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Sanford Health Radiology School

Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology is a 24 month program, fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Visit their website at Currently, the school accepts up to 14 students each year, with classes beginning the Monday after July 4th. Student rotations are mainly set up from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. After the 1st quarter, students will be assigned to other clinical rotations, including weekday evening and weekend assignments. Approximately 10% of the student's total clinical hours are spent on evening and weekend assignments. Students will not be scheduled more than 40 hours per week, or 10 hours per day (including didactic class and clinical assignments).

Students completing the radiologic technology program will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school. Completion of the program qualifies the student to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for the nationally recognized certification examination. This certification gives you nationally recognized credentials to practice radiography. In addition, several states require a licensure examination.

If you are interested in the challenging and exciting career of radiology, contact:
Candace McNamara - Program Director
Sanford USD Medical Center
1305 West 18th Street, PO Box 5039
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039

Mission Statement, Goals, & Student Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

Dedicated to the work of healing – by developing competent radiographers who demonstrate a professional concern for patients.

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will perform routine procedures.
  • Students will be competent in patient care skills.
  • Students will practice appropriate radiation protection.

Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will communicate with patients.
  • Students will demonstrate good written communication skills.

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will perform non-routine procedures.
  • Students will evaluate images to determine diagnostic quality.

Goal 4: Students will substantiate the importance of professional growth.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior.
  • Students will distinguish between ethical and non-ethical behavior.

Career Opportunities

Radiologic technologists play an important role in the ever-expanding field of health services. Radiography is the art and science of using radiation to provide images of the tissues, organs, bones and vessels that comprise the human body. The technologist works with the guidance of a radiologist (a licensed doctor of medicine specializing in the use of x-ray and radioisotopes for diagnosis or therapeutic purposes in medicine).

Radiologic technologists perform x-ray examinations on patients in various stages of health and disease. A radiographer's employment may be in hospitals, clinics, mobile imaging, commercial sales and marketing. Radiologic Technologists may specialize in computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sonography, mammography, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, radiation therapy, quality management, education or management. The growth in this field has created many new exciting career opportunities.

The entry level wage for a Radiographer averages $35,000 - $40,000 per year, depending on location and facility.

Apply to the Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology

All application materials must be received on or before January 31st in order to be considered for the class starting in July. (Note: No provisions are available to apply online)

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Official high school transcript or certificate of GED scores.
  3. American College Testing Program (ACT) scores. (May be included on the official high school transcript)
  4. Official transcripts from all post secondary schools. (See school brochure for degree requirements).
  5. Three Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology reference forms.
    Each reference should complete the form, seal it in an envelope, and sign name over the seal of the envelope.
  6. There is $35 non-refundable application processing fee.
  7. A personal interview will be arranged with those applicants who have met all of the admission requirements. For those applicants who do not meet the requirements, a written explanation will be provided.
  8. Applicants will be notified of interview eligibility following the January 31st deadline.

Admission Requirements

  1. Be in good health and meet the technical standard set forth by the Radiologic Technology School. (See Technical Standards – School brochure p. 7)
  2. Be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED).
  3. Take the American College Testing Program (ACT) or College Board SAT examination.
  4. Effective for radiology graduates in 2015 and after, students must have earned an academic degree to be eligible to take the national certifying exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Prior to beginning the Sanford Radiologic Technology program, students must provide proof that they will meet the academic degree criteria by one of the following:
    1. Earned an associate degree from an institution accredited by an agency acceptable to the ARRT. The degree does not have to be in the radiologic sciences. For more information and a list of acceptable agencies, please go to
    2. Be enrolled as a radiology major in an affiliated college/university (listed under Affiliation Agreements) and completed all university requirements prior to the July start date for the Sanford Radiologic Technology program.
    Appointment to the Sanford Radiologic Technology program is contingent upon submitting proper documentation of successful completion of the requirements listed above, prior to the July start date of the program. Failure to submit proper documentation will result in forfeiture of the $250 acceptance fee.
  5. The following college courses are not required, but they are recommended:
    Medical Terminology


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