When should I apply to the program?
Complete application material and documents must be received by the Admissions Office as soon as possible. The program offers rolling admissions process thus, does not have an application deadline. By spring each year, the August class enrollment is complete.
What courses taken elsewhere may I transfer into this program?
A maximum of five non-radigraphy courses may be transferred into the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Radiography Program. Transfer of radiography courses may be considered on an individual basis. For any course to be accepted by our registrar as a transfer course, course descriptions and syllabi may be required to assure comparability. Some courses, such as science courses and radiography courses, may have an expiration time limit.
When should I apply for financial aid?
Do not wait to apply for financial aid! Although the financial aid and application processes typically occur parallel to each other, they are independent processes.
Students seeking financial assistance are required to submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to Mt. Vernon, Illinois according to the directions on the form. The institutional code for the program is 006331. The information on the FAFSA establishes the student’s eligibility for financial aid. After the FAFSA is processed, the student receives a Student Aid Report. In order to apply for the financial aid at Lawrence Memorial/Regis College, the student must also submit the following forms to the Financial Aid Office:
- Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Financial Aid Application
- Copies of the U.S. Federal Income Tax forms of students and parents or spouse
Who are the most appropriate references?
The best sources for references include:
- College professors you have taken courses with
- An employer or direct supervisor at work
- Individuals in the health professions
Family members or personal friends are not appropriate references.
What are official transcripts?
Official transcripts are comprehensive records of the course of study for a student’s work at any given school. Transcripts list course titles and the grades earned for each individual class as well as quality points and credit hours. Transcripts must be submitted with the complete application packet.
What should I include in my essay?
The application form indicates three areas you are to address. All three areas must be covered in your essay. Typically, essays are two to three typed pages in length.
Where are classes held?
All radiography classes and labs are held on the Medford campus. Most non-radiography courses are held on the Weston campus. All clinical assignments occur at our affiliated hospitals in the greater Boston area. Included among our affiliates are:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston, MA
Caritas/Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital – Brighton, MA
Lahey Clinic – Burlington, MA
Lawrence Memorial Hospital – Medford, MA
Mount Auburn Hospital – Cambridge, MA
Tufts Medical Center – Boston, MA
When are the radiography classes offered?
The program admits one class per year. Typically, the first course begins in mid-August. The program is considered full-time and runs for 22 consecutive months (including the summer between the first and second years).
May I come in for an interview?
Interviews are held on the Medford campus only for those candidates who are under serious consideration for admission after submitting a formal applicaiton.
What are the job prospects for Radiography Program graduates?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than the national average for all occupations through the year 2012. Based on 2004 figures, salaries for medical radiographers are on a par with healthcare professionals, such as nurses, respiratory-care technologists and physical-therapist assistants
For more information about the profession, see to the Related Links section.
Is it possible for me to work while attending the program?
While it is possible for a student enrolled in the program to work part time, the program’s faculty recommend that outside work be limited to no more than 20 hours per week due to the program’s heavy academic and clinical workload.
What are the risks to students and radiographers due to radiation exposure?
In today’s modern radiology department, the level of radiation exposure to both workers and students is typically well below nationally established exposure-dose guidelines. Adherence to the program’s radiation safety policies helps assure that radiation exposure levels to students are held to less than one-tenth the national guidelines
What personal strengths are considered helpful to students?
The successful radiography student is one who:
- is mature and highly motivated
- has good health, dietary and sleep habits
- enjoys working and interacting with people
- is inquisitive and enjoys finding out how things work
- has a good, solid academic background
- has a positive outlook on life
How may I find out more about the program and about the profession?
Information sessions are offered five times each year and provide complete, detailed information about the program. Individual questions may be answered during these sessions.
Is it important for me to shadow a medical radiographer on the job?
Job shadowing offers an applicant the opportunity to more fully understand the role of the radiographer. Arrangements for job shadowing are made by the program faculty, and are included as a required component of the admissions process for candidates under serious consideration for admission.