Missouri State University

B.S. in Radiography

Missouri State University – College of Health and Human Services
Department of Kinesiology


Radiography– Bachelor of Science
Department of Kinesiology

Academic Program
The Department of Kinesiology, in cooperation with the CoxHealth and the St. John's Regional Health Center School of Radiologic Technology, offer a baccalaureate degree in Radiography. This program contains professional training that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology sponsored by the American Medical Association. The curriculum includes both university coursework that can be completed in 5 semesters and a 24-month sequence of professional courses. Each student must have at least a 2.00 GPA in both the coursework at Missouri State and in the School of Radiologic Technology at CoxHealth or St. John's Regional Health Center. To be a registered radiologic technologist, the student, after having completed the professional block of coursework, must pass a Registry Examination and obtain a letter of good standing from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

A student may pursue this program by completing prerequisite courses at Missouri State and by seeking admission to the School of Radiologic Technology, CoxHealth or St. John's Regional Health Center. Application deadline is February 1 of each year. Notifications will be sent to successful applicants and classes start in September (CoxHealth) or July (St. John's Regional Health Center). Radiography courses completed at CoxHealth and the St. John's Regional Health Center School of Radiologic Technology will carry the RAD prefix and be entered directly on the Missouri State transcript, and the grades earned in those courses will be calculated into the cumulative Missouri State GPA.

An applicant must have a high school diploma (or equivalent),  have successfully completed a college entrance examination, and have other acceptable preparation including approximately 1 semester (for St. John's) or 3 semesters (for Cox) prerequisite coursework prior to beginning the 24-month clinical component for certification. Courses in chemistry, biology and algebra are strongly recommended. Curricula of accredited programs include medical terminology, human structure and function, radiation biology, radiation protection, radiographic evaluation, patient care and professional ethics. Supervised clinical education is an essential part of the curriculum of all radiography programs. Specific degree requirements for a degree in Radiography are described in the Missouri State Catalog. They include 43 to 54 hours of general education requirements, 28 to 32 hours of major requirements (organic chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology), including 14-15 hours of courses in one of three options: science, education, or management.

Students may transfer all or part of the professional block of courses from another accredited program in Radiography. Such courses are treated as transfer credit, carry a P (pass) grade only, and are evaluated as two blocks of 21 credit hours each, not as individual courses. The Radiography courses are credited only on the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Radiography.

Important Links:
Click the following link to view degree requirements: Degree Requirements for B.S. in Radiography or click the link in parentheses for the printable word document version (Degree Requirements in printable word document)

See the Prerequisites for Radiologic Technology Programs Word document for prerequisite course information.

Important Web Site Resources:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology: www.jrcert.org
coxHealth school:  http://www.coxhealth.com/body.cfm?id=1380
St. John’s school:  http://www.stjohns.com/schoolofrad/

Career Preparation
Radiologic technologies (RTs) provide patient services using imaging modalities as directed by physicians qualified to order and/or perform radiologic procedures. RTs usually provide patient care essential to radiologic procedures; this includes exercising judgment when performing medical imaging procedures. When providing patient services, the technologist adheres to the principles of radiation protection for the patient, self and others.

RTs accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph by applying knowledge of anatomy, positioning and radiologic technique. RTs also must be able to recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate lifesaving first aid.  Additional duties may include maintaining equipment, processing films, keeping patient records and performing various office tasks. RTs may be required to perform some of these duties at the patient’s bedside or in the operating room. Most technologists work in hospitals. In addition, positions in clinics, private offices, industry and civil service and public health service facilities may be open to qualified professionals.

Contact Information
Gayle Runke, Curriculum Advisor
E-mail: GayleRunke@MissouriState.edu
Phone: (417) 836-5252