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Admission criteria

Admission is based on a comprehensive review of the applicant's academic records, references, work- and/or community-related experiences, pre-entrance examination, and interview. Qualified persons are eligible for admission without consideration to race, color, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or disabilities. In an effort to assess the applicant's emotional and physical qualifications (technical standards), the School defines qualifications it believes are necessary for successful performance as a student radiographer.

Admission requirements

  1. Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  2. High school graduate or the equivalent.
  3. Courses in physics, chemistry, biology, algebra and geometry are strongly recommended. Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate educational background in mathematics and science by evidencing:

    • Completion of two academic years of high school math with the letter grade of C or better. Course content must be at regular, honors or advanced levels.
    • Completion of two academic years of high school science with the letter grade of C or better. Course content must be at regular, honors or advanced levels.
    • Applicants not meeting the above requirements may submit official college transcripts verifying performance equivalent to a letter grade of C or better in the completion of two college math and two college science courses that are applicable towards graduation requirements.
  4. Submission of complete official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions of education attended.
  5. High school and/or college grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Applicants with a High School Equivalency Certificate must submit their General Education Development (GED) Test scores. An earned total standard score of 2250 or higher with a minimum of 450 scored on each test qualifies the applicant for admission consideration.
  7. Applicants who have completed their education outside of the United States must submit their records for evaluation of their U.S. educational equivalency. Documents must be submitted to an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The School will accept a General or Detailed Evaluation Report. More information may be obtained through:

    Educational Credential
    Evaluators, Inc.(ECE)
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    53202-3470
    Phone: 414.289.3400
    Fax: 414.289.3411
    Email: eval@ece.org
    www.ece.org

    World Education
    Services, Inc.(WES)
    P.O. Box 11623
    Chicago, IL 60611-0623
    Phone: 312.222.0882
    Fax: 312.222.1217
    Email: midwest@wes.org
    www.wes.org

    The School must receive an official copy of the evaluation report forwarded directly from the evaluation agency.

Prerequisite Course - Medical Terminology

  1. Applicants must document the successful completion of a 3 college credit hour medical terminology course from an accredited college or university. For example, City Colleges of Chicago currently offers a 3 credit hour course titled Terminology for Medical Careers (course number 23-120). Credit will be accepted provided that the course has been completed within two academic years of the applicant's September enrollment with a letter grade of C or better.

Program Information Session

  1. All applicants are required to attend a School information session at which time the admission requirements and application process are reviewed. Information sessions are held monthly between December and April. A schedule of information session dates and times is available by telephoning 773.296.8965. Applicants must contact the School Office at .773.296.8950 to reserve a place for a particular session date. The attendance of an information session is required to process your application.

Pre-entrance Examination

  1. Completion of the School's pre-entrance exam with performance meeting minimum score requirements. Applicants qualifying for the pre-entrance exam are contacted by the School Office for an exam appointment date. Reference admission packet inserts.

Interview

  1. Interview with Admissions Committee following review and evaluation of the completed application, official transcripts, and pre-entrance examination. Applicants not qualifying for admission, based on the review of admission information, are not invited to interview.

Post Offer Admission Requirements

  1. Evidence of good health and fitness through post-offer (of school admission) physical examination, acceptable drug screening, submission of health records including documentation of required immunizations, laboratory exams as necessary to meet Advocate Health Care requirements.
  2. Health and Liability Insurance Requirements Post Offer Enrollment
    • Verification of health coverage by a personal health insurance plan.
    • Verification of liability insurance. Information is provided by the School. Fall 2006 rate is $30.00 for one year of coverage.
  3. Verification of identity, citizenship/immigration status and school admission eligibility.
  4. Criminal Background Check
    • Consistent with Advocate Health Care's compliance with the State of Illinois "Healthcare Worker Background Check Act," applicants who are offered admission are required to undergo a criminal background check. Additional information is forwarded to applicants offered enrollment.
    • The school will not enroll or retain persons who have been convicted of committing or attempting to commit offenses identified under the Act. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure the care and safety of Advocate patients.

Transfer and advanced placement

  1. Students must fulfill the admission requirements as given.
  2. Transfers are considered from only accredited Radiography Programs.
  3. Transfers must have completed no less than one year of uninterrupted Radiologic Technology education in the last two years.
  4. Admissions and advanced placement consideration takes into account the differences in organization, course content, and course and clinical assignment sequences. The program director will seek consultation with the director of the school from which the student desires to transfer.
  5. A minimum GPA of 2.0 (4 point scale) in all clinical and classroom courses is required for admission.
  6. Submission of course descriptions and syllabi for all completed courses of education under consideration of transfer of credit.
  7. A list of texts required in each of the courses under consideration.
  8. Course credit by examination to determine competence through previously acquired knowledge and experiences will be determined and made available on an individual basis.
  9. Course credit by examination is granted on earning a score of 78 percent or higher.
  10. Evaluation for credit of clinical courses follows admission. Clinical competence is assessed through instructors' observations and evaluations of the student's performance of the radiographic examinations and required procedures. If a score of 78 percent or higher is earned, on all required evaluations, course credit is granted.

Bilingual students

Applicants from countries where English is not the native or official language may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of Written English (TWE) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Applicants receive consideration for admission on earning a:

  • TOEFL total score of 500 or higher
  • TWE score of 4 - 6
  • TSE score of 200 or higher

Applicants may apply for these examinations through:

TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
1.877.863.3546
Fax: 1.610.290.8972
Email: toefl@ets.org
www.ets.org

The School must receive an official copy of the evaluation report forwarded directly from the evaluation agency.

Non-Academic Qualifications (Technical Standards)

The School identifies non-academic qualifications that are essential for students' satisfactory completion of classroom and clinical learning objectives. The student must be able to:

  1. Transport patients from or onto wheelchairs, gurneys and examination tables.
  2. Operate medical imaging equipment and accessory devices.
  3. Position/maneuver patients and medical imaging equipment to perform radiographic examinations and procedures.
  4. Monitor the physical and emotional state of patients for their care and safety.
  5. Evaluate medical images for technical quality and accuracy.
  6. Evaluate diagnostic information on display screens/monitors and adjust controls as required.
  7. Verbally communicate and demonstrate an auditory sense sufficient to:
    • give and acknowledge receipt of information in classroom and clinical instruction and in processes that involve the care, safety and examination of patient.
    • transfer information within a timeframe appropriate to the situation.
  8. Document/input information on/with appropriate recording mediums, i.e. computer keyboard, request forms.
  9. Lift and transport radiographic equipment and supplies weighing up to fifteen pounds.
  10. Perform required and essential tasks wearing protective (lead lined) apparel on the neck (thyroid collars), trunk (full aprons) and hands (gloves) with an approximate equivalent weight of ten to fifteen pounds.
  11. Demonstrate the manual dexterity to perform venipuncture, monitor pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and prepare syringes and medications for injection.
  12. For extended periods of time, demonstrate the physical strength, coordination and endurance to independently navigate in diagnostic examination rooms.

Applicants Seeking to Re-Apply for Admission

Applicants who have been denied admission may re-apply in the next academic year. Applicants who wish to re-apply after a second denial of admission must evidence additional prepatory activities such as college math, science and English course work for admission consideration in academic years following the second denial.

Admission steps

Applications for admission should be addressed to:
Program Director
Advocate Illinois Masonic
School of Radiologic Technology
836 W. Wellington Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657

Application deadline

The application deadline date is April 1st. All application materials must be postmarked no later than April 1st for consideration of Fall 2007 admission. Applicants applying after this date may be considered for Fall admission should openings be available. New classes are admitted annually each September.

Applicants must submit to the director:

1. Properly completed application form.
2. Application fee. The fee is not refundable.
3. Two letters of recommendation from an instructor, academic advisor, employer, or co-worker.

Applicants must have forwarded:

4. Transcript of academic records sent directly to the School office by all high schools, professional schools, colleges and universities attended.

Based on review of the above information, applicants will be contacted by the School Office to:

5. Complete the school's pre-entrance examination.
6. Interview with the Admissions Committee.

Following the interview - Notification to Applicant
Following the interview, all records on qualifying applicants are reviewed and evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Within four weeks of the interview, all applicants are notified of their enrollment status by a letter from the Admissions Committee.

To Complete Acceptance
To complete acceptance the applicant must provide evidence of good health and physical fitness by submitting proof of examinations, tests including drug screening and immunizations as required by the School and Medical Center. Additionally, the applicant must submit proof of his/her identity, citizenship status, hospitalization and liability insurance coverage and give written consent to a criminal background check.

Following Confirmation of Acceptance
Applicants accepting and confirming their admission must attend a second information session. The purpose of this meeting is to review the health assessment and dress code requirements and to receive and review material required for the fall term classes, i.e. book list. Additionally, applicants must submit information to verify their citizenship, identity and initiate their criminal background check. Attendance of this session is a post-offer admission requirement.


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