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Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Description

RADIOLOGIC SCIENCES: The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences Programs offer the radiologic professional the baccalaureate degree in 6 majors. These majors are 1) Imaging Specialist, 2) Radiation Therapy, 3) Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 4) Nuclear Medicine Technology, 5) Magnetic Resonance Imaging and 6) Radiology Management.


The Imaging Specialist Major is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to become an advanced level technologist in one or more of the following modalities: General Radiography, CT or Mammography. Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree students are prepared to sit for the advanced registries in one or more of these areas.

The Radiation Therapy Major provides the student with the skills necessary to become a professional, entry level radiation therapist.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Major provides the student with the skills necessary to become a professional medical sonographer.

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Major provides the student with the skills necessary to become a professional nuclear medicine technologist.

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Major provides the student with the skills necessary to become a professional MR Technologist.

The Radiology Management Major provides the student with the background knowledge and skills necessary to become a director of a radiology department in a hospital or imaging center.

Visit the Department of Imaging & Radiation Sciences >>


  • Imaging Specialist

    PROGRAM INFORMATION

    The Imaging Specialist major is designed to produce baccalaureate graduates who are multi-skilled, multi-competent in selected areas of radiologic science practice. Graduates are expected to achieve multi-competency credentials in the specialties of study following completion of the degree.

    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN RADIOLOGIC SCIENCES (BSRS)

    The Radiologic Sciences Program at Arkansas State University is administered by the Department of Health Professions in the College of Nursing & Health Professions. Currently, the Bachelor of Science degree is granted upon completion of the required hours.

    BSRS - Imaging Specialist

    Select one area of concentration from:

    • General Radiography
    • Mammography
    • Computed Tomography

    Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students should be prepared for the didactic portions of a specialty examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in the areas of concentration. Access to specialty level examinations' clinical competency requirements is achieved through the clinical education requirements, but total completion of these requirements (which may change from time to time) are the responsibility of the student. Students should check with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to verify current requirements prior to applying for these examinations. (The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul, NM 55120-1155, phone 651-687-0048, www.arrt.org.

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    To be admitted to the Imaging Specialist Program, students must meet one of the requirements listed below:

    1. Completion of an accredited Associate Degree Program in Radiologic Technology.
    2. Receive credit by articulation. Registered radiologic technologists who do not possess an Associate Degree may receive 50 radiologic technology credit hours by providing documentation of the following requirements:
      • graduation from an accredited school of Radiologic Technology
      • a passing score on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination
      • successful academic performance on 6 semester hours of the BSRS Program

    When both requirements have been met, the Chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences will formally notify the Office of Admissions & Records and credit will be recorded on the student's transcript for 48-50 hours of ASU Radiologic Technology courses.

    APPLICATION


    CLINICAL EDUCATION

    During the program, the student is required to complete a structured rotation through departments of the chosen clinical affiliates. Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. When determining cost, consideration should be given to this additional expense.

    CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Verified Credentials

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red—Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow—Possible Discrepancy found
    Green—No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials. The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.


    CURRICULUM

    All Imaging Specialist students are required to complete the following radiologic sciences courses.

    BIO 2223 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    BIO 2221 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
    NRS 4503 or DPEM 4503 Principles of Disaster Preparedness
    RS 3122 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Radiology
    RS 4463 Statistics for Medical Imaging
    RS 3733 Geriatric Considerations in Radiology

    RS 3811 Radiologic Quality Management

    RS 4822 Psychosocial Factors in Healthcare
    RS 4852 Advanced Pathophysiology I
    RS 4862 Advanced Pathophysiology II
    RS 4343 Radiologic Administrative Concepts OR
    RS 4333 Radiologic Education Concepts

    Select ONE of the following specialties:

    General Radiography

    RS 3843 Advanced Clinical Practice Skills
    RS 3133 Sectional Anatomy
    RS 436(v) for 3 hrs Independent Study in Rad. Sciences

    Mammography

    RS 4532 Mammography Procedures & Instrumentation
    RS 4552 Mammography Clinical Education
    RS 436(v) for 3 hrs Independent Study in Rad. Sciences

    Computed Tomography

    RS 4622 Computed Tomography Instrumentation
    RS 4632 Computed Tomography Procedures
    RS 3133 Sectional Anatomy
    RS 4643 Computed Tomography Clinical Education 

    ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. 

    All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>

    EXPENSES

    In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Science students will incur the following expenses:

    • All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites. The annual cost of this insurance is about $40. Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director.
    • Students (except DMS & MRI students) are assessed a fee of $120 per academic year to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
    • The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500. These texts are used throughout the program.
    • Students will be required to purchase uniforms. Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program.
    • CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • Students are required to purchase name badges. This is a nominal, one time fee of less than $20.
    • Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.

    IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH RECORDS

    Once accepted into a program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B. Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months. Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose. The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.

    Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program. In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

    TECHNICAL STANDARDS

    In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

    1.  Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    2. Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
    4. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    5. Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    6. The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.

    CREDIT FOR CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

    Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise. These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree. In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.

    CREDIT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE

    Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience. Individuals should contact their RS advisor for further information.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.

    ONLINE WEB COURSES

    Arkansas State University Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs do not offer full degrees or professional clinical courses via online Internet web resources. However, we do offer some courses via the university Blackboard (trademark software) online Internet web services.

    These courses vary in design; some are taken completely online and do not require any on-campus attendance, others require presentations or examinations on-campus, while still others meet regularly on-campus.

    All online Internet web courses taken via the university Blackboard web site qualify for ASU-Jonesboro main campus residency course credit.

    If you are a current ASU student, you may access Web for Students to search the current course schedules for web courses. If you are not a current ASU student, please contact us at the contacts given at the bottom of this page to find out what the possibilities are for you.

    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    American Healthcare Radiology Administrators

    American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

    American Society of Radiologic Technologists

    Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences

    Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

    National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

    Radiology Business Management Association

    Society for Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology

  • Radiation Therapy

    WHAT IS A RADIATION THERAPIST?

    Radiation Therapists are health care professionals skilled in the art and science of medical radiation treatment delivery.   The majority of patients receiving radiation therapy have cancer.   Along with surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy offers these patients the best chance to succeed in the fight against their disease.  Major focus areas are the care and assessment of patients, simulation, treatment planning, and delivery of treatments using linear accelerators and radioisotopes.  High technology equipment and innovative treatment methods maximize treatment effectiveness.  Radiation therapists must have excellent technical skills, and also be empathetic and effective communicators.  Radiation therapy can be a very rewarding career.

    PROGRAM INFORMATION

    The program leads to a baccalaureate degree in Radiologic Sciences with a major in Radiation Therapy. Students must complete 51 hours of major courses in Radiation Therapy along with 35 General Education hours and 34 hours of Radiography hours (from an accredited program). Upon completion of this degree students are eligible to apply to the ARRT for the examination in Radiation Therapy.

    Classes for new radiation therapy students begin in the Fall Semester (August) and run for twelve consecutive months. During the 12 month program, students participate in a structured rotation sequence through the radiation therapy departments in the clinical setting.

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    1. General Education Requirements

    Students who need more than 10 hours of general education requirements are encouraged not to apply to the program. Preference will be given to those who have less than 10 hours to complete. Interviews will not be granted for those lacking more than 10 hours of general education requirements. The only exception will be if there are not enough applicants to fill the class.

    2. Completion of an accredited radiography program.

    3. Cumulative Grade Point Average - minimum of 2.5

    4. Completion of A&P I and II with labs (8 hours).

    Points will be given during application process according to GPA. Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.

    SELECTIVE ADMISSION PROCESS

    5-8 students are selected each year depending on clinical site availability. 

    • Apply to Arkansas State University and have all transfer coursework evaluated for credit.
    • Determine whether you meet the Admission Requirements for the Radiation Therapy program.
    • Download Radiation Therapy application.
    • Download Radiation Therapy reference forms.
    • Download Radiation Therapy check sheet and follow the directions.
    • Submit completed application by April 1st. Application packet must be in the department office by 5 p.m. on April 1!
    • After evaluation of all completed applications, interviews with qualified applicants will be conducted.

    Selection of students will be based upon the following:

    Applicants to the Radiation Therapy Program are selected by the Admissions Committee using the following criteria:

    1. Cumulative grade point average (20 points possible toward the 104 maximum points possible for admission)  (Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.)
    2. Selected course grades (20 points possible toward the 104 maximum points possible for admission)
    3. Interview (30 points possible toward the 104 maximum points possible for admission)
    4. Number of completed courses toward degree (10 points possible toward the 104 maximum points possible for admission)
    5. Arkansas residents, ASU students, and those that have radiation therapy work experience receive extra points (5 points possible toward the 104 maximum points possible for admission)
    6. References(15 points possible toward the 104 maximum points possible for admission)
    7. Students who are proficient in speaking the Spanish language who can demonstrate their proficiency by completing an evaluation in the foreign languages department will be awarded a maximum of 4 points of the possible 104 maximum points.

    Students who need more than 10 hours of general education requirements are encouraged not to apply to the program. Preference will be given to those who have less than 10 hours to complete. Interviews will not be granted for those lacking more than 10 hours of general education requirements. The only exception will be if there is not enough applicants to fill the class.

    A new class begins each Fall and applications are due before April 1 of each year.

    For more information contact:

    Tracy B. White, M.S., R.T. (R)(T)
    Arkansas State University
    Radiologic Science Program
    P.O. Box 910
    State University (Jonesboro), AR 72467
     

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.


    Please print the Application Check Sheet, an Application and 3 reference forms to be completed and submitted by April 1st. Application packet must be in the department office by 5 p.m. on April 1!

    APPLICATION

    REFERENCE FORMS

    CHECKSHEET


    CLINICAL EDUCATION

    Classes for new radiation therapy students begin in the Fall Semester (August) and run for twelve consecutive months. During the 12 month program, students participate in a structured rotation sequence through the radiation therapy departments in the clinical affiliates. These include:

    St. Bernard's Regional Medial Center
    Jonesboro, AR
    Three Rivers Medical Center - North
    Poplar Bluff, MO
    St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
    Memphis, TN
    White River Medical Center
    Batesville, AR

    Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical affiliates. When determining educational costs, consideration should be given to this additional expense.

    CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Verified Credentials

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red—Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow—Possible Discrepancy found
    Green—No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials. The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.

    CURRICULUM

    Semester Course:   Hours:
    FALL

    RST 4203 Intro to Radiation Therapy and Pt. Care
    RST 4214 Radiation Therapy Principles + Practice I
    RST 4313 Radiation Physics I
    RST 4513 Radiation Therapy Clinical Education I
    RS   4463 Statistics for Medical Imaging

    3
    4
    3
    3
    3
    SPRING

    RST 4224 Radiation Therapy Principles + Practice II
    RST 4333 Applied Radiation Biology
    RST 4323 Radiation Physics II
    RST 4523 Radiation Therapy Clinical Education II
    RS   4343 Radiologic Administrative Concepts

    4
    3
    3
    3
    3
    SUMMER

    RST 4234 Radiation Therapy Principles + Practice III
    RST 4413 Radiation Protection, Safety, and Quality Management
    RST 4242 Radiation Therapy Clinical Treatment Planning
    RST 4533 Radiation Therapy Clinical Education III
    RS   3133 Radiologic Sectional Anatomy

    4
    3
    2
    3
    3

     * This curriculum consists of 38 Radiation Therapy hours and 8 Radiologic Science hours.

    ** All clinical courses reflect an 8:1 hour ratio for clock hours to credit hours.

    ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. 

    All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>

    EXPENSES

    In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Science students will incur the following expenses:

    • All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites. The annual cost of this insurance is about $40. Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director.
    • Students (except DMS & MRI students) are assessed a fee of $120 per academic year to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
    • The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500. These texts are used throughout the program.
    • Students will be required to purchase uniforms. Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms for the program.
    • CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • Students are required to purchase name badges. This is a nominal, one time fee of less than $20.
    • Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.

    IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH RECORDS

    Once accepted into a program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B. Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months. Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose. The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.

    Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program. In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

    TECHNICAL STANDARDS

    In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

    1.  Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    2. Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
    4. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    5. Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    6. The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.

    CREDIT FOR CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

    Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise. These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree. In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.

    CREDIT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE

    Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience. Individuals should contact their advisor for further information.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.

    ONLINE WEB COURSES

    Arkansas State University Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs do not offer full degrees or professional clinical courses via online Internet web resources. However, we do offer some courses via the university Blackboard (trademark software) online Internet web services.

    These courses vary in design; some are taken completely online and do not require any on-campus attendance, others require presentations or examinations on-campus, while still others meet regularly on-campus.

    All online Internet web courses taken via the university Blackboard web site qualify for ASU-Jonesboro main campus residency course credit.

    If you are a current ASU student, you may access Web for Students to search the current course schedules for web courses. If you are not a current ASU student, please contact us at the contacts given at the bottom of this page to find out what the possibilities are for you.

    Mission

    The Radiation Therapy Program at Arkansas State University exists to produce competent entry-level radiation therapists for the practice of radiation therapy.

    Goals/Outcomes

    1. Students will be clinically competent:

    Outcomes
    a. Students will be able to perform treatment procedures accurately
    b. Students will be able to perform simulation procedures accurately

    2. Students will communicate effectively:

    Outcomes
    a. Students will demonstrate written communication skills
    b. Students will use effective oral communication skills

    3. Students will develop critical thinking skills:

    Outcomes
    a. Students will be able to adopt standard radiation therapy
    techniques to varying clinical situations
    b. Students will identify & access effective treatment plans

    4. Students will demonstrate professionalism:

    Outcomes
    a. Students will understand professional ethics
    b. Students will demonstrate professional conduct

    ACCREDITATION

    The program is accredited by:
    The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    (312) 704-5300

    For more information contact:

    www.jrcert.org

    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    American Healthcare Radiology Administrators

    American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

    American Society of Radiologic Technologists

    Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences

    Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

    National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

    Radiology Business Management Association

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography

    WHAT IS DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY?

    A diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce a dynamic visual image of internal organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body.

    What is a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

    A diagnostic medical sonographer is an allied health professional, who provides patient services using medical sonography equipment under the supervision of a physician specialist. The sonographer acquires pertinent anatomic, physiologic and/or pathological sonographic images necessary to aid in the diagnosis .

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    For more information:

    ARDMS - American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

    SDMS - Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography


    PROGRAM INFORMATION

    The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Arkansas State University is administered by the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in the College of Nursing & Health Professions. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Abdominal and Obstetrics-Gynecology is granted upon completion of the required hours.

    The diagnostic medical sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in the general concentration, Abdominal and Obstetric/ Gynecologic Sonography. Minimal vascular experience is included in the 18 month program.

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    All General Education Requirements must be completed before admission to the DMS program.

    1.  Choose a Track:There are three options for students to become eligible to apply for admission to the DMS program.  (ALL ASU general education and DMS prerequisites must be completed before a student will be eligible for admission.)

    1.  Non-Healthcare Track

    RSU 4102 Introduction to Ultrasound

    PATIENT CARE - 6 HRS

      HP    2013      Medical Terminology

      PHIL 3713      Ethics in the Medical Profession

    ANATOMICAL SCIENCES - 14 HRS

      BIO 2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

      BIO 2201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

      BIO 2223 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

      BIO 2221 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
        
      BIO 3203 Pathophysiology 
      
      HP 3003 General Gross Anatomy      

    PHYSICAL SCIENCES - 3-4 HRS

     PHYS 2133 Survey of Physics for Health Professions*
    or
    Higher Level Physics

    *PHYS 2133 will NOT satisfy the ASU General Education requirement for Physical Science.

     

    2.  Associate Degree in Allied Health Field

    RSU 4102 Introduction to Ultrasound

    Successful completion of an accredited Associate Degree Program in an Allied Health Field.

    BIO 2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

    BIO 2201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

    BIO 2223 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

    BIO 2221 Human Anatomy & Physiology IILab    

    *Some applied sciences degrees will require additional prerequisite coursework.  The prerequisite coursework required is decided on a case by case basis.  For more information, please contact the DMS program director (dbarymon@astate.edu) or Health Professions advisor, Valerie Longvlong@astate.edu.

    3.  Receive credit by articulation

    Registered diagnostic medical sonographers who do not possess a Bachelor's Degree  may receive credit hours by providing documentation of the following  requirements: 

    ARDMS registry card.*

    Successful academic performance in DMS core courses needed.**

    *ARDMS registry in the general concentration 
    (ABDOMEN & OBGYN) and vascular concentration.

    **DMS core courses needed are determined by the DMS program coordinator and the RS program director. 

    When the requirements above (general education & track 3) have been met, the Chair of the Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences will formally notify the Office of Admissions & Records and credit will be recorded on the student's transcript for 60 hours of ASU DMS courses.

    2. Cumulative Grade Point Average

    Points will be given during application process according to GPA.  Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.

    3. Selected Course Grades

    Grades below a "C" in the DMS prerequisites will not be considered.

    SELECTIVE ADMISSION PROCESS

           10-12 students are selected each year depending on clinical site availability. 

    • Apply to Arkansas State University.
    • Determine whether you meet the Admission Requirements for the DMS program.
    • Download DMS application.
    • Download DMS reference forms.
    • Download DMS application check sheet and follow the directions.
    • Submit completed application by April 1st.
    • After evaluation of all completed applications, interviews with qualified applicants will be conducted.

    Criteria Used for Admission:

    • GPA (overall and DMS specific prerequisites) 20 possible points of the 66 point admission total
    • References 18 possible points of the 66 point admission total
    • Interview with Admissions Committee 20 possible points of the 66 point admission total
    • Extra points are awarded for select courses taken on ASU-J Campus.  These courses include Anatomy and Physiology I and II (including labs), Medical Terminology, and Physics. 4 possible points of the 66 point admission total
    • Students who are proficient in speaking the Spanish language who can demonstrate their proficiency by completing an evaluation in the foreign languages department will be awarded a maximum of 4 points of the possible 66 maximum points.

    * Students are strongly encouraged to shadow in an ultrasound department prior to applying for admission.


    Please print the Application Check Sheet, an Application, a Shadowing Document, and 3 reference forms to be completed and submitted to the department office by 5 p.m. on April 1st.

    APPLICATION

    REFERENCE FORM

    SHADOWING DOCUMENT

    APPLICATION CHECKSHEET



    CLINICAL EDUCATION

    During the program, the student is required to complete a structured rotation through sonography departments of the chosen clinical affiliates. Current clinical sites are in the Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri area. Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. When determining cost, consideration should be given to this additional expense.

    CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Verified Credentials

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red—Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow—Possible Discrepancy found
    Green—No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials. The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.
     

    CURRICULUM

    1st Summer RSU  4112     Sectional Anatomy for Sonography 
    RSU  4122     Small Parts 
    RSU  4134     Introduction to Sonography Lab
    RS    3133     Radiologic Sectional Anatomy
    1st Fall

    RSU  4223     Abdominal Sonography 
    RSU  4232     Abdominal Sonography Lab 
    RSU  4213     Physics and Instrumentation I
    RSU  4513     Ultrasound Clinic I
    RS    4463     Statistics for Medical Imaging

    Spring RSU  4613     OB/Gyn Sonography 
    RSU  4322     OB/Gyn Sonography Lab 
    RSU  4323     Physics and Instrumentation II 
    RSU  4523     Ultrasound Clinic II
    RS    4343     Radiologic Administrative Concepts
    2nd Summer
    1st Term
    RSU  4534     Ultrasound Clinic III
    2nd Summer 
    2nd Term

    RSU  4544     Ultrasound Clinic IV
    RSU  4622     Obstetrics II

    2nd Fall

    RSU  4413     Vascular Sonography 
    RSU  4422     Vascular Sonography Lab 
    RSU  4552     Ultrasound Clinic V 
    RSU  4551     Sonography Clinical Relevancy
    RS    3122     Legal and Regulatory Environment

    ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. 

    All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>

    EXPENSES

     In addition to tuition costs, Diagnostic Medical Sonography students will incur the following expenses: 

    • All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites.  The annual cost of this insurance is about $40.  Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director. 
    • The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program.  Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500.  These texts are used throughout the program. 
    • Students will be required to purchase uniforms.  Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program. 
    • CPR certification is required.  Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • Students are required to purchase name badges.  This is a nominal, one time fee of less than $20.
    • Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.

    IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH RECORDS

    Once accepted into a program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B.  Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months.  Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose.  The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.

    Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program.   In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 

    TECHNICAL STANDARDS

    In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

    1. Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    2. Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
    4. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    5. Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    6. The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.

    CREDIT FOR CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

    Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise.  These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree.  In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.


    CREDIT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE 

    Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience.  Individuals should contact their advisor for further information.


    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.

    The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Arkansas State University is administered by the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in the College of Nursing & Health Professions. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major emphasis in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Abdominal and Obstetrics-Gynecology is granted upon completion of the required hours.

    ONLINE WEB COURSES

    Arkansas State University Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs do not offer full degrees or professional clinical courses via online Internet web resources. However, we do offer some courses via the university Blackboard (trademark software) online Internet web services.

    These courses vary in design; some are taken completely online and do not require any on-campus attendance, others require presentations or examinations on-campus, while still others meet regularly on-campus.

    All online Internet web courses taken via the university Blackboard web site qualify for ASU-Jonesboro main campus residency course credit.

    If you are a current ASU student, you may access Web for Students to search the current course schedules for web courses. If you are not a current ASU student, please contact us at the contacts given at the bottom of this page to find out what the possibilities are for you.

    MISSION

    The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is to produce competent entry-level sonographers eligible for registration by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Abdomen, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Vascular.

    ACCREDITATION

    The diagnostic medical sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in the general concentration, Abdominal and Obstetric/ Gynecologic Sonography. Minimal vascular experience is included in the 18 month program.

    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    American Healthcare Radiology Administrators

    American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences

    Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

    National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

    Radiology Business Management Association

    Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    PROGRAM INFORMATION

    The Magnetic Resonance Imaging major is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to become a competent, entry-level MRI technologist.  The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.  To complete the major in this area, students must complete the 47-55 hours of the program, depending on their admittance track.  No minor is required. 

    Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students are prepared to sit for the ARRT examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

    Clinical competency requirements are achieved through affiliated clinical education centers. Graduates are prepared for entry level practice of magnetic resonance imaging. (The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul, MN  55120-1155, phone: 651-687-0048, www.arrt.org)

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Non-Healthcare Track

    Prior Healthcare Education

    1 or 2 Years of Healthcare Education

    Receive credit by articulation.

    RSMR Entry Requirements

    ASU Gen Ed. Requirements - 35 Hrs. 

    HP

    2013

    Medical Terminology (3)

    ANATOMICAL SCIENCES - 8 HRS

    BIO

    2203

    Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3)

    BIO

    2201

    Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)

    BIO

    2223

    Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3)

    BIO

    2221

    Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)

    SCIENCES - 4 HRS

    CHEM

    1013

    General Chemistry I (3)

    CHEM

    1011

    General Chemistry I Lab (1)

    OR

    PHYS

    2054

    General Physics (4)

    ELECTIVES - 26 elective hours

    120 credit hours (minimum) are required for a BSRS degree

    ALL ASU general education and MRI prerequisites must be completed before a student will be eligible for admission.

    Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.

    Upon completion of 1 or 2 years in an accredited Allied Health (RT, CLS, PT, etc.) or Nursing program. 

    RSMR Entry Requirements

    HP  2013  Medical Terminology (3)

    ANATOMICAL SCIENCES - 8 HRS
    BIO 2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3)
    BIO 2201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
    BIO 2223 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3)
    BIO 2221 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)

    SCIENCES - 4 HRS

    CHEM 1013 General Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1011 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
          OR
    PHYS 2054 General Physics (4)

    26 hours of electives.

    ALL ASU general education and MRI prerequisites must be completed before a student will be eligible for admission.

    Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.

    Registered radiologic technologists may receive 50 radiologic technology credit hours by providing documentation of the following requirements:

    a.  graduation from an accredited school of Radiologic Technology.

    b.  a passing score on the certification examination

    *MRI courses needed are determined by the MRI program coordinator and the RS program director. 

    When both requirements have been met, the Chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences will formally notify the Office of Admissions & Records and credit will be recorded on the student's transcript for 50 hours of ASU MRI courses.  Students must complete the mandatory Gen. Ed. courses required by the university.

    RT's may be eligible to take the online MRI courses.  Please call Cheryl DuBose, Program Director to discuss eligibility @ 972-3073. 

    Cumulative GPA less than 2.5 will not be considered for admission.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    Please print the Application, Check Sheet, and 3 reference forms to be completed and submitted by April 1st.

    MRI Application

    MRI Reference Form

    MRI Application Check Sheet

    SEE HOW APPLICATIONS ARE SCORED >>

    Clinical Affiliates

    Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center
    P.O. Box 88
    Poplar Bluff, MO 63902-0088
    http://www.poplarbluffregional.com/

    St. Bernard's Imaging Center
    1144 E. Matthews
    Jonesboro, AR 72401
    http://www.sbrmc.com/departments-services/diagnostic/imaging-center/

    White River Medical Center
    1710 Harrison St.
    Batesville, AR 72503
    http://www.whiteriverhealthsystem.com/locations/white-river-medical-center
    St. Jude Research Hospital
    262 Danny Thomas Place    
    Memphis, TN  38105
    www.stjude.org

    St. Bernard's Regional Med. Ctr.
    223 E. Jackson
    Jonesboro, AR 72401
    http://www.sbrmc.com/

    Arkansas Methodist Hospital
    900 W. Kingshighway
    Paragould, AR 72450
    www.amhparagould.com

    Crittenden Memorial Hospital
    200 Tyler Ave.
    West Memphis, AR 72301
    http://www.crittendenmemorial.org/

    Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical affiliates.  When determining educational costs consideration should be given to this additional expense.

    CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Verified Credentials

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red—Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow—Possible Discrepancy found
    Green—No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials. The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.

    CURRICULUM

    Classes for new MRI students begin in the 1st Summer Semester and run for 15 consecutive months. 

    1st Summer

    RSMR  4702     Intro to MRI, 
    RSMR  4703     MRI Instrumentation
    RS      3133     Sectional Anatomy

    Fall RSMR  3853     Adv MR Pathophysiology I
    RS      4463     Statistics for Medical Imaging
    RS      3122     Legal and Regulatory Environment
    RSMR  4723     MRI Procedures I 
    RSMR  4803     MRI Physical Principles I 
    RSMR  4753     Clinical Education I
    Spring RSMR  3863     Adv MR Pathophysiology II
    RSMR  4763     Clinical Education II 
    RSMR  4712     Imaging Information Management 
    RSMR  4823     Data Acquisition & Processing 
    RSMR  4733     MRI Procedures II 
    RSMR  4813     MRI Physical Principles II 

    2nd Summer

    RSMR  4773     Clinical Education III
    RSMR  4783     Clinical Education IV
    RSMR  4812     MRI Pharmacology
    RSMR  4832     Adv MR Imaging

    Total Professional
    Curriculum

    52 Hours

    ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. 

    All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>

    EXPENSES

     In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Science students will incur the following expenses: 

    • All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites.  The annual cost of this insurance is about $40.  Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director. 
    • The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program.  Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500.  These texts are used throughout the program. 
    • Students will be required to purchase uniforms.  Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program. 
    • CPR certification is required.  Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.
    • TB mask fittings are required.  The fitting is available at ASU within the first few weeks of the fall semester.  This is a one time fee of approximately $25.
    • A physical exam and proof of immunizations are also required prior to starting clinical rotations.

    IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH RECORDS

    Once accepted into a program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B.  Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months.  Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose.  The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.

    MRI students are also required to provide documentation of immunization to varicella (chicken pox).  A vaccine is available for those students without immunity.

    Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program.   In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 

    TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR MRI

    Physical and Mental Performance Requirements Because of the nature of the work required in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program offered at ASU, the applicant must be:

    1. Able to reach, manipulate, and operate equipment necessary for exam procedures.

    2. Able to move, manipulate, and observe a patient or client as necessary for the profession.

    3. Able to visually assess patients, medical test results and the working environment to correctly decide the appropriate action to take for the benefit to the patient/client.

    4. Able to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing, with the patient, client, family members, medical personnel and others.

    5. Able to disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties, and also hear clearly enough to gather information relevant to patient care and work duties.

    6. Able to make appropriate judgment decisions in an emergency or where a situation is not clearly governed by specific guidelines.

    7. Able to demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interactions with patients/clients, staff, family members, and others in routine and non-routine decision-making processes, and on the daily execution of didactic and clinical assignments.

    8. Able to maintain professional demeanor and conduct under extremely stressful circumstances.

    9. Able to lift at least 50 pounds.

    10. Able to safely work in the MRI suite – Magnetic Resonance Imaging students should wear no implants or have devices surgically implanted that are deemed non-MRI compatible.

    CREDIT FOR CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

    Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise.  These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree.  In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.

    CREDIT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE 

    Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience.  Individuals should contact their advisor for further information.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.

    MISSION

    The mission of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program is to produce quality, competent, entry-level MRI technologists for the practice of magnetic resonance imaging.

    PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY


    The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program was established to provide education and training opportunities for individuals seeking entry or advancement as registered MRI technologists. Our program is based on the concept that education is a continuing process whereby the learner determines goals, clarifies values, and develops such discipline and understanding as best meets individual needs for self-actualization. It is our goal to educate students for a professional career in which they can be successful.

    PROGRAM GOALS

    The goals of the program include personal and professional development. The curriculum is designed to develop excellence in all aspects of magnetic resonance imaging and to promote an awareness of the patient and his/her unique needs.

    1. Students will be clinically competent.
    2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
    3. Students will communicate effectively.
    4. Students will demonstrate professionalism.
    5. Students will successfully complete the program.

    PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Graduates of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program should exhibit the following:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging principles.
    2. Produce diagnostic MRI exams.
    3. Provide patient care essential to magnetic resonance imaging procedures.
    4. Demonstrate magnetic resonance imaging safety principles in the clinical setting.
    5. Apply basic computer skills in the clinical setting.

    ACCREDITATION

    The program is accredited by:
    The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    (312) 704-5300

    For more information contact:

    www.jrcert.org

    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    American Healthcare Radiology Administrators

    American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

    Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences, Inc. (AEIRS)

    Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology

    Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

    American Society of Radiologic Technologists

    National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

    Radiology Business Management Association

    Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists

  • Nuclear Medicine

    Classes for new nuclear medicine technology students begin in the Fall semester (August) and run for 15 consecutive months.  During the 15 month program, students participate in a structured rotation sequence through an accredited nuclear medicine program.

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    To be admitted to the Nuclear Medicine, students must meet one of the requirements listed below:

    1. Completion of an accredited Associate Degree Program in Radiologic Technology.
    2. Receive credit by articulation. Registered radiologic technologists who do not possess an Associate Degree may receive 50 radiologic technology credit hours by providing documentation of the following requirements:
      • graduation from an accredited school of Radiologic Technology
      • a passing score on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination

    When both requirements have been met, the Chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences will formally notify the Office of Admissions & Records and credit will be recorded on the student's transcript for 43 hours of ASU Radiologic Technology courses.

    Applicants to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program are selected by the Admissions Committee, using the following criteria:

    • Cumulative grade point average
    • Selected course grades
    • Interview

    The above criteria are converted to a point system. Selection is competitive and only 6 slots are available.

    Deadline for application is October 1st for January admission.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    See the Chair of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences for complete instructions for application.

    CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Verified Credentials

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red—Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow—Possible Discrepancy found
    Green—No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials. The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.

    CURRICULUM

    RS 4822 Psychosocial Factors in Healthcare

    RS 4463 Statistics for Medical Imaging

    RS 3122 Legal & Regulatory Environment of Radiology

    RS  3733 Geriatric Considerations in Radiology

    RSN 4313 Nuclear Medicine Procedures I

    RSN 4213 Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation

    RSN 4523 Nuclear Medicine Clinical Education I

    RSN 4323 Nuclear Medicine Procedure II

    RSN 4113 Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy

    RSN 4523 Nuclear Medicine Clinical Education II

    RSN 4535 Nuclear Medicine Clinical Education III

    RS 4343 Radiologic Administrative Concepts

    RS 4852 Adv. Radiologic Patho I

    RS 4862 Adv. Radiologic Patho II

    NOTE:  Didactic and clinical courses are taken at an accredited nuclear medicine program.  This should be discussed with the chair of the department.

    ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. 

    All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>

    EXPENSES

    In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Science students will incur the following expenses:

    • All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites. The annual cost of this insurance is about $40. Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director.
    • Students (except DMS & MRI students) are assessed a fee of $120 per academic year to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
    • The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500. These texts are used throughout the program.
    • Students will be required to purchase uniforms. Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program.
    • CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • Students are required to purchase name badges. This is a nominal, one time fee of less than $20.
    • Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.

    IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH RECORDS

    Once accepted into a program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B.  Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months.  Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose.  The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.

    Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program.   In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 

    TECHNICAL STANDARDS

    In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

    1. Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    2. Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
    4. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    5. Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    6. The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.

    CREDIT FOR CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

    Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise.  These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree.  In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.

    CREDIT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE 

    Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience.  Individuals should contact their advisor for further information.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.

    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    American Healthcare Radiology Administrators

    American Society of Radiologic Technologists

    Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences

    Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology

    National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

    Radiology Business Management Association

    Society of Nuclear Medicine

  • Radiology Management

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    To be admitted to the Radiology Management Program, students must meet one of the requirements listed below:

    1. Completion of an accredited Associate Degree Program in Radiologic Technology.
    2. Receive credit by articulation. Registered radiologic technologists who do not possess an Associate Degree may receive 49 radiologic technology credit hours by providing documentation of the following requirements:
    3. graduation from an accredited school of Radiologic Technology
    4. a passing score on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination

    When all these requirements have been met, the Chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences will formally notify the Office of Admissions & Records and credit will be recorded on the student's transcript for 49 hours of ASU Radiologic Technology courses.

    APPLICATION

    CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Verified Credentials

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red—Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow—Possible Discrepancy found
    Green—No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials. The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.

    EXPENSES

     In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Science student will incur the following expenses: 

    • All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites.  The annual cost of this insurance is about $40.  Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director. 
    • The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program.  Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500.  These texts are used throughout the program. 
    • Students will be required to purchase uniforms.  Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program. 
    • CPR certification is required.  Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • Students are required to purchase name badges.  This is a nominal, one time fee of less than $20.
    • Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.

    CURRICULUM

    RS Management Major
    RS 4822 Psychosocial Factors in Health Care Delivery 2 hours
    RS 3122 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Radiology 2 hours
    RS 436V Independent Study in the Radiologic Sciences 3 hours
    RS 4463 Statistics for Medical Imaging 3 hours
    RS 4343 Radiologic Administrative Concepts 3 hours
    RSMR 4712 Imaging Information Management 2 hours
    BCOM 2563 Business Communication* 3 hours
    MGMT 3123 Principles of Management* 3 hours
    MGMT 4163 Small Business Management* 3 hours
    MGMT 3143 Human Resource Management* 3 hours
    MGMT 3153 Organizational Behavior* 3 hours
    MGMT 4143 Organizational Change and Development* 3 hours
     * Check Prerequisites and Course Schedule

    IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH RECORDS

    Once accepted into a program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B.  Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months.  Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose.  The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.

    Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program.   In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 

    TECHNICAL STANDARDS

    In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

    1. Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    2. Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
    4. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    5. Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    6. The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.

    CREDIT FOR CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

    Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise.  These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree.  In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.

    CREDIT FOR WORK EXPERIENCE 

    Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience.  Individuals should contact their advisor for further information.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.

    PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    American Healthcare Radiology Administrators

    Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences

    National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

    Radiology Business Management Association

  • Checksheets and Degree Plans

    Checksheets

    Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.

    Imaging Specialist
    Radiation Therapy
    Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    Nuclear Medicine Technology
    Radiology Management

    Degree Plans

    Degree plans suggest a schedule of courses for students to follow as they pursue their degree.