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Admissions to the Program

Admissions Criteria

The Radiography Program has specific admission requirements. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all requirements are met and all supporting documents are submitted on time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Acceptance to Northwestern College.
  2. Attendance of a program Information Session.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from an instructor, academic advisor, employer, or coworker.
  4. High school graduate or equivalent.
  5. High school and/or college GPA >2.0.
  6. Two years of high school math and science with GPA >2.0. Physics, chemistry, biology, algebra, and geometry courses are recommended.
  7. If #6 not met, evidence college math and/or science course (>100 level) with GPA >2.0.
  8. If applicable, GED total standard score greater than or equal to 2250. Minimum score 450 on each sub-test.
  9. ACT composite score greater than or equal to 20. ACT waived for applicants with GPA >2.0 and bachelor's degree or beyond.
  10. COMPASS (assessment exam) - minimum scores required, waived with ACT greater than or equal to 20.
  11. Interview – by invitation.

Transfer of Credit

Northwestern College (NC) may, at its sole discretion, accept credit for classes taken at an accredited college or university if the grade earned is a C or higher, the class is college-level and credit-bearing, and is equivalent to a course taught at NC in the students' program. Unless permission is received in advance from the vice president of academic affairs or designee, a student may not transfer credits after he/she begins classes at Northwestern College (NC Catalog, 2010-2012).

Provisional Admission and Requirements

  • Evidence by specified date:
  • Physical fitness and good health – record of a physical exam, immunizations, drug screening, TB screening, and other labs.
  • Successful background check.
  • Liability insurance.
  • Health insurance.
  • CPR certification for the health care provider and completion of first aid class.

Non-Academic Qualifications(Technical Standards)

To complete the program's learning objectives, students must also have technical (non-academic) skills, i.e., physical abilities, to successfully perform radiographic exams and maintain the safety and care of their patients.

Technical Skills

ARRT Ethics Requirements

Program graduates are educationally eligible to sit for the national certifying exam conducted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Exam applicants must also comply with ARRT's rules of ethics. Applicants concerned about a conviction record affecting their eligibility may contact the ARRT before enrolling in the program. Download a pre-application review form from the Ethics Section of ARRT's website at www.arrt.org.