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Radiology Schools in Texas

Radiologic technologists in Texas and across the country have been trained in the use of X-ray technology, which aids physicians in identifying and diagnosing illnesses in patients. X-ray imaging can help doctors in numerous ways, such as pinpointing a fracture in a bone or determining if intestinal digestive problems or bone cancer may be present, according to The Mayo Clinic. In addition to knowing how to take internal images of the body, radiologic technologists may also have the following responsibilities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • Preparing patients for X-rays or other procedures
  • Correctly positioning patients and equipment for imaging
  • Shielding areas of the body not in need of imaging from radiation
  • Adjusting and maintaining equipment as needed

Among others, popular jobs in the field include:

Texas Schools with Radiology Programs

Below is a list of some of the schools in Texas that offer radiologic technologist degrees and programs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, including radiology schools in major cities such as Dallas and Houston, as well as smaller metro areas.

  • Amarillo College, Amarillo
  • Austin Community College District, Austin
  • Blinn College, Brenham
  • Coastal Bend College, Beeville
  • Del Mar College, Corpus Christi
  • El Centro College, Dallas
  • El Paso Community College, El Paso
  • Galveston College, Galveston
  • Houston Community College, Houston
  • Kilgore College, Kilgore
  • Lamar Institute of Technology, Beaumont
  • Laredo Community College, Laredo
  • Lone Star College System, The Woodlands
  • Northeast Texas Community College, Mount Pleasant
  • Odessa College, Odessa
  • Paris Junior College, Paris
  • Parker University, Dallas
  • San Jacinto College, Pasadena
  • South Texas College, McAllen
  • Southwest University at El Paso, El Paso
  • Tarrant County College District, Fort Worth
  • Texas State University, San Marcos
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • Tyler Junior College, Tyler
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

How to Become a Radiologic Technologist in Texas

Pursuing a career in radiology generally requires completion of an associate or bachelor's degree, depending on the level of the occupation that interests you, according to the BLS. Students enrolled in radiology schools in Texas may find that clinical, hands-on skills comprise an important part of their learning, but other classes can help them learn more about clinical competence and professionalism. Although courses and requirements can vary from school to school, the education needed to enter the radiologic technology profession is often the same. Students enrolled in radiologic technologist schools in Texas could takes classes that include or are similar to:

  • Radiation Biology and Protection
  • Patient Care
  • Principles of Radiographic Imaging
  • Radiographic Pathology
  • Advanced Radiographic Procedures

Before enrolling in a program, students may want to check to see if it is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Although licensing is not required for radiologic technologists in all states, graduation from an accredited program is often needed in those states that do require licensure. In Texas, passing the exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) is necessary to seek state licensure.

Once licensure is initially obtained, 24 hours of continuing education is necessary every two years to seek renewal. Licensure is good for two years. The state also does offer reciprocity licensing, meaning that if applicants are licensed in another state that has similar licensing requirements they may not need to go through the process in Texas. After entering the field, radiologic technologists may want to look into specializing in specific areas that can vary from cardiac-interventional (CI) radiography to mammography.

Radiology Salary in Texas

In a state the size of Texas, the pay for different occupations can vary a lot by where you live, but comparing the average annual salaries can be helpful for determining which field is the best investment in your education.

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Wage
Nuclear Medicine Technologists142073610
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists214068120
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians462053880
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers465074640
Radiologic Technologists1557055580
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Additional Resources for Texas Radiology Techs

Professional societies or licensing organizations can be excellent resources for aspiring radiology students when it comes to making sure they complete the correct coursework and any additional exams that may be needed.

Texas Radiological Society
6705 Hwy. 290 West
Suite 502, #243
Austin, TX 78735-8407
TRS phone: (512) 535-4920
TRS fax: (512) 535-6320
Renita Fonseca, CMP, Executive Director
E-mail: renitafonseca@yahoo.com
http://www.txrad.org/index.html

Medical Radiologic Technologist Certification Program
Texas Department of State Health Services
Mail Code 1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
E-mail: mrt@dshs.state.tx.us
Telephone: (512) 834-6617
Fax: (512) 834-6677
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mrt/


Sources:

  1. Radiologic and MRI Technologists, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
  2. Why it's done. The Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/x-ray/basics/why-its-done/prc-20009519
  3. May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates - Texas, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm#29-0000
  4. Course Descriptions, Tarrant County College, http://www.chaffey.edu/healthsciences/radtec/degree.shtml
  5. Find a JRCERT Accredited Program, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, http://www.jrcert.org/
  6. ARRT Certification, The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, https://www.arrt.org/Certification
  7. Individual State Licensure Information, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, http://www.asrt.org/main/standards-regulations/state-legislative-affairs/individual-state-licensure-info#tx
  8. College Navigator, National Center for Educational Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=TX&p=51.0907+51.0911

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This list also includes online schools that accept students from Texas.
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