Frequently Asked Questions About MIT

How do I apply?

The application and RSVP for the interview are usually available online in March and must be submitted electronically.

What is the deadline for my Application?

The application is usually available mid March and must be completed by the date indicated, typically in May.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, the application fee is $75 per application.

Do I have to complete all of my Prerequisites before I apply to the MIT program?

All prerequisite courses must be completed successfully by the end of spring term for the year you wish to apply. Applicants will not be eligible for consideration if prerequisite coursework is missing or does not meet the minimum requirements. Candidates for selection may not retake unsuccessful coursework or take missing prerequisite classes over the summer toward program entry fall term.

Will it affect my acceptance chances if I retake a prerequisite course to earn a better grade?

Multiple withdrawals and/or failed classes on your transcripts may not be viewed in a positive light. Retaking a class to earn an A or B may be viewed favorably, but multiple attempts at the same class may not be viewed favorably. GPA is used as a predictor of an applicant’s success with the demanding curriculum.

Is Oregon Tech accredited?

Oregon Institute of Technology is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Ave. NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052- 3981, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation is currently recognized by the professional credentialing agencies so that students are eligible to sit for national board exam associated with the specific profession.

Additionally, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, the Vascular Technology program and the Echocardiography program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)

What is the length of the program and what degree is awarded?

Once accepted into the MIT program a typical candidate spends two years or 6 terms on campus then an additional 11 months on externship to fulfill the degree requirements. All degrees in the Medical Imaging Technology Department are Bachelor of Science degrees.

What does the prerequisite curriculum consist of?

Once enrolled, can I choose where I go for my externship?

The medical imaging programs use a variety of clinical extern sites that are determined by each program within the department. Students are not allowed to seek an extern site on their own. The proximity of the students’ home has no bearing as to where a student goes for his/her externship as most programs use a lottery based system for externship placement.

How many candidates are accepted to the program each year?

All ranges are approximate and may vary from year to year:
Radiologic Science 48
Nuclear Medicine Technology 15-20
Echocardiography 20-30
Vascular Technology 20-30
Diagnostic Medical Sonography 30

Are applicants interviewed?

Yes. Interviews are conducted by Medical Imaging Technology faculty members. Interviews are structured to evaluate a candidate's interpersonal skills, communication skills, time management skills, and other professional attributes. After the interview there is time during the day to speak with students and tour the campus facilities. Failure to appear for a scheduled interview will result in applicant rejection.

How important is grade point average (GPA) in the competitive admissions process?

The minimum required weighted GPA for admission into the MIT program is 2.95 on a 4.0 scale. All prerequisite courses must be passed. For courses weighted toward selection, a GPA above 3.0 is strongly encouraged. (Please refer to the available resources regarding how to calculate the weighted GPA). A 'B' average or higher in the weighted GPA courses is very important. However, each applicant's overall quality and breadth of academic preparation is also considered.

How do I calculate a weighted GPA?

A  minimum weighted GPA of 2.95 is required to apply to any of the five MIT programs.

The courses identified below are weighted toward selection:
Bio 231 4 credits
Bio 232 4 credits
Bio 233 4 credits
Bio 200 2 credits
Math 112 4 credits
Chem. 101/104 4 credits
MIT 103 3 credits

TOTAL 25 credits

Weighted GPA Calculation:
Grade values:
A = 4
B = 3
C = 2
D = Not passing

Course Grade value x Credit = point value
Total Course point value/Total credits = Weighted GPA

Example:

Bio 231 A = 4 x 4 credits = 16
Bio 232 B = 3 x 4 credits = 12
Bio 233 B = 3 x 4 credits = 12
Bio 200 B = 3 x 2 credits = 6
Math 112 B = 3 x 4 credits = 12
Chem. 101/104 A = 4 x 4 credits = 16
MIT 103 A = 4 x 3 credits = 12
TOTAL 86/25 credits possible = 3.44 Weighted GPA

The course listed below must also be completed in order to apply but are not calculated into the weighted GPA:

Wri 121 3 credits
Wri 122 3 credits
Psy 201, 202 or 203 3 credits
Spe 111 3 credits
Social Science 3 credits
Humanities 3 credits

 

Is shadowing a medical professional required for admission into the program?

Shadowing is perhaps the best way for an applicant to personally experience and reflect upon the medical imaging career however, it is not required for admission into the program. The Selection Committee does recognize that increased stringencies in Federal HIPAA regulations have changed the nature of gaining these types of experiences and not every applicant will find an opportunity to shadow in an occupational setting. If unavailable, applicants are strongly encouraged to gain familiarity with the degree profession in other ways.

What are my chances of getting accepted into the program?

Selection to Medical Imaging is very competitive. Often, there are more eligible candidates than seats available. The following strategies are standard advice:

1.  Be sure you will have met all of the prerequisite requirements by the end
     of the spring term in which you are applying.
2.  Performance in the weighted prerequisite courses is very important. A 3.0 GPA or higher is strongly encouraged.
3.  Become as knowledgeable as possible about the career and profession you are about to enter.
4.  Complete the application process completely and on time.

If I am accepted into the program, what is my next step?

Acceptance notifications are typically sent out sometime in July. Read the acceptance letter and all additional information very carefully as instructions on 'next steps' will be included.

Can I attend this program part time?

All students must enroll on a full time basis unless only core classes are needed and electives have been fulfilled.

Does the program accept transfer students?

Yes, students are welcome to transfer previous coursework to Oregon Tech. Credit evaluation for transfer equivalency will be done by the Registrar’s Office. The MIT department at Oregon Tech has numerous articulation agreements with many community colleges and universities. These articulations are posted on the MIT website as well as the Oregon Tech webpage. These are meant to be guides for students to use when transferring the Pre-MIT year from another educational facility. View transfer credit information and equivalency tables.

Do you accept out of state residents?

Yes, Please visit the Office of Admissions.

Where can I get information about financial aid?

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Financial Aid officers are available to assist students seeking financial aid. The contact number is 541.885.1280.

How do I arrange a campus visit?

Please contact our Admissions Office. The contact number is 541.885.1150 or toll free: 800.422.2017.

Where is Oregon Tech located?

Oregon Tech's main campus is located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Nestled on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains, the 190-acre campus provides a rigorous and robust campus life personalized by a low student-to-faculty ratio.

Do you offer the Medical Imaging Programs off campus?

All Medical Imaging Technology degrees are delivered from the Klamath Falls campus and are not offered via distance delivery.

Distance education is available to individuals already holding a current professional credential, such as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) or Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or Registered Vascular Sonographer (RVS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), or Registered Technologist, Radiographer (RTR) through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Will I be able to work while enrolled in the program?

While there is no way the program can enforce a ban on student employment while in the program, it is difficult. The MIT programs are very rigorous and students who work while in the program are not always successful. The priority should be the coursework associated with each program and special accommodations are generally not available to accommodate a student’s work schedule.

What is the grading policy once I am accepted into the Medial Imaging Program?

You must achieve a “C” or better in every core class. The grading scale utilized by the MIT department is:

93-100% is an A, 84-92% is a B, 75-83% is a C.
Below 74% is a D or F (not passing).

What happens if I have a poor term and do not pass a core class?

Please refer to the Medical Imaging Technology section of the Oregon Tech Catalog; Specific departmental requirements are included there.

What happens if I am not accepted into one of the MIT programs when I apply?

Develop a “Plan B”

Each year, the MIT department at Oregon Tech receives more applications from qualified applicants than seats available for each program. Students interested in a medical imaging program are encouraged to develop a “Plan B” in case they are not accepted. There are several options to consider:

  1. Reapply to a program the next year (students who are reapplying receive additional points towards their total score). This option may include:
    1. Do nothing different, reapply and hope to be accepted.
    2. Retake classes to improve your GPA either at Oregon Tech or another college (certain prerequisites taken through Oregon Tech qualify for preference points when reapplying). Please discuss this with an advisor before retaking a class. Students are generally not encouraged to keep retaking classes, but in some cases, it may improve your chances of being accepted the second time.
    3. Enhance your perspective of the profession through job shadowing in diagnostic imaging. Contact the Diagnostic Imaging, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Vascular or Echocardiography department of your local hospital to see if they will allow you to job shadow. Even if you know which modality you are most interested in, it is a good idea to observe as many modalities as you can.
    4. Take classes toward a minor or alternate major, in additional to retaking any Pre-MIT prerequisites, while waiting to reapply.
    5. Take the year off from school and work or volunteer (possibly in the health care industry as a patient transporter, clerical work on a hospital ward, etc.), while waiting to reapply.
    6. Explore/consider alternate degree programs (many have similar preliminary coursework requirements), while waiting to reapply.
    7. Work on your interview skills. There are many websites that can help with this.
  2. If you decide to pursue a healthcare career other than medical imaging, the following are available options:
    1. Respiratory Care program. Prerequisites are very similar.
    2. OHSU Nursing program.
    3. Other Healthcare degrees offered at Oregon Tech:
      1. Medical Sociology: minor and major
      2. Health Care Administration (for those with previous healthcare experience)
      3. Biology-Health Sciences (Pre-Med)
      4. Medical Laboratory Sciences
      5. OHSU Paramedic Education Program
      6. Polysomnography Technology (certificate and associate degree)
      7. O*NET OnLine is a website that shows different healthcare career possibilities

Questions?: Contact your advisor, Career Services, or the Office of Retention.

What if I already have a bachelor's degree and want to pursue medical imaging as an additional degree?

You do not need to complete the General Education and Elective credits for MIT degree completion; however you will still need to complete the specific MIT prerequisites for applicant consideration. Math will not be waived unless you have completed college algebra, trigonometry, or a higher math course. Statistics does not satisfy our math requirements. Contact Oregon Tech's Admissions Office if you need a math placement test or need further information.
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