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Admission Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2021

Student Must:

Be a high school graduate or possess a suitable equivalent. All students must have completed the minimum of an Associate’s degree or be within 6 credit hours of the Associate’s degree requirements upon entering the program. Students will have one year to complete the required credits for the Associate’s degree. Failure to complete the Associate’s Degree by the end of the 2nd semester of the program will result in dismissal from the program. Overall GPA must be 2.0 or higher. All the following prerequisite courses must be either part of the degree or completed at the start date of the radiology program. Students must earn a "C" or better in all course work listed below:

  1. English Composition
  2. Computer Course
  3. Math - Fundamentals of Reasoning or Higher
  4. Medical Terminology
  5. Anatomy and Physiology I and II with a Laboratory component
  • Must receive a passing percentile score of at least 70% on the admission test. Applicants will be scheduled to take a HESI Admission Assessment Exam and will be responsible for testing fees. International students must present proof of college English and Math placement tests or a passing score above 100 on the TOEFL test.
  • Provide evidence of good health and successfully pass the substance abuse screening and criminal background check. The student must also provide proof of health insurance and citizenship before enrollment should they be accepted. The student will be responsible for any fees which may be incurred for these services. Clinical affiliates can not be attended without the medical form being completed.
  • Meet the criteria for technical functioning. This criterion has been developed to define the physical conditions necessary for a Technologist to function in the health care environment. The student is advised that this level of functioning must be maintained throughout the program. The school reserves the right to require student testing as it deems appropriate to meet these physical demands. The School of Radiologic Technology will make reasonable accommodation whenever feasible.

Admission Process

Submitting the Application

  • Submit an online application to the School of Radiologic Technology from January 1 - April 1, of the year the applicant wishes to be considered. A $40.00 non-refundable application fee must be paid via check, within 5 days of application submission.
  • Submit an essay (500-words minimum) about “Why did you select Mary Washington Hospital School of Radiologic Technology and Why you want to be a Radiologic Technologist?” with your application.
  • Make checks payable to MWH SORT. Please add 200-8140-49070 to the memo line of all checks or money orders.
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges previously attended be sent to:
Dr. Shirley Cherry, Ed.D, R. T. (R)
Mary Washington Hospital School of Radiologic Technology
2300 Fall Hill Ave, Suite 260
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Applicants meeting initial admission requirements will be notified via email to schedule the admission test (the HESI A2 Admissions Exam). Applicants will be responsible for examination fees.
  • Applicants will be contacted to schedule their four hours of clinical observation and interview.
  • Applicants will be contacted via email to complete a Talent Plus assessment.
  • After the committee has reviewed and considered each application individually, notification of acceptance or denial will be sent to each applicant.

Selection Process

Admission to the School of Radiologic Technology is competitive. The admission committee reviews each application individually, examining a variety of characteristics that indicate an applicant’s potential for academic success. Applicants are selected on academic credentials, admission test scores, online Talent Plus Assessment, interview, and clinical observation without discrimination. GPA quality points are awarded for all required courses based on the grade earned for each course. (A – 100 points, B – 85 points, and C – 75 points. A&P I &II course and lab grades are worth 1.5 times the quality points earned). GPA quality points, HESI A2Admissions Exam Scores, online Talent Plus Assessment, interview, and clinical observations are calculated and numerically ranked as listed below; written notification of the committee’s decision will be made to each applicant during June of the year in which they wish to be considered.


Courses Evaluated for Competitive Admissions (75%)


Entrance Test


Rank Order

"C" or better in all classes

Minimum 2.0 overall GPA

** Anatomy Courses will carry a heavier weight when calculating GPA quality points.

HESI minimum comprehensive score of 70%

GPA conversion (75%)+ HESI (15%) + HESI Critical Thinking conversion Score (10%) + Bonus Points

**Bonus points are awarded as follows:

1 point – applicant resides in the service area (Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, Counties-Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, Westmoreland, Orange, Culpeper, Prince William)

1 point – applicant has previous medical experience

1 point – applicant previously applied

** Clinical Observations and interviews will be quantitatively assessed.

**Talent Plus Assessment will be quantitatively assessed.

Anatomy and Physiology I & II with Lab **

i.e. BIO 141 & BIO 142

A - 150 points

B – 127.5 points

C – 112.5 points

English Composition and Rhetoric

i.e ENG 101

A – 100 points

B – 85 points

C – 75 points

MATH - Fundamental of Reasoning

i.e. MTH 130

A – 100 points

B – 85 points

C – 75 points

Computer Course

i.e. ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts

A – 100 points

B – 85 points

C – 75 points

Medical Terminology

i.e. HLT 143

A – 100 points

B – 85 points

C – 75 points

HESI Admission Assessment Exam

Completion of the HESI HP Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2), an assessment tool used to evaluate prospective students and their potential for successful program completion, is required for consideration of acceptance into Mary Washington Hospital School of Radiologic Technology.

All applicants must complete these designated sections: Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge and Grammar, Anatomy & Physiology, Learning Profile & Personality Style, and Critical Thinking. A study guide is available through Elsevier.

Applicants have two (2) attempts to complete the HESI A2 Exam within a 1 year (12-month) time frame. The scores are valid for one (1) year from the initial examination date.

Applicants will be contacted by MWHC SORT Faculty for a testing date after the application has been submitted and reviewed. Applicants are responsible for all testing costs.

Essential Functions Criteria

All students must be cleared by a medical professional indicating they are capable of performing the following functions:

Students are required to complete the “Essential Functions Verification Form.” You must respond on the form if you fully meet the criteria (100%) or are unable to fully meet the criteria (less than 100%). If you respond less than 100% to any criterion, an explanation and/or additional information will be required. You may ask for reasonable accommodations. The MWH School of Radiologic Technology, Program Manager in conjunction with the Community Programs, Cultural Services Coordinator will determine the appropriate accommodations. The MWH Health and Wellness, Nurse Manager will review each case and assist with clinical accommodations as appropriate.

Essential Functions Verification

Students must be able to perform certain psychomotor, cognitive, and affective skills that are required in the program and, upon graduation, in the profession. Students must be able to respond physically, orally, immediately to the patient. The following examples of criteria are not intended as a complete listing of practice behaviors but are a sampling of the types of abilities needed by the student to meet program objectives and requirements. The Department or its affiliated agencies may identify additional critical behaviors or abilities needed by students to meet program or agency requirements. The Department reserves the right to amend this listing based on the identification of additional standards or criteria for students. If you cannot fully meet (100%) the following standards (and examples of criteria to meet the standards), you will be asked to explain in what way you cannot meet those standards and what type of accommodations you will need throughout the program. The MWH School of Radiologic Technology, Program Manager in conjunction with the Community Programs, Cultural Services Coordinator will determine the appropriate accommodations. The MWH Health and Wellness, Nurse Manager will review each case to determine if those accommodations can be provided.

Physical /Mobility

Student radiographers must be immediately able to use both hands to lift 30-35 pounds. at shoulder height, have the physical stamina in order to stand for an eight hour day, plus assist and support patients, either on stretchers or in wheelchairs. They must be able to reach above their heads to manipulate small objects or adjust pieces of equipment from the ceiling and move it around the room or position equipment six feet above the ground. Students must have the ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. Students must be able to bend, crouch, or stoop, stand or walk for long periods of time using both feet. They must be able to wear lead lined aprons weighing five plus pounds for two hours at a time. Students must have the ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue


Students must possess the ability to hear to operate the equipment safely and effectively. They may be 10-15 feet away from their patient and must be able to hear them and immediately respond, with or without corrective hearing devices, plus hear audible equipment noises from a distance whether or not they are in view. Students must have the ability to detect or tell the difference between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. Students must have the ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. Students must give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Students must have the ability to take thorough and accurate medical histories.


The student must be able to immediately perceive patient position changes, expression changes, and color changes that might indicate patient needs or affect diagnostic outcome. They must be able to observe the patient from a distance of 10-15 feet. Vision may be corrected or uncorrected. They must be able to differentiate 8-10 shades of gray and have the ability to read requests or medicine vials. They must able to safely manipulate equipment using depth perception and see well enough to perform all procedures and work in a low lighted room.


The student must be able to speak effectively, clearly and concisely to inform the patient about the examination and to provide instructions to the patient as necessary in order to obtain an optimal diagnostic result. They must read and verbally communicate in the English language to elicit vital information from and provide information for patients, staff, and physicians. Language translators are available through the health system. Tone and volume must be sufficient for close proximity, face to face, communication and distance.


Students must be able to comprehend and execute verbal and written statements in English. They also must be able to measure, calculate reason, analyze, and synthesize information to solve problems. They must be able to recall, understand, and apply basic scientific principles and methods. Students must have the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. Recognizing there is a problem.


Students must be able to function under stress and time constraints. They must be able to demonstrate integrity, responsibility, tolerance, and respect. They must be able to adapt to changing environments and display flexibility in the practice setting. Students must be reliable, responsible, and dependable and fulfilling obligations. Students must maintain composure, keep emotions in check, control anger, and avoid aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Students must accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.



If no, please comment


1. Have physical stamina to stand and walk for 8 hours or more in a clinical setting.

2. Can stand on both legs, move from room to room, and maneuver in small spaces. (Physical disabilities must not pose threat to the safety of the student, faculty, patients, or other health care workers.)


1. Can bend the body downward and forward by bending at the spine and waist. (This factor requires full use of lower extremities and back muscles.)

2. Can flex and extend all joints freely.


1. Possess mobility, coordination and strength to push, pull or transfer heavy objects. (Strength to lift 30 lbs.- 50 lbs. frequently).

Fine Motor Skill, Hand/Eye Coordination

1. Possess manual dexterity, mobility and stamina to perform CPR.

2. Can seize, hold, grasp, turn and otherwise work with both hands.

3. Can pick, pinch, or otherwise work with the fingers.

Auditory Ability

1. Possess sufficient hearing to assess patient's needs, follow instructions, communicate with other health care workers as well as respond to audible sounds of radiographic equipment. (Please comment if corrective device are required.)

Visual Acuity

1. Possess the visual acuity to read, write and assess the patient and the environment. (Please comment if corrective devices are required.)


1. Possess verbal/nonverbal and written communication skills adequate to exchange ideas, detailed information, and instructions accurately.

2. Able to read, comprehend, and write legibly in the English Language.

Interpersonal Skill

1. Able to interact purposefully and effectively with others.

2. Able to convey sensitivity, respect, tact, and a mentally healthy attitude.

3. Oriented to reality and not mentally impaired by mind-altering substances.

4. Able to function safely and effectively during high stress periods.

Alternate Student Status

The admission committee selects applicants who may be offered admission based on an alternate student status. These students will receive a letter giving them the opportunity to accept enrollment based on space available.

Students wishing to Reapply to the Program

Students wishing to reapply will follow the same procedures as those who are applying for the first time.

Students Educated in Foreign Countries

Applicants educated in non-English speaking countries are required to submit proof that their foreign transcripts have been evaluated by an organization recognized for foreign transcript evaluation. This official evaluation must be submitted in lieu of the official foreign transcripts.

Provisional Student Status

All students are provisionally admitted to the program until all requirements have been completed. Incomplete college courses, incomplete medical forms, a failed drug screen or questionable background checks are all grounds for non-admittance.

Enrollment Contingencies

Acceptance of applicants will be contingent on the following:

  1. Completion of all academic general education requirements
  2. Completed physical exam/questionnaire at the students expense
  3. Submission of the tuition deposit
  4. Acceptance of the program returned
  5. Negative drug screen and proof of health insurance
  6. Passing a criminal background check
  7. ARRT pre-eligibility approval for candidates who disclosed a positive criminal history


Mary Washington Hospital School of Radiologic Technology's recruitment and admission practices are non-discriminatory with respect to race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, handicap, or national origin.

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