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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. Continue learning about radiologic technologist and technician schools in South Dakota and career options for radiologic technologists and technicians by reading below, where you will find a table of top-rated rad tech programs and list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs, as well as additional information about careers in radiologic technology.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 8 schools with radiologic technology degree programs in South Dakota.1
  • 4 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 4 schools offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 3 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • No schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Mitchell Technical Institute 69%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Mount Marty College 30%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Mount Marty College $20,894.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Mitchell Technical Institute $11,003.1
  • 5 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 South Dakota

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in South 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 NameAssociate’s Imaging ProgramBachelor’s Imaging ProgramGraduate Imaging ProgramNational AccreditationCompletion Rate2*Credential Exam Pass Rate2*Job Placement Rate2*Net Price**1
Avera McKennan Hospital (Certificate Only)NoNoNoJRCERT100%100%100%
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital (Certificate Only)NoNoNoJRCERT100%97%100%
Mitchell Technical InstituteYesNoNoJRCERT87%98%89%$11,003
Mount Marty CollegeNoYesNo$20,894
Presentation CollegeYesYesNoJRCERT92%78%88%$20,019
Sanford Medical Center (Certificate Only)NoNoNoJRCERT100%97%100%
Southeast Technical InstituteYesNoNoCAAHEP, JRCNMT$11,818
University of Sioux FallsYesYesNo$20,316

*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

  • Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology (Sioux Falls)
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital (Yankton)
  • Mitchell Technical Institute (Mitchell)
  • Presentation College (Aberdeen)
  • Sanford Medical Center (Sioux Falls)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Southeast Technical Institute

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Southeast Technical Institute

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 and then complete additional clinical rotations in the spring and following summer. Prospective applicants must visit a radiologic technology department for job-shadowing 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. This unique program allows students to complete a 24-month JRCERT-accredited radiologic science program at another institution, then transfer those credits to the University of Sioux Falls as major credits in radiologic science. Students will then complete 68 credit hours of university work in math, science, and the liberal arts to earn the bachelor’s degree. The University of Sioux Falls also offers an associate’s degree program, which is not JRCERT-accredited, that provides background coursework in radiologic science. This program does not provide the requisite clinical hours to become a radiologic technologist, but can be a starting point for transfer to a professional program.

Mount Marty College / Avera Sacred Heart

Mount Marty College allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. Students in the bachelor’s program will complete a radiologic technology program at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital while completing all general academic college coursework at Mount Marty College. Students generally complete all the necessary college courses at Mount Marty College prior to beginning the radiologic technology program. Upon completion of the RT program at Avera Sacred Heart, graduates must provide the college with proof of graduation and are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from Mount Marty College if they have fulfilled all other degree requirements.

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 may begin the application process to sit for the ARRT certification exam up to three months prior to graduating from an accredited RT program. 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.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

3.6%

Radiology Techs in South Dakota from 2014-20243

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation predicts modest job growth of 3.65% for radiologic technologists and technicians in the state between 2014 and 2024.3 By comparison, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 9% growth for radiology techs nationwide between 2014 and 2024.4 South Dakota was home to an estimated 860 radiologic technologist and technician positions in 2016.5 The average annual salary for radiologic technologists in South Dakota is $49,440.5 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 City140$50,850
Sioux Falls370$49,840

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2016.6

References:
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. South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation: http://dlr.sd.gov/
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