Program Policies

General university policies can be found in the NMU Student Handbook.  Policies specific to Radiography and the Clinical Science department can be found below.

Students will complete a BLS/AED certification course prior to program entry.  A copy of the student’s certification card must be provided by the first day of orientation.


Students will complete a program orientation in August, at which time they will receive the student handbook, clinical portfolio and all pertinent information pertaining to the program.

Students completing their clinical practicum for semesters three through five will complete an orientation for their affiliate clinical site at that site.


Transfer Students:
Northern Michigan University may accept transfer credit for previous general education course work according to university policies. Transfer credit for general education courses will not reduce the five (5) semester requirement to graduate the radiography program.

Transfer credit from other radiography programs, which is specific to radiography, will not be accepted.


Student Services:
All students are eligible to use academic services at Northern Michigan University.


Program Operations:
Academic calendars, grading, policies and graduation requirements are located on our website, course syllabi or the student policy manual.


Didactic Instruction:
Didactic instruction is provided by physical or distance classroom attendance. Students completing their 3-5 semester clinical practicums have the option to attend class by teleconferencing or the assigned classroom.

Continuity of learning to distant students will be provided by:

  • Hard packet copies – handouts, reference material, assignments, quizzes, and tests provided through the health systems courier, U.S. mail or fax
  • Quizzes and tests will be proctored by the affiliate clinical instructor or designated replacement
  • Electronic quizzes, tests or student grades are student selected password-protected
  • Faculty check-ins and tutorials to facilitate one-on-one interaction will be facilitated by telephone, e-mail, blogs, wikis or discussion groups
  • Didactic lecture will be provided by teleconferencing
  • Teleconferencing difficulties will be addressed by using a backup mobile conferencing system or Skype
  • Additional e-learning systems such as the Accordant System, podcasts and DVDs will be used


Students completing an RAD course through distance learning will:

  • Not be charged an additional fee.
  • Be reviewed on the same grading scale as those students present.
  • Be provided a course/instructor evaluation. Course/instructor evaluations are completed electronically.


Distance students have the right to attend didactic lecture at any time they feel appropriate in the program classroom.

Program publications – application packet, website, public relations articles and the student policy manual will advise applicants/students of the availability of distance learning. In addition, university advisors and program faculty will be available to answer student concerns.

Program faculty, by assessing how existing tools may be used to develop effective distance learning strategies will provide students in distance learning the resources to achieve an equitable educational experience.


Clinical Practicum Schedule:
Clinical practicum rotation times will vary with the appointed clinical procedure room schedule.  A student will complete 2176 hours in the clinical practicum. Approximately 7.3% of the total clinical hours will be completed on the weekends and/or evening hours (3 -11 pm).


Academic and Clinical Performance:
A student’s academic and clinical performance will be evaluated at the end of each semester. To remain in good standing, an 80 percent or higher must be maintained in each academic course and an 83percent or higher must be maintained in the clinical educational component (clinical practicum portfolio).


A student who does not achieve the minimum grade for an academic course or clinical portfolio will be dismissed from the program. Students are provided remediation during the progression of a course. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of their course grade status and facilitate remediation when necessary. Course final grades will not be rounded. A final grade of 79.9 will result in course failure and program dismissal.


Standards of Ethics:
Students are to behave in a professional manner at all times in order to achieve our goal of providing patient care at the highest standards possible.  Students must review the Standards of Ethics by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology at


Program Completion:
Requirements for graduation are as follows:

  • All academic assignments must be complete.
  • All clinical competency requirements must be complete.
  • All clinical education requirements and documentation must be complete.
  • Students must maintain a minimum average of 80% in each academic course.
  • Students must maintain a minimum average of 83% in each clinical practicum.
  • All tuition and fees must be paid in full.
  • Eligibility to write the ARRT examination is subject to review by the program director and clinical education coordinator.


Student Transportation:
Students must provide their own transportation to didactic and clinical practicum sites.


Student Pregnancy:
Northern Michigan University cannot guarantee normal graduation time to a student who becomes pregnant during the course of the radiography program. Specific details related program student pregnancy policy are found in the program Student Policy Manual and available upon request.



Students accepted into the program must agree in writing to abide by all didactic and clinical policies. Failure to comply with program policies may result in dismissal from the program. Clinical attendance and other program policies can be reviewed in the Student Policy Handbook or Clinical Practicum Portfolio located under each titled section.