The Sanford Health School of Radiography offers a 24-month program in radiology, affiliating with North Dakota State University (NDSU) for fulfillment of the four-year baccalaureate degree in Radiologic Science.
The Sanford Health School of Radiography is accredited by the following: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), www.jrcert.org.
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3128
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. The five year average is 100% pass rate on first attempt of taking the national ARRT boards, 100% job placement rate within 6 months and 100% program completion rate.
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 School of Radiography 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 School of Radiography 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 School of Radiography 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.
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 radiography. 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 graduate.
To uphold our mission, the School of Radiography engages in the following outcomes:
- The student will be able to produce radiographic images of diagnostic quality
- The student will select appropriate technical factors for optimal images
- Students will apply ALARA principles to ensure radiation protection for all concerned
- Students will be competent in patient communication and interaction in the clinical setting
- Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking skills and problem solving to clinical application
- Students will apply critical thinking for non-routine/trauma patients for safe, optimal patient care and images
- Students will demonstrate professional behaviors necessary for an entry level radiographer
- Students will accept responsibility for continuing the process of professional and personal growth
Program effectiveness include:
- Employer satisfaction with graduates
- Graduate satisfaction and post one year graduate satisfaction with the program
- Completion of the program within the 24 months
- Employment within six months of graduating from the program
- Successful passing of the national board, the ARRT certification exam
An average of 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, 7:30 - 4:00, will be spent in the program. This will include the clinical and classroom time. During weekly rotations, you will gain experience in all areas of diagnostic radiology. There are no weekend or holiday rotations. During the second year of clinical training, students will participate in advanced imaging rotations to include MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT (Computed Tomography). Each student will spend nine (9) weeks in MRI and nine (9) weeks in CT for a total of 18 weeks in the advanced modalities.
Tuition is paid by the campus of enrollment, NDSU. Refund policy is in accordance with NDSU‘s policy. . Tuition for the Sanford Health School of Radiography is $1,500 for the twenty four month internship to be paid during the first term, in effect fall, 2014. There is no refund policy for the $1,500 paid directly to Sanford Health.
Books, BLS, and developmental tests are provided without charge.
The Sanford Health School of radiography grants a certificate to qualified students. NDSU 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 School of Radiography:
- 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 School of Radiography, please download application form:
- A completed Sanford Health School of Radiography 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 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 along with an acceptance letter.
Part-Time and Transfer Students
The program does not accept part-time or transfer students.
For further information please contact:
Amanda Grocott- Program Director
Sanford School of Radiography
Sanford Medical Center
Route 2751, 3148 Fiechtner Dr
Fargo, ND 58103