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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Radiologic Technology or Radiography?
Radiologic Technology is a rapidly expanding health care profession whose practitioners (Radiographers/Radiologic Technologists) work throughout the medical community. A Radiographer, as a member of the allied health team, must be able to perform a variety of humanitarian and technically oriented services.
The Radiographer works directly with the patient and physician, performing sophisticated diagnostic x-ray procedures. The Radiographer must know the principles of x-ray and radiation safety, the operation of many types of equipment, the technique of obtaining specific radiographic exposures, image and film processing, and the professional handling and care of patients. Graduates of the Columbus State Radiography program receive a diverse educational background, as well as greater opportunities for advancement and mobility within the profession of Radiologic Technology. With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as a: Ultrasound (Sonographer) , Nuclear Medicine Technologist , Radiation Therapy Technologist , MRI Technologist , CT Technologist , Special Procedures Technologist , Equipment Sales Representative , Educator , Mammographer , or Bone Densitomitrist.
What is the radiography admissions committee really looking for in my application?
Applicants for admission to the program will be evaluated based on completion of admission requirements, overall GPA and math/science GPA, health care experience and standardized aptitude testing. Student who have completed additional math/science courses, obtained other allied health or other advanced degrees may receive additional consideration. A Radiography program Admission Committee will make the final determination of acceptance into the program. The program utilizes a selective admissions process whereby the most qualified applicants are considered at the time of application.
Can I take courses before I apply?
Absolutely. Completing non-technical courses prior to entering the program may improve your math/science background and general education background. If accepted into the program, you’re academic load will be lighter allowing you to place more study in the Radiography courses. Many of the non-technical courses may also apply to the Technologies if you’re considering more than one. Since this is a math/science driven technology, taking science courses may help develop a strong math/science background may be beneficial to your application.
After I apply, what happens?
After the January 31st application deadline, all applications are reviewed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by mail approximately six weeks after the application deadline.
I’ve taken college courses elsewhere. Would they be considered?
Quite possibly yes. The program reviews previous transcripts for math/science courses that may indicate a stronger math/science background even if Columbus State doesn’t have a course equivalent to transfer.
What else can I do to find out more about the Radiography program at Columbus State?
Come to a Open (Mandatory) Information Session for the program. No registration is required. Review the College catalog. Contact the program faculty. Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question.
Will I automatically get in if I send everything in?Not automatically. Your previous academics are an important indication of your abilities. We review your health care experience and written statement of interest because we want to make sure you have a realistic assessment of the profession. The program has a selective admissions process because the limited number of clinical placements available.