Admissions

Admissions

2017 Application Packet

Applicants will be admitted into the program without discrimination as to age, sex, creed, ethnic origin or marital status and must be able to demonstrate physical abilities sufficient to pass each course.

Important: The next Medical Radiography program admission will be Fall 2017. Applications are due by 2:00 PM on March 1st, 2017. Applications will be scored and the top 20-25 highest-scoring applicants will be identified and invited back for an interview. Following the interview process, applicants will be notified by email of their status for Fall 2017 admissions.

Technical Standards

Dixie State University adheres to all requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Applicants are encouraged to assess their abilities to perform the duties of a radiographer using the following guidelines.

Applicants should be able to:

  • Push and manipulate portable equipment, wheelchairs and stretchers
  • Lift and carry 20 pounds of weight (cassettes, grids, etc.)
  • Move patients from stretcher to exam table and back with assistance from department personnel
  • Communicate sufficiently (oral and written) to interact with patients and healthcare team
  • Demonstrate sufficient fine motor skills to respond to and implement skills required in meeting patient needs
  • Have visual acuity for observation of patients, preparation and administration of medications, and evaluation of radiographic images
  • Have hearing acuity for verbal communication from patients and healthcare team and to assess health needs through monitoring devices such as stethoscopes and cardiac monitors

Evaluation Criteria

Space in the program is limited making acceptance competitive. Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

  • Academic Achievement (Overall GPA)
  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Healthcare Work Experience and/or Volunteer Experience
  • Interview (if selected)

A crucial element for student success in a rigorous Medical Radiography program is the capability of academic achievement. A student’s history of academic performance is indicative of future academic achievement. Applicants will be evaluated based on their overall college GPA.

Please note: The eligibility requirement for admission into the Dixie State University Radiologic Technology Program is a cumulative GPA of 2.7 for all of the Medical Radiography prerequisite/support courses.

Prerequisite/Support Courses

Prerequisite and support courses for the program provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge and are essential for success in the program. Before submitting the application, all required prerequisite courses must be completed with at least a ‘C’ grade and an overall 2.7 prerequisite GPA. Science courses (BIOL 2320/25 and BIOL 2420/25) must have been completed within the last 7 years. According to Dixie State University policy, students may test out of prerequisite courses. Program eligibility will be determined based on GPA and completion of the following courses:

Prerequisite Courses (required for admission) Credits
RADT 1010 Introduction to Radiography 2
BIOL 2320 Human Anatomy* 3
BIOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab* 2
BIOL 2420 Human Physiology* 3
BIOL 2425 Human Physiology Lab* 1
MATH 1040 Precalculus I/College Algebra 3
PSY 1010 or PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication OR COMM 1020 Public Speaking 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy (Co-requisite with ENGL 1010 at DSC, not included in application scoring) 1
ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
Total Credits: 27-33
*must be completed within 7 years of application

PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam is no longer a requirement for the Radiography Program and has been replaced by a panel interview for the top 20-25 highest-scoring applicants. The maximum score for this interview is 25 points, replacing the possible 25 points from the PSB Exam.

Healthcare Work Experience and/or Volunteer Experience

Provide your work history and any health care employment experience and/or any volunteer time done for a health care facility, starting with your most recent position. This should be direct patient care experience.

Dixie State University Application Process

Before you can be accepted into the Medical Radiography Program, you must submit an Application for Admission to Dixie State University.

Applications may be obtained through the Admissions Office. You must include previous college transcripts, high school transcripts, or GED test scores, and any other documentation they require.

The student must not only provide official copies of all transcripts for admission to Dixie State University, but official copies (from all colleges/universities) MUST be submitted with Medical Radiography program application as well.

For more information contact:

Dixie State University
Admissions Office
225 South 700 East
St. George, UT 84770
435-652-7701

Health Requirements

Students who have been accepted into the program will be required to meet and maintain certain health and safety standards. Specific details regarding these requirements will be given after acceptance into the program.

Program Costs

Approximate Total Program Costs
Item Amount
Application $25.00
Health Requirements $250.00
CPR Certification $55.00
Drug Screen $30.00
Textbooks $800.00
Tuition – 3 Full-time 1 Part-time semesters (resident) $8595.00
Tuition – Summer $1286.00
Lab Fees $450.00
Mandatory Fees (non-refundable) $250.00
Uniforms, Markers, Name Tag $250.00
ARRT $150.00
ASRT Membership $60.00
Total Cost $12,201.00

(*Costs are approximate and subject to change. Information based on the 2015-2016 school year.)

Background Screen

Students who are accepted into the program will be required to complete a Background Screen. Background Screens are provided by Verified Credentials, and the cost for the background screen is $59.00. After you get the code from the information sheet, click the button below to access the background screen.
Verified Credentials Background Check

Declared Pregnant Student

Federal and state regulations were modified in 1994 to introduce the term “declared pregnant worker.” Under these regulations, each student may declare her pregnancy in writing to the program director. However, it is the student’s option whether or not to do so. The student may decide to declare the pregnancy as soon as conception is confirmed or at any time during the pregnancy. It is up to each individual student to make her own decision regarding the declaration of the pregnancy. A declared pregnancy may be rescinded in writing at any time.

The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements recommends that the effective dose equivalent limit to the unborn child from occupational exposure to the mother should not exceed 0.5 rem for the entire gestational period, as determined by a radiation dosimeter worn at waist level. In all cases, this institution requires that radiation doses to the student and unborn child shall be maintained “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA). Further information regarding student pregnancy may be found in the Medical Radiography Handbook or by contacting the Program Director.

Notice:

Candidates for certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) must comply with the “Rules of Ethics” contained in the ARRT Standards of Ethics. Any conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations must be investigated by the ARRT in order to determine eligibility for the certification examination. Additional information may be obtained from the Program Director, Sherry Floerchinger at: floerchinger@dixie.edu

It is strongly recommended that each potential applicant meet with their advisor and receive academic counseling to help determine which courses are transferable and to discuss eligibility for acceptance into the program. If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact Esther Pugmire, Health Science Advisor, at (435) 879-4809 or email her at pugmire@dixie.edu to make an appointment.