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Admission Requirements for Radiography

Please note important deadlines for applying to the radiography program. Admission requirements will be finalized by February 1 of each year for the subsequent year. Program requirements will be finalized by August 1 of each year for the subsequent year.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general enrollment process for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, the applicant must complete the following.

  1. To be considered for the radiography class beginning August of each year, all applicants must
    • Submit an Admission Test Qualification Form to the admissions office February 1 – December 1 of the previous year. Admission Test Qualification Forms will be available in student services. Applicants will be required to meet with an admissions counselor when submitting the Admission Test Qualification Form.
    •  Meet admission requirements (1-6) prior to January 1 of the year to be admitted. For Example, an applicant wants to be considered for admission August, 2014. So the applicant must (1) complete admission criteria (1-6) prior to January 1, 2014 and (2) must submit an “Admission Test Qualification Form” February 1-December 1, 2013.
    • Applicants will be admitted based on a competitive selection process.
    • All applicants who are not accepted must re-submit an Admission Test Qualification Form between February 1 – December 1, to be considered for the next year’s class and meet current program admission criteria.
  2. Attend one (1) of three (3) radiology information sessions offered annually by the radiography program head, in order to make informed decisions regarding applicant’s program selection. Failure to attend will delay the admissions process. 
    Failure to attend an information session will delay the admissions process.
    Applicants should direct all questions regarding the program requirements to their assigned radiography faculty advisors. All applicants will be required to sign in.
    • Applicants must attend an information session the year prior to potential program entry. This means that if applicants attended an information session two years ago and want to be considered for fall 2014 entry, they must attend an information session in 2013 as well.
  3. At the end of the Information Session, all applicants are required to complete the “Program Survey” form and sign the “Statement of Understanding Regarding Acceptance for Clinical Training.” The clinical training statement pertains to submission of a required criminal history report and mandatory drug screen. Please realize that for admission into the program, a criminal background check (CBC) and Drug Screen is required. Negative clearance from either report may prevent students from participating in clinical practice (which means that they cannot complete program requirements).
  4. Submit evidence of high school graduation: official transcript or official GED transcript; and if applicable, official college transcripts. In regards to transfer credit (or credit previously earned at RCCC), related courses within the radiography curriculum – BIO and MAT –must be within 5 years of January 1 of the program admission year.
  5. Present evidence of successful completion of the following within the last five years.
    • Biology – high school or any BIO at a college level (Note: BIO 168 and BIO 169 are required major courses.)
    • Chemistry – high school or CHM 090 or higher at a college level (or) Physics – high school or college level
    • Computer – CIS 110 or make an acceptable score on the RCCC Technical Proficiency Exam (TPE) or Computer Skills Inventory (CSI).
      • Effective July 12, 2010, the TPE will no longer be administered. TPE scores prior to this date will be accepted.
  6. Be academically prepared to enroll in ENG 111, Expository Writing, and one of the following math courses: MAT 161, MAT 171 or MAT 140. All applicants for admission into the Radiography program can satisfy this requirement by meeting one criterion from each of the following areas. Placement test scores, remedial course work, and demonstrated proficiency in mathematics (Numerical/Pre-Algebra and Algebra I) must be acquired within five years of the admission year.
    • Writing/English (completed within 5 years of the admission year)
      • Standard score of 42 or higher on the ASSET Writing (or)
      • Standard score of 70 or higher on the COMPASS Writing (or)
      • Standard score of 86 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills (or)
      • Combined Reading/English COMPASS score of 151 or higher (or)
      • Combined Reading/English ACCUPLACER score of 165 or higher (or)
      • Satisfactory completion of ENG 090 or ENG 095 (or)
      • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of at least one college-level (associate degree or higher) course in English composition (or)
      • SAT Writing score of 500 or ACT Writing score of 18
    • Reading (completed within 5 years of the admission year)
      • Standard score of 42 or higher on the ASSET Reading Skills (or)
      • Standard score of 81 or higher on the COMPASS Reading Comprehension (or)
      • Standard score of 80 or higher on teh ACCUPLACER Reading (or)
      • Combined Reading/English COMPASS score of 151 or higher (or)
      • Combined Reading/English ACCUPLACER score of 165 or higher (or)
      • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of a college-level (associate degree or higher) course in English Composition (or)
      • Satisfactory completion of RED 090 or ENG 095 (or)
      • SAT Reading score of 500 or ACT reading score of 20
    • Math-Numerical Pre-Algebra Skills (completed within 5 years of the admission year)
      • Standard score of 42 or higher on the ASSET Numerical Skills (or)
      • Standard score of 47 or higher on the COMPASS Pre-algebra (or)
      • Satisfactory completion of MAT 060 (or)
      • DMA Math Modules 010-030 (or)
      • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of at least one college-level (associate degree or higher) math course (or)
      • SAT Math score of 500 or ACT Math score of 21
    • Math-Elementary Algebra (completed within 5 years of January 1 of the admission year)
      • Standard score of 42 or higher on the ASSET Elementary Algebra + 42 or higher on the Numerical Skills (or)
      • Standard score of 46 or higher on the COMPASS Algebra + 47 or higher on the Pre-algebra (or)
      • Satisfactory completion of MAT 070 (or)
      • DMA Math Modules of 040-050 (or)
      • Satisfactory completion (grade C or higher) of at least one college-level (associate degree or higher) math course within the last 5 years (or)
      • SAT Math score of 500 or ACT Math score of 21
    • The applicant is limited to testing twice in a twelve-month period (initial test and one re-test). Placement test requirements can be met by successfully completing the remedial courses recommended after COMPASS/ASSET testing. Students who have withdrawn from the Radiography program due to academic reasons may be required to re-test and meet minimum acceptable scores. Specific placement retest requirements will be based on individual academic deficiencies. Applicants should check with the Admissions Office regarding any questions related to testing.
  7. Admissions Testing Qualification
    • Applicants meeting admission requirements (1-6) prior to January 1 and submitting an “Admission Test Qualification Form” from February 1 – December 1 of the previous year will be eligible for the Radiography Admission Test. The college reserves the right to extend the deadline date if necessary to secure qualified applicants for program admission. Testing dates will be provided.
      • Testing fee must be paid in the Business Office prior to testing
      • A photo ID is required for entrance to the test
      • Study guides will be available for purchase in the RCCC bookstore (North and South campuses)
    • Selection Criteria
      • Admission to the Radiography Program is competitive. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS-V) is a multiple choice test that evaluates the basic reading, math, writing and science skills for students seeking entry into a health program.
      • The applicant’s Adjusted Individual Total Score, Reading Score, and Math Score are used and evaluated for program selection. The required minimum (cut scores) must be met in all three (3) areas to continue on to the ranking and selection.
      • Scores at or above the currently established normed passing standard will be utilized in a point system to rank each applicant for selection; the higher the TEAS score, the greater the opportunity for selection. Only current test scores will be used.
      • Applicants meeting the three cut scores are awarded points and scored using the following criteria:
        • TEAS Adjusted Total Score
        • TEAS Reading Score
        • TEAS Math Score
        • Pre-requisite Coursework Biology Grade
        • Pre-requisite Coursework Chemistry/Physics Grade
      • Additional points can be achieved if any of the following apply:
        • Completion of any Curriculum General Coursework (General Ed requirements)
        • Residency of Rowan or Cabarrus Counties
        • Previous experience in Health Field or Radiography (*with documentation)
        • Have completed an Academic Degree (Associates or higher)
      • After all criteria have been scored, selection into the Radiography Program will be based on the highest total points received.
    • Alternate List for the Radiography Program
      • Applicants not offered Tentative Program Placement will be ranked, placed on an alternate list and admitted in that order, only if space becomes available. Applicants remaining after the fall class has been filled will not be carried over to the following year(s); each applicant will have to reapply, meet current admission requirements, retest, and will be ranked with the applicants for the following year.
  8. When items 1-7 have been successfully met, the applicant’s file is reviewed by the Admissions Committee and tentative program placement is established. Full acceptance/admission into the Radiography program is not granted until the applicant completes the following items.
    • Criminal Background History Report and Drug Screen as required by clinical sites. Students will be given directives for securing the report.
    • Completed physical examination form (exam within the last 6 months) that provides evidence of satisfactory physical, emotional, and mental health. Pre-admission drug screening is required (see Evaluation of Physical and Emotional Health Technical Standards guidelines and Procedure Regarding Acceptance for Clinical Training for Health Programs). Problematic areas will be handled on an individual basis by the Radiography Program Head after consultation with clinical affiliates.
    • Certification in basic life support, CPR, at the Health Care Provider level (adult, child, and infant). Certification can be obtained through Continuing Education or other approved providers, and must be maintained throughout the RAD course sequence.
    • All applicants’ admission data, including health form, CPR verification, and criminal background check and mandatory drug screen, must be finalized prior to the first day of fall semester. Final approval for admission will be established by the Radiography Program Head.
    • When problematic, physical, or mental health conditions exist, faculty may require timely medical reports from the student’s physician confirming that the individual is physically and mentally competent to enter, or continue, in the Radiography program.

Radiography Re-entry Policy

All students wishing to return to the RCCC Radiography Program must be eligible to do so based on policies and procedures governing enrollment, academics and readmission established by the college. These policies and procedures can be reviewed in the RCCC Student Handbook and College Catalog. In addition to RCCC readmission policies and procedures, the following have been adopted as part of re-entry policy for the radiography program.

  • If a student has been dismissed due to unacceptable behavior, approval for readmission will be contingent upon satisfactory evidence that the unacceptable behavior which caused dismissal has been corrected and is not likely to occur again. Evidence of remediation may be required.
  • If a student has withdrawn or has been dismissed due to health concerns, approval for readmission will be contingent upon conclusive evidence that the health concern has been corrected. This applies to physical, mental, and emotional health issues. Evidence of restored health from a medical physician will be required.
  • If a student has been dismissed due to a confirmed violation of the college’s academic integrity policy, re-entry into the program is not allowed.

A student must be eligible for readmission according to college standards. Students who have been withdrawn from the radiography program – due to progression standards or students who voluntarily withdraw from the RAD course sequence – and request to be considered for the subsequent radiography program must meet the current admissions criteria and requirements stated at the time application for re-entry is placed and is contingent upon space availability.

Candidates for re-entry must retake the radiography admissions exam (TEAS) and fulfill the competitive admissions criteria as specified in the college catalog. This may include retaking courses that have expired according to the five-year rule for admission criteria. Re-entry consideration is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Application for re-entry must be placed within six months from date of withdrawal.

If a student is readmitted into the radiography program, the program will require the student to return the semester before the loss of contact to audit all RAD courses offered. Once the audit is complete, the student will be allowed to rejoin the program in the semester where contact was lost. Exception to the audit – Students losing contact in the fall semester of the first year must reapply and rejoin, if eligible, without audit of the previous semester. A student wishing to re-enter the program must meet with the radiography program chair to develop an individualized plan of action for re-entry. If applicants are unsuccessful during their second attempt in the program, the applicants must wait a period of three years before re-applying to the program. In most instances, students will be limited to one re-entry opportunity. Final approval for re-entry is granted by the radiography program chair following a thorough review of the student’s record by the radiography faculty.

Voluntary Withdrawal

If students elect to voluntarily withdraw from the radiography program, there is no guarantee that they will be readmitted to the program. Students withdrawing from the program and wishing to reenter will be required to re-qualify and re-apply for program admission as based on the RCCC readmission policy and the radiography program re-entry policy. Prior to withdrawal from any course of instruction, the radiography student should see the radiography program chair or academic program dean to determine the best course of action, since withdrawal may interrupt or stop the continued education of the student in the radiography program.

Transfer Students

Request for transfer into the RCCC Radiography Program will be considered on an individual basis following a thorough evaluative process of the student’s records. Transfer acceptance will be contingent upon:

  • Availability of space
  • Meeting the current admission and graduation requirements in effect at the time of transfer request. Note: this may require transfer applicant to qualify to take the Radiography Admission Test which could cause a delay in the admission process.
  • Evidence of successful progression within an established RAD curriculum
  • Final approval for transfer is granted by the radiography program head

In the event that a student is granted transfer status, the Director of Admissions and Radiography Program Head will review the student’s academic records to establish transfer of credit. Transfer students will be required to audit all RAD courses for at least one full semester prior to enrolling in RCCC RAD courses for credit.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College does not discriminate in its admissions policies and procedures on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, age, religion, or handicap.

Evaluation of Physical and Emotional Health

Physical Health

Physical health is defined as being able to perform fine and gross motor skills, being able to perform normal weight-bearing activities, and free of a communicable disease.

Assessment of the student’s physical health is made with the use of information from the physical examination, performed by the applicant’s physician, and laboratory tests. The following pre-entrance tests/immunizations are required: TB skin test or chest x-ray for TB sensitive or positive individuals; Rubella/Rubeola or Rubella titer for those individuals with birth dates prior to 1957; and Tetanus vaccine or booster within the last ten years. Hepatitis vaccine is recommended. Validation of immunizations is required.

If a physical condition threatens to prevent or prevents satisfactory classroom or clinical performance, the individual in question is counseled and referred to an appropriate professional at the individual’s expense. The recommendation of the professional is utilized in advising the individual with regard to continued enrollment in the program. A person may be denied admission or continued enrollment in the program if the physical problem conflicts with safety essential to radiography practice and does not respond to appropriate treatment within a reasonable period of time.

In the case of a qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless to do so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

Emotional Health

Emotional health is defined as reacting appropriately to stressful situations, understanding one’s own ability to cope with stressful situations, and behaving appropriately within the current environment.

Assessment of emotional health of applicants is made through the use of physical examinations, and current psychological evaluations, if necessary, from qualified professionals. When emotional conditions prevent satisfactory classroom or clinical performance, recommendations are made on an individual basis, for consultation with the appropriate professional(s) at the student’s expense. The recommendations of the professional(s) are utilized in advising students with regard to continued enrollment in the nursing program. A person may be denied admission or continued enrollment in the program if the emotional problem conflicts with safety essential to radiography practice and does not respond to appropriate counseling/treatment within a reasonable period of time.

In the case of a qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless to do so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

Revised 01-26-2012

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