Minneapolis VA Health Care System
School of Radiologic Technology: About
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System, School of Radiologic Technology was founded in 1965, but students were training at the hospital long before the school was formally established. With the advances in medical technology, and as higher standards were required of radiation workers, the VA Health Care System established an accredited program in 1966-67. Currently, the Minneapolis VA Health Care System has the only VA radiologic technology training program in the nation, graduating hundreds of students who have gone into successful radiologic technology and radiology-related careers.
Radiologic technology students at the Minneapolis VA serve a network, the Veteran's Integrated Service Network (VISN) 23, that provides health care to Veterans in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and bordering states of Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is affiliated with 50 schools to provide allied health training in 19 programs.
Program Mission Statement
It is the mission of the VA Health Care System, School of Radiologic Technology to educate radiologic technologists who recognize patient needs, who hold the skills, knowledge and attitudes required for safe, diagnostic radiology and who are registry eligible upon program completion.
The purpose of the VA Health Care System, School of Radiologic Technology is to prepare graduates with entry-level skills, knowledge and attitudes of a staff technologist through successful completion of clinical and academic objectives.
Goals and Outcomes
Goal One: Graduates will be clinically competent
- Outcome 1: Students will be able to position patients to produce a diagnostic image.
- Outcome 2: Students will be able to adjust technical factors to produce diagnostic images.
- Outcome 3: Students will use correct measures to protect the customers from radiation.
Goal Two: Challenge the students to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills
- Outcome 1: Students will be able to distinguish between a diagnostic/ non-diagnostic image.
- Outcome 2: Students will be able to adjust standard positioning to accommodate physical needs of a patient.
Goal Three: Students will be able to communicate with internal and external clients
- Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication.
- Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate effective use of verbal and non-verbal communication.
- Outcome 3: Students will practice radiography characterized by the use of appropriate communication skills including the ability to read, comprehend, and analyze information.
Goal Four: Graduate students who are professional
- Outcome 1: Students will have the knowledge to demonstrated professional behavior in the clinical setting.
- Outcome 2: Student will participate in student professional organization.
Accreditation (by JRCERT)
The VA School of Radiologic Technology program in radiography is accredited from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This committee establishes, maintains and promotes the educational standards of the profession. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the JRCERT as the accrediting body of educational programs in radiography.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182