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Radiography Admission Information

This page contains the following information pertaining to the Radiography Program:

Admission Criteria

Unlike many academic and career and technical education programs at Richland, admission into the Radiography Program is selective and competitive. Admission to Richland Community College does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Out-of-district students will be considered for the program when space is available.

Students must meet the minimal admission criteria to be eligible to apply. Please read below for description of prerequisites and admission criteria.

Applicants must be one of the following:

  • High school graduate,
  • high school senior, OR
  • GED graduate.

Submit all of the following:

  • Application for Admission to Richland Community College,
  • official high school transcript or G.E.D. certificate, and
  • official transcript(s) from other college(s) if transfer courses are to be considered for the program.

Note: High school and college academic records from admissions five or more years ago may be excluded from the evaluation by submitting a written request to the Program Director.


  • College placement exams for :
    • a. English (eligible for ENGL 101) or submit ACT scores with 19 or higher in English and Reading;
    • b. Math (level equivalent to MATH 098 or complete MATH 091)
  • Nelson Denny Reading comprehension score of 12th grade (120) or above.
  • Show evidence of one year of high school geometry OR Richland MATH 095 (Geometry or its equivalent) with a grade of “C” or above.
  • HLTH 140 Medical Terminology with a grade of “C” or above.
  • RADT 101 Introduction to Radiography (offered in fall only) with a grade of “C” or above.

Meet one of the following:

  • an ACT composite score of 21 or above with a science reasoning score of 20 or above and no section below 15, OR
  • cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or above on a scale of 4.0 and transcripts showing a grade of “C” or above in each of the general education courses that apply to the program (BIOL 101, BIOL 201, BIOL 202, ENGL 101, and PSYCH 110), OR
  • IEMA Division of Nuclear Safety Limited License.

Note: The last biology course taken (BIOL 101, 201, 202) must have been completed within the last five years.

Application Process

The Radiography Program follows the Health Profession selective admissions process. Applications are available from October 1 through December 15 each year. Deadline for returning applications is February 1. Students receive notification by mail in mid March of their application status.

Students who will complete course requirements in the spring semester that precedes the summer semester start of the program may submit their application as soon as they have registered for spring classes.

Basis of Ranking

Students who submit applications are scored on a rubric and the 12 highest scores are accepted in rank order. In the event of a tie for the twelfth position, the student with the highest RADT 101 score is admitted. Criteria of assessment include the following:

  1. Number of prerequisites completed
  2. Prerequisite GPA
  3. Number of the general education courses that apply to the program
  4. General education courses GPA
  5. ACT composite score
  6. ACT science reasoning score
  7. Recommendation form average
  8. Introduction to Radiography course score

Students will lose points on the rubric for withdrawals (W) or repeated prerequisite or general education coursework that applies to the program.

For example: If a student withdraws from BIOL 201 in the fall and then completes it in the spring semester they will lose one point for the withdrawal. If a student gets a D in BIOL 201 and repeats it with a passing grade the next semester they will lose a point for the repeat.

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Alternate List

Students not in the top twelve are placed on an alternate list for the current application cycle. To remain eligible, students must continue to meet all eligibility requirements. If a student on the alternate list is not selected for late admission they must reapply for the next year.

Conditional Admission

All students admitted in March are conditionally accepted. They must meet the following criteria to be fully admitted to the program:

  • Earn a C or above in general education and prerequisite coursework in which they are enrolled in the spring semester.
  • Return the acceptance forms by the deadline.
  • Submit the Richland Community College Health Record form including verification of disease and/or immunization of the following: mumps, rubella (German measles), rubeola, tetanus, hepatitis B, and two-step Mantoux method of TB testing.
  • Submit a copy of your current BLS Health Care Provider CPR
  • Attend a mandatory one-day program orientation the week following College graduation. Students who don’t meet all of the above criteria will forfeit their admission and the open position will be filled from the alternate list.

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