Instructional Plan

Radiography program faculty coordinate with the School of Health Professions’ Student Services in the advisement of students throughout their college career. The program is divided into two phases and generally takes a minimum of four years to complete. In the first, or prerequisite, phase students enroll in the University of Missouri‘s required general education courses and complete the Radiography Program’s required prerequisite courses. Students apply to the radiography program during spring semester of their sophomore year (by February 1st). Upon acceptance into the program, students begin professional radiography courses summer semester of their Junior year. This professional phase of the program runs for 24 consecutive months. Admission to the second, or professional, phase of the program requires a separate application and is competitive. The February 1 deadline typically falls during the spring semester of a student’s sophomore year. Upon acceptance into the program, students begin professional radiography courses in the summer semester following acceptance into the program, typically the summer semester of their Junior year. This professional phase of the program runs for 24 consecutive months. Successful students will then graduate with a bachelor’s degree and are eligible to apply for their national registry examination through the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become a registered radiologic technologist in radiography: RT(R).

In addition to general requirements and courses pertinent to radiography, students in the program will take interdisciplinary courses in cardiology, research, healthcare organization and management, radiation safety, and radiation biology. They will also have an opportunity to experience problem based learning (PBL) cases.

While in the program, students will receive comprehensive clinical instruction in general diagnostic radiography at several local clinical affiliates such as University of Missouri Hospital, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, South Providence Medial Park, University Physicians Clinic, Missouri Orthopedic Institute, Harry S Truman Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Boone Hospital Center. Our clinical affiliates provide students with a broad base of learning experiences. Other short, exploratory clinical rotations may include radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, diagnostic medical ultrasound, CT, MRI, veterinary medicine, mammography and trauma/emergency imaging. The program integrates classroom work and clinical rotations in an effort to maximize student learning. Formal clinical rotations are assigned every semester except the first summer of the program. During fall and spring semesters students will spend 20 hours per week at assigned clinical affiliates (total of 300 hours per semester). Students will obtain 300 hours of clinical experience their second summer semester. Trauma/emergency imaging experience is gained at the University Hospital, a level one trauma center, in three, one week evening clinical rotations. The clinical work week falls within the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of the evening rotation during the Senior year. The evening rotation will not extend beyond 11:00 p.m. Starting time will vary in accordance with the student’s class schedule.

The program observes the University of Missouri academic calendar that includes holiday observances, semester breaks, and between semester breaks, with the exception of the second summer in the program where students return one week early to fulfill their clinical education requirement. A mastery score of 75% is required to pass our national ARRT registry exam. In accordance with this standard, Radiography Program faculty use the following mastery, plus/minus grading scale: A = 97% – 100%, A-= 93% – 96%, B+= 89% – 92%, B = 85% – 88%, B-= 81% – 84%, C+= 78% – 80%, C= 75% – 77%. A minimum competency of 75% is required. Any test for which a student obtains a score of less than 75% must be repeated until competency is attained. However, the first score will be used to calculate the final course grade.