Frequently Asked questions (FAQs)
WHY ARE APPLICATIONS ONLY ACCEPTED ONCE A YEAR?
Applications are only accepted on a yearly basis because we want to give students the opportunity to complete all pre-requisites before the application process in January. Most students have not completed their pre-requisites at the time they attend the mandatory information session; this gives them the opportunity to register for any missing courses before the application period begins.
IS THERE A WAITING LIST TO GET INTO THE PROGRAM?
No, our Program does not have a waitlist. A Student not accepted into the Program after the application process is required to contact the Radiologic Technology Office to reactive their application the following year. Applications are valid one year after declination.
CAN I FINISH MY PRE-REQUISITES WHILE I AM IN THE PROGRAM?
No, we do not allow students to complete pre-requisites while in the program for two reasons:
Part of the application process includes taking into account a student’s pre-requisite GPA score, without completing all courses, we cannot include this score in the ranking process.
Taking additional courses with the prescribed Radiologic Technology courses can hinder a student’s success in the required core courses. Students are enrolled in 12 – 14 credits of academic and clinical courses each semester, by allowing a student to take more classes they would be:
Disrupting their clinical rotations because the pre-requisite courses many interfere with their clinical schedule, and
Disrupting their focus on academic courses by adding extra study time for classes they should have completed before the program began.
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM EACH YEAR?
The program accepts 20 students each year. Classes begin in the summer, with an intense Clinical Orientation Course, RAD 100, that prepares the student for achieving clinical goals in the following fall semester.
HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
This program is a 22-month program spanning six continuous semesters beginning with the summer of the application period.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND THE INFORMATION SESSION IF I ALREADY ATTEND ONE BEFORE?
It is recommended that you attend the information session for the year in which you are intending to apply to the Program because of any changes that may occur. We will allow students that have attended a session up to one year prior to the application period to forgo attending the current one. Students must notify the office that they have already attended a session and the date of the session in order to verify attendance.
Be advised that it is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are aware of any and all policy changes from the time they attended the initial information session.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO INTERVIEW FOR THE PROGRAM?
Communication skills are very important. Radiologic Technologists must explain all procedures to patients in order to get informed consent to perform exams, to obtain medical histories, to calm and comfort anxious patients and to give vital information to Radiologists, Physicians, and other members of the healthcare team. The interview process allows your communication skills to be assessed. No applicant is admitted without completing the interview process. The Radiologic Technology Office will schedule interviews once a student has confirmed their intent to continue with the application process. Students are encouraged to review the Program material in the library before their interview.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM NOT ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM? CAN I APPLY AGAIN NEXT YEAR?
If you are not accepted into the program, you can reactivate/reapply the following year. The student must contact the Radiologic Technology Office to request that their application be reactivated. Applications can only be reactivated the following application period; if more than one application period has elapsed between the initial application and reapplication, a student will need to begin the application period all over again. This includes sitting for the TEAS V, attending an observation, and participating in the interview process.
WHY DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT A COPY OF MY FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD?
Our Background Check Policy states that “Applicants to the College’s Radiologic Technology Program (the “Program”) must present a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card in order to be cleared for clinical placement along with a completed application. The primary clinical affiliate for the Program, Yuma Regional Medical Center, requires all students operating in a clinical setting to be cleared for patient contact using the same criteria as outlined in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Standard of Ethics, Section B – Rules of Ethics, Subsection 2.” Requiring students to present a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card before being accepted ensures students’ will be cleared for clinical placement before classes begin.
WHAT IS THE TEAS V EXAM?
TEAS V stands for Test of Essential Academic Skills V for Allied Health. Our program requires the student take this exam to measure their academic preparation for the medical field. All students are required to take the exam and pass with a minimum score of 50%.
WHAT IS ON THE TEAS V EXAM?
The TEAS V Exam is comprised of 150 questions with four sections including: Reading, Mathematics, Science and English.
WHERE CAN I FIND A STUDY GUIDE FOR THE TEAS V EXAM?
There is a copy of the study guide available in the Library Reserve Section. This copy is available for a 2-hour period and can only be viewed in the library.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the study guide it is available at http://www.atitesting.com/2/teas-prep/study-guide.aspx for an estimated cost of $48.00.
WHEN CAN I TAKE THE TEAS V EXAM?
The TEAS V Exam is administered by our Testing Services Department (located in the 3C Building) between January and February. Test scores must be turned into the Radiologic Technology Office by the due date; not exceptions will be made.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I TAKE THE TEAS V EXAM?
The TEAS V Exam can only be taken one time if the student attains a 50% or higher on their first attempt. A student cannot re-take the exam to improve their score.
If a student attains a score lower than 50%, they will be required to take the exam again until they attain the minimum score. If a student must re-take an exam, there is a 7-day waiting period before a student can re-take the exam.
WHAT IS THE COST TO TAKE THE TEAS V EXAM?
The initial exam is free to the student. If a student must retake the exam because they did not pass it the first time or because they are reapplying to the program, then a cost of $30 payable to the business office will be assessed to the student. Students will be required to obtain an authorization form from the Radiologic Technology Office before attempting to take the exam.
WHEN CAN I BEGIN COMPLETING THE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS?
Students who are accepted into the Program will be required to attend a “Health Requirements” meeting where they will be instructed on the various requirements as well as deadlines to complete each requirement. It is not recommended that students attempt to complete their health requirements until after they have attended the meeting.
HOW DO I BECOME REGISTERED?
Graduating students will take the National Credentialing Board Examination. This is given by the national credentialing body called the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Passing this examination give you the status of “registered” and will allow you to work across the country. Many states though, will require you to take an additional examination called a “Licensing Examination”. You must be licensed by the State of Arizona to practice in this state after graduation. For more information visit; http://www.arra.state.az.us/MRTBE.htm
Please feel free to call the Radiologic Technology Office regarding your questions about the application process, the program’s requirements, or about the Radiologic Technology profession. Thank you for your interest in the program.