Academics

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about the Radiography Program?  

  • Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor if they have questions regarding course and degree selection. (Advising Center 941/752-5035)
  • Visit SCF.edu/Radiography for program details and updated information.
  • Contact the Radiography Program department at 941/752-5245 or 941/408-1300, ext. 65245 or email radiography@scf.edu.
How much does the Radiography Program cost? Current program tuition information is posted on the program page under "Tuition and Fees" or contact the Radiography Program department.
When can I apply to the Radiography Program?
  • Program applications are accepted once a year, early Spring term.
  • The program starts once a year, Summer term.
  • Details for submitting a program application will be posted on SCF.edu/Radiography mid to late Fall term. Please check the website frequently for upcoming details.
Does the Radiography Program have a "wait list"? No, if students apply and are not accepted they may re-apply the following year. Students are only charged the $20 program application fee once.
How many students are accepted in the program each year? Approximately 18 students are selected for the program.  Usually, 90-100 applications are submitted during the application period.

If I earned a "C" in a general academic course, can I retake that class to bring up my GPA?

No, per the college catalog, there is not a grade forgiveness policy for "C" grades.  Only the original "C" grade will be calculated into the GPA.  Refer to the SCF College catalog for policy information.  However,  a student considering applying to the Radiography Program who has a grade "C" in either General Psychology or Human Relations can take the other for a higher grade to raise their program GPA. The same is true for the program's math requirement.

What are the requirements for applying to the Radiography Program?

In addition to the admission requirements for college, the following are requirements for applying to the program:

  • Earned grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better in ALL general education courses required by the program toward the degree and a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to meet graduation requirements.
  • Satisfactory completion of any remedial course work needed to be eligible for college-level courses.

NOTE: Prerequisite courses may be required for ENC 1101 and MAT 1033. These prerequisite courses MUST be taken PRIOR to entry into RTE 1002 to be eligible to take the required courses. Consult the course descriptions in the online Catalog or the specific department of the College for additional information.

  • Prerequisite courses MUST be completed with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the Fall term prior to the year in which the applicant is applying.

BSC 2085C Anatomy and Physiology I

Any Area II Math course for the A.S. degree

  • A minimum grade of “C” is required for all courses applied to the radiography degree.
  • A completed application for the Radiography Program and the nonrefundable application fee of $20. (A separate application is required for admission to the College.)

Note: Completion of all or part of the required academic courses does not assure acceptance into the program.

What are the general academic courses required of the Radiography degree? Go to SCF.edu/Radiography and click on "Curriculum Plan" then "A.S. Degree" to view a list of prerequisite and general academic courses (20 credit hours.)  Students are encouraged to complete as many of the academic courses possible before entering the program.
How are students selected for the Radiography Program? The Radiography Program is a limited enrollment program, so applicant priority is determined by this criteria:

1. Selection will be based on applicants who complete all prerequisite courses, submit their application during the application period and have the most general education hours toward the degree by the end of the Fall term preceding the year for which the applicant is applying. Any prerequisite or education courses required toward the Radiography Degree not completed prior to the application period cannot be used for the program selection process.

2. If there are more qualified applicants than available seats, the applicants GPA for the program’s required general education courses will be the determining factor. If there is more than one student with the same GPA for a seat in the program, the final criteria will be the overall GPA.

Note: The GPA is calculated from the required General Academic Courses for the radiography program, not the overall GPA.

Students not accepted into the program may reapply for admission the following year at no cost.

After I apply, when will I find out if I've been accepted? Students are notified of acceptance or denial 6-8 weeks after the program application deadline.  Applicant status will be communicated via their SCF student email account.
If I am accepted, when do I begin the program? The program begins once a year in Summer term.  The sequence of terms once accepted into the Radiography Program is: Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Spring. (24 consecutive months)
Where are the program classes and clinical education located?  What are the program days and hours? The program is full-time for two years and classes are held on the Bradenton Campus in Building 2.  Radiography Program courses and clinical experience are designed to be taken in sequence; therefore students must adhere to the schedule given to them.  Classes are scheduled primarily days, between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for first year students, and 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for second year students. First year students have clinical experience 2 days a week and second year students have clinical experience 3 days a week.  Throughout the program, students will be rotated through various clinical affiliates scheduled between the hours of 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.  Each of these rotations offers unique clinical experiences for the students.  If students must work outside the program, past program history has shown that working more than 20 hours a week decreases success in the program.
Why does the program require health screenings, immunizations and titers? The health information is required by the clinical agencies.  The agencies will not allow any student entry unless the SCF Division of Health Professions can provide documentation that all of these requirements are met.  The titer is a blood test that determines a student's current immunity to communicable diseases.  Students enrolled should understand that the required clinical experience in various health care facilities may expose them to environmental hazards and infectious disease including, but not limited to Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS.
What is a CAPP/Degree Audit and why do I have to submit one with my program application? The "Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning Degree Audit" enables the student to run an electronic degree audit/evaluation via SCF Connect.  The audit shows degree completion requirements and GPA.  The Program Director uses the audit to evaluate an applicant for program selection.  If the audit does not give the highest GPA for a qualifying course, also submit a copy of an unofficial transcript highlighting the qualifying replacement course.  NOTE: to print the audit all transcripts must be received and evaluated by the Educational Records office.

Directions for printing a CAPP/Degree Audit.

From the SCF home page (www.scf.edu)

  • -Click on My SCF Connect type in your User ID (G00 number) & PIN
  • -Student Tab, go to Student Services Quick Links at bottom of page, select CAPP Degree Audit
  • -Select a Term-Spring 20__ (yr), click submit
  • -Click on What-If Analysis at the bottom of the page
  • -Entry Term-Spring 20__ (yr), click continue
  • -Program-choose A.S, Radiography, click continue
  • -First Major choose A.S, Radiography click submit
  • -Evaluation Term-Spring 20__(yr), click Generate Request
  • -General Requirements is the default, click submit
  • -Print the results & attach to program application

If I have been convicted of a crime can I apply to the program?

Applicants who have been involved in a criminal proceeding or who have been charged or convicted of a crime are advised to request a pre-application review with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (www.arrt.org) in order to obtain a ruling on the impact of the situation on their eligibility for certification and registration after graduation. 

Upon acceptance the following are required: Background checks, fingerprinting;  CPR certification;  health and drug screenings to meet local health care regulations.  Based on the results of these checks and screenings, students may become ineligible for program admission.  Continuation in the program is based on acceptable results from random/ongoing screenings and background checks.  Clinical facilities may limit or prohibit students with positive drug screen results or criminal histories from participating in clinical experiences, thus making the student ineligible to continue in the program.  Students are responsible for all fees incurred with these checks and screenings.

The applicant should be aware that the State of Florida periodically changes the laws in relation to persons with criminal backgrounds being licensed in Florida.  It is the prospective student's decision to enter the program based upon the knowledge and understanding that he or she may, or may not, be granted the right to be licensed in the State of Florida upon graduation.

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