Admission Classifications and Clinical Entry

Classifications

The Radiologic Technology program at the University of Saint Francis has different classifications of students. The classifications are: Radiologic Technology, Pre-Radiologic Technology and Undeclared Radiologic Technology.

If you are classified as a Radiologic Technology student, that means you have met criteria and are eligible for entry into a clinical course. Acceptance as a Radiologic Technology student does not guarantee automatic placement in a clinical course. After review of your admission file or the results of your placement testing, faculty may recommend that you go at a slower pace than the two-year progression plan. Placement in clinical experiences will be based on a review of your date of acceptance, GPA and number of required general education credit hours completed toward the degree.

Crown Point

If you are accepted as a Pre-Radiologic Technology student, you do not meet program criteria but you will be enrolled at USF as you work to complete the criteria necessary to gain acceptance into the program. You will be assigned an adviser from the program to help you plan your coursework. You will work to complete 12 credit hours, including a laboratory science course, with a GPA of 2.7 or higher, or a “C” or better in each course, and fulfill requirements set for standardized test scores. The program may set other requirements as determined by the Radiologic Technology Admissions Committee according to program policy.

As an Undeclared Radiologic Technology student, you will need to achieve all criteria of admission prior to being able to register for clinical courses. Please refer to the Radiologic Technology Admission Criteria for requirements.

Your student file will be reviewed for progression at the close of each semester or summer session according to the following criteria:

Academic Standards

To be in good academic standing in the Radiologic Technology program, you must attain:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all courses.
  • A grade of “C” or better in all general education courses for advancement.
  • A grade of “B-” (85%) or better in all professional Radiologic Technology courses.
  • Achievement at a satisfactory level of all stated clinical objectives and competencies.

You will be issued a clinical warning or placed on probation immediately or at the end of the semester if you:

  • Fail to maintain the minimum requirements to progress within the competency system of clinical evaluation.
  • Fail a repeat clinical competency examination.
  • Fail to display appropriate professional and clinical behaviors.

Automatic probation or dismissal may occur for incidents of unsafe clinical practice, including:

  • Failure to correctly place an ID marker on an image or to mark an image at the time of exposure.
  • Failure to properly use the radiation protection principle, including repeating a radiograph without a technologist in the room.

You will receive a mid-term progress report in all courses in which you have an average grade of “B-” (85%) or lower. You will be counseled to identify problem areas and direct you to the appropriate resources for help.

At the close of each semester or summer session, the Academic Advisory Committee of the Faculty Council will meet to review your files for compliance with the above criteria.

Dismissal or terms of probation will be the decision of the Academic Advisory Committee.

  • If you achieve below a 2.0 GPA, you will not be considered for probation. Only one probationary period will be granted during the course of the clinical sequence.
  • If you receive less than 70-85 percent, you will be allowed to submit a request to the Academic Advisory Committee to recycle.
  • Once you begin the clinical sequence, failure in any course will result in automatic dismissal from the Radiologic Technology program.

Entry into the Clinical Sequence

Enrollment in the Radiologic Technology program is based on available resources in order to meet the standards set forth by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). If you are attending USF and meet program criteria for acceptance, you will have the first opportunity to register for clinical courses. If you request approval for a Change of Program during the spring semester, it will be reviewed by the Radiologic Technology Admissions Committee, along with new applicants. Acceptance into the Radiologic Technology program is not a guarantee that you will automatically have a place in the clinical course. A space in RAD 168 Clinical Education I will be assigned based on your date of acceptance, GPA and the number of required general education hours completed, either at USF or being transferred.

You are encouraged to attend the earliest registration date designated by USF.