Radiologic Technology Applicants - Southwestern Illinois College

Application Requirements

Materials Needed to Apply

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Radiologic Technology program before beginning program courses.

Applicants must submit the following to the Enrollment Services Office:

1. Radiologic Technology application
  • Applications are accepted from Sept. 1 and Dec. 1 each year for a summer start.
    Supporting documents (transcripts, test scores, etc.) must be on file by identified deadlines.
  • Proof of completion of prerequisite courses: biology, chemistry/physics, and algebra.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester of the application year.
  • Prerequisite courses must have been completed within 10 years of Feb. 1.
  • Grades earned must be at least a C. Higher grades earn more points toward application.
  • College course grades supersede high school grades.
  • The most recent grades will be used.
2. Official Transcripts
3. Test Scores

Prepare to Apply

1. Complete prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry/physics and algebra.
2. Fill Out the Planning Guide
3. Understand that the Application Point System is Based on:
4. Meet with an Academic Advisor
  • Call or visit the Enrollment Services office for more information about requirements for the RT program.

Applicant Selection

Application Point System

Applications for the RT program will be rated on a point system, with points based on:

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of their status regarding admission as quickly as possible given the number of applications received, typically in late February or early March.

More Candidates than Seats Available

In the event there are more qualified applicants than spaces available in this program, those applicants who reside outside the SWIC district or in a district without a joint agreement for this program will not be eligible for consideration or admission. Resident status is determined by address on file with the Enrollment Services office by Feb. 1.

For a list of colleges that have joint agreements with SWIC, view the college catalog and search for Interdistrict Cooperative Agreements.

The admission procedures for the Radiologic Technology program are in accordance with Illinois law. The law requires that programs not having sufficient space and resources to accommodate all applicants will accept those applicants best qualified, using rank, ability and achievement test scores as guides, with preference given to students residing within district. Out-of-district students will be considered as in-district status for this application process if their community college has an Inter-district Cooperative/Career agreement with SWIC. Search the college catalog for Interdistrict Cooperative/Career Agreements to see if your college is listed. To qualify for the application process, the student must submit paperwork from their home district to SWIC Enrollment Services by the application deadline. Contact the secretary of the Board of Trustees at your home district school to get the required paperwork.

Fewer Candidates than Seats Available

In the event that there are fewer qualified candidates than there are spaces available, applications will continue to be accepted until the program’s maximum capacity has been reached or until the first week of classes during the summer semester.

The college reserves the right to fill the program in those years when there are fewer applicants than spaces available by whatever means it deems necessary to assure both academic integrity and fairness in the selection process.

Other Requirements

The following criteria are required of accepted applicants, and all information will be explained in detail at program orientation meetings.

Orientation & Performance:

Applicants accepted to this program must attend all required orientation sessions and be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Applicants or enrolled students are encouraged to contact the Disability & Access Center to discuss potential issues associated with meeting these requirements.

Health Insurance:

Health insurance is required during clinical education courses. Students are personally responsible for any costs incurred for injuries occurring during their clinical experience.

Medical Requirements:

These requirements do not have to be fulfilled until they are explained at the orientation meeting. RT students will be required to possess current CPR certification at the Health Care Provider level, show proof of immunizations, TB test, completion of a physical examination form and verify health insurance coverage before beginning any clinical experience. To request a medical and/or religious exemption, please contact the program coordinator.

Background Checks and Drug Testing:

Criminal background check and drug testing are required.

  • A list of disqualifying convictions is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health website. Students with convictions must possess a waiver from the IDPH to participate in the program.
  • Drug testing will identify illegal and prescription drugs. If results are positive, the student must provide proof of prescription in his or her own name in order to pass the drug test. Medical marijuana, which is not FDA approved, is also considered a positive drug testing result.
Graduation Requirements:

Applicants admitted to the program must follow the requirements for graduation at the time they are admitted and must meet all course, program, degree and sequencing requirements specified. Students are responsible for program policies as listed in each year’s RT Student Handbook. Students who fail to meet program-specific requirements will be dropped from the program and may be required to reapply and compete for admission in the succeeding year.