Admission is competitive. Only the most qualified applicants are admitted. Applications are accepted October 1 through February 15 for review in March. Applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks of the admission meeting of admission status. If necessary, an additional review session may be scheduled with a deadline for materials by May 30. Of the 16 seats available each year, spaces are reserved for Carl Sandburg College, Spoon River College, Black Hawk College, Southeastern Community College and Eastern Iowa Community College residents.
After the review of applications each student will be offered conditional admission, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission. Alternates will be offered conditional admission as positions on the conditional admission list become available. In order to be given full admission to the program the student must complete all of the necessary requirements, including the program specific paperwork as required. This paperwork will be distributed and discussed in depth at a mandatory meeting. Additional information regarding the mandatory meeting will be contained in the letter sent from the Admission Office notifying students of initial program admission status. All students, including those on alternate lists, are required to attend the mandatory meeting to pick up program specific paperwork and hear the discussions that take place. Students who do not attend a mandatory meeting will not be given this paperwork and will forfeit their position on the admission list.
Students who are conditionally admitted (including alternates) to the Radiologic Technology program must pay a $100 deposit when notified of initial program admission status to guarantee a place on the admission list. Once the student registers and pays his/her tuition, the $100 will be applied towards tuition. Students who accept their seat and drop for any reason will forfeit their money. Alternates who are not admitted will receive a refund.
1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete a general application for admission to the College - http://recruiter.sandburg.edu
2. Meet with the counselor working with prospective Radiologic Technology students.
3. Submit official transcripts from high school and all appropriate post-secondary educational institutions.
4. Complete the following courses with grades of “C” or better:
Biology - BIO 205 or its equivalency
Math - MAT 109 or MAT 110
Chemistry or Physics - CHM 100 or PHY 151
Medical Terminology - MDT 100
5. HOBET V (HOBET V scores may be valid for only one admission cycle):
Reading - minimum score of 64
Math - minimum score of 60
Science - minimum score of 41
English - minimum score of 50
Total Adjusted - minimum score of 54
6. Submit documentation of an interview with a licensed radiologic technologist currently working in the field. Interview must be completed within 3 years of admission date.
7. Complete an application for the Radiologic Technology program. (Program applications are available through the counselor.)
Applicants who are offered provisional admission following the March review are required to provide official college transcripts by May 30, 2013 to document successful completion of BIO 205 (or equivalent) or BIO 211 and BIO 212 (or equivalent) with grades of “C” or better. Students who fail to satisfy this requirement by May 30, 2013 will forfeit their provisional admission status.
Students interested in enrolling in this program may complete as many general education courses as they wish before going through the application process. Although it is not necessary, it is recommended to complete as many of the general education courses prior to the start of the RDT coursework, due to the rigorous quality of the program. General education courses do not have to be taken at CSC, although course equivalency should be verified prior to completion of courses at other institutions.
NOTE: This program requires a criminal background check, health evaluation including proof of immunity, a 10-panel drug screen, and CPR certification prior to entering radiologic technology classes. Details for these requirements are presented at the mandatory meeting.
*It is strongly recommended that BIO, MAT, CHM, PHY and MDT courses be completed no more than five (5) years prior to the starting date of the program.
*It is highly recommended, but not required, that students taking Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 211 & 212 or equivalencies) complete both of these courses at the same institution.
Your personal history may affect your ability to be certified / licensed as a radiographer. In order to be eligible for A.R.R.T. certification, candidates must be of “good moral character.” The qualifications for candidate eligibility for certification are reproduced below from Section IIA of the Examinee Handbook of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists:
“Candidates must be of good moral character. Generally, the conviction of either (1) a felony, or (2) any offense, misdemeanor or felony involving moral turpitude indicates a lack of good moral character for Registry purposes. Those who have been convicted of a crime may be eligible for registration if they have served their entire sentence, including probation and parole, and have had their civil rights restored.”
In addition, the application for licensure in the State of Illinois asks the following questions:
1. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
2. Have you been denied or had a license/certification revoked?
3. Have you been formally notified of any complaint against you relative to the practice of radiologic technology?
4. Have you had a drug or alcohol abuse problem?
5. Do you have a mental or physical disability that, through the practice of your duties, may be dangerous to patients or the public?
A response of “yes” to any of the above may result in the delay or denial of your license.
Questions regarding eligibility for A.R.R.T. certification and/or Illinois licensure may be directed to:
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
IEMA, Division of Nuclear Safety
1035 Outer Park Drive
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 785-991 OR (217) 785-9900