Radiography program students with instructor

Sanford Radiography Program – Bismarck, ND

Sanford Radiography Program is a 23-month, competency-based program. Students receive extensive didactic and clinical instruction to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful radiographer.

The Sanford Radiography Program in Bismarck promotes the following outcomes:

  1. Students will complete the program.
  2. Students will pass the national certification examination on the first attempt.
  3. Student will be gainfully employed within twelve months post-graduation.
  4. Graduates will be satisfied with their education.

Sanford Medical Center sponsors the Radiography Program in Bismarck. The school is a 23-month, hospital-based, certificate program. As the program sponsor, Sanford Medical Center has primary responsibility for the professional education program and grants the terminal award–the certificate.

Sanford Medical Center is located in Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota. It is a 223-bed, not-for-profit hospital. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC).

The Sanford Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Accreditation assures that the School meets or exceeds national standards regarding the quality of the program.

For more information about the Radiography program in Bismarck, contact:

Cindy Hanson
Program Director, Radiography Program
Sanford Medical Center
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 323-5470

Mission Statement, Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

To develop competent entry-level radiographers who are dedicated to health and healing.

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent

Student learning outcomes:

  • Students will apply positioning skills
  • Students will utilize proper radiation techniques

Goal 2: Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills

Student learning outcomes:

  • Students will modify procedures for non-routine patients
  • Students will critique images for diagnostic quality

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate professionalism

Student learning outcomes:

  • Students will practice work ethics
  • Students will differentiate between ARRT and ASRT

Goal 4: Students will communicate effectively

Student learning outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills

About the radiographic technology career

The radiographer is a person who is part of the medical team whose concern is for the patient’s welfare in diagnosis and prevention of disease. The physician will order the necessary X-ray exam. A radiographer is a trained professional who places patients in specific positions and uses ionizing radiation to obtain diagnostic images for the radiologist. These radiographs aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients by their physicians in order to better their health.

The increased application of radiology in medicine and industry has prompted the use of specialized personnel to ensure quality radiographs. A radiologic technologist may be employed in one or more of the following: diagnostic radiology, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, radiation therapy, education or management. Radiologic technologists may also be employed as technical advisors and/or representatives for radiologic equipment and supplies.

To qualify for a position in the field of radiologic technology, you must:

  • Graduate of an accredited radiography program or equivalent
  • Certification by the ARRT in radiography, or equivalent
  • Possess valid state credential, if applicable

For more information regarding a career in radiologic technology, visit:

American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

Career Opportunities

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.

The duties of a radiographer include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepares equipment and supplies for various procedures using ionizing radiation
  • Accurately positions patients for radiographic imaging
  • Safely operates complex imaging equipment
  • Cares for patients' physical and emotional needs
  • Recognizes emergency patient conditions and takes appropriate action involving life-saving measures
  • Uses proper radiation protection in order to minimize exposure to patient, self, and others
  • Processes, evaluates, and reviews radiographs to determine diagnostic quality
  • Assists radiologists and other physicians in the performance of medical imaging procedures
  • Provides patient/public education regarding radiologic procedures and ionizing radiation

Alexis, transfer student from University of Mary

I like that the Radiography Program in Bismarck is smaller, and thus allows for more hands on learning. Because the program only accepts a select few students, it allows you to get involved in many different exams and see many different things. The instructors really want to see you do well and are always there encouraging you to do your best. The people in the program start to feel like your second family–pushing you to do your best and reminding you to have fun along the way.

Alexis, transfer student from University of Mary

Forms and Documents


Group of radiography students

How to Apply

Admission Process
Application Form
Recommendation Form
Technical Standards Form

Other Program information

General Program Information
Tuition and Financial Aid
Program Effectiveness Data
Transcript Request Form

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