Career Ladder Opportunity
Award of Non-graded Credit
The Career Ladder Program is designed for nationally-certified imaging
and radiation professionals who have no earned academic credit in their
discipline because they received their education via
on-the-job-training and/or hospital–based programs that grant no
academic credit. These individuals
may receive up to 36 hours of non-graded lower level (1000-2000)
semester credits in lieu of transferable academic credit upon
completion of all other graduation requirements.
To receive non-graded credit, the student must first be admitted to the
Career Ladder Program. To apply for admission the applicant must:
1. Submit a
application with required fees and official transcripts from all
post-secondary institutions attended, including colleges, universities
and hospital-based programs.
2. Provide a
notarized copy of the certification or registry document, which must be
current, and the holder must be in good standing.
After admission, the
1. Develop an
individualized course plan with the division director.
complete a discipline-specific competency examination.
complete an on-campus educational activity, as scheduled with the
complete all other graduation requirements.
Discipline-specific Competency Examination
The examination will be written, but the department reserves the right
to include a clinical component if deemed necessary by the chairman. A
score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete the
examination. If the student fails on the first attempt, he/she must
wait a minimum of 14 days before scheduling to test again. If the test
is failed a second time, the division director will provide a written
plan for remediation, which must be completed and verified by the
division director. If the examination is not taken at UAMS, the
applicant must provide a name and contact information for a proctor who
meets the division director’s approval. There is a fee for each
examination administered, but there will be no tuition for the
non-graded credits awarded.
Fee: $150.00 competency examination fee per administration
To schedule the examination, please contact your division director.