Bachelor’s Degree

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.

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.

Credentialing Options

Before You Apply

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 degree. 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.

Admission Criteria

  • Acceptance by the University (transfer/returning students).
  • 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.

Ethics Requirements

Full disclosure of any ticket, citation, summons, arrest, charges or convictions for a misdemeanor or felony is required on the application to the clinical portion 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.

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;
  • 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.

How to Apply

The Radiography Application materials will need to be submitted electronically as well as printed form. All materials must be received by the Radiography Admissions Committee on or before February 1.

Hand-deliver or mail:

Radiography Admissions Committee
University of Missouri
605 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

E-Mail:

radsci@missouri.edu

Required Application Materials

All student applicants must complete and submit all the following forms in a single packet by February 1st:

Radiography Application Check list

  1. CDS Application Form
  2. Clinical Immunization Authorization Form with supporting documentation
  3. Essential Requirements Form: Before beginning the professional phase of the School of Health Professions’ Radiography Program, we want you to have certain information available to you. The Radiography Program is a serious commitment—for you and for us. More than anything else, however, it is a serious commitment to patients, including those you will see and work with as students and, most importantly, those for whom you will be responsible later in your careers.
  4. Eligibility for Certification Form: Full disclosure of any ticket, citation, summons, arrest, charges or convictions for a misdemeanor or felony is required on the application to the clinical portion 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.
  5. Observation Forms: The Radiography Program requires a minimum of 8 hours of radiography observation in a medical facility
  6. ACT scores (if you took the SAT or GRE, these may be substituted):
    1. University of Missouri students – ACT scores should be listed on your Mizzou transcript. The Admissions Committee will obtain the applicant’s ACT score from their Mizzou transcript.
    2. Non-University of Missouri students – Applicant’s should send a copy of their official ACT score report or transcript(s) that include their ACT score(s).
      • The scores may be recorded on your official high school transcript or may be available through the testing agency.
    3. If you have not taken the ACT or wish to update your scores, contact the University Testing Services, 205 Parker Hall, 573-882-4801 (http://testing.missouri.edu).  Plan early to ensure score reports are received by the application deadline.
  1. Official Transcripts:
    • University of Missouri students – The Admissions Committee will obtain a transcript directly from the Registrar’s Office for those applicants who are attending school on the MU campus for the current Fall Semester.
    • Non-University of Missouri students – You must send official transcripts of completed college work from every school attended
  1. Application Fee: The Radiography Application Fee is $40.00. Check or Money Order should be made out to University of Missouri. Do not send cash via mail. We are unable to process using Mizzou Student Charge. Credit and debit cards should use the payment form (will be updated soon) or come to the office.

Distribute three Recommendation Forms to individuals in two of the following categories: 1) supervisor or employer, 2) college professor, 3) high school teacher, 4) athletic coach, or 5) clergy. These will be sent to you with the application form. Evaluations must be received by this office DIRECTLY FROM THE EVALUATOR BY FEBRUARY 1ST. These evaluations will not be accepted from the applicant.

Applicant Evaluation and Communication

  • If your letters of recommendation and transcripts have not been received by February 1st, you will be notified by email.
  • The Admissions Committee will review and evaluate each applicant’s packet when it is complete. The applicant’s official ACT score, pattern of academic accomplishment, exposure to the profession, work experience, verbal expression, written expression and recommendations are all important in the selection process.
  • Applicants will be ranked and selected for interview. All who wish to be considered for admission must be available for an interview on the MU campus in mid-February. You will be contacted regarding a date and time. If you are not selected for an interview, you will be notified by US mail and/or email.
  • You may contact the Admissions Committee by email (radsci@missouri.edu) if you have not received a response to your application by March 1st.
  • Following the interviews, a class of students will be identified. The accepted applicants, those on a temporary waiting list and those not accepted will be notified by email within one month of the interviews. The class selected will enter the program when the MU Summer Semester begins in June. Academic Calendar

Transfer Students

Transfer students need to apply to the University of Missouri and be accepted by the University in order to be eligible for entrance into the Radiography Program. It is highly recommended that you contact the Radiography Program Director and/or the School of Health Professions Student Services advisor early in this process.

Information for International Students

We expect international students to know English well enough to:

  • Comprehend oral lectures
  • Participate in discussions
  • Read textbooks with full comprehension
  • Write effectively in English

The Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL is required of every applicant whose native language is not English. A TOEFL score cannot be more than two years old. Our minimum TOEFL score requirement is 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (internet-based test); however, many other departments may have higher requirements.

Guaranteed Admission: SHarP Scholar Application

The Radiography Program offers a guaranteed admission option for high school seniors and first semester MU freshmen. Students selected as SHarP Scholars, who remain in good standing, are guaranteed a position in the Radiography Program upon successful completion of the requirements for admission to the program.

Potential SHarP Scholar students must:

  • Rank in the top 10% of their high school class of the time of application
  • Attain a minimum composite score of 30 on their ACT or 1330 on their SAT
  • Make an appointment to meet with the program director to discuss your application
  • Complete and return SHarP Scholar application materials by the due date
    • Submit the provided Recommendation Forms as instructed
    • Complete minimum required observation hours as instructed by the program
    • Complete an interview if necessary

**Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee acceptance as a SHarP Scholar

To apply, click each form to download the Word or PDF format (PDF documents should be opened using Adobe Reader and not PDF viewers):

  • Submit the SHarP Scholar Application by carefully reading and following the included instructions
    • download the application in the Word or PDF format
  • Submit a Recommendation form to your Guidance Counselor or Principal
    • download the Recommendation form in a Word or PDF format
  • Submit a Recommendation form to a Teacher or Professor who is familiar with your academic performance
    • download the Recommendation form in a Word or PDF format
  • Complete and log 8 hours of observation in a Radiology department on the Observation Form

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 in 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 servicesnot 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

About: 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 February 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?

Total Award Amount: $500 per year

School of Health Professions Scholarships

Please contact the program director for further information.

Length of Study

Pre-professional Phase

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

Professional Phase

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

Program Entrance Date

Summer Semester (typically Junior year)

Application Deadline

February 1 of each year

Accreditation and Program Effectiveness Data

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

Program Effectiveness Data

Program Mission, goals, student learning outcomes, accreditation information and program effectiveness data are located in the document titled Radiography Program Effectiveness Data. Program Effectiveness Data reported to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) may be found on the JRCERT website.