Application & Requirements | Medical Imaging School of Radiography | MedStar Health

Admission requirements

  • Student Must:

    • Be a high school graduate or possess a suitable equivalent.
    • All students must have completed the minimum of an associate degree to sit for the ARRT Certification Exam. Students must be able to complete their Associate degree requirements by the end of the 4th semester, without exceeding 20 total credit hours each semester. (Total credit hour definition: MWHC MISR semester credits and Associate degree course credits).
    • Overall GPA must be 2.0 higher.
    • All the following prerequisite courses must be either part of the degree or completed at the start date of the radiology program: English Composition, Computer Course, Math Fundamentals of Reasoning or higher, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II with a Laboratory component. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a “C” or better for admission to the radiology program.
    • Applicants will be scheduled to take a HESI Admission Assessment Exam and will be responsible for testing fees. The Cumulative Score will be used to rank eligible students.
    • International students must present proof of college English and Math placement tests or a passing score above 100 on the TOEFL test.
    • Provide evidence of good health and successfully pass the substance abuse screening and criminal background check. Students will not be permitted to rotate into clinical sites until the MWHC Occupational Health pre-employment physical has been cleared by Occupational Health.
    • Meet the criteria for technical functioning which have been developed to define the physical conditions necessary for a technologist to function in the healthcare environment. The student is advised that this level of functioning must be maintained throughout the program. The school reserves the right to require student testing as it deems appropriate to meet these technical functions physical demands. These “technical functions” have been discussed under the admission requirements and are listed on the school website.

Admission process

  • Submitting the Application

    • International degrees awarded by institutions outside of the U.S. (and not otherwise recognized by ARRT) must be evaluated and approved by a credential evaluation service that is a member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) and/or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) before application submission. (ARRT, 2021)

    • Applicants meeting initial admission requirements will be notified via email to schedule the admission test (the HESI A2 Admissions Exam). Applicants will be responsible for examination (~$51) and proctoring fees (~$30). HESI A2 admissions test will be administered online via ProctorU online proctoring service.

    • After the committee has reviewed and considered each application individually, notification of acceptance or denial will be sent to each applicant.


  • Selection Process

    Admission to the Medical Imaging School of Radiology is competitive. The admission committee reviews each application individually, examining a variety of characteristics that indicate an applicant’s potential for academic success. Applicants are selected on academic credentials, admission test scores, and, admissions essay without discrimination. GPA quality points are awarded for all required course based on the grade earned for each course. (A – 100 points, B – 85 points, and C – 75 points. A&P I &II course and lab grades are worth 1.5 times the quality points earned). GPA quality points and HESI A2 Admissions Exam Scores are calculated and numerically ranked as listed below; written notification of the committee’s decision will be made to each applicant during June or July of the year in which they wish to be considered.


     GPA Courses Evaluated for Competitive Admissions  Misc. Entrance Test  Rank Order
     "C" or better in all classes  

    Minimum 2.0 overall GPA
     ** Anatomy Courses will carry a heavier weight when calculating GPA quality points.     GPA conversion (75%)+ HESI
    (15%) + HESI Critical Thinking Conversion Score (10%) + Bonus Points
       Anatomy and Physiology, I & II with Lab ** A - 150 points
    B – 127.5 points
    C – 112.5 points
      English Composition and Rhetoric A – 100 points
    B – 85 points
    C – 75 points

    i.e. MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning or Higher/College Algebra
    A – 100 points
    B – 85 points
    C – 75 points
      Introduction to Computers i.e. CSC 110
    A – 100 points
    B – 85 points
    C – 75 points
      Medical Terminology A – 100 points
    B – 85 points
    C – 75 points
       **Bonus points are awarded as follows:
    1 point – applicant resides in the District of Columbia

    1 point – the applicant has previous medical experience
    1 point – applicant previously applied
    HESI Admission Assessment Exam
    Completion of the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2), an assessment tool used to evaluate prospective students and their potential for successful program completion, is required for consideration of acceptance into MedStar Washington Hospital Center Medical Imaging School of Radiology.
    All applicants must complete these designated sections: Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge and Grammar, Anatomy & Physiology, Learning Profile & Personality Style, and Critical Thinking. A study guide is available through Elsevier.
    Applicants have two (2) attempts to complete the HESI A2 Exam within a 1-year (12-month) time frame. The scores are valid for one (1) year from the initial examination date.
    Applicants will be contacted by MWHC MISR Faculty for a testing date after the application has been submitted and reviewed. Applicants are responsible for all testing cost.

  • Confirming Intention to Enroll

    Once selected to attend the Medical Imaging School of Radiology, applicants must confirm their intention to enroll in writing, submit medical health assessment forms provided by the school to include the technical functions paperwork, and successfully complete drug screening and certified background check as conditions of acceptance. The student must also pay a non-refundable $50.00 enrollment fee to secure their place in the class. Student class size is limited and determined annually by the Director of Radiology Education and Admissions Committee.

  • Alternate Student Status

    The admission committee selects applicants who may be offered admission based on alternate student status. These students will receive a letter giving them the opportunity to accept enrollment if space should become available.

  • Reapplication to the Program

    Students wishing to re-apply will follow the same process as those who are applying for the first time.

  • Students Educated in Foreign Countries

    Applicants educated outside of the United States are required to submit proof that their foreign transcripts have been evaluated by an organization recognized for foreign transcript evaluation. This official evaluation must be submitted in lieu of the official foreign transcripts.

  • Provisional Student Status

    Students are provisionally admitted to the program until all requirements have been completed. Incomplete college courses, incomplete medical forms, a failed drug screen or invalid background checks are all grounds for non-admittance.

  • Enrollment Contingencies

    Acceptance of applicants will be contingent on the following:

    • Completion of all academic general education requirements
    • Completion of all HR Pre-employment Processing requirements
    • Completion of Occupational Health Pre-employment physical
    • Submission of the $50 Enrollment Fee
    • Return of Program Enrollment Agreement

Essential functions criteria

All students must be cleared by MWHC Occupational Health indicating they are capable of performing the essential functions of a student radiographer. Students must be able to perform certain psychomotor, cognitive, and affective skills that are required in the program and, upon graduation, in the profession. Students must be able to respond physically, orally, immediately to the patient. The Program or its affiliated agencies may identify critical behaviors or abilities needed by students to meet program or agency requirements. The Program reserves the right to amend this listing based on the identification of additional standards or criteria for students. If a student cannot fully meet (100%) the standards the student may request ADA accommodations. The MWHC Medical Imaging School of Radiology, Director of Radiology Education in conjunction with the Employee Labor and Relations department will review each case and assist with clinical accommodations as appropriate.

Application requirements

Applications open January 1, 2024, and close April 1, 2024.

To apply for the Medical Imaging School Program:

  1. Complete and submit the application.

  2. Please send your application fee ($25) and official transcripts to:
    MedStar Washington Hospital Center
    110 Irving Street NW
    Suite GO-33A
    Washington, D.C., 20010

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