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Radiography :: FAQ

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>> Is admission to the program very competitive? How and when are admission decisions made?

Twenty-one (21) students will be admitted to the 2021 Radiography Class. In 2020, there were approximately 40 qualified applicants to be considered. Criteria used in the selection of students includes: (1) interviews, (2) HESI entrance test results, (3) student essay, (4) overall G.P.A. Note: HESI cumulative score must be above 75% to proceed to the interview process. Testing will begin by the end of February and interviews will take place in March. Applicants are encouraged to research the Radiologic Technologists (RT) profession. Applicants are notified in writing of the action taken by the Radiography Admissions Committee in late May. Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee program admission nor does completion of the CSC Introduction to Radiography..

>> What are the minimum requirements of the program?

> High school prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher:

  • Algebra I and Algebra II (or MTE 1-9)
  • One (1) lab science (Biology, Physics, or Chemistry from HS or college) Biology is preferred.
    Notes: The college "VPT" math placement testing is utilized to determine what developmental math units (MTE 1-9) must be completed to satisfy math requirements, if lacking Algebra I and/or II.

> College-level prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better:

  • BIO 141 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
    Notes: It must be completed within the five years prior to fall 2021. BIO 101 is a required prerequisite for Bio 141 course at VWCC (must have Bio 101/NAS 2 within 3 years, "C" or higher, to be allowed to register for Bio 141). A challenge exam is available for Bio 101 for those who feel their prior knowledge is sufficient to pass the exam (speak to advisor for guidance). Please note that successful completion of math units 1-5 is a prerequisite for the BIO 101/NAS 2 at VWCC.
  • SDV 101 Orientation to Health Professions (2 credits)
    Note: Transcripts will be evaluated for any transfer credits that can be substituted.

Prerequisites do not have to be complete prior to an early application, but they must be complete by the end of spring 2021 to be eligible for the fall 2021 program.

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. You must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or above at the end of the 2020 Fall semester. GED holders will be considered for admission if they completed all pre-requisite requirements ("C" or better) and if they have generated a college GPA based on over 12 credits, it must be ≥ 2.5. If your GPA is not above a 2.5, you are encouraged to seek advising from Miss Woody (advisor) or Ms. Rhonda Perdue (another Health Profession Advisor) about how this will impact your eligibility and how to improve your GPA.

>> Is there a waiting list? Are there classes I can take before entering the program?

There is not a waiting list. All applicants who meet the deadline and are minimally qualified will be considered for the program. The Radiography program is intensive, so some applicants elect to complete general support classes such as Medical Terminology (HLT 143) while they are being considered (grades must be a "C" or better). It should be understood that these general education or support courses are not the same as required prerequisites (addressed in a previous question). You may view a listing of curriculum requirements in the "Radiography" section of the college catalog. Interested students are encouraged to work with one of the pre-radiography advisors (Woody or Perdue) to see if taking support classes is feasible based on their individual circumstances (taking in consideration whether they are students part-time, full-time, financial circumstances, holding a job, etc.) keeping in mind this is a restricted program and only 21 students are accepted once a year.

>> Can the program be taken at night or on a part-time basis?

The core RAD courses must be taken in sequence as outlined in the college catalog (including a summer semester). The core program coursework is only offered during the day. The Radiography lectures are conducted on a M/W/F schedule in first year and Tu/Th in the second year. The program requires extensive clinical and lab time in addition to the lecture. Clinical assignments are usually 2 days a week (Tu/Th) in the 1st year and 3 days a week (M/W/F) in 2nd year. Clinical experiences are primarily full days, but applicants should anticipate a limited number of evening or a weekend clinical during the program.

>> Who is the advisor for the radiography program? When and how do I contact them?

Pam Woody is the Health Careers Specialist who provides advising about applying and preparing for the Radiography curriculum. She is available to advise you after your academic application file is complete (transcripts have been received), at which time she will mail you an "Advising Letter". The advising form letter will give you important details about your prerequisites, career support classes, transfer of credit, and how you may contact her. ( Please note if you do not receive the Advising Letter, you will not be considered for the fall program. You need to verify receipt of all academic submissions if you do not receive the Advising Letter within four to five weeks upon submission of any application materials to Pam Woody in the School of Health Professions.) Rhonda Perdue can assist with career planning and course selections and may be able to assist with preliminary information. For information on the application process, you may follow the checklist for application located under the “forms” section of each website or contact Ms. Yolanda Brown at . If you would like to view the presentation to learn more about the application process and eligibility you can click here for the Application & Program Overview (PDF). Program policies and procedures are discussed in detail by the Program Director during the interview phase.

>> What process do I follow if I want to apply for a future year?

If you are interested in taking classes to prepare for future entry into the program, but you are unsure when you will be eligible, please submit the current Radiography application form with the appropriate transcripts. This will allow us to help you plan and suggest proper courses to begin your studies. By submitting now you may benefit from advising by the Health Careers Information Specialist, who will be able to discuss your transcript(s), placement testing, prerequisites, support classes, etc. and complete any needed transfer evaluations for you (if applicable).

Tuition: $
Credits: 70 Hours
Time: 2 years


Location: Fralin Center HP 214A or HP 339
Phone: 540-857-6325, 857-6644 or 857-7307
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

Susan A. Nolley, M.S., R.T.(R)
Assistant Professor, Radiography

School of Health Professions

Martha Sullivan, Dean