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 radiologic technologists and radiology technicians. Continue reading this page for further information on radiologic technology careers and radiologic technologist and technician schools in North Dakota, including a table of top-rated rad tech programs and a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs.
Radiologic Technology Program Stats
- There are 4 schools with radiologic technology degree programs in North Dakota.1
- No schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
- No schools offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
- 4 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
- No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1
- Highest graduation rate*: North Dakota State University 55%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Jamestown 38%.1
- Highest net price per year*: University of Jamestown $16,944.1
- Lowest net price per year*: Minot State University $9,987.1
- No radiologic technology programs are accredited by JRCERT (see below).*
*For not-for-profit schools with radiologic technology programs.
Credentialing Exam Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Medical Imaging Schools in North Dakota
We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in North Dakota on a variety of factors. You can sort the table by clicking on the arrows in the top row. Since many state licensing boards and organizations that offer credentialing exams such as the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) require that aspiring radiologic technologists complete a recognized program, accreditation is an important factor in evaluating schools. Additionally, if you are considering transferring from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the imaging sciences, or are interested in pursuing a specialized certificate in the future, be aware that many programs consider accreditation for previously completed programs in their admissions decisions. Finally, you should always check with your state’s licensing board to ensure that the program you are considering will meet licensure requirements.
|School Name||Associate’s Imaging Program||Bachelor’s Imaging Program||Graduate Imaging Program||National Accreditation||Completion Rate2*||Credential Exam Pass Rate2*||Job Placement Rate2*||Net Price**1|
|Minot State University||No||Yes||No||—||—||—||—||$9,987|
|North Dakota State University-Main Campus||No||Yes||No||—||—||—||—||$14,581|
|University of Jamestown||No||Yes||No||—||—||—||—||$16,944|
|University of Mary||No||Yes||No||—||—||—||—||$16,746|
*Completion Rate, Credential Exam Pass Rate, and Job Placement Rate data are from Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data for JRCERT-accredited programs.
**Net price is the annual cost per year for undergraduate tuition as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, after deducting the average financial aid award.
Accredited Medical Imaging Programs
JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in North Dakota were accredited by JRCERT.
CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs
As of late 2017, no diagnostic medical sonography programs in North Dakota were accredited by CAAHEP.
JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs
As of late 2017, no schools in North Dakota were accredited by the JRCNMT.
North Dakota Radiology Technologist Degree Programs
North Dakota State University
Initially 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 in 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, approximately half of which are fulfilled through clinicals. 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.
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 overseen 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
Radiology Techs in North Dakota from 2014-20243
Radiologic tech employment in North Dakota is expected to grow by 14% in the decade ending in 2024 based on an estimated 62 new positions to be created.3 Nationally, projections call for 9% job growth for rad techs during the same time period.4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 590 radiologic technologists and technicians are employed in North Dakota; on average, they earn a yearly salary of $53,040.5 Top hospitals in North Dakota include Sanford Health-MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, and Innovis Health in Fargo. Radiologic technologists and technicians can 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
|City||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data: https://www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data/
3. Job Service North Dakota: https://www.ndworkforceintelligence.com/gsipub/index.asp?docid=357
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Occupational Employment and Wages, Radiologic Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm