Admission Criteria Associate of Science
At the conclusion of the Spring semester of program application, students in the applicant pool are scored to determine their rank order. The criteria for admission consideration is based on a 130 point weighted scale as follows:
75 points, AGPA (Admission Grade Point Average) of the pre-radiography general education course work completed
15 points, Math/Science GPA
15 points, Interview Scores
25 Rating Points, students can earn points (maximum 25) which will be added to their overall combined score as follows:
1 point given for each credit hours of a required general education course completed with a C or better by the end of the Spring semester of program application. Points available = 0-20.
5 points given for the completion of P261 and P262 ( or transfer course equivalents) with a C or better by the end of the Spring semester of program application. Points available = 5.
Essay Question Requirement
To remain eligible for the pre-admission process, each applicant must complete a series of essay questions. The questionnaire will be provided to the applicants prior to the admission interview in April and May.
An interview is required for admission consideration and will be scheduled during the months of May, and June (as needed).
IU South Bend Radiography Program has specific Technical Standards critical to the success of students in the clinical/professional program. Students must be able to meet the requirements which include the ability to lift and transfer patients to and from the x-ray examination table; move, adjust, and manipulate equipment to perform radiographic procedures; review and evaluate radiographs to determine the quality of the image; communicate orally and in writing with patients, doctors, and other personnel; follow written and verbal directions. Students must be able to demonstrate these standards with or without reasonable accommodations in order to succeed in the program. A copy of the Technical Standards Form will be sent to each applicant to review and sign certifying that they can meet those standards.
It is not mandatory that applicants for the clinical/professional program participate in an observation experience at a radiology/medical imaging center. This option can be requested by calling the Radiography office at (574) 520-4504 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although not a requirement, volunteer experience is recommended and is very helpful in making a career choice.
Federal law mandates for clinical agencies to require criminal checks through the Indiana State Police. Clinical/Professional students are responsible for applying for the criminal check and all fees associated with the check.
Drug Test Policy
Purpose: To provide a safe working environment, area hospitals and other healthcare institutions are requiring individuals who provide care to patients to undergo drug testing. For this reason, students in the Radiography/Medical Imaging Programs will undergo drug testing to meet the criteria of clinical agencies. All students entering the Radiography and Medical Imaging Clinical/Professional Programs will undergo drug testing as a condition of admission into the programs. Those admitted prior to the May 1, 2013 policy implementation will be screened prior to the fall 2013 semester in order to allow continued participation in the Radiography Program.
Policy: The IU South Bend Radiography/Medical Imaging Programs enforce a zero tolerance for impairment due to alcohol and/or drug use while on campus or in clinical affiliation experiences. Infringement of this policy will cancel the offer of admission, and for those admitted to the Radiography/Medical Imaging Programs, be subject to disciplinary action up to and including academic dismissal.
- Student admission to the Radiography/Medical Imaging Programs, is contingent upon a drug screening test result indicating no evidence of drug use. A drug screening result indicating dilution of the sample will require a repeat drug test.
- The student is responsible for the cost of the drug screening which is part of the background check conducted for admission and the screening must be completed by the date designated by the program at the IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center prior to starting the clinical/professional portion of the program.
- In the event of a drug screening result indicating use of an illegal drug or controlled substance without a legal prescription, student admission to the Radiography/Medical Imaging Programs will be denied. Results will be submitted to the program director or designee. Duty to Report: if the student is a licensed/registered health professional, a report will be made to the Attorney General and Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (or in the state(s) in which the applicant holds a license).
- Students may be permitted to take legally prescribed and/or over-the-counter medications consistent with appropriate medical treatment plans while on duty. However, when such prescribed or over-the-counter medications affect clinical judgment, the student’s safety or the safety of others, the student will be removed from clinical course work. The program director will be consulted to determine if the student is capable of continuing to participate in academic and clinical education programs.
- After admission to the Radiography/Medical Imaging Programs, at any time faculty or an administrator suspect a student is impaired due to drug or alcohol use while in the clinical environment, classroom, or campus areas, the student will be removed from the area and required to undergo immediate testing for drug and alcohol use at the student’s expense. Impaired students will not be permitted to drive and must bear the cost of transportation. The student will be suspended from all clinical activities until the investigation into the situation is complete.
- In the event of a medical error, accident, or injury, testing will be conducted according to the policy of the clinical agency.
- Referrals for evaluation and counseling for drug and/or alcohol use will be a part of a plan for a student with a positive screening or incident related to drug or alcohol use.
- In the event of a positive drug screening of a student currently enrolled, the Radiography/Medical Imaging Programs, the student will be suspended from the program pending review by the program director or designee. Duty to Report: if the student is a licensed/registered health professional, a report will be made to the Attorney General and Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (or in the state(s) in which the applicant holds a license).
- More frequent drug testing (i.e. annually) can be implemented at any time and without further notice.
- Any student currently enrolled in the program who receives a 2nd positive drug screening following the appropriate therapeutic process, will be dismissed from the program.
Note: Students currently enrolled in the IU South Bend Radiography Program (as of fall 2012) will take part in the drug screening prior to the 2013 fall semester and will be notified by mail about the time and location of the test. Students will be responsible for the costs incurred. The results of the screening will be submitted to the program director or designee.
Graduates of the Program
Graduates receive an Associate of Science degree and are eligible to take the certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become certified as a Registered Technologist, R.T.(R).
Note: The ARRT requires all examinees to disclose any prior felony or misdemeanor conviction. If this situation applies to you as a student, it is recommended you contact the ARRT at (612) 687-0048 to discuss your particular case. This process is to prevent the student from having completed the A.S. degree program and being ineligible to take the ARRT exam.