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. They may specialize in a specific imaging technique, such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, quality management, sonography 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. Although sonography (i.e., ultrasound imaging) is officially part of the field of Radiologic Technology, training in sonography is done in dedicated sonography programs. The SCSU program in Radiologic Technology does not include clinical training in ultrasound imaging.
Requirements for Admission to the Major:
- 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 nor MRI) as a college student. See also the announcement below.
- An acceptable single-spaced typed essay on "Why I Chose to Major in Radiologic Technology at St. Cloud State University." Length: 1-2 pages not including title page (which should also be present); use one paragraph to explain why you chose to come to SCSU and use the rest of the essay to discuss why you chose to major in Radiologic Technology.
- An acceptable resume
- 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), obtain your Academic Adviser's signature on the application form, and then turn in the packet of completed materials (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.
Transfer students: 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 1).
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.
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).