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Radiology Technologist Schools in North Dakota

The colleges and universities of North Dakota offer several options for earning a degree in radiologic technology. The following overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in North Dakota provides high level information on the schools and programs that may be a match for your interests and career aspirations. You may also find online radiologic technologist and technician schools are a match that can offer greater flexibility in scheduling and broader avenues for self-directed study. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 4 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • No schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • No schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 4 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: North Dakota State University, 54%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Jamestown College, 34%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Jamestown College, $15,744.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Minot State University, $12,124.1
  • Highest student population: North Dakota State University-Main Campus, 14,399.1
  • Lowest student population: Jamestown College, 944.1

Continue reading this page for further information on radiologic technology careers and radiologic technologist and technician schools in North Dakota.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

The following programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on
Education in Radiologic Technology for radiography as of 2014.

Sanford Bismarck Medical Center (Bismarck)
Sanford Medical Center/Sanford Health (Bismarck)
Trinity Hospital/Trinity Health (Minot)

North Dakota Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

North Dakota State University
Introduced in 2001, the radiologic sciences program at North Dakota State University is baccalaureate program that includes two to three years of an academic curriculum and a two-year clinical internship at a hospital affiliated with the university. Housed by NDSU’s College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences, the Bachelor of Science curriculum includes a series of radiology courses along with 12 credits of special electives that complement both the subject matter of the regular curriculum and the specific interests of students. Sample radiologic sciences courses at the university include: Human Anatomy & Physiology, Chemical Concepts & Applications, Elements of Biochemistry, Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Medical Terminology, and Radiographic Imaging. The two-year internship is a full-time experience which covers some of the following topics: positioning, exposure, ethical issues, imaging critique, radiation physics, radiation biology and protection, patient care, and quality assurance. Hospitals affiliated with the university are located in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota, and include Avera McKennan Hospital, St. Cloud Hospital, St. Luke’s College, Sanford Medical Center, and Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Minot State University
Undergraduate students at Minot State University have the opportunity to major in radiologic technology. Radiologic technology students earn a Bachelor of Science degree upon successful completion of their degrees. The full-time program includes 60 credits of upper-level courses, 26 of which may be fulfilled with clinical study. Students first complete all on-campus required coursework and then enroll in two years of clinical practice with an associated radiologic technology school. Radiologic technology majors are required to take the following courses before beginning their clinical experiences and more specified radiology coursework: Fundamentals of Management, Anatomy and Physiology, Introductory Chemistry, Applied Statistics, Kinesiology, Ethics, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Radiologic Technology, and Introduction to Computing. The clinical experience is expected to count for a total of 52 credits spread over four semesters. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology examination and will be equipped to enter the workplace as entry-level radiology assistants and radiographers.

Sanford Health
The Sanford Health radiologic technology program in Bismarck, North Dakota is a professional based program that offers a certificate in radiography. Along with its accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the program has the advantage of being run out of a fully equipped medical center with clinical professionals to guide students through the training process. The 23-month program is competency based with the goal of producing trained radiographers who can successfully pass the ARRT examination and work as professional and ethical radiographers. The program strongly emphasizes clinical education but also has opportunities for classroom learning. Coursework includes the following classes: Digital Radiography, Image Analysis, Medical Terminology, Patient Care, Principles of Exposure, Radiographic Procedures, Anatomy & Physiology, Imaging Equipment, Introduction to Specialized Imaging, Pathology, Pediatric Radiography, Quality Management, Radiation Protection & Biology, Radiologic Science, Registry Review, and Trauma & Mobile Radiography. The Sanford Health program prepares students for entry-level positions as clinical radiographers but also serves as an excellent foundation for individuals who want to go on to more specialized forms of radiology such as medical resonance imaging, computed tomography, and sonography.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in North Dakota

State licensing for radiology technologists and technicians in North Dakota is organized through the radiation control program in the North Dakota Department of Health. Individuals wishing to practice clinical radiography in the state must successfully pass the ARRT examination or a state equivalent in order to receive licensure. The state also offers a limited diagnostic operator license for x-ray operators. No exam is required, but limited operators must demonstrate successful completion of a radiography course. Via an agreement between the radiation control program and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), industrial radiographers must also successfully pass a certification exam in order to work. To renew their licenses, industrial radiographers must retake the exam every five years. There are no required continuing education requirements for x-ray technicians or radiographers in North Dakota.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs in North Dakota

Projected Job Growth

25.3%

Radiology Techs in North Dakota from 2010-20204

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 530 radiologic technologists and technicians are employed in North Dakota; on average, they earn a yearly salary of $46,670.2 Despite the relatively low number of radiology techs in the state, the national employment outlook for radiologic technologists and technicians is high. The profession is expected to grow by 28% nationally between 2010 and 2020.3 Radiology tech employment in North Dakota is expected to grow by 25.3% in the decade ending in 2020.4 According to US News & World Report, the top four hospitals in North Dakota are Sanford Health-MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, and Innovis Health in Fargo. There are 50 hospitals total listed in the state. Radiology technologists and technicians should also look for opportunities at private imaging centers, cancer treatment centers, and orthopedic practices such as Aurora Imaging, Institute of Diagnostic Imaging, Red River Imaging, Sakakawea Medical Center, and Trinity Mammography.

North Dakota Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Bismarck90$44,470
East Central North Dakota70$45,580

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nd.htm
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
4. Job Service North Dakota: https://www.ndworkforceintelligence.com/gsipub/index.asp?docid=357
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm