Radiologic Technology Admission Requirements & Procedures

Health Requirements

  • Vision Capabilities: Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60, distinguish between color shades.
  • Hearing Capabilities: Posses normal or corrected hearing abilities within 0-45 decibel range.
  • Motor Capabilities: Maneuver large radiographic equipment weighing between 100-150 lbs. without assistance.  Lift a minimum of 25 lbs. without assistance using proper body mechanics. Assist in lifting patients using proper body mechanics. Stand for extended periods of time. Walk without assistance long distances maneuvering radiographic equipment or transporting patients.
  • Mental Capabilities: Think and act quickly to emergencies. Cope with stress. Comprehend daily work activities.
  • Other: Pass drug/alcohol testing and required BCI & FBI background checks.

Academic Requirements

  • High school or college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher. High school or College Credit Plus seniors and may apply without attending a year of college first.  All other College Credit Plus students are ineligible.
  • Students with GEDs must successfully complete 24 credit hours as a full-time student or successful completion of 24 semester hours in consecutive semesters (excluding summers) of general courses required in the RAD program. 
  • The college cumulative GPA will be used in place of the high school cumulative GPA for all students who have attended college for a minimum of 12 credit hours.*
  • ACT composite score of 20 or higher. Students out of high school for 5 years or more at time of application deadline can take the ACT test or receive four (4) “life experience” points.**
  • Completed one unit each of high school biology I, algebra I, chemistry I, and physics I or college-level equivalents and earned a minimum grade of “C” in each course.  If you have taken more than 1 unit of high school biology I, algebra I, chemistry I, and physics I or college level equivalents, the last completed unit score or final score in those subjects must be a minimum grade of “C”.
  • Successful completion of AHC 10101 – Introduction to Allied Health Professions. This is waived for entering high school seniors, College Credit Plus seniors, and transfer students accepted into the program.  All current Rio students must have taken or be currently enrolled in the course and receive a minimum grade of “C”.
  • Developmental courses (if needed) in English, writing, and math must be completed before admission into the program.
  • The student must earn a minimum of a “C” or better in Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Sectional Anatomy, and/ or Standards for Patient Care if enrolled in these courses.
  • Any required and/or prerequisite courses in progress have to be completed with a minimum grade of a “C” by the end of spring semester to be eligible.

Admission Procedure

Step One:

General Requirements and Procedures

  • Prospective applicants to the Radiologic Technology program should begin by applying for general admission/acceptance status to the Rio Grande, which can be done by completing an application or by logging onto www.rio.edu and completing the online admissions application. There is no admissions fee for applying online.
  • Identify your “intended major field of study” as Allied Health – Associate Degree (2 years).
  • It is the student’s responsibility to send an official copy of his/her high school and/or college transcript(s), and ACT scores to Rio Grande.
  • Students must take the Compass exam once accepted to Rio Grande.
  • Students must meet all Rio Grande admission requirements.
  • Students must be admitted to Rio Grande by April 1 to be considered for RAD program admission.

Step Two:

RAD Admission Requirements and Procedures

  • Complete and submit the School of Allied Health Radiologic Technology Program (RAD) Application, available in the Admissions Office, the School of Allied Health, or online at http://www.rio.edu/HealthandHumanServices/Allied-Health-Applications.cfm by April 1 of the year you are seeking fall admission. School of Allied Health’s RAD Application will be accepted from January 1 until April 1.
  • Submit a second set of official copies of high school transcripts that include grades from 1st grading period of senior year and/or college transcripts, including transcripts from Rio Grande and ACT scores to the RAD Program Director by April 1 of the year seeking fall admission to be considered. If you have attended college for a minimum of 12 credit hours, you are required to submit your college transcripts. Failure to submit your college transcripts will render your application ineligible.
  • RAD applications are good for one year only. After students are selected for the next academic year, all applications will be discarded. Students not accepted into the program must reapply each year.
  • No application will be considered without complete documentation.

Required Documents Checklist:

  1. High School Transcripts with scores from 1st grading period of senior year
  2. College transcripts including Rio Grande
  3. ACT Scores (if applicable)
  4. General X-ray Machine Operator’s License (if applicable)
  5. Allied Health Degree or Certification (if applicable)

    Submit the required documentation to:

    Tracey Boggs, Director
    Radiologic Technology Program
    University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College
    P.O. Box 500
    Rio Grande, OH 45674

Acceptance in the Radiologic Technology program is very competitive because of the limited spaces available. The number of students admitted each fall will be based upon clinical site availability. Only students who are officially admitted into the Radiologic Technology program can take the Radiologic courses.


Radiologic Technology Admission Process

Step One:

Applicants will be scored based on cumulative GPA and ACT scores or life experience, prior college experience, GXMO license, and Allied Health Degree or certification points which count for 50% of the admission criteria, based on the following point system. This is an objective scoring process.

College* GPA (Cumulative):
4.0=10
3.8=9
3.5=8
3.2=7
3.0=6
2.8=5
2.5=4

High School GPA (Cumulative):       
4.0=8
3.8=7
3.5=6
3.2=5
3.0=4
2.8=3
2.5=2

ACT** (Cumulative):
30+=10
29-28 = 9
27-26 = 8
25-24 = 7
23-22 = 6
21= 5
20 = 4

Prior College:

As a full time student, an applicant will be awarded points for successfully completing and earning a minimum of a “C” in general courses required in the RAD program. This also includes college work completed under College Credit Plus.

12 credit hours = 1 point
24+ credit hours = 2 points

General X-ray Machine Operator’s License:

An applicant who has a general x-ray machine operator’s license and has a minimum of one year of full-time work experience as a GXMO will be awarded 1.5 points. Application to program must include GXMO license number and signature of employer for verification.

Allied Health Certification or Degree:

An applicant who has a certification or degree in an Allied Health area or a minimum of 3 years full-time work experience in an Allied Health field will be awarded .5 point. Application to the program must include copy of degree and/ or certification and signature of employer for verification.

Meeting all of the above requirements does not mean automatic admission/acceptance into the program nor does it guarantee an interview.

Step Two:

Applicants with the higher scores will be scheduled for an interview, which will count for 50% of the admission criteria. The interview process will consist of a selection committee who will interview and rank these applicants. The selection committee’s decision is based upon the submitted academics achievements and who is most likely to succeed in the program.  This is a subjective scoring process.

After the interview process, applicants will be selected for the Radiologic Technology program. Applicants not initially selected for admission will be encouraged to enroll in Allied Health courses designed to prepare them to re-apply for possible enrollment at a later date.

Step Three:

Students selected for the Radiologic Technology program must, prior to the beginning of classes:

  1. Observe in an Imaging Department at least six (6) contact hours. Documentation and submission of the approved Observation Validation Form is required. This requirement may be waived at the Program Director’s discretion.
  2. Submit a completed Physical Examination & Medical History Form.
  3. Submit complete childhood immunization and booster records.
  4. Submit proof of varicella zoster live-virus vaccine or reliable history of varicella (chicken pox) or serologic evidence of immunity.
  5. Submit proof of receiving Hepatitis B vaccine series.
  6. Submit a copy of current CPR certification. Students are responsible for CPR certification fee.
  7. Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Drug & Alcohol Testing: Students in the RAD program are subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing. Students are responsible for testing fee. The student must pass random drug/alcohol test.

BCI and FBI Background Checks: Students in the RAD program are subject to BCI and FBI background checks. Students are responsible for background check fees. The student must receive a BCI & FBI background checks with clear results.

Boggs
Revised 8/2017