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Application Information

In Order To Apply the following must be met:

  1. United States citizens or permanent residents
  2. At least 18 years of age by the start date of the program
  3. Graduation from an accredited high school or have passed a standard equivalent program
  4. Completion of the following classes with a minimum of a C
    • 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)
  5. Attendance at one of the information sessions held by Mercy  

Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the Mercy x-ray program.  Candidates that meet the minimum admission requirements above will be granted an interview at Mercy.  The points-based selection process includes:

  • Academics:  including minimum 2.5 GPA, minimum ACT score of 18 (high school graduates who have not taken the ACT before do not need to take), achievements in health/anatomy/science/math related courses, and progress towards minimum of an Associate Degree
  • Interview:  including interpersonal skills and suitability for success in the practice of this profession
  • Supporting information:  including health-care related experiences, references and essay

For the top candidates,final acceptance is contingent upon 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 a minimum 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:

  1. Mercy & NIACC courses as stated in the curriculum section
  2. Prior degree from any accredited post-secondary institution*    **
  3. Finishing a degree from any accredited post-secondary institution; degree-progression plan must be approved by the Program Director*    **

* Must include a college Medical Terminology I course with a minimum C-
**A&P I and II with labs, with minimum C- (pre-requisites prior to X-ray program start date beginning in 2015)
The above courses should be within the last 5 years

Options #1 and #3:  Students wanting to complete general education courses during Mercy’s 6th 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 16 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 19 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 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 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, or physical or mental disability.School of Radiologic Technology

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