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

The qualified applicant must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age by the class starting date.
  2. Have a college grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a four-point scale.
  3. Be in good health and be able to meet and maintain the technical standards criteria in the following areas:
    • Physical Abilities –
      • transport, move, lift and transfer patients
      • move, adjust and manipulate a variety of x-ray equipment
      • physically place patients in the proper position for radiographic procedures
      • visually review and evaluate the recorded image
    • Communication Skills –
      • Ability to converse and give clear instructions to patients during examinations
    • Mental Abilities –
      • Ability to make clear and accurate decisions in the clinical and didactic portions of the program.
  4. Pass a Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening
    • Applicants selected will be subject to the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare criminal background check and drug screening policy.
  5. Have obtained the preferred ACT or Compass scores prior to the January 15 deadline. Preference may be 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.

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 Should the prospective student refuse to sign a consent form for such testing purposes, the school acceptance will be rescinded.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 Should the prospective student refuse to sign a consent form, the school acceptance will be rescinded.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 certification 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 Radiologic Technology 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 will be required to take additional college course work to meet curriculum requirements.
  • Courses students need: Medical Terminology, A&P 1 and 2 (with a lab)


  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 Covenant Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology will be granted an AAS degree in Diagnostic Assistant at the completion of the first two terms of the School of Radiologic Technology. Students then must complete the final 4 terms of the Radiologic Technology Program to be qualified to take the ARRT Certification Examination.

School of Radiologic Technology class size is limited to the 8 top applicants. For questions call (319) 272-7419.