Radiologic Technology

Requirements and Details

The radiologic technology program focuses on general radiography. Training in sonography (ultrasound imaging) is done in dedicated sonography programs (not at St. Cloud State). The St. Cloud State radiologic technology program does not include any clinical training in sonography (ultrasound imaging).

The Bachelor of Science degree in radiologic technology requires a prescribed curriculum and clinical course work at an affiliated hospital.

Important note: the “admission and program requirements” given in the university catalog are not requirements needed for admission to St. Cloud State. They are requirements for students who are already enrolled in classes at St. Cloud State. We offer all of the required classes here. You don’t have to take any classes before you come to St. Cloud State.

During the first two years, students take science courses and liberal education courses at St. Cloud State. The clinical radiologic courses are taken during the last two years and are completed at one of St. Cloud State's clinical affiliates. This is called the clinical internship phase (or sometimes 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.

This major requires job shadowing (PDF) (done as a college student) that can be done 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. See also the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

Admission to St. Cloud State does not guarantee a clinical internship. Acceptance to clinical internships is competitive and is based on criteria set by the hospital affiliates. All of the on-campus pre-clinical requirements should be completed by May of the year in which the clinical phase begins.

I am a high school student. What do I need to do to be in this program?

  • Learn as much as you can in high school.
  • Take as much math and physics as you can in high school.  It is not required that you take these courses (you can take the necessary math and physics at St. Cloud State), but they will be helpful.
  • Apply for admission to St. Cloud State.
  • Once accepted by the university, indicate that you want your major to be Radiologic Technology.
  • Take courses at St. Cloud State.
  • Meet with your academic adviser.
  • Do the job shadowing as soon as possible after you start classes at St. Cloud State.

I am a transfer student. What do I need to do to be in this program?

  • You don’t have to complete any courses before you come here.  We accept students right out of high school.
  • Do your best at the college you are attending now.
  • As soon as possible, apply for admission to St. Cloud State.
  • Do the job shadowing as soon as possible.  You are strongly encouraged to do this as soon as possible since you are already a college student; it is best not to wait until you come to St. Cloud State.
  • Once accepted by the St. Cloud State admissions office, indicate that you want your major to be Radiologic Technology.
  • Get academic advising at St. Cloud State.
  • Take courses at St. Cloud State and complete the program.

I am confused. What do I need to do to be in this program?

You don’t need to take any courses before you come here.  Our program is a four-year program.  Some two-year radiologic technology programs require a student to complete certain courses and even make a special application to the program before coming to the two-year program.  In our program, you can complete all of the required courses here.  There is no deadline for entering our program and no special application procedure needed to be in the program.

Requirements for applying to a hospital internship (for current St. Cloud State students)

  • Be a currently-enrolled St. Cloud State student for both fall and spring semesters prior to the date when the internship would begin.
  • Complete the required milestones for the 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 May before the internship starts.  Avoid taking any required courses in the summer before the start of your planned internship.

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