Radiologic Sciences Internship
A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Radiologic Sciences from North Dakota State University includes two or more years of academic course work and a two-year full-time professional-level internship in an affiliated, JRCERT accredited hospital-based radiography program. To assist students to secure an internship, NDSU maintains affiliations with the following programs:
- Avera McKennan Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, Sioux Falls, SD
- Unity Point Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology, Des Moines, IA
- Mercy/St. Luke's School of Radiologic Technology, Cedar Rapids, IA
- Rapid City Regional Hospital Medical Radiography Program, Rapid City, SD
- St. Cloud Hospital School of Diagnostic Imaging, St. Cloud, MN
- St. Luke's College Radiologic Technology, Sioux City, IA
- Sanford Health Radiography Program, Bismarck, ND
- Sanford Health Radiology Program, Fargo, ND
- Sanford Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, Sioux Falls, SD
- Veteran Affairs Medical Center School of Radiological Technology, Minneapolis, MN
The internship consists of classroom and clinical instruction which prepares the graduate to enter the profession with experience in all areas of diagnostic radiography. Successful completion of the program and degree requirements qualifies the graduate to take the national certifying examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to earn the credential of registered technologist in radiography RT(R).
Internship courses may include:
- Orientation/Medical Imaging Standards
- Ethics and Legal Issues
- Film Critique
- Principles of Exposure
- Radiation Physics
- Quality Assurance
- Imaging Pharmacology
- Radiation Protection
- Radiation Biology
- Medical Informatics
- Cross-sectional Anatomy
- Trauma, Pediatric/Geriatric Radiology
- Patient Care
- Equipment Maintenance/Systems Analysis
- Registry Review/Professionalism
- Independent Study Projects
- Introduction to Specialty Areas, i.e. CT, MRI, mammography
Students are regularly evaluated by on-site hospital faculty and clinical preceptors during the internship. The internship consists of class and clinical courses for which the hospital program awards letter grades on an official hospital transcript. Clinical performance is evaluated using a competency based evaluation system and performance appraisal. NDSU awards a "P" grade ('Pass') for each semester of enrollment in RS 496-Field Experience/Internship credit signifying satisfactory progress toward completing internship requirements. The hospital program's final transcript is the official record of completion of the specific internship requirements.
Tuition and Expenses
During the internship, students enroll at NDSU for RS 496-Field Experience/Internship credit. A maximum of 60 credits from NDSU will be awarded for successful completion of internship class and clinical experiences within the affiliated hospital's program. The 60 credits are distributed as follows: 6 credits for each summer session and 12 credits for each fall and spring semester enrolled. Tuition and student fees are paid to NDSU at the student's regular resident rate. According to the agreements that NDSU has with hospital affiliates, NDSU sends each hospital program a designated portion of tuition collected from the student each semester to assist in covering the hospital tuition and expenses associated with internship participation. Internships are exempt from tuition assistance grants such as spouse/dependent discounts and cultural diversity waivers.
Besides NDSU tuition and student fees, student interns may also pay associated internship fees directly to the hospital program to cover expenses like textbooks, activity or clinical fees, and mock board exams. Textbook costs range from approximately $500-$1200 for the two year period. Uniforms may be purchased through the hospital, a uniform specialty shop or other provider. Once accepted into the internship, the hospital program will provide the student with more information about the non-NDSU related program expenses.
Students are responsible for providing their own living accommodations and transportation during the internship.
Internship Admission Requirements
To be eligible to apply for the internship, NDSU students must have satisfactorily completed prerequisite courses on campus, achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5-3.0 (depending on the hospital program) and complied with criminal background and student conduct requirements. Transfer students must have completed at least 20 resident credits at NDSU prior to the start of the internship. Student selection is made by the affiliated hospital's Admissions Committee on the basis of academic performance, courses completed, related experience, references, and personal interview. ACT scores and high school grades may also be considered. Application deadlines typically occur end of fall semester; however, there is some variation among clinical programs. Interviews and intern selection will occur in the spring. For all programs, a non-refundable acceptance fee is required to hold your internship place. This amount is applied to program fees.
Additional information to assist you with internship application is available from the Department of Allied Sciences. It is recommended that you begin work with the RS major advisor at least one year prior to internship application.