Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of
Radiologic Sciences

2+2 Plan a College Education (PACE) Program

High School students who want to assure their admission to our Radiologic Sciences Programs can apply to the Plan a College Education (PACE) Program in their senior year of high school. PACE students first attend any accredited college or university of their choice for two years to complete their prerequisites and liberal arts education. Each student who maintains an appropriate GPA in this time then transfers into our 2-Year Dual-Concentration Program.

Note: We communicate with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.

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Application Deadlines

Application Deadline:

May 15: International Students
July 15: U.S. Citizens/ Permanent Residents/ International Students with Current F-1 Visas

To be considered complete and eligible for review, your application must be completed online by the deadline date. Required letters of recommendation, transcripts, and personal statement and all other applicable documents (certifications, test scores, etc.) must be submitted. All documents must be postmarked by the deadline date to be eligible for review.

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview (provided space is still available). Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades and Waitlist.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites must be completed by the time the student enters Thomas Jefferson University. You do not need to have your prerequisites completed before you apply, but the majority should be completed before an admissions decision can be made. You may also earn credits through standardized tests, including CLEP.

Questions about Prerequisites can be directed to:
1-877-JEFF-247 or 215-503-8890

Degree & GPA

No degree is required. When the student enters Thomas Jefferson University he/she must have completed two years at an accredited college. 3.0 GPA strongly recommended.

Courses & Credits

**Please note that our prerequisite requirements will be changing starting for the incoming Fall 2018 class. If you are applying for Fall 2018 and beyond, please be sure you have completed the following courses.

50 credits from specific course areas. Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-” or below will not be eligible for transfer. 

Course acceptance subject to Academic Counselor approval.

Course Title All Other
Programs
Medical
Dosimetry
Nuclear Medicine
Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab * 4 4 4
Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Lab * 4 4 4
Physics I w/Lab ** 4 4 4
Physics II w/Lab ** 4 4 4
College Chemistry I w/ Lab 4 4 4
College Chemistry II w/ Lab (Nuclear Medicine Only) N/A N/A 4
Biology I w/ Lab (Medical Dosimetry Only) N/A 4 N/A
Pre-Calculus or equivalent level Math *** 3 3 3
Statistics 3 3 3
Medical Terminology † 3 3 3
English Composition 3 3 3
English Elective 3 3 3
Electives †† 15 11 11

* 8 credits of Anatomy & Physiology I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included.

** Algebra or Calculus-based

*** Calculus or higher level Math also accepted

† Students certified in or graduated from an accredited program in the health professions do not need Medical Terminology. These students must have three additional elective credits in place of medical terminology.

† † Acceptable elective courses are theory-based, not performance-based, coursework. For example: we will accept Introduction to Music but not Piano, and we will accept Introduction to Art but not painting. We will not accept coursework that is remedial or review in nature, Physical Education or Technical courses. Coursework may include Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Foreign Languages, Science, Business, Math and History.

Concentration-Specific Requirements

Medical Dosimetry:

  • A one-day shadowing experience with a Dosimetrist is required and must be arranged by the candidate.
  • During the interview, Medical Dosimetry applicants must take a one-hour Math Aptitude Test covering Basic Math, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. This test is done without a calculator.

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards (by concentration)

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program. These standards are based upon the minimum tasks performed by graduates of the Program. 

Medical Dosimetry

A Medical Dosimetrist is typically employed in a hospital or outpatient oncology center.

Clinical and laboratory assignments for the Dosimetry program require certain physical demands that are the technical standards of admission. These standards are based upon Standards of Practice for the Medical Dosimetrist. Listed below are the technical standards which all applicants must meet in order to participate and complete the dosimetry program.

1.    Sufficient visual acuity to read x-ray prescriptions & charts, observe conditions of the patient & evaluate images.

2.     Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and

members of the healthcare team and to assess the health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as intercom systems, cardiac monitors, respiratory monitors, fire alarms, etc.

3.     Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills

related to the performance of imaging exams and treatments. Dosimetrists must be able to manipulate equipment such as the linear accelerator, treatment table and control panel.

4.     Sufficient communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and

to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient' s/client' s interest.

5.     Sufficient intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care.

 

Examples of specific technical standards the dosimetry student must be able to meet are:

•      Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher  to simulation or treatment table.

•      Stand and reach to make measurements of patients

•      Manual dexterity and ability to bend/stretch

•      Distinguish color and shades of gray

•      Grasp complex 3-D spatial relationships

•      Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, including patient instruction

•      Read and extract information from the medical chart or patient prescriptions

•      Explain the clinical study and treatment verbally and/or in writing

•      Physical and mental abilities to handle moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine etc.) and moderate and limited exposure to ionizing radiation

•      Ability to lift 30 pounds of weight (treatment aids).

•      Ability to type and use a computer keyboard and mouse and read or draw contours on screen.

Radiation Therapy

A Radiation Therapist is typically employed in a hospital or clinic. Clinical and laboratory assignments for the Radiation Therapy Program require certain physical demands that are the technical standards of admission. These standards are as recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

To participate in and complete the Radiation Therapy Program, all applicants must have sufficient:

  • Visual acuity to read x-ray prescriptions and charts, observe conditions of the patient and evaluate x-ray images
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team and assess the health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices, such as intercom systems, cardiac monitors, respiratory monitors and fire alarms
  • Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills related to the performance of imaging exams, such as positioning and transporting patients. X-ray technologists must be able to manipulate equipment, such as the x-ray tube, table and control panel
  • Communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient’s/client’s interest
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care

Specifically, each student must be able to:

  • Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to x-ray table
  • Lift, move, reach or push equipment
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity 
  • Bend/stretch
  • Stand or walk for 75% of clinical time
  • Distinguish color and shades of gray
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, including patient instruction
  • Read and extract information from medical charts or patient prescriptions
  • Explain clinical studies verbally and/or in writing
  • Handle (physically and mentally) moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine etc.) and moderate exposure to ionizing radiation
  • Carry 12-30 pounds (lead aprons) while working

Nuclear Medicine

To complete the Nuclear Medicine (NM) Technology Program, a student must meet the following technical standards, which are based on recommendations by the ASRT.

To participate in and complete the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, all applicants must have sufficient:

  • Visual acuity to accurately prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals and other medications, monitor imaging equipment and provide the necessary patient assessment and care
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team and assess the health needs of people through monitoring devices, such as intercom systems, blood pressure gauges and fire alarms
  • Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills related to the performance of NM, such as: positioning, transporting and imaging patients, lifting and transporting lead blocks or radionuclide generators weighing up to 50 pounds and performing venipuncture on a regular basis
  • Communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient’s interest
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care

Specifically, each student must be able to:

  • Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to imaging table
  • Lift, move, reach or push NM equipment
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity 
  • Bend/stretch
  • Distinguish colors and shades of gray
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, including patient instruction
  • Read and extract information from medical charts or patient requisition
  • Explain clinical studies verbally and/or in writing
  • Handle (physically and mentally) moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine) and moderate exposure to ionizing radiation

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist is typically employed in a hospital or a clinic to provide direct care for patients and must be able to apply verified knowledge and skillfully perform MRI procedures. Clinical and laboratory assignments for the MRI Program require certain physical demands that are the technical standards of admission. These standards are as recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

To participate in and complete the MRI Program, all applicants must have sufficient:

  • Visual acuity to accurately administer contrast agents, monitor imaging equipment and provide the necessary patient assessment and care
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team and assess the health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices, such as intercom systems, cardiac monitors, respiratory monitors and fire alarms
  • Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills related to the performance of MRI, such as positioning, transporting and imaging patients, manipulating equipment such as the scan console, power injectors and various RF receiver coils and performing venipuncture on a regular basis
  • Communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient's/client's interest
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care

Specifically, each student must be able to:

  • Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to scan table
  • Dock/release and wheel scan table to/from scan room to patient waiting area
  • Lift, move, reach or push MRI equipment (lift MRI coils of up to 25 lbs., push/wheel docking table with patient to/from scan room)
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity
  • Bend/stretch
  • Distinguish colors and shades of gray
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal relation skills, including patient instruction
  • Read and extract information from medical charts or patient requisitions
  • Explain clinical studies verbally and/or in writing

To perform/assist with MRI procedures on patients, students must initially undergo the same screening procedures as patients in order to enter the scan room. The MRI scan room contains a region of intense magnetic field. Objects that display any form of ferromagnetism are therefore of particular concern for MRI. Contraindications for entering the MRI scan room include:

  • Certain biomedical implants, materials and devices (e.g., aneurysm clips, brain clips)
  • Certain electrically, magnetically and mechanically activated implants and devices (e.g., cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants)
  • Certain metallic foreign objects (e.g., shrapnel, bullets, metal in eyes)

Computed Tomography

A Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist is typically employed in a hospital or a clinic to provide direct care for patients and must be able to apply verified knowledge and skillfully perform CT procedures. Clinical and laboratory assignment for the CT Program require certain physical demands that are the technical standards of admission. These standards are as recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. 

To participate in and complete the CT Program, all applicants must have sufficient:

  • Visual acuity to administer contrast agents accurately, monitor imaging equipment and provide the necessary patient assessment and care
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team and assess the health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices, such as intercom systems, blood pressure gauges and fire alarms
  • Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and implement skills related to the performance of CT, such as positioning, transporting and imaging patients, manipulating equipment such as the scan console and power injectors and performing venipuncture on a regular basis
  • Communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient's/client's interest
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care

Specifically, each student must be able to:

  • Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to scan table, including trauma patients
  • Sit for 4-7 hours
  • Handle (physically and mentally) moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine, etc.)
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity
  • Bend/stretch
  • Distinguish colors and shades of gray
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, including patient instruction
  • Read and extract information from medical charts or patient requisitions
  • Explain clinical studies verbally and/or in writing

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

An Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist (ICVT) is typically employed in a hospital to assist physicians with cardiac catheterization procedures and provide direct patient care. Clinical and laboratory assignments for the ICVT Program require certain physical demands that are the technical standards of admission. 

To participate in and complete the ICVT Program, all applicants must have sufficient:

  • Visual acuity to read catheterization procedure prescriptions and charts, observe conditions of the patient and evaluate hemodynamic monitoring equipment
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team and assess the health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices, such as intercom systems, cardiac monitors, respiratory monitors and fire alarms
  • Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and implement skills related to the performance of imaging exams, such as movement of patients and equipment
  • Communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient's/client's interest
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care

Specifically, each student must be able to:

  • Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to procedure table
  • Lift, move, reach or push equipment
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity 
  • Bend/stretch
  • Sit or stand for 4-7 hours
  • Carry 12-30 pounds (lead aprons) while working
  • Distinguish colors and shades of gray
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal relation skills, including patient instruction
  • Handle (physically and mentally) moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine, etc.) and moderate exposure to frequent ionizing radiation
  • Read and extract information from medical charts or patient requisitions
  • Explain clinical studies verbally and/or in writing

Radiography

Physical Demands

Clinical and laboratory assignments for the Radiography program require certain physical demands that are the minimum technical standards for admission. Listed below are the technical standards that all students must meet in order to enter and complete the Radiography program.

The student must be able to routinely:

·Bend, stoop, reach, and stretch the arms and body, often utilizing awkward and non-ergonomically correct positions.

·Possess the manual dexterity and ability to bend/stretch.

·       Lift, move, reach, or push equipment.

·Lift, transfer, assist, and/or move patients to/from wheelchair/stretcher to/from x-ray tables.

·Work standing or walking 80% of the time.

·Manipulate heavy radiography equipment, such as for portable examinations, move patient beds, and must be able to assist patients that are unable to assist themselves.

·Possess physical and mental abilities to handle moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine) and moderate and limited exposure to ionizing radiation.

·Carry 12-30 pounds (lead apron) while working.

·Have sufficient visual acuity to distinguish colors and shades of gray, view grayscale on a computer monitor, and read written reports, chart orders, etc.

·Read and extract information from the medical chart or patient prescriptions.

·Have sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team.

·Explain the clinical study, including patient instruction, verbally and /or in writing.

·Perform proper steps in a procedure in an organized manner and in a specific sequence.

·Communicate effectively with patients and other health care providers. This includes verbal, reading and writing skills.

·Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

·Interact compassionately with the sick or injured.

Sonography (General, Cardiac & Vascular)

Clinical and laboratory assignments for the Sonography Programs require certain physical demands that are the minimum technical standards for admission.

To participate in and complete the Sonography Programs, all applicants must be able to routinely:

  • Bend, stoop, reach and stretch the arms and body, often using awkward and non-ergonomically correct positions
  • Assist patient on/off examination tables
  • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
  • Manipulate the ultrasound transducer and operator controls
  • Implement skills related to performing ultrasounds such as positioning, transporting and scanning patients
  • Manipulate heavy ultrasound equipment, such as for portable examinations, move patient beds, and must be able to assist patients that are unable to assist themselves
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team, including assessing the health needs of patients through the use of cardiac/respiratory monitors, fire alarms, intercoms, etc.
  • View grayscale and color images on a computer monitor or film
  • Read written reports, chart orders, etc.
  • Interact compassionately with the sick or injured
  • Perform proper steps in a procedure in an organized manner and in a specific sequence
  • Write or otherwise provide a preliminary report using sonographic terminology
  • Communicate effectively (verbally, or through reading and writing) with patients and other healthcare providers

Application Process

Create an account by visiting our applicant portal, TJAPP.  Follow the directions to complete the application.

For application related questions, please visit TJAPP Instructions and FAQ's.

Application

You can only select one program designation (concentration) per application term. If you select multiple designations, your application will not be processed and you will be charged additional fees for selecting multiple designations. Please only select your first year concentration (ex. General Sonography) in the TJAPP application.

Application Fee

Submit the $50 application fee to TJAPP.

Official Transcripts

Send your transcripts to:

TJAPP Transcript Verification Center
P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471

If your courses were completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from WES.

Test Scores

Submit SAT or ACT scores directly to:

Thomas Jefferson University Admissions
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

College Board code = 2903
ACT code = 3725 

SAT/ACT scores are also accepted when printed on the high school transcript. If printed on the transcript, please follow the instructions for transcript submission to TJAPP.

Personal Statement/Essay

Submit an essay via TJAPP describing an experience that demonstrates your interest and commitment to your chosen health profession.  

Recommendation Letters

We require two letters of recommendation. Students will need to provide the name, title and email address of the people writing the recommendations during time of application. You will receive an email from TJAPP with a recommendation form directly to the references.

References must return the recommendation form directly to TJAPP, not the student. 

If you possess previously written letters of recommendation from a reference, contact your counselor directly.

International Students

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable):

Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances

All students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. In addition, PA students who are offered admission are required to be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. Some clinical sites may require health professions and pharmacy students to be fingerprinted and/or undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete these requirements, as needed.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the Program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Thomas Jefferson University, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.

Admissions Contacts

General Questions

Phone (toll-free): 1-877-533-3247
Phone: 215-503-8890
E-mail: TJU.Admissions@jefferson.edu

Program-Specific Questions

David Wood, MBA, MS
Associate Director of Admissions
130 South 9th Street
Edison Building, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-503-1043
Fax: 215-503-7241
E-mail: David.Wood@jefferson.edu