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Application Procedures

Thank you for your interest in St. Mary's Medical Center/MU School of Medical Imaging. Radiography is a very exciting and dynamic field that offers a wonderful blend of technology and patient interaction. The field also offers many career advancement opportunities in the areas of CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology and cardiovascular imaging.

Our radiography program is a four year program and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Please be advised that the radiography program is selective in its admission practices and can only offer a limited number of spaces to applicants each year. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon a negative drug screening and a clear background check before the start of the first semester. The program reserves the right to request random drug screenings after admittance.

While we make every reasonable effort to assure that all information within the brochure is accurate, the program may change information contained within the brochure without notice to applicants. Contact program officials if you have any questions.

There is no obligation to apply to the program. There is a $30 application fee. We can accept applications only from January 1 to April 1 of each year. The application process must be completed by April 1st of the year you are applying for admission. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (304) 526-1259 or e-mail:

Again, thank you for your interest in the program.

Dr. Rita Fisher Carroll, PhD, RT(R)(CT)(CV)
Program Director

Admission & Application Deadline

Download Application

Students must apply to and be accepted into the Marshall University College of Health Professions. Acceptance into the COHP does not guarantee acceptance into the SOMI. Separate application is made to SMMC between January 1 and April 1 of each year. Applications may be downloaded from our website (along with a Technical Standards Declaration),, or requested by calling or writing to the following:

St. Mary's Medical Center
School of Medical Imaging
2900 First Ave.
Huntington, WV, 25702
(304) 526-1259

**Acceptance into the program is contingent upon a negative drug screening and a clear background check before the start of the first semester. The program reserves the right to request random drug screenings after admittance.**

The application must include high school and college transcripts and a signed Technical Standard Review Declaration Form and evidence of a minimum of 8 hours of observation in a hospital radiography department. A minimum ACT score of 19 on composite, math and science will improve an applicant's chances of being accepted into the program. Minimum requirements for consideration are:

  1. A thirty ($30) dollar, non-refundable, application fee
  2. High school diploma or successful completion of the GED.
  3. A minimum of 18 college credits consisting of the courses listed in #4 (100 level courses or higher) from a regionally accredited institution must be completed or in progress prior to applying to the program.
  4. A letter grade of "C" or better must be obtained in each of the following Marshall University courses designated with an asterisk * (or equivalent courses from other institutions).
    • MAT 121 or higher College Algebra *
    • PHY 101 Introductory Physics (or higher) *
    • PHY 101L Physics Lab*
    • BSC 227 Human Anatomy*
    • BSC 228 Human Physiology*
    • CLS 105 Medical Terminology
    • Communications (the communication skills requisite may be met by a variety of courses including English, speech, or composition)
  5. A minimum of eight (8) hours of professional observation within a hospital radiography department. Please contact 304-526-8328 if you wish to do observation at SMMC.

A minimum overall GPA of 2.50 must be obtained on all college level courses. A minimum GPA of 2.50 must be obtained on all math and science courses. Points are awarded for a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

** Any substitution or variation of pre-requisite course work requires special permission of Program Director**

Applicants are scored and ranked based on overall college GPA, course grades in prerequisite courses and selected additional science course work (e.g., cell biology, general or organic chemistry) and high school GPA or GED scores. Applicants who submit ACT scores will receive extra points for scores of 19 or greater on the composite, math and/or science components. Positions are offered to the top twenty-four applicants based on total points; however, the SOMI reserves the right to conduct personal interviews to assist in candidate selection. Remaining applicants comprise the alternate list for that year's admission. Alternates may be selected up to the beginning of the fall term.

Students accepted into the program that wish to pursue the sonography track, may make separate application to the sonography track at the conclusion of the sophomore year. The number of students accepted into sonography is limited. If the number of interested students exceeds the available slots, admission will be based first on MI coursework GPA. If there are ties then course grades in prerequisite sciences and MU GPA will be the determining factors. The deadline for application is April 1.

Mailing address:
St. Mary's Medical Center
School of Medical Imaging
2900 First Ave.
Huntington, WV, 25702
contact information:
(304) 526-1259

Technical Standards

Technical Standards Form (print form and return with application)

Technical standards are those standards or abilities that a student must possess to be successful in this profession. All applicants are required to sign a Technical Standards Review Declaration Form to be submitted with application form.

Part of the training in radiologic technology/sonography involves working one on one with patients. Student technologists are responsible for the safety and well-being of their patients while performing examinations. The students will also be manipulating equipment where the potential injury to the patient and student is present.

  1. Motor Skills
    • extend the hands and arms in any direction
    • hold, grasp and turn with the hands
    • safely lift, manipulate and use equipment
    • reach up to six feet off the floor
    • ability to coordinate eyes, hands and feet rapidly and accurately
    • lift 30-35 lbs. waist high
    • push and pull at least 100 lbs.
  2. Visual Acuity
    • Sufficient far vision to see objects beyond 20 feet
    • sufficient near vision to see objects within 20 inches
    • depth perception
    • see in all directions
    • observe and evaluate changes in the patient or equipment
  3. Communication Ability
    • perceive the nature of sounds through hearing
    • be able to speak, hear and observe patients
    • express and exchange information through written and verbal communication
  4. Behavioral Skills
    • Function effectively under stress
    • establish sensitive and cooperative relations with patients and co-workers
    • adapt to changing environments