Radiography Selective Admissions

Radiography Program Information and Information Session

Radiography 2024 Fall Application Criteria

Thank you for your interest in the Radiography (RAD) program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Please read this information thoroughly. We want to make sure you have the best possible chance of being selected by completing all processes and submitting all necessary application documents completely, correctly, and by the deadline. Please email if you have questions regarding enrolling at A-B Tech or email if you have questions about applying for the Radiography program.

You must be a high school graduate or have an Adult High School or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma to be eligible to enter the selective allied health programs and have self-certified this requirement on your A-B Tech College application.

The Application Period

A-B Tech will begin accepting applications on February 5, 2024, for the RAD class that begins Fall 2024. All deadlines and requirements in this document must be met to be eligible to apply.

Please note: Alternates may be accepted after the application deadline of March 15, 2024, if deemed necessary to fill the class. Notification of this will be posted on the Selective and Limited Programs Application Period Information page after the application deadline.

Program Information Session Requirement

Prior to application to the Radiography program, applicants must attend or complete a mandatory information session provided by the department and obtain a signed Information Session Verification form. Details for the information session will be posted on the top of this webpage approaching the application period. Applicants must submit the completed verification form, signed by the department chair of Radiography, to the Student Advisor when they apply to the program.

Anatomy and Physiology Requirement

Successful completion of Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 163 or acceptable substitute) from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of “C” or higher is required prior to Fall 2024 term start. Course completion will be verified by the Radiography department upon acceptance into the program.

How to Apply

  1. Attend mandatory Information Sessions provided by the Radiography department prior to application to the allied health program. Information Session information will be posted at the top of this webpage approaching the application period.
  2. Complete and submit the standard A-B Tech Application. (This is not an application to a Selective Program. The application to the Associate Degree Nursing program will be done separately after you meet with a Student Advisor and are approved as eligible to apply.)
  3. Applicants must certify on their College application that they are a high school graduate from a valid institution, an adult high school graduate from a valid institution, or have a valid HSE diploma. High school graduation or the equivalent from a regionally accredited, valid institution is required for Financial Aid purposes. You must have this high school equivalency by the first day of classes for the Fall 2024 term to enter the selective allied health programs.
  4. Applicants must complete New Student Orientation prior to meeting with a Student Advisor to complete the Verification/Selection Form. Waivers may apply.
  5. Eligible applicants must document college readiness in English and Math. Visit Placement Overview for detailed information or contact the Student Advisor located to learn about the acceptable options. Documentation of college placement must be completed or on file by March 15, 2024.
  6. Once you meet the minimum requirements to apply to the program, you will be given permission and instructions to schedule the ATI TEAS Exam by the Student Advisor. You must complete this step and the Verification/Selection form by March 15, 2024. You must schedule and take the ATI TEAS Exam by March 26, 2024 to be considered an applicant.

Important Application Information

To be eligible for admission to the Fall 2024 class, all qualified Radiography applicants will be required to take the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam. The ATI TEAS exam may only be completed at a location within the United States of America per ATI guidelines.

The ATI TEAS exam will be paid for by the student at the time of online registration on the ATI website. Information on the ATI TEAS exam and associated costs can be found at ATI Testing. Applicants should NOT schedule the ATI TEAS until after meeting with a Student Advisor and approved as eligible to apply.

You may use your TEAS composite score from a previous test session if the score is 5 years old or newer. Students may use scores already on file with the college if they are 5 years old or newer. Individuals may submit a TEAS score in lieu of testing during the application period. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up to ensure scores were received.

Applicants may select only one of the following at the time of completion of the Verification/Selection Form:

  1. Testing during the application period at the Testing Center on A-B Tech Asheville Campus on Victoria Road in Asheville, NC.
  2. Testing at an approved testing facility in another location.
  3. Use an existing score already on file at the College provided the score is 5 years old or newer.
  4. Submit only one score report from a testing session that occurred prior to the application period at another testing facility. If multiple test scores are received on a single report (regardless of the reason for or source of the error), the earliest composite score will be used.

Please Note: Test scores will not be accepted, and applicants may not schedule the ATI TEAS exam until after the applicant has completed the Verification/Selection Form with a Student Advisor.

If an applicant does not follow through and take the ATI TEAS exam, they are disqualified from moving forward in the admission


Applicants in need of testing accommodations should contact Support Services at at least three weeks prior to testing.

Important: Students who submit TEAS exam scores must ensure scores are received by 5:00 p.m. on March 26, 2024. It is the applicant’s responsibility to email the Testing Center at to confirm scores were received prior to the testing deadline of March 26, 2024.

Admission to the Program Once Minimum Requirements Have Been Met

  1. Applicants will be ranked based on the total points awarded. See the point system in the section below.
  2. Successful completion of Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 163 or acceptable substitute) with a grade of “C” or higher is required prior to Fall 2024 term start. Course completion will be verified by the Radiography department upon acceptance into the program.
  3. Applicants seated in the class and the alternates must attend the program Welcome Session which will be scheduled in late spring or early summer. The program Welcome Session details will be provided by the department after acceptance to the program. Information on required criminal background checks will be given out at this time as well as information on the required drug screenings, immunization requirements, CPR certification, TB testing, physical exam, etc. which will have to be completed before fall clinical rotations.

Please Note: Failure to attend the program Welcome Session will result in the loss of a seat in the class.

How the Point System Works

  1. You will receive the points from your ATI TEAS exam cumulative score.
  2. You will receive 30 points for the successful completion of an accredited, college credit, allied health program degree (AAS, BA, BS, or Masters) and 20 points for the completion of any accredited, college credit, diploma-level allied health program. Points will be awarded for allied health disciplines on the pre-approved list from the Dean of Allied Health. Accreditation must be granted by an accrediting board recognized by A-B Tech. College transcripts must be on file in the registrar’s office by March 15, 2024.
  3. You will receive 30 points for Nurse Aid I (NAI) certification. NAI certification must be documented.
  4. You will receive points for the successful completion of the following college courses (or acceptable substitutes): BIO-163, COM-120, SOC-225, and HUM-115. Grade of “A”= 30 points, a grade of “B”=15 points, and a grade of “C”= 5 points.
  5. Currently enrolled high school seniors who have successfully completed Health Science I will receive points. Grade of “A”= 30 points, a grade of “B”=15 points, and a grade of “C”= 5 points. An official high school transcript detailing this must be submitted to the Admissions Office by March 15, 2024.

The summation of the points outlined above will be used to rank applicants within the allied health program.

Important: It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all documentation for points and follow up as necessary to ensure it has been received. All documentation for points outside of the ATI TEAS Exam must be submitted by March 15, 2024. The ATI TEAS exam must be completed or submitted (if approved) by March 26, 2024.

Notice to Non-U.S. Citizens

A-B Tech welcomes non-citizens with work authorization through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to our Selective Allied Health programs. Clinical site eligibility is determined by the sites and can be impacted by immigration status. Non-citizens should discuss their non-citizenship status with their Selective program advisor as soon as they are accepted so that accommodations can be made for non-citizens.

As stated above, non-citizens who are eligible for the Selective programs may not be eligible for certain clinical sites. Successful completion of clinical rotations is required for program completion. If a student drops the program after being denied clinical site privileges due to non-U.S. Citizen status, the college refund policy will apply. Non-citizens are encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing/certifying agency to determine if they are eligible for licensure/certification upon graduation–decisions regarding licensure/certification are solely the responsibility of the licensing/certifying agency.

Questions regarding program admission for non-citizens may be made to

Other Important Information

Any Allied Health student deemed to have violated the College Student Code of Conduct may not be eligible for application or re-admission to Allied Health programs.

Criminal background checks and drug screenings will be required by clinical sites for students throughout the selective allied health programs. These screenings will be conducted at the student’s expense by a professional and independent vendor. Failure to achieve acceptable standards for these screenings may result in denial of clinical privileges. Successful completion of clinical is required for program completion. The college refund policy applies if a student drops the program after being denied clinical site privileges.

Applicants should be aware that the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is a nationally recognized organization that provides voluntary certification exams and registration status information for radiographers. As such, the ARRT Code of Ethics has strict requirements for individuals who have a criminal background or history of military court-martial. Applicants with such a history are strongly advised to contact the ARRT and go through the pre-application process to determine future eligibility status before enrolling in the radiography program. Further information can be found on the ARRT website or by calling the ARRT at (651) 687-0048. Decisions on ARRT applicant eligibility based on criminal background are solely the responsibility of the ARRT.

Applicants for Selective Allied Health Programs must demonstrate the ability, with or without reasonable accommodations, to meet certain technical standards critical to the successful completion of the program. These standards include skills and abilities essential for such things as operation of equipment; evaluation and manipulation of patients; evaluation of microscopic components and color reactions; and communication with patients, families, and other medical personnel. For an explanation of specific physical and cognitive requirements for the RAD program, refer to the Program Technical Standards. For further clarification, contact the Radiography Department Chair at (828) 398-7262.

If you are not selected for the RAD program beginning Fall 2024 and wish to apply for the Fall 2025 class, you must re-apply during the next Selective program application period.

All documents that you submit with your application for the RAD program must be true, correct, and complete. Falsification of documentation may result in denial of admission or dismissal after admission.

Admission criteria are reviewed each year and are subject to change from year to year.

Allied Health students will be required to complete clinical rotations which may require them to travel more than one hour from campus. Clinical rotations may be conducted during weekend and/or evening hours. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

Selective Allied Health Readmission Policy

The following readmission policy applies to students who receive an unsuccessful grade in a selective allied health program, or who voluntarily withdraw from such a program. Unsuccessful grades are defined as “D” or “F”.

  1. If you receive an unsuccessful grade in a selective allied health program, you may not proceed to any subsequent course, which has the course in question as a prerequisite. You must repeat the course in question before proceeding to the next higher course in the program.
  2. Most allied health courses are offered only once annually.
  3. Since a new class of students is admitted to each program annually, it will be necessary for the students who have received an unsuccessful grade in a major course during their first semester to reapply for regular admission to the program for the following fall.
  4. Students who do not successfully complete a subsequent semester may seek approval from the department chairperson to ask special permission from the division dean to be re-admitted to the program for the next academic year if the application deadline has passed. Requests will be taken and considered on an individual basis.

We appreciate your interest in A-B Tech and the Radiography program.


Student Preparation And Testing Resources Available

College Placement

Test resources are available from:

SAT or ACT study guides, which are available at various libraries and bookstores, are also good resources for testing preparation.


Test resources and online registration and payment are available at the following website:

Study guides are available for review in the Locke Library, A-B Tech Madison, and the Goodwill Workforce Training Center. Study guides may also be purchased online from the test vendor ATI at the online store link or the A-B Tech Bookstore. Online practice assessments are also available on the vendor's website.

TEAS prep courses can be taken at A-B Tech through Continuing Education. For available courses, visit Continuing Education Online Registration.

Additional Preparation Resources

March2Success provides free personal assessments and preparation tools for the college placement test and the ATI TEAS exam.

For career assessments and exploration, visit Focus 2. Email or call (828) 398-7581 for an individual appointment.

Updated February 9, 2024