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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.

Step 1 – Eligibility Requirements for Radiography Admission Test

Only eligible applicants will be allowed to participate in the competitive admissions process for Fall Semester 2016. Applicants must request a file review by December 1, 2015 (see item #7).  Eligibility requirements subject to change.

  1. Submit online Rowan-Cabarrus application for admission indicating radiography as program of choice. Application to the Radiography program does not prompt an automatic file review for admission eligibility. An applicant must complete an Admission Eligibility Form to request a file review (see item #7).
  2. Official Transcripts – High School (diploma awarded) or GED and college (if applicable)
  3. Demonstration of Academic Competency in English, Reading, Math and Algebra
    • Acceptable placement test scores or successful completion of remedial courses (grade of C or better) within five years of 2016.
      • English and Reading
        • English –Accuplacer score of 86+, or ENG 090 or ENG 095
        • Reading –Accuplacer score of 80+, or RED 090 or RED 095
        • Combined English and Reading –on Accuplacer score of 165+
        • Composite English and Reading—NC DAP of 151+
        • ENG 095 or DRE 098 fulfills both English and reading requirements.
        • Asset, ACT and SAT scores may also be used.
      • Math and Algebra
        • Math –Accuplacer score of 55+ or MAT 060 or DMA Math Modules 010-030
        • Algebra –Accuplacer score of 55+ or MAT 070 or DMA Math Modules 040-050
        • Asset, ACT and SAT scores may also be used.
      • Approved transferable college level Math and English courses within five years of 2016
      • Graduates of public or private high school within 5 years of 2016 who meet certain grade and course requirements. The Admissions Office can provide additional information.
  1. Eligibility Review Session—As soon as possible after completion of items 1-3, an applicant is responsible for scheduling an appointment with the health programs admissions coordinator on the Salisbury or Concord Campus.  During this session, all admission requirements and deadlines will be discussed.
  2. Radiography Information Session – Students are required to attend one session in 2015.
  3. Coursework – Admission criteria must be within five years of 2016.
    • Biology – High school level or BIO at a college level (grade of C or better)
    • Chemistry or Physics – High school level, CHM 090, CHM 121, PHY 110 or higher (grade of C or better)
    • Computer – CIS 110 (grade of C or better) or a satisfactory score of 27+ on the Computer Skills Inventory (CSI) or 60% on the Computer Skills Placement (CSP)
  4. Submit an Admission Eligibility Form (February 1 – December 1, 2015)
    • This form is required each year to request a file review determining eligibility for admission testing. Submission of this form is by appointment with the health programs admission coordinator on the Salisbury or Concord Campus. Submitting as early as possible is recommended.

After completing items 1-7 above, proceed to step two.

Step 2 – Testing and Ranking of Students

Program Admission Test for Radiography

  • Eligible students will submit acceptable TEAS-V or KAPLAN admission test scores.  RCCC will provide one testing opportunity for the KAPLAN for qualified applicants. The test will be administered in February or March 2016. Students must meet the minimum admission scores in designated test categories to proceed in the admissions process to be ranked.

Point System and Ranking

  • Applicants who meet the minimum admission test scores will also submit point system documentation and be awarded points according to the program point system. Applicants will be ranked and offered conditional acceptance or be placed on the alternate for 2016 admission.

Step 3 – Conditional Acceptance into Program

These steps are required only for those who have been offered conditional acceptance into the radiography program. Information and forms will be provided by the radiography department.

  1. Current CPR certification (Health Care Provider level including infant, adult, & child)
  2. Background Report/Drug Screen: Clinical facilities require criminal background checks and drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. If a student is denied access to participate in clinical practice by the facility based on their criminal background check and/or drug screen results, the student will NOT receive a secondary placement in another facility. The student will not be able to meet competencies required for progression in the Radiography program.
  3. Physical Examination/Current Immunizations

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Health Program Admissions:

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 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 08-01-2015

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