Radiology Internship Program – Fargo, ND
The Sanford Health Radiology Program offers a 24-month program in radiology, affiliating with North Dakota State University (NDSU) and University of Jamestown for fulfillment of the four-year baccalaureate degree in Radiologic Science.
The Program is accredited by the following: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), www.jrcert.org.
To access program's effectiveness (outcomes) data, scroll to the bottom of this home page for the following:
Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate, five-year average job placement rate, and annual program completion rate. Also, the student handbook, program brochure and application form may be accessed at the bottom of this home page.
Radiologic technology is the science that deals with the use of x-rays for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes in medicine. Radiologic technologists or radiographers are the terms applied to individuals qualified to use x-rays to produce images of the parts of the body for interpretation by a physician known as a radiologist.
The complex nature of disease processes involves multiple imaging modalities. Although an interdisciplinary team of radiologist, radiographers, and support staff plays a critical role in the delivery of health care services, it is the radiographer who performs the radiographic examination that creates the images needed for diagnosis. Radiography integrates scientific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interaction to provide quality patient care and useful diagnostic information.
- Radiographers must demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medical terminology.
- Radiographers must maintain a high degree of accuracy in radiographic positioning and exposure technique. They must maintain knowledge about radiation protection and safety. Radiographers prepare for and assist the radiologist in the completion of intricate radiographic examinations. They prepare and administer contrast media and medications in accordance with state and federal regulations.
- Radiographers are the primary liaison between patients and radiologists and other members of the support team. They must remain sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of the patient through good communication, patient assessment, patient monitoring, and patient care skills.
- Radiographers use professional and ethical judgment and critical thinking when performing their duties. Quality improvement and customer service allow the radiographer to be a responsible member of the health care team by continually assessing professional performance. Radiographers embrace continuing education for optimal patient care, public education, and enhanced knowledge and technical competence.
Currently there are job openings in all areas of the country, both rural and metropolitan. Salaries are competitive with other health care professions that require similar levels of education.
Radiographers have outstanding upward mobility. After further education, you may advance to areas such as nuclear medicine, interventional radiography, radiation therapy, sonography, education and management. You will have opportunities for experience in CT, MRI, quality assurance and mammography (optional) during the program. If you are interested in the sciences and have a strong desire to help people who are ill, you may do well in radiography.
Although Sanford Health radiology program has no formal placement service, we do offer assistance with employment applications, resumes and interviewing skills. Job openings are posted as employers notify the program when positions are available.
It is the mission of Sanford Health radiology program to provide a quality education designed to prepare a knowledgeable and caring professional radiographer who is cognizant of and sensitive to the health needs of individuals and communities in a variety of health care delivery modalities.
To fulfill this mission, the program strives to prepare self-assured and service-oriented health care providers who, by virtue of critical thinking, life-long learning and ethical values, will promote safe, quality patient care. The mission of Sanford Health program of radiology is to provide the student with a broad base of knowledge plus specialized courses necessary for careers in health care organizations.
Program goals reflect the operation of the mission of the program, the philosophy of the faculty, and the student outcomes of the curriculum. The student will:
- Demonstrate the knowledge necessary for a clinically competent, safe entry-level radiographer.
- Model effective, interactive communication
- Employ critical thinking and problem solving for decision-making in radiology practice.
- Accept responsibility for ongoing professional growth and continued learning.
- Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for personal professional practice.
- Actively participate in self evaluation of student learning and ongoing assessment of program effectiveness.
The program goals/objectives represent criterion for each of the five student outcomes identified as competencies that the graduate will possess at the completion of the program in radiology. These are clinical competence, professional values, critical thinking, communication and leadership. Graduates are confident, life-long learners, prepared to meet the challenges of a dynamic, evolving profession within a healthcare delivery system, utilizing a scholarly approach to acquire new knowledge that will influence their radiology practice. In its entirety, the curriculum is logically sequenced, unified in concepts, and provides a firm foundation for the beginning practitioner in radiology.
- Apply modern principles of radiation exposure, radiation physics, radiation protection and radiation biology to produce diagnostic images, utilizing state-of-the-art computerized and digital radiography and digital fluoroscopy.
- Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology, pathology, cross-sectional anatomy, topographic anatomy, anatomy and physiology, positioning, procedures and radiographic processing to produce diagnostic images.
- Provide direct patient care, such as taking vital signs, venipuncture procedures, BLS, ACLS, lifting/transferring patients, patient assessment; and assisting with administering contrast media and other drugs while applying Standard Precautions.
- Evaluate and report malfunction of equipment and accessories.
- Evaluate radiographs for diagnostic quality.
- Provide patient education and family education regarding preparation, expectations and post-procedural care, as well as other education related to the types of examinations performed on patients.
- Apply computer skills and have specific working knowledge of workplace applications and programs.
- Practice through strong ethical, legal and educational principles in such a way to benefit the patient, the radiographer, the facility and the profession.
- Critique radiographs for positioning, appropriate anatomy and overall image quality.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of radiographic procedures.
- Be capable of developing and evaluating departmental policies and procedures to ensure regulatory and internal compliance; be capable of assessing equipment use and performance; and be able to organize appropriate in-service education to achieve these.
- Demonstrate application of CR, DR, PACS, and be familiar with conventional processing in theory.
- Identify and select established protocols for particular cases in the clinical setting.
- Identify and apply total quality management concepts in the imaging settings.
- Apply trauma radiography techniques and critique the results. Describe facility risk management and incident reporting and its impact on the radiology department’s activities.
- Apply Basic Life Support and ACLS for working in trauma, cardiovascular interventional radiology, critical care and patient-focused care settings.
- Perform mobile and surgical radiography, utilizing mobile radiographic and C-arm equipment.
- Demonstrate competency in the following specialties: CT, MRI, and mammography (optional).
- Apply education in the following areas: critical-thinking skills, liberal arts, basic sciences, communication skills, and computer science.
- Be board eligible for taking the registry to become a registered technologist.
- Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for ongoing professional growth and learning.
- Participate in professional societies and community activities.
- Advocate for patient rights through incorporation of professional values and legal, ethical and moral aspects with respect for the autonomous nature of people including applying privacy and confidentiality regulations (HIPAA-Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
- Describe the financial implications of health care delivery.
- Describe a holistic caregiver’s perspective.
Critical Thinking, Communication and Leadership
- Possess problem solving, critical-thinking, decision-making and communication skills.
- Demonstrate professional leadership skills.
- Apply appropriate, empathetic human relation skills to work as part of the team.
- Demonstrate continuing compassion for patients and an ongoing commitment to high-quality patient care, cognizant of safety issues and graduating as a safe practitioner.
- Demonstrate appreciation for and respect of cultural diversity and age-specific considerations.
- Assure quality and appropriateness of radiology related medical records.
- Initiate and participate in quality improvement projects and research projects.
- Monitor industry publications and the general media for information related to radiology and health care in general.
- Describe departmental budgets and describe how they correlate with the budgets of other departments within the institution and with budgets of other radiology departments/operations in other settings.
- Describe basic marketing and public relations as they relate to radiology.
- Demonstrate involvement in the infrastructure of the health care delivery system, such as committees in the work setting and professional associations.
- Describe safety regulations as administered by OSHA, EPA, RSO, FDA CDC, etc.
- Demonstrate how to access medical information resources via computer networks and other systems.
Tuition is paid to the campus of enrollment. Refund policy is in accordance with campuses policy. Books for the two year program total approximately $900 and are distributed the first week and are to be paid in the first term of the program.
The Sanford Health radiology program grants a certificate to qualified students. The campus of enrollment awards the radiologic science degree to students successfully completing the requirements. To successfully complete the program, a student must complete the following from the Sanford Health radiology program:
- A total of 60 term hours of upper-division courses as outlined in the handbook.
- Achievement of the education outcomes.
- A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 with no grade less than a "C" in any course taken at the Sanford Health radiology program. When a course is repeated, only the last grade and credits will be used in computing the cumulative grade-point average; however, all attempts appear on the transcript.
To apply to Sanford Health radiology program, please download application form:
- A completed Sanford Health radiology program application form.
- Official copies of transcripts in envelopes sealed by the registrar from all post-secondary schools attended after high school.
- ACT or SAT scores.
- A description of several personal and professional goals you would like to achieve in the next five years and a description of why these goals are important to you.
- A description of characteristics, attitudes, values and/or skills that you think make you a good candidate for your professional role.
Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by the first week in January of the year you wish you begin classes. If you are considered for an appointment, you will be scheduled in the second week of January for a personal interview with the program director and an interview committee. Student selection is made by the admissions committee on the basis of grade-point average, science and math courses completed, past work experiences, personal interviews, and ACT/SAT scores. Up to six students are selected for admission each year. Selection applicants will be notified by email one week following the interview. Your reply is requested within 5 days after you receive the notification of acceptance. A $250 non-refundable acceptance fee is required. This is applied to your book bill when beginning the program.
Part-Time and Transfer Students
The program does not accept part-time or transfer students.
For further information, contact the program at:
Sanford Radiology Program
Sanford Medical Center
Route 2751, 801 North Broadway
Fargo, ND 58122-0714