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Program Admission

The applicant must:

  • Be a high school graduate or possess a suitable equivalent. All students must have completed the minimum of an associate degree or be within 6 credit hours of the associate degree requirements upon entering the program. Students will have two semesters to complete the required credits for the associate degree. Failure to complete the associate degree by the end of the 2nd semester of the program will result in dismissal from the program. The overall GPA for the A.S. must be a 2.5 or higher.
  • Complete prerequisite courses that are either part of the degree or completed by the start date of the radiology program. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a “C” or better for admission to the program.
  • Present verification of college English and Math placement tests or a passing score above 100 on the TOEFL test if the applicant is an international student.
  • Submit proof that foreign transcripts have been evaluated by an organization recognized for foreign transcript evaluation if educated outside the United States. This official evaluation must be submitted in lieu of the official foreign transcripts.

Application Process

  1. Submit an online application to the School of Radiologic Technology between January 1 and April 1, of the year the applicant wishes to be considered. A $40.00 non-refundable application fee must be submitted. Checks are to be payable to MWH School of Radiologic Technology. Please add 200-8140-49070 to the memo line of all checks or money orders.
  2. Submit an essay (minimum of 500 words) to respond to the following questions: “Why did you select Mary Washington Hospital School of Radiologic Technology and Why you want to be a Radiologic Technologist?” with the application.
  3. The minimum overall college GPA is 2.5. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended be sent to:

    Shirley Cherry, Ed.D, R. T. (R)
    Mary Washington Hospital School of Radiologic Technology
    2300 Fall Hill Ave, Suite 260
    Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  4. Applicants meeting initial admission requirements will be notified via email during the 3rd week of April to schedule:
    1. HESI Admission Assessment with Critical Thinking (A2). Applicants are responsible for testing fees.
    2. 4 hours of observation (if permissible by MWHC).
    3. Interview with a committee.
  5. Applicants will be contacted via email to complete a Talent Plus assessment during the first week of June.
  6. After the committee has reviewed and considered each application individually, notification of acceptance or denial will be sent to each applicant. Student class size is limited and determined annually by the Program Director/Manager and Admissions Committee.

Selection Process

Applicants are selected based on the following point system:

40 points

GPA for prerequisite courses: English Composition, Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts, Math for Liberal Arts or higher, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, and Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

15 points

Overall HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Score – includes the following exams: Learning Style, Personality Style, Anatomy & Physiology, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Math

10 points

HESI Critical Thinking Assessment Score

5 points

Talent Plus Assessment Score

10 points

Essay Score

20 points

Interview Score

Bonus Points are Awarded as Follows:

  • 1 point: applicant resides in the service area (residence in Fredericksburg/Woodbridge or Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, Westmoreland, Orange, Culpeper, or Prince William counties)
  • 1 point: healthcare experience of at least one year
  • 1 point: previous applicant

Alternate Student Status

The admission committee selects applicants who may be offered admission based on alternate student status. These applicants receive a letter designating their status.

Reapplication to the Program

Students wishing to re-apply will follow the same process as those who are applying for the first time.

Enrollment Contingencies

  • 2.5 overall college GPA
  • Completion of all academic general education requirements
  • Submission of the Intent to Enroll form and $100 registration fee
  • Submission of the Personal Information Form
  • Submission of the Preadmission Health Assessment Form that includes a physical with Essential Functions Criteria
  • Submission of immunization records: TB skin test within the past 12 months, Tetanus-Diphtheria Series (booster within 10 years), MMR titer or documentation of 2 vaccines, Varicella titer or documentation of 2 vaccines, Hepatitis B titer or 3 vaccines. The student must have the first injection prior to the first term of registration. The second injection must be received one month after the initial vaccination; the third injection must be received six months after the first vaccination.
  • COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Proof of health insurance before enrolling in the program
  • Successful background check completed by Human Resources
  • Negative drug screening completed by Mary Washington Primary Care at Lee’s Hill


The Mary Washington Hospital School of Radiologic Technology student recruitment, admission practices, faculty recruitment, and employment practices are non-discriminatory with respect to race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or national origin.

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.

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