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School of Radiologic Technology

Program Information

The School of Radiologic Technology, sponsored by Grady Health System, is the oldest in the State of Georgia. The program began in the late 1930s. To date, more than 1,400 students have graduated from the School of Radiologic Technology. This program prepares the graduate for a rewarding career in the imaging field. Many graduates continue to further their education in various advanced level radiation and imaging modalities.

The course of study in Radiologic Technology awards a certificate from Grady Health System upon graduation. Classes are limited in size. Admission to this program is competitive. The number of students accepted is dependent on the number of clinical sites.  Students who satisfactorily complete the program are eligible to become a certified Radiographer through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

The program has articulation agreements with both Georgia State University at Perimeter College and Atlanta Metropolitan State College, which means graduates will be awarded an Associate of Science degree in Radiologic Technology by the respective college upon successful completion of college prerequisites and the radiologic technology component at Grady Health System. (Gainful employment disclosure)

The School of Radiologic Technology is an entry-level program and is:

  • Full-time
  • Daytime program
  • 23 months in length
  • 25-27 students are accepted annually
  • The graduation rate for the past 5 years is 99 percent.

Vision (Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies)

The Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies at Grady Health System will become a recognized center of excellence for education of Radiographers, Radiation Therapists, and Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Mission

It is the mission of the School of Radiologic Technology to provide a quality education that actively engages the student in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences that will produce an entry level radiographer and prepare the student to challenge the national certification examination.

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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Goal 1:  Students will be clinically competent.
Learning Outcomes
1.1.         Students will practice correct radiation protection practices – ALARA.
1.2          Students will apply knowledge of radiographic procedures.
1.3          Students will apply appropriate patient care.

Goal 2:  Students will communicate effectively.
Learning Outcomes
2.1          Students will demonstrate effective oral communication.
2.2          Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Goal 3:  Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Learning Outcomes
3.1          Students will identify ethical dilemmas.
3.2          Students will use critical thinking skills and adapt procedures for trauma, emergency procedures, non-routine, and age-specific patients.

Goal 4:  Students will demonstrate professional development and growth consistent with program mission and expected outcomes.
Learning Outcomes
4.1          Students will demonstrate a professional work ethic.
4.2          Students will demonstrate the ability to function as a team player.

Goal 5:  Program Effectiveness Measurements:
Outcomes
5.1          Graduates will pass the ARRT certification exam on the first attempt.
5.2          Graduates will complete the program within 24 months.
5.3          Of those pursuing employment, graduates will be employed within 1 year post-graduation.
5.4          Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
5.5          Employers will be satisfied with the graduate’s education.

Program Effectiveness Measurements
  1. Graduates will pass the ARRT certification exam on the first attempt.
  2. Graduates will complete the program within 24 months.
  3. Of those pursuing employment, graduates will be employed within one year post-graduation.
  4. Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
  5. Employers will be satisfied with the graduate’s education

See our Program Effectiveness Data.

Clinical Education

The major goal of the clinical portion of the program is to enable the student to develop skills that will allow him/her to successfully perform the duties of a Radiographer. The school is a competency-based program in which faculty members and/or departmental staff evaluate the student.

A student spends at least 18-22 hours per week in the clinical setting and may be exposed to ionizing radiation, infectious diseases, body fluids, processing chemicals and cleaning solutions. The student is appropriately instructed in radiation protection and standard precaution procedures, as well as the proper utilization of various types of protective clothing and personal protective devices.

Students rotate on a weekly basis through general diagnostic radiology, emergency radiology, pediatric radiology, and specialized areas (approximately 10% of training) such as CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, mammography, special procedures, radiation oncology, cardiac catheterization, neuroscience, and PET. Students must dress in the approved uniform attire during classes and clinical rotations.

Clinical hours vary depending on the assigned rotation. Most clinical assignments occur during the day shift; however students also rotate on evening and weekend shifts in emergency and pediatric radiology departments (approximately 7% of training). In addition to clinical assignments at Grady, students also rotate to several neighborhood clinics and affiliate hospitals in the Atlanta area.

Clinical Sites:

  1. Grady Memorial Hospital – 80 Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Address and travel times from Grady Memorial Hospital to other clinical sites:

  1. Asa Yancey Health Center – 1247 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 – 4 miles
  2. Brookhaven Health Center – 2695 Buford Highway, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 – 11.5 miles
  3. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hudson Bridge – 1510 Hudson Bridge Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281 – 24 miles
  4. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding – 35 Jesse Hill Jr Drive, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303 – one block from Grady Memorial Hospital
  5. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Satellite Blvd – 2660 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096 – 20 miles
  6. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Town Center – 625 Big Shanty Road Kennesaw, GA 30144 – 23 miles
  7. East Point Health Center – 1595 W. Cleveland Ave. East Point, GA 30344 – 7.8 miles
  8. Emory University Hospital Midtown – 550 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 – 2 miles
  9. Kaiser Permanente Southwood – 2400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro, GA 30236 – 17 miles
  10. Kirkwood Health Center – 1863 Memorial Drive, SE, Atlanta, GA 30317 – 5.1 miles
  11. Kaiser Permanente TownPark – 750 Townpark Lane, Kennesaw, GA 30144 – 25 miles
  12. Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic College Park – 1901 Phoenix Blvd, Suite 200, College Park, GA 30349 – 13 miles
  13. Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic Main – 2001 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 705, Atlanta, GA 30309 – 6 miles
  14. Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic Northside – 5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30342 – 13 miles
  15. Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic Sports Medicine Center – 2045 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30309 – 6 miles
  16. Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic West Paces – 3200 Downwood Circle, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 – 8 miles
  17. Piedmont Outpatient Center at Piedmont West –1800 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 – 5 miles
  18. Ponce De Leon Center/IDP –341 Ponce de Leon Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 – 3 miles
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Faculty

Program Director:
Betsy Kerr, MSEd, RT(R)
[email protected]

Radiography Training Coordinator:
Sylvia Brooks-Dowl, BMSc, RT(R)
[email protected]

Clinical Instructors:
Jennie Malko LaBarrie, BA, RT(R)
[email protected]

Troy Maxwell, RT(R)
[email protected]

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Accreditation

The radiologic technology program sponsored by Grady Memorial Hospital/Grady Health System is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Successful completion of a JRCERT-accredited program assures that students are provided the knowledge, skills, and professional values required for career success.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 704-5300
[email protected]
www.jrcert.org

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Admission Requirements

The School of Radiologic Technology offers equal educational opportunities to students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin.

  1. Satisfactory physical, mental, and emotional health.
  2. Minimum age of 18 years.
  3. Satisfactory graduation from an accredited high school with a minimum 2.5 GPA; or passing score on the General Education Development test (GED) of the American Council on Education.
  4. Transfer credits, for Radiography specific courses, from other Radiologic Technology programs will not be accepted.  Advanced placement is not available.
  5. SAT, ACT, Compass, ASSETT Exam or ACCUPLACER Generation Next requirement (one of the following criteria must be met).
    1. Scholastic Aptitude Reasoning Test (SAT I) – minimum math and critical reading (verbal) total score of 830 (writing section not included)
    2. American College Test (ACT): minimum composite score of 17
    3. COMPASS minimum reading score of 74, and minimum English minimum score of 60, and minimum math score of 37, or
    4. ASSET minimum reading score of 40, and minimum writing/English score of 42, and minimum math score of 40
    5. ACUPLACER minimum reading score of 61, or minimum English score 004, and minimum Elementary Algebra score of 67
    6. ACCUPLACER Generation Next minimum reading score of 237, and elementary algebra of 258.
  6. College level courses at an accredited college (with a minimum of 2.5 GPA or 2.0 average in each core college course) will be considered in the selection process, but not in place of, SAT I, ACT, COMPASS, ASSET, or ACUPLACER scores.  Completion of courses at a regionally accredited United States postsecondary institution (University, College, or Technical College) is required.
  7. All college or technical college education must be from an institution accredited by one of the following entities:
    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    • Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)
    • Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools of Middle States Association of College and Schools (MSA-CESS)
    • 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)
    • Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation
    • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools Accreditation Commission
    • Commission on Accrediting of Association of Theological Schools
    • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
    • Conjoint Accreditation Services of the Canadian Medical Association
    • Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA)
  1. Courses excluded from consideration are:
    1. Remedial courses
    2. Developmental studies courses
    3. Courses with essentially non-academic content (orientation, career courses, etc.)
    4. Non-transferable courses (grades of “D” or lower)
  2. A status of good standing (not on probation, suspension, or expulsion) at the last institution attended.
  3. Applicants may be considered if one of the following applies:
    Graduate of a regionally accredited U.S. university, college or technical college institution with a minimum of an Associate’s degree that includes Algebra, Comm/Critical Thinking, Information system, Political Science, Social behavioral science, history, Humanities (Psychology), and Natural Science.
    OR
    If enrolled at either Georgia State University at Perimeter College or Atlanta Metropolitan State College, prerequisite courses include:

    PREREQUISITE

    GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY at
    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

    Natural Sciences,
    CHEM 1151 & 1151L or higher,
    BIOL 2110 & 2110L, and
    BIOL 2120 & 2120L

    PHYS 1111 & 1111L or BIOL 1107 & BIOL 1107L,
    BIOL 2241 & 2241L, and
    BIOL 2242 & 2242L

    Social/Behavioral Sciences

    HIST 2111 or 2112

    HIST 2111 or 2112

    Information Technology

    RSCH 1203

    CSCI 1135

    Political Science

    POLS 1101

    POLS 1101

    Humanities

    Humanities elective

    PSY 1101 or higher

    31 Credit Hours

    36 Credit Hours

  1. If enrolled in either Georgia State University at Perimeter College or Atlanta Metropolitan State College, and have completed the first half of the prerequisite courses, the applicant may submit an application by the deadline date.
  2. To graduate with an Associate degree from either Georgia State University or Atlanta Metropolitan State College a student must complete 26 of 31 credit hours from Georgia State University or complete 20 of 36 credit hours from Atlanta Metropolitan State College.
  3. Applicants are required to visit the hospital when invited. This includes a personal interview and a tour of the school facilities and ultrasound departments.

International Student

An applicant will be classified as an “International Student” if the school credentials he/she submits for evaluation are from schools or colleges outside of the United States.

Learn more about International Students Admission Requirements

 

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Application Process

The Radiologic Technology begins only one time per year in the Fall. Online applications are accepted year round. All admission documents must be RECEIVED by March 1.

Procedure

  1. Apply ONLINE and pay the $35.00 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Applicants submit the following to the School: 
  1. Application portfolio documents
    1. All official transcripts
      1. Official high school transcript, or GED certificate.
      2. Official transcripts of courses completed in all universities, colleges, or technical programs of study.
    2. Test scores
      1. A college entrance test is required. Scholastic Aptitude Reasoning Test (SAT I), American College Test (ACT), Compass, and/or Asset. Grady Health System’s SAT code is 5263 and the ACT code is 5329.
      2. Score and proof of any current national certification, if applicable.
      3. TOEFL score, if applicable (see International Student Requirements).
    3. References
      The applicant must provide names, e-mail addresses, and complete mailing addresses for four (4) references, who have supervised the applicant a minimum of six months in an evaluating position (such as supervisors, educators, etc.). Friends, relatives, clergy and co-workers are not acceptable references. Applicants should contact references prior to submission of application. The school will email/mail a reference form to those persons that are listed in the application
    4. Military discharge papers (DD214), if applicable.

Incomplete applications and those who do not adhere to the deadline dates will be disqualified.  An applicant’s application and entrance requirements will not be returned to the applicant, nor forwarded to another institution.

A qualifying applicant will be invited to Grady Health System for an interview and tour.  The applicant will also receive Financial Aid information.  This procedure takes approximately three hours.

Notices of acceptance or rejection will be mailed and/or emailed the week following the Admissions Committee meeting.  Notices are given by mail/email only.

Admission to the school is competitive and the Admissions Committee reserves the right, in every case, to accept or reject any applicant based on previous academic performance, motivation, personality, or health and character as determined by the application process, interview, review of academic and sociological data, references and investigation.

All correspondence and inquiries pertaining to applications should be directed to the attention of the:

Admissions Office
Schools of Radiation and Imaging Technologies
Grady Health System
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE – Box 26095
Atlanta, GA 30303-3050
[email protected]
(404) 616-3610

Technical Standards – ADA Compliance

ARRT Ethics Review for Felony or Misdemeanor Conviction

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Accepted Applicants

Admission Requirements Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, the applicant must complete and submit by program deadline date:

  1. Physical examination and immunizations to include documentation of:
  • MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Must have one of the following:
    • Documentation of 2 doses after 1st birthday and separated by at least 28 days
    • Laboratory evidence of immunity by positive measles titer, positive mumps titer, and positive rubella titer
  • Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine (series of 3 and titer results drawn after 3rd dose)
  • Varicella vaccine (2 doses) and/or positive titer
  • PPD (TB screening) within last 30 days prior to enrollment, any one of the following to documents accepted:
    • Negative two-step TB skin test
    • Negative T.Spot or Quantiferon Gold blood test
    • For history of positive TB test, latent TB infection or TB disease, must have negative chest x-ray. If student has had TB disease, medical evaluation and documentation that student has been treated for TB disease is required.After initial TB testing is completed, student should receive follow-up TB testing annually consisting of a one-step TB skin test or a T.SPOT or a Quantiferon Gold Test.

Immunization requirements are subject to change by Grady Health System and/or Clinical affiliates at any time.

  1. Background check and drug screen performed through www.advantagestudents.com.
  2. Proof of professional liability insurance as a Radiologic Technology Student, prior to enrollment, which documents coverage for first year of enrollment (must be renewed before end of first year).
  3. Current CPR (BLS for Healthcare Provider) documentation. If BLS for Healthcare Provider is expired or needed, submit documentation of completion for Part I of the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers online training module and Part II will be scheduled for completion with school faculty at the school.
  4. Any on-line hospital or clinical site orientations assigned by the school.

Background Check – Drug Screen Policy

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Financial Aid / Tuition / Fees

Tuition
Radiologic Technology Tuition: $1,800/semester, 6 semesters (total $10,800)
Fees
Advantage Students Drug Screen & Background Check: $78.50 *base fee, may be higher if student lived in other states as an adult
symplr® CHOA Drug Screen & Background check

HPSO Professional Liability Insurance

$49.00 first year
$29.00 second year
$78.50 (cost may vary depending on what state(s) the student has held employment)
Graduation Fee $180.00 (prorated at $30 paid each semester)
Technology Fee $50.00/semester
CPR (Heart Code – BLS) Online Training Module $28.50
Uniform Scrub Top and Pants
(5 sets recommended)
approx. $30.00/set
Uniform Shoes approximately $60.00/pair
Books, supplies, computer software, etc. $700 – 900 (if purchased new)
Parking Grady Hospital – Orange Lot on Capital Avenue
ARRT Credential exam fees:
National Certification Exam
$200 – Students apply to take the ARRT exam 90 days before graduation.

Prices subject to change

Financial Aid

Tuition Refund Policy

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Student Services

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid programs available to students are:

  • Federal Pell Grant: Pell Grants are for eligible undergraduate students who do not have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Loan: The Subsidized Federal Direct Loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. The interest is subsidized by the Federal government while the student is in school.
  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan: The Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan is not awarded on the basis of need. You will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed.
  • Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS): PLUS loans are made to parents of dependent undergraduate students. There are no income restrictions for these loans.
  • Veteran’s Educational Benefits: Students who are eligible may receive Veterans Educational Benefits from the Veterans Administration.
Employee Wellness Center

The exercise facility located in the Brian Jordan/Steve Atwater Employee Wellness Center located on the 16th floor of the hospital is available for use by employees and students.

Parking

Students are assigned to the Georgia State/Cortland Street parking lot. A Grady Shuttle is available for transport between the parking lot and the hospital.

Parking fees associated with clinical education rotation assignments are the responsibility of the student.

Health Services

Employee Health Services (EHS) is available for TB screening, flu shots and/or completion of Hepatitis B vaccine series, post needle stick reporting, and exposures to infectious diseases (all at no cost). For outpatient clinic or Emergency Department visits, the student is expected to pay for services or show proof of health insurance.

Computers and Software Tutorials

There are computers for student use in Piedmont Hall. Software tutorials are maintained and loaned through school offices. In addition, the Calhoun Medical Library located in the Glenn Building has a number of computers with Internet access that the student may use during normal library hours.

Libraries

School Library
The School library is located in Piedmont Hall. Textbooks and other learning resources belonging to the Schools of Radiologic Technology, Radiation Therapy, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography are housed in this area. The most current editions of Sonography books and learning resources are located in the sonography classroom.

W. Calhoun Library
A. W. Calhoun Medical Library, Grady Branch of Emory University School of Medicine Library, is located in the Glenn Building on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. This library is open to the instructors and students of Grady Health System School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and other schools within the hospital.

Lockers

Lockers for books and personal items are available for student use in the third floor locker rooms. Students must provide their own padlock. Lockers must be shared.

Uniforms

Students are required to wear uniform scrub attire. The uniform scrubs are embroidered with a school logo and are ordered through a local vendor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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:

  • High school GPA or GED
  • SAT I or ACT score
  • College hours and/or degrees
  • Personal interview
  • Personal references
  • Direct and/or indirect healthcare experience, volunteer work, or shadowing
  • National certification score, if applicable
I am an international applicant whose native language is not English. Do your schools require a TOEFL score?

Yes.  International applicants whose native language is not English are required to pass the TOEFL test with minimum subset scores for each test versions as follows:

  • PBT:  55 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
  • CBT:  21 (Reading, Writing, Listening)
  • iBT:   20 (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
  • Essay Writing/TWE (PBT, CBT) subscores should not be below 4.0

The TOEFL test must have been taken within the last two years to be acceptable.

Alternative to TOEFL is the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency with the minimum progress of “Intermediate”.

What are the school hours?

The program is offered 40 hours per week.  School hours are 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday. Program begins each year in August.

 

If I am still a student at Georgia State University at 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 Georgia State University at  Perimeter College in the prerequisite core college courses prior to making application.

If I transfer college credits from another college to Georgia State University at Perimeter College, how many college credits must be earned at PC in order to qualify for an Associate’s degree from GSU/PC?

The student must complete at least 26 out of the required 31 credit hours of general education courses at Georgia State University at Perimeter College in order to qualify for an Associate’s degree from Georgia State University at Perimeter College.

What is the contact information for Radiologic Technology prerequisites at Georgia State University at Perimeter College?

The web address for Georgia State University at Perimeter College is https://perimeter.gsu.edu/program/radiologic-technology-as/.  You may also talk to an academic advisor by emailing [email protected] or calling 678-891-3774.

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.

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 complete at least 20 out of the required 36 credit hours of general education courses 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 Atlanta Metropolitan State College?

The web address for AMSC is https://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 State University at Perimeter College or Atlanta Metropolitan State College student by whom and when is the Associate of Science (AS) degree in Radiologic Technology awarded?

The AS degree is awarded by the college (Georgia State University at 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.

When do the classes start?

Classes for the School of Radiologic Technology begin in August.

Do you have a waiting list for enrollment?

No.  Selection of students is a competitive process.  For the Radiologic Technology program, interviews will be conducted from January through April.  The Admissions Committees will select the approved number of students and alternates for each program by the end of May for the class that starts in August.

Do your schools accept transfer students from other Radiography programs?

No. Applicants from other Radiologic Technology programs will not be accepted as transfer students.  You must start a program from the first day and complete all courses and requirements to receive your certificate of completion.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The fastest way to get your application processed is to apply over the internet. To apply online, go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm and apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN). A PIN allows you to electronically sign and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) without having to print, sign, and mail a signature page to the processing center. A PIN saves time and mistakes. School Code: 004117

To complete the FAFSA, you will need to provide information on your household size, number of household members attending college, and income and asset information for yourself, and if you are filing as a dependent student, for your parents as well. Be sure to follow the directions carefully because making corrections is a time consuming process.

What happens after I apply for financial aid?

Once Grady Health System receives your FAFSA results (if there are no corrections required and you aren’t selected for verification) and you have been admitted to the program, the Student Financial Aid Administrator will send you an award letter via U.S. Mail. The financial aid award letter outlines the type and amount of financial aid families can receive, such as scholarships, grants, and student loans.

After reading the financial aid award letter, you may realize that the awards listed are not enough to cover all expenses. However, there are other loan options that may not be shown on the letter. Your parents (dependent students only) may be eligible for the Federal PLUS Program or you could consider getting a private student loan.

After receiving the financial aid award letter, you must let the school know whether or not you are accepting or declining the awards. A student DOES NOT have to accept all of the financial aid award funds that are offered.  Declining an award will not harm the award.

For more information about the financial aid award letter, contact the Financial Aid Administrator.