Admissions - (download an application)
|Start Date for
|March 2, 2015 - May 13, 2016||July 2016||August 30, 2016|
* Associate degree or higher and pre-application courses listed below are required for admission.
How to Apply for Admission
- Download an application here or call 804-627-5408 to receive an application through the mail.
- Submit completed application, $ 50.00 application fee (only check or money order is accepted) and completed application materials before the deadline posted for that application period.
Candidates must meet the following minimum academic requirements for consideration.
1. All pre-application courses, listed below, must be from a regionally accredited agency recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, with a minimum grade of "C" and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
2. Candidate must have earned an associate (or more advanced) degree from an accrediting agency recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) with a minimum grade of "C “ and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
*For a list of accreditation agencies approved by the ARRT visit website: www.arrt.org.
* Pre-application courses indicated below must have been completed within 5 years of application cycle deadline.
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging makes selection of applicants without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
Acceptance into the Radiography program does not guarantee employment upon program completion.
Basic Application Requirements
- Submit completed application (with $50 fee) no later than the posted deadline for desired application cycle (See application period above) Applications received after the posted deadline will not be accepted.
- Complete ALL pre-application courses prior to application deadline and submit official transcripts.
- Associate degree or advanced level degree must be completed prior to application deadline from a regionally accredited college accepted by the ARRT. Submit official transcript.
- Candidates with previous medical experience must submit proof, i.e. letter of reference or letter from Human Resource representative.
- Candidate must meet minimum physical technical standards (essential functions) to be considered for acceptance. (See below)
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher calculated for highest level degree.
- Minimum grade of "C" is required for all pre-application courses and cumulative GPA of pre-application courses must be a 2.5 or higher.
- Submit 2 Letters of Reference.
- All misdemeanor or felony offenses require ARRT pre-approval regardless of how long ago they were committed. Contact ARRT (www.arrt.org). This process may take up to 8 weeks and a fee is included.
- A copy of ARRT approval letter must be submitted with application packet, if applicable
- Include a copy of your BLS (Basic Life Support) card for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association (AHA). Contact Health Educators for CPR certification: 804-553-0460.
- Attend an information session offered though the School.
- Observation/shadowing must be scheduled through the School for a minimum of 3 hours at a Bon Secours facility only. Click here to schedule shadowing session.
- Candidates meeting the criteria above will be scheduled to take an admission test on a scheduled exam day (Applicants will be notified of appointment by phone or email). The admission exam assesses: medical terminology, human anatomy and basic math.
- Candidates that obtain a 70% or better on the admissions test will be invited to the school for a personal interview with the admissions committee. Interviews will occur on selected dates prescribed by the committee.
- Candidates that score below a 70% on the admissions test will receive a letter of regret.
- Once interview process is complete – candidates will receive a letter of acceptance or regret into the program. (Acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of requirements established by Bon Secours Richmond Health System including proper immunization, drug screening, background screening and further required documentation.)
- Accepted applicants must be 18 years of age on the first day of class.
- Accepted applicants must provide and maintain proof of health insurance.
2015 Admission Testing (Appointment required)
May 20, 2015: 5pm-7pm
May 22, 2015: 10am-12pm
Candidate files that do not meet all criteria by application deadline will not be included in the admissions process and will be automatically declined.
- Undergo background and drug screening* Upon successful completion of step #1, the applicant will proceed with the following:
- Undergo physical exam* - Meet minimum physical standards (see below)
- Receive required immunization*
- Show proof of major medical insurance (not available through the school)*
- Purchase textbooks, clinical shoes, and uniforms prior to program start date*
* Asterisks indicate out of pocket expense that is not covered by tuition.
*Applicants whose background check demonstrates a misdemeanor or felony and has not received approval from the ARRT, will be denied admission.
- Qualified applicants are assigned points for each component of the application process: personal interview questions, admission exam, GPA of highest degree level and GPA of pre-application courses. An additional point is given for previous experience in the medical field. Admission is based on that numeric rank.
- Strong academic grades and good performance on the admission exam are very important to the numeric score.
Minimum Physical Standards (Essential Functions)
Accepted applicants are required to sign a form stating that they can meet the following standards.
The following physical requirements must be met by students entering the program.
- Hearing: Adequate to receive verbal communication from patients needing assistance and from members of the health care team.
- Communication Skills: (speech, reading, writing) Must be able to communicate clearly to patients, fellow students, faculty and all members of the health care team.
- Vision: Requires eye sight correctable to 20/20 to operate radiographic equipment and read information from printed sources and computer screens. Visual acuity is also required for the observation necessary for patient assessment, care and management.
- Gross and fine motor coordination: requires manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination for operation of radiographic equipment.
- Other: Requires frequent lifting and carrying items weighing 50 pounds unassisted. Requires frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting and sitting, with some heavy lifting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular clinical day.
The student must verify by signature that he/she can perform the physical requirements/essential functions listed above. A Registered Nurse signature is also required for verification. These processes will occur during the acceptance process (See acceptance process #2 above).