Radiologic Technology

  • Credits: 83
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Facts

Class Capacity: 16 students selected per year

Current Clinical Education Sites:
The following healthcare facilities provide students with their clinical rotations. Students are required to rotate through all of the listed facilities throughout their five semesters of the program.

Essentia Health in Fargo, ND
Sanford Health in Thief River Falls, MN
Riverview Healthcare in Crookston, MN
Altru Family Residency Center in Grand Forks, ND
Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND
Altru Family Medicine Center in Grand Forks, ND
Altru Professional Center in Grand Forks, ND

Shift Differentials:
Weekend and p.m. rotations provide students with the possibility for more exposure to trauma and/or mobile procedures and enables students to assess the various shift atmospheres in which they may be employed upon program completion. Students will be scheduled on approximately three weekend and nine p.m. shifts throughout the 21 months of the program. A schedule of such rotations will be provided to them well in advance indicating their weekend and p.m. rotations for each semester. Weekend and p.m. hours will equal the same hours as a regular clinical day shift for that current semester. Weekend hours worked will be in place of the weekday shift and the student will be off one clinical day in the week prior to the weekend and one day in the week following the weekend worked. Students with inquiries about schedules should seek advisement from the program.

Additional Rotations:
Students are provided with the opportunity to rotate through other areas of Radiology such as Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, CT and MRI and Interventional Procedures. Students will not be trained in these areas but it will provide them the opportunity for an understanding of those modalities in the event they wish to continue their education upon completion of the program.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to have a basic understanding of the Radiology Profession. We strongly encourage applicants to shadow in a productive Radiology Department so that they are provided with the opportunity to visit with Radiologic Technologists and observe a typical radiology department.

*We do not require documentation of shadow experiences.

Program Progression Standards:
Failure of the student to attain, maintain, and abide by any one or more of the following criteria will cause the student to be placed on probation for a period of time designated by program officials which is dependent on the standard not being met. If at the end of this time the student shows no improvement, he/she will be dismissed from the Northland Community and Technical College Radiologic Technology program and is no longer eligible for enrollment in the program.

* Must achieve a letter grade of C (77%) or above in each and every course required in the program in order to progress. If a student fails to achieve this in a general education course and chooses to repeat the course, this must be accomplished by the completion of the trailing semester; (any general education course repeated must not interfere with continuation of radiology courses and clinical time). Radiology courses cannot be repeated if a student receives less than a 77%).

* The student must obtain a satisfactory rating on all Weekly Clinical Evaluations.

* The student must exhibit ethical and professional conduct at all times as outlined in the professional code of ethics.

Qualities of a Radiologic Technologist:

  • Ability to work well under stressful and emergency situations
  • Able to act quickly and accurately
  • Work well with other people
  • Good communication skills
  • Empathy

Physical Requirements for Student Radiographers
The following requirements are necessary to perform as a radiologic technology student. All selected students in the NCTC Radiologic Technology program must possess the following:
1. Sufficient verbal and written skills in order to respond to other members of the healthcare team.
2. Sufficient visual ability to view patient/exam orders, as well as additional patient information with charts (including electronic charts) and radiograhpic images. Sufficient vision required to observe patient conditions in regards to patient safety.
3. Must possess sufficient hearing in order to interact, communicate and respond to patients and hear audible sounds related to various medical equipment.
4. The ability to stand and remain ambulatory for approximately 80% of the clinical time.
5. Intellectual and emotional skills to exercise discretion in handling confidential medical information.
6. Cognitive ability to perceive and deal appropriately with environmental threats and stresses and continue to function safely and effectively during stressful situations.
7. The ability to protect self, patients and other members of the healthcare team from infectious disease by understanding the basic concepts of infection control/standard precautions.

The student must be able to perform all motor skills necessary to execute all radiologic examinations.
1. The student must be physically able to lift, move and transfer patients.
2. The student must be physically able to lift and carry image receptors.
3. The student must be physically able to manipulate and move all mobile x-ray units.
4. The student must be able to fulfill any additional physical requirements essential to complete the course of training.

Students who have concerns about the ability to perform any of these functions should contact the Radiologic Technology Program Director at (218) 793-2616. Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations or information by calling (218) 793-2382.