Radiologic Technology Program (B.S. or A.S. Degree)

The radiologic technologist, under the supervision of a radiologist, produces radiographic images and assists the radiologist in general fluoroscopic and special procedures.

The Baccalaureate degree program accepts students following the completion of RT133 and RT293. Students accepted to this major continue to take coursework while rotating through Presentation College’s radiologic technology clinical sites. The Baccalaureate program consists of four semesters and one summer session. Twelve months of clinical experience are integrated into the curriculum.

The Associate degree program is three years in length. The curriculum consists of four semesters and one summer session. Twelve months of clinical experience are integrated into the curriculum. Students will complete 20 credits of general education and 66 credits of program required courses. Students are accepted following the completion of RT133 and RT293.

Degree completion is available for a certified radiologic technologist. Proof of current American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registration must be provided and fifty (50) semester hours blanket credit in radiologic technology will be granted after students have successfully completed all other program admission requirements.

Admission and Progression in Radiologic Technology

Students who are enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program are subject to two different minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) standards. Students who are enrolled in courses that are prerequisites for the Radiologic Technology program or general education courses required for the degree must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Students are, however, advised that maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.00 is not sufficient to meet the standard for enrollment into the Radiologic Technology program.

Students applying into the Radiologic Technology Program are required to have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average or higher at the end of the semester they are applying.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and at least a “C” in all RT courses and BI162 Medical Terminology, BI273/BL271 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, and BI283/BL281 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, are required for progression in the major. Failure to meet these criteria will result in dismissal from the program. Students may apply to enter or reenter, although the program will readmit only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship, technical standards, and professional suitability. No student will be allowed to enter or reenter after twice receiving less than a “C” in any *RT course (BI162, BI273/BL271, BI283/BL281, RT293 and RT133) or after receiving less than a “C” in any two RT courses. Preference will be given to students earning the highest GPA. Students desiring placement into the Radiologic Technology program must spend two half-days at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital (Aberdeen), Fairmont Medical Center (Fairmont), Mayo Health Systems – Fairmont, or Mayo Health Systems - Mankato observing in the Radiology Department.

Students who are dismissed from the program may appeal, in writing, to the Radiology Program Director. The appeal should include a recommendation from the academic advisor and/or course instructor. The final decision will be decided by the Radiology Program Appeal Committee and may be approved or denied based on individual circumstances and an evaluation of the request.

Admission to Radiologic Technology Program

Students desiring a position in the Bachelor of Science or Associate of Science program will be evaluated by the Radiologic Technology program officials of Presentation College. Evaluation will be based on math and science background, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, minimum ACT composite of 18, progression in all prerequisite courses, essay, and references. Candidates accepted will be admitted to radiologic technology classes and associated clinicals which are conducted at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital (Aberdeen), Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Mankato, and other clinical sites. Limited positions are available each year, therefore candidates are not guaranteed clinical placement.

In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, applicants must meet the technical standards:

See Radiologic Technology Program Student Handbook for the required technical standards.

Once accepted into the Radiologic Technology program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. The health form and the following immunizations must be completed and submitted to the program director:
    1. Tetanus (booster every 10 years)
    2. Polio (proof of initial series)
    3. Measles, Mumps, Rubella or titer/screening showing immunity (if born after 1956, you must have two doses of MMR)
    4. Tuberculosis skin test (if there is a positive result, students must have a negative chest x-ray); this is an annual requirement
    5. Hepatitis B (proof of series of three)
  2. Current in American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR throughout the clinical experience.
  3. Proof of Health Insurance
  4. Background check before acceptance into the program.

    All items must be verified and submitted to the program director prior to the first day of clinical.

Appeal Process

Students may appeal decisions in writing based on admission and progression policies to the Radiology Program Director. The appeal should include a recommendation from the academic advisor and/or course instructor. The final decisions will be decided on by the Radiology Program Appeal Committee and may be approved or denied based on individual circumstances and an evaluation of the request.

Students who appeal and are allowed to provisionally progress must meet with the program director to complete a written contract detailing

  • which requirement was not met
  • the process the student will take to meet the requirement
  • the length of time the student has to meet the minimum requirement

If the student does not meet the minimum requirement in the time allotted in the written contract, the student will be not be allowed to progress in the Radiologic Technology Program. During the provisional time of acceptance, students may be subject to certain clinical and/or academic requirements or limitations. Any student accepted into the under provisional status must meet minimum program acceptance standards within one academic year (two semesters). A formal letter of provisional acceptance stating the terms of the admission to the program will be sent to the student and placed in the student’s official academic file.

Graduation and Certification

Prior to their final semester in the Bachelor of Science or Associate of Science curriculum, students may apply for graduation. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in order to graduate. All graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination. Note: Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense or any crime involving moral turpitude may not be eligible to write the national certifying exam. Applicants should contact the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to determine eligibility.

The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology program, offered at the Aberdeen and Fairmont campuses, is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). In addition, a Radiologic Technology completion program is available online.