In Order To Apply the following must be met:
Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the Mercy x-ray program. Top applicants will be granted an interview at Mercy. The points-based selection process includes:
For the top candidates, final acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the rest of the Pre-requisite courses (see curriculum page) prior to the start of the program and successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, 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. 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.
PROGRAM COMPLETION: The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requires Radiologic Technology graduates to have an Associate Degree or higher to take 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.
Therefore Mercy x-ray program students must have a minimum of an Associate Degree to complete our program. There are several paths to fulfilling this:
* Must include a college Medical Terminology I course with a minimum C (minimum 2 s.h.)
**A&P I and II with labs, with minimum C (pre-requisites–see curriculum section )
The above courses should be within the last 5 years and both A&P courses at the same institution to ensure complete sequencing of information.
Options #1 and #3: Students wanting to complete general education courses past Mercy’s 2nd term will need to seek Faculty approval and be evaluated on case-by-case basis. No student will be allowed to go beyond 30 days of the completion of the x-ray program, as it would greatly impact the student’s ability to successfully pass ARRT registry exam.
Option #1: The NIACC A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology requires a total of 17 hours of college level general education courses (developmental courses do NOT qualify) and 3 hours of Medical Terminology. For applicants with significant non-NIACC college credits: even if previous courses transfer to NIACC, a minimum of 20 NIACC hours is required to fulfill the A.A.S. Radiologic Technology degree. Students must maintain a 2.0 to satisfy NIACC degree requirements. It is recommended that you have as many as possible of the required 20 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 in the curriculum section.
Mercy/NIACC is committed to the policy that all persons shall have access to program, facilities, and employment without discrimination based upon race, religion, color, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, national origin, marital status, age, veteran's status or physical or mental disability.