Admissions Criteria

Applicants are considered irrespective of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, and any other protected class.

Upon request further information is available for review in the Student Handbook. For complete information regarding the program or for any questions, please email Donald Chun, Admissions Director, or Jacquelyn Cvikota, Assistant Admissions Director, or call the Admissions Department at (847) 316-6393. You can also attend an information session at Oakton Community College. See the details below:

  • Monday, February 23, 5:00 p.m., Room 1550/Des Plaines
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2:00 p.m., Room C140/Skokie
  • Monday, April 13, 5:00 p.m., Room 1550/Des Plaines
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 p.m., Room C140/Skokie

Minimum Entrance Standards

The JRCERT has recently revised its graduation criteria and as a result the Saint Francis School of Radiography has revised its own Admission Criteria as follows:

Upon applying for admission to The Saint Francis School of Radiography, all applicants must meet the following academic and technical standards:

  1. Applicant must have attained, at minimum, an Associate Degree or its equivalency.
  2. Applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent. (Foreign transcript must be evaluated by an outside agency to prove U.S. equivalency.) A detailed report may be obtained through:

    World Education Services, Inc.
    PO Box 11623
    Chicago, IL. 60611-0623
    (312) 222-0882

    or other equivalent agency.
  3. Saint Francis applicants must have achieved an Associate's or higher level degree and also are required to meet these core requirements:

    Applicants must demonstrate a current (within the last 5 years) math and science background by possessing from a collegiate institution:
    • College Algebra or higher
    • Anatomy and Physiology (must include a lab)
    • Online courses not accepted
    Although an applicant may have achieved a college degree, applicants still need to meet Saint Francis pre-requisites within the requested predetermined time period (College Algebra and Anatomy and Physiology.)

    Additional requirements in General Education from a collegiate level are:
    General Education: Credits
    English Composition I & II 6 SH
    Speech Communications 3 SH
    College Algebra 3 SH
    Social Science Electives 6 SH
    Humanities/Fine Arts 9 SH
    Physical Science 3 or 4 SH*
    Life Science 3 or 4 SH*
    General Electives 6 SH
    Imaging Support Courses: Credits
    Anatomy & Physiology I 4 SH**
    Medical Terminology 3 SH
    Introduction to Computers 3 SH
    Growth and Development/Lifespan 3 SH
    College Algebra or Higher 3 SH**

    ** Completed within the last five years

    The core prerequisite classes must be completed with a grade of C or better in order to be considered.
  4. Applicants must submit three character references, two professional and one personal - which may not include immediate family or self. Recommendation forms may be found under the link Admissions and Forms.
  5. Consideration is given for experience in a health care environment (work or volunteer). Please indicate all health care experience/job shadow on designated form using the link applications and forms.
  6. Qualified applicants must complete the HESI entrance exam administered by the program and pass with a predetermined test score.
  7. U.S. residents whose native language is not English will require a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination with a minimum predetermined score. Applicants may be asked to show passports, alien registration cards or immigration papers to verify U.S. residency.
  8. Qualified applicants must participate in an interview.
  9. Qualified applicants must complete a criminal background check and health screening, which includes a ten panel drug screen and complete a technical standard compliance form, upon acceptance into the program.

Transfer Credits

The Radiography Program does not accept students attempting to transfer from another radiography program or seeking advanced placement in the program. Students desiring to attend this program must proceed through the normal application process.

Technical Standards

The Saint Francis School of Radiography Admissions Committee has specified the following nonacademic criteria (technical standards) which all applicants are expected to meet in order to participate and complete the Radiography Program. Where appropriate, Presence Health will attempt to provide a reasonable accommodation to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability, unless such an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on Presence Health operations and direct patient care. The otherwise qualified applicant who requests reasonable accommodations must request in writing to the Admissions Director his/her specific needs and the request will be reviewed by the Admissions Staff, Program Director, and Clinical Coordinator. Upon review (within 14 days), the applicant will be informed of the outcome measures of the decision.

The student must be able to:

  • Visually inspect radiographs to evaluate film quality and patient positioning.
  • Communicate with patients and staff (verbally and audibly).
  • Participate in classroom studies using verbal and written English formats.
  • Stand/walk up to 8 hours per day providing patient care and diagnostic testing in the clinical setting.
  • Utilize Computer and Radiographic room control panels. Climb on step stool to position patients.
  • Lift and carry patients when assisting in transfers from wheelchairs, carts and beds.
  • Carry cassettes and supplies up to 15 pounds.
  • Wear full-length lead aprons up to 5 pounds.
  • Reach and stoop to maneuver equipment and patients.
  • Position patients and operate equipment (stationary and mobile) simultaneously by using bilateral gross and fine motor dexterity.
  • Document treatment in written form.
  • Communicate verbally with patients, families, nurses, physicians, staff and other students as well as possess good vision and hearing.

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