RT Program Details: Transfer Policy

Upon acceptance into the program, an evaluation of your transcripts will be conducted to determine if the you have met the requirement of an associate degree to be eligible to apply to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for the Certification Examination in Radiography.

Associate Degree prior to admission
Completion of an associate degree from an accredited college or university prior to admission to the Penn Medicine -HUP (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania) Radiologic Technologist Educational Program will be accepted to meet the eligibility requirement for applying to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for the Certification Examination in Radiography.

Associate Degree while enrolled
The Program is affiliated with Widener's University College to provide students an opportunity to pursue an associate degree while enrolled in the program if not earned prior to beginning the program. Entering students with earned college credits prior to admission but who have not earned an associate degree are required to have their transcripts evaluated for transfer of credit by Widener's University College .

Transfer from another radiography program
An applicant wishing to transfer from another radiography program must submit an application and all transcripts three months prior to the requested entering semester and will be considered if space is available.

The applicant will:

  • be required to successfully complete the Penn Medicine – HUP Readmission/Transfer Exam to be granted transfer of radiography academic and clinical courses completed. The purpose of the exam is to ensure placement in the program is at an academic/clinical level that will allow for the greatest opportunity for success.
  • be eligible to test on radiography courses completed with an earned grade of "C" (75%) or better.
  • receive transfer posting (designated by "TR") on transcript only for radiography courses deemed equivalent in content to the courses in the Penn Medicine – HUP RT Education Program.
  • complete radiography competency simulations as part of the Penn Medicine – HUP Readmission/Transfer Exam.
  • be required to complete a minimum of two semesters in the Penn Medicine – HUP RT Education Program to graduate and complete all graduation requirements.

    To be eligible to receive a graduation certificate from the RT Program, the student must complete:

    • All academic courses with a grade of "C" (75%) or better (from point of entry)
    • Clinical Education with a grade of "C" (75%) or better (from point of entry)
    • Successful completion of the Year I Comprehensive Exam with a grade of 75% or better
    • All required basic and terminal competencies.
    • Ten hours of community service
    • ACR Research Internship

    The program does not offer an early release option.

    • be required to have their transcripts evaluated by Widener's University College for transfer of college credits if applicable.

ELIGIBILITY TO TAKE READMISSION/TRANSFER EXAMINATION TO ENTER/RE-ENTER RT EDUCATION PROGRAM

  1. The purpose of the Readmission Examination is two-fold: First, to provide the program director and technologist faculty with the foundation upon which to base a decision concerning a student's application for readmission/transfer into the program. Second, it is designed to assure that a student's readmission/transfer into the program is at an academic/clinical level that will allow for the greatest opportunity for academic success.
     
  2. The Readmission/transfer examination is administered to any student who has interrupted their progression through the curriculum. This includes voluntary withdrawals, academic dismissals, and transfers from external institutions. The examination will include up to four written sections and five competency positioning sections.

    The student can test through all written and competency sections up to the last semester successfully completed prior to exiting the program. However, written exam sections WILL BE ADMINISTERED IN SEQUENCE ONLY, administration of successive sections will occur ONLY after successful completion of previous sections, and competency sections will ONLY be administered after successful completion of the corresponding written section(s).

    WRITTEN EXAM SECTIONS: The individual written sections contain blocks of questions representing the specific course content of a particular semester.

    Exam Section 1

    Patient Care, Ethics & Law (30 questions)

    Fundamentals of Radiologic Science & Healthcare
    (10 questions)

    Anatomy & Physiology I
    (50 questions)

    Radiographic Procedures & Image Analysis I
    (50 questions)

    Medical Terminology
    (25 questions)

    Exam Section 2

    Anatomy & Physiology II
    (50 questions)

    Radiographic Procedures & Image Analysis II
    (50 questions)

    Production & Characteristics of Radiation
    (30 questions)

    Exam Section 3

    Radiographic Imaging, Equipment & Processing
    (75 questions)

    Exam Section 4

    Computed Tomography & Cross-Sectional Anatomy
    (30 questions)

    Radiation Protection & Biology
    (35 questions)

    Advanced Radiographic Procedures
    (30 questions)

    Exam Section 5

    Radiographic Pathology
    (30 questions)

    Pharmacology & Drug Administration
    (25 questions)

    Computers & Digital Imaging in Radiology
    (25 questions)

     

    COMPETENCY EXAM SECTIONS: The individual competency positioning sections will require the student to demonstrate (in the lab setting) positioning for all competency examinations successfully completed during the corresponding clinical education courses or equivalent external courses, prior to exiting the program.

    Section 1A (Year 1 Fall Semester) Clinical Ed I
    Section 2A (Year 1 Spring Semester) Clinical Ed II
    Section 3A (Summer Session between year 1 and 2) Clinical Education III
    Section 4A (Year 2 Fall Semester) Clinical Ed IV
  3. The individual sections of the Readmission/transfer Examination will be scored as a whole. Successful completion of an individual section will be recognized by achieving a minimum score of 75 percent. This applies to both the written and competency portions.
     
  4. If Section 1 is not successfully completed, the student must enter/re-enter the program from the beginning. Should Section 1 be the only section successfully completed, the student would be admitted/readmitted into the Spring I semester, provided there is adequate class space. The student's admission/readmission into semesters other than Spring I will be contingent upon the highest section level where both didactic and clinical competency were successfully demonstrated and space availability. The following explanation provides details for entry/re-entry level.

    • Successfully completing Section 1 and 1A of the Readmission/transfer Exam will allow the student to be admitted/readmitted into the Spring Semester of year 1.
    • Successfully completing Sections 1, 2, and 1A, 2A of the Readmission/transfer Exam will allow the student to be admitted/readmitted into the Summer Session between year 1 and 2.
    • Successfully completing Sections 1, 2, 3, and 1A, 2A, 3A of the Readmission/transfer Exam will allow the student to be admitted/readmitted into the Fall Semester of year 2.
    • Successfully completing Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A of the Readmission/transfer Exam will allow the student to be admitted/readmitted into the Spring Semester of year 2.
    • Successfully completing Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 of the Readmission/transfer Exam will allow the student to be admitted/readmitted into the Spring Session of year 2.
       
  5. All transfer/Readmission accepted students must complete at a minimum the Spring, Year 2 Semester and Summer Session 2 (Clinical Education VI and Radiography Seminar).