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 8, 2015 to be considered for the class of 2016.

Merit Radiography Packet for 2016

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

RADIOGRAPHY MERIT INTERVIEW ELIGIBILITY

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 ten students by point total are then moved up on the interview list based on the number of available merit slots. **Students who (within the last five years) received a D, F, or WF in any Pre-Health Care Certificate course, including BIO 210, BIO 211, AHS127, or AHS 131are not eligible for Merit Admissions.** 

***Beginning with the 2015 merit application, all applicants are required to have either paid or volunteer patient care experience in a health care setting. This experience has specific guidelines that must be met. The guidelines for obtaining and reporting such experience are described in detail in Question 13.***

             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 and who have paid or volunteer patient care experience in a health care setting within the established guidelines (listed in detail in question 13) can apply. **You are not eligible to apply if you received a D, F, or WF in any Pre-Health Care Certificate course including BIO 210, BIO 211, AHS 127 or AHS 131 within the last five years.** 

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, Merit Admissions Coordinator, Student Center Room 215 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 8, 2015, no later than 1:30 p.m. Checklists postmarked on or before January 8, 2015, will not be accepted if they arrive after January 8, 2015, 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 January 30, 2015. 

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.    How do I prove that I have the required Patient Care experience?

A13.     **Beginning with the 2015 merit application, applicants are required to have either paid or volunteer patient care experience in a health care setting. This experience has specific guidelines that must be met.**

For Volunteer experience: You must have volunteered in a health care setting with patient contact totally at least 40 hours between January 8, 2014, and January 8, 2015.

For paid employee experience: You must have at least six months or more direct patient contact experience as a paid employee between January 8, 2012, and January 8, 2015. The student must turn in at least two references to support their patient care experience. These references will be validated by the Department Chair and/or the Merit Admissions Coordinator. References MUST be turned in directly to the Merit Admissions Coordinator by the person giving the reference and NOT from the student. Failure to adhere to these requirements will result in the references not being valid.

Our suggestion is that you should provide an addressed, stamped envelope to the person giving the reference, or provide the fax number or email address for turning in the form. All references must arrive by the January 8, 2015, 1:30 p.m. deadline or your application will not be eligible for merit.

**Applicants needing health care experience in a volunteer capacity may contact and discuss volunteer options with Mrs. Cindy Quattlebaum at Lexington Medical Center's Extended Care at 803-996-6266. The address is 815 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington, SC 29072.**

Q14.    What if I still have questions?

A14.    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 mulkeyb@midlandstech.edu

                        Or 

             Sherry Shoars 
Merit Admissions Coordinator
Midlands Technical College
(803) 822-3520 or shoarss@midlandstech.edu