Programs/Model Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences

ACCREDITATION:
The radiography and radiation therapy programs are fully accredited by:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312-704-5300

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT:
The minimum course requirements to enter the Bachelor's program are shown in the 2018-2019 Model Curriculum below. Applicants MUST complete the model curriculum requirements PRIOR to admission to the Fall Semester.



REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Class Hours Class Hours
EH101 - English Composition I 3 EH 102 - English Composition II 3

Biology: choose one
BLY 101/101L - Life Science I /Lab
OR
BLY 121/121L - General Biology I /Lab

4

Biology: choose one
BLY 102/102L - Life Science II /Lab
OR
BLY 122/122L - General Biology II /Lab

4
PSY 120 - General Psychology 3 MA 112 - Pre-Cal Algebra 3
CA 110 - Public Speaking 3 Social Science Elective 3
HY - History Elective 3 CIS 150 - Intro to Computer Applications
OR
CIS 010 - Computer Proficiency Exam (pass)
3

0
       
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13-16
 
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Class Hours Class Hours
BMD 251 - Anatomy & Physiology I 4 BMD 252 - Anatomy & Physiology II 4
EH - Literature Elective 3 Physics: choose one
PH 104 - Concepts of Physics (4)
PH 114/114L - Physics w/Algebra-Trig I (5)
4-5
Statistics: choose one
ST 210 - Statistical Reasoning
BUS 245 - Business Statistics
3 History Sequence*
OR
Social Science Elective
3
Fine Arts Elective 3 Literature Sequence*
OR
Humanities Elective
3
       
Total Hours 13  Total Hours 14-15

 *A two-course sequence is required in either Literature or History.
**Two writing (W) courses are required, one of which must come from your major or minor.
**Completing 30 credits per year (Fall, Spring, Summer) enables you to graduate in four years.
**Scholarship students must contact the Scholarship Office if they cannot take 30/year.

For a complete listing of the elective options, review the 
Pre-Professional Course Reference Form.


PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT:
The professional component (junior and senior years) consists of two years of academic and clinical study in Radiologic Sciences. The program is six semesters in length, including two summer terms. All candidates must have satisfied the pre-professional component to qualify for the degree-seeking professional component, but completion of that component does not guarantee admission to the professional component. Enrollment in the professional component is limited by the number of clinical positions available. During the professional component, students must be prepared to travel up to 90 miles from campus in order to participate in the clinical education component of the curriculum.

Junior Year - 41 semester hours
Senior Year - 35-42 semester hours based on educational track followed.

Click here for Model Curriculum for Professional Component.

 
For a complete description of the various educational tracks offered and course descriptions, see the University Bulletin.

TRANSFER STUDENTS:
Students may transfer no more than 60 semester hours from a community college. To earn a B.S. degree, students must complete a minimum of 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction in upper-level courses (300,400) at USA, and must complete 15 semester hours in the major. Two "W" (writing component) courses must also be taken at USA.



Options in Advanced Imaging Modalities for Radiographers

Graduates of associate degree accredited radiography programs wishing to complete advanced modality courses in mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), vascular radiography, radiology administration, or ultrasound are required to meet the admissions requirements excluding requirement #9 in the Admission Requirements. Note that a radiation therapy option is only offered as a bachelor's degree.

In addition to meeting all other admissions requirements, associate degree transfer radiography students are required to take a 6 hour bridge course (Rad 491-Concepts of Professional Radiologic Practice). Upon completion of the bridge course, 41 semester hours of upper level credit will be awarded for the student’s previous radiography training during the final semester before graduation. This course is offered once each year during the summer semester. Therefore, students should plan to complete the bridge during the summer prior to their enrollment in the fall semester.

Transfer students who complete one or more advanced imaging modalities may apply those credits to the pursuit of the bachelor’s degree, providing all of the core courses are completed.


Options Available to Continuing Education/B.S. Seeking Radiographers:

  • Option A:
    Take two (2) modalities listed below, or up to two (2) modalities and Radiology Administration.

    Beginning Fall 2012, pre-professional (general education) requirements for the B.S. degree do not have to be completed prior to admissions. Students may
    • Complete only the modality-specific courses for continuing education purposes.
    • Take modality-specific courses simultaneously with pre-professional (general education) courses.
    • Complete modality-specific certificate requirements first and later complete general education requirements and earn the B.S. degree in Radiologic Sciences.


CT, MRI, Mammography, Vascular Radiography
Modalities require two (2) days of clinic and one (1) hour of classroom lecture per week for each modality. Each modality is taught over three semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer) for a total of 12 semester hours per modality.

Radiology Administration
Students may select up to two modalities plus Radiology Administration, which will be taught online over three semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer). Radiology Administration will require a total of 13 semester hours, with no clinical assignments other than a preceptorship that is required in Summer.

  • Option B: Ultrasonography
    Courses are taught over 3 semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer) for a total of 28 semester hours. Classes and clinical assignments are scheduled Monday – Friday throughout the program. For radiographers seeking continuing education only in ultrasound, general education courses required for a B.S. degree do not have to be completed prior to admission. Students may
    • Complete only the modality-specific courses for continuing education purposes.
    • Take modality-specific courses simultaneously with pre-professional (general education) courses.
    • Complete modality-specific requirements first and later complete general education requirements and earn the B.S. degree in Radiologic Sciences.
  • Option C: Radiation Therapy
    Requires completion of pre-professional (general education) requirements prior to admission. Classes and clinical assignments are scheduled Monday – Friday throughout the three semester program (Fall, Spring and Summer), with a total of 42 semester hours required. For more information, review the Radiation Therapy Brochure.