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Radiologic Technology Program

Admission

Program Requirements

Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program is by special application and the only entry is in the fall of each year. The Radiologic Technology Program Director should be consulted prior to planning a course of study. Students must have completed the education requirements as well as all support/related courses by the end of the spring semester.

College Transcripts

True copies of official college transcripts must be provided. These transcripts should demonstrate completion within the past five years, or current enrollment in, the four science-related courses that are necessary for admission to the program. These courses are:

Course Number course name
HSBC 1113 Medical Terminology
HSBC 2114 Human Anatomy
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
CIT 1103 Introduction to Computers

Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Compass Test

These tests are given in the Student Services Building Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Summer hours vary. Contact the Testing Center at (405) 733-7320 for information. A photo ID is required. The Compass Study Guide with practice tests will be provided upon request from the Student Development Center. Learn more about Rose State Academic Testing Services.

Students may take the Compass Assessment twice during a single enrollment period. Test results are available immediately and entered into your student file on the college database. If the assessment scores are below the minimum standard required, you must seek academic advisement for remediation. There are no costs for the exams. Minimum required scores are:
 
Reading Skills: 81 or better
Pre-Algebra Skills: 61 or better
Writing Skills: 76 or better

ACT Test

ACT exam scores must be submitted to the program. For application purposes, the ACT results are current/valid for 3 years only. The residual ACT exam is given at Rose State on the third Thursday of January, March, May, August, October and December. Call (405) 733-7320 to pre-register. The national ACT is given six times each year: http://actstudent.org/regist/dates.html

Cost is approximately $40 for residual or national ACT.

Previous Work Experience

If you have previous work experience in a health-related field, you must submit validating documentation (i.e., a letter from an employer on company letterhead) with your Program application in order for it to be considered.

Mandatory Orientation

Attendance is required as part of the complete application. Program faculty and current students will convey important information during the two-hour orientation. Applicants will learn what is expected in the clinical assignments and course work. Career opportunities within medical imaging will also be explored. There will be two or three dates available for this mandatory orientation following the application period.

Criteria for Selection

Entry into the program is based on a point system with a total of 100 points. The minimum number of points it takes to gain acceptance will vary based on the number and competitiveness of the applicants each year.

Applicants will be notified after June 1 whether or not they have been conditionally selected for the fall semester. Additional counseling will be given to declined applicants to discuss possible academic deficiencies should they wish to re-apply.

Application Period

The application period is from February 1 through April 15. During the application period, a packet may be obtained from the Health Science Division Office, Room 100, or by calling (405) 733-7361 or (405) 733-7359. Completed applications and all requested documents must be returned, preferably in person, to the same location by April 15. All applicants are notified of their admission status after June 1.

Selection Process

Applicants are numerically ranked based upon college grade point average for general and science course prerequisites, COMPASS Test scores, ACT Composite Scores, health care experience and profession orientation attendance. Applicants are notified of their conditional admission status after June 1st. 

Selection Point System

I.        General Education GPA

          ENGL     1113     English Comp I

          ENGL     1213     English Comp II

          HIST       1483     US History to 1877 (or)

          HIST       1493     US History since 1877

          POLS     1113     American Federal Government

 

GPA

3.6 – 4.0

3.2 – 3.5

2.8 – 3.1

2.4 – 2.7

2.0 – 2.3

< 2.0

 

POINTS

15

12

9

6

3

0

 

II.       Support and Related Courses GPA

          HSBC     1113     Medical Terminology
                  

          HSBC     2114      Human Anatomy

          PSYC     1113     Introduction To Psychology        

          CIT         1103     Introduction To Computers         

 

GPA

3.6 – 4.0

3.2 – 3.5

2.8 – 3.1

2.4 – 2.7

2.0 – 2.3

< 2.0

 

POINTS

15

12

9

6

3

0

 

III.      Qualifying Tests

A.    ACT Composite Scores

 

 

 

 

SCORE

31 - 36

26 - 30

21 - 25

16 – 20

 

POINTS

20

15

10

5

 

                       

B.    Compass Reading

 

 

 

 

 

SCORE

97 – 100

93 - 96

89 - 92

85 - 88

81 – 84

 

POINTS

20

16

12

8

4

 

                       

C.    Compass Pre-Algebra Test

 

 

 

 

 

SCORE

93 - 100

85 - 92

77 - 84

69 - 76

61 - 68

 

POINTS

10

8

6

4

2

 

 

D.    Compass Writing

 

SCORE

96 - 100

91 - 95

86 - 90

81 - 85

76 - 80

 

POINTS

10

8

6

4

2

 

IV.     Medical Experience

          X-ray department, more than 3 years

          X-ray department less than 3 years

          Medical more than 1 year >

          Medical less than 1 year

 

> 3 yrs

< 3 yrs

> 1 yr

< 1yr

 

5

3

2

1

 

V.      Technical Area Point  

 

0-1

 

1

 

VI.      Professional Orientation 
           –based on attending a mandatory
           orientation scheduled during April or May.

 

0-5

 

5

 

Conditionally accepted applicants are required to provide documentation of the following items:

  • Immunity to Mumps, Rubeola, and Rubella. Submit shot records showing proof of two immunization for MMR. If you do not have proof of immunization, you may have Mumps, Rubeola, and Rubella titers drawn and submit proof of positive results. If results of any titers are negative, you are required to receive the appropriate immunization and submit proof.
     
  • Immunity to Varicella (Chickenpox). Submit shot record showing proof of immunizations. If you do not have proof of immunization, you may have a Varicella titer drawn and submit proof of positive results. If results are negative, you are required to receive two immunizations 4 -8 weeks apart and submit verification.
     
  • Documentation of two TB skin tests showing negative results within the past year. If two tests have not been completed within the past year, two separate tests must be done 7 to 14 days apart. If test was positive, submit proof of a negative chest x-ray.
     
  • Current Health Care Provider level of CPR certification is required. The Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers course is offered by the American Heart Association. Healthcare provider level CPR courses are offered at various locations within the community and at Rose State College.
     
  • Hepatitis B immunization is highly recommended, but not required. If you have received the series, documentation of all three immunizations must be provided. A waiver will be provided for those persons not immunized.
     
  • Liability Insurance. This is purchased at Rose State College at an estimated expense of $15 for the calendar year. Payment is made as part of the Fall semester enrollment fees. 
  • Criminal Background Check -- Clinical affiliates require a Federal Background Check for students who are conditionally accepted into the Program. The student will be responsible for the cost of the check. The check will include a seven year criminal history, sex offender registry search, education history, and verification, employment history and verification, previous address locator, and SSN verification. A criminal conviction history does not necessarily disqualify an individual from admission to the program however felony convictions may prevent National Certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
     
  • Health Insurance -- Health insurance information is required in case of an emergency. If the student is not covered by his or her own health insurance, a waiver must be signed stating that the student assumes financial responsibility for the cost of any emergency care necessary while performing duties as a student in the clinical rotation. This document will be provided during the first four weeks of the semester. Some clinical education sites require that the student have health insurance. Students without health insurance will be ineligible for rotation at these facilities.
     
  • Drug Testing -- Conditionally accepted applicants are required to pass a 10 panel urine test for amphetamines, , methamphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, propoxyphene, methadone, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, and opiates, before final acceptance into the program will be granted.

Although the Radiologic Technology Program cannot decline admission to academically qualified students, it is possible that a student will be denied permission to rotate at area hospitals for clinical training. Students that are denied permission to rotate at two (2) or more clinical sites will be unable to complete the clinical portion of the Program and must be denied final acceptance into the Program.

Physical Qualifications/Technical Standards

Radiography is a physically demanding profession. The Program is, by school charter, able to accept all students who qualify academically. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists has specific objectives that must be met by all persons that apply to sit for the National Registry, and are not subject to change. Employers will have very specific job descriptions that must be met by those who seek employment as radiographers. The following general guidelines are based on job descriptions of hospitals in the area.

Manual dexterity, range of motion, coordination and strength to:
  1. Adjust, manipulate and move a variety of x-ray machines and controls with speed and accuracy
  2. Arrange, attach, and adjust supportive devices
  3. Write neatly and legibly
  4. Reach over the head numerous times in the course of a day
  5. Bend, lift, turn, grasp and squat with full motion
  6. Climb stairs, stools and ramps
  7. Provide physical support to patients during radiographic procedures
  8. Transport, move, and lift patients
  9. Stand and walk for eight hours
  10. Wear a 15-20 pound lead apron for hours while standing
  11. Exert 100 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds of force frequently and 20 pounds of force constantly
Adequate visual acuity to:
  1. Be able to observe and assess patient behavior
  2. Read printed and hand written material, meters, gauges, and computer monitors
  3. Assess patients non-verbally to include changes in respiratory rate and effort and changes in skin tone
  4. Evaluate radiographs in shades of gray for detail, positioning, exposure factors, anatomy and other information
Adequate verbal skills to:
  1. Communicate effectively in order to explain to and direct patients during their radiographic examinations
  2. Provide emotional support to patients during radiographic procedures
  3. Communicate in a professional manner with various health care colleagues regarding radiography and patients
  4. Use an intercom and telephone
Adequate auditory acuity to:
  1. Use a telephone
  2. Respond to verbal communications and commands given through a mask over the face, in a darkened room, and when the speaker has their back turned
  3. Perceive the nature of sounds of machinery
  4. Distinguish sounds such as a patient breathing, wheezing, or gasping
  5. Employ a stethoscope for the evaluation of blood pressure of a patient
Be capable of:
  1. Handling stressful situations related to technology, procedures, or patient care
  2. Providing emotional support to patients during radiographic procedures
  3. Responding effectively and quickly to situations requiring first aid or emergency care of patients until more qualified help can arrive

Rose State College will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disability in order for students to have access to educational programs and services. Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should make the initial request for accommodation to the Counselor for Students with Disabilities in the Student Development area immediately upon acceptance into the program. See the RSC Student Handbook for further details.

Student Pregnancy Policy

If you are a student enrolled in radiography at Rose State College, you are given the option to inform or not inform program officials of your pregnancy status. If officials are informed, it must be submitted in writing. Additional radiation monitoring will be arranged. In the absence of this voluntary and written disclosure, you as a student cannot be considered pregnant. For more specific information regarding this policy and how it may affect your position as a student radiography refer to the program Policies and Procedures manual which is available in the program office. Additional information is available on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission website.

Program Costs

First-Year Estimated Program Costs
Tuition @ $86.50 x 12  Hours  $1038.00
Semester Fees 252.00
Liability Insurance 15.00

Textbooks (approximately)

700.00

Uniforms (approximately)

150.00

Professional Dues

15.00

Lead Markers

25.00

Sub-total:      

$2,195.00

Fall - First Semester

 

Tuition @ $86.50 x 13  Hours

1124.50

Semester Fees

 273.00

Sub-total:    

$1,397.50

Spring - Second Semester 

 

Tuition @ $86.50 x 6 Credit Hours

519.00

Semester fees

126.00

   Sub-total:    

$645.00

Summer - Third Semester

Second-Year Estimated Program Costs

Tuition @ $86.50 x 12 Credit Hours

1038.00

Semester Fees

252.00

Liability Insurance

15.00

Sub-total:    

$1,305.00

Fall - Fourth Semester

 

Tuition @ $86.50 x 12 Credit Hours

1038.00

Semester Fees

252.00

Graduation Fee

15.00

Sub-total:    

$1,305.00

Spring - Fifth Semester

 

Tuition @ $86.50 x 6 Credit Hours

519.00

Semester Fees

126.00

Sub-total:    

$645.00

Summer - Sixth Semester

 

Approximate Grand Total

$7,492.50

There is an application fee of $15 for all new Rose State students assessed at initial enrollment. The costs for background check, drug testing, CPR certification, inoculations and titers are not included in the above information. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinical sites. 

 Note: Fees and tuition are subject to change without notice.