Medical Radiography Applicant

Application Timeline

Applications for the fall 2015 Medical Radiography program are accepted September 1, 2014, through December 30, 2014.  All supporting documentation (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) must be received by the Admissions Office before February 1, 2015. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications as soon as practical to ensure sufficient time to complete the admission process. Read all of the information presented below carefully. Complete each step accurately and in a timely fashion. The three-phase application process for the Medical Radiography program is detailed below.

STEP I

Application & Supporting Documentation

All forms referenced below can be found on the Admissions Forms and Resources page.

The following must be received by the Admissions Office prior to December 30, 2014:

  • Completed Application for Admission

The following must be received by the Admissions Office prior to February 1, 2015:

  • Non-refundable $20 application fee, and essay. The topic of the essay must be “what life experiences have led you to choose radiography as a career”.  Current EMCC students wishing to change their major TO Medical Radiography can use this abbreviated Change of Major Application. (Must complete remaining application requirements as well.)
  • All previous education transcripts (high school, adult education, and college).* Regardless of whether transfer credit is being sought, applicants must disclose all prior colleges attended. Failure to furnish all information on past education may constitute adequate reason for disqualification of your acceptance or subsequent dismissal from the College as well as possible retraction or denial of financial aid funds.
  • Two confidential recommendations on official EMCC reference forms from professional or academic persons (new recommendations are required each year).
  • Completed Radiography Observation Form & Confidentiality Agreement Forms.  Applicants who elect not to spend time in a radiology department MUST indicate that choice on the Observation Form and return the form to the Admissions Office. (More information regarding this below.)
  • Pre-Admission Test must be completed. (Results will automatically be sent to the Admissions Office if testing at EMCC.)  See testing information at the bottom of this page.

All applicants to Medical Radiography who are offered admission to the program will be required to submit to a national criminal background screening process at their expense within 30 days of acceptance. For more complete details regarding this requirement please see Criminal Background Screening If after reading this information you have questions or concerns please contact Stacy Green, at sgreen@emcc.edu or 207-974-4679.

Application review and interviews will begin in November 2014; most decisions will be made in late March and candidates will be notified by April, 2015.

Admission decisions will be based on an objective ranking system including, but not limited to:  completion of prerequisite courses, grades, pre-admission test scores, recommendations, and strength of interview.

Program Prerequisites

To be considered for admission for fall 2015, all prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to February 1. Applications of students currently enrolled in prerequisite courses will not be reviewed for admission until a final grade is received. The prerequisites (high school equivalent) required for admission to EMCC’s Medical Radiography program are:

  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Biology with Lab
  • Chemistry with Lab or Physics (preferred)

*It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the final grades from prerequisite courses taken through adult education or at another college mailed to the Admissions Office. (In determining whether an application is “complete” and ready to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, adult education transcripts are not considered if admission personnel are not aware that you are currently enrolled in these courses.) Applicants are strongly encouraged to follow up and ensure that all materials have arrived for your file. (Allow sufficient lead time.) Additionally, if you are currently enrolled in prerequisite courses and/or Radiography general education courses, make sure the Admissions Committee is aware of the course name, location, and anticipated completion date.

Radiography Observation

It is recommended that applicants acquaint themselves with the radiography field by spending time in a local hospital radiography department prior to interviewing with the Admissions Committee. Allow up to 2 weeks to schedule an observation experience once you contact the hospital. If you choose to shadow, it must be done before February 1. Whether you choose to shadow or not, you must submit an updated observation form with each new application.

How to Schedule a Radiography Observation

Applicants may complete their observation at any local hospital/radiography department.

  1. Contact the Radiology Manager of the hospital to schedule an appointment.
  2. Bring the Confidentiality Agreement Form and Radiology Observation Form with you and have the forms completed by the Radiology Manager.

Applicants who choose to complete their observation at Eastern Maine Medical Center must complete the following steps prior to scheduling their clinical experience appointment:

  1. Complete and submit the EMCC Application for Admission to the EMCC Admissions Office.
  2. Request the opportunity to job shadow in the Radiography Dept. by following this link to the EMMC (Eastern Maine Medical Center) Observational Experience webpage:  http://emmc.org/career_center.aspx  Once there, click on the blue box on the right that says “Clinical/Observational Experience”.
  3. Read the instructions carefully and submit the required documentation. All forms must be returned before you will be contacted to schedule an observational experience at EMMC.
  4. After all Medical Center documentation has been completed, Donna McLaughlin, BS, RTR, Clinical Coordinator, will contact you to set up a radiography observation appointment.

Dress Code During Radiography Observation

For the Radiography observation, applicants are required to dress professionally. Appropriate clothing (such as khakis or dresses/skirts) and comfortable shoes are acceptable attire.

  • Makeup may be worn in moderation. In accordance with hospital policy, perfume/after-shave may not be used.
  • For all applicants, hair must be neat, clean, dry, and professional in appearance. For male applicants, hair in excess of chin length must be pulled back. Male applicants may wear neatly trimmed mustaches and/or beards; otherwise, they must be clean-shaven.
  • The following are unacceptable: blue jeans, torn pants, tight shirts, belly shirts, halter tops, shirts/T-shirts with inappropriate logos, sandals, open-toed shoes, any facial jewelry or visible tattoos, gum chewing, dirty hair and/or nails, and body odor.

Pre-admission Test

An important part of the application process is the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam that is required of all applicants. For an explanation of this exam, scheduling instructions, and test dates, see below. Schedule a time to take this exam as soon as practical.  Applicants may retake the exam at a cost of $30 per attempt if  they would like to improve their scores; regardless of whether they retake one section or all. It must be completed prior to February 1.

STEP II

Interview (for selected applicants)

Admissions Committee members will thoroughly review and evaluate all completed applications to determine each applicant’s qualifications for admission. Those individuals selected to interview with Admissions Committee members will be notified via mail. The Committee begins interviewing in November and continues through March.

STEP III

Final Decisions

Applicants are notified via mail of the Admissions Committee’s final decision. Once notified, accepted candidates will have 30 days to pay a tuition deposit ($75) to confirm their position in the program. Candidates who are placed on a waiting list may be selected for admission at any time prior to the start of fall 2015 semester classes. Those applicants not selected will be required to reapply for the following year if they wish to be reconsidered.

Primary Contacts for Admission Questions

The Admissions Committee respectfully requests that all questions concerning the Medical Radiography admission process and transfer credit be directed as follows (e-mail preferred in all instances):

Health Occupations Aptitude Exam Scheduling Information

In order to schedule a date to take the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam at EMCC, you must first submit an Application for Admission!

If you do not meet the program prerequisites, it is not advisable for you to take the pre-admission test. Please contact Stacy Green at sgreen@emcc.edu for advice.

Examinees are responsible for reviewing testing instructions and information prior to arriving on test day. To review the exam layout and the type of questions asked, go to the PSB website: www.psbtests.com. Click on: Students: Resources for Test Taking on the left of the home page, then under Sample Questions, click on the Word or PDF file next to HOAE Sample Questions. While on the Resources for Test Taking page, also read Understanding The Results and Other Helpful Resources. The Admissions Committee strongly recommends exploring all of the resources available regarding the exam. To further prepare, use any SAT preparation guide or the “Master the GED” guide by Arco.

The exam is comprised of five separately timed sections in the categories of academic aptitude, spelling, reading comprehension, information in the natural sciences, and vocational adjustment. Testing will take approximately three hours to complete and allotted time may not be exceeded. Examinees should attempt to answer as many questions in each section as possible; skipping difficult questions in an effort to answer as many total questions as possible. Examinees may always go back and answer skipped questions within a section if time allows, but may not go back to a previous section once s/he has started the next section. Unanswered questions are considered incorrect. Calculators are not allowed. Applicants may take the exam more than once if desired, at a cost of $30 per sitting.

Examinees who require testing accommodations due to a disability should contact Amy Sturgeon, 207-974-4868 or by email at asturgeon@emcc.edu. In order for us to make appropriate accommodations, the appropriate forms must be on file prior to scheduling a date to test.

On the day of your exam:  Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the test.  Examinees arriving after that time will not be allowed to test and will have to reschedule. Report to the Library on the second floor of Katahdin Hall. A $30 test fee will be collected when you arrive; bring check, money order (made payable to EMCC) or exact change.  In addition, you MUST bring a photo ID with you.  Proctors will not allow examinees to take the exam without payment or ID. If necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointment as early as possible by calling the Admissions Office at 207-974-4680.

Cancellation policy:
~If EMCC cancels classes, the exam will NOT be administered.
~If EMCC cancels classes while the test is in session, the test will continue.
~Saturdays, test will proceed as scheduled unless you are contacted by the Admissions Office prior to the date.

Complete the fields below to schedule a time to take the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam: