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Radiologic Sciences


Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (B.S.R.S.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

 person looking at x-ray image on a computer screen

Mission Statement

The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences (MIRS) exists to provide comprehensive, multi-skilled education preparing students for entry-level practice in the medical imaging and radiation therapy professions. This mission is accomplished through collaborative education, research and scientific efforts with the health care community.

Radiography Application
Application due by October 31st


Students who are accepted into the program (see program admission) must complete all radiography program requirements, then select and apply for a senior-year emphasis in one of the following Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences specialty areas/tracks:

  • Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Mammography/Breast Sonography
  • Radiation Therapy

  • Description of the Tracks

    Sophomore/Junior Year

    Radiography: Provides students with the skills necessary to image the human body.

    Senior Year (as listed in order above)

    Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology: Provides students with the skills necessary to assist with diagnostic angiographic procedures, as well as complex vascular and non-vascular interventional and therapeutic procedures.

    Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Provides students with the skills necessary to operate sonographic equipment and to image the body’s organs, tissues, blood vessels and musculature.

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Provides students with the skills necessary manipulate MR parameters to acquire high- quality images for interpretation.

    Mammography/Breast Sonography: Provides students with the skills necessary obtain high-resolution images to evaluate breast tissue for various abnormalities such as lesions or possible breast implant rupture.

    Radiation Therapy: Provides students with the skills necessary to deliver medical radiation therapy treatments.

    *NOTE: Students must consult with program faculty when choosing their senior year modality track. Space in specialty tracks is limited and thus admission is competitive.

  • Goals & Student Learning Outcomes


    The Radiography Program at Arkansas State University exists to produce competent entry-level technologist for the practice of radiologic technology.


    1. Students will be clinically competent.

    • Student Learning Outcomes:
      1. Students will provide appropriate patient care.
      2. Students will practice proper radiation safety.
      3. Students will produce quality radiographs.

    2. Students will develop critical thinking skills.

    • Student Learning Outcomes:
      1. Students will adapt to varying clinical experiences and equipment.
      2. Students will critique images and recommend corrective action for suboptimal radiographs.

    3. Students will demonstrate communication skills.

    • Student Learning Outcomes:
      1. Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
      2. Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

    4. Students will model professionalism.

    • Student Learning Outcomes:
      1. Students will demonstrate professional work ethic.
      2. Students will summarize the value of lifelong learning.

  • Admission


    Students are encouraged to meet with an academic adviser as early as possible. Select college-level coursework is evaluated and scored during the application process. Interested candidates should:

    • Complete the admission packet (found on the department website).
    • Complete the criminal background check acknowledgement document.

    All required materials (see application) must be received by 5 p.m., on Oct. 31

    Applicants to the program are selected by the Admission Committee using the following criteria weighted by percentages (see website for more details):

    1. Support course GPA (40%)
    2. Interview (30%)
    3. Lab activity (20%)
    4. Statement of Purpose (10%)

    The first category listed is translated to a scaled system of points. Once scaled, students are ranked accordingly. The top candidates will be asked for an interview and lab activity. The number of accepted applicants may vary each year based on available clinical slots.

    *Note: Students completing general education courses and required support courses on the A-State campus will be awarded extra points toward the final score. Students who prove proficiency in Spanish will also receive additional points. (The department homepage contains the details for proving proficiency on Spanish)


    Individuals who have graduated from, or are currently enrolled in, an accredited radiography program may apply for admission into a specialty track/area. The application due date for all specialty tracks is April 1. All required materials (see application) must be received by 5 p.m. on April 1. Please see the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences website for more details.


    Classes for new Radiography students begin every spring semester and run for 18 consecutive months with an additional 12-18 months in a specialty area. During the 30-36 month program, students participate in a structured rotation sequence through affiliated medical imaging and radiation sciences departments in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Missouri.

    Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical affiliates. When determining educational costs, consideration should be given to this additional expense. Students are not compensated for clinical education hours.


    Once accepted into the program, students must provide documented evidence of vaccination and immunization for Hepatitis B and Varicella (chicken pox).

    Students must be up-to-date on all vaccines required by the Radiography program clinical affiliates including TB skin tests, flu and Covid vaccines, and HEPA mask fittings. 


    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require a high level of proficiency in English. This ensures all students have the language skills necessary to meet programmatic academic and clinical objectives. All foreign-born students may learn more about the English proficiency requirements at AState.edu/Degrees/BSRS/Eng.

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  • Expenses & Additional Information


    In addition to tuition and immunization costs, students will incur the following expenses:

    1. 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 approximately $40.
    2. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $800. These texts include online software used throughout the program.
    3. Uniform and dosimeter costs are approximately $250.
    4. CPR certification is required and may be subject to or incur a nominal fee.
    5. Background checks are required for clinical students. This cost is between $75-$100. A drug screen is required for certain clinic sites with a cost between $25-$45.
    6. Students are required to purchase access to online clinical software for use in clinical courses. This is an annual fee of $100-$150/year.
    7. TB mask fittings are required. The fitting may be scheduled through A-State, with an annual fee of approximately $40.

    Technical Standards

    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 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.

  • Radiography Clinical Affiliates
  • Curriculum
  • Program Effectiveness Data


    The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT awarded the program accreditation status in 2016, with the next scheduled review in 2024. Learn more about A-State’s accreditation information and program effectiveness data.


     Five year average credentialing examination (ARRT Radiation Therapy Exam) pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within 6 months of graduation.


    Year Percent passing on 1st attempt Number of students
    2022 90% 18 of 20 passed on 1st attempt
    2021 94% 15 of 16 passed on 1st attempt
    2020 95% 20 of 21 passed on 1st attempt
    2019 94% 17 of 18 passed on 1st attempt
    2018 86% 18 of 21 passed on 1st attempt
    5 year avg 92% 88 of 96


    Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation.


    Year Percent job placement Number of students
    2022 100% 31 out of 31 students seeking employment found employment
    2021 100% 29 out of 29 students seeking employment found employment
    2020 100% 33 out of 33 students seeking employment found employment
    2019 100% 32 out of 32 students seeking employment found employment
    2018 100% 34 out of 34 students seeking employment found employment
    5 year avg 100%  


    Program Completion Rate – number of graduates divided by initial number in cohort.


    Year Percent completion Number of Students
    2023 97% 29 of 30 students completed program
    2022 86% 31 of 36 students completed program
    2021 91% 29 of 32 students completed program
    2020 100% 33 of 33 students completed program
    2019 91% 32 of 35 students completed program
    5 year avg 93%  


    For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the JRCERT website at  www.jrcert.org

Accreditation Information:

This program is accredited by:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in
Radiologic Technology

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