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Radiology Schools in New York

Imaging is important in helping identify illness and disease in patients and radiologic technologists assist by providing these images through the use of X-rays. A postsecondary educational program can teach students how to correctly position patients for imaging, as well as how to protect other parts of the patient's body from radiation.

X-rays are images that are produced by taking pictures of the body with ionizing radiation. Most often, bones and other dense material turn up as white while fat and muscle can appear as gray and air can appear as black. Sometimes radiologic technologists even provide patients with a contrast medium, such as barium or iodine, so that various features in the X-ray images can appear in more enhanced detail.

Radiologic technology is a fast-growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that nationwide job growth in the occupation should be faster than average, at 21 percent, from 2012 to 2022. This could lead to the potential availability of 41,500 new positions over this time. In New York, there were 12,660 radiologic technologists working in the state as of May 2013, according to the BLS, with mean annual wages of $65,770.

How to Become a Radiologic Technologist

According to the BLS, an Associate degree is needed to find entry-level work in the field. This degree can typically be completed in two years and can provide students with clinical experience - often through a clinical course every semester - as well as skills ranging from competency to perform radiographic procedures to the ability to be adaptive in non-routine scenarios. Some topics that students enrolled in radiologic technology schools in New York might cover include:

  • Radiographic Physics
  • Radiographic Pathology
  • Radiographic Technology
  • Sectional Anatomy

Accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) is important, as graduation from an accredited program is often a requirement in many state-licensing processes. In New York, state licensure is needed for employment as a radiologic technologist, according to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Passing a state exam or the national exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is acceptable for its licensing process.

Upon licensing, continuing education becomes important and, in New York, includes 48 mandatory hours that must be completed over the next four years. Different states have different licensing requirements, and some even offer license reciprocity, so it may be helpful to take the national exam offered by the ARRT; the ARRT reports that its exam is accepted in 37 states for licensing. However, the New York Department of Health indicates that New York does not offer license reciprocity, meaning that all radiologic technologists need to complete the licensing process in New York if they intend to work within the state.

Radiologic Technologist Schools in New York

Radiologic technology schools in New York provide a variety of certificates and degrees to education seekers. Below is a list of schools in New York that have radiology offerings:

  • Adirondack Community College, Queensbury: Associate degree
  • Arnot Ogden Medical CenterElmira: Two-to-four year certificate
  • CUNY Bronx Community College, Bronx: Associate degree
  • CUNY Hostos Community College, Bronx: Associate degree
  • CUNY LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City: Associate degree
  • CUNY New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn: Associate degree
  • CVPH Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, Plattsburgh: Two-to-four year certificate
  • Erie Community College, Buffalo: Associate degree
  • Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Johnstown: Associate degree
  • Hudson Valley Community College, Troy: One-to-two year certificate and Associate degree
  • LIU Post, Brookeville: Bachelor's degree
  • Manhattan College, Riverdale: Bachelor's degree
  • Memorial Hospital School of Radiation Therapy Technology, New York City: Two-to-four year certificate
  • Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica: Associate degree
  • Molloy College, Rockville Centre: Associate degree
  • Monroe Community College, Rochester: Associate degree
  • Nassau Community College, Garden City: Associate degree
  • New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls: Master's degree
  • New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education, Brooklyn: Two-to-year four certificate
  • Niagara Community College, Sanborn: Associate degree
  • North County Community College, Saranac Lake: Associate degree
  • Orange County Community College, Middletown: Associate degree
  • Saint Elizabeth Medical Center School of Radiography, Utica: Two-to-four year certificate
  • North County Community College, Saranac Lake: Associate degree
  • St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights: Bachelor's degree
  • St. James Mercy Hospital School of Radiologic Science, Hornell: Two-to-four year certificate
  • St. John's University - New York, Queens: Bachelor's degree
  • St. Joseph's Medical School of Radiography, Yonkers: Two-to-four year certificate
  • SUNY Broome Community College, Binghamton: Associate degree
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn: Bachelor's degree
  • SUNY Westchester Community College, Valhalia: Associate degree
  • Trocaire College, Buffalo: Associate and Bachelor's degrees
  • Upstate Medical University, Syracuse: Bachelor's degree

As supplied by the National Center for Educational Statistics


Sources:

Radiologic and MRI Technologists, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm

X-ray definition. The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/x-ray/basics/definition/prc-20009519

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates - New York, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ny.htm#29-0000

Radiologic Technology Program, Monroe Community College, http://www.monroecc.edu/etsdbs/MCCatPub.nsf/Web+Career+Programs/RadiologicTechnology-AAS-DEGREE?OpenDocument

Find a JRCERT Accredited Program, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, http://www.jrcert.org/

ARRT Certification, The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, https://www.arrt.org/Certification

Individual State Licensure Information, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, http://www.asrt.org/main/standards-regulations/state-legislative-affairs/individual-state-licensure-info#va

Radiologic Technology: Frequently Asked Questions. New York Department of Health. https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/doctors/radiological/faq_radtech.htm

College Navigator, National Center for Educational Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=NY&p=51.0907+51.0911

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