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Radiology Technologist Schools in South Dakota

The following overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in South Dakota provides information to support your decision on where to pursue a degree or certificate in radiologic technology. The colleges and universities in South Dakota offer several radiologic technology programs, and may provide opportunities to pursue study in specialty areas like computed tomography. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools are another choice you might consider, which may provide enhanced flexibility over traditional on campus courses. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians.

Quick Facts:

  • 7 colleges and universities offer a degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 4 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 4 schools offer an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • 3 schools offer a bachelor’s degree program in radiologic technology/science.
  • Highest graduation rate: Mitchell Technical Institute, 65%.1
  • Highest transfer out rate: Mount Marty College, 29%.1
  • Highest net price per year: Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, $19,810.1
  • Lowest net price per year: Mitchell Technical Institute, $7,837.1
  • Highest student population: University of Sioux Falls, 1,488.1
  • Lowest student population: Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, 18.1
  • Annual tuition range for radiologic technologist and technician programs at community colleges and career schools in South Dakota: $1,500-$5,320.2

Continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in South Dakota and career options for radiologic technologists and technicians by reading below.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

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

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center (Sioux Falls)
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital (Yankton)
Mitchell Technical Institute (Mitchell)
Presentation College (Aberdeen)
Rapid City Regional Hospital (Rapid City)
Sanford Medical Center (Sioux Falls)

South Dakota Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Mitchell Technical Institute
Mitchell Technical Institute’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program provides students with a blended curriculum of on-campus coursework and laboratory experience combined with clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical facilities. Students in the full time, six semester program begin their first of three clinical rotations in the fall of their fourth semester then complete another clinical rotation in the spring and following summer. Prospective applicants must first visit a radiology technology department and write an essay prior to submitting application materials, which are due on June 15 of each year. Students may be eligible for such scholarships as the Imaging Professionals Scholarship, the MTI Legacy Scholarship, and the Elks Endowment Scholarship.

University of Sioux Falls
The University of Sioux Falls offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology for students who have completed or who plan to complete an accredited radiology technology program. The program allows students to fulfill general degree requirements prior to beginning the radiology technology program at another institution. Upon graduating from a radiology technology program, students provide an official transcript to the university and, in turn, are awarded a bachelor’s degree. Alternately, graduates of an accredited radiology technology program may fulfill general education requirements at the university to earn their B.S. degree. All students, prior to being granted the Bachelor of Science, must pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam.

Mount Marty College
Mount Marty College allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. Students in the bachelor’s program will complete a radiology technology program at another institution, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, while completing all general college coursework at Mount Marty College. Students generally complete all the necessary college courses at Mount Marty College prior to beginning the radiology technology program. Upon completion of the radiology technology program, graduates provide the college with proof of graduation and are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from Mount Marty College.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in South Dakota

Radiologic technologists do not have to be state licensed or certified to work in South Dakota. However, many radiologic technologists opt for national certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Eligibility requirements for ARRT certification include successful completion of an accredited radiology technology program. Students, who will graduate within three months, may begin the application process to sit for the ARRT certification exam. In addition to passing the exam, radiologic technologists must fill out an application and pay appropriate fees. Renewal of the ARRT certification is required every two years. ARRT-certified radiology techs must complete 24 credits of continuing education or pass an approved ARRT exam to renew their license in addition to filling out a renewal form and paying the applicable fee.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

15.5%

Radiology Techs in South Dakota from 2010-20203

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation predicts modest job growth of 15.5% for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state between 2010 and 2020.3 South Dakota was home to an estimated 1,100 radiologic technologist and technician positions in 2010.3 Jobs are projected to grow to 1,270 in 2020.3 Experts predict that 33 radiologic technology jobs will open annually through 2020.3 By comparison, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28% growth for radiology techs nationwide between 2010 and 2020.4 An estimated 281,000 radiologic technology positions are expected to exist in 2020, up from 219,000 radiology technology jobs in 2010.4 Radiologic technologists and technicians commonly secure employment in hospitals, imaging centers, doctors’ offices, and medical facilities. Organizations that hire radiologic techs in South Dakota include the Department of Veteran Affairs, Huron Regional Medical Center, Avera Health, and Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.

South Dakota Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Rapid City130$46,310
Sioux Falls360$46,540

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


References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: http://colleges.niche.com/search/t-career/sm2-radiologic-technician/st-sd/
3. South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation: http://dlr.sd.gov/lmic/occupation_projections.aspx
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-6
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm