In addition to the Randolph Community College requirements for admission the following are minimum requirements for admission to the Radiography Program:
PHASE I (Completed by June 1)
1. Complete general admission requirements of Randolph Community College.
A. If new student, complete an RCC admissions application for the 2016 fall semester. Current students, skip to number 2.
B. Provide official copies of high school transcript and/or adult high school equivalency and all college transcripts.
C. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid at http://www.fafsa.gov or contact the office of Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs for assistance.
2. Has met the placement assessment cut score for DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, and 050 or has successfully completed DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, and 050.
3. Has met the placement assessment cut score for DRE 096, 097, and 098 or has successfully completed DRE 096, 097, and 098.
4. Complete the TEAS VI Test. The highest scores will be used in admissions decisions. Test scores are applicable for three years from the test date. There is no cut score for the exam.
5. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the most recent transcript, college or high school.
A 2.5 GPA must be maintained throughout the admissions process.
6. Attend mandatory information session (Dates will be listed on the Radiography home page on the RCC website)
7. Submit documentation required for the ranking sheet to the limited enrollment specialist.
Students will be notified by by MyRCC email of acceptance into the Radiography program during the week of June 15 for fall enrollment. Students must respond by email within seven calendar days to accept placement in the program. If a student declines or does not respond by the deadline, another student will be offered placement.
PHASE II (Completed by July 12)
1. Attend New Radiography Orientation. Students will be notified of date and time.
2. Complete student medical information form (including current immunizations and negative TB test).
Please Note: Some of these immunizations may take 6 months to complete. These requirements are discussed in the information session. No extensions will be granted. Students may submit medical requirements to the administrative assistant for health sciences and cosmetic arts anytime after receiving the Phase I completion email, although students are encouraged to verify MMR and Varicella immunizations early. Please refer to the information session packet.
3. Current CPR certification through the American Heart Association for adults and children.
NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSIONS/INFORMATION SESSION
Students will be able to see the dates and times of the information sessions via the RCC website. The purpose of the information session is to answer questions about the program and for representatives from the Radiography program to share important information. Students who do not attend will not be admitted into the program.
Applications received after June 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
Applicants who are not admitted may reapply before the June 1 deadline of the next year.
Readmission to the Radiography program is based upon successful completion of the requirements for readmission and space availability. A student may readmit to the Radiography program one time only, and this admission must occur within one academic year of separation. Students dismissed for behavioral or unsatisfactory clinical performance are not eligible for readmission. The number of students approved for readmission will be based upon the availability of resources to support them.
The Radiography department head may require a readmitted student to re-take a previously successful course in order to better ensure success in the program.
The student must follow the guidelines for admission and continue to maintain a 2.5 GPA. The student may be eligible for one of the admissions options listed below.
If the student is unsuccessful in their first fall, spring, or summer semesters, they must repeat the entire admissions process. They will be readmitted if they are one of the top candidates according to the admissions ranking sheet.
If the student is unsuccessful in their 2nd fall or 2nd spring semester:
The student must apply for readmission by submitting a letter of intent to return within seven days of a radiography course to the Radiography department head.
The student must have maintained a 2.5 GPA.
The student will be required to pass a written and laboratory skills test.
Testing must be completed within one year after dismissal.
If both exams are passed, the student will reenter the program as a second-level student in the fall semester pending space availability.
It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the re-admission process and to schedule testing with the department head for radiography.
The student will be required to re-complete the background check and drug screen.
All immunizations and CPR requirements must be up to date.
Students eligible for Option 2, will only be permitted one opportunity to pass the written and lab exams. If the student is unsuccessful on either exam, the student may be eligible for Option 1, if they have met the admission requirements as outlined in the current college catalog.
TRANSFER CREDIT FOR RADIOGRAPHY COURSES
Students wishing to transfer into the radiography program must follow the processes outlined below according to status. Out of state transfers are not accepted.
In state status students:
- Admission is based on space availability.
- The student must initiate the admission process and schedule a meeting with the Radiography department head.
- The student must meet all admissions requirements for the College and the Radiography program as posted in the College catalog.
- The student must submit a letter from their current radiography program director stating they left their current program in good academic and behavioral standing.
- Any student dismissed from their current program for behavioral issues or unsafe clinical practice will not be eligible for admission.
- The student will be required to complete a background check and drug screen through the RCC provider at their expense.
- All immunizations and CPR requirements must be up to date.
- The student will be required to pass a written and laboratory skills test.
PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH
It is required that there be evidence that the physical and emotional health of the student be such that he/she can be expected to provide safe care to the public.
Evaluation of health will continue throughout the program. An applicant or student who presents problems in physical or emotional health which have not responded to appropriate treatment within a reasonable time may be denied admission or asked to withdraw. The student is denied admission or asked to withdraw to protect his/her own health and that of clients to whom he/she is assigned.
NUMERICAL RANKING SYSTEM
The numerical ranking system was implemented as an objective means for evaluating Radiography applicants. Applicants will be ranked based upon points earned. Students with the highest number of points will be selected for admission into the Radiography program.
GPA: A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Actual GPA will be multiplied by three.
TEAS VI SCORE: The test scores are good for three years. Composite score converted into a decimal and multiplied by 20.
TRANSFER OF TEAS VI SCORE: RCC will consider accepting TEAS VI scores from other institutions, via atitesting.com, pending proof that all four sections have been completed within three years. RCC reserves the right to refuse TEAS VI scores from other institutions should there be concern that all four sections have not been taken.
GENERAL COURSES: Points for having completed the following courses with a grade of “A” or “B” in the past five years: PHY 121, BIO 163, or BIO 168 & BIO 169. A=5 points; B=3 points.
HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE: Points awarded for having healthcare-related experience working directly in patient care. Must be
• at least part time for a period of six months or more.
• experience that has occurred within the past five years.
• The required form must be completed on company letterhead by your department supervisor and submitted to the limited enrollment specialist by June 1.
Legal Limitations Of Licensure
Upon successful completion of the Radiography Program, the student will be eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam. The application will be submitted in the last semester of study. Graduation from the radiography program does not guarantee that a student will be permitted to sit for the exam. Students must pass an ethics review conducted by the ARRT. Please see the Department Head for Radiography if you have questions. Fees are associated with this process.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT POLICY
Advanced placement is an accelerated educational option for students attempting ARRT certification, but who no longer qualify due to exhausting the three attempts in three years rule. The program is intended to supplement previous education, in order to become eligible to attain AART certification. In order to be eligible for advanced placement as defined by the JRCERT and ARRT, the individual must
• have graduated from RCC’s Radiography program within the past 12 months, in good behavioral standing as defined by the program director and clinical coordinator
• not be currently certified by the ARRT
• must write a personal letter detailing the reason for not passing the ARRT registry, and the student’s plan to be successful if provided another opportunity
• must provide two letters of recommendation from an ARRT registered technologist attesting to the student’s potential to be successful as an advanced placement student.
Students who are deemed eligible for advanced placement by the program director will only be accepted if there is clinical space to do so. The student will be required to complete a background check, drug screen, physical, and update immunizations as requested by our clinical affiliates. The student will need to recomplete all clinical and patient care competencies as required by the ARRT. The student will be required, at a minimum, to take and pass a final exam for each radiography course in the curriculum. Only one opportunity will be provided for the student to test out of each course. Additional educational requirements may be necessary in order for the program director to deem the student as prepared to pass the ARRT certification examination.
Advanced placement students will need to be handled on a case-by-case basis. Time frame for certification eligibility will depend on the student’s ability to meet requirements as listed above. Please note that most likely all educational expenses will be out of pocket. The advanced placement student will be held to the same policies and procedures as outlined in the RAD student handbook and the RCC College catalog.