Admission to the Radiography program is a competitive process. Students who wish to apply to the program must have completed both the general education requirements and program math and science prerequisites before entering the professional phase of the program. They must also be at least a college sophomores in good standing. Certain requirements may be waived for those applicants with a previous bachelor or associate of arts degree. Consideration is given for such items as admission to the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, completed application packet, ACT score, overall GPA, science GPA, rigor of academic work, confidential evaluations, radiography observations, student essay, and interview.
Points to Ponder Before Enrolling in the Radiography Program
- You are going to have to touch people, including strangers. This profession is high tech and high touch. Radiographers are hands-on people
- Radiography is not just a job. It is a profession. Professionalism means committing to lifelong learning. That type of commitment is not for everyone.
- Do not settle for this because you had to “do something.” If your career choice does not ignite a passion in you, you are likely to be unhappy. Your passion will help pull you through the difficult courses and clinical situations found in this program and profession.
- The Radiography Program needs to be a priority. You are required to attend all classes and all clinical assignments. Studying to be a radiographer is a demanding, full time job. In addition to classroom and clinical hours, you will need time for studying. Make sure you can give it the time and attention that it will take. Ask for your family’s help and support too.
- Your friends / family think you would be great at it, but is your heart really in it? Patients deserve high quality care from professionals who choose to focus on radiography. Give yourself permission to change your plans if you have realized that radiography just is not for you.
- Do not set yourself up for failure, thinking the program is too hard, too easy, or you will not fit in. It is going to be challenging, but if you have been accepted into the program, you have what it takes to succeed. Stay focused, study hard, and ask for help when you need it. Seek out positive, encouraging people who will support your success. Stay away from negative thinkers.
- Do a reality check. Ask current students, instructors and alum what the program is really like. Students often say they had no idea how much they were going to have to learn and understand.
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