Radiographers are highly skilled health professionals who work closely with physicians and specialize in the use of x-rays. They provide patient services using a variety of imaging modalities. In addition to conventional x-ray procedures, the radiographer also works with computerized axial tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiovascular-interventional technology, mammography, bone densitometry, and quality management.
Established in 1960, the Radiography Program is the only baccalaureate level program at a public institution of higher education in Missouri. This discipline provides preparation for leaders in the field by offering a Bachelor of Health Science degree. Graduates have demonstrated their superior achievement through their performance on national certifying examinations with a 100% overall pass rate. After graduating from the program, students may choose to do an additional clinical externship in computerized tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, which will lead to a certificate of completion and eligibility to take the national certifying examination in that area.
The primary mission of the radiography program is to prepare highly competent, registry eligible professionals in the medical imaging sciences. Our program and curriculum are designed to provide an educational foundation for the advancement into leadership and managerial positions within medical imaging, as well as providing an environment where scholarly activity, professional development, and service are expectations. Our curriculum enables successful graduates to readily interact with a variety of health care and science related fields.
In order to fulfill the primary mission of the program, a strategic plan has been developed that includes overall goals and objectives plus specific program student learning outcomes assessment goals. Click here for more information.
Radiography program faculty coordinate with the School of Health Professions’ Student Services in the advisement of students throughout their college career. The program is divided into two phases and generally takes a minimum of four years to complete. In the first, or prerequisite, phase students enroll in the University of Missouri‘s required general education courses and complete the Radiography Program's required prerequisite courses. Students apply to the radiography program during spring semester of their sophomore year (by February 1st). Upon acceptance into the program, students begin professional radiography courses summer semester of their Junior year. This professional phase of the program runs for 24 consecutive months.
Admission to the second, or professional, phase of the program requires a separate application and is competitive. The February 1 deadline typically falls during the spring semester of a student’s sophomore year. Upon acceptance into the program, students begin professional radiography courses in the summer semester following acceptance into the program, typically the summer semester of their Junior year. This professional phase of the program runs for 24 consecutive months. Successful students will then graduate with a bachelor’s degree and are eligible to apply for their national registry examination through the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become a registered radiologic technologist in radiography: RT(R). https://www.arrt.org/
In addition to general requirements and courses pertinent to radiography, students in the program will take interdisciplinary courses in cardiology, research, healthcare organization and management, radiation safety, and radiation biology. They will also have an opportunity to experience problem based learning (PBL) cases.
While in the program, students will receive comprehensive clinical instruction in general diagnostic radiography at several local clinical affiliates such as University of Missouri Hospital, Women's & Children's Hospital, South Providence Medial Park, University Physicians Clinic, Missouri Orthopedic Institute, Harry S Truman Veteran's Administration Hospital and Boone Hospital Center. Our clinical affiliates provide students with a broad base of learning experiences. Other short, exploratory clinical rotations may include radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, diagnostic medical ultrasound, CT, MRI, veterinary medicine, mammography and trauma/emergency imaging. The program integrates classroom work and clinical rotations in an effort to maximize student learning. Formal clinical rotations are assigned every semester except the first summer of the program. During fall and spring semesters students will spend 20 hours per week at assigned clinical affiliates (total of 300 hours per semester). Students will obtain 300 hours of clinical experience their second summer semester. Trauma/emergency imaging experience is gained at the University Hospital, a level one trauma center, in three, one week evening clinical rotations. The clinical work week falls within the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of the evening rotation during the Senior year. The evening rotation will not extend beyond 11:00 p.m. Starting time will vary in accordance with the student’s class schedule.
The program observes the University of Missouri academic calendar (http://provost.missouri.edu/academic-calendar/) that includes holiday observances, semester breaks, and between semester breaks, with the exception of the second summer in the program where students return one week early to fulfil their clinical education requirement.
A mastery score of 75% is required to pass our national ARRT registry exam. In accordance with this standard, Radiography Program faculty use the following mastery, plus/minus grading scale: A = 97% - 100%, A-= 93% - 96%, B+= 89% - 92%, B = 85% - 88%, B-= 81% - 84%, C+= 78% - 80%, C= 75% - 77%. A minimum competency of 75% is required. Any test for which a student obtains a score of less than 75% must be repeated until competency is attained. However, the first score will be used to calculate the final course grade..
Program Mission, goals, student learning outcomes, accreditation information and program effectiveness data are located in the document titled “Radiography Program Effectiveness Data (PDF)” (click here for more information).The document may also be accessed through the link on the left side of this webpage. Program Effectiveness Data reported to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) may be found on the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org.
Before beginning the professional phase of the School of Health Professions’ Radiography Program, we want you to have certain information available to you. The Radiography Program is a serious commitment—for you and for us. More than anything else, however, it is a serious commitment to patients, including those you will see and work with as students and, most importantly, those for whom you will be responsible later in your careers. Click to view the Essential Requirements Form.
Students in the professional phase of the Radiography Program are expected to abide by certain rules and regulations found within the student handbook. Click to view the Student Handbook.
Full disclosure of any ticket, citation, summons, arrest, charges or convictions for a misdemeanor or felony is required on the application to the clinical portion of the program. Individuals who have been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony must pre-apply to the ARRT. Written preapproval to take the examination must be attached to the program application by the application deadline. Contact the Program Director for preapproval information well in advance of the program application deadline. Written preapproval may take up to 12 weeks to complete.
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