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Radiologic Technology Program Information

At St. Cloud State University, the Radiologic Technology program is part of the School of Health and Human Services. Radiologic Technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. After graduating, they may specialize in a specific imaging technique, such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, quality management, or general radiography (Information provided by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists). The St. Cloud State University program in Radiologic Technology focuses on general radiography. Training in sonography (i.e., ultrasound imaging) is done in dedicated sonography programs (not SCSU). The SCSU program in Radiologic Technology does not include any clinical training in ultrasound imaging.

Important Background

For all students, the Radiologic Technology major starts out as "pre-Radiologic Technology" (also known as the "intended major", as in "intended Radiologic Technology"). The process of coming to SCSU is the same for all students: (a) apply to the university through the admissions office; (b) be accepted by the university; (c) specify your intended major as "pre-Radiologic Technology"; (d) start taking classes at SCSU; and (e) begin working on the requirements for admission to the major. It is not required that you have any college classes completed before you come. High school students and transfer students are both welcome. Once a student has been admitted to SCSU and finished at least one semester here, they may apply for admission to the major. "Admission to the major" is not the same as "admission to the university." Please not the difference between our program and two year Radiography programs. Many of the two year programs combine "admission to the college" with "admission to the major" and allow students outside the college to apply for admission to the major. Here at SCSU, "admission to the university" is a separate step from "admission to the major." Applying to SCSU may be done by any non-SCSU student (transfer student or high school student). Once a student has completed the requirements for "Admission to the Major" they may apply for the major. Applying for the major may only be done by current SCSU students who have been here at least a semester and satisfy the requirements for admission to the major (described below).

Transfer Students

If you would like to come to SCSU, you are welcome to transfer here. No special classes are needed before you come. Please read the "Important Background" section above. Unlike many two year Radiography programs, at SCSU we have a four-year program and "admission to the university" and "admission to the major" are two separate steps that cannot be done at the same time. As transfer students, the steps for you to follow are: (a) apply to university through the admissions office; (b) be accepted by the university; (c) specify your intended major as "pre-Radiologic Technology"; (d) start taking classes at SCSU; and (e) begin working on the requirements for admission to the major.

Requirements for Admission to the Major (transfer students read the "Important Background" and "Transfer Students" sections above before reading this section):

  • Completion of 15 credits or more, including MATH 112 and PHYS 231
  • 12 credits of the above in residence at SCSU
  • Approval of Radiologic Technology program director, which will be obtained through providing the following:
    • Documentation of 21 hours of job shadowing in Radiologic Technology (x-ray imaging; not ultrasound imaging) as a college student. See also the announcement below.
    • An acceptable single-spaced typed essay on "Reasons Why I Chose to Major in Radiologic Technology." Length: 1 1/2 to 2 pages not including title page (which should also be present). List and elaborate on the reasons why you chose to major in Radiologic Technology.
    • An acceptable resume focused on Radiologic Technology
  • 2.00 GPA or higher overall and in the major (both of which must be maintained at all times in order to graduate)
  • Blank major application forms are available in WSB145. When you have met the course and GPA requirements given above, complete the application form in ink (not pencil), sign in ink (adviser's signature not needed) and then turn in the packet of completed materials in one large envelope (signed application form, job shadowing documentation, essay, and resume) to WSB324 (ask Office Manager to place the packet in Dr. Ratliff's mailbox). Dr. Ratliff will then contact you.

Deadline for continuing students: turn in the materials as soon possible (within 30 days) of when you finish Physics 231 with a C- or better.

Deadline for transfer students starting in the fall: you cannot apply for the major until you are a student here. For transfer students starting in the fall, complete the job shadowing, essay, and resume as soon as possible. Turn these in to Dr. Ratliff by October 1. Turn in your major application form as soon as your Fall grades are available (no later than January 5).

Job Shadowing: 21 Hours Required.

Click on the "Frequently Asked Questions" link on the left side of this page and then refer to the question about Job Shadowing. A form is provided there for you to record your hours.

Requirements for Applying to a Hospital Internship:

  • Be a currently-enrolled SCSU student
  • Be already admitted to the Radiologic Technology major
  • Have an overall GPA and GPA in the major of 2.00 or above
  • Be on track to satisfactorily finish all on-campus courses by the end of the first summer session before the internship starts. Note: for several reasons, we recommend that you finish all courses by the end of the Spring semester rather than the Summer semester. Avoid taking any required courses in the summer before the start of your planned internship if at all possible.

Degree Requirements

The bachelor of science degree in radiologic technology requires a prescribed curriculum at St. Cloud State University and clinical course work at an affiliated school of radiologic technology.

During the first two years, students take science courses and liberal education courses at St. Cloud State University.

The clinical radiologic courses are taken during the last two years. This is called the clinical phase, and the courses in it prepare students to take the national certification examination in radiologic technology as well as fulfill the graduation requirements for the bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology from St. Cloud State University.

The affiliated schools of radiologic technology are listed in the "Clinical Affiliates" link (see left-side of this page for link).


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