In Order To Apply the following must be met:
- All applicants MUST be United States citizens or permanent residents
- At least 18 years of age (according to NCRP regulations) by the start date of the program
- Graduation from an accredited high school or have passed a standard equivalent program
- Completion of the following classes with a minimum of a C is MANDATORY
- Biology (1 full year of high school or 1 semester of college)
- Chemistry OR physics (1 full year of high school or 1 semester of college)
- Attendance at one of the information sessions held by the school
Priority Consideration will be given to applicants who meet or exceed the following:
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for high school
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for any college course
- A minimum score of 18 on the ACT test
- Have taken the following math or science courses with a minimum grade of C in either high school or college
- Other math or science courses
- Health care experience
- Have completed these three college level courses with a minimum of a C (developmental courses cannot be used):
- Medical Terminology I
- Math course
- Communication course
- Have completed additional college-level general education courses (see Program Completion below)
Candidates for admission that meet the minimum requirements above will be granted an interview.
For those individuals selected by Mercy, final acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of a physical exam, a drug screen, a background check, and a post-offer screen no sooner than 30 days prior to the start of Radiologic Technology classes at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Applicants may be requested/required to obtain ARRT ethics pre-application review prior to acceptance. In addition, proof of CPR/BLS certification from either the American Heart Association’s BLS: Healthcare Provider or the American Red Cross’s Professional Rescuer prior to program start date must be provided.
There is no waiting list. Applicants who are not accepted and wish to be considered for the following year must re-apply. This includes applicants chosen as alternate candidates who did not start the program in that year.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requires radiologic technology graduates to have a minimum Associate degree or higher prior to taking the national certification exam. The degree does not need to be in Radiation Sciences and can be completed prior to or during the x-ray program. A Medical Terminology course must also be successfully completed if not part of the previous degree.
The NIACC A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology requires a total of 16 hours of college level general education courses (developmental courses do NOT qualify) and 3 hours of Medical Terminology. Students must maintain a 2.0 to satisfy NIACC degree requirements. It is recommended that you have as many as possible of the required 19 hours completed prior to beginning the Mercy X-ray program. Continuation in the Mercy Program is dependent upon successful progression on the NIACC courses as listed below in the curriculum.
For applicants with significant non-NIACC college credits: even if the previous courses transfer, a minimum of 19 NIACC hours is required to fulfill the A.A.S Radiologic Technology degree.
X-RAY & NIACC A.A.S. CURRICULM:
First Year – First Term (Fall)
Radiation Protection (MMC-NI)*
Introduction to Radiologic Technology & Patient Care (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Image Critique I (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning I (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning I Lab (MMC-NI)*
Clinical I (MMC-NI)*
ENG-102 Composition and Speech I (NIACC) 4 s.h.
HSC-120 Medical Terminology (NIACC) 3 s.h.
Second Term (Spring)
Radiographic Exposure (MMC-NI)*
Radiation Protection and Biology (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Image Critique II (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning IIa (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning IIa Lab (MMC-NI)*
Clinical II (MMC-NI)*
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts (NIACC) 3 s.h.
OR MAT-121, College Algebra (4 s.h.)
OR MAT-156 Introduction to Statistics (3 s.h.)
Third Term (Summer)
Clinical III (MMC-NI)*
Medical Ethics & Legal Concerns (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Physics (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning IIb (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning IIb Lab (MMC-NI)*
Social Science/Natural Science/Humanities Elective(s) Total of 9 s.h.
May choose from the following but must total at least 9 s.h. prior to the start of the Sixth term or with the approval of MMC-NI Radiologic Technology faculty:
PHI-105, Introduction to Ethics (3 s.h.)
PSY-111, Introduction to Psychology (3 s.h.)
PSY-121, Developmental Psychology (3 s.h.)
SOC-110, Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.)
BIO-112, Introductory Biology (3 s.h.)
BIO-206, Anatomy and Physiology I (4 s.h.)
CHM-122, Intro to General Chemistry (4.s.h)
PHY-106, Survey of Physics (4 s.h.)
Second Year -Fourth Term (Fall)
Radiographic Image Processing (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning IV (MMC-NI)*
Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning IV Lab (MMC-NI)*
Imaging Equipment & Quality Management (MMC-NI)*
(NIACC) – See list identified in Third term Total 9 s.h.
Clinic IV (MMC-NI)*
*After completion of these courses, 40 credit hours will be transferred from Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa School of Radiologic Technology to NIACC towards completion of the A.A.S Degree in Radiologic Technology.
Fifth Term (Spring)
RAD-764Pharmacology for Radiographers (MMC-NI) 1 s.h.
RAD-744 Radiographic Pathology (MMC-NI) 2 s.h.
RAD-900 Registry Review (MMC-NI) 3 s.h.
RAD-765 Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning V (MMC-NI) 2 s.h.
RAD-574 Clinical V 8 s.h.
Sixth Term (Summer)
RAD-576 Clinical VI (MMC-NI) 5 s.h.
Total NIACC AAS Program Hours 80 s.h.
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