Frequently Asked Questions

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Dental Hygiene

Q. How do I get into the dental hygiene program?

A. Applications are accepted in each spring semester for entrance into the program. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

Q. When may I enter the dental hygiene program?

A. Each year one class is admitted in May that begins in the fall semester.

Q. Are there any prerequisite courses to be taken before entering the program?

A. Yes. Some of the courses are general education courses, required for an bachelors degree in Arkansas. A good foundation in all prescribed courses is essential for success in the Dental Hygiene Program. See the degree plan for the prerequisite courses. 

Q. How are applicants selected?

A. The Selection process is based on a weighted scoring system using the PSB examination, quality points earned for prescribed coursework, and cumulative grade point average. The top 25 applicants are interviewed. After all qualified candidates have been interviewed, they will be ranked from highest to lowest according to their scores. The top 16 applicants will be offered a position in the program. 

Q. How much dental office observation should I try to get?

A. Twenty-five hours is required which includes 5 hours with a dentist and ten hours each with two dental hygienists from two different dental offices. The Dental Office Observation Verification form must be submitted by the person the student observed. The form may be obtained from the program’s application packet.

 

Radiography

Q.  What is the difference between an x-ray technologist, a radiologic technologist, and a radiographer?

A.  None. The names have evolved over time but represent the same professional position.

Q.  Is the program accredited?

A.  Yes. The UAFS Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Q.  What is the application deadline?

A.  May 15th of each year.

Q.  When may I enter the Radiography Program?

A.  One class of 20 students is admitted each year in May; classes being in the fall semester.

Q.  How long is the program?

A.  The Radiography Program is a two-year sequentially formatted program. Once admitted, students are expected to complete the entire program in two years.

Q.  If I take some courses ahead of time, can I complete the program in a shorter time?

A.  No. Even though you must take some general education courses prior to entering the program, it will still take you two years to complete the Radiography Program. The radiography courses are offered in sequence with each course building upon the previous courses and are not offered out of sequence.

Q.  May I attend the program on a part-time basis?

A.  No. It takes 2 years including summers of full-time attendance to complete the program. Accreditation standards require all students to complete the program in 36 months or less.

Q.  Are there any age, gender, or race restrictions or requirements?

A.  No.

Q.  Do I get any time off during the two years?

A.  Yes. There is time off between the fall and spring semesters, spring break, one month between the end of the summer semester and the 2nd year fall semester, and all holidays observed by the University.

Q.  Are there any prerequisite courses to be taken prior to entering the program?

A.  Yes. See degree requirements for the AAS is Radiography.

Q.  Does acceptance into UAFS and taking required general education courses prior to admission to the program guarantee admission to the Radiography Program?

A.  No. There are a limited number of positions available in the program so admission is on a selective and competitive basis.

Q.  How many students are accepted each year?

A.  The Selection process is based on a weighted scoring system using the PSB examination, quality points earned for prescribed coursework, and cumulative grade point average. The top 30 applicants are interviewed. After all qualified candidates have been interviewed, they will be ranked from highest to lowest according to their scores. The top 20 applicants will be offered a position in the program. 

Q.  How hard is the program?

A.  Potential students need to be aware of the academic and time demands of the program. Students will spend a minimum of 20 hours/week in clinical education each semester. It is recommended that a student work no more than 20-25 hours per week.

Q.  Are uniforms provided?

A.  No. You will be required to purchase them.

Q.  Is transportation to and from the clinical sites provided?

A.  No. You are responsible for your own transportation.

Q.  Will I be exposed to risks or hazards?

A.  Yes. You may be exposed to infectious patients and substances. Students are taught proper procedures in radiation protection and standard precautions (infection and disease control) in the program.

Q.  How is the job market?

A.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects excellent job availability through the near future.

Q.  How may I continue my education in radiography beyond my associate degree?

A.  Bachelor of Science in Leadership, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy; Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration, Radiologic & Imaging Sciences, Education, or Management; Specialized certification: MRI, CR, Ultrasound, heart Catheterization, Special procedures, Mammography, Bone Densitometry, or Quality Management. 

Q.  Once I graduate from the Radiography Program and am certified, where can I work?

  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Outpatient Surgery Centers
  • Medical Clinics
  • Mobile Radiography Services
  • Industrial Radiography
  • Sales and Service
  • Traveling Technologists

Q.  What is a traveling technologist?

A.  A traveling technologist is a certified radiographer hired by a staffing agency to relocate for short periods of time to other areas of the country (your choice) where the need for radiographers is too great. Salary and benefits for traveling technologists is very attractive. (To learn more about this opportunity, contact a medical staffing agency involved in traveling positions.)

 

Surgical Technology

Q.   How do I get into the Surgical Technology Program?

A.   Submit an application and all supporting documentation prior to the April 15 deadline to the Advising Coordinator for the College of Health Sciences. 

Q.   When may I enter the Surgical Technology Program?

A.   Each year one class is admitted in April that begins in the fall semester.

Q.   Are there any prerequisite courses to be taken before entering the program?

A.   Yes, some of the courses are general education courses required for an associate degree in Arkansas.  A good foundation in all these subjects is essential for success in the Surgical Technology program.

Q.  How are applicants selected?

A.  The selection process is based on a weighted scoring system using the PSB examination, quality points earned for prescribed coursework, and cumulative grade point average. The top 25 applicants are interviewed. After all qualified candidates have been interviewed, they will be ranked from highest to lowest according to their scores. The top 18 applicants will be offered a position in the program.

Q.  May I attend the program on a part-time basis?

A.  No. Upon acceptance into the program, it takes one year of full-time attendance to complete.

Q.  What career opportunities are available?

  • Private Technologists for Surgeons
  • Main Operating Rooms in Acute Care Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgery Suites
  • Traveling Surgical Technologists
  • Organ and Tissue Procurement Technician
  • Materials/Equipment Manager
  • Central Service Manager
  • Veterinarian Surgical Assistant
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Physician Offices

Most surgical technologists are employed in hospitals and adjacent outpatient surgery centers.  Positions are also open in physicians’ clinics, free-standing surgery centers, veterinary clinics, as a traveling tech, and as a private physician’s assistant.

Q.  How is the job market?

A.  Salaries and benefits vary according to experience, ability, and geographic location. Recent surveys reveal a predicted need for 25% more surgical technologists by the year 2018.

 

BSIS - Management

Q.  What is an Imaging Sciences completion program?

A.  The Imaging Sciences completion program is designed for ARRT certified radiographers who have an associate degree OR diploma (certificate from a JRCERT accredited institution) in Radiologic Technology who wish to obtain a baccalaureate in Imaging Sciences.

Q.  Can any RT take the Imaging Sciences courses offered?

A.  The BSIS Management track is open enrollment but admission or approval of the Executive Director of Imaging Sciences is required.

Q.  What do we mean when we say that the BSIS in Management is Web facilitated?

A.  The majority of the BSIS Management courses will be delivered via the web. The courses were developed to provide maximum flexibility. Contact with the instructors and group work may be conducted synchronously and asynchronously via the use of discussion groups, e-mail and chat rooms.

Q.  Can I "clep out" (College Level Examination) of any courses?

A.  UAFS allows that 30 credits of a degree may be taken by “non-traditional” means. UAFS offers many opportunities for credit by examination. Please refer to the academic catalog for further details.

Q.  How many credit hours is the total program?

Semester Credit Hours

General Education

44

Imaging Sciences Core

15

Management Major

27

ARRT Credit Awarded

40

Total

126

Q.  How long will it take me to finish the program?

A.  It depends on you! Upper Division Imaging Sciences courses can be finished in one calendar year on a full-time basis, or you may choose to complete the program on a part-time basis.

 

BSIS Sonography (DMS)

Q.  What is an Imaging Sciences completion program?

A.  The Imaging Sciences completion program is designed for ARRT certified radiographers who have an associate degree OR diploma (certificate from a JRCERT accredited institution) in Radiologic Technology who wish to obtain a baccalaureate in Imaging Sciences.

Q.  Are there alternative class schedules (nights or weekends)?

A.  No. The DMS Program of study follows a traditional class schedule due to the nature of the clinical component.

Q.  How long will it take me to finish the program?

A.  It will take twenty-one (21) months or 5 semesters to complete the DMS Program. The first semester begins in the fall and continues through the spring and summer semesters of the first year. The second year consists of the fall and spring semesters with graduation in the spring of the second year.

Q.  Can I "clep out" (College Level Examination) of any courses?

A.  UAFS allows that 30 credits of a degree may be taken by “non-traditional” means. UAFS offers many opportunities for credit by examination. Please refer to the academic catalog for further details.

Q.  How many credit hours is the total program?

Semester Credit Hours

General Education

44

Imaging Sciences Core

12

DMS Major Courses

39

ARRT Credit Awarded

40

Total

135