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Please Note: As of January 1, 2015, in order to meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam, all candidates for certification will be required to have, at minimum, an Associate (or more advanced) degree from an accrediting agency recognized by ARRT. Please visit https://www.arrt.org/Certification/Academic-Degree-Requirement for more information.

What are the academic requirements of the school?
One of the following is required (official sealed transcripts only):
    An ACT of 19 OR an SAT (Combined Math & Verbal score of 900)
    • An Associate's degree with a GPA or 3.0 OR a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.4 or higher.
    Prior to enrollment all applicants must obtain the following core college courses FROM AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY with a minimum of 15 credit hours and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher:
    Math 1101 or higher
    Communications 1101 or higher
    English 1101 or higher
    Arts/Humanities or Natural Sciences 1101 or higher
    Intro to Computers/MICROCOMPUTERS

(Please Note: Pre-requisite courses cannot be remedial level.)

How long is the program?
The program lasts 24 months.

Do you have part-time or evening classes?
No. The faculty knows of no programs offering evening or part-time classes.

What is the cost?
FOR THE CLASS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 2010
Tuition is $5,400 per year. There is a (non-refundable) $350 student activity fee. Books are approximately $900, and uniforms are approximately $300 a year.

Do you have financial aid?
At this time we do not participate in Federal Financial Aid. However, we do accept WIOA, VA Benefits and we also offer affordable payment plan options.
When do classes start?
Classes begin on the first Tuesday in September each year (the day after Labor Day).

When is the application deadline?
Our Application deadline is March 31st.

How many students do you accept?
The maximum number is 19 per year.

Do you have a waiting list for enrollment?
No. We start the interview process in April and continue to interview all applicants whose folders are complete until we have selected 19 students, plus five alternates. At that point, the interested applicants must wait until the following year to be interviewed.

What are the school hours?
The program is offered 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Most hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; however, there are evening clinical rotations about two or three days per month from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Every five weeks there is (one) eight-hour clinical rotation on the weekend shift.

Is the program accredited?
Yes, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) jrcert.org accredits us.

What is the difference between a hospital-based program and a college-based program?
Upon graduation from the hospital-based program you will receive a certificate from the DeKalb Medical School of Radiologic Technology that will entitle you to take the national registry administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).

Upon graduation from a college-based program, you will receive either an associate's or bachelor's degree that will also entitle you to take the national registry given by the ARRT.

At present time, the pay scale is the same for both types of programs.

What is the academic grading scale?
Academic Standard (grading system)
The student must maintain a minimum 80 percent GPA in all subjects. By keeping our standards high, we will hopefully increase the student's chance of passing the national registry, and graduate well-qualified radiographers.

It is urged for all students to strive for high 80s or 90s. If the student's GPA falls below 80 percent, the student will be counseled and provided with additional academic resources.
The grading scale is as follows:

94 - 100 percent = A
87  -  93 percent = B
80  -  86 percent = C
79 percent or less = Failing
IP = Course is still in progress

What percentage of your graduates pass the ARRT?
Our pass rate is currently 99 percent over a five-year period.

How much will I make when I graduate?.
The rates will vary according to where you choose to work. Generally, hospitals pay more than a doctor's office. The hourly rate is approximately $20 to $22 per hour or $42,000 to $46,000 per year at DeKalb Medical.

Does DeKalb Medical's School of Radiologic Technology offer job placement?
No. We do not offer job placement; however, 100 percent of our graduates (seeking employment) have found employment upon graduation in the past. There is a shortage in the healthcare field, including radiology.

Does the high school and college transcript have to be official?
Yes. Please submit official high school and college transcripts in a sealed envelope directly to the R.T. Director of DeKalb Medical's School of Radiologic Technology.

What are the DeKalb Medical School of Radiologic Technology "school codes" for SAT and ACT?
    The DeKalb Medical School code for SAT is 5175
    The DeKalb Medical School code for ACT is 6261

To whom should the checks and/or money orders for application fees be made payable?
Application checks and/or money orders should be made payable to: DeKalb Medical School of Rad. Tech.
Can I send in the required information separately or does it have to arrive all at once?
You can send in the information separately. The program will start a file for you as soon as the application is received. Please include your maiden name if applicable.

How are the applicants selected?
The program uses an umbrella system. We use the following criteria:

    •  Advisory Committee interview score.
    •  ACT,SAT, Associate's degree/Bachelor's degree with minimum GPA requirement.

Prior to enrollment all applicants must obtain the following core college courses FROM AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY with a minimum of 15 credit hours and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher:

Can I send in the required information separately or does it have to arrive all at once?

You can send in the information separately. The program will start a file for you as soon as the application is received. Please include your maiden name if applicable.

How are the applicants selected?

The program uses an umbrella system. We use the following criteria:

    •  Advisory Committee interview score.
    •  ACT,SAT, Associate's degree/Bachelor's degree with minimum GPA requirement.

Prior to enrollment all applicants must obtain the following core college courses FROM AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY with a minimum of 15 credit hours and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher:

    Math 1101 or higher
    •  Communications 1101 or higher
    •  English 1101 or higher
    •  Arts/Humanities or Natural Sciences 1101 or higher
    •  Intro to Computers/MICROCOMPUTERS
    •  (Please note: Pre-requisite courses cannot be remedial level.)
    •  High school GPA or GED score.
    •  Technical standards checklist.
    •  Healthcare experience, volunteer work or how the applicant has helped others.
If I have no patient care or healthcare experience, what recommendations can you make that would allow me to obtain some patient contact?
You can contact your local hospital, medical center or nursing home and see if they have volunteer opportunities.

Do you offer prospective students any opportunities to come and shadow at your facility?
Yes. If you are interested in shadowing one of our students for a couple of hours, please contact Traci Monfort, our clinical coordinator at 404.501.5288, or email her at traci.monfort@dekalbmedical.org to schedule an appointment.

Can I work full time and go to school at the same time?
The program is 40 hours per week, and there is an ample amount of studying and homework. The faculty recommends that students not exceed 20 hours per week of work. Please do not try to work full time and attend our program. It is all but impossible.

I am a non-traditional student. I graduated 10+ years ago. Are official (sealed) high school and/or college transcripts still required?
Yes. We use this quantitative data in our umbrella scoring system to select applicants into the program.

I am a non-traditional (international) student. I am either not able to obtain official (sealed) transcripts from my high school and/or colleges attended, or my official (sealed) documentation does not contain the U.S. Equivalency of my courses, grades, GPA, degree granted, etc. What do I need to submit to meet your admissions requirements?
You must contact a Translation Service to have your transcripts from high school and/or college converted into its U.S. Equivalent to include, U.S. GPA, Classes Listed, Grades Received and Type of Degree obtained.

We accept official (sealed) documentation from the following translation service companies:

Josef Silny & Associates
www.jsilny.com
305.273.1616

World Education Services
www.WES.org
212.966.6311
I received my radiologic technology training in the military, but I am not registered. Do you offer advanced placement?
No, you must meet and submit all admissions requirements and if accepted, you must complete the entire 24 month program, just as any other new student.

I am registered as a limited radiologic technologist, am I eligible for advanced placement?
No, you must meet and submit all admissions requirements and if accepted, you must complete the entire 24 month program, just as any other new student.

I am a Radiologic Technologist from a licensure state and did not need to take the ARRT examination in my state (or I have allowed my ARRT Registry Status to lapse). Now that I am relocating to Georgia, do you offer a Registry Review course that I can take to prepare me to sit for the ARRT exam?
No. You must contact www.ARRT.org and find out what requirements they have set forth for your individual situation.

Mail all information to:

R.T. Director
School of Radiologic Technology
DeKalb Medical
2701 North Decatur Road
Decatur ,GA 30033
404.501.5307

Please Note: Once you have mailed us your information, please call to confirm that we have received it at 404.501.5307.

Faculty Members:

Shaun Taylor, M.S., R.T. (R), R.T. Director
404.501.5306
Shaun.Taylor@DekalbMedical.org

Traci Monfort, B.S.R.T. (R) (MR), Clinical Coordinator
404.501.5288
Traci.Monfort@DekalbMedical.org

Christy Evans, B.S.R.T. (R)(CT), Full-time Clinical Instructor
404.501.5288
Christy.Evans@DekalbMedical.org

Location: 2701 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404.501.5307

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