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Admission Requirements & Procedure

Admission Requirements

  1. Meet all college general requirements for admission as a degree-seeking student (as stated in the catalog) and be admitted to the college.
  2. See “Programs with Special Admissions Requirements,” in the college catalog.
  3. Complete all required Learning Support courses by the end of the fall semester prior to the year in which admission is sought.
  4. ACT (national) or SAT exam results are required of all applicants. Applicants must have a composite score of 19 or higher (equivalent to an SAT score of 900 or higher).
  5. Have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for academic subjects. The high school GPA is used for students who have earned less than 12 college credit hours. An applicant who has not earned 12 credit hours of college level credit that has no high school GPA must have an average standard score of at least 530 for each test in the battery on the GED.
  6. Schedule, attend and complete a preliminary interview/orientation session. A preliminary interview/orientation can be scheduled by clicking on this link, http://radtech2014preliminarycolumbiacampus.eventbrite.com. Select a time, date, and location from the drop-down menu. Be sure to write down the date, time and location before clicking on “done.” Preliminary interview/orientation are conducted approximately every 10-14 days from late July or early August, to early January. Applicants will receive all paperwork and a full explanation of the program and profession. Attend preliminary interview/orientation at the earliest possible date, giving yourself ample time to submit required materials by the February 1 deadline. Interviews are conducted in late March to early April, and applicants will receive an interview letter with date and time approximately early March.
  7. Program application requirements listed above must be completed before February 1. This includes the two Letter of Recommendation forms provided at the preliminary interview/orientation, completion of both portions of the clinical observation assignment (scheduled at preliminary interview/orientation), and review of the Radiologic Technology Applicant Handbook. The handbook contains the Radiologic Technology Student Policy Manual, a copy of the Standards adopted by the JRCERT, the Radiography Practice Standards, the ARRT’s Standard of Ethics, and an estimated cost sheet.
  8. Applicants must be able to physically manipulate and operate equipment, manipulate patients, and visually assess patients, test results, and the working environment. They must be able to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing, make appropriate judgment decisions in emergency or other situations, and demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interaction with patients, their family members and personnel.
  9. In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, students are encouraged to register with the office of Counseling/Disability Services for possible assistance with accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially provide appropriate documentation regarding the nature and extent of a disability. Students requesting accommodation are (strongly) encouraged to contact the office of Counseling/Disability Services at the beginning of the semester. Students may contact the director of counseling at 931.540.2857.
  10. Once admitted, students are required to submit documentation of the following entry requirements prior to the first day of clinical assignment. If the documentation is not completed prior to the first day of clinical assignment, students will not be permitted to go to clinical.
    • Health Requirements: All radiologic technology students must submit evidence of good health by returning a completed Physical Examination form. Forms are given to the student upon acceptance into the program. All students must have a:
      • Documented negative 2-step TB skin test and/or chest x-ray must be within three months of the start of the program; negative TB skin test or chest x-ray annually;
      • Evidence of immunity for;
        • Rubella (positive titer),
        • Varicella zoster (chicken pox) (positive titer)
        • Rubeola titer (positive titer)
        • Tetanus/diphtheria booster within the past ten years.
    • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Requirements: All students must submit evidence of a current BCLS certification (must include two-person CPR) for the healthcare professional. BCLS Health Professional certification classes are sometimes offered by Columbia State Community College or the American Heart Association.
    • Malpractice insurance is required for all radiology clinical practicum courses. A group policy is available. The fee is assessed annually as a part of registration.
    • Health insurance is required. Students must provide evidence of health insurance coverage before clinical assignments may begin.
    • Hepatitis B vaccine is now required. Current information is available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines. At least 1 dose (out of 3) must be completed before beginning any clinical assignments. Documentation of the vaccine must be submitted if it has already been taken or in progress.
Completion of items 1-9, listed above, denotes consideration for an interview but in no way implies or guarantees an interview or admission to the program.

Admission Procedure
  1. Submit the following to the Admissions office:
    • Complete Application for Admission to the college
    • Official college transcripts from all colleges previously attended
    • High school transcripts of GED results
    • ACT or SAT exam results
  2. Schedule and attend a preliminary interview/orientation listed at www.columbiastate.edu/radiology
  3. Submit completed program application forms received at preliminary interview/orientation
  4. Submit a copy of transcripts from all colleges previously attended to program faculty
  5. If an applicant does not meet the admission criteria, he/she will be notified in writing. If the applicant wishes to complete his or her file and application to establish eligibility for consideration the following year, remaining requirements must be submitted and program director must be notified of the intent in writing.
Background Checks
Criminal background checks may be a requirement at some affiliated clinical training sites. Based on the results of the criminal background check, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of a specific course and your program. More information is available from your program director.

Options:
Truescreen-Radiologic Tech Annual MVR
Truescreen-Radiologic Tech Program


NOTICE: FELONY OR MISDEMEANOR CONVICTIONS
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) has stringent rules regarding misconduct and eligibility to take the national registry exam. If you have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor offense(s), you may complete the pre-application review process with the ARRT prior to program enrollment to avoid delays and uncertainty regarding certification eligibility. The pre-application review form is downloadable from the Ethics section of ARRT’s website at www.arrt.org or by phoning ARRT at 651.687.0048. In the event that a student or graduate of the Radiologic Technology Program is concerned about ARRT eligibility, it is the sole responsibility of the student or graduate to certify eligibility with the ARRT.

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