Students entering the Radiologic Science program will be challenged with a vigorous and demanding academic schedule. The program is highly competitive and accepts 27 students in the fall semester each year. Applicants should be highly motivated achievers with a strong academic background. High school credits must include the following:
- 4 units of English
- 1 unit of algebra
- 1 unit of either advanced algebra, geometry, or trigonometry
- 2 units of science
- 5 units of arts/humanities/social studies/foreign languages
- Applicants must supply SAT scores
Transfer (advanced standing) applicants
- Students completing a minimum of 18 credits at another college or university
- Minimum 2.00 overall GPA of previous completed college course work
Current or re-enrolling Penn State students
- Must have completed a minimum of 12 credits with a minimum 2.00 overall GPA
- Must possess degree status or degree status eligibility
Child abuse clearance, criminal background checks, medical tests, and other preclinical documents are required by all clinical education centers for admitted Radiologic Science students prior to beginning their clinical internship courses. Students admitted to the Radiologic Science program must obtain background checks and record all required medical tests and other documents through CertifiedBackground.com. Admitted students are advised on the procedure to follow in submitting their background checks, medical tests and other preclinical documents to CertifiedBackground.com during enrollment orientation. Students are responsible for all fees associated with the medical tests, child abuse, and criminal background checks and other preclinical requirements. Clinical education centers, in agreement with the Radiologic Science program, also have the right to request random drug testing and other tests on students being assigned at their facility. Clinical education centers have the right to deny student placement to their facilities if a criminal record, positive drug test, or other clinical site requirements are not in compliance. Inability to complete clinical education experiences will result in the inability to meet program objectives.
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists “Rules of Ethics”
Students must comply with the Rules of Ethics contained in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Standards of Ethics. One issue addressed by the Rules of Ethics is the conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations. All alcohol and/or drug-related violations must also be reported. Conviction as used in this provision includes a criminal proceeding where a finding or verdict of guilt is made or returned, but the adjudication of guilt is either withheld or not entered, or a criminal proceeding where the individual enters a plea of guilt or no contest. All violations must be investigated by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in order to determine eligibility.
Registered technologists and applicants who violate the Rules of Ethics must provide the ARRT with a written explanation, including court documentation of the charges, with the application for examination. The individual may submit a pre-application form to the ARRT at any time either before or after entry into the Radiologic Science program. This review may avoid delays in processing the application for the ARRT certifying examination that is made prior to graduation from the Radiologic Science program. The pre-application request form does not waive the application for the ARRT certifying examination, the examination fee or any other application procedure.