The admission policies for Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital have changed beginning with the application process for the class beginning August 2013. Due to the minimum educational mandate enforced by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT), which states that all graduates from a radiography program must have a minimum of an Associates degree to sit for their national registry examination, the school has changed its admission criteria as defining eligible applicants as individuals who 1) possess an Associates degree upon applying to the school, or 2) are active participants in on of our affiliate Baccalaureate programs.
Currently, the Ministry St. Joseph’s program has two active affiliates: Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Applicants interested in pursuing the four-year Baccalaureate track should contact the respective university for admission requirements.
Applicants are reviewed and decisions for admission are reached regardless of the applicant’s age, sex, race, marital status, religion, or ethnicity. Individuals with physical handicaps are considered based upon their ability to succeed in the program. Students are enrolled into the program in August of each year. All students admitted are guaranteed the opportunity to complete the program if they meet all school requirements as outlined in the academic and school policies.
- All applicants must complete a Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital-School of Radiography application form. A nonrefundable application fee of $30 must accompany the completed application. Each applicant’s folder is compiled and kept in the school’s office in compliance with Section 438, General Education Provisions Act (Right and Privacy of Student Access to Student Records).
- A copy of the applicant’s official high school and post-secondary transcripts must be sent to the Program Director, preferably with the application or as soon as possible after the application has been sent.
- Applicants must have three reference surveys sent to the Program Director. Marian University and St. Cloud State University students should have references from two professors and a recent employer. Other applicants should have references from a recent employer, instructor (if currently in school), and one other professional reference.
- A personal interview is required. A letter will be sent to qualifying applicants requesting this interview.
- The Admissions Committee will process all completed applications. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision no later than February 15th of each year. After a full class has been accepted, an additional number of qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Should previously accepted students withdraw for any reason; individuals on the waiting list will be notified of the openings in the order in which their application was received.
- Upon notification of acceptance, applicants are required to submit a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold their place in the upcoming class; the deposit will be deducted from the student’s tuition. Furthermore, students must submit a written letter of intention describing their acceptance into the program. Upon the receipt of the deposit and letter of intention, the student is considered officially enrolled.
- Opportunities for guidance counseling on personal, financial, education, or health concerns are available if requested by the student.
- Students accepted into the program must complete the necessary health work requirements and Background Information Disclosure forms to maintain enrollment.
- Transfer of credit—we do not transfer credit from other schools. Students must satisfactorily complete all courses offered by the program.
Probationary Acceptance Status
Applicants being accepted in the program that have not completed the required prerequisite classes will be placed on probationary acceptance status. Students placed on probationary status MUST successfully complete all five prerequisite classes by August 31 of the year the student starts the program. Failure to complete the prerequisite classes by the designated time will result in the student's dismissal from the program due to ineligibility.
Students previously in the program may apply for readmission. The Admissions Committee considers the reapplication on an individual basis to determine the applicant's ability to succeed in the program. The application procedure for admission must be followed. The Admissions Committee considers recent references, previous classroom, and clinical performances when making a decision.
The School of Radiography has a competitive admission policy. Admission preference will be given to those applicants demonstrating the most evidence of academic ability and personal qualities desired to succeed in the program. The following criteria are used when selecting applicants:
- High School Transcript - Diploma from an accredited high school or GED certificate is required. Priority is given to an applicant in the upper half of high school class. The types of courses, as well as the grades, are considered.
- Test Scores - Satisfactory scores support the applicant's academic potential. Priority is given to an applicant with composite score above 50 percentile for the ACT and above 500 combined score for the SAT.
- Personal References and Interview - This process assists in providing evidence of motivation, maturity, knowledge of field of radiography, and other qualities that indicate a desire and ability to succeed in the program.
All applicants must be in good physical and mental health and be able to perform the following tasks:
- Visual acuity to work with charts, records, and manipulate xray controls for the production of radiation.
- Talking and hearing for conversing with patients and fellow workers.
- Pushing and pulling wheelchairs, beds, stretchers, and portable equipment.
- Lifting and carrying equipment, supplies, and patients with a minimum weight of 50 pounds.
- Standing and walking.
Tuition is $8,000 for the 24-month course and is payable upon entrance to the program. Special arrangements can be made with the Program Director for the payment of the tuition. Textbooks are not included in the tuition. (The average cost of textbooks for the complete program is $1,000.) The school reserves the right to make tuition fee adjustments at any time.