Merit Admissions

The Health Sciences Department is pleased to be able to offer a merit interview eligibility opportunity for the two-year Radiography Program. Students who have previously been placed on the radiography qualified waiting list may apply through the merit process to be interviewed earlier than their predicted interview date. The merit application submission deadline is January 17, 2014 to be considered for the class of 2015.

Merit Radiography Packet



Q1.      What is Merit Interview Eligibility and how do I get Health Care experience?

A1.      Merit Interview Eligibility is a process by which students who have been placed on the qualified interview list may apply for special consideration for priority admission. Points are awarded on pre-set, published criteria. Students are ranked based on their total number of points (with a minimum of ten). The top students by point total are then moved up on the interview list based on the number of available merit slots. Students who earned a D, F, or WF in any BIO or AHS course used in the merit criteria are not eligible for Merit Admissions. 

A1a.     Applicants needing Health Care experience at a site that allows patient care experience should call Mrs. Cindy Quattlebaum at Lexington Medical Center's Extended Care at 803-996-6266. The address is 815 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington, SC 29072.

Q2.      Is Merit Admissions replacing the regular Radiography admissions process?

A2.      No.  In order to be eligible for Merit Interview Eligibility, applicants must already be accepted through the regular admissions process to the college and be placed on the radiography qualified interview list by admissions. 

Q3.      Who can apply for Merit Admissions?

A3.      Applicants currently on the qualified interview list with a minimum of ten points on the checklist. 

Q4.      I already have a future start date. Am I automatically considered for Merit Interview Eligibility?

A4.      No.  If you wish to be considered for Merit Interview Eligibility, you must submit a completed Merit Checklist to Sherry Shoars in the Enrollment Services area, 2nd floor of the Student Center on Airport Campus, or mail to Midlands Technical College, P.O. Box 2408, Columbia, SC 29202, and Attn: Admissions/Airport Campus. Completed checklists must be received by January 17, 2014, no later than 1:30 p.m. Checklists postmarked on or before January 17, 2014, will not be accepted if they arrive after January 17, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. All required documentation must be submitted with the Merit Checklist.

Only complete Merit Checklists will be processed. 

Q5.      I have not yet applied to the Radiography Program. How do I apply for Merit Interview Eligibility?

 A5.     You must first apply for admission to the Radiography Program, i.e., in the usual manner. (See Q2 and Q3 above.) 

Q6.      I’m waiting for my start date and don’t think I’ll qualify for Merit Interview Eligibility. Does this mean I can lose my place or get bumped down the waiting list?

A6.      No. 

Q7.      How many applicants are selected each year from the merit list to be granted an interview for the next class?

A7.      Up to 10 applicants may be selected based on merit. 

Q8.      How are the 10 applicants selected from the merit list to be granted an earlier interview?

A8.      The 10 highest scores, based on academics and previous patient contact experience, will be granted early interviews. 

Q9.      If I am not selected for Merit Admissions this year, must I reapply for Merit Admissions again for next year?

A9.      Yes. 

Q10.    Is my acceptance into the program automatic if I am placed on the merit list to be interviewed early?

A10.    No. Every applicant who is granted an interview must successfully pass the interview. 

Q11.    When/How will I know if I’ve been selected for Merit Interview Eligibility?

A11.    Letters indicating acceptance for a Merit Interview will be mailed February 22, 2014. 

Q12.    If I receive a notification for Merit Interview Eligibility, when will I be granted an interview for the Radiography Program?

A12.    You will be granted an interview either in the fall or spring semester prior to starting the next summer. 

Q13.    What if I still have questions?

A13.    After reviewing all available information on Merit Interview Eligibility, you may contact the following people with additional questions:

             Dr. Bill Mulkey
Director, Radiography Program
Midlands Technical College
(803) 822-3482 or


             Sherry Shoars 
Merit Admissions Coordinator
Midlands Technical College
(803) 822-3520 or