Avera Sacred Heart School of Radiologic Technology Program Overview
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Program Overview and Policies

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic Technology was established in 1948. The program is administered by a director, supervised by clinical instructors and accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The program is also recognized by the State of South Dakota and holds the Certificate of Authorization for Postsecondary Education from the Office of the Secretary of State (www.sd.edu@state.sd.us).

Current JRCERT Accreditation Status

  • Most Recent Site Visit: 2017
    • Result: maximum awarded – 8 years
  • Interim Report:  2021
  • Next Expected Site Visit: 2025

The program begins in the fall and lasts 24 consecutive months. Students spend 9-12 hours weekly in formal classes and 28-31 hours in clinical assignments at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C., Vermillion Medical Clinic, Wagner Community Memorial Hospital Avera and St. Michael’s Hospital Avera under the supervision of registered radiologic technologists. Student rotations include day, evening, weekend and overnight hours. Students are expected to attend all didactic and clinical assignments. Each student is allowed 14 PTO (personal time off) per year for illness and/or vacation time. One PTO consists of either a morning session or an afternoon session.

Written examinations are given in each subject area and students are required to complete all program coursework, meet all clinical objectives and maintain a minimum grade of 80% in didactic courses and 85% in clinical courses.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive a diploma and a Avera Sacred Heart School of Radiologic Technology gold pin. The diploma meets the Professional Component required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.

Upon receipt of an original transcript from the School of Radiologic Technology to one of the program’s affiliates, the student will be awarded the Baccalaureate Degree from the degree granting institution. The Baccalaureate Degree meets the Degree Component required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.

Both the Professional Component and the Degree Component are required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for a candidate to be eligible to sit for the initial certification examination. Successful completion of the examination entitles the technologists to display the title of RT(R), Registered Technologist in Radiography.

20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org

Program Policies

View a printable file of our program policies.

Purpose, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The radiography program provides for the personal and professional development of each student in the field of radiography.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Goal: Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes

    • Students will apply positioning skills.
    • Students will select appropriate technical factors.
    • Students will practice radiation protection.

2. Goal: Students will communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will use effective oral communication skills.
  • Students will practice written communication skills.

3. Goal: Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine examinations.
  • Students will adapt positioning for trauma patients.

4. Goal: Students will evaluate the importance of professional growth and development.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will explore the importance of continued professional development.
  • Students will explore the importance of attendance at various department meetings in their chosen profession.

Affiliation Agreements

Affiliation Agreements

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic Technology has affiliation agreements with the following colleges/universities, which allows the student to achieve a baccalaureate degree.

Mount Marty University, Yankton, S.D.

Mount Marty University offers students a unique method for achieving a bachelor degree in radiologic technology. Students complete general education core and related requirements at Mount Marty University. Upon receipt of an official transcript from an accredited school of radiologic technology, Mount Marty University will award the student 60 credits.

Requirements for Mount Marty University degree program:

  • Completion of major requirements with no grade lower than a C.
  • A total of 68 credits from Mount Marty University to include general education requirements.

Inquiries regarding application process should be made to Mount Marty University Admissions Office, (605) 668-1545

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, M.N.

Currently-enrolled St. Cloud State University (SCSU) students for the fall and spring application year who have been accepted by the SCSU Radiologic Technology program and are on-track to finish all on-campus SCSU coursework before the internship starts may apply to the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic Technology. All on-campus SCSU coursework must be finished before the Avera Sacred Heart internship begins. Upon completion of the internship and all required courses and SCSU requirements, students will be granted a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology.

University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, N.E.

The University of Nebraska offers the students a unique delivery method for a bachelor degree in radiography. Students complete the science prerequisites, general education core and related requirements at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Upon receipt of an official transcript from a certificate program at an accredited and affiliated school of radiologic technology, UNK will award the student a total of 50 additional credits at no extra cost toward their bachelor degree in radiologic technology.

Requirements for graduation from UNK with Radiography Degree:

  • The student must have attained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 after completion of 70 hours of required related course work and the general studies program.
  • Acceptance into and completion of an accredited radiologic technology clinical program that is affiliated with UNK that includes 25 credit hours of Health Sciences Internship credit from UNK and 25 additional credit hours awarded for completion of the program towards the degree.

For a list of specific UNK course requirements for this degree please visit:

  1. Visit unk.edu and click on "Academics".
  2. Then scroll down and click on "Health Sciences"
  3. To the right, click on "Radiologic Technology"
  4. On this page, you will find the "Program Information Guide" for Radiography.

Students are responsible for making application and gaining acceptance into an affiliated and accredited school of radiologic technology. The University of Nebraska at Kearney makes no guarantee of degree completion if students are not accepted in a radiologic technology program.

Contact Our Team and Find Application Details

If you have questions about our program or need assistance, please call us at 605-668-8158.

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Location and Correspondence

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
School of Radiologic Technology
501 Summit
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: 605-668-8158
Fax: 605-668-8153
Email: anessa.vanosdel@avera.org

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