Radiography

Radiography Degree

College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Do you have a desire to help people and an aptitude for technology? With the associate degree in radiography offered on our St. Paul, Minnesota campus, you’ll gain the skills and experience to thrive in an exciting healthcare career, thanks to a challenging blend of liberal arts studies, professional courses, and clinical experiences.

Program Details

Classes meet: Full time on weekdays on our St. Paul, Minnesota campus for major courses; evenings, weekends, and online for other courses

Time to completion: 2 years

Credits for major: 41

Cost per credit (2021–2022): $750

Cohort size: 16-18 students

JRCERT Accreditation Status: Received full 8-year accreditation in 2018

Most College for Adults students receive some form of financial aid.

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Professional Coursework and Hands-On Clinical Experience

St. Kate's radiography associate degree program emphasizes consideration for the physical and psychological needs of patients and families as well as the technology. You'll gain insights into anatomy, physiology, and human disease, along with radiographic sciences. Rigorous classroom instruction and hands-on clinical experiences will give you a thorough understanding of radiographic procedures and patient care.

Students are scheduled for clinical 2-3 days per week, 8 hours per shift, within the Twin Cities metro area. Students are not scheduled for evening/weekend/holiday rotations. Should a student desire to experience an evening rotation, the timing and scheduling is mutually agreed upon by the clinical affiliate, the program, and the student. This opportunity is available to each student; however, the opportunity may not be available at every clinical site. Specialty/modality experiences are also available to students. Specialty experiences become available upon meeting the Program/ARRT minimum criteria for being board eligible, typically during a student's final semester in the program.

In classes such as Radiation Physics, you’ll learn the principles of radiographic physics and x-ray equipment as well as factors that affect quality imaging. Topics classes delve into specialty areas, such as pediatric imaging, trauma procedures, and fluoroscopy.

If you are applying to the associate radiography program, you'll first enroll as a pre-radiography student and take liberal arts and sciences courses required for your degree. Enrollment as a "pre-" student does not guarantee progression into radiography courses.

Radiography program students Mckenzie Foxhoven and Kyla Kirkwood in St. Kate's new radiography lab.
Careers in Radiography

A St. Kate’s associate radiography degree prepares you for a career in a variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • doctors' offices
  • clinics
  • medical laboratories
  • outpatient centers

This degree also prepares you to continue your studies in the fields of ultrasound, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine.

Program Accreditation

St. Kate's radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 704-5300. www.JRCERT.org.

Accredited program details.

Certification

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam, offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Program Mission

The mission of the radiography program is to educate diverse learners to become highly skilled, compassionate, health care professionals. Students acquire skills and knowledge through a careful blend of liberal arts courses, professional courses, and clinical education in a learning environment that is structured to promote student development and success.

Goal #1: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills

  • Outcome #1: Students will correctly set technical factors to compensate for non-routine patients.
  • Outcome #2: Students will use alternative positioning methods when the standard procedure is not possible.

Goal #2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

  • Outcome #1: Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Outcome #2: Students will demonstrate verbal communication skills.

Goal #3: Students will graduate from the program with the skills needed to be a competent radiographer.

  • Outcome #1: Students will select appropriate technical factors.
  • Outcome #2: Students will correctly position patients.

Goal #4: Students will demonstrate professional behavior

  • Outcome #1: Students will exude positive attitudes.
  • Outcome #2: Students will exhibit dependability.
  • Outcome #3: Students will demonstrate understanding of the professional organizations.

Goal #5: The program will provide the community with radiographers.

  • Outcome #1: Students will complete the radiography program
  • Outcome #2: Graduates will pass the ARRT exam
  • Outcome #3: Graduates will find employment in the field of Radiology
  • Outcome #4: Graduates will be very satisfied with the program
  • Outcome #5: Employers will be very satisfied with our graduates

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Click here to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

Credentialing Examination

The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Rate

Number passed on 1st attempt divided by number
attempted within 6 months of graduation

YEAR RESULTS
Year 1 - 2016 29 of 34 - 85%
Year 2 - 2017 22 of 24 - 92%
Year 3 - 2018 21 of 26 - 81%
Year 4 - 2019 20 of 21 - 95%
Year 5 - 2020 21 of 22 - 95%
Program 5-Year Average 114 of 128 - 89.1%

 

Job Placement

The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Job Placement Rate

Number employed divided by number actively seeking
employment within 12 months of graduation

YEAR RESULTS
Year 1 - 2016 32 of 32 - 100%
Year 2 - 2017 29 of 29 - 100%
Year 3 - 2018 24 of 24 - 100%
Year 4 - 2019 20 of 20 - 100%
Year 5 - 2020 32 of 32 - 100%
Program 5-Year Average 137 of 137 - 100.0%

 

Program Completion

The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 75 .

Program Completion Rate

Number graduated divided by number
started the program

YEAR RESULTS
Year 1 - 2020 34 of 34
Annual Completion Rate 100.0%

Visual Acuity

  1. Observe a patient's condition from across a room
  2. Read various sizes of print located on equipment and computers
  3. Evaluate different shades of gray on radiographic images

Hearing

  1. Engage in a normal volume conversation from a distance of 20 feet
  2. Recognize and respond to alarms from patient care equipment, x-ray equipment, or computers
  3. Communicate with patients or coworkers when background noise is high

Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination

  1. Lift up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis
  2. Prolonged standing (80% of the day)
  3. Prolonged walking (80% of the day)
  4. Pushing/pulling of equipment (up to 35 pounds)
  5. Bending and reaching
  6. Grasp small objects and adjust small dials and switches
  7. Assist with transferring patients

Reasonable Accommodation

Accommodations: Students with disabilities who believe they may need an accommodation are encouraged to contact the Supportive Services Coordinator to discuss potential accommodations. The Supportive Services Coordinator is located on the third floor of the Education Building, Office 369, and can be reached by telephone at 651-690-8160.

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