FAQs - RAD

How do I apply to the Rad Tech program?

Click here and print an application with the essential functions. Complete the application and turn it in to Enrollment Services or mail it to the address indicated on the application.

How will I know if I am accepted into the radiology program?

Once the application deadline has passed, program advisors will review and rank all program applications. Once the ranking is complete, the highest 30-35 point ranking individuals will be mailed an admission letter and packet with specific instructions. Some information includes how to secure the applicants seat in the program by completing a back ground check and attending a mandatory orientation session as scheduled.

What happens if I am not accepted into the program?

All program applicants not accepted will receive an email to their Jefferson State email address approximately 2 weeks after the RAD TECH application deadline has passed.
If you were not competitive enough to be accepted into the program, you may schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor to review your application.

Do all of the non-Rad Tech courses need to be completed before applying to the program?

The general education courses required for the RAD Tech program are ENG 101, SPH 106 or SPH107 or ENG 102, MTH 100, PSY 200, BIO 201, BIO 202 and a Humanities Elective. To be eligible for admission you must be eligible for MTH 100 and ENG 101 in the Fall admission period however; a student is much more competitive for admission ranking the more of the general education courses that they have completed.

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

Each year the RAD program accepts 30-35 students based upon clinical availability.

How many points do I need to get into the program?

There is not a minimum number of points that is required. In each admission period, all applications are reviewed and ranked from highest to lowest points. The highest 30-35 point rankings meeting the requirements are accepted.

Can I continue to work full-time and be in the Rad Tech program?

Students are not restricted from working a full time job however; to be successful students need to remember that the RAD program requires students to attend classes Monday through Friday in varying semesters or clinicals from 7AM — 3PM.

How much does the program cost? What expenses can I expect outside of tuition and fees?

The Rad Tech program has a breakdown of cost on it’s website.

How long is the Rad Tech program once accepted?

The RAD program begins each Fall semester and last for 5 consecutive semesters. This is approximately 21 months.

What sites are used for clinicals?

The clinical sites may be found on the   Rad Tech program webpage.

Can I be enrolled part-time while in the program?

The RAD program is a full time academic program with a minimum credit hour per semester ranging from 10-16 hours.

Is the Jeff State Rad Tech program accredited?

Jefferson State Community College’s Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology.

How many students pass the certification exam?

The RAD program at JSCC has an excellent pass rate for the ARRT certification exam. All certification pass rates, program completion rates and job placement rates are located on the program’s website.

Are background checks done only on those applicants who receive a letter stating that they are admitted?

Yes. The top ranked individuals who are admitted to the program will be subject to a background check in order to secure an admission seat. Information will be mailed to top ranked applicants with their acceptance letter

What is a Radiologic Technologist?

According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologist, Radiologic technologists are those who perform imaging examinations and are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury. For the images to be interpreted correctly by the radiologist, the imaging examination must be performed properly by a radiologic technologist.

Radiologic technologists often specialize in particular diagnostic imaging areas. Some of these areas are: Bone Densitometry, Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist, Computer Tomography Technologist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist, Mammographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Quality Management Technologist, Radiographers, and Sonographers. Each imaging modality requires a specialized skill set and educational and/or hands on training. The RAD program at Jeff State educates students in becoming certified Radiographers.

Do you offer credentialing in Sonography, Ultrasound or MRI?

No we do not offer credentialing in Sonography, Ultrasound or MRI.

If I am accepted into the RAD Tech program and am unable to attend the Mandatory Admission Orientation Session on the date that it is scheduled by the Program, does this cancel my acceptance into the program?

Attending the Radiography Admission Orientation Session is MANDATORY. By not attending, the applicant forfeits their admission seat. If there are extenuating circumstances in which an applicant cannot attend the Mandatory Admission Orientation Session, they should contact the Program Coordinator in the Health Science Building suite 323 or by phone at 205 983-5218 or by email at cbolton@jeffersonstate.edu.

If I’ve already taken the placement test do need to take the ACT?

Yes, only the ACT will be considered for RAD program admission.

How long are ACT scores valid?

The ACT must be completed with the appropriate score within 5 years of the application deadline and be on file with the college by the application deadline.

How often may I take the ACT?

ACT residual at JSCC can be taken every 60 days. There is no wait period between the national ACT and the residual.

How much does it cost to take the ACT residual at Jefferson State?
There is a $57 fee.

How do I schedule an appointment to take the ACT residual at Jefferson State?

ACT residual at JSCC is by appointment only by calling the Jefferson Campus 205-856-7896 or Shelby Campus 205-983-5276.

How long does it take to get the ACT residual scores?

Scores can be received anywhere from 7-10 business days. (Scores can be picked up by the student, mailed to students or sent to their JSCC email address only.)

What is the ACT residual?

The ACT residual is the ACT test that is valid only at Jefferson State if taken at Jefferson State. Scores are not transferable and will not be accepted from any other institution.