Curriculum

Radiography Program student viewing x-rays with instructor

Student experiences

Our integrated curriculum mixes lectures that teach the foundational skills with hands-on learning that allows you to put your knowledge to practice right away. By the time you’ve completed the program, you’ll feel completely prepared to start your career.

Classroom learning

You’ll spend the first part of your training in the classroom, learning the foundational skills needed as a radiologic technologist. You’ll work side-by-side with your classmates, learning from some of the best and brightest faculty in the field.

Lab

Once you have a foundation, you’ll transfer your knowledge to practice. During your first three semesters, you’ll attend one lab per week in our state-of-the-art energized radiographic laboratory. You’ll gain hands-on experience and confidence using radiographic equipment for a wide variety of radiographic exams by practicing with your peers.

Clinical rotations

By week 11, you’re ready to start clinicals! During your clinical rotations, you’ll start working closely with radiologic technologists during patient exams to deliver diagnostic images for the health care team.

You’ll rotate through a large variety of clinical rotations, including outpatient and inpatient settings, emergency department, and operating room. You’ll clock more than 1,600 clinical hours and develop the skills necessary to perform more than 75 clinical competency assessments required for graduation.

Facilities and faculty

Learn more about the facilities and faculty of the Radiography Program.

Facilities

Students are assigned to clinicals in the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology, located in Rochester, Minnesota. Our campus 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.

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You are also assigned to clinical rotations in radiology departments at Mayo Clinic Health System locations in Lake City, Cannon Falls, and Mankato, Minnesota. Throughout the program, you attend courses specific to radiography on the Rochester campus.

Teaching faculty

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Radiography Program is coordinated and taught by the clinical, scientific, and technical staff at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as their clinical practice and research.

Dedicated program faculty members provide an educational experience centered on student success. Faculty members share their expertise from a variety of specialized areas within radiology, including mammography, CT, MRI, surgery, and trauma. These experienced radiographers share their knowledge and skill throughout the length of the program by delivering lectures in the class and facilitating lab sessions.

These faculty members also work alongside students during their clinical rotations. The unique combination of time with program faculty members in the classroom, lab, and clinical settings delivers individualized mentoring to support student success. You'll have direct access to these individuals throughout your training, giving you the opportunity to learn from some of today's best practitioners in radiography and radiology.

Ann Urban, M.A., R.T.(R)
Program Director

In 2003, Ann Urban received a certificate from the Mayo School of Health Sciences Radiography Program and an associate degree from Rochester Community and Technical College. Ms. Urban worked as a radiologic technologist in General Radiology at Mayo Clinic until 2006 when she joined education and began working as a Clinical Instructor for the Mayo Radiography Program. In 2007, she completed a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and communication from Concordia University. She transitioned to the Academic Coordinator position for the Radiography Program in 2014 then received a master’s degree in organizational leadership through St. Mary’s University in 2015. In 2017, Ann was appointed Program Director for the Radiography Program.

Throughout her career, Ms. Urban has worked with students in the clinical, lab, and classroom environments. In the classroom, she has instructed on a variety of topics including: procedures, image production, patient care, introductory concepts, professional development, board examination review preparation, and professional writing. During her time in education, she designed online resources and implemented a flipped classroom pedagogy across the entire Radiography Program lab curriculum.

In 2012, Ms. Urban received the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award by the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. She is actively involved with the profession serving as a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Site Visitor and participates on a committee at the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Ms. Urban holds the academic rank of Assistant Professor.

Jessica Lodermeier, B.A., R.T.(R)
Academic Coordinator

Jessica Lodermeier joined the Radiography Program as Clinical Instructor in 2003 following her role as Lead Technologist in the General Radiology Department at Saint Mary’s Hospital. In 2017, Ms. Lodermeier advanced to the position of Academic Coordinator for the Radiography Program. She is an alumna of Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences as a graduate of the 1996 Radiography Program. She then completed her bachelor’s degree in organizational management and communication in 2007 with Concordia University, St. Paul.

Ms. Lodermeier’s topics of expertise in the classroom include radiation biology and protection, radiographic procedures of the vertebral column, gastrointestinal system, chest, and thorax, along with introductory concepts and patient care curriculum. She is passionate about radiographic image critique and assessment. Ms. Lodermeier was also instrumental in the development of delivering lab curriculum in an electronic format. Ms. Lodermeier strives to enhance the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective development of students in the classroom, lab, and clinical setting. She has countless hours of clinical education experience in which she provides a positive learning environment focused on student success.

Ms. Lodermeier has a rich history within the radiology department, making her a resource for many on a variety of topics. She has presented at the regional and local levels on a variety of topics, eager to promote high quality image acquisition. Jessica is also an active member on a number of committees within the Radiography Program and General Radiology Department.

Chris Knoepke, B.S., R.T.(R)
Clinical Coordinator

Chris Knoepke graduated from the MCSHS Radiography Program in 2008. Mr. Knoepke worked as a staff technologist at Mayo Clinic with an emphasis on surgical and gastrointestinal practice until 2016 when he joined the Radiography Program as program faculty. His current role in the Radiography Program is Clinical Coordinator, which he began in 2017.

Mr. Knoepke completed his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Mary’s University in 2018. He is a member of the Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. He instructs in gastrointestinal imaging, radiation physics, and exposure. He also oversees the students’ clinical experience.

Susan Clausen, B.S., R.T.(R)(M)
Program Faculty

Susan Clausen obtained her associate degree in 1992 from Rochester Community and Technical College and received her certificate in radiography in 1993. While working as a staff technologist in general radiology, Ms. Clausen passed the mammography registry exam and transitioned to the breast imaging department. In 2007, she joined the Radiography Program as Clinical Instructor, and earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences in 2013.

Along with working with students in the lab and clinical settings, Ms. Clausen enjoys teaching in the classroom. Her teaching interests include anatomy and positioning of the lower limb, pathology for radiographers, and breast imaging and intervention.

Ms. Clausen has experience in various areas of radiology including general radiology, mammography, and computed tomography (CT), and has worked with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Mammography Practice Analysis Committee to update and revise the board examination for technologists seeking additional certification in mammography.

Kerrie Price Seaver, A.S., R.T.(R)
Program Faculty

Kerrie Price Seaver joined the Radiography Program in April 2018. Although she has been in education a short time, Ms. Price Seaver’s experience in the field of radiography is vast. She has been a clinical radiographer for 15 years at Mayo Clinic. She is also an alumna of the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Radiography Program, graduating in 2003.

Ms. Price Seaver began instruction in the classroom in Fall 2018. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Hours

The majority of the classroom instruction and clinical rotations are scheduled Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. During the last three semesters of the program, you are assigned evening and weekend clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. During the fifth semester, you are assigned to overnight clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus.

During the last three semesters of the program, you are assigned to clinical rotations in radiology departments at Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Lake City, Cannon Falls, and Mankato, Minnesota. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to these sites.

Summer semester 1

Summer semester 1

NumberCourseCredits

RAD 3011

Foundations of Radiography

2

RAD 3101

Radiographic Procedures I

2

RAD 3201

Introduction to Clinical Radiography

2

Fall semester 2

NumberCourseCredits

RAD 3111

Radiation Physics

2

RAD 3102

Radiographic Procedures II

7

RAD 3301

Clinical Practicum I

5

Spring semester 3

NumberCourseCredits

RAD 3202

Principles of Radiographic Exposure I

2

RAD 3302

Clinical Practicum II

9

RAD 4101

Radiographic Procedures III

2

Summer semester 4

NumberCourseCredits

RAD 4303

Clinical Practicum III

7

Fall semester 5

NumberCourseCredits

RAD 4241

Radiation Biology and Protection

2

RAD 4202

Principles of Radiographic Exposure II

1

RAD 4302

Advanced Modalities

1

RAD 4501

Certification Exam Review

2

RAD 4402

Clinical Practicum IV

7

Total: 53 credits

Note: Clinical practicums include clinical and lab hours. Courses and sequencing are subject to change.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Grading and evaluation

Students should be aware that failure to meet or maintain the academic or clinical standards listed may necessitate remedial work of subject matter, as well as possible evaluation for probation or dismissal. All such instances are handled according to the due process policies of the program and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. A formal written warning is most often the first step in the process.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools: written examinations, written assignments, demonstration of skills, self-assessment exercises, faculty reviews, and technologist evaluations.

All courses taught by Mayo faculty are graded according to methods developed by the Radiography Program:

  • A — 93 to 100 percent
  • B — 85 to 92.99 percent
  • C — 78 to 84.99 percent
  • D — 75 to 77.99 percent
  • F — below 75 percent

Grade points of A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0 and F = 0 for each credit hour earned are assigned on the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences transcript.

Degree requirements

By the end of the program, all students who were seeking degree completion from an affiliated academic institution must have completed all of the graduation requirements of the affiliated academic institution. Failure to complete the requirements of the student’s degree granting institution may disallow the student from receiving a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Students who obtained an associate or bachelor's degree from an ARRT-recognized mechanism prior to beginning the program are also eligible for graduation.

Didactic requirements

In order to meet the didactic requirements for graduation, students must complete all courses listed in the program curriculum with a grade of C or above.

Clinical requirements

In order to meet the clinical requirements for graduation, students must complete all clinical competencies identified in the Clinical Competency Policy and required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing this program, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Students seeking a degree from one of the program's affiliated academic institutions also receive a degree from their respective college university upon program completion.

Graduates are eligible to take the radiography certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) after they have successfully completed the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Radiography Program and earned an associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degree. The degree does not need to be in radiologic science and can be earned before entering or while completing this radiography program. Degrees must be granted by an institution accredited by a mechanism recognized by the ARRT. The degree must be completed prior to a candidate taking the examination.

This certification provides graduates with nationally recognized credentials for practicing radiography and fulfills employment credentialing requirements in Minnesota. In addition to ARRT certification requirements, individual states may have additional licensure requirements.

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