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Radiologic Sciences

The Radiologic Sciences major at North Dakota State University combines foundational science, math, and general education courses with applied imaging classroom, lab, and clinical education during a two-year internship. Three unique and specialized internships available to RS majors are radiography, diagnostic medical sonography, and echocardiography.

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Background Information

Radiographers, also known as radiologic technologists, perform diagnostic imaging examinations, accurately position patients, ensure quality diagnostic images are produced, and adhere to radiation protection regulations for themselves, their patients, and coworkers. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images, to diagnosis or rule out disease or injury. Radiologic technologists are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. To become a registered radiologic technologist, RT(R), students must complete an accredited educational program, earn an academic degree, and pass a national certification examination. To remain registered, they must earn continuing education credits.

Radiologic technologists work in hospitals, physician offices and clinics, or diagnostic imaging centers. Multi-skilled RT(R)s who are educated and credentialed in more than one type of imaging technique are most marketable. With experience and additional education, RTs may become specialists in CT, mammography, and/or magnetic resonance imaging, or advance into management or education. Radiation therapy, sonography, and nuclear medicine typically require additional specialized education in a dedicated training program. Currently there are job openings throughout the country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2026. Mean annual earnings in 2017 for radiologic technologists was $60,320 (www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm).

Sonographers use special equipment and high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of internal body structures and organs. They have a high level of patient interaction and play a vital role in providing the physician with images to interpret, assess, and diagnose medical conditions or conduct surgical procedures. Two options for NDSU students interested in sonography are echocardiography and diagnostic medical sonography. Echocardiographers, also known as cardiac sonographers, evaluate the anatomy and hemodynamics (blood flow) of the heart, its chambers and valves, and related blood vessels. Diagnostic medical sonographers evaluate abdominal structures like the kidney, liver, and spleen, breast tissue, the reproductive system, blood vessels, fetal development, and musculoskeletal structures like tendons and joints. Sonographers are educated in anatomy and pathophysiology, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, and basic patient care and safety. To become registered, graduates must complete an accredited educational program or a qualifying number of paid clinical hours and pass national certifying examinations. To remain registered, they must earn continuing education credits.

Sonographers work in hospitals, physician offices, and medical and diagnostic laboratories. Currently there are job openings throughout the country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for sonographers continues to grow faster than the national average for all occupations. Mean annual earnings in 2017 for diagnostic medical sonographers was $73,200 (www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm).

The Program

A Bachelor of Science degree, major in Radiologic Sciences, from NDSU includes two or more years of rigorous academic courses on campus and a two-year full-time internship in an affiliated hospitalbased program. RS students must have an interest and aptitude in the sciences and math and a strong desire to work directly with patients. Academic courses include chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, trigonometry, psychology, statistics, and computer sciences, in addition to general education requirements. Students pursuing any one of the three specializations in radiography, echocardiography, or diagnostic medical sonography will complete the same pre-radiologic sciences college courses. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12-20 resident credits at NDSU prior to start of the internship. Residency requirements vary by RS specialization. During their final year of courses on campus, qualified students will apply for the two-year internship. College courses and the internship classes, lab, and clinical education constitute the four-year degree awarded by NDSU.

Internship Admission

The application process begins annually in the fall. Admission is competitive and based upon successful completion of all prerequisite college courses with a minimum grade of C, grade point averages (a minimum of 2.50-3.00 is required and varies by hospital program), references, related experience, interview and ability to meet program-designated technical standards, or request accommodations to execute those skills. Technical standards include a sound intellect and emotional health to exercise good judgement even in emergency situations, visual and hearing acuity, physical abilities to lift and position patients, pull, push, carry equipment, enter data, stand and walk for extended periods of times and communicate effectively. In addition, students must also comply with criminal background and student conduct requirements.

RS students who apply and are accepted into the radiography internship will complete their applied classroom and clinical education in one of the following affiliated hospital-based radiologic technology programs: Avera McKennan Hospital (Sioux Falls, SD), Mercy/St Luke’s Hospitals (Cedar Rapids, IA), Sanford

Health (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), and the Veteran Affairs

Medical Center (Minneapolis, MN). Affiliated hospital programs maintain programmatic accreditation through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Internship classes and clinical experience will focus on patient care procedures, radiation physics and protection, imaging principles, positioning, radiobiology, and pathology.

RS students who apply and are accepted into one of the sonography specializations will complete their applied education in the 21-month internship offered through Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Internship classes, scanning labs, and clinical experience for echocardiography will focus on adult echocardiography with rotations in pediatric and stress echo. Internship classes, scanning labs, and clinical experience in diagnostic medical sonography will focus on abdomen, OB/GYN, small parts, and vascular sonography.

It is highly recommended that students interested in an RS major meet with the RS advisor at least one year prior to anticipated internship application to discuss RS specialization, pre-requisite college courses, internship admission, and create a plan of study for successful completion of degree requirements. This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records. bulletin.ndsu.edu/undergraduate/programs/

Radiologic Sciences Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

First Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

CHEM 117 Chemical Concepts and Applications

3

BIOC 260 Elements of Biochemistry

4

CHEM 117L Chem Concepts and Applications Lab

1

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

CHP 190 Critical Thinking and Academic Success

2

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Cultural Diversity

3

CSCI 114 Microcomputer Packages

3

MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology

2

ENGL 120 College Composition II*

3

MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab

1

MATH 105 Trigonometry

3

PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology

3

 

Gen Ed Wellness

2

 

15

 

18

Second Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIOL 220L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

1

BIOL 221L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory

1

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

CHP 125 Medical Terminology for Health Professionals

1

PHYS 211 College Physics I

3

PHRM 170 Common Medicines & Diseases

2

PHYS 211L College Physics I Lab

1

PHYS 212 College Physics II

3

RS 200 Introduction to Radiologic Sciences

1

PHYS 212L College Physics II Laboratory

1

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences/Gen Ed Global

     Perspectives

3

Special Elective (dept. approved)

3

STAT 330 Introductory Statistics

3

Special Elective (dept. approved)

3

 

18

 

17

Third Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

Summer

Credits

RS 496 Field Experience

12-13

RS 496 Field Experience **

12-14

RS 496 Field Experience **

6-11

 

 

Upper Division Writing (C; 300-400 level)

3

 

12-13

 

12-14

 

9-14

Fourth Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

Summer

Credits

RS 496 Field Experience **

12

RS 496 Field Experience **

12

RS 496 Field Experience **

0-6

 

12

 

12

 

0-6

Total Credits: 125-139

*

All students are required to successfully earn credit for Engl 110 and Engl 120.  Enrollment is based on English Placement.  Upon completion of Engl 120 with a "C" grade or higher, students will be awarded placement credit (4) for Engl 110. 

**

RS 496 classroom, lab, and clinical education (internship) takes place within an affiliated hospital.  The internship is full-time for 21-24 months, including summer.  RS 496 courses and credits vary by radiography, echocardiography, or diagnostic medical sonography specialization.

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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Contact Information

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Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8713 / Fax: (701) 231-7606
Email: Kris.Errett@ndsu.edu
Office: Sudro 222E
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