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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When can I begin taking courses?

General education courses required for the AAS Degree in Radiologic Technology may be taken before admission to the Rad Tech Program. These courses are listed in the current college catalog under Radiologic Technology and on page 2 and 11 of this packet. The catalog can be accessed on the main RSCC web page. No professional Rad Tech course (RDT prefix) can be taken without first being accepted into the program.

A minimum of 9 credit hours of the general education courses must be completed prior to the March 31st application deadline of the year you apply for the Radiologic Technology Program (courses completed in the spring semester of application will NOT be considered for admission). Courses completed at a college other than RSCC will only be considered if the official college transcript is submitted to the RSCC Admissions and Records Office AND evaluated before the published application deadline.Courses completed and transcripts submitted after the published application deadline will NOT be considered for admission.

2. What are the physical qualifications essential for success in clinical coursework for the RDT program?

Applicants should self-assess to determine if they can meet the following general standards:

3. When will I know if I have been accepted into the Radiologic Technology Program?

Prospective students will receive an e-mail from Health Sciences Admissions to the RaiderNet account by the middle of April to inform them if they ranked high enough for an interview. If informed that they have been selected for an interview, the student must respond to the e-mail within 5 business days from when it was sent. After interviews have been completed, final acceptance e-mails will be sent the second week of May.

4. How many hours a week will I be in class?

First year students will be enrolled in various Rad Tech lecture classes/labs anytime between 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There are no evening or weekend Rad Tech classes. Clinical hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at most clinical sites.

Second year students will be enrolled in various Rad Tech lecture classes anytime between 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Clinical hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at most clinical sites. There are four weeks of evening clinic required during the second year of the program and no weekend clinical. *In no event will a student be required to spend more than 40 hours a week in the classroom or clinic. If a student needs to make-up time missed, it can be completed during finals week at the end of the semester. However, if the student chooses, the student can make up time during the regular semester after regularly scheduled clinical time is over. 

5. Will I be participating in hospital clinical education as part of my course work?

Students will be participating in unpaid clinical education (clinic) throughout the program which requires students to be at the hospital for eight hours each scheduled clinical day. During clinic, students perform radiographic procedures on real patients with the guidance of registered technologists while working with other students, physicians, and various healthcare professionals. Students deal with blood & body fluids, surgical procedures, trauma, portable procedures, as well as routine radiography and will move and transport patients, which includes heavy lifting & reaching.

6. Where will I be assigned for my clinical coursework?

The program makes every effort to assign you to a hospital setting closest to your residence. However, assignments are made based on available space and cannot be guaranteed. Often, students must make a commitment to drive varying distances once accepted into the program. Below is a list of the 17 clinical affiliates that the RSCC Rad Tech Program utilizes:

7. What can I do to enhance my chances of being accepted into the Rad Tech program?

Since points are awarded for high GPA’s and grades of A and B in Math and Science courses, chances of being accepted are enhanced if a student attains a high GPA and achieves A's and/or B's in Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Intro to Rad Tech, and Math. Since most students must have completed 9 credit hours of college coursework before being eligible for admission to the program, students may possibly enhance their chance of acceptance by first enrolling and successfully completing Intro to Rad Tech, Probability and Statistics (or other acceptable math), A&P I, and A&P II with grades of B or better.

8. Does the program keep a “waiting list”?

No. Each student must re-apply every year.

9. Does the Rad Tech Program at RSCC accept transfers from another institution’s Rad Tech program?

Information concerning students wishing to transfer to RSCC from other recognized institutions of higher education is provided under the Admissions information in the current edition of the college catalog. Official transcripts from colleges/universities are reviewed by RSCC admissions officials and/or the campus Registrar.

Contact: Julie A Hall • (865) 481-2015 • hallja3@roanestate.edu

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