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Radiologic Technology Selection Criteria

The Radiologic Technology 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: 24.2% (college student)
ACT: 45.4% (high school student or no college credit)

  • 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.

  • Students applying who do not have college experience or are recent high school graduates 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.

Coursework: 48.4% (college student) and 22.7% (high school student or no college credit)

  • 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):

    • ENGL 1010 English Composition I
    • PSYS 1030 General Psychology
    • Humanities Elective; see College Catalog for list of courses that will satisfy the category
    • MATH 1530 Introductory Statistics (or higher level math class) - must be completed within 5 years prior to application to earn point
    • HSC 111 Medical Terminology
    • INFS 1010 Computer Applications
    • COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication (or other speech class)
    • PSCI 1010 Principles of  Physical Science I 
    • *ANY college level science course (Gen. Biology, Chemistry, etc.) -must be completed within 5 years prior to application to earn point
    • *ANY college level math course above the required - must be completed within 5 years prior to application to earn point

***Important Note*** Because Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II are reliable indicators of academic and clinical success in Radiologic Technology, higher emphasis is placed on these two courses in the assigning of points.  These courses must be completed within 5 years prior to application to earn point 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.

Recent high school students with no, or less than 11 hours of 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
  • Geometry
  • Biology I
  • Biology II
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Any other college prep math and science courses

Interview: 27.4% (college student) and 31.9% (high school student or no college credit)

The final portion of the selection process is an interview conducted by the Radiologic Technology 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

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.  Job shadowing restrictions due to pandemic will be considered during the interview process.

After all interviews have been conducted and points totaled, those students with the highest combined scores are offered the available program positions.

Interviews

Please review the list of most commonly asked questions concerning the program interviews and the responses:

Does every applicant meeting the minimum requirements receive an interview?
Not all students who make timely application to the program and meet the minimum qualifications receive interviews. If there is a high number of applicants, the program may elect to interview only 2-3 times as many students as can be accepted at each clinical facility. In those instances, the students with the highest educational background points (pointed earned by adding GPA (ACT) and Coursework totals, will be offered interviews. Students who do not receive interviews will be notified by email.

When, and how will I know, when my interview is scheduled? Program faculty will send an email with an applicant’s scheduled interview date/time to the email address listed on the RADT program application. Emails are generally sent a week prior to the interview date. RADT Program interviews will be conducted, in person, on June 21, 2021.

Who conducts the interviews and where are they held?
Members of the Radiologic Technology Program Admissions Committee will conduct interviews. These members consist of the Administrative Director and/or their Assistants, and the Clinical Instructors and/or their Assistants of each affiliate hospital. Program officials will schedule and coordinate the interview process. No Admissions Committee has the ability to select which students are interviewed; this is determined by the preference of the student indicated on the application and as assigned by program officials. Interviews will be conducted on the main JSCC campus in the Jim & Janet Ayers Health Science Building.

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 (if meeting in person). 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 the profession of radiography. Committee members look for applicants who are self-assured, confident of career path, and with strong work ethics. 

Will I receive interviews at all of the choices of clinical affiliates listed on the application?
While students are advised to select first, second, third, and fourth choices of preferred clinical location, this does not mean an interview will be scheduled for all. The program seeks students who will be most successful in the program, and according to the number of applications received and the assigned point totals for each applicant's educational background, those students having the highest qualifications may be given more than one interview.

What does medically related experience mean? Students may receive credit in the interview category if they have medically related experience. This includes jobs for pay in a type of medically related field (not just radiology). It could also include official volunteer positions, but NOT job observation or shadowing experiences.

Are job observation hours mandatory for program application? No, the RADT program admissions process does not require any designated number of job observation hours in the profession. However, students are encouraged to do so in order to have a better understanding of the field and to answer interview questions with more completeness and authority. Due to the on-going pandemic, students are not allowed to participate in even voluntary observation hours at our clinical affiliate locations. This situation is taken into consideration in the interview process and points assigned.