How can I apply to the Radiography Program at CVCC?
Entrance into the Radiologic Technology program is a multi-step competitive process.
Students are accepted into the curriculum only once a year for the fall semester.
Students must complete the Allied Health application process by March 15 prior to
the fall semester of desired enrollment.
Students desiring entry into the Radiologic Technology program should have good
organizational and study skills along with the ability to commit 30-40 hours a
week for 6 semesters in order to be successful. Effective communication and
critical thinking are essential skills needed for a student to be successful and
complete the program.
Students accepted into the program will have to pass a VA State Police Background
Check, will need to complete medical forms and a physical, and will have to pass
drug screen tests during orientation and during every rotation at Halifax Regional
Hospital (at least once a semester). Students will be required to get the flu shot
annually while in the program. If a student fails a drug screen test at any time
during the program, they will be withdrawn from the program. The program has a zero
tolerance drug policy.
Steps in the Application Process for Radiologic Technology:
- Complete an application to the college
- Applicants interested in the program should schedule an appointment with Ashley Pearson or any of our other counselors to review the admission requirements and be referred to the Program Director.
- Applicants will need to provide copies of their high school transcripts
- Applicants will need to provide copies of college transcripts
- Applicants for referral must have met the prerequisites (2 years of science such as chemistry, biology or physics and 2 years of mathematics such as algebra I and II and geometry)
- Applicants may be required to take college placement tests. Any deficiencies must be remediated before an applicant will be referred to the Program Director
- Applicants for referral must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5 (cumulative includes all college work attempted). If the cumulative GPA does not meet the 2.5 requirement, the last college GPA where at least 12 credits were attempted will be used. If that GPA is a 2.5 or higher, the applicant may be referred. Note: the 12 credits must be completed before the start of the spring semester in the year the student applies. If no college has been attempted then a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 is required for referral.
- Referrals must be made by the March 15 deadline. After that date, no referral will be accepted for consideration.
All applicants who have been referred to the Program Director will receive an application for the Radiography Program. Applications must be completed by the deadline indicated on the application letter. Any application received after the deadline regardless of the reason will not be considered.
Selected candidates will be called to schedule an interview with the Program Director and subsequent interview/clinical tour with one of the clinical instructors. Candidates who are selected for interviews are those who meet all or most of the following requirements:
- Have a minimum college GPA of a 2.9 (In some cases a student with a lower GPA may be granted an interview but this at the sole discretion of the Program Director) If no college course work has been completed, the high school GPA will be used to determine eligibility for an interview along with work/life experience.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the career field and the duties performed (based on application responses)
- Demonstrate a commitment to the career field (based on application responses)
- Provide application answers in a format consistent with college level ability
- Provide thoughtful answers on the application that demonstrate the ability to relate experience to the questions asked
- Have started the process of taking the general required courses for the program. At the discretion of the Program Director, a candidate having no college work or those with no general program prerequisites will be granted an interview.
- Selection Process
We can only take a selected number of students due to the limit placed on the number of students who can be at each of the clinical facilities. The program currently can only accept 15 students total. Candidate selection is based on scores given to the following criteria:
Candidates not selected are encouraged to reapply the following year. We do not have a waiting list. Any candidate who is interviewed but not selected must reapply the following year. These candidates should seek the guidance of Ashley Pearson, our Allied Health counselor for ways to improve their application or interview for the following year. Candidates who re- apply and show improvement are given extra points on their candidate score card which will improve their chances of acceptance the following year but does not guarantee acceptance.
- GPA: high school
- Cumulative college GPA
- Verbal and non verbal communication skills during the interview process (includes phone skills when the candidate is called for an interview)
- Professional appearance and demeanor
- Timeliness to the interview(s)
- Demonstrated knowledge of the profession, job duties, and personal career goals
- Science course grades, Medical Terminology grades and Anatomy & Physiology grades (if applicable)
- Any related healthcare or customer service experience
- Convincing interview (many of our candidates convince us to take them during the interview process by demonstrating their understanding, enthusiasm, and commitment to the profession and to our program)
- Professional judgment of the interviewers
Candidates who reapply but do not show improvement (based on information supplied to Ms. Pearson by the program selection committee) may not be granted an interview the second time around. Continued growth and improvement are important indicators of student commitment and success.
Candidates from outside our local areas may certainly apply, but preference is given to candidates in our local areas if the candidate scores are tied.
If a student receives an acceptance letter, their acceptance into the program is contingent upon three items:
If a student fails to do either of these items, or fails their drug screen test performed during the Halifax orientation, their acceptance from the program is withdrawn and they must drop any radiology course in which they have enrolled. The student may reapply as a new candidate the next year if they so choose.
- The student shows up for the scheduled orientation meeting that will be mentioned during the interview process
- The Program Director receives a clear VA State Police Background check by the date noted in the acceptance letter
- The student passes a mandatory drug screen that will be performed on their orientation day at Halifax Regional Hospital.
- Alternate Candidates:
Several qualified candidates with top scores who did not make the final selection cut will receive letters indicating they are alternates. Alternate candidates may be called in the event a student declines their program acceptance. Alternates are given additional points to their score if they choose to reapply the following year. Being selected as an alternate does not guarantee acceptance the following year.
One qualified candidate will be given 1st alternate status. The first alternate will be called first in the event a candidate declines their acceptance. Only the 1st alternate will be guaranteed acceptance to the program the following year in the event that no candidate withdraws their acceptance.
Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate is eligible to make application for the National Registry Examination leading to certification as a Registered Radiographer. Successful completion of the curriculum and the certifying exam will qualify a graduate to gain employment as a radiographer. Some states, including Virginia, also require a state license. In the final semester of the program, students will be informed of the steps necessary to obtain their Virginia (or other state) license.
The CVCC program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT*)which is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. The CVCC Radiologic Technology Program underwent a site visit in 2010 and received no citations. The JRCERT granted the program continued accreditation for the maximum period of 8 years lasting until 2018.
Who should I contact to apply?
If you are interested in applying for the Radiography Program, contact Ashley Pearson in
the Counseling Center
or call 832-7818 for an appointment.
In 2010, CVCC Radiologic Technology Program received the maximum 8 year accreditation award from the JRCERT.