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UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is one of the most respected healthcare providers in the state. With six different hospitals, clinics and treatment centers in the area, this is the choice for many Des Moines residents. The School of Radiologic Technology is one of its signature educational programs and provides rigorous classroom work with hands-on training.


The Radiologic Technology Certificate Program is the key course of study in the school’s academic roster. Getting an RT Certificate gives students the opportunity to begin a career in the medical care field. The course of study will take two years to complete that involves full time classwork and clinic work five days a week. The school boasts a nearly perfect record of graduates both passing the certification exams and finding employment within six months of completing the curriculum.

A second offering is the online course in Computed Tomography. Taking CT images is a very useful tool for any radiographer in the field. Getting this additional training will take two semesters of online classes. Completion of a Radiation Arts and Sciences degree is necessary to get into this program. Computed Tomography Technologists are constantly in demand in the field of medical imaging. Clinical education will follow – a responsibility of the student. ARRT examinations will be necessary to determine competency.

Finally, the Limited Radiologic Technology program is a course designed for nurses and Medical Assistants looking to expand their career skills. It will take one semester to complete the LRT program.

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This is a very small school and the application requirements are stricter than most comparable programs. Applicants are required to have an associate’s degree in any subject or complete a document with a “plan of completion” for an associate’s degree. Furthermore, there are specific classes that each candidate must have completed with a grade of “C” or better – check the school’s official website for those details.

The top 20 candidates will be asked to come in for a personal interview and from this pool, 10 students will be accepted into the program.

To begin the process, submit a completed Application for Admission, the nonrefundable fee, high school transcripts or GED certificate, plus all official college transcripts. Mail the above materials to the Director of Radiology Education and the school will contact you if you have been chosen for an interview.

Financial Aid

The process of applying for financial aid mirrors that of every other higher educational institution. For starters, the FAFSA is the necessary paperwork every applicant will need to file. Once an assessment is made by federal aid specialists, school officials may request further information from an accepted student. Pell Grants and FSEOG allowances – as well as scholarships – are types of aid which need not be repaid. Student loans may also be obtained at favorable interest rates.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5123rd for the average student loan amount.
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Students are often from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances. Students do not live on campus since housing is not available and will commute to the hospital. For trouble with class work, there are tutoring and other services. After graduation, the student will be responsible for finding job interviews, but local companies do post jobs with the school so be sure to check those first.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Des Moines’ recorded history dates back to French missionaries settling in the early 19th century. Since then, it has remained the most important city in the state of Iowa, as its capital, and its architecture and cultural scene have a lot to offer students on a break or a learning mission. The Des Moines Opera and the Des Moines Symphony are two cultural draws in town. Besides the arts, Des Moines is the place where the race for the Presidency officially begins every four years, as the Iowa Caucuses take place. Observers of the political scene flock to Des Moines to see one of the key moments in the nation’s development unfold every nominating season.


Accreditation is provided by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 742 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 8 0.00
Forcible Rape 103 0.05
Robbery 216 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,493 1.22
Larceny 7,400 3.62
Vehicle theft 834 0.41

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Des Moines, IA 50309-1453
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population5,011 (5,011 urban / N/A rural)
Households2,272 (1.57 people per house)
Median Household Income$17,188
Families578 (2.91 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationChristian Methodist Episcopal
Congressional District1903

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4621st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,600 $3,600 $3,600
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,700 $4,700 $4,700
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,272 $18,272 $18,272
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,460 $7,460 $7,460

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,900(N/C) $3,900(N/C) $3,900(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,172(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,760(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 26 (4 male / 22 female)
Admitted 10 (N/A male / 10 female)
Admission rate 38%
First-time Enrollment 9 (N/A male / 9 female)
FT Enrollment 9 (N/A male / 9 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment17

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 1
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits $35,050

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