Radiography Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission into the program, students must meet the following criteria:
1. Complete university admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
2. Meet minimum skill levels in math, English, and reading according to the following criteria:
· Course work indicating completion of MATH 1403 or higher
· Course work indicating completion of ENGL 1203
· ACT or COMPASS reading scores(taken in the last four years) or course work indicating no reading required
3. Have a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all college course work (including transfer work and excluding developmental courses) and be in good academic standing
4. Complete required prerequisite courses for the Radiography Program with a minimum of “C” or higher in each course prior to fall entry.
5. Take the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination
*For more information about testing, go to UAFS Testing Center
NOTE: The application process for the Radiography Program requires a criminal background check. Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of an adverse or negative background check will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student's program of study. The application process for licensure requires a state and federal criminal background checks. Students who have been convicted of a crime, including those that are sealed or expunged, must seek permission from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to write the certification exam to become a registered radiographer.
Pre-entrance Exam Dates
PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam
This test will be given at least 4 times during the spring semester. Test information will be available the first week of each semester in the Student Advisement Center CC219, the Testing Center CC205, and on the College of Health Sciences webpage.
- Pay the UA Fort Smith cashier the $25.00 non-refundable examination fee and obtain a receipt. Take the receipt to the Testing Center and sign up for desired test date. NOTE: Test dates may be changed within the same testing cycle if space is available.
- Tests are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the maximum number is reached. Students may register for a test until the working day before the test unless the maximum number has already been reached.
- If a student does not test during the test cycle, the test fee will not be refunded and the receipt will not be held for the next testing cycle.
Students may take the test once per year, with the most recent score being used for ranking purposes. Scores may be used for two years following the date of examination.
Selection is based on the following weighted system:
Quality Points earned for prerequisite courses on the Radiography degree plan (college credit earned through CLEP or AP for a course will not be used for ranking purposes)
Scored earned on the PSB Exam
Note: In the event that applications have identical ranking scores, priority will be given to the student with the highest cumulative GPA. The top 30 applicants after Phase One of the selection process will proceed to Phase Two.
Student Health Statement/Medical Release FormNOTE: Following the completion of Phase Two, the top applicants will be offered positions for the available seats in the Radiography Program. Meeting the minimum criteria for admission or taking courses on the Radiography degree plan does not guarantee admission into the program. Students not admitted must reapply to be considered for another semester. Students chosen as alternates are not guaranteed a position in the next class.
Students accepted into any of the College of Health Sciences programs will be required to provide documentation of good physical and mental health by completing the Student Health Statement/Medical Release form. Documentation of all health problems and a medical release is required. Copies of immunization records and valid CPR certification must be submitted. No student will be allowed to attend a clinical rotation without the required health data records.
You may access the Student Health Statement/Medical Release form below:
- CHS Student Health Statement/Medical Release
Students admitted into the Radiography Program must submit the following additional documentation prior to fall entry:
- Healthcare Provider Statement/Medical Release form
- Proof of immunizations
- CPR Certification: American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)
- Criminal Background Check
- Drug Screen
Note: Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to the outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agenciy because of an adverse or negative background check will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student's program of study.
Science courses taken more than five years prior to entering the program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Executive Program Director of Imaging Sciences and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. See your advisor for more information and to request a science course evaluation.
The Radiography Program is competency based. To continue in the program, a student must maintain a 75 percent average in clinical performance and a 75 percent average through each didactic course.
A student dropped for academic or any other reason may apply for readmission if in compliance with the UAFS Student Academic Progress Policy as outlined in the course catalog. A student who discontinues the radiography sequence for academic or any other reason must petition for readmission to the Radiography Program. The readmission requirements are found in the Radiography Program Policy and Procedure Manual (see the Readmission Criteria & Procedure Policy). The student is not guaranteed a position for readmission. A student who is readmitted is accountable for the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
A grade of “C” or better is required in ALL courses applicable to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiography.
The Radiography Program places a strong emphasis on clinical education. As a competency based program, the clinical education component provides students with the opportunity to practice the skills necessary to become a competent radiographer. Students accepted into the Radiography Program should expect a minimum of 20 hours per week in clinical education each semester. Over the course of the 6 semesters (24 months) of the program, students will follow a structured rotation schedule through each of the 7 clinical affiliates. The UAFS Radiography Program's clinical sites are listed below.
Sparks Regional Medical Center - 1001 Towson Ave, Ft. Smith
Mercy - 7301 Rogers Ave., Ft. Smith
Mercy Clinic - Tower West, 6801 Rogers Ave.
Sparks Medical Plaza - 1500 Dodson Ave, Ft. Smith
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics River Valley - 3501 WE Knight Dr, Ft. Smith
Sparks Medical Center Van Buren - 211 Crawford Memorial Drive, Van Buren, AR
Johnson Regional Medical Center - 1100 E. Poplar Street, Clarksville, AR
To earn a Radiography degree, a student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required courses applicable to the Radiography Program; earn a minimum of 2.00 cumulative GPA in all course work required for the major; and earn a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA on all work attempted at the University. The student must meet with the Advising Coordinator to complete the graduation application one year prior to intended graduation.
After being granted the Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiography, the student is eligible to sit for the national certification examination in Radiologic Technology administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.