School of Radiologic Technology Application and Admission
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Application and Admission Instructions

Find application instructions, important dates, eligibility information, health requirements and more.

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 application materials beginning the month of October by calling 605-668-8158.  No provisions are available to apply online.  Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed School of Radiologic Technology application for admission.
  2. All applicants must be enrolled with an affiliate institute or have completed a minimum of an associate degree.
    • It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify with the registrar of his/her degree-granting institution that all degree requirements will be met prior to the start date of the radiography 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.
  4. Copies of all post-secondary education certificates and diplomas awarded (CNA, First Aid, Basic Life Support, American Red Cross, AS Degree, etc.)
  5. Official high school transcripts or certificate of GED scores
  6. American College Test (ACT) results (may be included on the official high school transcript or may be an official ACT score report
  7. Documented health-related work/volunteer experience
  8. Documented shadow experience specific to radiology
  9. The School of Radiologic Technology reference forms to include required reference letter
    • Applicant should complete and sign the waiver section included on the form
    • Reference should complete the form and include the required letter of reference
    • Reference should place form and letter in sealed envelope and sign over the seal

Application Deadline

The program director reviews all complete applications. Personal interviews are granted and arranged with eligible applicants.

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 will be held with the Admissions Committee for those eligible and with completed application materials.

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.  Upon acceptance into the program, a deposit of $350 is required to hold the position for the next program start date.  The program starts in August of each year.

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.

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

  1. QuantiFERON blood draw to test for tuberculosis (TB).
  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 training 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
  10. Coronavirus Disease-19 vaccine – all students will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine to protect them and our patients.  Avera Sacred Heart Hospital highly encourages all students enrolled in the program to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  The student is not charged for the vaccine.

Contact Our Team and Find Application Details

If you have questions about our program or need assistance, please call us at 605-668-8158.

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Location and Correspondence

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
School of Radiologic Technology
501 Summit
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: 605-668-8158
Fax: 605-668-8153

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