Top X-Ray Technician Schools in South Dakota

X-ray technologists play a large role in diagnosing and treating illness and injury to patients. If you’re interested in this type of career, continue reading and get the fact on X-ray schools in South Dakota and how to become part of this career.

Find Accredited X-Ray Technician Schools in South Dakota

All one needs to do to become an x-ray technologist in South Dakota is meet the minimum training requirements as listed below. However, this may be different in other states, which require completing a training program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). There are approximately six JRCERT-accredited schools in South Dakota, according to the American Registry of X-Ray Technicians (ARRT) and the American Society of X-Ray Technicians (ASRT).

Radiologic technology programs, which typically offer certificates, associate degrees or bachelor’s degree, include a blended curriculum of medical classes, lab studies and clinical internships. To be successful in the program, the student is usually required to perform a designated number of radiologic procedures both supervised and unsupervised.

How To Get Certified in South Dakota

Radiology technologists working in South Dakota are not required to be licensed or certified, according to the ASRT. However, before the individual can operate radiation equipment and perform x-ray procedures, he or she must have at least 24 hours of training by a qualified instructor.

Dental radiographers must have at least 16 hours of training. Radiology techs may choose to obtain voluntary certification through the ARRT. To be eligible for certification, the candidate must complete a JRCERT-accredited program in radiologic technology and pass a national certification exam.

Salaries for X-Ray Technicians in South Dakota

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that X-ray technologists working in South Dakota earned a mean annual wage of $46,250 as of May 2013, which was substantially lower than the national average of $56,760. Wages can vary from city to city.

X-ray technologists working in Pierre earned an average annual salary of $39,747 as of a July 2014 report while those in Rapid City earned $46,577 and those in Sioux Falls earned $39,823. Other factors that can affect salary are level of training, work experience and place of employment.

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X-Ray Technician Campuses In South Dakota

Avera McKennan HospitalP.O. Box 5045
Sioux Falls, SD, 57117-5045
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital501 Summit
Yankton, SD, 57078-9967
Mitchell Technical Institute821 North Capital
Mitchell, SD, 57301
Presentation College1500 North Main Street
Aberdeen, SD, 57401
Rapid City Regional Hospital353 Fairmont Boulevard P.O. Box 6000
Rapid City, SD, 57709-6000
Sanford Medical Center305 West 18th Street
P.O. Box 5039
Sioux Falls, SD, 57117-5039