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Admission

Heartland Community College's Radiography program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiography and prepares individuals to take the national certification exam to become a Registered Technologist in Radiography.  This degree is a two-year accredited degree program including general education courses, Radiography technical courses, and practical clinical experience.

As a selective admission program, the Radiography program accepts up to 15 students per class.  The decision for admission is based on achievement of minimum academic criteria, residency, and the quality of the applicant's credentials in relation to those of other applicants.

Advanced Placement / Transfer Students

Heartland Community College's Associate Degree of Radiography program does not accept students attempting to transfer from another Radiography program or seeking Advanced Placement in Radiography curricula to regain eligibility for ARRT certification and registry exam.  These students must follow the application guidelines found in the Radiography admission packet and the degree requirements for ARRT.  Applications will only be accepted during the open application period for the program that is published on the program's website.  Any applications submitted outside of this time frame will not be accepted for consideration.  All students, when admitted to the program, are required to follow policies and procedures as set forth by the program and college.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Heartland Community College is an equal opportunity institution.  No person, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap unrelated to ability, or unfavorable discharge from military service or veteran's status, shall be discriminated against in employment, in educational programs and activities, or in admissions.  Heartland Community College complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act, all as amended from time to time.

Heartland Community College further provides that no otherwise qualified disabled person shall, by reason of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the College (as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act).

Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, www.JRCERT.org.

Prepare to Apply

Meet with an Academic Advisor

Call or visit an academic advisor for assistance with course selection and the application process.

Attend an Information Meeting

It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in applying for the Radiography program attend an informational meeting.  Information meetings provide an overview of the Radiography program and the admission process.  Though attendance is not mandatory, these meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions of Admissions and Radiography program staff and are intended to help make the application process as smooth as possible for prospective students.  You can view our frequently asked questions for some additional information on the Radiography program.

Review Other Program Requirements

To discuss any questions or concerns, please email the Coordinator of Radiography.

Requirements for Licensure Examination - Legal Limitations

The following statements must be answered by applicants seeking licensure in the State of Illinois, as well as to take the certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  If you answer "yes" to any of the questions, you may be required to go through a due process prior to issuance of a license.  You also will be required to complete the pre-application process to determine your eligibility to take the certification exam.

  • Have you been convicted of any criminal offense in any state or in federal court (other than parking or speeding violations)?
  • Have you been convicted of a felony?
  • If yes to question one and/or question two, have you completed the pre-application process through the ARRT and been found eligible to take the exam?  Questions of eligibility can be reviewed in advance by calling the ARRT at (651) 687-0048 or visiting their website at www.arrt.org.
  • Have you had or do you now have any disease or condition that interferes with your ability to perform the essential functions of your profession, including any disease or condition generally regarded as chronic by the medical community, i.e. 1) mental or emotional disease or condition; 2) alcohol or other substance abuse; 3) physical disease or condition that presently interferes with your ability to practice your profession?  If yes, please attach a detailed statement including an explanation whether or not you are currently under treatment.
  • Have you been denied or had a license/certification revoked?
  • Have you defaulted on an educational loan guaranteed by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission?

The above information should not deter you from applying for the Radiography program.  Please discuss any questions with the Coordinator of Radiography, Jo Gramley, for specific information.

Review Program Costs

The cost sheet (PDF) was designed to provide information related to potential expenses incurred by the prospective student in the HCC Radiography Program.  The totals may vary depending on previous completion of general education courses, costs associated with immunizations and tests, if you have health insurance, and if your insurance covers the costs of health related testing and immunizations.  The fees associated with a criminal background check and drug screening are estimates and are paid directly to the company performing the checks/screens.  The ARRT exam fee and state license fee are for reference only and are not paid to Heartland Community College.  If you elect to take the test and become licensed in a different state, you would be responsible for determining those fees.  Travel fees are related to clinical education and vary dependent on location (generally held to within 90 miles of HCC) and current fuel costs.

Review Radiography Curriculum

  • General Education Courses

General education courses can be completed prior to admission.  If general education courses are not completed prior to admission, they must be completed with a "C" or better during the semester indicated in the Curriculum Sequence.

  • Radiography Courses

The Radiography courses begin each spring for those applicants accepted into the program and can be completed in four semesters and two summer terms.  These courses are offered only at the Normal Campus during the day and must be taken in order as outlined in the Curriculum Sequence.  Due to the rigors of the program, students are encouraged to keep work hours at a minimum.

All Radiography courses must be passed with 75% or better.  Final exams are comprehensive, must be passed with 75% or better, and can only be taken one time.

Please click on this link (PDF) to view the course grading scale for the Radiography program.

  • Clinical Education Experiences

Clinical experiences are completed off campus in various practice settings each semester.  Hours vary each semester and can include evening and/or weekend hours.  Please see Clinical Education and Sites (PDF) for additional information on clinical education, clinical sites, and radiography health and safety information.

Admission Requirements

Basic Skills Assessment

  • Applicants must complete the Heartland basic skills assessment in English, math, and reading comprehension and score at the college level in all three areas unless they have earned sufficient transfer credit or ACT scores.  The required scores will show placement in the following courses: ENGL 101, MATH 106 or above, and READ 101 or above.
  • Applicants whose scores are below the levels required for admission must successfully complete the courses needed to reach the college level before being deemed eligible for the program.  These developmental courses are not counted in the cumulative grade point average.

Grade Point Average

  • An overall grade point average of 2.5 (4 pt. scale) is required for consideration.  A grade point average of 2.5 (4 pt. scale) is required on general courses (BIOL 181/182, college-level math, and ENGL 101).
  • Applicants with less than seven hours of college credit must have a high school GPA of 2.5 (4 pt. scale).
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum high school GPA must successfully complete at least seven semester hours of college-level work and achieve a 2.5 GPA (4 pt. scale).
  • For applicants with seven or more hours of college credit, all college-level work will be included in the calculation of the GPA.  Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 (4 pt. scale) will need to successfully complete additional college-level courses to raise their cumulative GPA.

GED Scores

  • Applicants who have less than seven hours of college credit and hold a GED certificate must have a minimum score of 170 on each section of the 2014 Series test.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum GED requirement must successfully complete at least seven hours of college-level work and achieve a 2.5 GPA (4 pt. scale).

Biological Science

  • Applicants who have not previously completed BIOL 181 (or equivalent) with a "C" or better must meet the prerequisite for BIOL 181.  This includes:  1) high school or college-level biology course within the last 5 years OR completion of BIOL 099 with a grade of "C" or higher, 2) placement at college-level math, and 3) placement at college-level English and reading.

Residency

  • Applicants who are legal residents of Community College District #540 will be given preference for admission provided all admission criteria are met.  Applicants will be required to show a driver's license or State of Illinois ID as proof of residency as part of the application process, and students admitted to the program will be required to show proof of residency at the time of registration each term.  Applicants who are granted the in-district tuition rate because they work in the district or have a parent or guardian who works in the district are not considered in-district applicants for selective admission programs.  Applicants who attend other institutions of higher education within District #540 and live in college/university housing are not considered in-district applicants for selective admission programs.
  • Out-of-district applicants will be considered for admission after all qualified and eligible in-district applicants have been offered admission.  Applicants with temporary visas will not be considered until all qualified and eligible in-district and out-of-district applicants have been offered admission.
  • Official definition of residency and description of District #540 boundaries are available in Enrollment Services.

TEAS

  • All applicants must take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).  The TEAS may be taken twice in an application period (April - August).
How To Apply

Step 1.  Apply to Heartland Community College

Step 2.  Apply to the Radiography Program.  Application only available April 1-August 1**

  • Application Dates
    • Application open:  April 1
    • Application due:  August 1
    • Documentation due:  September 1
  • Submit the following required documentation:
    • Radiography application   PLEASE NOTE:  Firefox is the suggested browser for completing the application document.
    • Official copy of high school transcript or GED test scores
    • Official copies of all college transcripts
    • Assessment scores in math, English, and reading comprehension
    • Photocopy of driver's license or State of Illinois ID showing current legal address

** Applications may be reopened at a later date if seats remain available.

Step 3.  Take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The ATI TEAS will be offered at Heartland Community College's Normal Campus.

  • A $58 fee must be paid at the time of testing.
  • To schedule the ATI TEAS test, please log into your myHeartland account, click on Appointments, Allied Health, TEAS Testing.  Check your Heartland email for confirmation.
  • Study guides are available at www.atitesting.com and at the HCC Library.
  • Students may retake the ATI TEAS one time within the application period at HCC (April-August).  The highest grade within the application period will be used for evaluation.
  • ATI TEAS scores will be valid and remain on file for a period of two years.

Students seeking reentry to the program must meet the Readmission and Reentry Criteria as stated in the policy (PDF).  Students will be allowed to reenter as space permits and by approval of the Radiography Admissions Team.  The following materials must be submitted:

  • Letter requesting reentry to the Radiography program (see Radiography Handbook)
  • Official copies of transcripts for all college courses taken since previous enrollment
  • Photocopy of driver's license or State of Illinois ID showing current legal address

Readmission of students who either fail or withdraw from a first semester RAD course(s) must be re-screened and re-ranked based on the current admission requirements to reenter the program.  Students will submit a new student application following the process for application to the Radiography program.

How Applicants are Selected

The Heartland Community College Associate Degree Radiography Program accepts up to 15 students per class.  This number is based on the following:

  • the number of clinical slots available for clinical internship which is determined by accreditation standards
  • anticipated employment needs in the communities served
  • space availability in program lab and theory sections

All qualified applicants will be ranked.  Seats will be offered in rank order to qualified candidates to fill the class.  This process will continue until all seats are filled, all qualified candidates have been exhausted, or the mandatory orientation date has occurred.

Evaluation/Ranking of Applicants

The following outlines the scoring system utilized to rank candidates:

  • One point will be awarded for each overall GPA point (4 pt. scale).  Satisfactory GED scores will be worth 2.5 points.  MAXIMUM POINTS - 4
  • The following points will be awarded for prior completion of each of the four general (non-RAD) courses required for the Radiography curriculum: one-half point for an "A" or "B" grade; one-quarter point for a "C" grade.  "C" or better is required for all courses, although this GPA must be 2.5.  Points will be awarded only for courses completed by the end of Summer 2017.  MAXIMUM POINTS - 2
  • High school seniors will be awarded points for ACT scores.  Applicants who graduated from high school in 2016 and 2017 and have less than seven hours of college credit may be awarded points for ACT scores.  MAXIMUM POINTS - 4
    • 30-36 = 4 pts.
    • 24-29 = 3 pts.
    • 21-23 = 2 pts.
    • 19-20 = 1 pt.
    • 18 and below = 0 pts.
  • The following points will be awarded for each additional math and physical science course (including a full year of high school math and science) not included in the Radiography curriculum: one-half point for an "A" or "B" grade; one-quarter point for a "C" grade.  (This excludes technical math, earth science, environmental science, geology, and geography.)  Math and science courses must be completed with a "C" or better.  High school math and science credit will be awarded for 2015, 2016, or 2017 high school graduates only.  MAXIMUM POINTS - 2
  • Points will be awarded for prior academic achievement.  Number of points awarded will be based on the highest level attained.  MAXIMUM POINTS - 1
    • Radiology Aide/Assistant = 0.25 pt.
    • Certified Nurse Assistant = 0.25 pt.
    • Emergency Medical Technician, Basic or Intermediate = 0.25 pt.
    • One-year College Certificate Program = 0.25 pt.
    • Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic = 0.50 pt.
    • Associate Degree = 0.50 pt.
    • Bachelor's Degree or higher = 1.00 pt.
  • Students who have completed ALL four general (non-RAD) courses for the Radiography degree will be awarded the following points for each of the electives listed below completed with a "C" or better: one-half point for an "A" or "B" grade; one-quarter point for a "C" grade.  Points will be awarded only for courses completed by the end of Summer 2017.  MAXIMUM POINTS - 2
    • BIOL 191, Introductory Microbiology
    • COMM 101, Introduction to Oral Communication
    • COMM 120, Interpersonal Communication
    • ENGL 102, Multimodal Composition
    • HLTH 225, Clinical Kinesiology
    • PHIL 101, Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHIL 114, Ethics
    • PSY 101, Introduction to Psychology
    • PSY 209, Human Growth & Development
    • PSY 217, Adult Development & Aging
    • SOC 101, Sociology
  • All applicants to the Radiography Program will be required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).  Applicants will be awarded points based on their highest TEAS score.  MAXIMUM POINTS - 4
    • 80 and above = 4 pts.
    • 70-79 = 3 pts.
    • 60-69 = 2 pts.
    • 50-59 = 1 pt.
    • 49 and below = 0 pt.

Please see our admission recommendation sheet for additional information.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of their status regarding admission via their myHeartland email by November 1.

Applicants not accepted during an application cycle will receive an email explaining why their application could not be approved at this time.  These applicants should work with an academic advisor to satisfy basic admission requirements and reapply when admission requirements have been made.

Applicants accepted into the program must respond with an acceptance or declination by the date specified in the acceptance letter.  Failure to respond will be considered a declination, and the seat will be offered to the next qualified applicant.

No early or late applications will be accepted.  If seats remain open, applications may be reopened at a later date until all seats are filled or until the mandatory orientation date.

Applicants not accepted during an application cycle will need to submit a new application for the Radiography Program during a subsequent application cycle.  Applications and waiting lists are not maintained from year to year.

Applicants who wish to appeal their status must submit a letter explaining any extenuating circumstances to radiography.admissions@heartland.edu by September 15 to be considered for entry into the Radiography Program in the Spring.  Only one appeal per applicant is allowed.

Applicants who are offered a seat in the program must meet the following requirements prior to official acceptance into the program:

  • Complete currently enrolled required general education courses with a "C" or greater AND maintain a GPA of 2.5.
  • Attend the mandatory orientation meeting.
  • Submit to a criminal background check (PDF) and drug testing (PDF).
  • Fulfill all clinical education requirements.
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to the college.  Students who have financial obligations to the college will not be allowed to enroll in classes.  If a student is not enrolled by the mandatory orientation date, his/her seat will be offered to the next qualified applicant.
  • NOTE:  All students in the Radiography Program are required to carry personal health insurance.  Students are responsible for the costs of these insurance premiums and policies.

Radiography Questions

Contact the Radiography Department