RadTech Schools in South Dakota

South Dakota is a relatively small state population-wise, and offers limited programs for education in radiologic technology. Nevertheless, the programs that do exist offer a variety of environments and degrees from which students can choose.

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With a low cost of living, the state of South Dakota is also a good place to pursue a career such as radiologic technology, in which salaries and benefits are both strong.

Salaries for Radiographers

South Dakota is not one of the best-paying states for professionals in the field of radiologic technology, but it is still possible for practitioners to earn a good living.

As of 2017, the average salary for radiologic technologists in South Dakota was $50,870 per year, compared to the national average of $60,320 per year.

This is also slightly below the average household income in South Dakota. However, South Dakota is also enjoys a relatively low cost of living. More information on Rad Tech salaries in South Dakota.

Requirements in South Dakota

South Dakota does not set state licensing requirements for professionals in the field of radiologic technology. Nevertheless, almost all employers of radiologic technologists and X-ray technicians will require that they be certified through another state exam or through the national American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. The only regular exception to this requirement is for limited scope X-ray technicians, who may only need to complete an accredited course in order to practice.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in South Dakota

University of Sioux Falls: The University of Sioux Falls is a small, Christian liberal arts college in the town of Sioux Falls in southeastern South Dakota. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree through its department of biology and natural science. The program is appropriate for new radiologic science students, as well as professionals who have completed a non-degree program certified by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and want to apply their studies to toward a baccalaureate. The University of Sioux Falls also offers the option of an Associate’s Degree in Radiologic Technology.

Avera McKennan School of Radiologic Technology: The Avera McKennan School program allows students to study in a very hands-on environment with a curriculum that exceeds the JRCERT requirements. The school does not confer degrees directly, but it has affiliation agreements through many school in the area (including the University of Sioux Falls) that allow students to earn either a two-year or a four-year degree through their training at Avera McKennan.

Other Schools to Consider

Mitchell Technical Institute: The Mitchell Technical Institute offers an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology degree. The school is located in the small town of Mitchell in eastern South Dakota. The program takes approximately two years to complete.

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital: Avera Sacred Heart Hospital offers students another opportunity to pursue clinical studies in a functioning hospital environment, while taking advantage of affiliation agreements with degree-granting institutions in order to earn an associate or baccalaureate degree. Schools with which Avera Sacred Heart partners are Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD, St. Cloud State University in MN, University of Jamestown in ND, University of Nebraska at Kearney, in NE. Degrees offered through affiliates are only baccalaureate and not associate.

Out of state, if you don’t mind travelling, you’ll find more options in Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Lincoln.

Large Employers in Radiology

Employment opportunities in radiologic technology are largely concentrated in the small urban areas of South Dakota, particularly the city of Sioux Falls. Hospitals and medical centers with radiology departments are the primary employers of radiologic science professionals.

Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center
1325 S. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-1096
(605) 322-8000

Sanford USD Medical Center
1305 West 18th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-0496
(605) 333-1000

Black Hills Surgical Hospital LLP
1868 Lombardy Drive
Rapid City, SD 57703
(605) 721-4900

Dakota Plains Surgical Center LLP
701 8th Avenue NW Suite C
Aberdeen, SD 57401
(605) 225-3300

Lewis and Clark Specialty Hospital
2601 Fox Run Parkway
Yankton, SD 57078
(605) 665-5100

Regional Health – Lead Deadwood Hospital
61 Charles Street
Deadwood, SD 57732
(605) 722-6101

Professional Organizations

The leading professional organization for radiologic technologists in South Dakota is the South Dakota Society of Radiologic Technologists (SDSRT). This society is the state affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The SDSRT provides job postings, educates its members about relevant legislative issues, and educated potential radiologic science professionals about education and certification requirements.

Popular Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in South Dakota

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center – Radiography

1325 S. Cliff Avenue, Sioux Falls SD 57117
Tel: (605) 322-1720
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 24 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $2,000 Resident, $2,000 Non-resident

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital – Radiography

501 Summit Street, Yankton SD 57078
Tel: (605) 668-8158
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 16 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 83%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $1,750 Resident, $1,750 Non-resident

Mitchell Technical Institute – Radiation Therapy

1800 E. Spruce Street, Mitchell SD 57301
Tel: (605) 995-7162
Program Name: Radiation Therapy
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 10 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 92%  Job Placement Rate: 77%
Tuition Fees: $4,600 Resident, $4,600 Non-resident

Mitchell Technical Institute – Radiography

1800 E. Spruce Street, Mitchell SD 57301
Tel: (605) 995-7150
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 30 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 67%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 96%  Job Placement Rate: 93%
Tuition Fees: $8,500 Resident, $8,500 Non-resident

Presentation College – Radiography

1500 North Main Street, Aberdeen SD 57401
Tel: (605) 229-8482
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 48 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 74%  Job Placement Rate: 87%
Tuition Fees: $15,870 Resident, $15,870 Non-resident

Rapid City Regional Hospital – Radiography

353 Fairmont Boulevard, Rapid City SD 57701
Program Name: Medical Radiography
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 20 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 83%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 100%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $1,500 Resident, $1,500 Non-resident

Sanford Medical Center – Radiography

1305 West 18th Street, Sioux Falls SD 57117-5039
Tel: (605) 333-7445
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Certificate
Duration: 28 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 100%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $1,500 Resident, $1,500 Non-resident