Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology

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Schedule of classes

Start date

A new class begins annually in late August or early September.

Academic schedule

We schedule all didactic classes during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. The student spends the first 2 weeks in orientation before starting clinical rotations. Following orientation, students typically spend 2 days per week from 8am – 3:30 pm engaged in classroom activities, and 3 days per week in the clinical setting.

Clinical rotations

After orientation, students are assigned to particular areas in the department to begin clinical development. Students spend forty hours a week in combined classroom and clinical activity. As students progress in clinical knowledge, some second and third shift hours are scheduled to broaden the clinical experience.

  • Several 12:30pm to 9pm shifts
  • 1 third shift rotation
  • Some early morning portable rotations may begin as early as 4:30am

Student schedules

The program director or the clinical coordinator schedules clinical hours, rotations in the clinical areas, class hours and off days. Students receive a clinical rotation schedule prior to the start of the upcoming semester.

School closings

The School is closed and no classes are scheduled on the following days:

  • Thanksgiving and the day after
  • 2 weeks in winter that include both Christmas and New Year's
  • 1 week in the spring around Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • 1 week around July 4th
  • 3 weeks prior to Labor Day
  • The last Friday of each semester

Unscheduled Time Off

Students are required to plan personal time off during the vacation described above (e.g. vacations, routine doctor appointments, family obligations, etc) Each student will also have a bank of 80 hours to use over the program's 2 years for unplanned absences like illness and unexpected emergencies. Any student who is absent for more than 240 hours will be required to withdraw from the program.