Radiologic Technology Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a waiting list?
No, we do not have a waiting list to get into the program. However, obtaining a hospital internship (required in order to complete the program and graduate) is competitive and is not guaranteed.
Should I take my general education (i.e., liberal education) courses first and try to get them "out of the way"?
No. It is not helpful to do this. The math and physics courses needed for this major take two calendar years to complete. By focusing on general education courses, you increase the total time required. For example, if you avoid math and physics and take all your general education courses in two years, then even if things go well from then on, you will need four more years to graduate (six years total). Getting general education courses "out of the way" is not a good use of your time as a student.
I am not an SCSU student and I am interested in majoring in Radiologic Technology at SCSU. What should I do?
To become a student, the first step is to apply for admission to SCSU. Please contact the admissions office. Once you are accepted, you should sign up for a freshman advising day or a transfer advising day, as appropriate. Advising help is available on advising days. Next, you should indicate that you would like your intended major to be "Pre-Radiologic Technology." Then, follow the steps outlined in the next question below.
I am currently an SCSU student and I would like to be in the Radiologic Technology Program. What should I do?
The first step is to change your intended major to Pre-Radiologic Technology, if you have not already done so. The second step is to see a Radiologic Technology academic adviser. If you don’t have one already, please see the Advising Center for advising help and ask them to assign you an academic adviser. The academic adviser will help you plan what classes to take. Then, complete the requirements for admission to the program. Then, you can fill out a Major Application Form. Once approved, the form will change your major from Pre-Radiologic Technology to Radiologic Technology, and you will be admitted into the Radiologic Technology program. Being “admitted” into the program does not guarantee admission into a clinical internship (which is required for the major).
If I am a student at St. Cloud Technical College, does that change anything about the admissions process?
The procedure for you is the same as for any transfer student. Please follow the steps outlined above.
Does admission into the program guarantee admission into a clinical internship?
Can I do my clinical internship at any hospital?
No. You can only do a clinical internship at the hospitals that are associated with SCSU. Please see the information under "Clinical Affiliates."
What if I don't get a clinical internship?
There are two main options: (a) you can change your major; or (b) you can wait one year and try again.
What is job shadowing and is it required?
In Radiologic Technology, job shadowing is the process of spending time with Radiologic Technologists during their working day as they do their work and image patients. For the SCSU Radiologic Technology program, we require 21 hours of job shadowing, which should be done as soon as possible. Do not wait to do the job shadowing. You may do the shadowing at any hospital or clinic that does x-ray imaging. Record your job shadowing hours using this form: RADTJobShadowingReportForm (click on link to access Acrobat file). The form requires the signature of a supervisor in the department where the job shadowing was done. If you need a new copy of the form, always obtain the latest version here using the link provided.
Where can I do job shadowing in St. Cloud?
You can do the job shadowing at any hospital or clinic that does x-ray imaging. If you are interested in doing this at St. Cloud Hospital, please contact the CentraCare Health Education and Professional Development Department. E-mail: cch dot education at centracare dot com [replace "at" with "@" and "dot" with "." before sending, etc.]; Phone: (320) 255-5642. Effective August 1, 2016, St. Cloud Hospital only allows 8 hours of job shadowing so you won't be able to do all of the job shadowing there.
Where can I do job shadowing outside of St. Cloud?
You can do the job shadowing at any hospital or clinic that does x-ray imaging. The traditional way to do this is to contact the diagnostic imaging departments of hospitals close to where you live and ask them if you can do the job shadowing there. This is not an exhaustive list, but in the past students have done job shadowing at many hospitals outside of St. Cloud,, including St. Gabriel's Hospital (Little Falls). In the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (this is not an exhaustive list) students have done job shadowing at: Methodist Hospital (St. Louis Park and also Park Nicollet), North Memorial Hospital (Robbinsdale), Fairview Ridges Hospital and Clinic (Burnsville), Woodwinds Health Campus (Woodbury), and Regions Hospital (St. Paul)..
Do I really need PHIL212 and can I take it somewhere else?
PHIL212 is used to satisfy a medical ethics requirement at one of the hospitals. Yes, it is required as part of the courses you need to take at SCSU. It is best to take PHIL212 at SCSU. If you cannot take it here at SCSU, then acceptable substitutes are: PHIL 1440 at Alexandria Technical and Community College; PHIL1112 at Inver Hills Community College; PHIL1130 at Lake Superior College; PHIL1110 at Anoka Ramsey Community College; PHIL 1320 at St. Cloud Technical and Community College; and PHIL 252 at the University of Jamestown (Jamestown, ND). Always ask before substituting a course not listed here. Send questions about this to medicalphysics at stcloudstate dot edu.