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Admission and Health Requirements

Equal Opportunity

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational and financial assistance policies.

Application Process

Those seeking admission can obtain school application materials by calling 605-668-8158.  No provisions are available to apply online.  Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic Technology application for admission
  2. All applicants must be enrolled with an affiliate institute and must have completed the affiliates baccalaureate degree requirements prior to making application to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic Technology
    • A Degree Verification Form is required and must be completed by the applicant’s advisor/registrar. The form verifies that all degree requirements have been meet prior to the start date of the radiology program.
    • Degree requirements must include a minimum of 15 credits of post-secondary education to include coursework in written/oral communication and mathematical/logical reasoning
  3. Official transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools (copies of all post-secondary education certificates and diplomas awarded if applicable)
  4. Official high school transcripts or certificate of GED scores
  5. American College Test (ACT) results (may be included on the official high school transcript or may be an official ACT score report
  6. Documented health-related work/volunteer experience
    • Copies of all health related certificates awarded if applicable (CNA, CPR, American Red Cross, etc.)
  7. Documented shadow experience specific to radiology
  8. Avera Sacred Heart Hospital School of Radiologic Technology reference forms to include reference letter
    • Applicant should complete and sign the waiver section included on the form
    • Reference should complete the form and sign their name over the seal of the envelope
    • Reference should complete and include a letter of reference for the applicant

Application Deadline

The admissions committee reviews all complete applications. Personal interviews are granted and arranged with eligible applicants. Application materials must be submitted no later than February 28 of each year. If required materials are not submitted by February 28, the application will be considered incomplete and not considered for interview.

Eligibility for Interview

Eligibility for an interview will be determined by a composite score based on the following point system.

  1. High school GPA/GED equivalent
  2. College GPA
  3. ACT composite score
  4. Additional points will be given for the following college courses
    • College Algebra
    • Physics I & II
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • Medical Terminology
    • Composition
    • Speech
  5. Documented health-related work/volunteer experience
  6. Documented shadow experience specific to radiology

Interview Process

Interviews for those selected will be held in March at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and will consist of a personal interview with the Admissions Committee and a tour of the department. 

The composite score from application materials and personal interview will be combined to determine student selection.  The final decision for admission into the School of Radiologic Technology will be at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, following completion of applicant interviews.  

In the event of a student’s withdrawal prior to the start of the program, an applicant may be selected from an alternate list, pending the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Health Requirements

All students admitted to the Radiologic Technology Program must be able to meet the following physical requirements:

  1. Must be able to reach and adjust the X-ray tube, which is at a height of 76-80” from the floor. (Can use a 6” step stool).
  2. Must be able to lift, transport, and carry patients and equipment.
  3. Must be able to give clear verbal commands.
  4. Must not be physically dependent on nonprescription drugs.
  5. Must have sight corrected to be able to reach and adjust equipment and to correctly position the patient.
  6. Hearing must be corrected to be able to hear the patient.
  7. Must be able to show proof of immunizations.

Upon acceptance into the program, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital conducts a criminal background check, drug screen and a health assessment.  The health assessment, at no cost to the student, is performed by a staff nurse to verify that the applicant’s health meets program and hospital requirements.  If an applicant does not complete and pass the criminal background check, drug screen and health assessment, they will be denied acceptance into the program.

A health re-assessment will be performed prior to the start of the second year, at no cost. All students receive radiation-monitoring services at no charge. It is recommended that each student be enrolled in a health insurance program.

Infection Control Requirements

The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Infection Control Committee requires the following student health screens and/or immunizations:

  1. A two-step Tuberculosis (TB) skin test is performed prior to clinical duties. A TB skin test done in the past year will be accepted. Second test must be done at ASHH.
  2. Proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella or 2 MMRs given after first birthday.
  3. History of having chicken pox. If there is no reported history of having chicken pox or varicella immunization, a titer is required. If negative, 2 varicella immunizations are required. If record of one immunization can be produced, just one vaccine will be needed.
  4. Immunization against hepatitis B or a signed waiver. Avera Sacred Heart Hospital highly encourages all students enrolled in the program to receive the hepatitis B vaccine.
  5. Infection control education on prevention of transmission of blood borne pathogens and tuberculosis.
  6. General infection control education. All students receive general infection control prior to clinical duties and yearly thereafter. Respirator fit testing is performed prior to entering clinical areas. If exposure occurs, the infection control nurse will provide post exposure counseling.
  7. The screen for TB and hepatitis immunization will be included in the health assessment at no charge to a student who is accepted into the program. General infection control education is covered during general hospital orientation.
  8. Tdap - Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine is required.
  9. Influenza vaccine - all students are required to take the influenza vaccine annually to protect our patients. The student is not charged for this vaccine.