School of Radiologic Technology
How does this type of education differ from other post-secondary education programs?
Students who enroll in our program are expected to be mature, responsible adults that are willing to make a commitment to the profession. This is a commitment that is evidenced by demanding high quality academic work, exceptional patient care and clinical skills and good attendance. This is incorporated into the C.A.R.E. principles of which Reid Health is committed. The first few months seem difficult because the environment, information and experiences are all new. It can seem like working and going to school because you are required to be in attendance for 8 hours each day and then you will find it necessary to spend additional time completing homework and preparing for exams. Students are responsible for simultaneously completing the didactic (classroom) and clinical components of the program. Therefore, each student will have to dedicate a great deal of time to his/her education.
What are the required hours of attendance and the allotted time off?
The school operates in 2-week rotations, each varying in scheduled day shift hours. A typical clinical rotation is 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasionally students will participate in a 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday rotation to give the student a more well-rounded "off-hour" clinical experience. An elective 3rd shift rotation is available for second year students who might choose that option. Students are off on all Hospital-observed holidays.
If I’m not accepted this year, do I have to reapply next year?
Applications are held for 1(one) year. If you would like to reapply you may contact the program director. If there are any changes to the transcripts you had previously submitted we require an updated transcript. Any additional changes to the application such as address or phone would need to be communicated in order to continue receiving program information. All applications are discarded after one year.
Can I work full-time while attending this program?
We realize the need of the student that has worked previously and needs to continue to work. The first ten weeks of the program is a very important part of the program to get the student started in a good direction for their education. Many students have attempted to work during this time and soon realized they needed to cut back in order to make their education top priority. After the first ten weeks students find that they are better positioned to obtain part-time work with flexible employers.
A few things you should think about are:
- The clinical rotations change every two weeks. The times of the rotations change with the area of the rotation. Employers need to be flexible.
- How much time do you require to study and keep on top of homework? Each student will work at different pace.
- What kind of organizational skills do you have? If you work you must be able to manage your time effectively.
- What are your additional personal and family responsibilities that could require more of your attention?
These are just a few things that should considered. We encourage you to speak with a student that has worked and this may be done at the prospective student tour. We by no means want to dictate what a student does outside the hospital but to make you aware of the additional burdens that come with working and being a full-time student.
Can I get financial aid?
Students in the School are eligible to apply for private student loans through Meritize, a private lender serving educational institutions and their students. (See Meritize.com) The School is not subsidized by any government agencies, so federal government financial aid is not available to our students. We work with the Veterans Administration for those students eligible for VA financial aid assistance .
Am I too old to apply?
We do not have an end age limit on persons applying to the school. Persons must be of 17 years of age by January 1st of the year applied.
What is included in the pre-selection testing?
The pre-selection test is called the TEAS V for Allied Health. It tests math, reading, science and English and language use. It is not a test on how much you know about the field of radiology. Study helps for the TEAS V are available through the Ivy Tech Community College bookstore, and at ATI.com.
Do I have to take pre-requisite courses?
It is a requirement of the JRCERT that all students must have pre-requisite course work through a college. We have an affiliation with IVY-Tech who will award block credit to anyone pursuing a career in the radiology field and takes the course work from IVY-Tech. For those students who have completed pre-requisite course work through IVY-Tech, an Associates Degree will be awarded by IVY-Tech upon program completion.
What is the process to apply?
The first step is to complete an application, and arrange for the School to receive official transcripts from all educational institutions attended, including high school. You will be required to provide information for personal references. A prospective student tour will need to be scheduled with the clinical coordinator. Pre-selection testing (TEAS V) must be completed at the Ivy Tech Community College Testing Services Center. All applicants must attend a program information session determined by the program director. Once we have processed all applicant information, an interview will be conducted by the Selection Committee. Applicants will usually be notified of their status by the end of March.
When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline for applications, references, and transcripts is February 15th.