UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Radiologic Technology (RT) Certificate Program

The RT program is a two-year, full-time program educating students in all aspects of general radiology. Students will learn to use state-of-the art equipment and ionizing radiation to produce diagnostic images in order to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease. Through an articulation agreement with DMACC, students have the option of pursuing an Associate in General Studies degree. Are you looking for an exciting career in the medical field? Explore an education in radiologic technology!


The mission of the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology is to educate students in the art and science of radiologic technology and to help them become competent and caring healthcare professionals.


The UnityPoint Health - Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology is fully accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Chicago, IL  60606-3182
Telephone: 312-704-5300


At the end of this program, each student should be able to:

1. Practice as a competent entry-level radiographer.

  • Accurately set technical factors for examinations.
  • Provide quality patient care.

2. Integrate critical thinking and problem solving abilities into clinical practice.

  • Distinguish between a "difficult patient" and utilizing true critical thinking/problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking/problem solving skills in the clinical setting.

3. Communicate effectively in the clinical area.

  • Communicate through oral methods.
  • Communicate through written methods.

4. Demonstrate and evaluate professional development.

  • Research professionalism and develop a Personal Philosophy of Professionalism.
  • Model professionalism in the clinical arena.

5. Meet the needs of the community.

  • Students entering the program will complete the program.
  • Graduates who sit for the ARRT Board Examination within 6 months of graduation will pass on the first attempt.
  • Graduates will be satisfied with the educational program.
  • Employers will hire graduates.
  • Of those seeking employment, graduates will be employed within 12 months of graduation.

Information Sessions

Applicants are required to attend an Information Session as part of the admission process to the School of Radiologic Technology.

Date: First Friday of most months - reservations required*
Location: Iowa Methodist Medical Center Radiology Department
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

* Seating is limited. Applicants must call Matthew Millard at 515-241-6880 or email him at matthew.millard@unitypoint.org to reserve a seat. Faculty reserve the right to determine if a session will be held on any given Friday.


The program has revised its policy, effective July 1, 2016, regarding the placement of students in mammography clinical rotations to observe and/or perform breast imaging.

Under the revised policy, all students, male and female, will be offered the opportunity to participate in mammography clinical rotations. The program will make every effort to place a male student in a mammography clinical rotation if requested; however, the program is not in a position to override clinical setting policies that restrict clinical experiences in mammography to female students.  Male students are advised that placement in a mammography rotation is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of a clinical setting that allows males to participate in mammographic imaging procedures.  The program will not deny female students the opportunity to participate in mammography rotations if clinical settings are not available to provide the same opportunity to male students.

Program Effectiveness

Our program is proud to report that, over the most recent 5 year period:

  • 97% of graduates pursuing a career in radiologic technology have passed the ARRT National Board Examination on their first attempt.
  • 97% of graduates pursuing employment in radiologic technology have obtained positions within twelve months of graduation.
  • 79% of incoming students completed the program.
  ARRT Pass Rate Employment Rate Graduation Rate
2012 100% - 7 of 7 100% 7 of 7 70% 7 of 10
2013 90% - 9 of 10 90% - 9 of 10 100% - 10 of 10
2014 100% - 7 of 7 100% - 7 of 7 80% - 8 of 10
2015 100% - 8 of 8 100% - 8 of 8 89% - 8 of 9
2016 100% - 7 of 7 100% - 7 of 7 78% - 7 of 9
Five Year Average 97% 97% 83%

Assessment Summary for 2016-2017

Frequently Asked Questions

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Tuition and Fees (Beginning July 2018)

Tuition for the program is $1,200/semester. In addition, students pay an annual student services fee of $400. Tuition and fee costs are subject to change.
Fee Schedule
1st Year 2nd Year
1st Semester—$1,600 4th Semester—$1,600
2nd Semester—$1,200 5th Semester—$1,200
3rd Semester—$1,200 6th Semester—$1,200
Total Tuition + Fees $8,000

School of Radiologic Technology Catalog and Academic Calendar

Download our 2017 - 2018 School of Radiologic Technology Catalog for information on our schedule, curriculum, course descriptions, admission requirements, student benefits/expenses and much more. Starting in July 2016, the Program will be transitioning into a 3-Semester per year program rather than a 2-Semester per year program. Details are listed in the 2016-2017 Catalog. You can also download our 2017 - 2018 Academic Calendar and Semester Schedule.

Application for Admission

To be considered for enrollment in our program, download and print our Application for Admission form and mail it to the address given on the form. Applicants must review the clinical standards to determine their ability and compatibility with the physical requirements of radiographers. The annual application deadline is January 15.

Click here for a copy of the Application Evaluation Rubric used to score all applications submitted to the program.

Student Handbook

Download a copy of our Student Handbook 2017 -2018. Also download a copy of our Clinical Manual and Syllabus.

Financial Aid

Download a copy of our Financial Aid Handbook and Financial Aid Code of Conduct.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure