The St. Vincent Radiography Program is part of the St. Vincent College of Health Professions, the only hospital-sponsored academic institution in Indiana accredited to award academic degrees. The Radiography Program was established in 1966. Since 2012, 98% of our students have passed the ARRT certification exam on the first attempt and 96% of our graduates were employed within 6 months following graduation. The students accepted into our program have access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical imaging technology and all types of radiology science modalities. Our students also gain patient-focused, hands-on experience with all types of patients receiving medical imaging services. We have clinical training sites in Indianapolis, Kokomo and Anderson.
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N
Falls Church, VA 22043
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206
Medical Radiology Services Program
4th Floor Selig
2 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dear Prospective Allied Health Students,
We want to welcome and encourage you to explore the St. Vincent College of Health Professions! The St. Vincent College of Health Professions serves to educate and train qualified individuals in allied health disciplines that are offered in the St. Vincent Health ministries. We currently have long standing successful programs in Emergency Medical Services and Radiography with plans to expand as the field of allied health training continues to expand. The St. Vincent College of Health Professions was formed to include allied health programs that award students the appropriate certification required for entry-level employment. The College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Educations Schools (ABHES) and offers an Associate of Applied Science degree to approved programs. This accreditation makes the St. Vincent College of Health Professions the only hospital-sponsored academic institution in Indiana accredited to award academic degrees. The College is also authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education.
We value individuals and want to make a positive difference in the lives of patients we serve. Our commitment is to provide students with the highest quality health education available and the appropriate pathway to professional certification. Each program has designed a rigorous curriculum with an active clinical and field participation. Please take some time to look over the information presented.
Our goal is to serve as a model for hospital-based allied health education and training and we are looking for individuals that are called to serve and learn in our hospital communities. Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for your interest and may God bless you.
Jeffrey Rothenberg, MD
College President / Executive Director of Medical Education
St. Vincent College of Health Professions
St. Vincent College of Health Professions Radiography Program is a 22 month, full-time program. Individuals interested in the program must submit an application to be considered for acceptance into the program. Applications are accepted only from November through January of each year. Classes begin in August, with graduation occurring 22 months later in May. Since the program has limited student capacity, selection into the program is competitive. Not every applicant who applies to the program will be selected. To learn more about the selection process, see Applications Process.
The program's curriculum consists of both intensive classroom education and hands-on clinical training. Enrolled students are engaged in clinical or classroom activities on-site five days per week. All classroom education and clinical training is conducted within the St. Vincent Health system.
Upon graduation from the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists board examination. Once an applicant successfully passes the ARRT examination, he/she can apply to the Indiana State Department of Health for a Radiologic Technologist general license, which is required to work as a radiographer in Indiana.
This website contains much information about the Radiography Program. If you have any questions after reviewing the information, please contact one of the faculty members below.
Mark Adkins, Program Director - MEAdkins@ascension.org
David Sidor, Clinical Coordinator (SV Indianapolis) - DBSidor@sascension.org
Kevin Godshall, Clinical Coordinator (SV Kokomo) - Kevin.Godshall@ascension.org
St. Vincent College of Health Professions Radiography Program provides equal opportunity to all applicants. The Program is selective in its admissions practices and evaluates applicants based on merit without discrimination on the basis of age, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. The program selects one class annually based on requirements and preference categories listed herein.
*The application will be available Aug. 1, 2017 for the 2018 Radiography Program.
The enrollment period is Nov. 1, 2017 – Jan. 31, 2018 for our next program that begins the first Monday in August, 2018.
Due to federal radiation protection standards (National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements), all applicants must be 18 years of age by August 1 All candidates must complete and submit each of the following:
Pre-registration is not necessary.
4:00 – 6:00 pm
St. Vincent Indianapolis
2001 W. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
4:00 – 6:00 pm
St. Vincent Anderson Regional
2015 Jackson Street
Anderson, IN 46016
4:00 – 6:00 pm
St. Vincent Kokomo
Conference Rooms (Basement)
1907 Sycamore St.
Kokomo, IN 46901
To be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Final acceptance and enrollment of applicants will be contingent on the following:
Although not required for consideration of admission, the program faculty strongly recommends that candidates complete an onsite observation in general radiography of a medical imaging department. Applicants are advised to allow sufficient observation time in general radiography to familiarize themselves with the role of radiographers in a health care setting. Observations may or may not be completed at a hospital affiliated with the Radiography Program. To request an observation at a St. Vincent Health hospital, contact one of the individuals listed below.
For a variety of reasons, there are some individuals whose overall college GPA is adversely affected by a period of poor academic performance, such that their overall GPA is not an accurate indication of their true academic abilities. Many of these same students have subsequently demonstrated the ability to achieve academic success. The bankruptcy policy allows individuals to exclude an earlier portion of their academic record while still receiving credit for having passed prerequisite courses so that the GPA considered by the Program Admissions Committee more accurately reflects the student’s true academic abilities. The policy does not allow individuals to pick and choose poor classes or semesters, but instead allows an individual to convey, “that was me then, but this is what I am capable of now.” If you feel that this policy would benefit you we encourage you to submit your appeal.
Applicants may request in writing to the program director that college grades prior to a specified date not be factored into the calculation of an overall college GPA and therefore not be considered as part of the selection criteria provided the following criteria are met.
If approved, all academic grades prior to the bankruptcy date will not be considered toward the calculated GPA. However, all courses passed with a letter grade of “C” or higher regardless of bankruptcy will still be counted toward meeting the program’s general education requirements.
The Radiography Program faculty will review each bankruptcy request and render a decision based on the merits of each request individually. Transcripts of all academic work must still be submitted as indicated.
Applications are initially reviewed for verification of minimal requirements. Applications who meet minimal requirements are scored using an established and approved score sheet.
Of the applicants who attend the Pre-Admission Conference, a pre-determined number of applicants will be invited to attend a personal interview. Interviews will be conducted in whole or by a subset of members of the core program faculty, a representative from each primary clinical education site and a student representative. Interview candidates will be notified via letter of their respective interview appointment. Interviews will be conducted using an established format including defined questions and interview score sheet. The Admissions Committee is responsible for establishing the interview format.
Following each candidate’s interview, a comprehensive score will be determined by the interview team based on an approved comprehensive score sheet. This comprehensive score is based in part on the interview itself but will also include characteristics and factors that are predictive of success in the program. Applicants will be rank ordered according to their comprehensive score. Final selection of applicants into the program will be based on the comprehensive score and represents the interview team’s assessment of the overall likelihood of applicant success in the program.
In order to maintain appropriate recruitment bases for the individual institutions and to take into consideration the wishes of applicants to attend a clinical site nearest their place of residence, each applicant will apply for placement at only one primary clinical site. On the application and during the Pre-Admission Conference, applicants will be asked to indicate their preference for primary clinical site placement. The program does not guarantee selection into a preferred primary clinical site.
All candidates who meet minimal requirements are encouraged to apply to the program. Because the selection processes is competitive, not all applicants who meet minimal admission requirements will be selected into the program. All qualified candidates will be evaluated for consideration based on merit utilizing the program’s established screening process. Preference will be given to candidates who, at the time of application, have earned an academic degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited institution.
Applicants educated in foreign countries are welcomed to apply to the program. However, candidates must have completed all of the program’s general education requirements through regionally-accredited American colleges and universities. No foreign academic work will be considered toward the general education requirements. Foreign transcripts or the equivalent domestic evaluation of foreign transcripts (ECE, for example) are not required.
The St. Vincent College of Health Professions does not discriminate on the basis of disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). College programs do not request disability information from program applicants. Likewise candidates are advised to not discuss or disclose a disability to college faculty, students or other representatives. If accepted into a College program, candidates will undergo a physical assessment by a St. Vincent Health hospital Associate Health Office during which candidates can disclose their disability. Accepted candidates will have the opportunity to request accommodations for disabilities as defined by the American with Disabilities Act and state laws during their physician exam. The Associate Health Office will advise the College on accommodations necessary for the disability. The College, in consultation with the respective Associate Health Office, will determine if disability accommodations are reasonable. The College reserves the right to deny disability accommodations that are not deemed to be reasonable. Those seeking more information should contact the program director, Mark Adkins at 317-338-3879 or MEAdkins@ascension.org.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists may deny exam eligibility for any applicant convicted of a felony, or misdemeanor, with the sole exception of speeding and minor parking violations. Consistent with ARRT practices, applicants will be asked on the application to disclose their criminal history, excluding speeding and minor traffic violations. Applicants who disclose their criminal history must provide details as directed on the application.
Failure to disclose a positive criminal history will result in denial of the application. A positive criminal history will require the candidate to submit to the ARRT a pre-eligibility application at their own expense. The applicant will be required to forward the decision of the ARRT to the Program Director upon receipt. The decision of the ARRT will be considered when selecting candidates into the program. In such cases when the ARRT decision is pending when final selections are made, full acceptance will be contingent upon receiving the ARRT decision by an established deadline.
Denial of pre-eligibility by the ARRT will result in immediate revocation of acceptance. While approval of pre-eligibility by the ARRT is required to gain full acceptance into the program, the program reserves the right to deny full acceptance to any individual with a positive criminal history based on individual circumstances.
|Mathematics / Logical Reasoning:||3.0 Credit|
|Information Systems / Social & Behavioral Sciences / Physical Sciences:||9.0 Credits|
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
2001 W. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
St. Vincent Kokomo Hospital
1907 West Sycamore Street
Kokomo, IN 46901
St. Vincent Anderson Hospital
2015 Jackson Street
Anderson, IN 46016
Class hours are typically from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm or 9:00 am – 2:00 pm with breaks and lunch but the exact schedule may vary slightly depending on the course. Clinical hours are typically 7:30 am – 3:30 pm but some evening assignments from 1:00 – 9:00 pm will be required in the senior year.
Junior year students attend class on Monday and Friday following the first two weeks of enrollment. Clinical days for junior year students are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays. Senior year students attend classes on Tuesday and Thursdays. Clinical days for senior year students are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Clinical days during the summer (semester III) term will be Monday through Friday.
While Indianapolis serves as the program’s administrative location, academic classes are coordinated between the primary clinical sites. Some courses will be taught at each student’s primary site by their respective clinical coordinator. This structure enables students to complete a significant portion of the required academic courses at the convenience of their respective primary clinical site. Other courses are taught at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, the program’s administrative location. In general, Kokomo and Anderson students can expect to drive to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis approximately one day per week for classes taught in semesters I, II, IV and V.
The program’s structure allows students to complete a significant portion of their clinical education at their primary clinical site. Students remain at their primary clinical site for their 22-month program tenure. However, some travel to other St. Vincent Health clinical sites in Indiana is necessary to provide students with an expansive understanding of medical imaging in different settings. Off-site clinical assignments will begin in Semester III. Additionally, students assigned to St. Vincent Kokomo and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital can be expected to travel to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for medical imaging services not or minimally offered at those sites (e.g. pediatrics, surgical radiography, and peripheral vascular radiography).
Breaks are scheduled between semesters. Additionally students have personal time off (PTO) to be used for personal reasons.
The Radiography Program honors the following hospital recognized holidays. Students are not assigned to clinic or class on these holidays.
Students must take every radiography course in the sequence outlined on the “curriculum” page. Students cannot drop or add courses. Students earn letter grades based on academic and clinical performance. The program adheres to the grading criteria below for most program courses.
Students are required to pass every course with a letter grade of “C” or higher to graduate from the program. Failure to pass a course with a letter grade of “C” or higher will result in student dismissal from the program.
The program is academically challenging and labor-intensive due to its mastery-based approach to academic and clinical education. In short, students are required to achieve a master level performance of 80% on most written tests and 85% on clinical evaluations. Students are required to repeat (with a limited number of attempts) evaluations/examinations until the master performance level is achieved.
Radiographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to perform imaging examinations and accompanying responsibilities at the direction of a physician qualified to request radiologic procedures. The program takes seriously its role in safeguarding the community by graduating only competent radiographers. For the safety and well being of all patients and the community, all graduates entering to profession of radiography will have met the rigorous requirements for graduation, thus enabling their eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifying examination.
To be eligible for graduation, the following requirements must be met.
1. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and positioning to competently and accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph or other imaging receptor.
2. Determine exposure factors to achieve optimum radiographic results with minimum radiation exposure to the patient.
3. Evaluate radiographic images for appropriate positioning and overall image quality.
4. Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills in the academic and clinical settings.
5. Apply principles of radiation protection to patients, self and others.
6. Understand the dangers associated with powerful magnetic fields and apply safety practices while in the MRI area.
7. Apply principles of infection control and standard precautions for the protection of patients, self and others.
8. Provide basic patient care and comfort to patients across the age continuum.
9. Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first-aid and basic life-support procedures.
10. Recognize when radiographic equipment is not operating properly and report equipment malfunctions to the proper authority.
11. Demonstrate understanding of the role quality assurance and continual quality improvement play in medical imaging.
12. Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal and written medical communication in providing patient care and maintaining professional relationships with other members of the health care team.
13. Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
14. Comply with the profession's Code of Ethics and Practice Standards and perform clinically within the industry’s standard of care.
15. Develop professionally beyond the program’s clinical and academic performance expectations (see Professional Development policy).
16. Demonstrate ARRT Board examination readiness.
Graduates of the program receive a certificate upon graduation. The program is currently seeking approval from the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools (ABHES) to award an academic associate degree.
The St. Vincent College of Health ProfessionsRadiography Program has established pathways with the following regionally accredited academic institutions to enable program graduates to complete an academic degree.
The number of and requirements for credits awarded is determined by the degree-granting academic institutions. Interested candidates should see the Program Director for more information in this regard.
The Radiography Program will consider individuals wishing to transfer into the program from another JRCERT accredited program in radiography on an individual basis. The requesting student must make the request in writing forward from the program currently attending all transcripts, grade sheets, evaluations, and any other material as requested by the Admissions Committee. Several factors that will be considered include:
At present, the program does not consider advanced placement for graduates of limited or foreign radiography programs.
Although not employees of St. Vincent Health, enrolled students do receive some services and benefits as a result of their enrollment in the Radiography Program. Below is a summary of said services and benefits.
College faculty offers academic counseling to all enrolled students. Students will be counseled regularly regarding their academic and clinical progress. While College faculty members are available for individual academic assistance, the College does not offer formal tutoring services.
Enrolled students are also entitled to pastoral counseling for matters of personal or religious nature free of charge. Interested students should see the Pastoral Department for more information.
College students are eligible to receive the health services as describe below.
Students are required to carry their own personal health insurance. Health insurance is not provided to enrolled students. The College will not be liable for any general illness that occurs to a student as a result of clinical training.
College students are covered under the general liability and medical malpractice coverage of Ascension Health only while acting in the authorized capacity and scope of students assigned to clinical sites within St. Vincent Health and only while acting in accordance to all established program and clinical site policies and procedures.
While the College does not guarantee employment upon graduation, the College faculty assists students in finding employment opportunities relative to their training field. In addition to writing recommendation letters, College faculty also post position openings, and offer resume’ and interview writing tips.
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital has an on-site medical library and a robust online digital library. The medical library has numerous written resources including periodicals as well as internet access for research purposes. Students can use hospital library resources, including internet access, for legitimate and relevant academic purposes.
The American Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “disability" as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity or who have a record of such impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability ( www.adata.org). College programs do not request disability information from program candidates. Likewise candidates are advised to not discuss or disclose a disability to College faculty, students or other representatives. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in any of its programs, services or activities. The College will not deny any otherwise qualified student with a disability the opportunity to participate in, or benefit from, any aid, benefit or service that the College provides. The College strives to ensure that all disabled students have full access to the benefits of the College and will engage in a good-faith interactive process with all disabled students to attempt to identify reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations do not include measures which fundamentally alter the academic programs, which place an undue financial burden on the College, or which may endanger the student or others at the College. Additional information regarding requesting accommodations will be provided to enrolled students.
All College programs are offered only in English. Language assistance is not available.
Radiographers, or Radiologic Technologists, work under the direction of a radiologist or other qualified physician to perform medical imaging procedures on patients for diagnosis. Radiographers work in a variety of settings including but not limited to hospitals, walk-in clinics and physician offices. In hospital settings, radiographers perform medical imaging procedures in the medical imaging department, emergency department (ER), surgery, and bedside in patient rooms and critical care units.
During the performance of radiographic procedures, radiographers must communicate with and provide care to patients of all ages and in all physical conditions. Radiographers manipulate radiographic and patient care equipment to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on medical images and to provide quality care. Radiographers work frequently with computer systems to enter patient information and produce digital radiographic images. Radiographers also prepare and administer contrast media and other medications within the scope of practice and applicable state and federal regulations. Radiographers exercise safety practices to minimize radiation exposure to patients, self and others.
Radiographers must be able to take direction from physicians and management and yet operate independently within the scope of practice and state and federal regulations. Radiographers use critical thinking in adapting radiographic examinations to unique circumstances and in assessing medical images for appropriate image quality and corrective actions, if needed. Radiographers must be emotionally stable to perform radiographic examinations on patients under difficult circumstances.
To competently practice radiography, radiographers must possess the following skills and abilities:
1. Physical/Motor Skills
2. Sensory Abilities
3. Communication Abilities
4. Emotional and Behavior Skills
5. Intellectual Abilities
St. Vincent College of Health Professions does not discriminate on the basis of disability as determined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). College Physical/motor skills, sensory abilities, and communication skills are not assessed during the selection phase of the admissions process. For applicants selected for admission into the College, these essential skills and abilities will be evaluated as part of an overall health assessment by a St. Vincent Health hospital Office of Associate Health Promotion (OAHP) during which candidates may disclose their disability. OAHP will advise the College on accommodations necessary for the disability. The College, in consultation with the respective OAHP, will determine if disability accommodations are reasonable. The College reserves the right to not accept an individual with a disability requiring accommodations that are not deemed reasonable.
Emotional/behavioral skills and intellectual abilities are assessed during the selection phase of the admissions process as they relate to a candidate’s academic record, ability to compose an essay, and ability to communicate effectively in English during a personal interview.
Radiography education involves training in a potentially hazardous environment. While all reasonable efforts are taken to assure the student safety including adherence to state and local laws and following institutional policies and procedures, students should be aware of these environmental risks before endeavoring clinical education.
1. Handling Repulsive Tasks
2. Exposure to Potentially Harmful Radiation
3. Exposure to powerful magnetic fields
4. Exposure to infectious disease
Radiography Program tuition and fees paid to the St. Vincent College of Health Professions.
|In State||Out of State||International|
|Tuition (in state)||$6000||$7400||$8100|
|Books & Materials||$205*||$205*||$205*|
Additional fees not paid to the College or programs are listed below.
|CPR||Up to $100**|
|Uniforms||$100 - $150**|
|Books & Materials||$400**|
|Total||$860 - $910|
Tuition is paid each semester. Accepted students will be required to pay a deposit of $700 by the date established in the student's acceptance letter to reserve their place in the program. This deposit will be deducted from the remaining tuition balance for the first semester.
Tuition (excluding textbook, materials and other fees) refunds are made for voluntary student withdrawal from the program. Upon the student's written request, a refund will be made on the basis of a percentage of the tuition payment. The semester refund schedule is as follows:
The College does not participate in Title IV federal student aid (FASFA) programs and as a result students may not be able to have their student loans deferred. Students should contact the financial aid office of the college through which the loan was processed to discuss their options.
College programs are approved by the Indiana State Department of Veterans Affairs under Title 38, US Code 3676 for G.I. Bill funding. Eligible enrolled students may obtain financial assistance to cover College fees through this provision. Interested candidates should contact the Program Director for more information. While the College will work with any third-party payer, it is the student’s responsibility to secure adequate funding sources.
St. Vincent Indianapolis
2001 W. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Mark Adkins has been the Radiography Program Director for the St. Vincent College of Health Professions since 2003. Previously, Mr. Adkins served as the Radiography Program Director for St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV, and was a Radiography program faculty member at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Adkins also served as the Director of Radiology for St. Joseph Healthcare in Lexington, KY. Mr. Adkins completed his radiography training at a hospital-based program in Ashland, KY in 1986, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a baccalaureate degree in 1990 and earned a master’s degree in education in 1994. He is board certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Mr. Adkins is a passionate educator, a ardent supporter of hospital-based radiography programs and frequently evaluates other radiography programs as an accreditation specialist.
St. Vincent Indianapolis
2001 W. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
David Sidor has been an associate at St. Vincent Hospital since 1999. He has served as clinical instructor and departmental education consultant for the Medical Imaging department from 2001 - 2003. Mr. Sidor received his radiology training during his four years of service in the United States Army from 1984-1988. He worked four years in a Level 1 acute trauma center in Baltimore, MD and seven years at an immediate care center in Avon, IN. Mr. Sidor attended IUPUI and received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Purdue University in 2001 and a Master of Education degree from WGU in 2013.. He is board certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) in general Radiography (R). Mr. Sidor has extensive experience in trauma radiography and uses creative methods for communicating complex ideas to students.
St. Vincent Kokomo
1907 W. Sycamore St.
Kokomo, IN 46904-9010
Kevin Godshall has been an associate at St. Vincent Kokomo since 2003. He has been a professional radiographer since 1978 with past experience in general radiography, trauma radiography, C.T., radiation therapy and education. For 14 years he served as the clinical instructor and faculty member of the St. Francis Medical Center Radiography Program in Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Godshall received his Associates degree in radiography from Sauk Valley College, Dixon, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Arts from the College of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois. He is board certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in general radiography (R). Kevin is an advocate of life-long learning for his students, staff technologists and himself. He strongly promotes radiation safety for patients, students and staff by supporting and reinforcing radiation safety practices.
St. Vincent Anderson Regional
2015 Jackson Street
Anderson, IN 46016
Kristen Aaron graduated from St Joseph School of Radiography in Kokomo, IN in 1995. She has spent 12 of her 14 years in radiography employed within St. Vincent Health as a general radiographer. From 2004 to 2007, Kristen served as the clinical instructor at St. Vincent Hospital and has been the Clinical Coordinator at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital since 2007. Ms. Aaron completed a BS degree in clinical education through USI in December 2009 and her MA degree from Ball State University in 2015. She is board certified by the ARRT in general radiography.
St. Vincent Kokomo
1907 W. Sycamore St.
Kokomo, IN 46904-9010
ARRT, the certifying organization for radiography, will require all applicants for the certifying exam in 2015 to have earned an academic degree. This requirement is forcing hospital-based imaging programs across the U.S. to change their requirements for admission.
Our vision is to achieve institutional accreditation of the St. Vincent College of Health Professions. When thay happens, we will be able to award an associate degree to program graduates. Until then, we will meet this requirement by either accepting applicants who have already earned an academic degree, or by accepting candidates who will have earned a degree by the time they complete the program.
Hospital-based imaging programs in Indiana have partnered with Ivy Tech to allow our program graduates to complete the associate degree in imaging sciences. To earn this degree, candidates must take all general education course-work for the AS degree. These courses can be taken at any regionally-accredited college but must be evaluated by Ivy Tech to determine transferability. A list of transfer courses among Indiana colleges can be found at www.transferin.net/College-Students/CTL.aspx.
Ivy Tech will not grant an associate degree unless at least 15 credit hours have been completed through Ivy Tech. The remaining course-work can be completed at any regionally-accredited college. Because of this requirement, the program cannot consider candidates who have not completed the required 15 hours through Ivy Tech.
No - the 15 hours can completed anywhere (including online courses) through the Ivy Tech system.
No, but preference will be given to applicants who have or will have all general education courses finished prior to enrollment in August. If an applicant is accepted without having all general education course-work complete, the student will be required to complete the remaining general education courses while enrolled in the radiography program.
The increased interest in radiography over the past few years has indeed resulted in an increased number of applicants applying for a limited number of positions in the program and has therefore made the application process more competitive. For any applicant to be considered for acceptance they will need to demonstrate a history of successful academic performance as well as a personality that is compatible with both the academic and healthcare environment. Our selection panel evaluates many factors when selecting candidates for the program and has found that there is no one “model” for the ideal student. There is no one factor or attribute that can guarantee acceptance into the program.
These are difficult economic times, and healthcare is certainly being affected by the struggling economy. While competition for employment in medical imaging has stiffened, there are opportunities available for new graduates, especially for those willing to continue their education into advanced imaging areas. The long-term employment projections still show that there will be a need for qualified radiographers as our population continues to age.
Our program has been very successful in placing our graduates within 6 months following graduation, and we expect that trend to continue. But please keep in mind that no academic program can guarantee employment after graduation.
We look for individuals who have a strong background in biological sciences and mathematics (and good grades). This will come from regionally-accredited college-level course work. We also look for work experience with customer contact and service-oriented emphasis. Candidates should possess good interpersonal communication skills and a discernable interest in health care.
Given the tremendous interest in our program, we cannot guarantee that any candidate will be accepted. The program will stop short of prescribing a specific plan to any or all candidates. Each candidate is expected to evaluate his/her own strengths and weaknesses and to establish a plan that will address relevant weaknesses. Should a candidate not be accepted, we are always happy to discuss with a candidate our perceived strengths and weaknesses.
The ideal candidate will possess a healthy balance of characteristics and skills deemed desirable by the faculty. The ideal candidate:
The program faculty is sensitive to the inconveniences of traveling for classes and clinical assignments and makes every reasonable effort to minimize the travel expectations. However, traveling is a necessary and reasonable expectation given the learning opportunities that result. We are proud of the comprehensive education in medical imaging that we provide, which will greatly benefit our graduates as they seek employment opportunities.
The program does have a central classroom located at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Approximately half of the class sessions (about once a week) will require students at St. Vincent Kokomo in Kokomo and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital to travel to Indianapolis for some classes. However, by conducting classes at each student’s clinical site, we have effectively reduced travel expectations by half. Additionally, the program requires some traveling to clinical sites throughout Indiana during the senior year.
To help offset the expenses of travel, the program keeps tuition and book expenses very reasonable. While the tuition costs of some local programs can reach $14,000 annually, our tuition is a very reasonable $3,000 annually. Most programs also require students to travel to multiple clinical sites or a central campus for academic classes. We encourage candidates to inquire of all programs regarding their travel expectations and to weigh the costs of travel with tuition and textbook expenses.
We believe that our program is one of the most cost-effective programs in this region that is able to offer a comprehensive approach to education in varying settings and access to state of the art technology to ultimately make our graduates highly marketable!
Radiographer salary varies throughout the country. The average full-time salary for radiographers in Indiana is about $50,000. For more information, see www.asrt.org/main/news-research/research-studies-and-surveys.
Although courses may have similar names and subject matter, the program courses are presented with an emphasis on material that is relevant to radiography.
The program does not participate in Title IV financial funding and therefore does not offer financial aid opportunities. Thus Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and other state and federal-sanctioned aid do not apply. As a result, the program does keep tuition and textbook expenses very reasonable.
We encourage candidates to seek scholarship opportunities throughout their local communities and local civic organizations. We will be happy to work with any third-party payer who will guarantee tuition or textbook payment on behalf of an enrolled student.
This is a very common and poignant question and an issue we cannot emphasize enough to be seriously considered by each individual applying to the program. Although we cannot dictate what a student does outside of the program, past experiences have demonstrated that it is extremely difficult to successfully meet the requirements of the program while working a full time schedule. Some factors to consider beyond an individuals personal stamina and abilities are:
Many students do work part-time while in the program. The program faculty, while sympathetic and understanding of the situation, cannot lower the performance expectations of a student. Ultimately it is for each individual to honestly evaluate their abilities, both physical and academic and determine if after the commitment to the program hours and the hours to the job that there is enough time left to eat, sleep, study, travel, and for family while still meeting the requirements of the program…for 22 months.
The program is full time and 22 months in length. During the week a student will spend 3 days in the clinic usually from 7:30am – 3:30pm and 2 days in the classroom usually from 9:00am – 2:00pm. The program is unable to accommodate applicants seeking any form of part time education.
The program is committed to offering students the highest quality of education and training possible. To that end, the program has established a comprehensive Assessment Plan to assure program quality and promote performance improvement. The Assessment Plan contains student learning outcomes and is based on the annual performance goals and outcomes listed below. Individuals interested in learning more about how the program assesses its annual goals and specific student learning outcomes can click here to access the Assessment Plan.
1. Goal: Students will be clinically competent.
2.Goal: Students will demonstrate the ability to critically think.
3. Goal: Students will communicate effectively.
4. Goal: Students will model professionalism.
5. Goal: The program will prepare students to challenge the ARRT certifying exam.
6. Goal: Students will demonstrate and provide quality patient care.
7. Goal: The program will maintain a positive learning environment.
8. Goal: The program will demonstrate a positive effect on the community.