The Radiography program Admissions Committees strives to admit students who are most capable of success both in the academic program and also in the profession. Therefore, an objective system is used is the admissions process to recognize strong educational backgrounds and professional experiences. Students who are successful in being admitted into the program are those who exceed the minimum requirements and earn the highest point totals. A scaled point system is used to rank all applicants as follows:
GPA 25% points
Students applying with college credit hours will be assigned points for their overall college GPA. The higher the GPA (closer to 4.0), the more points earned.
First time college students with no college credit will be assigned points for their individual ACT scores on the composite, math, and science sections. Scores over 25 in each section will earn the maximum points.
Students applying with college credit hours will be assigned 1 point for the following courses in which they earned a grade of “C” or higher (maximum of 15 points):
- English Composition I
- General Psychology
- Humanities Elective
- Math (at least MATH 1530 or higher)
- Medical Terminology
- Software Applications
- Fundamentals of Speech (or other speech class)
- Survey of Physical Science I and/or II
- *ANY college level science course (Gen. Biology, Chemistry, etc.)
- *ANY college level math course above the required
***Important Note*** Because Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II are reliable indicators of academic and clinical success in Radiography, higher emphasis is placed on these two courses in the assigning of points as follows:
A & P I – “A” = 3 pts, “B” – 2 pts, “C” = 1 pt, “D” or “F” = 0 pts
A & P II - “A” = 3 pts, “B” – 2 pts, “C” = 1 pt, “D” or “F” = 0 pts
If a student repeats an A & P course, their assigned points are added, then averaged by the number of times taken; EXAMPLE: Student completes A & P I with a grade of “D” and then repeats with a grade of “A”, the student earns 1.5 points in the admissions process.
* Students who completed college level math and science courses 5 years prior to the admission deadline will NOT be given credit for these courses in the program admissions process.
First time college students with no college credit will be assigned points for the following courses in which they earned a grade of “C” or higher in high school (maximum of 5 points):
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- Biology I
- Biology II
- Other College prep math and science course
The final portion of the selection process is an interview conducted by the Radiography program Admissions Committee at each affiliate hospital. All students will be evaluated on the following:
- Communication ability
- Knowledgeable concerning profession
- Maturity, self-confidence & composure
- Professional appearance & good hygiene
- Well planned goals in essay form
- Medically related experience
- College degree
More emphasis is placed on an applicant’s knowledge concerning the profession and is why job shadowing, while not required, is recommended to assist with answering questions related to this topic.
After all interviews have been conducted and points totaled, those students with the highest combined scores are offered the available program positions.
Please review the list of most commonly asked questions concerning the program interviews and the responses:
Does everyone meeting the minimum requirements receive an interview?
Not all students who make timely application to the program and meet the minimum qualifications receive interviews. Due to high number of applicants, Radiography program Admissions Committees may elect to interview only 3 times as many students as they may accept at each facility. In those instances, the students with the highest educational background points (pointed earned by adding GPA and Coursework totals) will be offered interviews. Students who do not receive interviews will be notified either by email or postal mail.
Who conducts the interviews and where are they held?
Members of the Radiography program Admissions Committee will conduct interviews. These members consist of the Program Director, Administrative Director and/or their Assistants, and the Clinical Instructors and/or their Assistants of each affiliate hospital. Likewise, interviews will be conducted at the four affiliate hospital locations. Students are notified of their specific interview details in a letter sent via email or postal mail.
What are the expectations of the interview?
Students should arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled interview time in order to review and sign required documentation. Committee members expect applicants to be dressed and groomed neatly and conduct themselves in the same manner as required by any professional job interview. The interviews typically last 10-15 minutes in length with questions focused on why students are interested in the profession, their career goals, and what they currently understand about radiography. Committee members look for applicants who are self-assured, confident of career path, and with strong work ethics.
Will I receive interviews at both my first and second choice of clinical hospital listed on the application?
Not always. If one particular clinical site has a low number of first choice applicants, the most qualified second choice applicants may be offered interviews there as well (most qualified being determined by adding the GPA and Coursework scores). Students are advised to select their choice of clinical hospital based on location nearest their homes (will travel to the hospital more frequently during most semesters of the program).