The following academic policies and procedures for the radiologic sciences programs' graduates demonstrate competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor, and effective skills necessary of individuals who perform quality diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
I. Admission Policies and Procedures
STANDARD I: Pre- and Co-requisite Coursework
Applicants for the radiologic sciences programs must be high school graduates or the equivalent. They must apply and be admitted to Indiana University Northwest prior to or concurrent with the application for the radiologic sciences programs. Applicants must meet the academic standards for the College of Health and Human Services and must apply to the program by January 15. Applicants must complete the program's Math (M100 or higher) and written communication (W131) requirements with a "C" (2.0) or better prior to beginning the professional coursework that begins each year in summer session II. These requirements can be fulfilled during summer I coursework. Applicants must pass the required pre- and co-requisite coursework by the second completed attempt.
In addition, specific college and/or high school courses that are recommended include Oral Communication (S121), Psychology (P101), Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (P261 and P262), and Medical Terminology (R185). Specific grades in these courses are used as a part of the student’s admission profile number. Completing these courses in advance improves a student’s chance for admission into the radiologic sciences programs. If a student has not taken the college equivalent of the courses listed above, a high school transcript should be submitted with the application and specific courses will be reviewed for admission purposes.
Anatomy and Physiology I and II have a 7-year age limit between completion and time of admission. Students may opt to take the course again or challenge the course by departmental examination. In order to qualify for admission and/or progression, the student must pass this course by the second completed attempt.
STANDARD II: Grade Requirements
To be considered for admission to the radiologic sciences programs, all applicants must:
Have a cumulative high school GPA (excluding non-academic coursework) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Have a cumulative and last semester college GPA (excluding developmental coursework) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for ALL coursework completed at Indiana University and/or any other college or university. College GPA will be utilized if the total number of credit hours equals or exceeds 12 and includes at least one math or science course.
STANDARD III: GPA Altering Policies
The student’s cumulative GPA for purposes of admission to the program will be based on all past academic courses taken at accredited colleges or universities. This admission GPA will exclude developmental coursework.
STANDARD IV: Credit by Examination
Applicants to the radiologic sciences programs who have received credit by examination in a course that meets a program prerequisite will be considered as meeting this specified requirement. Application of this policy for math/science prerequisites will be determined by the Admission Committee. Any “credit by examination” hours received by the student must be transferred to the student’s university transcript before it can be considered as meeting the program’s admissions prerequisite. Credit can be earned from a variety of sources.
STANDARD V: Professional Assessment in Radiologic Sciences (PARS)
Applicants who meet the academic requirements for admission to the program will complete the Professional Assessment in Radiologic Sciences. The assessment is used in the selection of students for admission. PARS will assess applicant's professional knowledge, information related to program policies and procedures as outlined in Radiologic Sciences Handbook as well as math skills, higher thinking and problem solving. When the number of applications to the program far exceeds the number of applicants who can be admitted, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to limit the number of assessments administered to two times the number of positions available.
To prepare for this assessment, applicants should review the following resources:
- Radiologic Sciences Handbook
- Basic math skills acquired in high school
Additionally, this assessment includes generic questions designed to assess higher level thinking skills, as well as problem-solving skills, which can be answered using common sense.
STANDARD VI: Technical Standards for Admission & Retention
Technical standards for admission and retention have been developed and are utilized by the radiologic sciences programs. These are sent to all applicants upon receipt of an application. Once admitted, students are expected to meet these program standards.
STANDARD VII: Additional Requirements
- Health and Age Requirements: Students are required to show proof that they have met the immunization, physical examination, and laboratory examination requirements for the program, as well as CPR certification. Specific information is provided to students prior to enrolling in clinical coursework. Additionally, students must be 18 years or older.
- Criminal History Check: A criminal history check is required prior to beginning clinical experience. A positive background check may make a student ineligible for clinical coursework.
- Drug Screening Policy: Students may be required to have a drug screen prior to attending clinical experience. A drug screen may also be required on demand under certain situations in the clinical site. A positive drug screen will result in removal from the clinical site and possible dismissal from the program.
STANDARD VIII: Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy
Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on arbitrary consideration of such characteristics as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
ADMISSION PROFILE NUMBER
Applicants are ranked according to a calculated admission profile number developed by the Admission Committee. The academic profile and PARS scores are combined to provide a total admission profile number for each applicant.