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?

For 2016, the applications will be available mid March and must be completed by a date to be determined 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 prerequisites must be complete by the end of spring term for the year you wish to apply. The selection committee will look at spring term grades. Applications will be denied if all coursework is not complete by the end of spring term.

Will it affect my admission 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?

Approximately 48-50 Radiological Science, 15-20 Nuclear Medicine Technology, 20-30 Echocardiography, 20-30 Vascular Technology, and 30 Diagnostic Medical Sonography students. These numbers are estimates and vary from year to year.

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 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. However Math/ Science GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale is usually considered more competitive. All prerequisite courses must be passed with at least a grade of 'C' or better. The selection committee does not base acceptance decisions solely on an applicant's weighted GPA. The overall quality and breadth of academic preparation is also considered.

How do I calculate a weighted GPA?

1. GPA: A weighted GPA of 3.0 or above is STRONGLY recommended, and a minimum of 2.75 weighted GPA is required to apply to one of the five MIT programs.

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 29 credits

Weighted GPA Calculation

Grade values:

A = 4

B = 3

C = 2

D = No pass

Course Grade value x Credit = point value

Total Course point value/Total credits = Weighted GPA

For 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

Courses that must be completed but not calculated into the GPA are:

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?

Good strategy is to make sure you will have met all of the prerequisite requirements by the end of the spring term in which you are applying. Become as knowledgeable as possible about the career, and then prepare yourself for acceptance by making your application and interview as accurate and as good as possible.

If I am accepted into the program, what are my next steps?

Acceptance letters typically are sent out the end of June. 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 every core class. The grading scale utilized by the MIT department is:

93-100 as an A, 92-84 as a B, 83-75 as a C, Anything below 74 is a D or F.

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?

What if I don’t get accepted to a Medical Imaging program?  “Plan B”

Each year, OIT 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).


    1. Do nothing different, reapply and hope to be accepted.
    2. Possibly retake classes to improve your GPA either at OIT or another college.(Certain prerequisites taken through OIT 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. Demonstrate that you have carefully researched the field by doing job shadows 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 more classes and work on a minor in additional to the Pre MIT prerequisites.Links to minors offered at OIT are listed below.

    5. Take the year off from school and get a job in the health care industry (patient transporter, clerical work on a hospital ward, etc.)
    6. Do volunteer work at a hospital or nursing home.
    7. Work on your interview skills. There are many web sites that can help with this.



  2. If you decide to pursue another healthcare career other than Medical Imaging.

    Undergraduate degree options related to Healthcare at OIT:

     Respiratory Care program at OIT. Prerequisites are very similar.

    1. OHSU Nursing program at OIT.
    2. Other Healthcare degrees offered at OIT:
  1. Medical Sociology, minor and major:
  2. Healthcare Administration (for those with previous healthcare experience):
  3. Biology/Health Sciences (Pre-Med)
  4. Clinical laboratory Sciences:
  5. OHSU Paramedic Education Program:
  6. Polysomnography Technology (certificate and Associate degree):
  7.  this is a website that shows different Healthcare career possibilities


Questions?:  Contact your advisor, OIT Career Services - Jan Goodyear, Career Advisor ( or Barb Connor OIT Student Affairs Retention Coordinator (

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.