Radiography

Application Policy

Radiography studentAdmission Policy

Northern Michigan University radiography program seeks to admit students who can provide evidence of potential to succeed in the health care profession of radiologic sciences. Applicants who meet all entrance criteria will be fully considered on an individual basis for admission.

The admission process is completed in four parts. An applicant must meet all application requirements/deadlines from Part I and Part II to participate in Part III. Admittance into the program is finalized by Part IV completion of proof of immunizations and a criminal background check

 

Student selection is based upon a point system for the following application criteria:

1.  Letter of introduction/intent

2.  Community service/healthcare experience

3.  Supportive course cumulative GPA

4.  Interview

The top 20 cumulative scores representative of a good academic standing, motivation, dedication, adaptability, good interpersonal skills, and a discernable interest in others will be accepted into the program. In the event there are two or more applicants with the same point total, the highest student overall GPA will be used to break the tie.

Admission Process:  January 1 – April 1

Part I

Prerequisite General Education Courses/Advisement Session/Job Shadow.

An applicant must:

1) Have the academic skills that will allow enrollment in college level general education courses such as College Composition and College Algebra. This may require testing through an Academic Skills Assessment Program (ASAP) administered by a college or university.

 

2) Complete all prerequisite general educational courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above by May 15 of the application year. A list of general education courses is located under Curriculum.

  • College Composition II, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology must have a minimum grade of a C.
  • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology must have been completed within a six-year period.
  • A higher-level course may be substituted for MA 104, LB, CH 105, HL 101
  • 16 of the 35 credits must be completed at Northern Michigan University.

 

3)  Complete an observational job shadow during RAD 109 Intro to Radiography:

An applicant must complete a 3-hour job shadow under direct supervision of an assigned mentor. Please refer to our job shadow section on the website for proper attire, possible questions and job shadow form

Documentation must be completed by the applicant and a Diagnostic Imaging Department assigned mentor

                       

Part II

Submission of application materials.

An applicant must submit the following by April 1:

1) A completed official program application/attachments.

     a. Completed job shadow form

     b. Letter of introduction/intent

          i. Maximum 3 pages

                   1. Short autobiography (life experiences, aspirations, etc.)

                   2. Description of how you determine or evaluate your success

                   3. Example of when you gave up your personal time for a community or organization as a volunteer

                   4. Reasons for selecting radiography as a future career

                   5. Description of how you will benefit diagnostic imaging

2) Official transcripts of all college/university courses must be on file with the NMU registrar. (An official transcript must have been mailed directly from the institution).

3) Completion of community service/healthcare experience form

 

Application Point Award Criteria

All applicants will be evaluated equitably according to the following point-award system. The highest-ranking applicants will be invited to participate in a personal interview with the Admission Committee

Letter of Introduction / Intent:

Addressed topics 0-0.25 point
Demonstrated insight 0-0.25 point
Demonstration of personality 0-0.25 point
Grammar 0-0.25 point
Demonstration of interest in others 0-0.25 point
  1.25 points maximum

          

Community Service/Healthcare Experience

Health Occupations (4 points)

Work experience with direct patient care > 1000 hours of experience

Proof of Work Experience:  (Note all information below must be included in the letter to receive points)

Letter from current/former employee verifying employment.  The letter must be on organizational letterhead with an original signature and must include applicant’s name, start date and end date (if applicable), employee status (full-time/part-time), number of hours worked per week (or total hours from/to date), job title, and examples of duties including type of patient interaction.  Experience must be within the last 7 years.

Previous Patient Care Experience (2 points)

CNA, CMA, PCT, PCA, EMT

Proof of patient care Experience:  (Note all information below must be included in the letter to receive points) 

Requires certificate of completion indicating a formal training program and clinical experience but not necessarily a licensure or certification.  (Ex. Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Home Health Aide (HHA), Medical Assistant (CMA), Medication Aide, Patient Care Technician (PCT), or Patient Care Assistant (PCA), EMT or Paramedic, Phlebotomist, Psychiatric Technician, or Completion of at least 1 semester of a Vocational Nursing or Registered Nursing program with a grade of at least “C” in all courses.  Must provide proof of certificate of completion. Experience must be within the last 7 years.

Work/Volunteer experience (1 point)

Credit for working while attending college (not health care related area)

Minimum – work 16 hrs/wk with 6 credit hours

 

(Note ALL information must be included in the letter to receive the points)

If you have maintained employment or volunteered at least 16 hours per week while attending college taking at least 6 credit hours, you may be eligible to receive additional points on the application.  The letter from current/former employee verifying employment or volunteerism must be on  organizational letterhead with an original signature and must include applicant’s name, start date and end date (if applicable), employee status (full-time/part-time), number of hours worked per week (or total hours from/to date), job title, and examples of duties including type of patient interaction.  If self-employed, a notarized letter will be accepted.  Experience must be within the last 7 years.

Observation hours in Diagnostic Imaging (1-3 points)

>100 hours    3 points

81-99 hours  2.5 points

60-80 hours  2 points

41-59 hours  1.5 points

30-40 hours  1 point

Observation:  Must include a letter from the institution or school detailing the # of hours completed, supervisor signature, and one page summary of activities.  Observation must be in a hospital Diagnostic Imaging Department for full credit.  You must have a minimum of 30 hours for points. Experience must be within the last 7 years.

Observation hours in Health Care Facility Non-Diagnostic Imaging (1-2 points)

Ex. HOSA or other school program

> 40 Hours     2 points

20-39 Hours  1 point

Observation:  Must include a letter from the institution detailing the # of hours completed, supervisor signature, and one page summary of activities.  Observation must be in a Health Care facility for full credit.  You must have a minimum of 20 hours for points.  (Ex HOSA) Experience must be within the last 7 years.

Volunteer in health care (0.5 – 1.5 points)

Direct patient care contact with > 40 hrs = 1.5 points

Indirect patient care contact > 40 hrs = 0.5 points

Volunteer:  Submit a letter on the institution or organization’s letterhead verifying volunteer service.  The letter must include original signature and applicant’s name, start date and number of hours volunteered and examples of duties including type of patient interaction. Experience must be within the last 7 years.

Community service or /Service Learning or Other volunteer activity  (1 point)

>24 hours experience

Community Service: Documentation (letter of certificate) of participation in a community service to benefit a health care related organization or other service learning/volunteer activity.  (Ex. American Heart Association, Hospice, Health Fairs, nursing home, YMCA,UPAWS, church activities) Experience must be within the last 7 years.

RT Program – Clinical Experience (1-3 points)

Minimum 200 documented hours

RT Program – Courses

Intro Courses or Program courses will be evaluated by the Program Director for additional points on application – must have completed at least 8 credit hours with a B or better.

  Previous Radiologic Technology Program Experience.  For applicants previously admitted in the NMU or other RT program, applicant must submit a self-evaluation letter describing reasons for leaving the program, and what steps have been taken to ensure success if applicant is admitted to the NMU RT program.  The Program Director must verify the number of clinical hours completed by providing a letter documenting attendance in program, number of clinical hours completed, and reasons for leaving the program early.  Only students in Good Standing will be given additional points.  Per the ARRT Code of Ethics, students who have been dismissed from a program due to Ethics violations such as patient safety/radiation safety, many not be eligible to be admitted into another program.  Background and/or ARRT clearance may be required.  For Rad Tech Course evaluation, a copy of transcripts from the institution must be included with the application for credit.*Applicant still must complete 16 credit hours at NMU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supportive Course Cumulative GPA

(College Composition II, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, College Algebra)

3.8 – 4.0

7 points

3.6 – 3.79

6 points

3.4 – 3.59

5 points

3.2 – 3.39

4 points

3.0 – 3.19

3 points

2.8 – 2.99

2 points

2.7 – 2.79

1 point

7 points maximum

 

Part III

Admission Committee Interview

Application interviews will be conducted mid-May.

An applicant will be evaluated on the following criteria in their interview

Knowledge of profession 0-1 point
Dedication 0-1 point
Managing change 0-1 point
Accountability 0-1 point
Interpersonal skills 0-1 point
Total/3 interviewers 15 points maximum

           

Program Acceptance

Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance into the program by formal letter in May. Information in regards to program entrance status is mailed to the last address provided. It is the applicant’s responsibility to maintain current contact information. An applicant that cannot be reached will forfeit their position of acceptance.

Applicants who are not selected in the initial round are ranked highest to lowest according to their total award points and assigned alternate status. Alternates are offered enrollment in ranked order if a selected candidate declines admission or does not qualify based on health status or criminal background search. Alternate status terminates when the new school year begins in August. Those wishing to be considered for the following year must reapply. NMU radiography program does not maintain an applicant waiting list.

 

Part IV

Health Status and Criminal Background Check

Only those applicants accepted into the program complete Part IV of the admission process. This includes: immunizations, a criminal background check and completion of the required forms of documentation

Please be advised: The cost of immunizations is the responsibility of the student (Healthcare services may be available at your local health department or university health center)

Enrollment into and graduation from the radiography program is contingent upon an accepted candidate’s demonstration of the health requirements listed below.

 

Health Status:

The following forms and supporting information are to be completed with authorized signatures.

1. Immunizations. Please provide documentation of your immunization record by completion of the School of Clinical Sciences immunization form.

         a.       Varicella, rubella and rubeola immunity

2. Hepatitis B.  Please provide a copy of your Hepatitis B vaccination series completion or declination.

3. TB skin test within 1 month of program start. Please provide a copy of your TB skin test results.

4. Tetanus within the last 10 years.

 

Criminal Background Check

For the protection of patients, employees and students, it is the policy of NMU to secure a criminal background check on all students if their clinical rotation exceeds 120 hours. Each student will complete and sign a disclosure/consent form. This completed form is to be returned to the program office with the School of Clinical Sciences immunization form by Aug. 1. Criminal background checks will be completed at cost to the student.

Please be advised: Conviction of a crime may affect a student’s eligibility for licensure by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT). Any student with a conviction record is advised to contact the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists at 615-687-0048 or at www.arrt.org in regards to their ability to complete the licensure registry examination upon completion of the program.