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Radiography - Admission Criteria

Mission Statement
The mission of Southwestern Community College’s Radiography Program is to meet the needs of the students by offering innovative instruction through comprehensive educational practices that promote student achievement and academic excellence, which will enable the student to graduate with the necessary skills to succeed as a radiographer or to continue with other educational goals.

Goal: Students will think critically.
Student Learning Outcomes:    

  • Students will perform non-routine procedures.
  • Students will be able to perform image evaluation.

Goal: Students will demonstrate professionalism.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate professional behaviors.
  • Students will understand ethics.                               

Goal: Students will communicate effectively.
Student Learning Outcomes:    

  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication

Goal:  Students will be clinically competent.
Student Learning Outcomes:    

  • Students will set appropriate exposure factors.
  • Students will correctly position patients for routine projections.

Individuals desiring a career in radiography should take courses in biology, algebra and the physical sciences prior to entering the program.

The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications and supporting documents listed in Phase I below must be completed and submitted by March 1 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.
Students must also be able to pass a technical standards exam.  This exam will be conducted by program faculty prior to entrance into the program.  This exam demonstrates that a student has the ability to meet certain physical demands which he/she will likely face while in the clinical educational setting.  Areas to be evaluated include: communication, cognitive skills, mobility skills, motor skills, physical stamina, and sensory skills (hearing, tactile, smell, etc.).  Students who cannot meet the technical stands will not be eligible for admission into the program.
PHASE I - To be completed by March 1
The applicant must:

  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC, complete an application to the college. Designate Radiography AAS Degree (A45700) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to this program.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Exception: current high school students.
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office. 
  4. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following:
    1. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years
    2. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and MAT 143 and their corresponding corequisites. This is a required corequisite for the program. 
    3. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses.
    4. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for Phase II of the selective admission process after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses.
  6. Be eighteen (18) years of age by the midterm of first semester  of the year admitted to the program.
  7. Take the TEAS-Allied Health exam. Students may take the exam twice per academic year (August-July). There must be a minimum of 30 days between exams. Exam scores are valid for three years from the date of the exam. Refer to the testing section for more information.

Once the program deadline has passed and records have been reviewed, applicants will receive a letter stating their eligibility status.

Radiography Selective Admission Points

  1. GPA – (60%)
  2. TEAS Score – (30%)
  3. Attendance at an informational session  – (10%)

The weighted percentages of the above are GPA=60%, TEAS=30%, attendance at informational session=10% for a total score of 100.
Once the program deadline has passed and records have been reviewed, the applicant will receive a letter detailing time and location of the information session. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon attendance at the session and agreement to program policies and rules. 


Selected applicants will be notified by the Admissions Office of provisional acceptance to the program. Once an applicant returns the signed Acknowledgement of Acceptance form to the Admissions Office, they will be fully accepted into the program.

Accepted applicants will receive health forms in their provisional acceptance packet. The completed medical forms must indicate that you are capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program.  These forms must be completed and returned to the Program Coordinator within 30 days.  Failure to complete the health packet may result in relinquishment of full acceptance status.
Documentation of current CPR certification is required by September of the first Fall Semester and must be kept current throughout the length of the program.

The program requires that students maintain a high level of academic and clinical performance. Failure to meet these standards will prevent normal progression through the program.
Candidates for certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) must comply with the “Rules of Ethics” contained in the ARRT Standards of Ethics. Any conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations must be investigated by the ARRT in order to determine eligibility for the certification examination. Additional information may be obtained from the program director.
Declared Pregnant Student
Federal and state regulations were modified in 1994 to introduce the term “declared pregnant worker.” Under these regulations, each student may declare her pregnancy in writing to the program director. However, it is the student’s option whether or not to declare the pregnancy. The student may decide to declare the pregnancy as soon as conception is confirmed, or at any time during the pregnancy. Once that pregnancy is declared, this institution is required to ensure that the unborn child does not receive more than 500 millirem during the term of the pregnancy, as determined by the radiation dosimeter which is worn at waist level under the apron. In the event that a student has already received 450 or greater millirem from the date of conception to the date of that the pregnancy is declared the regulations permit the unborn child to receive a maximum of 50 millirem during the remaining term of the pregnancy. It is up to each student to make her own decision regarding the declaration of the pregnancy. In all cases, this institution requires that radiation doses to the student and to the unborn child shall be maintained “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA).

Further information regarding student pregnancy may be found in the Radiography Student Policy Manual.
Students entering the program will receive a Student Policy Manual. This manual outlines the policies and procedures to be followed over the course of the program. Upon request, this document is available to interested persons. These requests should be made directly to program officials.
Selected learning experience (clinical education) will be provided at cooperating hospitals or other health care facilities within the area served by the College.  Transportation and associated expenses are the sole responsibility of the student.


  1. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary  records to the Admissions Office.
  2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  3. Applicants may take non-radiography, general education and  related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  4. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug testing prior to enrollment each academic year. The results of these tests could affect the student's ability to progress in the program.
  5. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.
  6. A student who presents problems of physical or emotional health at any time throughout the program and has not responded to appropriate treatment within a reasonable period of time may be required to withdraw from the program.  Any student whose behavior conflicts with safety may also be required to withdraw from the program.

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