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Advanced Medical Imaging and Therapy

Radiologic Technology

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

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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 May 31st

Program Information

The Advanced Medical Imaging and Therapy is available for students with a bachelor's degree and accompanying Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology courses. This condensed program includes a unique design of seven- and ten-week courses to allow students to complete the degree in as little as 12 months. Graduates of the certificate program are eligible to sit for the national ARRT Radiography exam and can continue training (if desired) in other modality areas (e.g., CT, MRI, cardiovascular interventional, mammography, radiation therapy, or sonography).

  • 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 May 31st.

    Application weights:

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

    1. Prerequisite Courses GPA (50%)
    2. Interview (30%)
    3. Statement of Purpose (20%)

    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. 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)


    • BIO 2103/2101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I + Lab
    • BIO 2223/2221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II + Lab
    • HP 2013 Medical Terminology


    Classes begin every August and run for 12 consecutive months. During the 12 months, students participate in a structured rotation sequence through affiliated medical imaging and radiation sciences departments in Arkansas. 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 or transportation expenses.


    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.

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

  • 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.

  • Clinical Affiliates
    • Arkansas Children's Hospital
    • Arkansas Methodist Medical Center
    • Conway Regional Medical Center
    • Great River Medical Center
    • Lawrence Memorial Hospital
    • NEA Baptist Medical Center
    • St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center
    • St. Bernard's Imaging Center
    • White County Medical Center
    • White River Medical Center

  • Curriculum

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.