Students pursuing the bachelor's degree through St. Cloud State University (SCSU) should review the SCSU admission requirements. Bachelor's degree students will be jointly admitted to SCSU and Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS).
Students pursuing the bachelor's degree through the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) should review the UMR admission requirements. Bachelor's degree students will be jointly admitted to UMR and MSHS.
Students pursing the bachelor's degree through the University of Sioux Falls (USF) should review the USF admission requirements. Bachelor's degree students will be jointly admitted to USF and MSHS.
All students will be required to have a high school degree and meet these minimum prerequisite requirements:
- Mathematics. Minimum of one semester of college algebra; a higher level math course will also satisfy this requirement.
- Anatomy and physiology. Minimum of two semesters of college-level anatomy and physiology with a lab component.
- English composition. Minimum of one semester of college-level English composition.
- Speech. Minimum of one semester of college-level speech.
- Medical terminology. Minimum of one semester of medical terminology for health professionals.
- Chemistry. Minimum of one semester of college-level chemistry with a lab component.
- Physics. Minimum of one semester of college-level physics with a lab component.
- Ethics or medical ethics. Minimum of one semester of college-level ethics or medical ethics.
You will be most competitive if you:
- Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including courses in mathematics and sciences
- Have previous patient care or customer service experience
- Demonstrate genuine interest in the field of radiography
- Complete job shadow or job observation in a radiography department
U.S. citizenship or permanent immigrant status is required for admission to the Radiography Program.
Today's 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 health care 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 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 at all times:
- Critical thinking
- Sound judgment
- Excellent communication skills
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Professional and ethical conduct
- Physical and mental stamina
- Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings
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 director.
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) or equivalent examination.
Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and to 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 deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from the program director.
Additional admission requirements
Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:
- Occupational health review, a physical exam or both
- Background study and immediate disclosure of any criminal convictions
- Drug screen
- Health insurance
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic or the MSHS program
Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school. Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.
Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.
MSHS 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 status.
In addition to the general quality standards previously described, radiographers must be able to perform these technical job functions:
- Lift more than 50 pounds (approximately 23 kilograms) routinely
- Work with their arms above their heads routinely
- Push and pull, bend and stoop, and kneel or squat routinely
- Work standing 80 percent of the time
- Care for and communicate effectively with patients
- Assist patients on and off examining tables
- Communicate effectively with staff
- Hear and see clearly
- Accurately align the patient, equipment and image receptor
- Work effectively in a team setting
- Accurately perform the sequential steps in a radiographic examination
Radiographers are exposed to low levels of ionizing radiation (X-rays) and are expected to examine patients who may have communicable diseases.
Transfer student policy
Transfer credit for previous general college course work may be accepted by UMR, SCSU or USF — refer to the transfer policies of these universities. Transfer of credit is not accepted by MSHS; see its credit transfer policy.