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Application and Admission to the Avera McKennan School of Radiologic Technology

Completed applications must be submitted by January 15 in order to be considered for the class starting in September.

How to Apply

The recruitment and admission practices of the School of Radiologic Technology are non-discriminatory on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, marital status, or disability.

Please use the following guidelines to apply to the School of Radiologic Technology:

  1. Submit a completed application form.
    - Fill out the application form online and then print it.
    - If you require more space than allotted for the narrative questions, you can create a separate document to type and print your answers.
  2. Submit a $30.00 nonrefundable processing fee along with the application form.
  3. Submit official high school and college transcripts.
  4. Submit American College Testing Program (ACT) scores (optional)
  5. Submit three Avera McKennan School of Radiologic Technology recommendation forms. There are two options for submitting the reference forms:
    • Submit the forms in a sealed envelope with the reference's signature across the flap. Or,
    • Each person providing a reference can submit the form via email directly to the email address.
  6. It is highly suggested that the recommendation forms be filled out by a former/current employer, faculty member, advisor, or an individual who can speak of your academic ability, work ethic, and character.
  7. Upon receiving all the above materials, the Program Director will determine if academic admission requirements have been met. A personal interview will be arranged with those applicants meeting the admission requirements during the months of January through February. If you do not meet the requirements, you will receive a written explanation.
  8. The Admissions Committee will review the data submitted by each applicant who qualified for an interview, and the top candidates will be selected for acceptance into the program. A written notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent to all applicants no later than March 15.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission:

  • Be in good health and meet the technical standards appropriate to radiologic technology as set forth by the school.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited high school or equivalent (GED).
  • Demonstrate a balanced curriculum, with emphasis in physics, chemistry, mathematics and general sciences.
  • Have taken the ACT examination (optional).
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have participated in a job shadow experience in a radiology department.
  • Must have completed a college level Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology course and achieve a "C" or above.
  • Effective January 1, 2015, graduates must have earned a minimum of an Associate’s Degree to be eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The degree does not have to be in the radiologic sciences. Students must provide proof they meet the academic requirements by one of the following:
    • Earned an Associate Degree by an accredited agency recognized by the ARRT. A list of these agencies is provided on the ARRT website,
    • Be enrolled in an affiliated college or university and complete all requirements prior to starting in the Avera McKennan program in September.
  • Pass a background check.

Health Requirements

Students will undergo a health assessment and tuberculin screening. A health history is mailed to the student during the summer prior to enrollment. Documentation of vaccinations must be provided prior to the start of the program, including:

  • TB assessment or blood assay will be completed at Avera McKennan.
  • Proof of the adult Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination.
  • Proof of two complete MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunizations or proof of positive titers for measles, mumps and rubella. The student must provide official documentation.
  • Proof of completed Hepatitis B series, or a signed declination form.
  • A completed varicella questionnaire. Must have known history of disease, a positive titer, or documentation of two varicella vaccinations.
  • COVID Immunization (2 dose series of Pfizer or Moderna OR 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson).
  • Influenza Immunization is required for students from October 1st through April 1st.
  • A physical examination within the past year prior to admittance.

Health care services, while the student is enrolled in the program, are the responsibility of the student. Students must show proof of medical coverage upon admittance into the program.

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If you have questions about our program or need assistance, please call us at 605-322-1720.

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Location and Correspondence

Avera McKennan School of Radiologic Technology
1325 South Cliff Avenue, PO Box 5045
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045
Phone: 605-322-1720
Fax: 605-322-1701

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