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School of Radiography Application & Admission

How to Apply

  • Submit the Clinical Schools Application (pdf), essay and fee
  • Submit three official NMH letter of recommendation (pdf) forms from a faculty member, advisor or supervisor
  • Submit the School of Radiography Program Technical Standards (pdf)
  • Submit the Radiography Applicant Checklist (pdf)
  • Send all official college/university transcripts directly from the school to the NM Clinical Schools Registrar
  • Applicants must be a citizen of the United States or hold permanent resident status
  • Applicants will need to have foreign transcripts, from outside the United States, evaluated by the Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) prior to consideration
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores by the application deadline of February 1 (see TOEFL Policy below)
  • A personal interview for the most qualified applicants will be arranged upon receipt of completed application

TOEFL Policy

All applicants whose native language is not English must submit official TOEFL test scores by the application deadline of February 1. Please read our TOEFL Policy (pdf) for more information.

Transfer of Credit

Program-specific core course credits completed at other institutions will not be recognized. Students applying for admission will not be given preference if they have previously completed program-specific course work at other institutions.

How a Class is Selected

The program uses a competitive selection process, with points awarded for various criteria.  Those students with the highest point totals are offered a slot in the class.  Points are awarded for:

  • Grades received in pre-requisite courses**
  • Cumulative GPA (for all colleges and universities attended)
  • Application essay
  • Professional references (employer and / or professors)
  • Panel interview scores
  • Previous educational experience (degrees earned)
  • Prior healthcare experience (paid or volunteer)
*Because of the new ARRT Radiography Examination eligibility criteria, all applicants must have earned an A.S. Degree (or higher). Applicants will have until August 31, 2014 to complete all degree requirements and have degree conferred to be considered eligible.
**All pre-requisite courses must be completed by August 31 with a grade of "C" or higher.  Final acceptance is contingent upon completion of all pre-requisite courses.
Applicants from academic affiliated institutions are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor to ensure that all course requirements are met.
To read more about the ARRT degree requirement, visit:

Application Deadline

Consideration for admission will take place when all completed application materials are received. Applications will be accepted beginning in October and must be received by the following deadline:

  • School of Radiography:  2014 application deadline is extended to March 1
*A complete application includes the application form and essay, 3 professional references (using the NM Clinical Schools form, technical standards form, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, TOEFL results and foreign transcript evaluation (if applicable).  Applicants with incomplete applications will not be considered eligible.

 Admissions Policy & Committee

NM Academy reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment or re-enrollment to any applicant or student whose personal history and background indicate that his or her presence at the Hospital would endanger the health, safety, welfare or property of its patients, visitors and employees or interfere with the orderly and effective performance of the Hospital's functions.

Individuals with disabilities or illness should make every effort to understand the physical and mental demands of the profession. NM Academy is committed to providing every reasonable effort to consider these students, bearing in mind the safety of the student, employee, and the patient.

NM Academy relies heavily upon its efforts to provide equal educational opportunities and benefits to all students. The Academy does not discriminate in the recruitment and admission of students or in the operation of any of its educational programs or activities. Equal opportunity to applicants and students is provided regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status or source of income in the provision of educational services.

The admissions committee considers all aspects of each individual's application and offers admission to the best-qualified applicants. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the applicant's academic performance, their references, past work and educational experience and a personal interview with members of the Committee. Based on these factors, the applicants are ranked for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiography and Radiation Therapy Programs. Applicants will be notified by a letter of acceptance or rejection, well in advance of the entrance date.

Applicant Checklist

To ensure you have completed all of the necessary steps in the application process, please view the applicant checklist:

Radiography Applicant Checklist (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please review School of Radiography Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)



NM Clinical Schools
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite 950
Chicago, IL 60611

After reviewing all website information, if you have further questions, please email Program Director Thomas Sandridge at tsandrid@nmh.org.

Last UpdateJanuary 28, 2014