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Admission Procedure

Applications will be accepted from September 1st through February 1st each year and must be accompanied by a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. Please note prerequisite college coursework. All program applicants will be required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Please use the ENTRANCE TESTING LINK for testing dates, registration procedures and required fees. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the school at (609)599-5234.

Effective January 1, 2015, eligibility for ARRT certification requires candidates to have earned an Associate degree or higher. To meet this requirement, The St. Francis Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology offers two (2) Admission tracks:

  1. Certificate Track – Two (2) year, full time course of study for those students who have previously earned an Associate Degree or higher.

  2. A combined Certificate Track with an Associate in Applied Science – Health Science Radiography Concentration through a formal articulation with Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ. Students selecting this option must successfully complete all graduation requirements of both St. Francis Medical Center and Mercer County Community College prior to ARRT certification exam and State of NJ licensure eligibility.

    It is recommended that students pursuing this option have approximately13-15 credits completed prior to the start of the certificate program at St. Francis.

  3. * Students who have completed college courses at a college other than Mercer County Community College and who are approximately 18 credits away from completing a degree at that institution could pursue the certificate track at St. Francis Medical Center. These students must document an Associate degree or higher prior to ARRT Registry eligibility. Consult with the Program Director for specific details.

Minimum admission requirements for the St. Francis Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology are as follows:

  1. Graduation from an accredited high school or satisfactory completion of a General Education Diploma (GED)

  2. College level Algebra (3 credits) with a “C” or better *

  3. College level English Composition I (3 credits) with a “C” or better*

  4. English Composition II with Speech (3 credits) with a “C” or better (Separate English Composition II OR Oral Communication courses are acceptable.)*

  5. Achievement of a Reading Score at or above the National mean on the "Test of Essential Academic Skills" (TEAS) is advised. See Admissions procedures (2nd page) for details.

  6. Three professional letters of recommendation

  7. Submission of an official high school transcript and official transcripts from ALL other educational institutions attended since high school. Applicants submitting transcripts from institutions outside the United States must have these transcripts translated and evaluated by an accredited credentialing service.

  8. Interview by program officials (by invitation only)

  9. All SFMC Radiography students must complete college level Anatomy and Physiology I and II (4 credits each) with a “C” or better. If these courses are not complete prior to the start of the Radiography program, accepted students must meet the prerequisites for these courses as established by the college. See Program Officials for further information. Preference is given to applicants who have successfully completed these courses.

  10. * A credit granting score on the CLEP exam is also acceptable.

Prior to enrolling, all accepted applicants must:

  1. Undergo and successfully pass a criminal background check, required for all students. In order to take part in the educational program an applicant must not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a violent crime, illegal sale, use of or theft of controlled dangerous substances, or a sexual offense. An applicant whose criminal background check discloses a conviction or unresolved arrest for a crime or misdemeanor that could jeopardize the health, safety or welfare of any patient, employee, student or visitor may also be barred from entrance to the School. The criminal background check will be conducted by an external service provider.

  2. Undergo and successfully pass a drug screening.

  3. Submit health history, physical examination and immunization records with all required immunizations and immune titers.

  4. Submit documentation of medical insurance coverage.

The admissions procedure is as follows:

  1. All interested applicants receive an application packet which includes an Application, application instructions, a Program Brochure, a Radiology Career Fact Sheet, and a School Profile (Program Effectiveness Outcomes.)

  2. Applicants are required to submit the completed application with essay, a $50.00 (fifty) dollar non-refundable application fee, and three (3) letters of recommendation. The applicant must request official high school transcripts and ALL transcripts from institutions of higher learning. ALL transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Radiologic Technology by the issuing institutions.

  3. Upon receiving the completed application and ALL official transcripts, the transcripts are evaluated for high school diploma or GED and pre-requisite coursework. Pre-requisite coursework can be in progress, or scheduled to be completed prior to the next School of Radiography start date. A class schedule must be provided as evidence of enrollment. Once these requirements are satisfied, the applicant is scheduled for the "Test of Essential Academic Skills" (TEAS), which is given at the Medical Center. If the applicant has taken the "Test of Essential Academic Skills" (TEAS), or other health occupations aptitude exam for entrance into another program, he/she may request that an official copy of those results be sent to St. Francis Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology.

  4. Upon receipt of the test results, an Academic Evaluation is conducted by Program officials. The Academic Evaluation assesses the results from the TEAS Examination, Algebra and other higher level math courses, and academic sciences such as high school Biology and other higher level science courses. A minimum score of 9 out of 15 points and an acceptable passing score on the reading section of the TEAS Exam is required to proceed in the application process. Generally, a reading score on the TEAS exam at or above the national mean is required to proceed in the application process. If a candidate does not achieve a reading score at or above the national mean, he or she can retest. An improvement in the reading score to within 10% of the national mean must be achieved prior to progressing through the application process as long as one of the following conditions is met:

    1. The applicant has completed a minimum of 15 college credits and documents a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, or

    2. The applicant has completed a developmental reading improvement course as approved by program officials.

    Applicants who do not score a 9 or higher on the Academic Evaluation or have not met the reading requirement are notified by mail and college level preparatory coursework may be suggested.

  5. Once the applicant has progressed through the Academic Evaluation, an interview and observation day is scheduled. At this time the Clinical Coordinator (or designee) takes the applicant on an extensive tour of the Radiology department. The applicant observes the daily operation of a Radiology department (usually a weekday morning between the hours of 8:30 and 11:30 AM) and talks to current students and technologists. An interview will also be conducted by the Program Director. The applicant is also required to review the Student Catalog and other Program policies. At the conclusion of the interview/observation, the applicant will be rated utilizing the Application Review Report form by three (3) separate individuals: a) the Program Director on interview, b) the Clinical Coordinator (or designee) during observation, and c) a member of the Admissions Committee who rates the candidate by paper documents only. The Application Review report evaluates the applicant based on academic background, professionalism, communication skills, motivation, dependability and cooperation.

  6. At the highest recommendation of the Admissions committee, an applicant MAY be offered early admission to the program.

    On or about March 1st of every year an official Admissions Committee meeting is held. At this time applicants with the highest scores on the Application Review Report scores will be selected for admission up to a total enrollment of 8 students (program capacity). The Program also selects up to five (5) alternate applicants.

  7. An extension of the application deadline is at the sole discretion of Program Administration.

Non-discriminatory clause

The St. Francis Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology admits students of any race, religion, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, veteran's status, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or perference, family status or disability to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the bases of race, religion, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, veteran's status, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or preference, family status or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship or loan programs, or other School administered programs.



In addition to the academic requirements for admission, the following criteria are considered the physical requisites for successful performance in the radiography program. All applicants should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients and personnel.
  • Reach the x‑ray tube, standardly utilized at 5'3" from the floor.
  • Assist a patient onto and from an x‑ray table.
  • Lift and carry cassettes and other small radiology equipment.
  • Safely transport a patient on a stretcher and in a wheelchair.
Requests for reasonable accommodations are considered by the Administration of both the Radiography Program and the Medical Center to provide applicants with special conditions the possibility of a radiography education. General information on the Americans with Disabilities Act can be obtained at https://www.ada.gov/.  Please contact program officials with specific questions or to request potential accommodations for disabilities. 


Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is administered at St. Francis Medical Center for all School of Radiologic Technology applicants. The TEAS exam may be taken up to two (2) times in an admission cycle with a recommended minimum of a month lapse between each testing date. All applicants MUST register in advance for the entrance exam. There is a $95.00 fee to take the exam.

To register, applicants must go online to www.atitesting.com

  • Create an Account
  • Select "Online Store"
  • Select "TEAS" exam from the left menu
  • Select "Program Type": "TEAS for Allied Health"
  • Select "Country" and "State"
  • Select "Trenton, NJ and our School Name"
  • Select your preferred testing date
  • Complete registration and print the confirmation page for your records

The exam takes approximately three and one half (31/2) hours to complete. Study Guides and Practice Tests are optional and can be obtained online through the ATI website for an additional fee. On the day of testing, applicants MUST bring the following mandatory items and report to CREAN HALL OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS. Photo ID (ex. Driver's License, School ID); No. #2 Pencils.

The TEAS schedule for 2018-2019 is as follows with all exams beginning at 8:00 AM.

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Parking is available in the Medical Center garage (entrance on Chambers Street). If you park on the local streets be sure to observe posted parking regulations. In the event of an emergency cancellation examinees may call (609-599-5239) after 6:00am on the day of the exam for a recorded message. If you do NOT hear a special announcement regarding the exam, you can assume the exam will be given as scheduled.

Please contact us for further information.

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