Throughout the program, the student spends 40 hours each week in the hospital and radiology department. The curriculum consists of lectures, demonstrations, and supervised experience.
The day-to-day schedule of the student varies depending on the time frame of the program. The schedule includes weekend and evening clinical experience. Approximately 10% of the student’s total clinical clock hours are spent in evening and weekend assignments. All students are full-time students, and the program involves study and class preparation beyond the 40-hour week.
Students will participate in clinical rotations at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Prairie Center, Avera Medical Group McGreevy, Avera Heart Hospital, Avera Orthopedics, Avera Specialty Hospital, Avera Medical Group Family Health Center and the Sioux Falls Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Students will have extensive training in general diagnostic radiography, trauma, fluoroscopy, and surgery. They will spend a number of rotations in CT, MRI, interventional radiology and mammography. Students will also have limited rotations in radiation therapy, ultrasound, PET CT, and nuclear medicine.
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School of Radiologic Technology Affiliation/Articulation Agreements
Effective January 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 need to be in the radiologic sciences.
Avera McKennan School of Radiologic Technology has Affiliation Agreements with many colleges and universities. These affiliations allow the student to achieve an associate's or bachelor’s degree.
Affiliation Agreements include the following:
Associate’s Degree Option:
- South Dakota State University (coursework may be completed at the University Center in Sioux Falls, SD or at SDSU campus in Brookings, SD)
Bachelor’s Degree Option:
- Briar Cliff University – Sioux City, IA
- Minot State University – Minot, ND
- Mount Marty College -- Yankton, SD
- North Dakota State University – Fargo, ND
- South Dakota State University – Brookings, SD
- St. Cloud State – St. Cloud, MN
- University of Jamestown – Jamestown, ND
- University of Sioux Falls – Sioux Falls, SD
- University of South Dakota - Vermillion, SD
Mission, Goals and Outcomes
We shall strive to exceed the expectations of our students by providing the highest quality education, which will enable the students to precisely administer radiation as a diagnostic tool and perform a variety of diagnostic and special diagnostic procedures. We commit to developing each student’s greatest potential by encouraging them to apply knowledge and skills in ministering to the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patient.
We shall achieve this by providing a full continuum of academic and practical experiences, and responding to the needs of the patients and the institution the students will eventually serve. We will keep apprised of technological advances so the students can readily adjust to any situation, provide responsible care and achieve above average standards as a Radiologic Technologist. By providing an environment that is conducive to learning, the students will become proficient, reliable and empathetic members of the health care profession.
Fulfillment of the program’s mission will be assessed by the following goals:
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking abilities and problem solving skills.
- Students will communicate effectively.
- Students will demonstrate clinical competency.
- Students will demonstrate professional growth and development.
Students in the program will:
- Perform non-routine procedures.
- Evaluate images for radiographic quality.
- Develop self-confidence and use good judgement in decision making.
- Demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate effective patient communication skills.
- Students will demonstrate proper radiographic positioning skills.
- Demonstrate radiation protection.
- Demonstrate selection of proper technical factors.
- Develop and demonstrate professionalism.
- Recognize professional avenues available to them beyond graduation and participate in CE documentation.
- Demonstrate ethical decision making.