The Admission Policies of the Covenant Medical Center School of Radiography do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, and any other protected class.

The qualified applicant must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age by the class starting date.
  2. Have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Have obtained the preferred ACT or Compass scores prior to the January 15 deadline. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained ACT scores of > 18 in Math, Science, and English or Compass scores > 70  in Writing, 82 in Reading, and 43 in Math
  4. Have a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4-point scale, or GED composite score of 254 or above
  5. Be in good health and be able to meet and maintain the technical standards criteria in the following areas:
  1. transport, move, lift, and transfer patients
  2. move, adjust, and manipulate a variety of x-ray equipment
  3. physically place patients in the proper position for radiographic procedures
  4. visually review and evaluate the recorded image or radiograph
  1. Communication Skills- Be able to converse and give clear instructions to patients during examinations
  2. Mental Abilities- Be able to make clear and accurate decisions in the clinical and didactic portions of the program.
  3. Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening-

Post acceptance, and prior to classes beginning, prospective students will be notified about and given a drug and controlled substance screening test. The initial drug or substance abuse screen and confirmation will be done at the expense of Covenant Medical Center School of Radiography.

  • The prospective student is asked to sign the “Pre-Placement Drug and Substance Screening Consent” form. Should the prospective student refuse to sign a consent form for such testing purposes, the school acceptance will be rescinded.

Post Acceptance, a criminal background check will be requested to conduct a criminal history, child abuse and dependent adult abuse check in the state of Iowa and all other states in which you have resided in the past 7 years.

  • The prospective student will be asked to sign a “Record Check Evaluation Form”. Should the prospective student refuse to sign a consent form, the school acceptance will be rescinded.

Degree Requirements

In order to be qualified for the national radiography board examination (ARRT Exam), graduates must possess an associate’s degree, at a minimum.

This requirement can be met in two ways:

  1. Applicants to the Covenant Medical Center School of Radiography may already possess an associate’s degree or higher (in any major) prior to starting the radiography program
  • Students applying to Covenant already possessing a non-medical degree may be required to take additional college course work to meet curriculum requirements.


  1. Potential applicants (not already possessing a degree) can enroll at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) into the Diagnostic Assistant Program prior to starting the radiography program at Covenant.

These courses may require enrollment for two semesters at Kirkwood Community College prior to starting the 24-month radiography program.*

Students who are enrolled at Kirkwood Community College and are accepted into the Radiography Program at Covenant will be granted an AAS degree in Diagnostic Assistant at the completion of the first two terms of the Radiography Program. Students then must complete the final 4 terms of the Radiography Program to be qualified to take the ARRT Certification Examination.

Radiography School class size is limited to the 12 top applicants.

For questions call the Radiography School at (319) 272-7419.