Student selection in radiography education. A narrative review

A. Holmström, E. Haavisto, K. Talman

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Objectives: Due to effects on study success, radiography student selection has a major impact on higher education institutions and applicants. However, there is very little research to demonstrate which selection methods and contents are most successful in radiography education. This study aimed to describe the methods and contents used in radiography student selection and factors related to study success. Key findings: A narrative review was undertaken. A computerized search in four databases limited to studies published between January 2000 and June 2021. Ten quantitative, mainly retrospective, studies were included. The review identified 23 selection methods; of these, interview (n = 4), Scholastic Aptitude Test (n = 3), American College Test (n = 2) and reference letter (n = 2) were used more than once in radiography student selection. The content of the selection methods was identified in four categories including 44 factors. The most often assessed content was category of learning skills while the least often assessed concerned categories of social skills, personality traits and career choice. Regarding study success, factors of learning skills, namely mathematics, physics, biology, anatomy, physiology, natural sciences, a composite of factors comprising electronics and a composite of factors comprising mechanics predicted study success. Factors of social skills, personality traits and career choice were not related to study success. Conclusion: The methods used and contents assessed vary greatly in radiography student selection. The results suggest using the content in the four categories in the selection of radiography students. Implications for practice: Further research is needed to clarify the methods, with knowledge of the reliability and validity and the contents for the suggested categories, and to demonstrate their relationship to study success and identify the core content of radiography student selection especially in European context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838-847
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • Admission
  • Narrative review
  • Radiography
  • School admission criteria
  • Student selection
  • Students

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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