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Admission Information

The Radiography Program at Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, ND is affiliated with three colleges within the state. They are as follows: 

1) University of Mary (Bismarck) 
2) North Dakota State University (Fargo) 
3) Minot State University 


Students who are attending one of the schools listed above, and have completed or are nearing completion of the requirements for the degree in Radiologic Science, may apply for entrance into the program. The program will start accepting applications in December. Applications must be postmarked by January 1st. In order to be eligible to apply, students must have an overall college GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Students must have completed at least two years of college requirements towards the bachelor's degree in Radiologic Technology before entering the program. The following courses must be included with a grade of "C" or higher in order to be eligible for admission into the Sanford Health Radiography Program.

Credits                   Course*   Course number 
 3 credits
 College Algebra/Statistics or higher              
 MAT103 or higher
 3 credits
 Composition
 ENG101 or higher
 8 credits
 Anatomy and Physiology I and II
 BIO207 or higher
 3 credits
 Psychology or Sociology
 PSY111 or higher; SOC110 or higher

*In addition, students are encouraged to take an Oral Communications course.

Application materials are all available on the program’s web site, and should be printed and submitted in one packet, and sent to the program office:
Program Director
Radiography Program
Sanford Medical Center
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

Along with the completed application, students must submit:

  • All college transcripts
  • Technical Standards
  • Response to Career Statements, listed on application
  • 2 completed Recommendations:
    • Supervisor or co-worker
    • College instructor or advisor
  • $25 application fee (in the form of a check payable to Sanford Health, or money order)

Approximately 25 – 30 applicants will be selected for an interview to be held during the third week of January. The interview committee consists of the Program Director, the Clinical Coordinator, the Clinical Instructor, the Radiology supervisor, and a radiographer from the Radiology department.
*Students must complete all of their college course requirements for their degree, by the time the program begins in August.

Of those interviewed, up to 10 students are selected annually, and notified by e-mail within one week following completion of interviews. Selected students have five days to accept or decline the position. If they accept, they must send a $250 check as an acceptance fee, which will go towards the purchase of their books in the Fall. The program starts on the first Monday in August, and students complete the program on the last Friday in June, approximately 23 months later.

Students must continue to be enrolled and pay tuition each semester to their college or university of attendance during their two years in the program. This includes both summer terms. All policies regarding payment must be paid according to the college or university of attendance. Minot State University students must pay summer tuition directly to Sanford Health, which amounts to approximately $1,200–$1,400 per summer.

Sanford Radiography Program does not provide any financial aid. Students in need of financial aid must go through their college of enrollment.

A couple months prior to starting the program, students will receive a packet of information from their college advisor that must be reviewed, completed, and returned before students may begin their clinical experience with Sanford. The completed forms will be returned to Sanford by the college advisor. The packet includes general information regarding some of Sanford’s policies and procedures. Students will also receive information, by e-mail during the summer, from the Program Director in regard to Program start dates, times, etc.

Transfer Students
The program does not accept transfer credits from other Radiography programs. The Sanford Health Radiography Program only accepts applicable general education credits from its affiliated colleges and universities.

What I like best about the Radiography Program in Bismarck is that it is both hospital and clinic based. I get to do a wide variety of exams on a wide variety of patients. Each exam and situation are unique to every patient which keeps me on my toes.

-Ashley, North Dakota State University student






The Sanford Radiography Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed, handicap, color, national origin, age or marital status in the recruitment and admission of students, or in the employment of faculty, as specified by federal laws and regulations. Sanford Health complies with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and along with the Radiography Program will make reasonable accommodations available to qualified individuals (as defined by ADA) at a student’s request and explanation of need.