BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with Emphasis in Radiography

Degree Program Description

Radiologic technologists are highly skilled medical imaging professionals who work closely with physicians to perform procedures used to diagnose, monitor, and treat disease.  They provide patient services using a variety of imaging modalities such as general x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized axial tomography (CT-scan), cardiovascular-interventional technology, mammography, bone densitometry, and quality management.  Students finish their general education requirements and program prerequisites (biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and statistics) during their freshman and sophomore years. The professional phase of the program begins summer semester between years two and three of undergraduate study, and consists of six consecutive semesters of classroom courses integrated with clinical experiences at several facilities in Columbia, MO. The program places an emphasis on active learning and provides many opportunities to develop skills needed for future education and career advancement. Upon graduation students are well-prepared to sit for the national registry exam in general diagnostic imaging. An advanced imaging clinical externship is available to students who wish to gain competency and become registered in MRI or CT.  Graduates may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, mobile services, research centers, and industry as staff technologists, specialty technologists, supervisors, managers, applications specialists, researchers, or educators.  Hospital settings give technologists an opportunity to choose working hours around the clock, throughout the entire 7-day week and may require on-call hours.   

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Major Program Requirements

Accreditation of the program is granted by:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300

Students transferring from other institutions should contact the program director to identify appropriate pre-requisite courses for admission. All pre-requisite courses require a grade of C- or higher, and students must make a separate application to begin the professional phase and earn a BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Science with an emphasis in Radiography. Students must complete pre-requisite courses in addition to major, degree and University requirements, including University general education requirements.

Program Pre-Requisites
MATH 1100College Algebra3
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
Major Core Requirements
RA_SCI 3110Radiography Procedures I2
RA_SCI 3120Fundamentals of Radiography3
RA_SCI 3130Basic Radiographic Skills2
RA_SCI 3140Principles in Radiographic Exposure I3
RA_SCI 3150Radiologic Pharmacology3
RA_SCI 3160Radiologic Physics3
RA_SCI 3170Imaging Modalities2
RA_SCI 3180Radiography Procedures II2
RA_SCI 3190Radiography Procedures III3
RA_SCI 4110Sectional Anatomy3
RA_SCI 4140Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Physics and Procedures5
or RA_SCI 4150 Computed Tomography: Physics and Procedures
RA_SCI 4947Radiography Overview3
RA_SCI 3941Clinical Education I3
RA_SCI 3942Clinical Education II3
RA_SCI 4943Clinical Education III3
RA_SCI 4944Clinical Education IV3
RA_SCI 4945Clinical Education V3
RA_SCI 4980Imaging Pathology3
CDS 3460WCardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications I - Writing Intensive3
CDS 4328Radiation Safety and Biology4
CDS 4440Organization and Administration3
CDS 4460Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications II3
HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3
Total Credits105

Professional Certification

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020 (or BIO_SC 1500)
5CHEM 13204 
HLTH_SCI 10003COMMUN 12003 
Humanities 3ENGLSH 10003 
MATH 11003PSYCH 10003 
 14 13  
Second Year
CDS 21903Behav / Social Science3RA_SCI 31102
HIST 1100 or POL_SC 11003MPP 32025RA_SCI 31203
Humanities3STAT 1200 or ESC_PS 41703RA_SCI 31302
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
 14 14 7
Third Year
RA_SCI 31403CDS 3460W3CDS 44603
RA_SCI 31503RA_SCI 31702RA_SCI 49433
RA_SCI 31603RA_SCI 31903 
RA_SCI 31802RA_SCI 39423 
RA_SCI 39413RA_SCI 41103 
 14 14 6
Fourth Year
RA_SCI 49443RA_SCI 4140 or 4150+5 
CDS 43284RA_SCI 49453 
CDS 44403RA_SCI 49473 
HLTH_SCI 3900W3RA_SCI 49803 
 13 14  
Total Credits: 123

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Degree Audit

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Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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