Online applications for the upcoming fall semester will be available July 1 for the traditional program and September 1 for the advanced standing program. The application deadline is February 15 for the traditional program and July 1 for the advanced standing program. The admission committee interviews applicants who meet the admissions requirements. The program accepts one class each fall semester. If accepted, classes will begin in August. All applicants pay a nonrefundable application fee of $25.
Admissions information may be obtained from the Office of Student Records and Registrar, the address is:
University of Mississippi Medical CenterOffice of Student Records and Registrar2500 N. State St.Jackson, MS 39216-4505Telephone: (601) 984-1080
No. The online application contains a "Plan of Study" section where projected courses should be listed. All of the prerequisite courses must be complete prior to enrollment in the fall semester for students who are accepted into the program.
No. All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the program.
The Department of Radiologic Sciences does not distinguish between where the courses are taken. The common number system of the Community Colleges and the Institutions of Higher Learning assures that the content is the same in the courses.
No, as long as they have been taken at an accredited university or college.
The Office of Student Records and Registrar determine the courses that can be transferred. The telephone number is (601) 984-1080.
Although observation hours are not required for the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to seek the opportunity to observe a registered radiologic technologist in routine diagnostic imaging procedures if possible. This allows the applicant to gain a better understanding of the profession. The University of Mississippi Medical Center does not facilitate the scheduling of observation hours.
Observation must be done with a registered radiologic technologist. It is up to the individual applicant to set up his or her own observation hours. The documentation forms are found in the online application for the traditional program. A minimum of four hours of observation is recommended.
No. CPR certification will need to be completed prior to registration for students who are accepted into the traditional program. To obtain CPR certification, most students contact the American Red Cross or American Heart Association to find out when and where BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR courses are offered. Some community colleges also offer three hour First Aid and CPR courses where students can obtain certification.
Yes. Mississippi law requires all health care workers, including students, to have completed criminal background checks. All University of Mississippi Medical Center 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.
The University of Mississippi is a state supported school and, therefore, preference is given to residents of the State of Mississippi. The Office of Student Records and Registrar determines the status of residency.
Maintaining a high GPA, high ACT score, and exploring as many facets of radiologic sciences as possible will help initial ranking and performance on the interview. Excellent writing and good interpersonal skills are equally emphasized. Observation of a radiologic technologist in a clinical setting is not required; however, it is recommended so students can have an idea of what the profession entails.
Currently, the Department of Radiologic Sciences accepts a maximum of 25 students one time per year.
The average GPA is usually over 3.3. This is based on an average, which means there are lower and higher GPAs; however, the range is usually from 3.00 to 4.00.
Students are encouraged to apply to multiple programs. Each admissions process is a separate activity.
Yes. No waiting lists are formed. Instead, a selection process is used. Applications for this program do not roll over, so returning applicants must re-apply.
Course offerings in the radiologic sciences curriculum meet from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. There are no evening or weekend classes available.
Clinical days vary throughout the program. During the first two semesters, students will be in clinical rotations two days per week. During the summer semester, students will be in clinical rotations four days per week. Students will be in clinical rotations three days per week during the last two semesters. There are no evening or weekend clinical assignments.
The decision of whether or not to work is strictly that of the student. The radiologic sciences program is full-time. The demands of both academic and clinical aspects of the program require dedication from the student. It is the desire of the radiologic sciences faculty that students be successful in this program and that essential learning not be compromised. Students will not be excused from class or clinical assignments for personal work schedules. Classroom attendance is expected, and accountability for knowledge and assignments is the student's responsibility.
For more information about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at http://financialaid.umc.edu/ or (601) 984-1117. The Radiologic Sciences program does not offer scholarships at this time.
The salary for starting radiologic technologists varies from region to region in the United States. Salaries also vary for different modalities within the profession.
The Department of Radiologic Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to race, sex, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the Medical Center. Under the provisions of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the University of Mississippi at the Medical Center does not discriminate on the basis of age in its educational programs or activities with respect to admissions or employment.
Because the curriculum is progressive in nature, students are not allowed to withdraw from a single class without withdrawing from the entire program. When a student becomes interested in withdrawing from the program, the UMMC Bulletin provides details regarding the institution’s withdrawal policy and related tuition refunds. Additionally, withdrawal dates are highlighted on the academic calendar provided on the School of Health Related Professions webpage.
Radiologic Sciences students are encouraged not to become pregnant during the 22 months of school in order to be able to rotate through the various assigned areas without any interruption. However, if a student declares her pregnancy while enrolled in the Radiologic Sciences program, she will not be dismissed from school because of pregnancy. Please know that the disclosure of pregnancy is strictly voluntary. Pregnant students have the option to continue in the program without any modification in clinical placement while enrolled in the program. Radiologic Sciences students are informed of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 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 principle 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.