Top X-Ray Technician Schools in Louisiana

An x-ray technician or technologist takes pictures of the human body using radiation producing x-ray equipment. Because exposure to radiation can be dangerous, special training and certifications are needed for x-ray techs to practice their profession in most states, and Louisiana is no exception. Here are some of the top x-ray tech schools, licensing requirements, salary information and projected job growth for x-ray techs working in Louisiana.

Find Accredited X-Ray Technician Schools in Louisiana

There are different skill levels represented under the job title of x-ray technician. However, most future x-ray technicians opt for two-year degree programs that help them to develop the clinical proficiency, safety qualifications and interpersonal skills needed to work with patients in numerous health care settings. Delgado Community College (DCC) in New Orleans and Career Technical College (CTC) in Monroe offer accredited Associate of Applied Science degree programs in Radiologic Technology that meet those requirements. These programs equip students with knowledge about patient positioning during imaging, application of safety gear for patients and effective communication with both clinical staff and patients. Both DCC and CTC programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

How To Get Certified in Louisiana

Any health care professional who applies radiation to patients when conducting health care services must be licensed by either Louisiana State Technologist Board of Examiners (LSTBE) or the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners (LBME). The LBME regulates x-ray technicians who work under the supervision of licensed physicians who have their own private practices. Other x-ray technicians obtain their licenses through LSTBE. Licensing requires that future x-ray technicians pass a state exam or the industry standard, national exam developed and administered by the American Registry of X-Ray Technicians.

Salaries For Licensed X-Ray Technicians In Louisiana

The pay scale for x-ray techs in Louisiana vary by location because one city may have a higher demand than others for the skilled allied health professionals. For example, the median salaries of x-ray techs in New Orleans and Monroe where the two listed colleges are located are $51,446 and $45,126 respectively. An area's cost of living also impacts salary. Labor statistics show that many x-ray techs in Louisiana had salaries that were about 11 percent lower than the national average indicating that Louisiana's lower cost of living may have been responsible for the lower salaries.

Job Outlook For X-Ray Technicians In Louisiana

Although some areas in Louisiana have median salaries that are below the national average, the career outlook for the profession is good according to labor statistical data. Other regions have an excess of x-ray technicians and not enough jobs for them to fill. However, Louisiana has a healthy demand for the technicians, and the demand for x-ray techs state-wide is expected to grow 16 percent by 2018.

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X-Ray Technician Campuses In Louisiana

Baton Rouge General3600 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA, 70806
Career Technical College2319 Louisville Avenue
Monroe, LA, 71201
Delgado Community College615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA, 70119
Lafayette General Medical CenterP.O. Box 52009
Lafayette, LA, 70505
Louisiana State University8100 Highway 71 South
Alexandria, LA, 71302
Louisiana State University at EuniceP.O. Box 1129
Eunice, LA, 70535
McNeese State UniversityBox 92000
Lake Charles, LA, 70609
MedVance Institute of Baton Rouge9255 Interline Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
North Oaks Medical CenterP.O. Box 2668
Hammond, LA, 70404
Our Lady of Holy Cross College4123 Woodland Drive
New Orleans, LA, 70131-7399
Our Lady of the Lake College7434 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA, 70808
Southern University at Shreveport3050 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Shreveport, LA, 71107
University of Louisiana Monroe700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA, 71209-0450