Application Period: Acceptance/Decline
Start Date for
Accepted Applicants:
March 1st, 2019 - May 14th, 2019


June 3, 2019

Mandatory Orientation Week:

Last Week of August, 2019

Additional Important Dates:

(Appointments for testing and interviews are set up by phone upon receipt and review of application)

Pre-Admission Testing:
Personal Interviews:
Mandatory Entrance Counseling:




* Associate degree or higher and pre-application courses listed below are required for admission.

How to Apply for Admission

  • Submit an online application here.
  • Pay $ 50.00 application fee and completed application materials before the deadline posted for that application period.

Candidates must meet the following minimum academic requirements for consideration.

1. All pre-application courses, listed below, must be from a regionally accredited agency recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, with a minimum grade of "C" and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

2. Candidate must have earned an associate (or more advanced) degree from an accrediting agency recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

*For a list of accreditation agencies approved by the ARRT visit website:
* Pre-application courses indicated below must have been completed within 5 years of application cycle deadline.

Pre-application courses Number of credits Possible Courses
Written/Oral Communications/English 3 ENG 111, ENG 112
Math above level 120* 3 MTH 121, MTH 126
Human Anatomy Part I* 4 BIO 141
Human Anatomy Part II* 4 BIO 142
Information Systems 3 ITE 115, CSC 155
Psychology OR Sociology 3 PSY 201, PSY 202
SOC 200, SOC 210
Medical Terminology 1 HLT 141, HLT 143
Total Credits 21  

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging makes selection of applicants without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Acceptance into the Radiography program does not guarantee employment upon program completion.

Basic Application Requirements

  1. Submit completed application (with $50 fee) no later than the posted deadline for desired application cycle (See application period above) Applications received after the posted deadline will not be accepted.
  2. Upon submission of an application click here for directions on how to submit unofficial supporting documentation for the application.

  3. Complete ALL pre-application courses prior to application deadline and submit official transcripts.
  4. Associate degree or advanced level degree must be completed prior to application deadline from a regionally accredited college accepted by the ARRT. Submit official transcript.
  5. Candidates with previous medical experience must submit proof, i.e. letter of reference or letter from Human Resource representative.
  6. Candidate must meet minimum physical technical standards (essential functions) to be considered for acceptance. (See below)
  7. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5* or higher calculated for degree. *A degree granted over 15 years ago with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.5 will be reviewed by the Dean/Director for consideration if all other requirements have been met.
  8. Minimum grade of "C" is required for all pre-application courses and cumulative GPA of pre-application courses must be a 2.5 or higher.
  9. Submit 2 Letters of Reference.
  10. All misdemeanor or felony offenses require ARRT pre-approval regardless of how long ago they were committed. Contact ARRT ( This process may take up to 8 weeks and a fee is included.
  11. A copy of ARRT approval letter must be submitted with application packet, if applicable
  12. Include a copy of your BLS (Basic Life Support) card for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association (AHA). Contact Health Educators for CPR certification: 804-553-0460.
  13. Attend an information session offered through the School.
  14. One Observation/Shadowing Session must be scheduled through the School for a minimum of 3 hours at a Bon Secours facility only. Schedule a Shadowing Session
  15. Candidates meeting the criteria above will be scheduled to take an admission test on a scheduled exam day (Applicants will be notified of appointment by phone or email). The admission exam assesses: medical terminology, human anatomy and basic math.  The admissions test is created by program faculty, and the program does not provide study materials nor is there a specific book to purchase to prepare for the test. 
  16. Candidates that obtain a 70% or better on the admissions test will be invited to the school for a personal interview with the admissions committee. Interviews will occur on selected dates prescribed by the committee.
  17. Candidates that score below a 70% on the admissions test will receive a letter of regret.
  18. Once interview process is complete – candidates will receive a letter of acceptance or regret regarding entry into the program. (Acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of requirements established by Bon Secours Richmond Health System including proper immunization, drug screening, background screening and further required documentation.)
  19. Accepted applicants must be 18 years of age on the first day of class.
  20. Accepted applicants must provide and maintain proof of health insurance.
  21. Accepted applicants are required to attend an entrance counseling session and program orientation.

Candidate files that do not meet all criteria by application deadline will not be included in the admissions process and will be automatically declined.

Acceptance Process

  1. Undergo background and drug screening* Upon successful completion of step #1, the applicant will proceed with the following:
  2. Undergo physical exam* - Meet minimum physical standards (see below)
  3. Receive required immunization*
  4. Show proof of major medical insurance (not available through the school)*
  5. Purchase textbooks, clinical shoes, and uniforms prior to program start date*

* Asterisks indicate out of pocket expense that is not covered by tuition.
*Applicants whose background check demonstrates a misdemeanor or felony and has not received approval from the ARRT, will be denied admission.

Admission Decisions

  1. Qualified applicants are assigned points for each component of the application process: personal interview questions, admission exam, GPA of highest degree level and GPA of pre-application courses. An additional point is given for previous experience in the medical field. Admission is based on that numeric rank.
  2. Strong academic grades and good performance on the admission exam are very important to the numeric score.

Minimum Physical Standards (Essential Functions)

Accepted applicants are required to sign a form stating that they can meet the following standards.

The following physical requirements must be met by students entering the program.

  1. Hearing: Adequate to receive verbal communication from patients needing assistance and from members of the health care team.
  2. Communication Skills: (speech, reading, writing) Must be able to communicate clearly to patients, fellow students, faculty and all members of the health care team.
  3. Vision:  Visual acuity is essential to operate radiographic equipment and read information from printed sources and computer screens. Visual acuity is also required for the observation necessary for patient assessment, care and management.
  4. Gross and fine motor coordination: requires manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination for operation of radiographic equipment.
  5. Other: Requires frequent lifting and carrying items weighing 50 pounds unassisted. Requires frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements, standing, walking, squatting and sitting, with some heavy lifting, pushing and pulling exerted regularly throughout a regular clinical day.

The student must verify by signature that he/she can perform the physical requirements/essential functions listed above. A Registered Nurse signature is also required for verification. These processes will occur during the acceptance process (See acceptance process #2 above).

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging
8550 Magellan Parkway, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23227