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To apply to the Radiography Program, prospective students must have a high school diploma (or the equivalent) or be a high school senior who expects to graduate by the time the program begins in late August. Students must complete at least 13 semester credit hours of prerequisite courses at Florida State College at Jacksonville prior to application.

Applicants have a strong competitive advantage if they:

  • Graduated in the upper half of their high school class.
  • Can demonstrate a relatively strong background in math and science.
  • Had at least a 3.0 grade point average in high school and particularly in college.
  • Have performed well in college courses.

Applicants are not selected based on grades alone. Letters of reference and interviews are also required.

International applicants

U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Immigrant status is required for admission to the Radiography Program.

Policies and responsibilities

Modern allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills, and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to graduate the best possible healthcare practitioners. Further, MSHS must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to educational programs in the school is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general qualities:

  • Critical thinking
  • Sound judgment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or equivalent examination.

Applicants will be judged not only on their scholastic accomplishments, but also on their physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each MSHS program will establish minimum standards which are deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the specific Program Director.

In addition to these general qualities, admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from each individual Program Director.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must also comply with the following prevailing institutional policies and procedures:

  • Immunization
  • Occupational Health Review and/or Physical Exam
  • Background Study
  • Drug Screen
  • Health Insurance
  • HIPAA, Confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS Program in which you are offered admission.

Specific questions about these requirements may be directed to the school.

Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.
You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program's director.

In addition to the general standards described above, Radiographers must be able to:

  • Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
  • Work with their arms above their head routinely
  • Push and pull, bend and stoop, and kneel or squat routinely
  • Work standing 80 percent of the time
  • Work compassionately with patients
  • Help patients on and off the X-ray equipment from wheelchairs or carts
  • Effectively write and speak to patients and staff
  • Hear and see clearly
  • Accurately align the patient, X-ray equipment and film
  • Work effectively in a team setting
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in X-ray examinations in the proper sequence
  • Work nights, weekends and holidays

Radiographers are exposed to low levels of ionizing radiation (X-rays) and are expected to examine patients who may have communicable diseases. Chemicals used to process X-ray film may cause skin rashes in sensitive individuals.

Transfer student policy

Florida State College at Jacksonville determines which general education courses may be transferred to the Radiography Program. Transfer students from other radiography programs are not accepted.

Student responsibilities

Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.

Equal opportunity

Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.

  • Nov 26, 2012
  • ART635507