Radiologic Science Career Associate of Science Degree Program
Please refer to the program’s handbook for the RADS program’s complete pregnancy policy. Any student that is pregnant or becomes pregnant while in the Radiologic Science program should consider the following:
Exposure to communicable diseases. As a student, one may be exposed to a variety of communicable diseases such as rubella and the Hepatitis C virus which are a serious danger to the developing fetus. It is the pregnant student’s responsibility to avoid those patients that may put them at risk.
Students are at risk to radiation exposure while performing radiographic exams. Pregnant students must protect themselves and the unborn child(ren) by using radiation protection practices and avoided as much radiation as possible until after the first trimester.
If the student’s medical condition limits her ability to continue in the program, she may choose to withdraw and continue with the following cohort of RADS students, if a position is available, beginning with the withdrawn course(s). Excessive absences over the specified allowed amount (excused or unexcused) may cause the student to be dropped from that/those course(s).
If a student discovers she is pregnant, disclosure of the pregnancy to program faculty is voluntary. If she chooses to disclose the pregnancy, a Disclosure Form will need to be completed and submitted to the program director. A Withdrawal of Disclosure Form is also available to be completed if the student needs to withdraw the disclosure.
The Radiologic Science program at Albany State University is currently accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Contact information is as follows:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
In addition to college graduation requirements, students must have a grade of “C” or better in all RADS courses. The Radiologic Science program reserves the right to discontinue, at any time, the enrollment of Radiologic Science student, if, in the judgment of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Radiologic Science faculty, the student does not appear to have the necessary qualifications for radiologic science.
Readmission of Returning Students
Any student who fails a RADS course will not be allowed to continue onto the next semester of RADS courses. If this is the student’s first failure, the student may re-apply to the program the following year. If the student fails a second time, or fails more than one RADS course, it will result in permanent dismissal from the RADS program without a chance of re-admission. If a student withdraws or leaves due to reasons other than failure, the student may re-apply for admission in the following year. However, in any case, prior to readmission, the student must demonstrate continued competency in the completed courses via examination and/or demonstration with the program faculty to determine continued competency in previously completed courses. If a period longer than one year lapses before readmission, the student must reapply to begin the program from the beginning (occupational specific courses repeated not general core). RADS courses more than two years old must be repeated. If a student is dismissed due to disciplinary reasons, that student may not reapply for admission for a period of five years from the time of dismissal.
Completed application forms must be RECEIVED NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 1st of each year. The application is complete only when the information requested is received. Students are responsible for making sure their application is complete. Applications are available electronically on the University's website and as hard copies in the Health Sciences office.
To apply to the Radiologic Science program, the applicant must:
- Meet all of Albany State University’s admission requirements.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Satisfied all Learning Support requirements.
- Take the TEAS test. Only two attempts allowed with a minimum of six weeks between attempts.
- Submit a completed Radiologic Science program application.
- May submit optional documentation to be evaluated for points prior to deadline. Specific information describing optional documentation is provided in the following paragraphs.
- To progress successfully through the curriculum and function as a practicing radiologic technologist after graduation, the individual must have:
- Visual acuity with or without corrective lenses to view radiographic images, physicians’ orders, patients’ charts, identifying markers on patients, equipment manuals, to identify respirations of patients, etc.;
- Hearing with or without auditory aids to obtain patients’ history by interview, to hear audible signals produced by imaging equipment, etc.;
- Physical ability to operate equipment (portable and stationary x-ray equipment, stretchers, wheelchairs, patients, immobilization devices, etc.), to sufficiently (minimal impairment of upper and lower extremities) perform CPR, etc.
- Manual dexterity to lift patient while placing imaging device, etc.
- Speech sufficient to communicate with staff and patients in a timely, effective manner.
Due to limited clinical placements, the program can only accept a certain number of applicants each year. Admission into the program is competitive based on the points system. Each program applicant is ranked by the Radiologic Science program selection committee according to accumulated points determined by criteria including, but not limited to GPA, pre-requisite course grades, TEAS scores, etc. Additional opportunities for points are provided in the next section. In order to increase one’s changes of acceptance into the program, it is recommended to complete all possible opportunities for points. By obtaining as many points, one becomes more of a competitive applicant for the program. Admission into the program is non-discriminatory based race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, or any other protected class.
Additional opportunities for points are as follows:
Up to three (3) professional recommendation forms from a non-relative can be submitted. These forms can be found in the application packet.
Applicant’s grades in the following courses: MATH 1111; ENGL 1101; BUSA 2101; BIOL 1100K OR BIOL 2411K. Be aware BIOL 1100K may not transfer. BIOL 2411K and BIOL 2412K may be taken in lieu of BIOL 1100K.
Provided documentation of 40 hours of volunteer service in a radiology department. Documentation of volunteer service must:
Be on company letterhead.
Provide a description of duties performed.
Be signed by supervisory personnel of that facility.
All of the following clinical forms/documents:
Health assessment form
PPD (tuberculosis skin test or Chest x-ray report)
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Current influenza vaccination
Application and Document Submission
ASU Health Sciences Division
Radiologic Science Program
Attention: RADS Application Coordinator
2400 Gillionville Road
Albany, GA 31707
Radiologic Science Program telephone is 229-317-6724.
Radiologic Science Program office is on the ASU Gillionville Campus, Building J, Room 224.
Health Sciences telephone is 229-317-6900.
Letters of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent out following the selection process. The selection process takes place in November (after the document submission deadline of November 1st) each year. Students are notified by December 1st each year of selection status. Selected students must confirm their intent to enroll in writing within 10 days after the post marked date of their acceptance letter. A student that fails to respond in the appropriate time frame will forfeit their position in the program.
Clinical Obligations Upon Acceptance
If accepted, students will have a clinical component of the program to complete.
Clinical placement is equally distributed among students. Although the majority of the clinical component is carried out during day time hours, less than 25% of the total clinical assignments will be during evening and/or weekend hours. Program clinical locations are mainly located outside the city limits, and all expenses associated with travel are the student’s responsibility. Additionally, some program clinical affiliates require drug screens (initial and random), criminal background checks, periodic tuberculosis skin tests and specific vaccinations. If the student is placed in a facility requiring any/all of these items, the cost will be the student’s responsibility. If the student did not submit the health documentation (immunization, PPD, HepB Vacc., physical assessment, etc.) prior to acceptance, these documents will need to be submitted to the RADS program director no later than February 1st following acceptance. Failure to provide this documentation will prevent the student from being allowed to attend clinical settings. These absences will be unexcused and may lead to the student’s dismissal from the program.
Recommended Courses for Career Associate of Science Degree Program
|RADS 1040||Radiographic Procedures II (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||3|
|RADS 1120||Imaging Science I (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||4|
|RADS 1230||Clinical Imaging III (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||4|
|POLS 1101||American Government 2||3|
|ENGL 1101||English Composition I||3|
|BIOL 1100K||Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Care Professional (Requires a grade of “C” or better) 1||4|
|ALHE 1120||Medical Terminology (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||2|
|RADS 1000||Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||3|
|RADS 1210||Clinical Imaging I (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||2|
|MATH 1111||College Algebra (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||3|
|BUSA 2101||Survey of Computer Applications||3|
|RADS 1020||Radiographic Procedures I (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||2|
|RADS 1220||Clinical Imaging II (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||2|
|RADS 2150||Radiologic Science Review (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||3|
|RADS 2260||Clinical Imaging VI (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||6|
|Select one of the following Area C electives:||3|
|RADS 2060||Radiographic Procedures III (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||3|
|RADS 2130||Imaging Science II (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||4|
|RADS 2240||Clinical Imaging IV (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||6|
|RADS 1100||Principles of Radiation Biology and Protection (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||3|
|RADS 2140||Pathology for the Imaging Professional (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||2|
|RADS 2250||Clinical Imaging V (Requires a grade of “C” or better)||3|
|COMM 1000||Cultural Diversity in Communication 2||2|
|Total Semester Hours||73|
Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II may be taken in Lieu of BIOL 1100K and is recommended.
These courses can be taken at any time before or during the program. All other courses need to be taken in the prescribed semester or before.