Radiologic Sciences Internship (RS 496)

A bachelor's of science degree with a major in Radiologic Sciences from NDSU includes two or more years of pre-requisite college courses and a two-year full-time, professional-level internship in an affiliated hospital-based program for radiography, echocardiography, or diagnostic medical sonography. The internship is a rigorous full-time, 40 hour/week commitment to learning the theory and clinical competencies of the discipline.

To assist students to secure the required internship, NDSU maintains affiliations with hospital-based programs described below.


NDSU’s affiliated schools of radiologic technology maintain programmatic accreditation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The two-year, 60-credit internship consists of classroom and clinical instruction in patient care, radiation physics and protection, principles of imaging, positioning, radiobiology and pathology which prepares the graduate to enter the profession with experience in diagnostic radiography. In addition to general radiography, education may also be provided in mammography, CT, and MRI. 

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).  

 NDSU maintains affiliation with radiologic technology programs in the following locations:

  •  Avera McKennan Hospital (Sioux Falls, SD)
  •  Mercy/St. Luke's Hospitals (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  •  Sanford Medical Centers (Bismarck and Fargo, ND, Sioux Falls, SD)
  •  St. Cloud Hospital (St. Cloud, MN)
  •  St. Luke's College (Sioux City, IA)
  •  UnityPoint Health (Des Moines, IA)
  •  Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Minneapolis, MN)

NDSU affiliates with Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND, to offer a 21-month, 60 credit RS 496 internship in echocardiography.  The internship consists of classroom, scanning labs, and clinical instruction which prepares the graduate to enter the profession with experience in adult and pediatric echocardiography. RS 496 courses include: 

  • Foundations of Echocardiography
  • Physics and Instrumentation I & II
  • Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology
  • Adult Echo I-IV
  • Pediatric and Congenital Echocardiography I & II
  • Scanning Lab I-III
  • Echo Clinical Practicum I-V
  • Professional Growth and Development
  • Research Project
  • Echo Concepts Review
  • Echo Registry Review
Diagnostic Medical Sonography

NDSU affiliates with Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, to offer a 21-month, 60 credit RS 496 internship in diagnostic medical sonography. The internship consists of classroom, scanning labs, and clinical instruction which prepares the graduate to enter the profession with experience in general/vascular sonography. RS 496 courses include:

  • Foundations of Sonography
  • Physics and Instrumentation I & II
  • Abdomen Sonography I-III
  • Pediatric Sonography
  • Gynecologic Sonography
  • Fetal Anomalies
  • Obstetrics Sonography
  • Vascular Sonography I-III
  • Small Parts Sonography
  • Research Project
  • DMS Clinical Practicum I-V
  • Professional Growth and Development
  • DMS Concepts Review
  • DMS Registry Review

Internship Application

You will complete a separate application for each affiliated hospital program and be formally accepted by the hospital program’s Admissions Committee before beginning RS 496 internship courses. Admission into an internship is selective. The Department of Allied Sciences will provide information about deadlines, specific admission criteria, and application materials required by the affiliates.

Students apply for internship during the year they complete all coursework. You will work closely with your NDSU RS advisor to prepare for a successful internship application. The internship application process occurs annually during the fall semester, with interview and selection typically occurring in the spring. Admission into an internship is selective and requires a separate application be made to each affiliated internship program. 

Intern selection is based on academic performance, courses completed, related experience, references, and personal interview. ACT scores and high school grades may also be considered. Your NDSU RS advisor will provide information about deadlines and specific admission criteria for the various affiliates and discuss with you other helpful means to create a competitive applicant profile. It is recommended that you begin work with your RS advisor at least one year prior to anticipated internship application.

Pre-professional radiologic sciences students must meet the following admission requirements to be eligible to apply to affiliated hospital programs:

  • Declared radiologic sciences major at NDSU
  • Plan of study on file with the Department of Allied Sciences that verifies the student’s ability to complete internship prerequisite courses on campus by start of the internship, including resident credits at NDSU for transfer students
  • Earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50-3.00 as required by the hospital program by the internship application deadline. GPA requirements vary by hospital program
  • Earned a C or better in all courses to be used to fulfill major and degree requirements
  • Meet the program-designated technical standards (mental and physical requirements) or request reasonable accommodations to meet these standards
  • Comply with criminal background and student conduct requirements  

Internship Grading and Costs

Internship Grading

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.  For RS 496 –Field Experience/Internship courses in radiography, NDSU awards a "P" grade (Pass) for each semester of RS 496 signifying satisfactory progress toward completing internship requirements.  The hospital program's final transcript is the official record of completion of the specific radiography requirements.  RS 496 courses completed in the sonography specializations are listed by course on the NDSU transcript.

Tuition and Expenses

Students are continuously enrolled at NDSU (fall, spring, summer) in RS 496-Field Experience/Internship credit during the full-time professional internship. NDSU awards a maximum of 60 credits for successful completion of internship class, lab and clinical courses within the affiliated hospitals’ program. Students who qualify to receive financial aid through NDSU may continue to do so during the internship.

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 charged the student each semester which hospitals apply toward their program’s tuition.  Internships are exempt from tuition assistance discounts such as the spouse/dependent and cultural diversity discounts that reduce tuition below the ND resident rate.

Besides NDSU tuition and student fees, student interns may also pay fees directly to the hospital program to cover expenses like textbooks, activity or clinical fees, and mock board exams.  Textbook costs range from approximately $800-$1,500 for the two-year period. Uniforms may be purchased through the hospital, a uniform specialty shop, or other provider. The hospital program will provide students accepted into their program with information about the non-NDSU related program expenses. Students are responsible for providing their own living accommodations and transportation during the internship.

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