Radiography Program

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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.

About the Radiography Field
The increased application of radiology in medicine and industry has prompted the use of specialized personnel to ensure quality radiographs. A radiologic technologist may be employed in one or more of the following: diagnostic radiology, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, radiation therapy, education or management. Radiologic technologists may also be employed as technical advisors and/or representatives for radiologic equipment and supplies.

To qualify for a position in the field of radiologic technology, you must:

  • Graduate of an accredited radiography program or equivalent
  • Certification by the ARRT in radiography, or equivalent
  • Possess valid state credential, if applicable

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Bismarck Radiography Program

Goals & Outcomes

The Sanford Radiography Program in Bismarck promotes the following outcomes:

  1. Students will complete the program.
  2. Students will pass the national certification examination on the first attempt.
  3. Students will be gainfully employed within 12 months post-graduation.
  4. Graduates will be satisfied with their education.

Sanford Medical Center sponsors the Radiography Program in Bismarck. The school is a 23-month, hospital-based, certificate program. As the program sponsor, Sanford Medical Center has primary responsibility for the professional education program and grants the terminal award - the certificate.

Sanford Medical Center is located in Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota. It is a 223-bed, nonprofit hospital accredited by The Joint Commission.

The Sanford Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Accreditation assures that the School meets or exceeds national standards regarding the quality of the program.

For more information about the Radiography Program in Bismarck, contact:

Cindy Hanson
Program Director, Radiography Program
Sanford Medical Center
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 323-5470
Email

Mission Statement, Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement:
To develop competent entry-level radiographers who are dedicated to health and healing.

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent.

Student learning outcomes:

  • Students will apply positioning skills
  • Students will utilize proper radiation techniques

Goal 2: Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Student learning outcomes:

  • Students will modify procedures for non-routine patients
  • Students will critique images for diagnostic quality

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate professionalism.

Student learning outcomes:

  • Students will practice work ethics
  • Students will differentiate between ARRT and ASRT

Goal 4: Students will communicate effectively

Student learning outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills

Graduation, Retention & Job Placement Rates

The Student Right-to-Know Act, passed by Congress in 1990, requires institutions that participate in any student financial assistance program under Title IV of the Higher Educational Act of 1965 (as amended) to disclose information about graduation rates to current and prospective students.

Graduation rates, retention rates, and job placement rates are listed in the Outcome Report.

Student Policies

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 South Clinic in Bismarck, and the North Mandan Clinic, located in Mandan, ND. Students in the program also have some after-hours rotations that may extend until 9 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.

Hours
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 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.

Attendance
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 three 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 4

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.

Curriculum

The curriculum is structured to include courses for a professional radiography curriculum currently recognized and accepted by the JRCERT.

Junior year: Semesters 1 & 2 Clock hours
Clinical Education I: 750
Clinical Education II: 875
Digital Imaging: 30
Image Analysis I: 30
Medical Terminology: 30
Patient Care: 60
Principles of Exposure: 30
Radiographic Procedures: 90
Total: 1,895

Senior year: Semesters 3 & 4 Clock hours
Advanced Procedures: 45
Anatomy & Physiology: 45
Clinical Education III: 750
Clinical Education IV: 625
Image Analysis II: 45
Introduction to Specialized Imaging: NA
Pathology: 45
Radiation Protection & Biology: 30
Radiographic Physics: 45
Registry Review: 45
Trauma & Mobile Radiography: 30
Total: 1,705

Grading scale
94-100% A
86-93% B
78-85% C
72-77% D
Less than 72% F

Academic and Clinical Requirements
Students must achieve at least a 78% percent in each didactic course and for every clinical grade in order to progress through 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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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.

Financial Aid
The Sanford Radiography Program does not administer student financial aid programs. All financial aid arrangements must be made through the students' college of attendance.

Refund Policies
Any student who withdraws or is dismissed from the program must abide by any tuition refund policies according to his/her college of attendance. No refund will be given for textbooks or any other costs associated with the Radiography Program.

Additional Expenses
Housing and Transportation: All students are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the hospital.

Textbooks: Faculty will purchase textbooks for the two years of residency. Students receive them at the start of each year. Book fees are due annually on Nov. 1. The total cost of books for the two years is approximately $1,000-$1,200.

Estimated Budget

  • Junior year
    • Books $600
    • Thyroid collar $60
    • Scrubs/shoes $300
    • Total $960
  • Senior year
    • Books $500
    • Review book $50
    • Online review $80
    • Application for Boards $200
    • Total $830

Students are required to purchase a thyroid collar. This will be discussed with the student when they start the program. Information will be sent to the student in the summer regarding ordering scrubs and purchasing shoes.

The amounts listed above are estimates and are subject to change.

Admission Information

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

  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. Applications must be postmarked by December 15th. 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 Name*, 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 website, and should be printed and submitted in one packet, and sent to the program office:

Radiography Program
Sanford Medical Center

Route #20597
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
  • Three completed recommendations:
    • Supervisor, co-worker, instructor, or advisor
    • No family
  • $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 January. The interview committee consists of the program faculty, 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 the week following completion of interviews. 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.

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. Students will be instructed by their advisor as to where to send the completed paperwork. 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.

Resources

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Cindy Hanson
Program Director, Radiography Program
Sanford Medical Center
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 323-5470
Email Us

Fargo Radiography Program

Goals & Outcomes

Goals
The Sanford Medical Center Fargo 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 Medical Center Fargo. The Sanford Medical Center Fargo School of Radiography provides a challenging, high-quality education with integration of the newest technology to enhance the learning experience.

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.

Accreditation
The Sanford Health School of Radiography is accredited by the following: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), www.jrcert.org. Sanford Health Fargo is accredited by The Joint Commission and is also recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence. North Dakota State University (NDSU) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Student Outcomes
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 includes:

  • 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

The Sanford Health School of Radiography has a five-year average pass rate of 100% on the first attempt of the national ARRT board exam. The five-year program completion rate and job placement within six months of program completion is 100%.


Graduation, Retention & Job Placement Rates

The Student Right-to-Know Act, passed by Congress in 1990, requires institutions that participate in any student financial assistance program under Title IV of the Higher Educational Act of 1965 (as amended) to disclose information about graduation rates to current and prospective students.

Graduation rates, retention rates, and job placement rates are listed in the Outcome Report.

Student Policies

Read about the policies and procedures in our latest student handbook. Students shall read the Sanford Medical Center Fargo School of Radiography Student Handbook and shall have the opportunities to ask questions. Students are required to comply with all of the policies, rules and regulations of the Sanford Medical Center Fargo School of Radiography, and Sanford Medical Center Fargo. Upon completion of the Student Handbook review, the student will read and sign the "Student Handbook Acknowledgment" form. This form will become a part of the student's file.

Curriculum

An average of 40 hours a week, 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 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 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.

For curriculum details, download the student handbook. For more information, contact the program director.

Contact:
Amanda Grocott- Program Director
Sanford Medical Center Fargo School of Radiography
3148 Fiechtner Dr
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 234-4949
Email

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition is to be paid to NDSU in accordance to their policies. Registration policies are to be followed in accordance to the campus schedule. It is up to the student to contact the assigned advisor during the internship to determine compliance with the campus registration and fee payment. Additionally, tuition for Sanford Hospital Radiology Program is $1500 for the 21-month internship, to be paid by Sept. 30 during the first term. Sanford accounting will be communicating with the student for the invoice and payment options. Books and developmental tests are provided without charge. There is no refund policy for the $1500 tuition paid directly to Sanford Health. The student is responsible for providing his or her own living accommodations and transportation to the clinical site of assignment. Sanford Health provides parking spaces.

For more information about tuition, financial aid and insurance requirements, download the student handbook.

Program Faculty

Amanda Grocott
Radiology Education Manager

Amanda graduated from NDSU, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences in 2010. After graduation, she began working at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD as a computed tomography (CT) technologist. In 2016, she received her MBA in Healthcare Management and became the radiology education manager at the Sanford School of Radiography in Fargo. Amanda is responsible for multiple didactic courses and is passionate about promoting lifelong learning.

Amanda cherishes time spent with family. She and her husband Denny have one son. They live in West Fargo where they enjoy spending time outdoors with their dog.

 

LaRae Close
Radiology Educator

LaRae believes mentorship is key in the development of student radiographers and that all clinical staff play an essential role in the outcome of our graduates.

Starting at St. Luke's School of Radiography in 1989, LaRae has had the privilege of experiencing many changes throughout the imaging department. She worked as a general radiographer in the hospital setting for 10 years, during which she worked with students as a part-time faculty member. In 1999, she became a full-time clinical instructor. She continues to instruct didactic courses for Positioning and Image Analysis. LaRae's greatest satisfaction is seeing a student develop and become a confident professional. She often gets to interact with previous graduates in the departments and loves hearing about their careers and families.

 

Sabrina Hall
Radiology Educator

Graduating from MeritCare School of Radiography's first Bachelor of Science class in 2001, Sabrina is excited for the opportunity to give back to the program that instilled her passion for radiology.

She is a registered radiologic technologist and educator working with students and peers encouraging them to meet their best potential. She believes that a solid foundation is an integral piece to success.

Sabrina has worked in several imaging modalities all around the United States and has settled back home in West Fargo. You will likely find her at the hockey arena cheering for her favorite tiny hockey player and enjoying the outdoors with her two children.

Admission Information

The Sanford Medical Center Fargo School of Radiography is open to all candidates who have satisfactorily met or will meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Completed all internship prerequisite courses on at NDSU by the start of the internship, including resident credits at NDSU for transfer students;
  2. Earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale by internship application deadline;
  3. Been recommended by the Academic Director of the NDSU Radiologic Sciences Program.

If you are considered for the internship, you will be scheduled for a personal interview with the program director and school faculty. Up to six students are selected for admission each year. Selection applicants will be notified one week following the interview. A $250 non-refundable acceptance fee is required along with an acceptance letter. Information on program eligibility and guidance with application is available through the NDSU Department of Allied Sciences or via email.

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Amanda Grocott, Program Director
Sanford Medical Center Fargo School of Radiography
3148 Fiechtner Dr
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 234-4949
Email Us

Sioux Falls Radiography Program

Goals & Outcomes

Mission Statement & 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 of Radiologic Technologists

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.

Graduation, Retention & Job Placement Rates

The Student Right-to-Know Act, passed by Congress in 1990, requires institutions that participate in any student financial assistance program under Title IV of the Higher Educational Act of 1965 (as amended) to disclose information about graduation rates to current and prospective students.

Graduation rates, retention rates, and job placement rates are listed in the Gainful Employment Report and Program Effectiveness Report.

NOTE: Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology does NOT award athletically related student aid; therefore no graduation data is available for student athletes.

Download the full reports below:

Student Policies

Health & Safety Information

Drug & Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy

Sanford Medical Center is committed to maintaining an environment, which is free from the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol to protect the health and safety of patients, employees, and visitors. Annually, each student and school employee will receive this Radiologic Technology Program Drug-Free Workplace Policy, along with a copy of the Sanford Medical Center Drug & Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy. During student orientation, students will review the policies and sign a form to confirm they have reviewed and understand the policies.

Possession or illegal use of controlled substances (drugs) or alcohol while on duty or the inability to report and/or perform job duties due to the illegal use of controlled substances or alcohol is prohibited.

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires that a student notify the Program Director of the school of any drug- related conviction occurring in the workplace within five days of the conviction. Violations of this rule will result in automatic termination of their training without notice or accumulated benefits.

Students may be referred for drug/alcohol assessment if their performance warrants such action. Refusal to follow through with the assessment and recommended action will subject the student to termination.

Students/employees with a chemical dependency problem are encouraged to seek rehabilitation. Students/employees may confidentially seek assistance by contacting the Employee Assistance Program at (800) 383-1908 or by visiting www.vitalworklife.com. The hospital/school will grant a medical leave for up to 30 calendar days to students seeking assistance. The student's position will not be in jeopardy as long as the actions previously stated have not been violated. If such a program is accepted by the student, the student must satisfactorily participate in the program as a condition of continued program attendance.

The student is responsible for any didactic or clinical material missed during their day(s) off. Absences in excess of 10 days per year must be made up. The Program Director or Administrative Coordinator will determine the make-up days. Students will not be scheduled or allowed to make up time on holidays that are observed by Sanford Medical Center. The student's graduation will be delayed if the make-up days are not completed by the graduation date.

Students will be eligible for (1) one leave of absence for dependency treatment. Future violations of actions which were stated previously or work performance problems associated with drug or alcohol use will result in termination from the program.

Vaccination Policy/Health Requirement

For the protection of patients, students, and employees and in compliance with the South Dakota State Department of Health, documentation of the following requirements must be provided:

  • Varicella immunity (history of disease or 2 doses of the vaccine)
  • MMR (history of disease or 2 doses
  • Current tetanus booster
  • Hepatitis B vaccination with a copy of immune titer or signed declination

Documentation of vaccinations must be provided to Sanford Medical Center Employee Health Services prior to the start of the program. Students will undergo a health assessment at Employee Health Services and will have the opportunity to update or receive the required tests and immunizations at cost. In addition, a drug screen will be performed at no cost to the student.

MRI Safety
The establishment of a thorough and effective screening procedure, in addition to education is important to insure that students are prepared for magnetic resonance safe practices. An important aspect of magnetic resonance safety is making sure that students understand:

  • The risks associated with various implants, devices, and equipment
  • The four MRI zones

During the first year in the Radiologic Technology Program, students are not assigned to any clinical rotations in MRI. However, because students may have potential access to the magnetic resonance environment, the program assures that students are educated on magnetic resonance safe practices for patients, selves, and others during student orientation.

During orientation, the student will:

  • Receive a copy of the MRI Safety Policy (MRI – 110)
    • The policy is reviewed and discussed
  • Be aware of zones I - IV
  • Complete Sanford Learn sc-0038 MRI Safety Video
  • Complete Sanford Learn sc-0156 MRI Safety Video

During the second year in the Radiologic Technology Program, each student will be assigned to two weeks of MRI rotation. During this rotation, the student will be directly supervised by a qualified registered MRI technologist to assure patient and student safety.

Prior to this rotation, the student will:

  • Review the MRI Safety Policy (MRI – 110)
  • Be aware of zones I - IV
  • Complete Sanford Learn sc-0038 MRI Safety Video
  • Complete Sanford Learn sc-0156 MRI Safety Video
  • Be thoroughly screened by the MRI personnel

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Academic and Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policies are the same. All students will be evaluated under the requirements below. 

  1. Federal and state regulations require that a recipient of financial aid makes satisfactory academic progress towards a degree, diploma, or certificate to remain eligible for financial aid. These laws also require that the standards used must be based on cumulative measure and must include all periods of a student's enrollment, regardless of whether the student received financial aid. Federal Student Aid includes Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), and Federal Plus Loans.
  2. The academic record of all students will be monitored to ensure compliance with the requirements specified below. Failure to meet the following standards could result in financial aid suspension of eligibility for Federal Student Aid.
  3. Qualitative Measure: To meet satisfactory academic standards toward a certificate, students must attend full time and must maintain a minimum of 80% in each didactic and/or clinical course. Failure to obtain a minimum of 80% as a final grade at the end of each didactic and clinical course will result in dismissal from the program. The grading system is listed below.

    Grading System

    • A+ 4.0: 99-100%
    • A 3.99: 6-98%
    • A- 3.7: 94-95%
    • B+ 3.3: 92-93%
    • B 3.0: 89-91%
    • B- 2.7: 87-88%
    • C+ 2.3: 85-86%
    • C 2.0: 82-84%
    • C- 1.7: 80-81%
    • F 0: Below 80%
  4. Quantitative Measure: To meet satisfactory academic standards, all students must attend full time and must complete the program within 150% of the program length. The length of the program is 24 months and the student must complete the program within 36 months of the beginning of the program. Note: If at any point it is determined that a student will not be able to finish the Radiologic Technology Program within the 150% time frame, financial aid eligibility will be suspended immediately. If suspension is the result of unusual circumstances, the student may appeal the decision.
  5. Students' Satisfactory Academic Progress will be reviewed at the end of each quarter (13 weeks). Students will be notified within 2 weeks (in person and a formal notice) if he/she does not make satisfactory academic progress.
  6. Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress and are suspended from Academic/Financial Aid eligibility have the right to appeal based on unusual circumstances or extenuating circumstances such as: a) the death of a relative of the student, b) an injury or illness of the student, c) other special circumstances.
  7. Appeal Process: If a student receives a final grade of less than 80% in a course, he/she will be dismissed from the program, and there is NO option for an appeal. However, if a student is found to be ineligible for Federal Student Aid because satisfactory academic progress requirements were not met due to unusual circumstances, the student may appeal this decision to the school's Director of Financial Aid by stating – in writing – the reasons why the minimum requirements were not met and why financial aid should not be terminated. The Financial Aid Officer will review the appeal and determine whether suspending financial aid is justified. The student will be advised of the decision, in writing, within two weeks.
  8. Probation/Suspension of Financial Aid:If disciplinary action is taken, a student may be placed on probation or suspension of Federal Student Aid. Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology policies will be adhered to in all disciplinary actions.
  9. Regaining Eligibility:If a student is deemed ineligible from receiving Federal Student Aid for failure to maintain satisfactory progress and has appealed the decision, he/she must meet all requirements for minimum overall grade by the end of the next quarter before eligibility for aid can be reinstated.
  10. Other Considerations:
    1. Withdrawals: If a student withdraws from the program, Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology policies will be followed in reference to the measurement of a student's SAP and the Tuition Refund Policy and Return to Title IV Policy will be implemented.
    2. Transfer Credits: Transfer credits are not accepted or do not take the place of any course in the 24 month program. The School of Radiologic Technology is NOT a degree granting institution; therefore credits from other institutions cannot be accepted to shorten the length of our program. When calculating the cumulative GPA, only the grades from the program courses are included.
    3. Course Incompletes: If a student does not complete a course, he/she will be dismissed from the program. Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology policies will be followed in reference to the measurement of a student's SAP and the Tuition Refund Policy and Return to Title IV Policy will be implemented.
    4. Repeat Courses: When a student fails to obtain a minimum of 80% at the end of a course, there is NO option to repeat the course in the program. The student will be dismissed from the program and Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology policies will be followed in reference to the measurement of a student's SAP and the Tuition Refund Policy and Return to Title IV Policy will be implemented.

Copyright Infringement Policies & Sanctions

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including authorized peer-to-peer sharing, may subject students to civil and criminal liabilities.

Summary of the Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws:

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. Anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504 and 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.

Student Records Privacy Policy

Privacy Of Student Records / Family Education Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their educational records. (An "eligible student" under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.)

Student rights include:

1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the Sanford Medical Center Radiologic Technology Program receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Program Director, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

2. The right to request the amendment of his/her education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.

A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.

If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student's right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to provide written consent before the Radiologic Technology Program discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

The school discloses education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the Sanford Medical Center Radiologic Technology Program in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the Sanford Medical Center Radiologic Technology Program.

4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202

For additional information, students can visit FERPA for Students at ED.Gov or www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

To review or download the complete document from the Department of Education, CFR Part 99, Family Education Rights and Privacy; Final Rule from the National Archives and Records Administration of the Federal Register go to: www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2008-4/120908a.pdf

Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology will provide a paper copy of this document upon request.

Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology Student Records will be maintained in accordance with the FERPA. The following records will be maintained in a secure and confidential location:

  1. Radiation monitoring report
  2. Didactic and Clinical Transcript
  3. Attendance Record
  4. Application for Admission

Curriculum

First Year Clinical Rotations

During the first year, students will rotate through the following areas:

  1. Clerical Rotation (1 week)
  2. Routine Radiographic Rooms
  3. Fluoroscopic Rooms
  4. Mobile Radiography
  5. Surgery
  6. Emergency Department
  7. Interventional Radiography
  8. Sanford Children's Hospital
  9. Medical Building 2/OP Clinic
  10. Van Demark Outpatient Clinic
  11. Weekday Evening Rotation
  12. Weekend Rotation
  13. Transport (1 week)

(NOTE: All clinical rotation sites are directly connected to the main hospital, except the Sanford Clinic Medicine 49th & Oxbow.)

First Year Courses

The following is a list of courses, which are taught at Sanford Medical Center. The content is structured to include those courses of a curriculum recognized by the JRCERT. The program requires full-time attendance.

First Quarter Courses
Course Number, Course, Clock Hours
Rad. Tech. 1111 Introduction to Radiology 25
Rad. Tech. 1112 Patient Care & Education I 36
Rad. Tech. 1113 Medical Terminology I 15
Rad. Tech. 1114 Anatomy & Physiology I 30
Rad. Tech. 1115 Radiation Protection 60
Rad. Tech. 1116 Imaging Procedures I 30
Rad. Tech. 1119 Applied Radiography I 250

Second Quarter Courses
Course Number, Course, Clock Hours
Rad. Tech. 1212 Patient Care & Education II 36
Rad. Tech. 1213 Medical Terminology II 15
Rad. Tech. 1214 Anatomy & Physiology II 30
Rad. Tech. 1216 Imaging Procedures II 30
Rad. Tech. 1118 Image Evaluation I 12
Rad. Tech. 1117 Image Acquisition I 32
Rad. Tech. 1219 Applied Radiography II 265

Third Quarter Courses
Course Number, Course, Clock Hours
Rad. Tech. 1314 Anatomy & Physiology III 30
Rad. Tech. 1316 Imaging Procedures III 30
Rad. Tech. 1218 Image Evaluation II 13
Rad. Tech. 1217 Image Acquisition II 32
Rad. Tech. 1319 Applied Radiography III 350

Fourth Quarter Courses
Course Number, Course, Clock Hours
Rad. Tech. 1414 Anatomy & Physiology IV 40
Rad. Tech. 1416 Imaging Procedures IV 40
Rad. Tech. 1318 Image Evaluation III 25
Rad. Tech. 1419 Applied Radiography IV 350

Second Year Clinical Rotations

During the second year, students will rotate through the following areas:

  1. Routine Radiographic Rooms
  2. Fluoroscopic Rooms
  3. Mobile Radiography
  4. Surgery
  5. Emergency Department
  6. Interventional Radiography
  7. Sanford Children's Hospital
  8. Sanford Heart Hospital
  9. Medical Building 2/OP Clinic
  10. Van Demark Outpatient Clinic
  11. Sanford Clinic Medicine 49th & Oxbow
  12. Weekday Evening Rotation
  13. Weekend Rotation
  14. Computerized Tomography (3 weeks)
  15. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2 weeks)
  16. Ultrasound - Elective
  17. Mammography - Elective
  18. Nuclear Medicine - Elective
  19. Radiation Therapy - Elective
  20. Interventional PA - Elective

(NOTE: All clinical rotation sites are directly connected to the main hospital, except the Sanford Clinic Medicine 49th & Oxbow.)

Second Year Courses

Fifth Quarter Courses
Course Number, Course, Clock Hours
Rad. Tech. 2111 Radiation Physics 45
Rad. Tech. 2112 Imaging Equipment & Quality Control 69
Rad. Tech. 2212 CT Imaging 16
Rad. Tech. 2113 Image Evaluation IV 15
Rad. Tech. 2119 Applied Radiography V 310

Sixth Quarter Courses
Course Number, Course, Clock Hours
Rad. Tech. 2114 Radiation Biology 30
Rad. Tech. 2213 Image Evaluation V 28
Rad. Tech. 2116 Scientific Research Paper 28
Rad. Tech. 2213 Image Evaluation V 15
Rad. Tech. 2219 Applied Radiography VI 350

Seventh Quarter Courses
Course Number, Course, Clock Hours
Rad. Tech. 2313 Image Evaluation VI 15
Rad. Tech. 2115 Radiographic Pathology I 30
Rad. Tech. 2117 Comprehensive Review I 60
Rad. Tech. 2319 Applied Radiography VII 350

Eighth Quarter Courses
Course Number, Course, Clock Hours
Rad. Tech. 2413 Image Evaluation VII 15
Rad. Tech. 2215 Radiographic Pathology II 30
Rad. Tech. 2217 Comprehensive Review II 50
Rad. Tech. 2419 Applied Radiography VIII 290

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expense

The school of Radiologic Technology reserves the right to adjust tuition and fees presented in this document.

First Year:
Tuition $2,500
Student Activity Fee $250

Second Year:
Tuition $2,500
Student Activity Fee $250

  • $250 Non-refundable Acceptance Fee - Paid at the time of acceptance into the program and applied to the first year Student Activity Fee.
  • The Student Activity Fee is used for ASRT annual dues, SDSRT annual dues, SDSRT Conference fees, etc.
  • Books, BLS, and developmental tests are provided without charge.
  • The cost of uniforms, housing, meals, and transportation are the responsibility of the student.

Tuition/Expenses and Refund Policy are identical for ALL resident and non-resident students, including veterans and military members.

Refunds
When a student withdraws, two separate calculations must be determined:

  1. Refund of Tuition
  2. Return of Title IV funds

Tuition refunds will be made only after the School of Radiologic Technology has been officially notified in writing, of withdrawal from the program. The withdrawal notice must be submitted to the Program Director. The date the withdrawal notice is received will be regarded as the student's last day of attendance. Failure to make proper notification (unofficial withdrawal) renders the student ineligible for a tuition refund.

First week: 80% of tuition
Second week: 60% of tuition
Third week: 40% of tuition
Fourth week: 20% of tuition
NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawals after the fourth week

NOTE: No refund will be given for tuition holding fee, books, vaccinations, or student activity fees.

Faculty
Student to faculty ratio: 4/1

Transfer of Credits
Transfer credits are not accepted or do not take the place of any course in the 24 month program. The School of Radiologic Technology is NOT a degree granting institution; therefore credits from other institutions cannot be accepted to shorten the length of our program.

Part-Time and Transfer Students
There are no provisions for part-time or transfer students.

Distance Education Courses
There are no provisions for distance education courses.

Articulation Agreements
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, graduates of the program must have earned a minimum of an Associate's Degree to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). The degree does not have to be in the radiologic sciences.

Sanford School of Radiologic Technology has Articulation agreements with several colleges/universities, which allow the student to achieve a bachelor's degree.

The School of Radiologic Technology has Articulation Agreements with the following colleges/universities:

  • University of Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls, SD
  • Mount Marty College - Yankton, SD
  • North Dakota State University - Fargo, ND
  • University of Mary - Bismarck, ND
  • Jamestown College - Jamestown, ND
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney - Kearney, NE
  • Saint Cloud State University - St. Cloud, MN
  • Briar Cliff University - Sioux City, IA
  • University of South Dakota - Vermillion, SD

Financial Aid Eligibility

The School of Radiologic Technology provides financial assistance to qualified students through federally funded loan and grant programs. No students should be denied an opportunity to attend the school of their choice because of limited resources.

The responsibility for financing education beyond high school rests upon the student. The federal government has provided financial aid programs which are intended to supplement resources.

Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology participates in the Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Stafford Loan Program subsidized and unsubsidized, and Federal PLUS.

Financial aid may also be available through the State Grant Program, Veterans Benefits Administration, South Dakota National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Information on any of these sources of funds may be obtained from the individual agency.

Students in the Radiologic Technology program may be eligible for additional scholarships. Scholarship information will be provided to students during the 24-month program.

For students who ARE NOT eligible for financial aid through an affiliated college/university:

  1. Southeast Technical Institute processes all of the radiology's financial aid. Information and forms may be obtained from Lynette Grabowska at Southeast Technical Institute. Call (605) 367-6122 or email us.
  2. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after you are accepted into the Sanford Radiologic Technology Program, and include the Sanford school code (011477).
  3. After filing the FAFSA, you will receive a report called a Student Aid Report (SAR). Respond quickly to any requests for additional information.
  4. You will receive an award letter; your financial aid package is unique to you.
  5. You must sign and return one copy of the award letter as soon as possible after receiving the award letter to secure the aid being offered to you.

For students who ARE eligible for financial aid through an affiliated college/university:

Contact your college advisor and financial aid office at the college/university in which you are enrolled as soon as possible after you are accepted into the Sanford Radiologic Technology Program.

Download and sign the Title IV Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations below.

Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Appointment to the Sanford Radiologic Technology program is contingent upon submitting proper documentation of successful completion of the requirements listed below, prior to the July start date of the program. Failure to submit proper documentation will result in forfeiture of the $250 acceptance fee.

  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 www.arrt.org OR
    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.
  5. The following college courses are not required, but they are recommended:
    1. Anatomy
    2. Medical Terminology
    3. Physics

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. A $35 non-refundable application processing fee.

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.

Applicants will be notified of interview eligibility following the Jan. 31 deadline.

Download the Application Form.

Download the Reference Form.

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Candace McNamara, Program Director
Sanford USD Medical Center
1305 West 18th Street, PO Box 5039
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039
(605) 333-7445
Email Us