Radiographers perform x-ray imaging in hospitals and clinics and work directly with patients of all ages and in all clinical settings including surgery and trauma. Administering ionizing radiation, the radiographer produces images of any designated body part, to include bones, joints, and internal organs. Emphasis is placed on radiation protection and quality patient care.
Successful students demonstrate an aptitude for science and a desire to work with people and technology in a clinical health care setting. The radiographer instructs and positions patients, manipulates x-ray equipment, selects appropriate exposure factors, provides radiation protection for the patient and self, processes images, evaluates radiographic image quality, carries out quality control activities, and complete other essential abilities.
The Radiography Program consists of six semesters (2 fall and spring semesters, and 2 summer terms) in which theory and clinical courses are offered. The clinical courses component requires that you travel off campus to attend clinical assignments for 3 complete semesters, consisting of approximately 24 hours per week. The 2nd, 4th, and 6th semesters have clinical practicum courses and the 1st, 3rd and 5th have theory courses.
Graduates will be eligible to write the national certification examination in radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The curriculum will prepare the graduate to enter advanced medical imaging schools in diagnostic medical sonography and in radiation therapy.
The program will be available on the Winona campus. The program's state of the art energized x-ray laboratory offers computed radiography.
Between 2009 and 2019, the Twin Cities region can expect to experience approximately 1,093 total job openings in the radiography field, a 30.4% change, which is well above average. Statewide, approximately 1,753 total openings are expected during this same period, a 26% change. Nationally, the demand for radiographers is expected to rise from 214,660 in 2009 to 251, 650 in 2019, a 17.2% change (MDEED).
Mission Statement: The Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical Radiography program's mission is to educate students to become competent, entry-level radiographers who provide quality patient care in an evolving healthcare environment. To learn more, view our radiography success manual.
|Major Title (Degree)||Campus(es)||Credits|
|Radiography (AAS)||Winona||71 cr|
Goal 2: Students/graduates will practice critical thinking skills
Goal 3: Students/graduates will demonstrate clinical competence
Goal 4: Students/graduates will demonstrate the importance of professionalism