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Radiography Program (Minnesota)

Photo of Radiography Program students doing an X-ray

Program description

Mayo School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., offers a 21-month radiography program.

Radiography is an exciting and challenging career involving the use of highly sophisticated equipment to create X-rays — anatomical images that are used by physicians to diagnose disease, injury or disability. Radiographers have direct patient contact in clinic and hospital settings and are valuable members of the health care team.

The Radiography Program offers an exceptional educational experience by providing the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent radiographer in an environment based on teamwork and mutual respect.

Affiliated institutions

Students at these affiliated academic institutions are eligible to apply to the Mayo School of Health Sciences Radiography Program:

Certificate option

Students may be eligible for the certificate option if they have successfully completed a bachelor's degree or will obtain a bachelor's degree prior to the start of the program. Certificate students are required to complete all the prerequisite course work to be eligible for admission.

Mission statement

The mission of the Mayo Clinic Radiography Program is to encourage talented and dedicated individuals to pursue careers in radiography and prepare them for the profession by providing a high-quality, professional curriculum that presents a broad didactic component, comprehensive clinical rotations and an environment that instills professional affective skills.

Program goals and objectives

Goal 1

Students will practice professional growth and development.

Student learning outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate a professional mindset and participation in professional growth and learning activities.
  • Students will demonstrate adherence to policies.

Goal 2

Students and graduates will be clinically competent.

Student learning outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate clinical competence in producing images of diagnostic quality.
  • Students will practice radiation safety.

Goal 3

Students will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Student learning outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critique image quality and make changes in technique and positioning when necessary.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to adapt technique and positioning for nonroutine exams.

Goal 4

Students will develop effective communication skills.

Student learning outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate verbal communication skills.
  • Students will practice written communication skills.

Program effectiveness measures

  1. Students will complete the program.
  2. Students will pass the national certification examination on the first attempt for examinations taken within six months of graduation.
  3. Students will be employed in the radiologic sciences within 12 months of graduation.
  4. Graduates will express overall satisfaction with their radiography education.
  5. The employers of our graduates will express overall satisfaction with their knowledge and job performance.

Accreditation

The Mayo School of Health Sciences Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Full accreditation has been maintained since the program's inception in 1982.

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Mayo Clinic, St. Cloud State University, St. Mary's University, University of Mary, University of Minnesota and University of Sioux Falls are members of the North Central Association of Colleges and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Program effectiveness measures

Program effectiveness data is provided in accordance with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) Accreditation Standards. Program effectiveness data includes program completion rate, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiography credentialing exam pass rate and job placement rate. This information is reported annually and may also be found on the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org.

See program effectiveness data for the Radiography Program in Mayo School of Health Sciences.

Facilities

During the 21 months of the Radiography Program, students are assigned full time in the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology. Students are also assigned to clinical rotations in radiology departments at Mayo Clinic Health System locations in Lake City, Minn.; Cannon Falls, Minn.; and Mankato, Minn. Additionally, students attend courses specific to radiography during these semesters.

The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate of completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences. Students completing a bachelor's degree from an affiliated academic institution receive a bachelor's degree from their respective university. Students completing the certificate option only receive the certificate of completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences.

Graduates are eligible to take the professional certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This certification provides nationally recognized credentials to practice radiography and fulfills the eligibility requirements for states that require licensure.

Hours

For the majority of the classroom instruction and clinical rotations, the learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. Toward the middle of the program, student rotations through the emergency trauma unit at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, take place during evening, overnight and weekend hours.

During the last three semesters of the program, students are assigned to clinical rotations in radiology departments at the Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Lake City, Minn.; Cannon Falls, Minn.; and Mankato, Minn.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 40 students to the Radiography Program in Rochester, Minn.

  • Jan 23, 2014
  • ART665540