School of Radiologic Technology - Des Moines Area Hospitals


UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is committed to its educational programs in radiologic technology. The School of Radiologic Technology contributes to the primary goal of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines to provide the best possible healthcare to patients. This ensures the delivery of quality service when meeting the needs of the patients and communities they serve.

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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.

Radiologic Technology (RT) Certificate Program Information

See information on our schedule, curriculum, course descriptions, admission requirements, student benefits/expenses and much more.

Application Process

  • To be considered for enrollment in our program, download and print the Application for Admission form and mail it to the address given on the form.
  • Applicants must review the technical (clinical) standards to determine their ability and compatibility with the physical requirements of radiographers. Technical standards can be found in the Student Handbook listed under Program Resources.
  • The annual application deadline is January 15.
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

Length of Accreditation Award: 8 Years

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement


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

  1. Practice as a competent entry-level radiographer.
    1. Accurately set technical factors for examinations.
    2. Provide quality patient care.
  2. Integrate critical thinking and problem-solving abilities into clinical practice.
    1. Distinguish between a "difficult exam" and utilizing true critical thinking/problem solving skills.
    2. Demonstrate critical thinking/problem solving skills in the clinical setting.
  3. Communicate effectively in the clinical area.
    1. Communicate through oral methods.
    2. Communicate through written methods.
  4. Demonstrate and evaluate professionalism.
    1. Research professionalism and develop a Personal Philosophy of Professionalism.
    2. Model professionalism in the clinical arena.
  5. Meet the needs of the community.
    1. Students entering the program will complete the program.
    2. Graduates who sit for the ARRT Board Examination within 6 months of graduation will pass on the first attempt.
    3. Graduates will be satisfied with the educational program.
    4. Employers will hire graduates.
    5. Of those seeking employment, graduates will be employed within 12 months of graduation.
Tuition and Fees

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
1st Semester—$1,600
2nd Semester—$1,200
3rd Semester—$1,200

2nd Year

4th Semester—$1,600
5th Semester—$1,200
6th Semester—$1,200
Total Tuition + Fees —$8,000

Program Effectiveness

Our program is proud to report that over the most recent five-year period:

  • 91.4% of graduates pursuing a career in radiologic technology have passed the ARRT National Board Examination on their first attempt.
  • 100% of graduates pursuing employment in radiologic technology have obtained positions within 12 months of graduation.
  • 84% of incoming students completed the program.


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: Online via Microsoft Teams
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

*Seating is limited. Applicants must call Daniel VanHorn at 515-241-6880 or email him at to reserve a seat. Faculty reserve the right to determine if a session will be held on any given Friday.

Articulation Agreements

The School of Radiologic Technology of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines has an articulation agreement with the following institutions to help students with the transition to and from other programs. Read below to find more on the details of each agreement.
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
Students have the opportunity to pursue an Associate in General Studies degree through an articulation agreement between DMACC and the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology. Students are not given time off from classroom and clinical responsibilities to attend classes during daytime or weekend hours. Please contact Daniel Van Horn at for more information.
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Students have the opportunity to pursue a 100% online Associate or Bachelor's degree program in Radiologic Science Administration (RSA) with St. Joseph's College. Courses in the RSA programs start four times per year. Interested students may contact St. Joseph College's online admissions for more information:

Online Admissions
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
278 Whites Bridge Road
Standish, Maine 04084-5236
Toll-Free Phone: 800-752-4723
Direct Call/Text: 207-893-7841
North Dakota State University
Students of North Dakota State University (NDSU) may apply to complete a two-year internship at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology. That internship can be used to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Science through NDSU. For more information contact Angela MacAdams at

Non-Discrimination Policy

The radiology program conducts business and academic activities in a manner free from discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity and treatment for students without regard to age, race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, political affiliation or any other factor protected by law. Persons applying to the program are provided with the Technical (Clinical) Standards during the application process.

The Radiologic Technology program will make every effort to place a male student in a mammography clinical rotation if requested; however, the program is not able 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.

Contact the School of Radiologic Technology

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology
Daniel Van Horn, M.S.Ed., R.T.(R)
1200 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 241-6880