Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Radiography - AAS

Career Area: Health Sciences
Program: Radiography
Campus(es): Winona

No wait list: we are ready to welcome you to an exciting new career in a challenging health care field.

As a radiographer, you will play a key role in the medical team, providing diagnostic radiology services in hospitals, clinics, and advanced medical imaging centers. Your responsibilities will include selecting appropriate exposure factors, providing radiation protection, processing images, and evaluating image quality.

At Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona, radiography students can expect one-on-one attention from our instructors. Our newly renovated facilities include a state-of-the-art energized x-ray laboratory with computed radiography and direct digital technology. Through classroom study, labs, and clinicals, you will be well trained in all aspects of the technology and patient care.

No Wait List: Unlike many programs in the region, the Radiography Program at MSC Southeast will never have a waiting list. We are ready to welcome qualified students into the program now!

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Upon graduating from Radiography at MSC Southeast, you will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam. You'll be ready to find employment as an entry-level radiographer or continue your education in an advanced field of study. The employment outlook in medical imaging is excellent! According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth of about 9% is expected between 2018 and 2028 and the national median annual wage for radiologic technologists was $61,240 in May, 2018.

Our Mission
The Minnesota State College SoutheastRadiography Program strives to be the educator of choice in providing patient-centered, professional, high-quality education to equip graduates to achieve excellence and integrity in the medical imaging community and to be life-long learners.

Important Documents
Radiography Program Effectiveness Data (PDF)

Career Field: Health Science Technology
Cluster: Health Science
Pathway: Diagnostic Services
Recommended high school classes and basic job/program skills

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1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified


BIOL 2515 Anatomy & Physiology I, ENGL 1215 College Writing I, and MATH 1220 College Algebra or equivalent must be taken prior to taking any RADT courses. All credits count towards the Radiography major. Optional technical electives are available: CT, Mammography, and Sectional Anatomy.

Goal 4: Mathematics
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3 cr
3 cr
Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I introduces the structure and function of the human body with an emphasis on normal health. This course includes a review of cellular biology, cellular transport, cell reproduction and basic biochemistry. Topics covered include tissues, the integumentary system, skeletal system, articulations, muscular system, and nervous system. (MnTC Goals 2 & 3) (Prerequisite: Recent High School Biology or BIOL1200 or equivalent) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
Anatomy & Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology II continues the study of the human body from Human Anatomy and Physiology I. This course includes principles of chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology as they relate to the study of normal body function. Topics covered include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, immune system, respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system, and reproductive systems. (MnTC Goals 2 & 3) (Prerequisite: Successful completion of BIOL2515 Anatomy & Physiology I) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
College Writing I
This course involves expository writing based on experience, direct observation, research and reading with emphasis on critical thinking skills, rhetorical strategies, and style. (Meets MnTC Goal 1) (Prerequisites: A minimum score of 78 on the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 18 on the English subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of ENGL0528) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
20 crs
Introduction to Radiologic Sciences
This course introduces students to the role of radiography in healthcare. The first section provides the student with an overview of radiography and the health-care systems. Topics include professional organizations, the ARRT Code of Ethics and Standard Practices, Ethics and medico-legal issues that enable the student to understand parameters of professional practice and major areas of responsibility. The second section provides the student with the basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and their family. Communication skills, routine emergency patient procedures and infection control procedures using standard precautions are explored. Special and basic fluoroscopy procedures will be introduced along with pharmacology and contrast media, drug administration and venipuncture. Fluoroscopy, mobile and surgical equipment will be introduced. In addition, an on-line medical terminology component will be included in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission to the radiography program) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT2605, RADT2611) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
Radiographic Imaging 1
This introductory course provides the student with the basic elements of radiation physics. Topics include units of measurement, atomic structure, nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray properties, x-ray machine components, x-ray tube and the production of x-rays. Introductory principles of radiographic exposure will also be presented to include the prime factors, image appearance standards of image exposure, contrast, recorded detail, and distortion, grids, AEC, beam limitation and scatter radiation. (Prerequisites: MATH1220, ENGL1215, BIOL2515) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT2601, RADT2611) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Radiographic Positioning and Procedures 1
For this first procedures course students will be introduced to the terminology of positioning, equipment used and basic radiographic and technical factors that affect the exposure. Introductory and general anatomy will be presented and specific procedures of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis, upper extremity from hand through shoulder girdle and lower extremity from foot through hip will be covered. Pediatric radiographic positioning will be explored. Labs will enable the student to become familiar with positioning using the x-ray machine. Mobile, trauma and surgical radiographic positioning will be presented. Principles of radiation safety and emphasis on protection of the technologist and patient will be stressed. Radiographic images will be evaluated for anatomy and positioning. The student will also be oriented to the clinical practice setting. (Prerequisite: Admission to the radiography program) (Prerequisite or Concurrent: RADT2601, RADT2605) (5 credits: 2 lecture/3 laboratory)

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5 cr
Clinical Practicum 1
For this course, the student will be assigned to a hospital or clinic 36 hours per week for 12 weeks. The assignment will be day shifts only, and at the same clinical site for the entire semester. During this assignment the student will learn clinical radiography on patients of all ages and complete competencies in radiography of the chest, abdomen, upper limb, shoulder girdle, lower limb proximal femur, pelvic girdle, the alimentary canal, urinary system, and general fluoroscopy procedures. The student will practice manipulating technical factors and producing digital images and will provide direct patient care to include radiation protection for the patient and self. The student may be assigned to rotations in trauma, surgery, and fluoroscopy. The student will be supervised directly by the program assigned clinical instructor and indirectly by the programs clinical coordinator. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2605, RADT2611) (9 Credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/9 OJT)

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9 cr
Equipment Operation and Maintenance
This course introduces radiography students to the principles and application of x-ray technology. Students analyze x-ray machine circuitry, automatic exposure control and factors related to image formation. Specific topics to be covered include: electricity, electromagnetism, operation and maintenance of radiographic equipment that includes fluoroscopy, mobile, conventional and digital imaging systems. (Prerequisites: RADT2605, RADT2617, RADT2630, RADT2642) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT 2650, RADT 2653) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Radiographic Positioning and Procedures 2
This is the second procedures course. In this course the student will be introduced to positioning of the vertebral column to include the sacrum and coccyx, and the bony thorax. Students will also learn fundamental positioning of the skull, facial bones and paranasal sinuses. Labs will enable the student to become familiar with positioning using the x-ray machine. The student will explore in greater detail; pediatric radiographic positioning. Principles of radiation safety with emphasis on protection of the technologist and patient will be stressed. Radiographic images will be evaluated for anatomy and positioning. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2611, RADT2617) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
Radiographic Imaging 2
This course will present fluoroscopy technology, and digital radiography to the student. This will include digital systems, digital image processing, image quality, and image storage and management. This course will introduce the student to the higher level principles of radiographic exposure and setting appropriate technical factors. Students acquire knowledge of quality management in radiology and apply quality control tests to determine the causes of image problems including equipment malfunctions and procedural errors. Included also are aspects of quality control to external x-ray beam evaluation, repeat rates and protective apparel. Laboratory exercises will emphasize the theories learned. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2605, RADT2611, RADT2617) (Co-requisite: RADT2625) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Radiographic Pathology
This online course introduces the radiography student to disease processes and their effect on the human body. Radiographic pathologic correlation is emphasized. All of the major body systems are presented. Researching and writing a paper is a requirement for this class. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2605, RADT2611, RADT2617, RADT2625, RADT2630) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT2641) (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
Clinical Practicum 2
For this practicum, students will be assigned 36 hrs/wk to a hospital/clinic. Assignments will be mainly days but may include 2 weeks of evenings and 2 weekend shifts. Student will learn clinical radiography and complete competencies of complete vertebral column, bony thorax, skull, facial bones, and sinuses and continue to learn digital imaging and provide direct patient care. Students may be assigned rotations in general diagnostic radiology, mobile, trauma, surgery, and fluoroscopy. Students will continue to practice and improve all positioning skills. Learning procedures on geriatric and pediatric patients, understanding and operating radiographic image acquisition and processing equipment in terms of department protocol, using critical-thinking skills associated with patient care and radiation protection will be emphasized. Students will be supervised directly by clinical instructor and indirectly by program faculty.(Prerequisites: RADT2617) (12 credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/12 OJT)

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12 cr
Radiographic Protection and Biology
This course presents the principles of radiation protection and radiobiology. Topics include an overview of radiation physics, units of measure, radiosensitivity and response, and understanding the radiographers role in utilizing safe radiation practices for patients, personnel, and the public. Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies, and health care organizations will also be addressed. Specific topics: cell biology in terms of early and late radiation effects; principles of radiation interaction with living systems; radiation effects on biological molecules and organisms; factors affecting biological response; and acute and chronic effects of radiation. (Prerequisites: RADT2541, RADT2635) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Radiographic Imaging 3
This course prepares students for the national certification examination in radiography offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Review of all program content including radiographic imaging and positioning curriculum, radiation protection and patient care will be covered. Preparing the student for the job market with resume writing, interviewing, and job search/social networking skills will also be part of this class. It will be delivered in a hybrid format to allow students to return to clinical during the last 4 weeks of the semester. An on-line component includes registry practice tests by Corectec. (Prerequisites: RADT2605, RADT2617, RADT2630, ARDT2642) (Co-requisite: RADT2620, RADT2650) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
This online course introduces radiography students to imaging modalities beyond diagnostic radiology. There will be an emphasis of computed tomography (CT) and cross-sectional anatomy. Other modalities include MRI, mammography, ultrasonography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, bone densitometry, and cardiac/vascular interventional radiology. During completion of this course, students will be able to observe/participate in these special areas during clinical practicum if it does not interfere with diagnostic radiology experiences or on non-scheduled days. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2605, RADT2611) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT2617) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
Clinical Practicum 3
For this practicum, students will be assigned 36 hrs/week to a hospital or clinic the last 4 weeks of the semester. Assignment will include days, evenings or weekends if the mandatory 2 weeks of evenings and 2 weekends have not been completed. Students will continue to perfect their practice in digital imaging and provide direct patient care to include radiation protection. Student may be assigned to rotations in general, mobile, trauma, surgery, and fluoroscopy. Optional experience in CT, MRI, or other modalities may be used if available. Improvement in affective skills, radiographic processing, patient care, radiation protection, will be emphasized. Students will be supervised directly by clinical instructor on site and indirectly by program clinical coordinator. Preparation for the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) will be continued in this course. (Prerequisites: RADT2617, RADT2641) (3 credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/3 OJT)

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3 cr
51 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 71

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$14,525
Minimum Tool Cost:$400
Estimated Total:$15,925


Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Medical Imaging Centers

Career Information


Goal 1: Students/Graduates will demonstrate clinical competence

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will provide patient care
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in radiographic positioning
  • Students will practice radiation safety principles

Goal 2: Students/Graduates will practice critical thinking skills

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will perform non-routine procedures
  • Students will analyze images

Goal 3: Students/Graduates will apply effective communication skills

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will practice oral communication
  • Students will illustrate written communication

Goal 4: Students/Graduates will synthesize the importance of professionalism

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will determine the importance of professional development
  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior


  • You will work directly with patients.
  • The clinical experience allows you to explore different modalities within radiography.
  • Our instructors are committed to student success.


  • Valarie Bere earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Winona State University in 2017, her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Viterbo University in 2010, and her Associate Degree in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology from Western Technical College in 1998. She is a registered technologist in mammography and computed tomography through the ARRT. She has a passion for working with the future generations of Radiography.

  • Alex Howell received his Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Leadership and Administration from Winona State University in 2016 and his Associate in Applied Science in Radiography from Western Technical College in 2003. He is a registered technologist in Radiography and Computed Tomography through the ARRT.


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The radiography program is accredited by the only national programmatic accreditor recognized by the US Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
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