St. Alexius Medical Center and University of Mary
Radiologic Technology Program
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
What is Radiologic Technology?
Radiologic technology (RT) is a profession that combines advanced technology, critical thinking and human compassion. Technologists work in hospitals, clinics, health care facilities and for mobile imaging companies. The constant growth in this field has created many new and exciting career opportunities. Demand for radiologic technologists is extremely high; job opportunities are projected to grow faster than the average rate within the next ten years. Job openings are expected to increase by 17 percent through 2018. This growth will come from an increase in population, aging, advancements in technology and demand for diagnostic imaging. Salaries vary throughout the nation however the range usually is reflective of training, education and experience. Excellent benefit packages often accompany a higher-than-average pay scale.
Radiologic technologists are an essential part of the health care team. They have a sense of pride for their profession, a desire for professional growth and compassion and empathy for their fellow man.
St. Alexius’ Radiologic Technology Program, founded in 1947, has developed from a technical trade to one of professionalism. The program has advanced from a certificate program, consisting of only one student, to our current position of 16 students and a Bachelor of Science degree in our profession.
The radiologic technology major is currently cosponsored by University of Mary and St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. This involves two years of pre-professional preparation at University of Mary followed by two years of professional preparation at St. Alexius Medical Center. The professional program is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to write their registry and state examinations, offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and their state of residence. Graduates successfully completing their examinations are credentialed Registered Radiologic Technologists, RT (R).
Depending on geographical location, new RT graduates can expect beginning salaries as high as $35,100 to $42,710 per year. The B.S. degree is critical for advancement into administrative or education positions. Therefore, some graduates progress by specializing in multiple modalities, requiring additional education.This additional experience and training will credential an RT graduate, upon passing their modality certification exam, to perform: CT, MRI, mammography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and bone densitometry procedures.