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. The Radiography program includes two years of pre-requisite coursework and six semesters of professional coursework, including clinical experiences at several local facilities. The program includes advanced didactic training in 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. 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  

Major Program Requirements

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 Prerequisites34
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
Major Core Requirements68
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
HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3
or HLTH_SCI 3900HW Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Honors/Writing Intenisive
or SOCIOL 3950W Social Research I - Writing Intensive
or COMMUN 4420W Communicating Research and Scholarship - Writing Intensive
CDS 3200Essentials of Pathology2
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

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
5CHEM 13204 
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003 
Humanities 3PSYCH 10003 
Elective (HLTH_SCI 1000 recommended, 3hr)22000+ level Humanities3 
 13 13  
Second Year
CDS 21903MPP 32025RA_SCI 31103
HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003STAT 1200, 1300, or ESC_PS 41703RA_SCI 31203
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
5Beh/Social Science3 
 14 12 6
Third Year
RA_SCI 31403CDS 32002CDS 44603
RA_SCI 31503CDS 3460W3RA_SCI 49433
RA_SCI 31603RA_SCI 31702 
RA_SCI 31803RA_SCI 31903 
RA_SCI 39413RA_SCI 39423 
 15 13 6
Fourth Year
RA_SCI 41103RA_SCI 4140, 4150, or 4160 and 4170+6 
RA_SCI 49443RA_SCI 49453 
CDS 43284RA_SCI 49473 
CDS 44403  
HLTH_SCI 3900W, 3900H, SOCIOL 3950W, or COMMUN 4420W3  
 16 12  
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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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.

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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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