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Program Overview

The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic Technology was established in 1948. The program is supervised by a program director and accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The program is also recognized by the State of South Dakota and holds the Certificate of Authorization for Postsecondary Education from the Office of the Secretary of State (

The program begins in the fall and lasts 24 consecutive months. Students spend 10-15 hours weekly in formal classes and 25-30 hours in clinical assignments at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C., Vermillion Medical Clinic, P.C., Wagner Community Memorial Hospital Avera and St. Michael’s Hospital Avera under the supervision of registered radiologic technologists. Student rotations include day, evening, weekend, and overnight hours. Students are expected to attend all didactic and clinical assignments. Each student is allowed 14 PTO (personal time off) per year for illness and/or vacation time.

Written examinations are given in each subject area and students are required to complete all program coursework, meet all clinical objectives and maintain a minimum grade of 80% in didactic courses and 85% in clinical courses.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive a Certificate and a School of Radiologic Technology gold pin. The Certificate meets the Professional Component required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. 

Upon receipt of an original transcript from the School of Radiologic Technology to one of the program’s affiliates, the student will be awarded the Baccalaureate Degree from the degree granting institution. The Baccalaureate Degree meets the Degree Component required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.

Both the Professional Component and the Degree Component are required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for a candidate to be eligible to sit for the initial certification examination. Successful completion of the examination entitles the technologists to display the title of RT(R), Registered Technologist in Radiography.

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Mission, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

    The mission of the radiography program is to provide for the personal and professional development of each student in the field of radiography.

    Goals and Student Learning Outcomes:

    1.  Goal: Students will be clinically competent.

    Student Learning Outcomes

        • Students will apply positioning skills.
        • Students will select appropriate technical factors.
        • Students will practice radiation protection.

    2.  Goal: Students will communicate effectively.

    Student Learning Outcomes

        • Students will use effective oral communication skills.
        • Students will practice written communication skills.

    3.  Goal: Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes

        • Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine examinations.
        • Students will adapt positioning for trauma patients.

    4.  Goal:  Students will evaluate the importance of professional growth and development.

    Student Learning Outcomes

        • Students will explore the importance of continued professional development.
        • Students will explore the importance of attendance at various department meetings in their chosen profession.

    Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

    Sponsored by the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is a widely recognized regional health care facility serving a 15-county area in southeastern South Dakota and northeastern Nebraska. With the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment and medical procedures, along with talented and dedicated medical professionals, Yankton serves as a regional medical center. The community of Yankton is unique because of the breadth and quality of the medical specialties and staff that exist in this picturesque rural setting.

    Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), is certified by the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare (Medicare and Medicaid) and is licensed by the South Dakota State Department of Health.

    The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Mission

    Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel.  Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

    The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Vision

    Avera Sacred Heart Hospital will be recognized as the preferred regional hospital and comprehensive health service network for southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska.

    We will build for the future a model of excellence and integrity through our Catholic health care ministry, our people, services, quality and financial stewardship.

    We will collaborate with our region’s communities, physicians and other health care providers in planning and delivering services.