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.
Radiography program faculty advise interested students throughout their college career. During the first two years, students enroll in general education courses and complete 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.
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 clinical instruction at several clinical affiliates such as University of Missouri Hospital Center, Women's & Children's Hospital, Harry S Truman Veteran's Administration Hospital and Boone Hospital Center. Our clinical affiliates provide students with a broad base of learning experiences. Other clinical rotations may include radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, diagnostic medical ultrasound, CT, MRI, veterinary medicine, mammography and trauma/emergency imaging.
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.
Students in the professional phase of the Radiography Program are expected to abide by certain rules and regulations found within the student handbook.