Frequently Asked Questions

What are the academic requirements for the School of Radiologic Technology?

PREREQUISITE GEORGIA PERIMETER COLLEGE ATLANTA METROPOLITAN STATE COLLEGE
English ENG 1101 or honors equivalent ENG 1101
ENG 1102
Algebra or higher level Mathematics MATH 1001 or higher MATH 1111 or higher
Communication/Critical Thinking COMM 1201 COMM 1100
Natural Sciences BIOL 1611 & 1611L, and
BIOL 1612 & 1612L
CHEM 1151 & 1151L or higher
BIOL 1107 & BIOL 1107L
 (or PHYS 1111 & PHYS 1111L or CHEM 1151 & CHEM 1151L), 
BIOL 2241 & 2241L, and 
BIOL 2242 & 2242L
Social/Behavioral Sciences HIST 2111 or 2112 HIST 2111 or 2112
Information Technology RSCH 1203 or ATEC 1203 CSCI 1135
Political Science POLS 1101 POLS 1101
Humanities Humanities elective PSY 1101 or higher
  31 Credit Hours 36 Credit Hours

If I am still a student at Georgia Perimeter College but have not completed all Radiologic Technology prerequisite college courses, at what point may I make application?
The applicant must obtain a minimum of 15 credit hours from GPC in the prerequisite core college courses prior to making application to the Radiologic Technology program at Grady Health System.

If I transfer college credits from another college to Georgia Perimeter College, how many college credits must be earned at GPC in order to qualify for an Associate's degree from GPC?
The student must have completed at least 26 credit hours of required general education course credits at Georgia Perimeter College in order to qualify for an Associate's degree from GPC.

If I am still a student at Atlanta Metropolitan State College but have not completed all Radiologic Technology prerequisite college courses, at what point may I make application?
The applicant must obtain a minimum of 18 credit hours from AMSC in the prerequisite core college courses prior to making application to the Radiologic Technology program at Grady Health System.

If I transfer college credits from another college to Atlanta Metropolitan State College, how many college credits must be earned at AMSC in order to qualify for an Associate's degree from AMSC?
The student must have completed at least 20 credit hours of required general education course credits at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in order to qualify for an Associate's degree from AMSC.

What is the contact information for Radiologic Technology prerequisites at Georgia Perimeter College?
The web address for GPC is www.gpc.edu/healthscience. You may also talk to an academic advisor by calling the Office of Health Science at (678) 891-3195.

What is the contact information for Radiologic Technology prerequisites at Atlanta Metropolitan State College?
The web address for AMSC is http://www.atlm.edu/academics/radiologyprogram.aspx. You may also talk to an academic advisor by calling the Division of Science, Math, and Health Professions at (404) 756-4025.

If I am a current Georgia Perimeter College or Atlanta Metropolitan State College student and taking the prerequisite courses for Radiologic Technology, will I be automatically accepted into Grady's Radiologic Technology program?
No. All applicants go through a competitive selection process.

By whom and when is the Associate of Science (AS) degree in Radiologic Technology awarded?
The AS degree is awarded by the college (Georgia Perimeter College or Atlanta Metropolitan State College) upon successful completion of the Radiologic Technology component (70 credit hours) at Grady Health System.

If I already have a degree prior to enrollment in the Radiologic Technology program, what is awarded upon graduation?
A certificate in Radiologic Technology is awarded upon graduation to those who already had a degree prior to enrollment.

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How do I know if my academic degree is from one of the accrediting mechanisms acceptable to the program?

A degree must be from an institution accredited by one of the following accrediting mechanisms acceptable to the ARRT:

  • Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and Senior College Commission (SCC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
  • Council on Occupational Training (COE)
  • Distance Education and Training Council Accrediting Commission (DETC)
  • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)

 

Do the high school and college transcripts have to be official?

Yes. Official high school and college transcripts must be submitted directly to the schools' admissions office in a sealed envelope from the institution.

What are the SAT and ACT school codes for Grady Health System programs?

Do you mail out School catalogs containing program information?

No. Applicants may view our admission requirements and application procedure on our School web site at www.gradyhealth.org/imaging.

How do I submit an application?

An applicant must go to www.gradyhealth.org/imaging to apply online.

When are applications accepted?

Online applications are accepted between August 1 and March 31 for the School of Radiologic Technology and the School of Radiation Therapy. Online applications are also accepted between August 1 and March 31 for the School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

When do the classes start?

Classes for the School of Radiologic Technology and the School of Radiation Therapy begin in August 2013. The School of Diagnostic Sonography classes begin in September 2014.

How many students do you accept?

  • Radiologic Technology – 24
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography - 10
  • Radiation Therapy – 12

Do you have a waiting list for enrollment?

No. Selection of students is a competitive process. The Radiologic Technology and Radiation Therapy program start interviewing in February and continue to interview all applicants whose folders are complete through April. By May the Admissions Committees will have met several times to select the approved number of students and alternates for each program. The Sonography program will complete interviews by the end of April, and the Admissions Committee will select students and alternates by the end of May.

To whom should the check or money order for the application fee be made payable?

The application fee check or money order should be made payable to Grady Health System.

May I send in the required information separately, or does it have to be sent all at once?

An applicant may send in the required information separately. Once the online application and application fee have both been received, the program will start a file on the applicant.

How are applicants selected?

The programs use a point system to rank applicants, which include the following criteria:

I applied last year, but was not selected for the class that starts this September. I would like to reapply for the next class that starts in September. How long do you keep an applicant's folder on file and what is the process to reapply?

An applicant's folder is kept on file for one year. The steps to reapply are:

If I have no patient care or healthcare experiences, what recommendations can you make that would allow me to obtain some patient care contact?

You can contact your local hospital, medical center, or nursing home and see if they have volunteer opportunities.

I have an Associates (Bachelors or Masters) degree. Am I still required to have the SAT I or ACT?

Yes. We use the SAT I/ACT score in our point system to derive the applicant's score for selection purposes. A degree is considered, but may not take the place of the SAT I/ACT score.

I am a non-traditional (international) student. I am either not able to obtain official transcripts from my high school and/or colleges attended, or my documentation does not contain the U.S. Equivalency of my courses, grades, GPA, degree granted, etc. What do I need to submit to meet the admission requirements?

An applicant must contact a translation service to have the transcripts from high school and/or college converted into its U.S. Equivalency to include U.S. GPA, classes listed, grades received, and type of degree obtained.

I am an international applicant whose native language is not English. Do your schools require a TOEFL score?

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to pass the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 210, or pass the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency with the minimum progress of "Intermediate."

Do your schools accept international applicants who have a Student Visa?

No. A non-citizen applicant is required to provide documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) of permanent resident status by presenting a copy of his/her alien registration card.

What type of medical documentation must be submitted upon acceptance?

Do your schools accept transfer students from other Radiography, Radiation Therapy or Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs?

No. We do not accept transfer students for advanced placement from other Radiography, Radiation Therapy, or Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs. You must start a program from the first day and complete all courses and requirements to receive your certificate of completion.

What are the school hours?

The programs are offered 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Most hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; however, in the Radiologic Technology program, there is an evening clinical rotation every other month from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. and several weekend clinical rotations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each clinical rotation in the Radiologic Technology program is one – two weeks in length.

How long are the programs?

Do you have part-time or evening classes?

No.

What is the tuition for the programs?

Are there other fees or expenses?

  • ADVANTAGE STUDENT Drug Screen & Criminal Background Check - $78.50
  • HPSO Professional Liability Insurance                
    • $37.00/year (Radiologic Technology)
    • $37.00 – 112.00/year (Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiation Therapy)
  • Graduation Fee - $160.00 – prorated amount paid each quarter or semester
  • Technology Fee - $25.00/quarter or semester
  • CPR (BLS for Healthcare Providers) Online Training Course - $22.00 for Part 1
  • Uniform Scrub Top and Pants (5 sets recommended) - approx. $30.00/set
  • Uniform Shoes - approx. $60.00/pair
  • Books  - $700 – 900 (if purchased new)
  • Grady Parking
    • $10.80/month - MLK Parking Lot
    • Other clinical sites may require a parking fee, however most do not    

Do you have financial aid?

Yes.  The programs are eligible and participate in Federal Pell Grant and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs.  The FAFSA must be processed by May 25 to determine eligibility for financial aid. 

Veteran benefits are approved for eligible veterans. Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits for eligible veterans are now approved for non-degree programs.

The Radiologic Technology program is also included on the Statewide Eligible Providers List (WIA programs) through the Georgia Department of Labor.

How can I find out about Grady campus safety and security?

The campus safety and security report is available on the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education web site http://ope.ed.gov/security.

Are the programs accredited?

Yes. The Radiologic Technology and Radiation Therapy programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), www.jrcert.org. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is an accredited program in General Concentration approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), www.caahep.org, through review by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, www.jrcdms.org.

What is the difference between Grady's hospital-based programs and college-based programs?

Upon graduation from Grady's hospital-based programs, graduates receive a certificate from Grady Health System that will entitle Radiologic Technology or Radiation Therapy graduates to take the national certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) and Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduates to take the certification examination given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Upon graduation from a college-based program, graduates receive either an Associate or Bachelor degree that will entitle them to take the national certification examinations.

At the present time, the pay scale is the same for both types of graduates.

What percentage of your Radiography graduates pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt? Radiation Therapy graduates?

The Radiography graduate pass rate is 99%. The Radiation Therapy graduate pass rate is 94%. The program's 5-year average can be found on the JRCERT website www.jrcert.org.

What percentage of your Sonography graduates earn at least one ARDMS credential within one year of graduation?

The Sonography credential rate for the previous 5 years is 95.5 percent.

How much will I make when I graduate?

Entry-level salary ranges in metro Atlanta hospitals are approximately:

National salary information may be obtained in the following sources:

Do Grady's schools offer job placement?

No. The schools do not have job placement, however the programs' 5-year averages for finding employment 6 months post-graduation is 75-95%. Job placement rates vary with the current job market.

Am I able to work full time and go to school at the same time?

The programs are 40 hours per week, and there is an ample amount of study and homework required. The faculty recommends that students limit their employment to part time if possible.

I am a non-traditional student. I graduated over 10 years ago. Are official high school and/or college transcripts still required?

Yes. We use data from transcripts in our point system to derive the applicant's score for selection purposes.

I am an international student. I am unable to obtain a high school transcript, but I have a college transcript. Do I still need to get a high school transcript?

If you are unable to get a high school transcript, you may choose to take the GED instead. Upon passing the GED you may then submit a copy of your GED certificate to the School to meet that particular admission requirement.

I received my Radiologic Technology training in the military, but I am not registered (or I have allowed my ARRT registry status to lapse). Do you offer advanced placement?

No. You must meet and submit all admissions requirements and, if accepted, you must complete the entire program, the same as any new student.

I am registered as a limited Radiologic Technologist. Am I eligible for advanced placement?

No. You must meet and submit all admissions requirements and, if accepted, you must complete the entire 24 month program, the same as any new student.

I am a Radiologic Technologist from a licensure state and did not need to take the ARRT examination in my state. Now that I am relocating to Georgia, do you offer a Registry Review Course that I can take to prepare me to sit for the ARRT exam?

No. You must contact the ARRT, www.arrt.org, to find out what requirements they have set forth for your individual situation.

What is the contact information for the Schools' Student Admissions office?

Grady Health System
Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE - Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 616-3610
lhowell@gmh.edu

What is the contact information for the Schools' Financial Aid office?

Grady Health System
Student Financial Aid/Registrar
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE - Box 26044
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 616-3506
apruitt@gmh.edu