2013 Selection Criteria FAQ

Application Questions

What is the difference between applying to Oregon Tech and MIT?

The application to Oregon Tech is admittance to the college. Once admitted, the registrar’s office can complete a transfer credit evaluation. The completion of the transfer credit evaluation is of dire importance when applying to the Medical Imaging program. Admittance to Oregon Tech is NOT considered admittance to MIT. The application to MIT is a request for admittance to one of the five imaging programs offered at Oregon Tech. Applications are due early April. Please refer to our Selection Criteria located at www.oit.edu/mit for more detailed information.

How do I get the MIT Application?

The MIT supplication will be made available through the MIT 103 course as well as online.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a separate fee for each application - one for Oregon Tech and one for MIT.

Do I need to fill out another Oregon Tech application if I apply in the Winter, but do not attend until the following Fall?

If you apply to Oregon Tech in the Winter and put "Fall" as the term you will be attending Oregon Tech, you do not need to fill out another Oregon Tech application. If you apply to Oregon Tech and plan to attend Winter, but do not actually attend until a later term, you must fill out a Re-Admit form at no additional cost. Please contact our Admissions office if you have additional questions.

What does the prerequisite curriculum consist of?

Visit www.oit.edu/mit and click on "First Year Curriculum" located to the right of the page.

Visit www.oit.edu/mit and click on "First Year Curriculum" located to the right of the page.

Please do not submit your MIT application prior to the fourth Friday of March. If your college/university is on a quarter system, this will be the Friday of Spring Break. The selection committee prefers that you have as many PMIT courses completed prior to submitting the 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 evaluate spring term grades. Applications will be denied if all coursework is not complete by the end of spring term.

Who do I send my Spring grades to?

Immediately upon receiving your Spring term grades, you must fax or email them to our MIT Office Manager, Tammy Clark. Her email is tammy.clark@oit.edu or our fax number is 541.885.1849. Updated official transcripts must be sent to our Registrar’s office.

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 rather than the current grade may be viewed favorably if not done numerous times. GPA is used as a predictor of an applicant’s success with the demanding curriculum.

How and when will I be notified of acceptance into the MIT program?

Notification of acceptance will be given via email after selection is complete, by the middle of July.

What do I register for Fall term if I’m waiting for acceptance into a program?

Most programs have electives scheduled for Fall term of the professional sophomore year. You may register for those electives as well as any other courses you may be interested in, in the event you do not get into a program. All core courses will be locked until acceptance notifications have been sent out. Once you have been accepted, you may drop any courses that do not pertain to the program.

Transfer Questions

How can I find out if courses at my local college will transfer to Oregon Tech?

Visit www.oit.edu/mit and click on "Transfer Equivalencies" located at the bottom right under Additional Resources. It will take you to a page titled "Transfer Credit." Click on Transfer Equivalencies again, then select the college/university you are currently attending. You may then select the course in question. This will enable you to see how it will transfer to Oregon Tech. If the course transfers as "Lower Division," then it will not count toward the PMIT required courses.

What is an Articulation Agreement?

An articulation agreement is an officially approved agreement that matches coursework between schools. These agreements are designed to help students make a seamless transition when transferring to Oregon Tech. Some agreements accept an associate degree in its entirety while other agreements outline specific courses to take as a student plans for transfer.

Does my college have an Articulation Agreement with Oregon Tech?

Visit www.oit.edu/mit and click on "Transfer Equivalencies" located at the bottom right under Additional Resources. It will take you to a page titled "Transfer Credit." Click on Articulation Agreements. This will enable you to look up agreements by college and/or major.

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.

Do you accept out of state residents?

Yes, please visit www.oit.edu/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 1.800.422.2017.

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). For more information . . . www.oit.edu/dist

Selection Questions

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 weighted GPA is worth half of the total score calculated for selection. 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?

Refer to the selection criteria located at Oregon Tech MIT Selection Criteria.

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?

The acceptance email will contain notification of acceptance as well as all additional information and instructions on how to register.

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

The MIT programs are extremely competitive. Unfortunately there is not enough space in each program to accept all qualified applicants. It is really important to have a Plan B. A student should discuss options with their MIT advisor to determine what may be best for that individual. It is very important for students to understand that re-application is not a guarantee for admittance due to the competitive nature of the selection process.

What are my chances of getting into my second choice?

In the event there were not enough qualified applicants for a particular modality, the program will consider second choice applicants. Second choice applicants are selected only when seats are available.

How many points did I need to get into the program?

Points are calculated from a student’s weighted GPA, the interview, and a writing activity. A student may not be accepted for various reasons. Most often there are a great deal of students with above average grades who have excellent interview skills. It may be that the student denied was qualified, but there were students higher up on the point scale.

How can I improve my chances the next time I apply?

For some students this may include repeating courses for a better grade. For others they may need to improve their interview and/or writing skills.

"Plan B" What other programs could I look into if I do not get accepted the second time around?

Other programs may include but are not limited to: Respiratory TherapyApplied PsychologyClinical Laboratory ScienceNursingDental Hygiene,Biology-Health SciencesHealth Informatics, and many others. Please refer to the Oregon Tech General Catalog for other programs offered at Oregon Tech.

Degree/Certification Questions

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 the national board exam associated with the specific profession.

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 six 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.

Questions about the Program

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.

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.

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 must be very organized. 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, Anything below 75 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.