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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ´s)
  1. How accurate is the information within the FAQ section?
  2. Who should I go to for the most up-to-date information about the program?
  3. Can a new freshman or transfer student enter directly into the program?
  4. I have taken radiology courses outside of Hostos; can I transfer into the program with advanced standing?
  5. I have taken general education courses outside of Hostos; can I transfer them to Hostos?
  6. Which general education courses can be applied to the program of study for the A.A.S. degree in radiologic technology?
  7. Is there a waiting list for the program?
  8. How long is the program
  9. When does the clinical phase of the program begin?
  10. What are the criteria for progression into the clinical phase of the program?
  11. How do I find my GPA for all the courses I completed at Hostos?
  12. How do I find my GPA for all the required general education courses I completed at Hostos?
  13. What can I do if either of my GPAs is below 2.5?
  14. If I want to change my major, is help available at Hostos?
  15. Do the criteria for progression into the clinical phase of the program ever change?
  16. Are there additional requirements for the hospital internships?
  17. Is there any time off during the clinical phase of the program?
  18. Do I pay full tuition during the summer sessions?
  19. Will the hospital pay me for the work I perform or reimburse me for the tuition I pay?
  20. How many hours per week is the program?
  21. What type of degree does Hostos grant?
  22. Are any of the radiology courses taught in Spanish?
  23. Can I attend Hostos on a part-time basis?
  24. Is there a specific course sequence I must follow?
  25. How will I know which radiology courses to register for each semester?
  26. Can I register for only a few of the "block" of radiology courses?
  27. Can I register online for radiology courses?
  28. What should I do if a radiology course is closed?
  29. Can I work while in the program?
  30. Is it possible to take only early morning classes so I can work part-time during the day?
  31. Are any radiology courses offered in the evening?
  32. Are any radiology courses writing intensive?
  33. Are any of the general education courses offered in the evening?
  34. Why are general education courses required?
  35. What is the tuition at Hostos?
  36. Are there any other expenses?
  37. Is financial assistance available?
  38. How difficult are the radiology courses?
  39. Is there a lot of teacher-student contact during the program?
  40. Is a lot of math and science required before entering into the program?
  41. If I am weak in math or science, is it still possible for me to be successful in the program?
  42. If I have already completed all the general education courses, how long is the program?
  43. Is there a part-time, weekend, or evening program available?
  44. I am a student with a disability; can I still enter into the program?
  45. I am a student with a disability; how do I declare my status so I can receive appropriate accommodations?
  46. I have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor; can I still enter into the program?
  47. I am not a U.S. citizen, I am an international student; can I still enter into the program?
FAQ´s Answers
1. How accurate is the information in this FAQ section?

This information is from the Radiologic Technology Program Information Booklet. This booklet is revised, updated and reprinted every July. The new booklet replaces and voids all previous versions. The information in this booklet was accurate as of the date on the cover. However, rules, regulations, tuition, student activity fees, etc., are subject to change.

For the most up-to-date information, you should contact a faculty member from the radiology program. Advisement by other faculty may result in misinformation and may cause lost time and/or effort.


2. Who should I go to for the most up-to-date information about the program?

You should contact a faculty member from the radiology program. The department is located at 475 Grand Concourse, on the third floor. This is also called the “A” building or the “Shirley J. Hinds Allied Health and Science Complex.” The general number for the radiologic technology program is: (718) 518-4123

The following faculty and staff are available to answer your questions:

Prof. Solomon, Program Coordinator A-307J
Mr. Alicea, Clinical Coordinator A-307S
Prof. Drago A-307F
Prof. Gibbons A-307E
Prof. Ruiz, Chairperson, Department of Allied Health Sciences A-307C
Prof. Stelmark A-307U
Mr. Alicea, Clinical Coordinator A-307S
Mr. Tejeda, College Laboratory Technologist A-407
Ms. Vargas, Administrative Assistant A-307D




3. Can a new freshman or transfer student enter directly into the program?

The City University of New York (CUNY) maintains an open enrollment policy. Anyone who wishes to enter Hostos and declare radiologic technology as their major is encouraged to do so. However, students may not progress into the clinical phase of the program until they have completed all the pre-clinical criteria.

If you wish to enroll at Hostos, contact:

Admissions Satellite Center
Main (B) Building
500 Grand Concourse, (149th Street)
Bronx, NY 10451 Phone: (718) 319-7900

E-mail: admissions@hostos.cuny.edu

Please Note: Acceptance into Hostos does not guarantee progression into the clinical phase of the program.


4. I have taken radiology courses outside of Hostos; can I transfer into the program with advanced standing?
No. Transfer students are not given advanced standing; they must meet the same criteria for progression into the clinical phase of the program as students already enrolled at Hostos. After completing all the pre-clinical criteria they will advance into the clinical phase of the program with the next group (For specific details, go to question # 10.)



5. I have taken general education courses outside of Hostos; can I transfer them to Hostos?

Students may transfer credits earned at other colleges and universities, provided the courses are comparable to those offered at Hostos and the institution is accredited by one of the regional accrediting commissions.

Credits may be accepted if a grade of "C" or better was earned and the course was completed within five (5) years of entering Hostos. The actual grade does not transfer; it will be recorded on your transcript as "CR" regardless of the grade earned.

The maximum number of credits that may be transferred to Hostos is thirty (30). However, there are only twenty-three (23) general education credits in the program of study for the A.A.S. degree in radiologic technology. Therefore, only twenty-three (23) general education credits may be applied toward the A.A.S. degree in radiologic technology regardless of the number transferred to Hostos. (For specific details, go to question # 6.



6. Which general education courses can be applied to the program of study for the A.A.S. degree in radiologic technology?

The courses must be comparable to the following courses offered at Hostos:

General Education Courses
Credits
BIO 230 (3906) Anatomy and Physiology I
4.0
BIO 240 (3908) Anatomy and Physiology II
4.0
ENG 110 (1302) Expository Writing
3.0
ENG 111 (1303) Literature and Composition
3.0
HLT 124 (6524) Medical Terminology
3.0
MAT 105 Mathematics for Allied Health Sciences
3.0
MAT 130 (1690) Computer Literacy
3.0
  Total
23.0

 




7. Is there a waiting list for the program?

There are many students in the process of completing the pre-clinical coursework. After completing all the pre-clinical criteria they will advance into the clinical phase of the program with the next group. (For specific details, go to question # 10.)

A new group of sixty (60) students advance into the clinical phase of the program every September. In recent years, there have been a number of students who have completed all the prerequisites, but must wait until the fall semester to begin the program. The Program Coordinator maintains a list of these students and personally meets with them during the advisement period to assist them with meeting their career goals.



8. How long is the program?

You must attend classes full-time for two (2) years - including both summer sessions - from the start of the clinical phase of the program.


9. When does the clinical phase of the program begin?

Students begin the clinical phase of the program when they progress into XRA 110 Radiography I and XRA 111 Radiologic Science I. Both radiologic science courses are only offered in the first year, fall semester and both have a clinical/laboratory component.

10. What are the criteria for progression into the clinical phase of the program?

The program can only accept a limited number of students each year into the clinical phase of the program. The program's accrediting agency, The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), mandates this number. Each September a maximum of sixty (60) students advance into the clinical phase of the program. If more than sixty students qualify, the students will be competitively evaluated based upon the criteria listed below.

To progress into the clinical phase of the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 for:
    1. All the courses completed at Hostos.
    2. All the required general education courses completed at Hostos
      .
  2. Successful completion of the following general education courses with a grade of “C” or better. 
    Please note: “D” grades are not acceptable in any of the required general education courses.
  3. Selection Process

    Each September a new group of students are permitted to advance into the clinical phase of the program. The program utilizes a "rolling admissions policy" whereby students are accepted for the group beginning in September immediately after completing all their pre-clinical coursework.

    1. Students who have completed all their prerequisites by the end of the fall semester will be admitted into the clinical phase of the program (for September) during the spring advisement period.
    2. If additional spaces are available, those students who have completed the prerequisites during the spring semester will be considered. Transcripts will be reviewed during the summer and students will be notified by mail in July.
    3. If additional spaces are still available, those students who complete the prerequisites during the summer will be considered.
    4. If at any time during the admissions process more students qualify than spaces are available, a department committee will review transcripts. Progression into the clinical phase of the program will be competitively evaluated based upon (a) the GPA for the general education courses required for the degree, and (b) the number of general education courses required for the degree that were completed at Hostos.



11. How do I find my GPA for all the courses I completed at Hostos?

Several Hostos documents already contain your total GPA:

  • It is listed on your transcript; look at the most recent printout you received from the Registrar’s Office, or request an updated copy.
  • It is listed on SIMS and DegreeWorks/Degree Audit; log onto your DegreeWorks account and follow the online instructions.



12. How do I find my GPA for all the required general education courses I completed at Hostos?

This is not automatically calculated by Hostos; there is a free GPA calculator at the following website.

www.back2college.com/gpa.htm

Enter only the information for the required general education courses.  If you took a course twice because you received a D or F grade, enter both grades.  You must bring an up-to-date printout of this page with you when you come for advisement.





13. What can I do if either of my GPAs is below 2.5?

Completing additional general education courses required for the degree will affect both your total GPA as well as the GPA for the general education courses.

  1. Completing courses that are not required for the degree will only affect your total GPA, they will have no affect on the GPA for the general education courses required for the degree.  In addition, financial aid will not reimburse you for courses not required for your major.
  2. If you have already completed all the general education courses required for admission into the program, and your GPA for these courses is below 2.5, you do not meet the eligibility requirements to enter the program.  You must change your major.



14. If I want to change my major, is help available at Hostos?

Yes. You should make an appointment to meet with a counselor at the Student Advisement and Retention Services (STARS) Center as soon as it is convenient. They are highly skilled specialists who can advise you about your options here at Hostos.

Please contact:

Student Advisement and Retention Services (STARS) Center
Savoy (D) Building
120 Walton Ave. Room D-101
Bronx, NY 10451 Phone: (718) 518-4319
E-mail: newstars@hostos.cuny.edu

It is important for you to inform the Intake Desk staff that you need advisement because you want to pursue a new program of study.

The STARS Advisor will assist you with the Change of Major paperwork and help you evaluate your present academic status. They can access your DegreeWorks/Degree Audit account and answer general questions about all the programs of study at Hostos, as well as, which courses transfer from one major to another, etc.

Please Note: Once you have decided upon a new major, you must contact a faculty member from that program of study for all future advisement.

15. Do the criteria for progression into the clinical phase of the program ever change?

The radiologic technology faculty periodically review the admissions criteria.  This is necessary to ensure that the criteria meet all the mandates of the program’s accrediting agency, The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).  The faculty also perform an annual outcomes assessment analysis of the program.  After carefully reviewing all the JRCERT mandates and its annual evaluation, the faculty may modify the admissions criteria.  The current admissions criteria (as of the date on the cover of this booklet) are listed in the Program of Study for the A.A.S. Degree in Radiologic Technology printed on the last four pages of this booklet.

Please Note:
For the most accurate, up-to-date, and future admissions criteria, you should contact a faculty member from the program.  Advisement by other faculty may result in misinformation and may cause lost time and/or effort.




16. Are there additional requirements for the hospital internships?

Yes.     Hospitals mandate that students meet the same requirements as all their new employees.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • Having a physical examination, which may include drug testing
  • Providing documentation of immunizations
  • Providing documentation of immigration status
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) training

You will receive more specific information from your faculty advisor when you advance into the clinical phase of the program.



17. Is there any time off during the clinical phase of the program?

Yes.     You will receive a two-week vacation each summer.  You will also receive time off during January, the final exam period, and all the legal holidays observed by the college.  Please remember that you must be available to work full-time Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during both summer sessions as part of your clinical internship.

18. Do I pay full tuition during the summer sessions?

You must attend a clinical internship during both summer sessions.  Attendance is required Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To receive credit for your internships you must register for them as credit-bearing college courses.


19. Will the hospital pay me for the work I perform
or reimburse me for the tuition I pay?

No. You will not receive any money from the hospital. You should keep in mind that the hospital is allowing you to use their equipment and patients to master your clinical skills. Also, it costs the hospital money because of their increased operating costs.


20. How many hours per week is the program?

The program is full-time, five-days-a-week.  You must be available to attend classes Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m


21. What type of degree does Hostos grant?

Hostos awards graduates of the program an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.


22. Are any of the radiology courses taught in Spanish?

No.      All radiology courses are taught in English because the National Certification and New York State licensure examinations are only offered in English.


23. Can I attend Hostos on a part-time basis?

Yes.     You can attend Hostos part-time if you are only taking general education courses.  However, once you advance into the clinical phase of the program you must enroll in all the appropriate radiology courses offered each semester.  Radiology courses are assigned as a complete "block."



24. Is there a specific course sequence I must follow?

Yes.     All radiology (XRA) courses are reserved for students who have advanced into the clinical phase of the program.  Students do not enroll into advanced radiology courses until all prerequisite courses have been successfully completed.



25. How will I know which radiology courses to register for each semester?

Once you have been admitted into the clinical phase of the program, you will meet with a faculty member from the program for academic advisement every semester.  You will receive a printed list of the required radiology courses for the next semester.  If you lose the list, you should contact the Program Coordinator prior to registration. 

The first two (2) digits of the course number can also be used to identify the “blocks” of radiology courses.  All the courses in the block will begin with the same first two digits.


                                        * Radiology Course Numbers *
First YearSecond Year
Fall semester                        XRA 11…           XRA 21
Spring semester                    XRA 12…           XRA 22
Summer session                   XRA 13…           XRA 23




26. Can I register for only a few of the "block" of radiology courses?

No.      You must register for the entire block of required radiology courses each semester. 

Please Note:
During the first week of classes, the Program Coordinator confirms registration.



27. Can I register online for radiology courses?

Yes.     However, only students who have been given permission by a faculty member of the program can enroll in a radiology (XRA) course.

Please Note:
Students who enroll for a radiology (XRA) course without proper authorization will have that course dropped from their registration.



28. What should I do if a radiology course is closed?

If you have successfully completed all the pre-clinical criteria and progressed into the clinical phase of the program, a faculty member from the program will assist you in registering for the course.


29 . Can I work while in the program?

Full-time employment is not recommended.  Students who have worked a full‑time job while pursuing a radiology degree have a very low success rate.   The clinical phase of the program requires many hours of intensive studying while you are also undergoing "on-the-job" medical training several days a week at one of the hospital affiliates.  Students who do best are those who are strongly motivated and willing to devote much of their free time to studying and homework.

30. Is it possible to take only early morning classes so I can work part-time during the day?

No.      The mandatory radiology courses are only offered during specific times and you must enroll in all the courses when they are offered.  You will not be able to work any daytime hours outside Hostos.


31. Are any radiology courses offered in the evening?

No. Radiology courses are only offered during the day. However, evening laboratory assignments are occasionally required.

32. Are any radiology courses writing intensive?

Yes.     The program contains one approved writing intensive course.

Please Note:
Students must successfully complete one additional writing intensive course to graduate.




33. Are any of the general education courses offered in the evening?

Yes. Most of the general education courses are offered in the evening. However, once you have progressed into the clinical phase of the program, specific daytime sections are reserved for radiology students..

34. Why are general education courses required?

To receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree from the City University of New York (CUNY), a specific portion of the coursework must be completed in general education areas.



35. What is the tuition at Hostos?

Tuition at Hostos is the same as any other branch of CUNY:.

NY State Residents’ Full-time Tuition:................$1,400.00 per semester

Student Activity Fee:............................................... 62.60 per semester

Technology Fee (full-time):...................................... 75.00 per semester

Consolidated Services Fee:................................ ___5.00 per semester

TOTAL:............................................................. $1,542.60 per semester

Using the figures above, the total cost for six semesters is approximately $9,320. However, CUNY fees are subject to periodic increases; therefore, please contact the Admissions Satellite Center. (For specific details, go to question # 3.)

36. Are there any other expenses?

Yes. You must provide your own textbooks, uniforms, white shoes, name badges, arm patches, radiographic markers, etc. This will add approximately $1,500.

37. Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Specially trained personnel are available to assist qualified students in obtaining financial aid. For specific information about procedures and deadlines, please contact:

Office of Financial Aid
Savoy Building
120 East 149th Street, Suite B112-115, Room D
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: (718) 518-6555
E-mail: finaid@hostos.cuny.edu

38. How difficult are the radiology courses?

The level of difficulty is the same as other comparable allied health careers. To succeed you need to be very motivated and prepared to spend the necessary amount of time studying. How difficult a student views the program has more to do with how prepared they are when they enter the program, whether they are experiencing outside distractions, and how motivated they are. If this is of great concern to you, consider taking all the general education courses before progressing into the clinical phase of the program.

39. Is there a lot of teacher-student contact during the program?

Yes. You will be closely supervised throughout the clinical phase of the program. Professors who are licensed and certified in radiography teach all radiologic science lectures and laboratory sections. In addition, many of the professors are also licensed and certified in related allied health fields and all the clinical supervisors and supervising radiographers are licensed and/or certified as well.

40. Is a lot of math and science required before entering into the program?

No. Only BIO 230 Anatomy and Physiology I and MAT 105 Mathematics for Allied Health Sciences are required before entering into the program.

41. f I am weak in math or science, is it still possible for me to be successful in the program?

The college provides free peer tutoring as funds become available. In the past, the following subjects have received funding: mathematics, algebra, biology, and all the radiologic science courses.


42. If I have already completed all the general education courses, how long is the program?

The clinical phase of the program will take you two (2) more years of full-time study -including both summer sessions. The length of the clinical phase of the program is not affected by the number of general education courses already completed. On the positive side, you will be taking fewer courses each semester.



43. Is there a part-time, weekend, or evening program available?

No. Students must be available to attend classes full-time, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - including both summer sessions.


44. I am a student with a disability; can I still enter into the program?

Yes. The program does not discriminate against students with disabilities.  However, students admitted to the program must have the cognitive, affective and psychomotor abilities necessary to complete both the academic and clinical requirements of the program.  Please contact the Program Coordinator as soon as possible to discuss your specific situation.


45. I am a student with a disability; how do I declare my status so I can receive appropriate accommodations?

As required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, reasonable accommodations are provided to ensure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities.

If you have a disability that requires accommodations, contact:

Services for Students with Disabilities
Savoy (D) Building 120 Walton Ave, Room D101P
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: (718) 518-4454 (Voice/TTY)
E-mail: MStimola@hostos.cuny.edu

The instructor will work with you and the Services for Students with Disabilities office to plan and implement appropriate accommodations.

Please Note: Students who do not register with the Services for Students with Disabilities office and have their disability verified are not eligible to receive any special accommodations.

46. I have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor; can I still enter into the program?

Any student may apply for admission to a matriculated program at CUNY regardless of criminal history.

Conviction is not an automatic barrier to licensing or certification. The New York State Department of Health and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists consider each case on its individual merit.




47. I am not a U.S. citizen, I am an international student; can I still enter into the program?

Any international student may apply for admission to a matriculated program at CUNY regardless of immigration status.

However, the program has five mandatory clinical semesters of hospital internships. As a result of 9/11, hospitals now require that all medical staff and employees prove their legal presence in this country. Legal presence means that a person is either a U.S. citizen or is legally authorized to be in the United States. Legal presence can be proved using a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization, Resident Alien Card or a valid foreign passport with a visa, I-94 or an I-94W with a participating country.

The hospitals reserve the right to deny access to students who are unable to prove their legal presence in this country.

Furthermore, the hospital internship is an essential, legal requirement as specified in the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences. Consequently, the program only accepts students into the clinical phase if they can prove their legal presence in the United States. Students are encouraged to reapply for admission into the program after they have established their legal presence in the Unites States.