Non-resident

West Virginia University Hospitals – Radiography

Medical Center Drive Box 8062, Morgantown WV 26506
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 36 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 80%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 95%  Job Placement Rate: 96%
Tuition Fees: $3,000 Resident, $3,000 Non-resident

West Virginia University Hospitals – Radiation Therapy

Medical Center Drive Box 8150, Morgantown WV 26506
Tel: (304) 598-4715
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 4 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $3,000

West Virginia University Hospitals – Magnetic Resonance

Medical Center Drive Box 8062, Morgantown WV 26506
Tel: (304) 293-8802
Program Name: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 4 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $4,000 Resident, $4,000 Non-resident