Every school will have a slightly different procedure for assessing the qualifications of applicants, and you can usually find a list of requirements and deadlines on the institution’s website. However, there are some steps that are fairly universal. All admissions boards will put in place deadlines by which they need documentation; will require that you fill out a paper or online application; and will have a list of miscellaneous requirements, such as minimum test scores or high performance on an interview.
1. Find out about Dates and Deadlines
Most programs will only have one or two times a year during which classes will start. Because of this, the institutions usually enforce specific deadlines when certain elements of the application are due. Once you have decided where you want to go, you can usually find a calendar of important due dates online. Make sure you keep up with all of these as you go throughout the process. You should also make it a priority to confirm that you will be available to start classes on the date/semester specified. Many schools, particularly those offering associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, have a starting date in the fall and another one at the beginning of the calendar year. If work obligations, family life, or other commitments are going to keep you from attending classes, you may want to hold off on applying until you can guarantee your complete participation. You can also find out from the admissions department about deferring your acceptance for a semester if you get accepted but cannot attend.
2. Submit the Right Application
Depending on your school and program, you may go through two different processes to be accepted into the major you are seeking. In some cases, you may be allowed to submit one application directly to the radiology department and, if accepted, you will gain admission to the program and, by default, to the college as a whole. In other cases, however, you may have to initially submit an application to the institution just to be accepted as a student in any capacity. Then, once you are accepted you can fill out an additional application for admittance to radiology courses. Some schools may issue a requirement that you can only apply to the radiologic technician program once you have completed prerequisites within the school of general studies. Be sure that you also send in other necessary documents, such as transcripts or teacher recommendations, with your application.
3. Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements
Prerequisites are typically a requirement if there is a two-part application. Students will need to complete certain general education classes, such as psychology, biology, and English, before they can be considered for admittance into an x-ray technician program. Some schools may also have grade requirements, for instance specifying that you must earn a C in all prerequisite classes or maintain a minimum overall GPA in order to be considered for the program. Depending on your institution, you may also have to take a standardized test or earn a minimum grade on a placement test to validate your qualifications.
4. Complete Miscellaneous Requirements
If the institution’s program is especially competitive, you may be asked to interview for a spot in the department’s classes. An interview can help round out your application and give the admissions board valuable information about your candidacy that can’t always be seen from test scores and grades. Other requirements might include a recent physical, up-to-date CPR certifications, vaccinations, a background check, or a drug screening. Prompt compliance with these requirements will help ensure that your application is complete by the appropriate date, and may give you an advantage over students who procrastinate.