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Frequently Asked Advising Questions

Q. Is there a preference for Math 108 or Math 143?

A. MATH 143 is preferred.

Q. Does the Registrar’s Office decide which credits will transfer from another institution or does the Department decide?

A. If it is a Radiologic Science course, then our department will evaluate the course and decide how it will transfer (Transfer Policy).  If it is a University course then the Registrar’s office evaluates the credits ((208) 426-4249).  If you want to know if a course will transfer from your current institution, please contact the Registrar’s Office

Q. Why do you restrict the number of students allowed in the Radiologic Sciences programs?

A. The clinically based medical imaging programs, Radiography, CT, MRI and Sonography, limit program enrollment based on clinical education opportunities available at local hospitals, imaging centers and medical clinics.  Students spend a significant portion of their program education in the clinical setting perfecting their skills.

Q. How difficult is it to be accepted into the Radiography Program?

A. Due to the limited number of available clinical sites the Radiography Program has a competitive admission process.  Prerequisite GPA and a scored interview are used to select program participants.  It is important to meet with an advisor prior to applying to the program.

Q. Should I visit a Radiography Department before applying to the program?

A. We strongly encourage prospective applicants to visit a radiography department and observe radiographers in action.

Q. How can I learn more about the different types of programs that teach Radiologic Technology?

A good resource to learn more about many of the health professions is the American Medical Association Health Professions Career and Education Directory.  It is available at most libraries and gives detailed information about several occupations, educational programs and accrediting agencies.

Once you have found programs that you are interested in, some questions that you may ask as you investigate their educational offerings:

  • Is the program accredited and in good standing?  What organization accredits the program?
  • What are the program’s admission requirements?
  • How many students do you admit in each program class?
  • How long is the program?
  •  What will it cost me to participate in the program?
  • What is the program’s attrition rate?
  • What is the pass rate for program graduates on national certification examinations?
  • What is the employment rate for graduates of your program?
  • What kind of degree/certificate will I receive upon completion of the program?
  • Is this an academic, Vo-Tech, or certificate program?
  • Can I use this to complete a bachelor degree?

Q. I’m confused by all the information out there about getting a degree as a tech.

What I’m understanding from the Boise State website is that all students go through the Radiography Program and become certified to work as a technologist and then if they want to specialize as say a Sonographer, they need to go for an additional year of training.  Is that correct?

A. Yes, that is correct.  Our program is a one plus 2 plus 1 program.  One year of prerequisites, two year professional radiographer program to finish the BS degree.

Q. Is it that way at all colleges/universities?

A. Every university /college has their own process to grant a degree.

Q. And how long would it take me to complete the program with already having a B.A.?

A. If you had the prerequisites completed and would be accepted the first year, it would be two years with a summer included for the B.S. degree and then an additional year if your were accepted into the sonography program or MRI program and another semester for the CT program.

Q. Would I graduate your program with a B.S. in Radiologic Sciences on top of my B.A. in Biology?

A. You would graduate with a B.S. and then if you chose to continue you would receive another B.S.