BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with Emphasis in Radiography

Degree Program Description

Radiographers employ ionizing radiation (x-rays) and strong magnetic fields to image anatomy and aid in the diagnosis of injury and disease. Radiographers work closely with radiologists and other physicians to provide patient services such as general x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), cardiac and vascular interventional procedures, mammography, and bone densitometry. Radiographers work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, mobile services, research centers, and industry.

Program Mission

The Mission of the Radiography Program at the University of Missouri is to equip current and future imaging sciences professionals to achieve their personal and professional goals, meet workforce needs and improve health outcomes for our communities through the provision of exemplary diagnostic care. Our program and curriculum are designed to provide an educational foundation for the advancement into leadership and supervisory positions within medical imaging, as well as providing an environment where scholarly activity, professional development, and service are expectations.

Degree Program Options

There are two options for completing the degree based on a student’s entry level into the program and previous experiences. The Entry to Practice program is for students who are interested in becoming a radiographer. The RT(R) Degree Advancement option is for students who are credentialed as registered radiologic technologists. There is no required clinical component for the Degree Advancement option. Students may elect to enroll in the Advanced Medical Imaging Externship to obtain clinical competencies in their chosen modality.

Entry to Practice Radiography

The Radiography program includes two years of prerequisite coursework and two years (including summer semesters) of professional coursework, including clinical experiences at facilities locally and across the state. The program includes didactic coursework in advanced imaging modalities, including MRI, CT, or Cardiac and Vascular Interventional Radiography. Graduates of the program may elect to enroll in the advanced imaging clinical externship to complete clinical requirements for MRI, CT, or Cardiac/Vascular Interventional Radiography in the semesters following graduation. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Radiography. Graduates of the program are eligible to challenge credentialing examinations administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT 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

Entry to Practice BHS in CDS with an Emphasis in Radiography - Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be clinically competent, demonstrating the ability to provide timely and appropriate patient care, achieve optimal patient positioning for the ordered examinations, select technical factors that optimize image quality, and implement effective radiation protection strategies.
  2. Students will demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with a wide range of individuals including, physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and their families.
  3. Students will employ sound, independent judgment and successful problem-solving in completion of professional medical imaging tasks.
  4. Students will display professional behavior consistent with employer expectations for a registered radiologic technologist. 

RT(R) Degree Advancement

A fully online degree advancement program is available for ARRT-registered Radiologic Technologists RT(R) who seek a bachelor's degree. This program includes professional courses to broaden the students’ understanding of the health care system, while enhancing their patient care skills. Additionally, this program provides graduates of associate degree radiologic technology programs with additional knowledge, skills and abilities in leadership, management, research and advanced modality training in CT, MRI, Cardiac Interventional Radiography and/or Vascular Interventional Radiography, to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. 

RT(R) Degree Advancement - Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize management and leadership principles to solve problems and improve performance. 
  2. Demonstrate strategies and techniques for advanced medical imaging exams.
  3. Employ research methodology to analyze relevant medical literature.
  4. Students will demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with a wide range of individuals including, physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and their families.

Major Program Requirements

All students must complete all Program Prerequisite courses below with a grade of C (2.0) or higher for admission to the BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Radiography program. Once admitted to the program, all Major Core Requirements must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher, and students must maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA each semester while in the program. In addition, students must meet degree and University requirements, including University general education requirements. A separate application is required for admission to the program. Students are encouraged to work with an advisor and the Radiography Program Director in order to best structure the prerequisites and prepare for the program application. Students transferring from other institutions should contact the program director and work with an advisor to evaluate coursework and ensure they will meet the program's prerequisite requirements. 

Program Prerequisites37
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Writing and Rhetoric
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
or PSYCH 1000H General Psychology - Honors
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
or BIO_SC 1500H Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors
MATH 1100College Algebra3
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
or CHEM 1320H College Chemistry I - Honors
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
CDS 4955WIntroduction to Research - Writing Intensive *3
or HLTH_SCI 4200W Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive
Major Core Requirements - Entry to Practice66
RA_SCI 3110Radiography Procedures I3
RA_SCI 3120Fundamentals of Radiography3
RA_SCI 3140Principles in Radiographic Exposures3
RA_SCI 3150Radiologic Pharmacology3
RA_SCI 3160Radiologic Physics3
RA_SCI 3170Imaging Modalities2
RA_SCI 3180Radiography Procedures II3
RA_SCI 3190Radiography Procedures III3
RA_SCI 4110Sectional Anatomy3
RA_SCI 4160
RA_SCI 4170
Vascular Interventional Radiography
and Cardiac Interventional Radiography
or RA_SCI 4140 Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Physics and Procedures
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
CDS 3460WCardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications I - Writing Intensive3
or RA_SCI 4490W
Image Analysis with Pathologic Considerations
CDS 3200Essentials of Pathology3
CDS 4328Radiation Safety and Biology4
CDS 4460Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications II3
CDS 4985Healthcare Organization and Leadership3
Major Core Requirements - RT(R) Degree Advancement15
CDS 3460WCardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications I - Writing Intensive3
CDS 4985Healthcare Organization and Leadership3
RA_SCI 3150Radiologic Pharmacology3
RA_SCI 4110Sectional Anatomy3
RA_SCI 4140Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Physics and Procedures3-6
or RA_SCI 4150 Computed Tomography: Physics and Procedures
or RA_SCI 4160 Vascular Interventional Radiography
or RA_SCI 4170 Cardiac Interventional Radiography

HLTH_SCI 3900W will be changing to HLTH_SCI 4200W.  Either course will be accepted towards degree requirements. 

Professional Certification

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam(s) given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The RT(R) credential is required to begin the RT(R) Degree Advancement core courses.

Graduates may be required to apply for licensing in the state in which they choose to work. 


The University of Missouri Radiography Program’s Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Radiography is accredited by:

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

Programmatic outcomes data for entry into practice programs are available to the public on the JRCERT website.

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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. An individualized semester plan will be created for RT(R) Degree Advancement students by the program director or SHP Student Services. 

First Year
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
5CHEM 13204 
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003 
Humanities 3PSYCH 10003 
Elective (HLTH_SCI 1000 recommended, 3hr)22000+ level Humanities3 
 13 13  
Second Year
HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003MPP 32025RA_SCI 31103
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
5CDS 21903RA_SCI 31203
STAT 12003CDS 4955W3 
Humanities3Beh/Social Science3 
 14 14 6
Third Year
RA_SCI 31503CDS 32003CDS 44603
RA_SCI 31603CDS 49853RA_SCI 49433
RA_SCI 31702RA_SCI 31403 
RA_SCI 31803RA_SCI 31903 
RA_SCI 39413RA_SCI 39423 
 14 15 6
Fourth Year
CDS 43284RA_SCI 4140, 4150, or 4160 and 4170+6 
RA_SCI 41103RA_SCI 49453 
RA_SCI 49443RA_SCI 49473 
RA_SCI 4490 (Writing Intensive)3  
 13 12  
Total Credits: 120

Course is taught solely on the internet.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

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.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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