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Bachelor of Health Sciences in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences Emphasis in Radiography

The Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Radiography prepares you to complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national examination and become a registered technologist.

Mizzou students 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 Medical Park, University Physicians Clinic, Missouri Orthopedic Institute, Harry S Truman Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Boone Hospital Center. Additional affiliates may be added to enhance the clinical education experience.

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 application deadline for the Radiography Program is Feb. 1. Students selected for the program will begin coursework in June. High School students & Mizzou Freshmen interested in early admissions, please use the SHarP Scholar application.

Application Instructions

Prerequisites

Applicants are considered on a competitive basis each admission period. Students who wish to apply to the program must have completed both the general education requirements and program math and science prerequisites before entering the professional phase of the program. They must also be at least a college sophomore in good standing. Certain requirements may be waived for those applicants with a previous bachelor or associate of arts degrees. Consideration is given for such items as admission to the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, completed application packet, overall GPA, science GPA, rigor of academic work, confidential evaluations, radiography observations, student essay, and interview.

Prerequisites
  • ENGLISH 1000: Writing and Rhetoric
  • MATH 1000: College Algebra
  • STAT 1200 or ESC_PS 4170: Statistics
  • PSYCH 1000: General Psychology
  • CDS 2190: Medical Terminology
  • COMM 1200: Public Speaking
  • BIO_SC 1010/1020 or BIO_SC 1500: General/Introductory Biology
  • CHEM 1320: College Chemistry I
  • PTH_AS 2201/2203: Human Anatomy
  • MPP 3202: Elements of Physiology
  • HLTH SCI 3900W: Intro to the Research Process

All science classes must include a lab. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

How to Apply

Admission Criteria

The University of Missouri and the School of Health Professions provide equal opportunity for all faculty, staff, students, and applicants for employment or admission without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Minimum criteria for admission to the Radiography Program are:

  • Acceptance by the University (transfer/returning students). View campus admission and transfer of credit policies.
  • Earning C range or better grades in all remaining program prerequisite courses during initial enrollment in those courses.
  • Maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Successful completion of health, background and drug screenings.
  • Validation of previous coursework through inspection of Official Transcripts (non-MU students).
  • Determination of English language proficiency by the Program.
  • Initial eligibility for ARRT Certification.

For an explanation of the evaluation process, see “Applicant evaluation and communication” on our How to Apply page.

ARRT Certification and Registration Requirements

In accordance with ARRT’s “Equation for Excellence,” candidates for ARRT certification must meet basic requirements in the following three components: ethics, education, and examination. Successful completion of the requirements for a degree at the University of Missouri does not guarantee eligibility to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ certifying exam.

It is important that the candidate understand that there is a moral character requirement for eligibility for examination. Eligibility for examination requires that the candidate be “of good moral character and must not have engaged in conduct that in inconsistent with the ARRT Rules of Ethics.” Issues that may prevent candidates from being eligible to sit for the ARRT exams or renew their registration include:

  1. Criminal proceedings including:
    1. Misdemeanor charges and convictions,
    2. Felony charges and convictions,
    3. Military court-martials; and/or
  2. Disciplinary actions taken by a state or federal regulatory authority or certification board; and/or
  3. Honor code violations
Ethics Disclosure

Full disclosure of any ticket, citation, summons, arrest, charges or convictions for a misdemeanor or felony is required on the application to the professional phase of the program. Individuals who have been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony must pre-apply to the ARRT. Written preapproval to take the examination must be attached to the program application by the application deadline. Contact the Program Director for preapproval information well in advance of the program application deadline. Written preapproval may take up to 12 weeks to complete.

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Accepted Student Requirements

All accepted students must:

  • Provide a current immunization record and update as required;
  • Complete a nationwide criminal background check as well as a caregiver screening through Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services using their social security number;
  • Submit to a 7 Panel Drug Test;
  • Have current certification in BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers through any AHA (American Heart Association) certified course, this certification must be maintained throughout the entire professional phase of the program;
    • The Radiography program will certify accepted students during the student’s professional phase.
  • Purchase lab coats, scrubs and other materials for their classroom and clinical training;
  • Have reliable transportation to clinical sites up to 1 hour away from Columbia, Missouri;
  • Complete all clinical placement assignments, including evening and weekend rotations between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.;
  • Maintain the required minimum 2.5 GPA per semester as well as cumulative;
  • Successfully completely all pre-requisite courses; and
  • Follow all rules and regulations in the Radiography Policy Manual.

Academic and Clinical Education

The Radiography program is divided into two phases and generally takes a minimum of four years to complete.

Pre-professional Phase

Estimated 2 years to complete general education requirements of MU and program prerequisites

In the pre-professional phase students enroll in the University of Missouri’s required general education courses and complete the Radiography Program’s required prerequisite courses.

Application Deadline

Application to the professional phase of Radiography is due February 1. Admission to the professional phase of the program is competitive. Application submission typically falls in the spring of the student’s sophomore year. Admission allows the applicant to begin the professional phase the following summer.

Non-MU students must be accepted by the University of Missouri to complete their application.

Professional Phase

24 months (2 years) to complete the professional phase, including summers

The professional phase of the MU Radiography program is an intensive, 24- month course of study leading to a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Radiologic Science. Coursework commences with the Summer Semester following acceptance, typically the summer semester of the student’s junior year. Students will develop their professional competence through classroom theory, laboratory practice and clinical application and are eligible to apply for their national registry examination through the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become a registered radiologic technologist: RT(R).

Students in the MU Radiography program complete advanced coursework in one of the following specialty areas of imaging: CT, MRI, Cardiac Interventional Radiography or Vascular Interventional Radiography. These courses provide the necessary knowledge to obtain advanced credentials through the ARRT post-primary pathway. Additional clinical experience requirements may be completed after graduation. View ARRT credentialing options.

We integrate classroom work and clinical rotations 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 – 24 hours per week at assigned clinical affiliates (approximately 300 hours per semester). Trauma/emergency imaging experience is gained at the University Hospital, a level one trauma center, in three one-week evening clinical rotations.

The typical clinical work week falls within the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will complete evening and weekend rotations. The evening rotation will not extend beyond 11 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.

The Academic Calendar can be located at https://provost.missouri.edu/academic-calendar/

Graduation Requirements

Accepted Radiography students must meet the following to graduate from the University of Missouri:

  1. Attain a minimum of 120 semester credit hours
  2. Students will meet the General Education requirements of the University of Missouri
    • English Exposition and Argumentation
    • Writing Intensive course(s)
    • American History or Government
    • Math Reasoning Proficiency course
    • Distribution Requirements
  3. Students will meet University graduation requirements
    • Second Writing Intensive course
    • Capstone course in the major
    • Earn no less than a 2.50 GPA
  4. Students will complete all core Radiography and program coursework with a grade of C or better.

Costs and Scholarships

Refunds

Refunds are handled through the Cashier’s Office.

Estimated additional costs

In addition to the University tuition and fees, room and board, and personal expenses, a radiography student will have additional costs associated with the program, clinical affiliations and being a professional. Estimated costs are subject to change. Students should budget for at least the following ancillary costs:

  • Transportation to clinical sites up to 1 hour away from Columbia
  • Costs associated with background checks: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services $14, nationwide background check $28.95 (one time)
  • Costs associated with drug testing (Panel 14 Drug Screen) $42.50
  • Immunizations: MU students must comply with the mandatory MU immunization policy. Because of potential for exposure to other diseases, health professions students also have more extensive requirements. Our clinical sites currently require the following: MMR, DTP, Polio, Adult Td or Tdap, Varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B, Two-step TB testing with annual update, and influenza.
  • Procedures and services not provided by the Student Health Fee.
  • As a student you are not covered by Workman’s Compensation; therefore, all students are urged to have some type of medical hospitalization insurance.
  • Scrubs (black) approximately $95-120 for 3 sets
  • Work shoes $70-100
  • Lead side markers (BB with initials) $35-40 (one time unless you lose them)
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers training: $50 (2 year certification)
  • Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists Membership $20 for 2 years
  • Annual conference attendance $160 per year (location dependent)
  • Books: estimate $1200 for the program (largest impact is first semester)
  • Electronic clinical tracking: $165 per year
  • Fee for national registry exam (ARRT): $200
  • Senior banquet ($70)
  • PPE
  • Optional student membership in the national professional organization: The American Society for Radiologic Technologists: $35
Mary Sebacher Radiography Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in the professional phase of the Radiography program who demonstrate the qualities of Respect, Responsibility and Excellence. Non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications
  • Must be an undergraduate student in the Radiography program
  • Demonstrates strong academic merit (minimum cumulative MU GPA of 3.0)
  • Preference given to students from an underrepresented background in higher education
Application Materials
  • Completed Application Cover Page due by Feb. 1
  • Resume
  • Essay of at least 250 words, but not more than 2 pages, answering the questions:
    • What excites you about your future in health care?
    • How do you demonstrate/plan to demonstrate the values of respect, responsibility and excellence in radiography and medical imaging?
    • What impact do you hope to have through your professional work?

The School of Health Professions offers several scholarships annually. View school-wide scholarships.

Please contact the program director for further information.

Program Mission, Vision and Goals

Program Mission Statement

The primary mission of the radiography program is to prepare highly competent, registry eligible professionals in the medical imaging sciences. Our program and curriculum are designed to provide an educational foundation for the advancement into leadership and managerial positions within medical imaging, as well as providing an environment where scholarly activity, professional development, and service are expectations. Our curriculum enables successful graduates to readily interact with a variety of health care and science related fields.

Program Vision

The MU Radiography Program will set the standard for Radiography and Medical Imaging education, utilizing learner-centered instructional strategies and leveraging the resources of our public, land-grant institution to prepare exemplary health professionals who advance their profession through leadership, engagement and scholarly activity.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will demonstrate clinical and didactic competence as defined by the professional standards of the chosen emphasis area.
    1. Students will demonstrate good patient positioning skills
    2. Students will select appropriate technical factors
  2. Students will provide safe, effective patient care.
    1. Students will provide appropriate patient care
    2. Students will demonstrate the proper use of radiation safety
  3. Students will engage in effective oral, written and interpersonal communications.
    1. Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills
    2. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills
    3. Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills
  4. Students will employ sound, independent judgment and successful problem-solving in completion of professional tasks, including modification of procedural protocols, effective recognition and action in emergency situations, and application of evidence in the provision of culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care.
    1. Students will be able to modify standard imaging protocols to non-routine procedures
    2. Students will demonstrate an appropriate approach to solving problems.
    3. Students will employ culturally-sensitive and patient-centered approaches to the delivery of care
  5. Students will display professional integrity and responsibility to include professional advocacy, life-long learning, teamwork, and a quest for continued professional development.
    1. Students will demonstrate professional integrity
    2. Students will engage in advocacy, mentorship and professional development
  6. Students will demonstrate independent learning skills, apply current research and technological advances as these pertain to clinical practice, and promote research in their respective emphasis areas.
    1. Students will apply current research to clinical practice
    2. Students will explore technological advances in medical imaging

Assessment, Accreditation and Program Effectiveness

Assessment of Learning

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.

Accreditation

The Radiography Program is fully accredited by:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) granted the MU Radiography program an 8 year accreditation status in 2017. The next site visit for the program is tentatively scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024.

Program Effectiveness Data

Program Effectiveness is evaluated by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology as a measure to compare the quality of Radiography and Medical Imaging programs. The data considered for Program Effectiveness includes Credentialing Examination Pass Rate, Job Placement Rate, and Program Completion Rate. View Radiography Program Effectiveness Data. Program Effectiveness Data reported to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) may also be found on the JRCERT website.