**YOU MUST APPLY TO MSU & THE RADIOLOGY PROGRAM**
Applications to the Radiography program are accepted until September 30th.

NOTE:  HESI EXAM: The date to take the exam extends until October 8th.  Students do not have to wait to send in applications before taking the HESI Exam.  There is no minimum score; however, the higher the score, the better the opportunity for acceptance. Be sure to take all required sections.

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES/POLICIES

NOTE: Criteria, Policies, and Procedures have changed since the last admission cycle.  Please read carefully. 

Program Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission, the following basic requirements must be met:

  1. Complete an application to Midwestern State University (MSU).
  2. New Student Orientation is a program that is required for all new, entering undergraduates at MSU Texas. Whether you are a first-year student or transferring, getting started at MSU Texas is a big step. 
    New or Transfer Student Orientation
  3. Complete the BSRT Program application  Link is active  between July 1st to September 30th only, and upload copies of all official transcripts from each institution attended within the electronic application, including Midwestern State University transcripts.
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater on all courses required for the BSRTdegree and be in good academic standing.
  5. Successful completion (grade of C or higher) in BIOL 1134 and BIOL 1234 before applying to the Radiologic Technology program. More than 1 repeat of each/either in the past 5 years will result in ineligibility for the program.
  6. Satisfy all TSI requirements.
  7. Have reliable Internet access (high speed recommended) and a current, working email address.
  8. Either be core complete OR lack only 3 credit hours from basic core completion/RADS 4123 by the end of the fall semester just before the program start.
  9. Take the HESI Examination no later than October 8th of the application year.  HESI Instructions.  You MUST take all sections of the HESI except Chemistry.  The score on the HESI exam will be included in the admission ranking.  This score is not the only consideration for admission.  Scores below 70 will be evaluated on an individual basis. The specific sections to take are:
    • Anatomy & physiology
    • Biology
    • Grammar
    • Mathematics
    • Reading comprehension
    • Vocabulary
    • Personality style and learning style assessment
  1. Professional judgment points will be given on the interview and ALL interactions (phone calls, visits to campus, etc.).  Negative interactions with staff and faculty members will result in a deduction of points and may affect the score assigned.  The admissions committee reserves the right to deny admission to the program based on the admissions committee's professional judgment.
  2. Before the first fall semester following program admission, students MUST
    1. Obtain a background check through Castlebranch. The department secretaries will verify the initiation of the process (i.e., payment for the background check has been submitted).  All outstanding warrants and any unresolved legal issues may result in dismissal from the program.  If the applicant is aware of issues before the background check, he or she should contact the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for the procedure to pre-apply for eligibility.   Failure to do so may result in the ineligibility to sit for the national certification exam. International students must either opt for the international background check through castlebranch.com or provide a government-issued letter stating a clear background from each nation.
    2. Provide proof of health insurance – students are responsible for any personal injury occurring at the university or hospital.  Purchase of Health/Accident Insurance is required.  A copy of student insurance information is kept in the student file and provided during orientation.  It is the students’ responsibility to keep this information current.  Any MSU student may purchase health insurance through the university.  Students may contact the Vinson Health Center for additional information.

Failure to provide evidence of the above may result in dismissal from the program.

  1. CPR certification – Students must have the CPR: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association.
    Failure to provide evidence of the above will result in a formal written warning.

 Orientation to the program will occur the Friday before the Spring Semester start date. Students will not be excused for vacations and will forfeit their admission spot.

This is a table of required courses

Required Courses

COURSE  DEPT

NUMBER

CREDIT HRS

Prerequisite Courses (must be completed by the end of summer before application).

BIOL

1134

4

BIOL

1234

4

Program Required Course

RADS

4123

3

Academic Core Courses

COMMUNICATION

 

6

FINE ARTS/Creative Arts

(3 HRS)

3

HISTORY

1133

3

HISTORY

1233

3

Language, Philosophy, & Culture

(3 HRS)

3

MATH (1053, 1203, 1233, 1534, or 1634)

(3 HRS)

3

POLS

1333

3

POLS

1433

3

Social & Behavioral Sciences

PSYC 1103 OR SOCL 1133 

3

Cultural & Global Understanding

3

3

Undergraduate Inquiry and Creativity

3

3

Thirty-six (36) of the thirty-nine (39) core and data analysis courses MUST be completed by the end of the fall MSU semester of the year applying to the BSRT program.

Even if a statistics course transfers in as core math, one additional three-hour college-level math, other than statistics, must be completed.
All core courses must be completed by the end of the Spring II semester.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Student Defined 
You are considered a transfer student if you have been accepted into MSU and bring 18 or more non-developmental transferable credit hours with you.  The Admissions Office website of Transfer Information has a complete list of all the things you need to be aware of as a transfer student to make the transition to MSU easier.

Transferring in Credit
To meet the requirements of your particular degree plan, you may be able to use transfer credit earned at another institution. However, acceptance of credits in transfer does not guarantee that they will be applied toward your degree.  

  1. Application of these credits to your chosen degree at MSU will be determined by your major program. Credits listed may be allowed to substitute for the academic foundation requirements at the discretion of the college dean. 
  2. Because we are a baccalaureate degree program, no radiography-specific courses will be transferred in if not at the junior/senior level. 
  3. A maximum of 69 semester hours of community college work may apply to a degree program.

Transfer Advising 

  1. Make sure that all your college transcripts and test scores have been sent to the Admissions Office.
  2. It is also important to bring them with you to your advising appointment, since you may see an advisor before your courses and test scores have been posted. 
  3. Fill out a transfer advising prep sheet to assist your advisor in making appropriate recommendations.
  1. Remember, the more information you share with your advisor about your academic experience, the more likely you will succeed in selecting the correct classes you need.  For core course information, contact Suzanne.Hansen@msutexas.edu

Before enrollment in RADS 4114 Clinical Education I, the student must provide documentation of:

  1. Program-approved student liability insurance.
  2. Drug testing for no illegal substance
  3. Compliance with state or program-mandated immunizations.

Special Note:  The MSU Radiography Program has affiliations with clinical sites in a wide geographic area in addition to Wichita Falls.  Students may be responsible for their transportation, housing, and living expenses during their off-campus clinical courses. 

Applicants to this program must understand the physical, behavioral, and social skills necessary to function as a radiographer in many facilities.  Please read the following carefully:

STANDARDS FOR THE RADIOGRAPHER

Employment Qualifiers:

  1. Must be free from contagious diseases and chemical dependence.
  2. Must be able to perform all functions and tasks required of a radiographer.
  3. Must not have been convicted of a felony without restoration of his or her civil rights.
  4. Preapproval from the ARRT can be gained if you are concerned about a conviction at:
  5. ASRT Pre-Application Ethics Check

Visual Observation:

Visual acuity must be adequate to enable the radiographer to:

  1. View radiographs to determine the quality and identify anatomy.
  2. Observe patients’ condition.
  3. Read control panels, technique charts, and other pertinent materials for patient care and professional practice.

Motor Functions:

Motor functions must be sufficient to enable the radiographer to:

  1. Stand unassisted for periods of up to several hours.
  2. Assist patients in and out of wheelchairs and on and off stretchers or tables.
  3. Lift and handle radiographic equipment and tools.
  4. Manipulate radiographic equipment.
  5. Assist patients in emergencies.

Communication Skills:

The radiographer shall possess sufficient communication skills to receive and transmit information to patients, healthcare personnel, and others.

Behavioral and Social Skills:

Behavioral and social skills must be sufficient to enable the student to conduct him or herself appropriately and professionally in college and clinical settings.

READMISSION POLICY

1.  A student will be eligible for readmission one time only.
2.  A student eligible must petition for readmission:

  • Students who wish to be readmitted must first make an appointment with the Radiologic Sciences Department Chair.  Second, they must submit a letter to the Program Admissions committee stating a desire for readmission, factors affecting their failure in the program, and how issues and problems will be resolved upon readmission.
  • Readmission is dependent on available places in the desired class.  Failed courses must be repeated. Passed courses must be tested out for progress.  It is highly recommended that all passed Radiologic Sciences BSRT courses be attended to refresh information.  Retention and remediation activities will be determined individually for each student by the Admissions Committee based upon each student’s previous academic history with the program.  The student’s original clinical assignment will no longer be valid, and students will have to compete for clinical sites.  Students have 36 months from the beginning of their radiography training to complete the BSRT degree radiography curriculum and Midwestern State University (NOTE: Refer to MSU Undergraduate Bulletin).

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Radiologic Science Program is committed to equality of educational opportunity. It does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.   Any complaints alleging failure of this program to follow this policy should be brought to the attention of:

Dr. Beth Veale', Ph.D., R.T.(R) (QM) Professor/Chair
The Shimadzu School of Radiologic Sciences
Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX  76308
(940) 397-4337 Toll Free: 1-866-575-4305
beth.veale@msutexas.edu