The Sanford School of Radiography is affiliated with North Dakota State University for fulfillment of the four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Science. Students first complete 2-3 years of prerequisite academic coursework at NDSU, followed by the 21-month internship at Sanford Health. The Sanford School of Radiography provides a challenging, high-quality education with integration of the newest technology to enhance the learning experience.
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.
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. 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. Each student will spend five (5) weeks in MRI and eight (8) weeks in CT for a total of 13 weeks in the advanced modalities. There is an optional five (5) week Mammography rotation as well.
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. For the most current information regarding earning potential, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Radiographers have outstanding upward mobility. After further education, you may advance to areas such as nuclear medicine, interventional radiography, radiation therapy, education and management.
Amanda Grocott- Program Director
Sanford School of Radiography
3148 Fiechtner Dr
Fargo, ND 58103