Radiologic Technology admission requirements

Start: Fall 2023

Location: Detroit Lakes campus

Application deadline: January 15, 2023  

Thank you for your interest in Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s Radiologic Technology program. This program is designed to prepare qualified students for entry-level positions as certified radiologic technologists.

Acceptance into the Radiologic Technology program is competitive. Admission is based on the selection criteria listed below. Meeting the criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Students who do not meet the criteria will not be considered for the program. Please review this information carefully. 

  • Complete an application and be admitted to M State.
  • Complete an online application to the Radiologic Technology program.
  • Complete the Accuplacer assessment and be eligible to enroll in COMM 1140 (Interpersonal Communication) and MATH 1114 (College Algebra). If the Accuplacer assessment indicates that developmental courses are required, the coursework must be completed before you begin your required general education courses.
  • Earn a or better in all Radiologic Technology prerequisite courses.
  • New for Fall 2023! The following biology courses have a five-year recency requirement, meaning they must have been taken within five years of the programs start date. For Fall 2023 admission, courses will need to be taken Fall 2018 or later to be valid.
    • BIOL 2260 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture
    • BIOL 2262 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture

You can apply to the college for general education courses and to the Radiologic Technology program at the same time. Your application to the Radiologic Technology program will be reviewed only if you are admitted to M State.

We are pleased you are considering M State and look forward to receiving your application. We strongly encourage you to discuss the admission and program requirements with an academic advisor on the campus you plan to attend. For assistance in reaching an advisor, please call or text the M State Support Center at 877.450.3322 or email info@minnesota.edu.

Radiologic Technology admission information:

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria. 

Apply to M State

All students who apply to the Radiologic Technology program must have completed the application process and be accepted to the college no later than two weeks after the Radiologic Technology program application deadline (January 15).

New to M State - Follow the admissions checklist at minnesota.edu/admissions

Returning to M State - Submit an online application for admission at minnesota.edu/admissions. If you have attended another college since you last attended M State, you will also need to request your official transcript be sent to the M State Processing Center.   

M State Processing Center
1414 College Way 
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Students should allow up to six weeks for transfer work to be received, evaluated and entered into their Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) audit. Transfer courses will not count toward admission to the program until they have been evaluated by the M State transfer specialist and successfully transferred.

Current M State student - If you are currently attending M State, you will not need to update your application to the college. 

Apply to the Radiologic Technology program 

The Radiologic Technology program application must be submitted for an applicant to be considered for the program. The eligibility criteria must be read and understood prior to applying.

Radiologic Technology Program Application

GPA Requirement

If you have earned college credits for any of the required Radiologic Technology general education courses, you must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in each of the courses in order to be considered for acceptance into the program.

Math and English Requirements and Placement Testing

Math Requirement: Math scores on the Accuplacer/ACT or high school GPA must place the student into MATH 1114 College Algebra or higher. Students testing into developmental math must complete the highest-level developmental course with a grade of C or higher prior to starting the program.

English Requirement: Reading scores on the Accuplacer/ACT or high school GPA must place the student into ENGL 1101 College Writing. Students testing into developmental English must complete the highest-level developmental course with a grade of C or higher prior to starting the program. 

Placement Testing: Students who have not completed COMM 1140 Interpersonal Communication and Math 1114 College Algebra and who do not have recent Accuplacer, ACT scores or high school GPA waivers are required to complete placement testing. Students who need to complete placement testing should visit minnesota.edu/testing for testing dates and locations.

Radiologic Technology Program Prerequisite General Education Courses 

An applicant's grades in prerequisite general education courses are used to calculate GPA for program acceptance. Applicants with the highest GPA will be accepted into the program. The following courses are used to determine prerequisite GPA:

  • BIOL 2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I *
  • MATH 1114 College Algebra *
  • PHYS 1105 Fundamental Concepts of Physics *
  • RADT 1102 Fundamental Concepts of Radiologic Technology *
  • BIOL 2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • COMM 1140 Interpersonal Communication or Goal area 1 completed

*Courses marked with an asterisk must be completed prior to application review.

BIOL 2260 and BIOL 2262 must have been completed within five years prior to the program start date. For the Fall 2023 start, the course must have been taken Fall 2018 or later.

Selection of Candidates for the M State Radiologic Technology Program: 

Students will be accepted into the program based on the completion of Radiologic Technology program prerequisite general education courses. A successfully completed course is one that is completed before the application deadline and has a grade of C or better.

A student’s grades in prerequisite general education courses are used to calculate GPA for program acceptance. Applicants with the highest GPA will be accepted into the program. The following courses are used to determine prerequisite GPA:

  • BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I *
  • MATH1114 College Algebra *
  • PHYS1105 Fundamental Concepts of Physics *
  • RADT1102 Fundamental Concepts of Radiologic Technology *
  • BIOL2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • COMM1140 Interpersonal Communication or Goal area 1 completed

*Courses marked with an asterisk must be completed prior to application review.

In case of a tie, the tie-breaker is cumulative college GPA.

Click here to view the Fall 2023 Radiologic Technology Program Application Assessment form

Acceptance notification: 

Each student who has submitted a complete admissions file by the posted deadline will receive an email from the college indicating whether they are accepted into the program, placed on the program waiting list or currently ineligible for the program. Please be sure to provide your current email address on your program application. 

Applicants will be notified on or before March 15. 

Estimated Costs for the M State Radiologic Technology Program: 

Please note: All costs are approximate and can vary by campus. Students are responsible for the cost of purchasing a uniform, lab coat and name badge.  

Item Radiologic Technology program - 79 credits
General education courses $160.80 per credit + campus fees $2,573 + fees (16 credits) 
Online courses $199 per credit + fees $3,184 + fees (16 credits)
Radiologic Technology courses $190.80 per credit + campus fees $12,020.40 (63 credits) 
Books and software $1,800

Supplies for course (including uniforms, CPR, modular and exit exams, ASRT membership, state and federal background checks and fingerprinting)

$800
National registry exam $225
Laptop computer Varies (approximately $1,200)
Total cost $18,593.40 + campus fees

Additional program requirements for accepted students: 

Correspondence from the college will provide more information related to the following. However, Radiologic Technology program applicants are encouraged to consider these requirements ahead of time. 

Laptop computer

Students are required to have a laptop computer for Radiologic Technology coursework. The cost for a laptop computer will be in addition to the cost of tuition, fees and books. The required computer specifications can be found at minnesota.edu/computer-information

CPR

The clinical facilities utilized by the Radiologic Technology program require students to have a current American Heart Association/Health Care Providers CPR certificate. Proof of CPR certificate must be presented prior to the start of the Radiologic Technology clinical courses.

Background check

A background check is a mandatory review of an individual’s criminal history as recorded by the state of Minnesota and/or the federal government. Students in M State's healthcare programs must pass background check(s) before being assigned to clinical sites where they will have contact with patients.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists also requires an ethics review and background check before an individual can take the ASRT registry exam to be certified as a radiologic technologist. To ensure students meet these requirements, a background check must be performed prior to starting M State’s Radiologic Technology core classes.

M State advisors are available to assist in finding alternative education options for students who do not pass the required Radiologic Technology background checks and cannot provide direct patient care.

Instructions for completing background checks will be provided via official M State email from Joel Hoffman, nursing lab assistant.

Health Record

Accepted students are required to complete a health form before they are eligible to start core Radiologic Technology courses.

Program Handbook

The Radiologic Technology Program Handbook provides students with information regarding program policies and standards. Accepted students are required to review the handbook and agree to abide by the policies and standards.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations are generally scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Students will be required to complete occasional evening and weekend assignments throughout the program.

A list of clinical education settings can be found on the Radiologic Technology program page under the Resources section.

Students are required to travel to any clinical education setting associated with the program.

If you experience any issues with the application, please call our Support Center at 877.450.3322 or email info@minnesota.edu.

Please be aware that M State’s Radiologic Technology admission requirements are subject to change in order to assure the quality of the program.