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Department of Kinesiology 

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Radiography Advisor
Department of Kinesiology
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5252
Fax: 417-836-5371
Email: kin@missouristate.edu

Career Preparation

Radiologic technologists (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 film, 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.

Academic Program

The Department of Kinesiology, in cooperation with accredited Schools of Radiologic Technology throughout the region, state or nation, offers a baccalaureate degree in Radiography. This program contains professional training that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The curriculum includes both university coursework that can be completed in five semesters and a 24-month sequence of professional courses in a hospital setting. A student may pursue this program by completing prerequisite coursework at Missouri State and seeking admission to any JRCERT accredited School of Radiologic Technology.  Admission to an off-campus, accredited school is not guaranteed.

An applicant must have a high school diploma (or equivalent), have other acceptable preparation and have successfully completed a college entrance examination. 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.


Please consult the Missouri State University catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog for specific course information. 


The Radiography program includes faculty from the campus as well as from clinical facilities affiliated with Missouri State. The on-campus faculty teach the preparatory courses in biology and chemistry that the student needs in order to qualify for the clinical portion of the degree program. Most of these faculty members hold doctorates. Specialists who have considerable experience in the practical, as well as theoretical, aspects of the training provide the training received during the clinical phase.


The Radiology program is administered by the Kinesiology Department. The department office is located in McDonald Arena. The affiliated hospitals all are exceptionally well-equipped with modern instrumentation. During training in the clinical phase, students are taught how to work with such instrumentation.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

First Semester Courses Hours
ENG 110 Writing I3
MTH 135 College Algebra3
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences4
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
CIS 101 Computers for Learning2
BMS 195 Introduction to the Health Professions1
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
Total Hours 17
Second Semester Courses Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Culture and Society3
HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 18773
CHM 160 or CHM 1054
ACC 201 or Science Option3
Total Hours 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
BMS 307 Human Anatomy4
Culture and Society3
ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions3
HCM 301 or Science Option3
Total Hours 18
Second Semester Courses Hours
BMS 308 Human Physiology4
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology3
Culture and Society3
MGT 340 Organizational Behavior and Management3
HCM 303 Health Care Legal Issues3
Total Hours 13-16

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Hours
CHM 201 Essentials of Organic Chemistry3
CHM 202 Essentials of Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
Culture and Society3
Public Affairs Capstone3
Upper Level Science or MGT 3413
HCM 301 Health Care Organization3
Total Hours 17
Second Semester Courses Hours