Through a combination of online and on-campus courses, M State prepares radiologic technologists for careers in this high-demand specialty in the health care field.
M State's 79-credit AAS degree in Radiologic Technology prepares entry-level radiologic technologists to provide the diagnostic medical images required for diagnosing and treating patients in various medical facilities.
Admission into the program is selective and highly competitive. Prospective students can review admission requirements in the Radiologic Technology Handbook.
While many program courses are offered online, there are also on-campus and clinical experience requirements that will require students to travel to our Detroit Lakes campus and to health care facilities for clinical time. During the required clinical experiences, students work under the supervision of registered radiologic technologists.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to write the national certification exam of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Our program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
This program is eligible for the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.
Grant recipients must be Minnesota residents and meet income guidelines. They also must graduate from a Minnesota high school, complete an ABE program or pass a GED test.
There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.
Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes, eCampus
The Radiologic Technology program prepares individuals to perform various radiologic procedures. The radiologic technologist instructs and positions patients, manipulates radiographic equipment, adjusts exposure factors, provides radiation protection for patient and self, develops radiographic images, evaluates the quality of finished radiographs and carries out activities associated with quality control. The student radiologic technologist carries out these functions under the supervision or upon the direction of a registered radiologic technologist. Graduates of the Radiologic Technology program are eligible for the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Successful completion of this exam qualifies the graduate as a Registered Radiologic Technologist. The selection of students into the Radiologic Technology program is done on a point system using the Application Assessment Sheet to rank applicants comparatively based on course grades and GPA. Individuals entering the program must complete a background check required by the Minnesota Human Services licensing division. Individuals who do not receive a clear background check may participate in the program but may not be allowed to participate in clinical and/or field experience courses. **eCampus students - Please note, incorporated into the eCampus program are on-campus lab and on-site clinical requirements. The amount of days required will vary by course outcomes and individual instructor.**
State law requires that students having direct contact with individuals in licensed institutions complete an annual background study with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Students who do not pass the background check will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus are not eligible for graduation. Students in some programs also are required to complete a national and/or federal criminal background study.
Students may also be required to complete a national background and/or federal background check as directed by clinical facilities. Students will be provided with instructions prior to clinical. The cost of the national background check is $65 is incurred by the student at the time the background study is submitted.
Students in the Radiologic Technology program must have current immunizations.
Radiologic Technologist regional wage
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Graduates of M State's Radiologic Technology program will have employment opportunities as Radiologic Technologists.
Description: Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.
Typical education level:Associate's degree
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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Detroit Lakes
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674 Employed in your area
33 Estimated annual job openings
113 Approaching retirement age
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Radiologic Technologists in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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* Based on county-level occupational demographics
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Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:17am