Admission/Selection

* The Radiography Program is no longer accepting applications for 2014. The website will be updated in September with 2015 information * 

St.Vincent Health / St.Joseph Hospital Radiography Program provides equal opportunity to all applicants. The Program is selective in its admissions practices and evaluates applicants based on merit without discrimination on the basis of age, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. The program selects one class annually based on requirements and preference categories listed herein. Accepted candidates will have the opportunity to request accommodations for disabilities as defined by the American with Disabilities Act and state laws during their physican exam. Those seeking more information should contact the program director, Mark Adkins at (317) 338-3879 or meadkins@stvincent.org.

Application Deadline

Application, application fee, and the typed essay are accepted only between November 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014. Final deadline for the submission of official college transcripts is February 12, 2014. All admission documents must be in possession of the Program Director in Indianapolis by the appropriate deadline. All submitted documents become the permanent possession of the Radiography Program and will not be returned.

Application Procedure

To be considered for the program, applicants must complete the following:

  1. Completed and signed application. The application may be submitted prior to or during the mandatory pre-admission conference (see #5 below).
  2. Submission of the non-refundable $10 application fee. The fee must be in the form of a personal check, money order, or cashiers check. Cash will not be accepted.
  3. Submission of a typed essay.
  4. Submission of official transcripts from all American college, technical, vocational or other post-secondary institutions / schools listed on the application. Official transcripts may be included with the candidate's application but must remained in a sealed envelope. Transcripts that have been "Issued to Student" will not be accepted.
  5. Attendance at a mandatory pre-admission conference during the year of application. Pre-registration is not necessary.
  6. Due to federal radiation protection standards (National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements), applicant must be 18 years of age by August 1 of the year applying for enrollment.

Pre-Admission Conference Dates

January 27, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Cooling Auditorium (Basement)
St.Vincent Hospital
86th Street, Indianapolis

January 28, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Anderson Center
Saint Johns Health System
Anderson

January 29, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Conference Rooms (Basement)
St. Joseph Hospital
Sycamore St., Kokomo

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum 2.50 college GPA (4.00 scale)
  2. Meet either the degree pathway (A) or non-degree pathway (B) described below:

A. Applicants who will have earned any academic degree from a regionally-accredited institution prior to August 1

  1. Completion of the following general education areas (see the Approved Course List for courses with standing approval):
    • Mathematics / Logical reasoning – minimum 3 credit hours
    • Communication – minimum 3 credit hrs
  2. Completion of at least 6 or more credit hours from the following general education areas (see the Approved Course List for courses with standing approval):
    • Information Systems
    • Social / Behavioral Sciences
    • Natural / Physical Sciences
  3. At least 3 additional credit hours must come from a combination of #1 and #2 above.
  4. All of the above courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or better.
  5. Any of the above requirements not met by August 1 will have to be approved by program faculty prior to enrollment with the understanding that all requirements will have to be met prior to program graduation.

B. Applicants who have not earned an academic degree from a regionally-accredited institution prior to August 1

  1. Completion of the following Ivy Tech Community College courses (or equivalent courses from other institutions*):
    • APHY 101
    • APHY 102
    • ENGL 101
    • COMM 101 or COMM 102
    • HLHS 101
    • IVYT 1xx (success elective)
    • MATH 136
    • PSYC 101 or SOCI 111
  2. Completion of at least 12 hours of the above coursework through any regionally accredited college by January 1, and
  3. Completion of at least 9 hours of any 100-level or higher coursework through any Ivy Tech Community College campus by June 1, and
  4. Completion of at least 15 hours of any 100-level or higher coursework through any Ivy Tech Community College campus by August 1, and
  5. All of the above coursework must be completed with a letter grade of "C" or higher.
  6. Any of the above requirements not met by August 1 will need to be approved by the Program Director prior to enrollment with the understanding that all requirements will have to be met prior to program graduation.

* Courses from other institutions must appear on an official Ivy Tech transcript.

Clinical Observation

Although not required for consideration of admission, the program faculty strongly recommends that candidates complete an onsite observation in general radiography of a medical imaging department. Applicants are advised to allow sufficient observation time in general radiography to familiarize themselves with the role of radiographers in a health care setting. Observations may or may not be completed at a hospital affiliated with the Radiography Program. To request an observation at a St. Vincent Health hospital, contact one of the individuals listed below.

Bankruptcy Appeal

For a variety of reasons, there are some individuals whose overall college GPA is adversely affected by a period of poor academic performance, such that their overall GPA is not an accurate indication of their true academic abilities.  Many of these same students have subsequently demonstrated the ability to achieve academic success.  The bankruptcy policy allows individuals to exclude an earlier portion of their academic record while still receiving credit for having passed prerequisite courses so that the GPA considered by the Program Admissions Committee more accurately reflects the student’s true academic abilities.  The policy does not allow individuals to pick and choose poor classes or semesters, but instead allows an individual to convey, “that was me then, but this is what I am capable of now.”  If you feel that this policy would benefit you we encourage you to submit your appeal.

Applicants may request in writing to the Admission Committee that college grades prior to a specified date not be factored into the calculation of an overall college GPA and therefore not be considered as part of the selection criteria provided the following criteria are met.

  • The applicant must make the request in writing and include the college(s) attended and dates of attendance requesting to be bankrupted.
  • The applicant must include a rationale why the original GPA should be bankrupted and what the applicant did to improve his/her academic performance since the bankruptcy date.
  • The request must be signed and dated.
  • The applicant must have completed and maintained at least a 2.50 / 4.00 cumulative GPA on at least 12 credit hours of 100 level courses following the date of requested bankruptcy.

If approved, all academic grades prior to the bankruptcy date will not be considered toward the calculated GPA. However, all courses passed with a letter grade of “C” or higher regardless of bankruptcy will still be counted toward meeting the program’s general education requirements.

The Admission Committee will review each bankruptcy request and render a decision based on the merits of each request individually. Transcripts of all academic work must still be submitted as indicated.

Preferences

All candidates who meet minimal requirements are encouraged to apply to the program. Because the selection processes is competitive, not all applicants who meet minimal admission requirements will be selected into the program. All qualified candidates will be evaluated for consideration based on merit utilizing the program’s established screening process. Preference will be given to candidates who, at the time of application, have earned an academic degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited institution.

Foreign Educated Applicants

Applicants educated in foreign countries are welcomed to apply to the program. However, candidates must have completed all of the program’s general education requirements through regionally-accredited American colleges and universities. No foreign academic work will be considered toward the general education requirements. Foreign transcripts or the equivalent domestic evaluation of foreign transcripts (ECE, for example) are not required.

Primary Clinical Site Selection

In order to maintain appropriate recruitment bases for the individual institutions and to take into consideration the wishes of applicants to attend a clinical site nearest their place of residence, each applicant will apply for placement at only one primary clinical site. On the application and during the Pre-Admission Conference, applicants will be asked to indicate their preference for primary clinical site placement. Selection or rejection of applicants will then be based on the quality of the applicant pool applying for placement at each individual clinical site.

Selection Procedure

Applications are initially reviewed for verification of minimal requirements. Applications who meet minimal requirements are scored using an established and approved score sheet.

Of the applicants who attend the Pre-Admission Conference, a pre-determined number of applicants will be invited to attend a personal interview. Interviews will be conducted in whole or by a subset of members of the core program faculty, a representative from each primary clinical education site and a student representative. Interview candidates will be notified via letter of their respective interview appointment. Interviews will be conducted using an established format including defined questions and interview score sheet. The Admissions Committee is responsible for establishing the interview format.

Following each candidate’s interview, a comprehensive score will be determined by the interview team based on an approved comprehensive score sheet. This comprehensive score is based in part on the interview itself but will also include characteristics and factors that are predictive of success in the program. Applicants will be rank ordered according to their comprehensive score. Final selection of applicants into the program will be based on the comprehensive score and represents the interview team’s assessment of the overall likelihood of applicant success in the program. Consideration may be given to current employment within St.Vincent Health or residency in a rural county serviced by a St Vincent Health hospital. Applicants with tied comprehensive scores are further rank ordered according to the sum of their academic, experience and typed essay scores. The program reserves the right to reject candidates who have been interviewed and rejected twice (not including alternate status).

Enrollment Contingencies

Final acceptance of applicants will be contingent on the following:

  • Completion of all academic general education requirements by June 1 of the year of enrollment.
  • Completion of a health questionnaire and physical exam.
  • Submission of the tuition deposit.
  • Acknowledgement of acceptance of the position.
  • Completion of CPR certification, preferably by enrollment date, or no greater than two weeks following enrollment.
  • Receipt of updated transcripts by an identified date if earlier transcripts did not reflect work in progress.
  • A negative drug screening
  • Passing a criminal background screening and excluded provider verification (contact the Program Director at meadkins@stvincent.org for details)
  • ARRT pre-eligibility approval for candidates who disclosed a positive criminal history

Disclosure of Criminal History

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists may deny exam eligibility for any applicant convicted of a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor, with the sole exception of speeding and minor parking violations. Consistent with ARRT practices, applicants will be asked on the application to disclose their criminal history, excluding speeding and minor traffic violations. Applicants who disclose their criminal history must provide details as directed on the application.

Failure to disclose a positive criminal history will result in denial of the application. A positive criminal history will require the candidate to submit to the ARRT a pre-eligibility application at their own expense. The applicant will be required to forward the decision of the ARRT to the Program Director upon receipt. The decision of the ARRT will be considered when selecting candidates into the program. In such cases when the ARRT decision is pending when final selections are made, full acceptance will be contingent upon receiving the ARRT decision by an established deadline.

Denial of pre-eligibility by the ARRT will result in immediate revocation of acceptance. While approval of pre-eligibility by the ARRT is required to gain full acceptance into the program, the program reserves the right to deny full acceptance to any individual with a positive criminal history based on individual circumstances.

Review / Revision

These guidelines are not an employment agreement, nor do they represent or guarantee in any way employment following completion of the program. As explained above, candidates who are accepted into and successfully complete the program and wish to pursue permanent employment with any of St.Vincent Health's facilities will be required to follow the standard application procedures for permanent employment with such specific facility. Further, these guidelines may be reviewed, revised, and/or modified at any time by the program management in its sole discretion.

Application Documents

  • 2014 Application Instructions 
  • 2014 Application   
  • Typed Essay 
  • Ivy Tech Advising Sheet