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General Program Information

Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck, ND, is the sponsoring institution for the program. Students in the program will have rotations within the Radiology department at the hospital and its associated areas, and also the Orthopedics department, located directly across the street. In addition, students will be required to drive to rotations at Sanford S. Clinic in Bismarck, and the N. Mandan Clinic, located in Mandan, ND. Students in the program also have some after hours’ rotations that may extend until 9:00 p.m., at times.

Junior year

  • CT
  • Emergency Department
  • Fluoroscopy
  • General Radiography 
  • MRI
  • Mobile Radiography
  • Nuclear Medicine 
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain Management
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Radiology Office/Reception
  • Sanford N. Mandan Clinic
  • Sanford S. Clinic
  • Surgery
  • Transportation
  • Ultrasound

Senior year

  • Cardiac Cath Lab
  • CT
  • Emergency Department
  • Fluoroscopy
  • General Radiography
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Mobile Radiography
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain Management
  • Surgery
  • Mammography (elective)
  • Nuclear Medicine (elective)
  • Radiation Therapy (elective)
  • Ultrasound (elective)    

Classroom facilities are located at NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health, 512 N. Seventh St., Bismarck (north of the Seventh & Rosser Clinic.) Students have access to the library within the lower level, which has several computers available for student use.


Assignments are Monday through Friday; generally between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Students may choose to pick up a Saturday or Sunday elective. During their 23-month internship, students are occasionally assigned to evening rotations that extend until 9:00 p.m. The amount of hours spent in evening assignments does not exceed more than 25% of the total clinical hours for the two years. Students should expect to spend up to 40 hours per week assigned to clinical and didactic experience.


The program requires full-time attendance. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and clinical rotations unless they are on an approved absence. Students are allowed 80 hours of personal time off while in the program. Any absences in excess of 80 hours must be made up. Students are also provided time off for all major holidays, and are given 3 scheduled break weeks throughout each year.

Academic Calendar

The program begins the first Monday in August annually, and continues for a period of 23 months. Students will have the following scheduled time off:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving and Friday
  • Week of Christmas
  • New Year's Day
  • Week of Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Week of July Fourth

The Radiography Program runs on a 26-week semester system. Students are required to complete rotational objectives, clinical performance evaluations, and competencies for each semester. Each of the four semesters becomes progressively more challenging than the last, as students gain knowledge and experience in their education.

Pregnancy Policy

The Radiography Program at Sanford Health allows a pregnant student the choice of whether or not to inform program officials of her pregnancy. Also, options are available to the pregnant student who discloses, such as continuing on in the program without disruption. In the absence of the voluntary written disclosure, a student is not considered pregnant. The pregnancy policy is outlined in detail in the Student Handbook, given to students at the start of the program.

Grievance Procedure

Any student, who believes he/she has been subject to discrimination or unfair treatment, or feels that there has been violation of a policy or procedure while in the Radiography Program, has the right to present the complaint. The Radiography Program has a step-by-step grievance and appeal procedure to follow. The objectives of this procedure are to provide the student with a means of being heard, to alert the program to cause of discontentment, and to recognize the possible need for change.

Graduation Requirements

A student is eligible for graduation after meeting the following criteria:

  • Completion of all didactic courses with a minimum of 78%.
  • Completion of all clinical grades with a 78% or higher.
  • Completion of all clinical hours, including any makeup hours.
  • Training in CPR, vital signs, venipuncture, oxygen administration and transferring of patients.
  • Completion of all computer-based learning modules.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees, including those to the student's college of attendance.
  • Completion of all required clinical education requirements, including:
    • Objective Checklists
    • Competency Evaluations
    • Clinical Performance Evaluations

Upon successful completion of the requirements, students graduate the last Friday in June. Students receive a certificate from Sanford Radiography Program, and will be granted their degree from their college of attendance.

There is no early graduation from the program.

ARRT Examination

Upon completion of the Sanford Radiography Program, a student must successfully pass the computer-based American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination in order to become a registered technologist. Students are responsible for applying and scheduling their own examination. Applicants may apply prior to graduation, but must graduate before sitting for the examination.

The program director will sign for the student to take the examination, after the student has met all of the requirements for graduation from the program.

I enjoy the Radiography Program in Bismarck because I get to see and do a wide range of objective that will allow me to become competent in my abilities as a future radiographer. The program allows me to see and participate in many areas of the medical center; as well as learning and observing the different modalities that I could possibly pursue after graduation. Because the program only allows a select few to students to participate each year, you become very close to everyone. It is almost like a second family which, for me, I am grateful for because I am able to get one on one time with the instructors and techs. This not only betters my learning capabilities, but the overall understanding of the task at hand as well.

- Samantha, North Dakota State University student