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How to Apply to the Radiologic Technology Program

Application for Admission

The application deadline has been extended until June 15.

Applications to the program are accepted ONLY between April 1 and June 15.

**All information in this application is subject to change without any prior notice.**

Application and Information

Step 1

Students seeking admission to the Radiologic Technology Program must first meet SWOSU Weatherford campus admission standards. The General Education and Radiologic Technology Support courses may be taken at SWOSU. Prerequisite courses from other accredited institutions may be transferred for acceptance into the program, if comparable to SWOSU courses.

Effective beginning with 2020 applicants: Successful completion of prerequisite courses, 2154 Anatomy/Physiology I Health Professionals with lab (4 hour) or an equitable course such as:  2205 Human Anatomy and Physiology with a Lab (5 hour) or 2104 Human Anatomy with a lab (4 hour), and 2443 Medical Terminology will be required, with a grade of C or higher, prior to application to the program.  Provisional acceptance to the program for those completing the A&P requirement and Medical terminology may be allowed if the courses are completed prior to the start of the fall semester.  However, the applications are based upon a pointed total for courses completed, college GPA, ACT score, personal interview scores,  and the HESI entrance exam score (see application or step 3  for HESI) and does not guarantee entrance but will be considered based upon the applicant pool and point totals.  Interviews will only be granted to the top 30 applicants.

  • Applicants must: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, and on all prerequisite courses required for the AAS Radiologic Technology degree and be in good academic standing.
  • Have reliable Internet access (high speed recommended) and a current, working email address.
  • Interview with Radiologic Science faculty and designated field experts.  Once the application period closes, an interview will be scheduled and sent to the provided email.  All applicants must complete the interview process.

Admission to this program is competitive, criteria includes grade point averages, interviews, experience and other evidence of potential success for the program.  Admission to SWOSU does not guarantee admission to the Radiologic Technology Program.  Admissions are limited to the top 20-22 students (varies dependent on clinical site availability & program total capacity).

Step 2

Student must obtain two sets of all official transcripts, one for college admissions, and one set is to be included with the program application packet.

Step 3

Completion of the HESI entrance exam will be required as a part of the application process. Registration for the SWOSU HESI Testing Instructions begins in March and may be taken until the first Monday in June.  (HESI offered until June 11th 2020 only) for the HESI though HESI testing instructions links first.

If taking on campus, you must pay the assessment center through The Market Place link ($20 as of 2020) and set up a time with below contacts according to where you would like to have the exam administered.  For distance testing see appropriate link below.

  • On Campus testing: testing at the SWOSU Weatherford campus assessment center by appointment contact Jan,, Sharon, or Kari, at 580-774-3084 to schedule your exam.
  • Exams on Sayre campus are administered by contacting Cathy Baker at, 580-928-5533 ext. 2131.
  • Distance testing: If you live further away, see distance testing information is here:  SWOSU Distance Testing Instructions
  • Take the exam as soon as possible with a 65 considered the lowest possible score for application consideration, the HESI can be taken multiple times before the deadline and is on a 100-point scale. The HESI exam score, application scores and interview scores, and course grades are combined to make up the final applicant score. STUDY GUIDE AVAILABLE for HESI:  Evolve and type in” Admission Assessment.”

Step 4

Obtain a background check through Castlebranch and use the package code SD93bg, last year’s cost was $37.  All outstanding warrants and any unresolved legal issues may result in dismissal from the program.  If the applicant is aware of issues before the background check, he or she should contact the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for the procedure to pre-apply for eligibility.   Failure to do so may result in ineligibility to sit for the national certification exam. International students must either opt for the international background check through or provide a government-issued letter stating a clear background from each nation.

Step 5

Provide proof of health insurance – students are responsible for any personal injury that occurs at the university, or clinical rotation.  Purchase of Health/Accident Insurance is required.  A copy of student insurance information is kept in the student file and provided during orientation.  It is the students’ responsibility to keep this information current.  Any SWOSU student may purchase health insurance through the university website at the Health Services link.  There are immunization laws for all college students, please see Student Health & Counseling Services link here to see Hep B and MMR requirements.   The radiologic technology program also requires, TB screening, Varicella, and influenza vaccination.  The documentation must be kept current prior to any clinical rotation experience.  Students may contact the 580-774-3776, or contact Laura Smith @ for additional information.

Step 6

Due to issues related to the COVID – 19 virus, the clinical observation will not be required for this application period.

A separate application is located on the SWOSU Radiologic Technology website and is required for admission to the Radiologic Technology program at the SWOSU Weatherford Campus (starting Fall 2020).  Print and fill out information and provide all copies including all official transcripts, ACT score, background check, clinical visit observation form, physical examination and official shot record.

Any incomplete application will not be considered.  Applications for this program are available from in January and must be post marked by June 2nd (or hand delivered by June 5th) and returned to:

Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Sheana Thompson MSRS R.T.(R)(M) (ARRT)
Radiologic Technology Program Director
Allied Health Sciences
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
100 Campus Dr.

SWOSU does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, alienage or national origin, citizenship status, age, sex (gender), gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial services, residential life, educational programs, and other activities the University operates.

Performance Requirements: You must meet the performance requirements to ensure patient safety and welfare during your time in our program and throughout your career.

Before the first Spring Semester after Program Admission

CPR certification – students are required to have the CPR: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association. (SWOSU offers a First/Aid CPR course but is not a requirement)

Failure to provide evidence of the above will result in a formal written warning, and student will be unable to attend any clinical experience.

Any questions should be directed to the program director and it is recommended the students set up an advisement session with program faculty/staff.  It is also recommended to contact the program director to verify receipt of submitted applications.