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Selection of applicants is made on a competitive basis and equal education opportunity is offered to all students who meet the entrance requirements without regard to race, creed, sex, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or veteran status.
Preference is given to applicants who are legal residents of Mississippi. A student desiring admission to the Radiologic Sciences program must submit an online application for admission to the Office of the Registrar, an official transcript of grades and an official statement documenting scores on the American College Test (ACT). Since the program has limited student capacity, selection into the program is competitive. Not every applicant who applies to the program will be selected.
No applicant is accepted until the admissions process is complete, which includes an interview by the admission committee. Applicants should not present themselves for interviews until notified. Those applicants whom the admission committee deems it advisable to interview are provided with sufficient notice of interview appointment.
In addition to the admission standards of the institution and the general admission requirements of the School of Health Related Professions, candidates seeking admission to the radiologic sciences program must:
*Social and behavioral sciences include courses such as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology or sociology.
** Humanities and fine arts include courses such as history, literature, foreign languages, journalism, philosophy, religion, art history, music appreciation or theatre.
***Recommended electives include medical terminology, natural sciences (general chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology), advanced mathematics and advanced computer sciences.
Mississippi law requires all health care workers, including students, to have completed criminal background checks. All UMMC students who will participate in patient care activities will be required to successfully complete a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, prior to beginning clinical activities. Applicants are advised that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for certification, registration, or licensure examinations.
Acceptance into the radiologic sciences program is entry level only. Advanced standing transfer credit is not accepted.
Technical standards are the physical requirements necessary to successfully complete the program and enter the field of radiography. Applicants are not screened according to this criterion before or during the selection process. If selected, applicants will undergo a physical exam to be evaluated against the criteria. Full acceptance is contingent upon demonstrating that the accepted candidate can meet these requirements or provide reasonable accommodations.
Students enrolled in the Radiologic Sciences program are informed of Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations regarding the declared pregnant student. The program's pregnancy policy (radiation safety for the embryo-fetus) is consistent with the NRC regulations. All students are issued personnel dosimeters and the program is committed to the principal of keeping exposure as low as reasonably achievable.
A pregnant student who voluntarily informs program officials of her pregnancy is issued a fetal dosimeter and may request reassignment to clinical areas where she may remain within the shielded controlled area; however, all clinical competencies must be met before a student can graduate.
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. To that end and for the safety and well-being of patients and the community in general, it is the policy of the Radiologic Sciences program at UMMC to assure that all graduates entering the profession of radiography have met the rigorous requirements for graduation, thus enabling their eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) board examination.
To be eligible for graduation, the following requirements/objectives must be met:
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