Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to your most commonly asked questions.
Q: HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
A: Two years, including summers.
Q: WHAT ARE THE HOURS?
A: Monday – Friday, eight hours / day, 7:30 A.M. – 4:30 PM (varies slightly throughout the year).
Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF TUITION?
$5,000 per year. (more info
Q: IS FINANCIAL AID FOR TUITION AVAILABLE?
Student loans through institutions such as the Hartford Healthcare Credit Union or TERI are available to students in our program. (more info
Q: IS HOUSING OR PARKING AVAILABLE?
A: Dormitory rooms are available in the Education & Resource Center for approximately $350/month. Parking is available at local garages/lots for approximately $75/month.
Q: HOW WILL I KNOW IF THIS CAREER FOR ME?
A: This may be the career for you if:
• You are a compassionate, sensitive, and caring individual who loves to work with people.
• You are detail-oriented.
• You enjoy being technically challenged while keeping pace with the advancements in medical technology
• You are seeking an education rich in mathematics and physical sciences related to medicine.
• You communicate well with others.
• You are full of energy, enjoy a fast-paced environment and do not want a sedentary job.
• You are not fearful of needles, blood and/or body fluids.
Q: WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES NEEDED TO ENTER THE PROGRAM?
A: A high school diploma or equivalent. Have taken a minimum of 15 credit hours of college-level course work to include the following with a grade of ‘C’ or higher (C- and below is not accepted):
• Human Anatomy and Physiology I
• Human Anatomy and Physiology II
• Intermediate Algebra
• English Composition
• Communication/Public Speaking
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION PASS RATE?
Q: ARE DRUG SCREENING AND A PHYSICAL EXAM REQUIRED?
Q: WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM?
Refer to the form
found on this web site. (more info
Q: DOES THE HOSPITAL GUARANTEE YOU JOB PLACEMENT?
A: No. We assist students in securing employment upon graduation and provide opportunity for site visits at other facilities.
Q: WHAT IS THE SALARY LIKE FOR THIS PROFESSION?
Entry-level salary is approximately $45,000 - $50,000; salaries vary based on geographical area. For more info, see visit the ASRT web site at http://www.asrt.org/
Q: WHAT IS THE JOB MARKET FOR RADIOGRAPHERS?
A: As of the most recent graduating class, 100% of graduates who have desired employment in the field have obtained employment within 6 months of graduation.
Q: CAN I TRANSFER CREDITS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?
A: Transfer of course credit is handled on an individual basis upon consultation with the program director and documentation of course content and grade.
Q: CAN I WORK FULL-TIME WHILE ATTENDING THIS PROGRAM?
A: Past experiences have demonstrated that it is extremely difficult to successfully meet all program requirements while working full-time. Many students do work part-time while in the program, particularly in the second year when the didactic course load is somewhat lighter. Students should consider the following factors when deciding whether or not to work while in the program:
- Study time needed (outside of program’s 40 hours/week) to effectively master the material and retain the information to successfully pass the certification exam after completing the program.
- Personal/family responsibilities
- Length of commute to work and school
- Flexibility of work schedule to accommodate program schedule and times when additional time may need to be devoted to schooling.
- Physical demands of the job and how compatible they are with the physical demands of the program.
Q: ARE EVENING CLASSES AVAILABLE? CAN YOU START IN A JANUARY SEMESTER?
A: No. The program runs Monday – Friday, and we begin in September only.
Q: HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED PER YEAR?
A: We are accredited to accept 14 students per year.
Q: WILL I HAVE TO ATTEND CLINICAL TRAINING AT OTHER FACILITIES?
A: Yes, students perform clinical rotations at facilities other than Hartford Hospital and are responsible for their own transportation to/from those locations.
Q: WHAT DOES YOUR TRAINING PREPARE ME FOR?
A: The graduate of this program is provided with educational information and experiences to develop the skills necessary for entry-level radiography practice and become eligible to apply for certification to the ARRT in radiography.
Q: WHAT WOULD A CAREER LADDER LOOK LIKE FOR ME ONCE I BECAME A RADIOGRAPHER?
A: Once certified, your choices range from staff radiographer to opportunities in management, education, equipment sales, quality management, and specialization in advanced imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, Mammography and Interventional Radiology. (more info)
Q: WHEN SHOULD I APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?
A: The program begins accepting applications in November and processes applicants on a rolling admission basis. The program continues to accept applications until all spots in the September class are filled.
Q: WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME? CAN I STILL APPLY?
A: Individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes, who must register as sex offenders, or have committed other violent crimes, may not have the moral character to practice in healthcare professions. This evaluation of character is important to the safety and welfare of the patient. The organization that certifies radiographers, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), requires that all misdemeanor and felony convictions be reported — including charges resulting in pleas of guilty, nolo contendere (no contest), withheld adjudications, suspended sentences, or military court-martial.
An individual who has been involved in a criminal proceeding or who has
been charged with or convicted of a crime may file a request for
pre-application review with the ARRT in order to obtain a ruling on the
impact of the situation on their eligibility for certification and
registration. For more information, visit the ARRT web site
(www.arrt.org - Ethics section) or call the ARRT at (651) 687-0048.