Admission Classifications and Clinical Entry
The Radiologic Technology Program has different classifications of students. The classifications are: radiologic technology student, pre-radiologic technology student and undeclared RT.
Radiologic Technology students have
met criteria and are eligible for entry into a clinical course. Acceptance as a
radiologic technology student does not guarantee an automatic placement
into a clinical course. Faculty after review of the student's admission file, or
after results of placement testing may recommend that the student go at a slower
pace than the two year progression plan. Students are placed in clinicals based
upon a review of their date of acceptance, GPA and number of required general
education credit hours completed toward the degree.
Pre-Radiologic Technology students are students who do not meet program criteria and are enrolled at the university working to complete criteria to gain acceptance into the program. Pre-Radiologic Technology students will be assigned an advisor from the program. The advisor will work with the student to plan course work. Pre-radiologic technology students are working to complete 12 hours (including a lab science) of credit at a 2.7 GPA or higher with a "C" or higher in each course and fulfill requirements set for standardized test scores. The program may set other requirements as determined by the Admissions Committee according to program policy.
Undeclared - RT students will need
to achieve all criteria of admission prior to being able to register for
clinical courses. Please refer to the program's policy on Admissions to review
all criteria required.
The program will review each student's file for progression at the close of each semester/summer session according to the following criteria:
For a student to be in good academic standing in the Radiologic Technology Program, the following criteria must be attained:
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all courses.
- A grade of "C" or higher in all general education courses for advancement.
- A grade of 85% (B-), or higher in all professional radiologic technology courses.
- Achievement at a satisfactory level of all stated clinical objectives and competencies.
A student will be issued a clinical warning/placed on probation immediately or at the end of the semester when any of the following occur:
- Failure to maintain the minimum requirements to progress within the competency system of clinical evaluation.
- Failure of a repeat clinical competency examination.
- Failure to display appropriate professional/clinical behaviors.
Automatic probation and/or dismissal may occur for, but not limited to, the following:
- Incidents of unsafe clinical practice. These
- Failure to correctly place an ID marker on an image or to mark an image at the time of exposure.
- Failure to properly utilize radiation protection principle, including repeating a radiograph without a technologist in the room.
Students will receive a mid-term progress report in all
courses where they have a grade
average of below 85% (B-). The student will be counseled to identify the problem areas and to direct them to the appropriate resources for help.
At the close of each semester or summer session the Academic Advisory Committee of the Faculty Council will meet to review student files for compliance with the above criteria.
Dismissal and/or terms of probation will be the decision of the Academic Advisory Committee.
- Students achieving below a 2.0 GPA will not be considered for probation. Only one probationary period will be granted during the course of the clinical sequence.
- Students receiving less than 70 - 85% will be allowed to submit a request to the Faculty/Advisory Council to recycle.
- Once in the clinical sequence failure in any course will result in automatic dismissal from the program.
Entry into the Clinical Sequence
Enrollment in the Radiologic Technology program is based on available resources in order to meet the standards set forth by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students who are attending the university and meet program criteria for acceptance will have the first opportunity to register for clinical courses. Students requesting approval for a Change of Program during the spring semester will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and will be considered along with new applicants. It is never a guarantee that an accepted student automatically has a place in the clinical course. A space in RAD 168, Clinical Education I is assigned on the student's date of registration based upon the following:
- Date of Acceptance
- Number of required general education hours completed, either at the university or being transferred.
Students are encouraged to attend the earliest registration date designated by the University.