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Bachelor’s Degree for Registered Technologists

Keep your day job! Earn your bachelor’s degree online while working as a registered radiologic technologist.

This program provides an avenue for registered technologists who have graduated from an associate or hospital-based program to obtain their bachelor’s degree. Classes are offered both on campus and online. Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Radiography.

General Information

Student Eligibility

Eligible students must have:

  • graduated from a JRCERT accredited program in radiography.
  • successfully passed the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and have maintained their registration in good standing with the ARRT
  • been accepted by the University of Missouri
  • been accepted by the University of Missouri Radiography Program
  • completed general education courses required by the University of Missouri
    • Out-of-state transfer students will need to contact Dr. Carla Allen for transfer credit equivalencies.
  • and maintain a cumulative grade point average at or above the following standards:
    45-59 semester credit hours – 2.25 CGPA
    60 and above semester credit hours – 2.50 CGPA

Before applying to the Radiography Degree Completion program, contact the Program Director, Dr. Carla Allen at

Graduation Requirements

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

  1. Attain a minimum of 120 semester credit hours
    • Transfer credits from regionally accredited 2- and 4-year colleges/universities.
    • Take at least the required 30 credit hours at the University of Missouri. 30 of the student’s last 36 hours must be taken from MU just prior to graduation.
    • A minimum of 23 of the required 30 hours make up the core curriculum for the Degree Completion in Radiography program and are listed on the following pages
    • The Remaining hours will be chosen from the elective courses listed on the following pages.
    • Students needing more courses to complete the 120 hours required for graduation will be encouraged to choose courses from the list of electives.
  2. Students will meet the General Education requirements of the University of Missouri
    • College Algebra
    • 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
    • Complete all other requirements listed above
  4. Students will complete pre-requisite and general education course work prior to enrolling in the upper level, core Radiography and elective coursework.
    • With advisor approval, students may have one pre-requisite course remaining while completing the upper-level coursework.


General Education Courses

College Algebra 3 hrs Gen Biology (lec & lab) 4-5 hrs
General Psych 3 hrs Human Anatomy (lec & lab) 4-5 hrs
Exposition 3 hrs Human Physiology (lec & lab) 4-5 hrs
Amer History or Amer Gov 3 hrs Gen Chemistry (lect & lab) 4-5 hrs
Intro to Speech 3 hrs
Behav / Soc Stud ** 3 hrs Humanities ** 9 hrs
** One course in each of these areas must be at the 2,000 or higher.

Courses Which Will Apply Towards the Required 30 hrs

The first group of courses listed below are Core Courses for the Radiography Program.  Students in the Radiography Degree Completion Distance Program will take seven (7) courses from that group.  The student may take either MRI Physics & Procedures or CT Physics & Procedures.  They will not be required to take both but can if they so choose.  The second group of courses are Elective Courses.  Every student will have to take at least enough elective courses from those listed below to reach the required 30 hours. Courses are subject to change.

The courses listed below will allow the students to gain the depth and breadth of knowledge in Radiologic Sciences that they did not receive in previous course work.  They also provide students with educational experiences that will expand their creative thinking and problem-solving skills.  The faculty believe this will prepare students for upper level positions in the current complex health care system including all aspects of Medical Imaging, whether it be in patient care, management, education, research, or sales/marketing.  This curriculum will also allow students to pursue advanced educational opportunities.

Core and Elective Courses for Distance Degree Completion

Students in the Radiography Degree Completion Distance Program will take 7 courses from the following group of core courses. Every student will also have to take enough elective courses from those listed below to reach the required 30 hours.
Core Courses
Esc PS 4170 Applied Statistics 3 hrs
CDS 3460 Cardio Apps (Spring) 3 hrs
CDS 4480 Clinical Ethics (Fall, Spring) 3 hrs
Hlth Sci 3900 Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base (WI) (Fall, Spring) 3 hrs
CDS 4985 Healthcare Organization & Leadership(cap)(Fall) 3 hrs
RS 3150 Radiologic Pharmacology (Summer, Fall, Spring) 3 hrs
RS 4110 Sectional Anatomy (Fall) 3 hrs
RS 4140 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics & Procedures (Spring) 5 hrs
RS 4150 Computed Tomography Physics & Procedures (Spring) 5 hrs
Elective Courses
RS 4140 MRI Physics & Procedures 5 hrs
RS 4150 CT Physics & Procedures 5 hrs
RS 4946 Advanced Medical Imaging Externship 3 hrs
RS 4085 Problems in Medical Imaging 1-3 hrs
Hth Sci 4300 Health Care in US 3 hrs
Hth Sci 3300 Public Health Principles & Practice 3 hrs
Hth Sci 4410 Humanism and Health Literacy 3 hrs
Hth Sci 4400 Culture and Health Literacy for the Health Professions 3 hrs
ESC PS 4115 Human Learning 3 hrs
ESC PS 4087 Experiencing Cultural Diversity in US* 3 hrs
Soc 3440 Sociology of Health * 3 hrs
Soc 4210 Sociology of Aging * 3 hrs
CDS 4500 Bioterrorism in Healthcare 1 hr
Nuc Eng4330 Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism 3 hrs
* These will be available when they are offered via internet

Complete information is available on the web site. Go to Mizzou Online to become familiar with resources and information that will assist you as you pursue your academic goals.

Application and Admission

Application Procedure

(Read all materials carefully and follow instructions)

All student applicants must:

  • Return the completed application to the Radiography Admissions Committee along with:
    • Typed, signed and dated completed application
    • Copy of transcripts (may be unofficial)
    • (Starting January 1, 2020) Application fee of $20.00 to be paid by:
      • Check or money order made out to University of Missouri
      • Cash (exact change) to be delivered directly to the Radiography office (do not send via mail)
      • Credit Card via payment form or call SHP at 573-882-9448
  • Return completed materials to the Radiography Degree Completion Admissions Committee at:
    • Mailing Address: 605 Lewis Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211
    • Email:
    • Fax: (573) 884-1490

Download the RT(R) Degree Completion Application Packet

Processing Applications

  • The Degree Completion Admissions Committee will review and evaluate each applicant’s packet when it is complete.
  • You may contact the Program Office if you have not received a response to your application within two (2) months at
  • Accepted students and those not accepted will be notified by mail.

Acceptance to the Radiography Program is Contingent Upon: Acceptance by the University of Missouri (transfer students).

We wish you success!


  • Students who apply must have graduated from a JRCERT accredited program in radiography.
  • Students should follow the coursework guide as closely as possible. Contact your advisor for more information.
  • Out-of-state transfer students will need to contact Carla Allen for transfer credit equivalencies.
  • Students who apply to the Radiography Program must have and maintain a cumulative grade point average at or above the following standards:
    45-59 semester credit hours – 2.25 CGPA
    60 and above semester credit hours – 2.50 CGPA
  • Once accepted into the Radiography Program, a student must achieve a “C” grade or above in all required courses and earn a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average each semester. If the student does not maintain a 2.5 semester grade point average, the Radiography Program faculty will review the situation with the option to recommend dismissal.
  • Distance Learning applicants may obtain fee information from
  • Successful completion of this program will entitle the student to a Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences emphasis in Radiography degree.


  • 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 copies of your transcripts of completed college work from every school attended along with your application packet.
  • Transcript from your Radiography Program if it is a certificate program.

International Students

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 250 (computer-based test); however, many other departments may have higher requirements.

Minimum TOEFL score for the Radiography Program is:
Paper Based: 600
Computer Based: 250

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this school/program accredited?
Do I have to retake the sciences if I have taken them in my previous RS program?

If the science courses are equivalent to the MU course, had a lab, and you received a grade of C (2.0) or better, they will not need to be retaken. If you are just beginning your Radiography program, you still may have time to select the correct coursework that will transfer to MU. This might decrease the number of credits you would have to re-take. Contact Dr. Carla Allen at to determine if a course is equivalent to an MU course.

How many hours will I need to complete my BHS in Radiography from MU?

The BHS degree from MU requires 120 credit hours. It is hard to predict how many each individual student will need to take because not all applicants will meet the state of Missouri general education requirements for the Radiography program science pre requisites. The program will perform a preliminary audit, at your request, and this will give a more accurate picture of what will transfer to MU. Send copies of any coursework to Cason Jones at

What is the residency requirement for MU?

30 of the last 36 credit hours must be from MU. These can either be on campus or online through Mizzou Online. These 30 hours will include the professional courses listed under Coursework.

Will credits from any school transfer to MU?

Only college credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities will transfer to MU.

What are the required professional courses needed for the BHS degree in RS?

A list of these courses can be found under Course Work

Are clinical rotations required for this program?

No, additional clinical hours are not required.

How long will it take me to complete my BHS in Radiography?

That will depend upon how many college credits you already have will transfer into MU to meet the General Education requirements and the Radiography program science pre-requisites. A typical online student takes 1 or 2 courses each semester, or 3-8 credit hours.

What will it cost me to complete my BHS at MU?

For current information on fees, please visit the Office of Cashiers for students attending Mizzou courses on campus. Students who will be completing the program as distance students should contact Mizzou Online for information concerning fees.

What computer resources are needed for this online program?
Where can I find more information about this program?

You can download the RT(R) Degree Completion Application Packet, visit Mizzou Online, or contact Dr. Carla Allen at or by calling 573-884-9680 (make sure you leave all forms of contact information to receive a prompt response, e.g. full name, phone number, email address, mailing address and preferred method of contact).


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