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Radiologic Sciences (BS)

Requirements For A Bachelor Of Science In Radiologic Sciences Credit Hours
Pre-Professional Component    56-63 
AREA I. Written Composition     6
English Composition (EH 101) 3 hrs    
English Composition (EH 102) 3 hrs    
AREA II. Humanities and Fine Arts     12
Public Speaking Choose  - CA 110 3 hrs    
Approved Fine Arts Course  - Choose from ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110,
or MUL 101
3 hrs    
Literature Elective* - Choose from EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236 3 hrs    
Literature sequence* or Humanities Elective* - Choose from AFR 101,  ARH 100, 103, 123, ARS 101, 121, 123, 124, CA 275, DRA 110, EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, 236, Foreign Language except 190, 290 or 390, MUL 101, PHL 110, 120, 121, 131, 231, 240, REL 100, 200, or 201 3 hrs    
*Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Parts I and II of same subject).
AREA III. Natural Sciences & Math      11
MA 112 3 hrs    

Life Science or Biology for science majors - 
BLY 101/BLY 101L or BLY 121/BLY 121L (4) and
*BLY 102/BLY102L or BLY 122/BLY122L (4) *Chemistry with its lab can substitute for the 2nd natural science if previously taken.

8 hrs    
AREA IV. History, Social and Behavioral Sciences     12
General psychology course - Choose PSY 120 3 hrs    
History elective* - Choose from HY 101, 102, 135, or 136 3 hrs    
History sequence* or Social Science Elective - Choose from HY 101, 102, HY 135, HY 136, or AN 100, AN 101,
CA 100, 211, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, 115, GS 101, IST 100, 201, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112, 
3 hrs    
Social Science Elective - Choose AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, 211, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, 115, GS 101, IST 100, 201, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112 3 hrs    
*Student must have one history elective and one literature elective to graduate. In addition, student must choose a second history or literature to complete a two-part sequence (Part I and II of same subject).
AREA V. Pre-Professional Required Courses     15-22
Human Anatomy and Physiology - BMD 251, BMD 252 8 hrs    
Intro to Computer App - CIS 010 or CIS 150 0-3 hrs    
Physics - PH 104 & PH 104L or PH 114 & PH 114L 4-5 hrs    
Statistics - ST 210  or BUS 245 or ST 305 3 hrs    
Optional General Elective  3 hrs    
Professional Component
All students admitted to the professional component are required to complete the following courses during their first year in the B.S. program:
     
Junior year professional component     38
Fall: RAD 300, RAD 304, RAD 307, RAD 310, RAD 312 15 hrs    
Spring: RAD 301, RAD 308, RAD 315, RAD 318, RAD 335 15 hrs    
Summer: RAD 302, RAD 309, RAD 320 8 hrs    
Senior year professional component     30-44
Note: Course requirements and semester hours vary based on the educational track followed.      
Track 1: General Radiography to include one advanced modality^. (Study of ultrasound or radiation therapy is not an option in the General Radiography Track)
Fall: RAD 403, RAD 411, RAD 415 AND
Mammography: RAD 480 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 16 semester hrs) or
Computed tomography: RAD 477 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 16 semester hours) or
Magnetic resonance imaging: RAD 483 and RAD 475 OR 476  (total 16 semester hours) or
Vascular radiography: RAD 486 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 16 semester hours) and/or
Radiology administration: RAD 430 & RAD 432 (total 18 semester hours)
     
Spring: RAD 404, RAD 437, RAD 496 AND
Mammography: RAD 481 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 12 semester hours) or
Computed tomography: RAD 478 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 12 semester hours) or
Magnetic resonance imaging: RAD 484 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 12 semester hours) or
Vascular radiography: RAD 487 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 12 semester hours) and/or Radiology administration: RAD 433 & RAD 435 (total 14 semester hours)
     
Summer: RAD 405, RAD 494, RAD 497 AND
Mammography: RAD 482 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 11 semester hours) or
Computed tomography: RAD 479 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 11 semester hours) or
Magnetic resonance imaging: RAD 485 and RAD 475 OR 476 (total 11 semester hours) or
Vascular radiography: RAD 481 and RAD 475 OR 476  (total 11 semester hours) and/or
Radiology administration: RAD 440 (total 8 semester hours)
     
Track 2: Ultrasound Only      30/36
Fall: RAD 417, RAD 423, RAD 411** (9-13 hrs)      
Spring: RAD 418, RAD 421, RAD 424, AND RAD 496 (12 hrs)      
Summer: RAD 320**, RAD 425, RAD 427, RAD 497 (9/11 hrs)      
Track 3: Radiation Therapy Only     42/44
Fall: RAD 320**, RAD 441, RAD 448, RAD 446, RAD 450, RAD 452
(15/17 hrs)
     
Spring: RAD 442, RAD 455, RAD 453, RAD 458, RAD 496 (16 hrs)      
Summer: RAD 443, RAD 456, RAD 454, RAD 497 (11 hrs)      
**RAD 320 and 411 required if not previously completed      
*Students who choose to complete Track 1 (Radiography to include one advanced modality) will be eligible to apply for continuation in the program to study any additional modality to include ultrasound and radiation therapy in a non-degree seeking student status. Please note that non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Post-ARRT Continuing Education Program (Non-Degree)

The department offers a three semester post-ARRT certification option to former USA certificate graduates and graduates of other radiography programs who want to complete an advanced imaging modality without pursuing the bachelor's degree. The three-semester non-degree option is available only to ARRT-registered radiographers who completed the USA Certificate or B.S. program or completed an associate degree radiography program.  Note that non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.  

There are six advanced imaging modalities available, and include mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, vascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography, radiology administration, or ultrasound. Upon completion of the didactic and clinical education requirements, students are eligible to seek ARRT certification in five of the six advanced imaging modalities offered.  Upon completion of didactic and clinical education requirements, ultrasound students are eligible to seek certification through American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).  At the present time, the ARRT does not offer certification in radiology administration.

Students in the non-degree track are required to complete only the advanced imaging modality courses for the modality in which they are admitted. Admission of students to the non-degree option will be limited based on the number of clinical positions available after degree-seeking students have been admitted. Students who complete the non-degree option may later choose to complete requirements to earn the bachelor's degree, which would include completion of all general education courses listed in the pre-professional component and the bridge course.

Transfer students' Transition to B.S. in Radiologic Sciences

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.  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).  This course is only offered during Summer semester. Upon successful completion of the bridge course, 38 semester hours of upper level credit will be awarded for the student’s previous radiography training.  Registered radiographers pursing a bachelor’s degree will be required to complete two modalities from track 1 or all courses in tracks 2 or 3.

Total hours required by program/track

Track 1: Bachelor degree, General Radiography to include either mammography, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, vascular radiography, or radiology administration: 133-140 semester hrs.  One modality plus radiology administration will add 13 hrs.

Track 2: Bachelor degree, Ultrasound modality only: 124-137 semester hours

Track 3: Bachelor degree, Radiation therapy only: 136-145 semester hours

For more information regarding requirements, admissions, and FAQs, go to
http://southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/radiologicsciences

 

Department Of Radiologic Sciences B.S. Degree Program Professional Component Model Curriculum Course Title Credit Hours
Junior Year     38
Fall      15
RAD 300 2 hrs Clin. Ed. I  
RAD 304 3 hrs Patient Care  
RAD 307 4 hrs Osseous I   
RAD 310 2 hrs Rad. Biology  
RAD 312 4 hrs Exposure Factors  
Spring     15
RAD 301 4 hrs Clin. Ed. II  
RAD 308 4 hrs Osseous II  
RAD 315 2 hrs Contrast Media  
RAD 318 4 hrs X-ray Physics  
RAD 335 1 hr Peds & Geriatrics  
Summer     8
RAD 302 3 hrs Clin. Ed. III  
RAD 309 3 hrs Osseous III   
RAD 320 2 hrs Cross-Sec. Anatomy  
Junior Year Total Hours     38

At the end of the junior year, students will be asked to make a choice on how they wish to complete the degree. 

There are three tracks from which to choose to complete the senior year: 

Track 1 General Radiography plus one advanced imaging modality (Vascular Imaging, CT, MRI, Mammography)
Track 2 Ultrasound only 
Track 3 Radiation Therapy only

In addition to one of the modalities in Track 1, students may choose to add studies in Radiology Administration. 

Students may also choose to complete the senior year as described for Track 1, and then later apply for admission to any advanced modality including Ultrasound or Radiation Therapy.

Senior Year Track 1:  General Radiography plus one advanced imaging modality  Course Title Credit Hours
Fall    16
RAD 403 4 hrs Clin. Ed. IV  
RAD 411 4 hrs Rad. Pathology  
RAD 415 4 hrs Diag. Imaging   
RAD 475 OR 476 2 hrs Advanced Modality Clinic Practicum A or B  
RAD 486 OR 2 hrs Vascular Img. I  
RAD 477 OR 2 hrs
CT Imag. I  
RAD 483 OR 2 hrs
MRI I  
RAD 480 2 hrs Mammo I   
*In addition to the above, students choosing Radiology Administration will add:
RAD 430 AND 3 hrs Health Care Comm. & RAD 430 Information MGT  
RAD 432 3 hrs Health Care Resource MGT   
Spring     12
RAD 404 4 hrs Clin. Ed. V   
RAD 437 3 hrs Image Analysis  
RAD 496 1 hr Rad. Sci. Research I  
RAD 475 OR 476 2 hrs Advanced Modality Clinic Practicum A or B  
RAD 487 OR 2 hrs Vascular Img. II   
RAD 478 OR 2 hrs
CT Imag. II   
RAD 484 OR 2 hrs
MRI II   
RAD 481 2 hrs
Mammo II   
*In addition to the above, students choosing Radiology Administration will add:
RAD 433 AND 3 hrs Health Care Financial MGT  
RAD 435 3 hrs Health Care Operations MGT   
Summer     11
RAD 405 4 hrs Clin. Ed. VI  
RAD 497 1 hr Rad. Sci. Research II   
RAD 494 2 hrs Directed Independent Study  
RAD 475 OR 476 2 hrs Advanced Modality Clinic Practicum A or B  
RAD 488 OR 2 hrs
Vascular Img III   
RAD 479 OR 2 hrs
CT Img III  
RAD 485 OR 2 hrs
MRI III  
RAD 482 2 hrs Mammo III  
*In addition to the above, students choosing Radiology Administration will add:  
RAD 440 1 hr Management Preceptorship  
Track 1 Senior Year  Radiography plus one imaging modality Total Hours  39
*The addition of the Radiology Administration option will add 13 hours  
Senior Year Track 2:  Ultrasound Course Title Credit Hours
Fall    9-13
RAD 417 4 hrs Abd & Superficial Structures US  
RAD 411* 4 hrs Rad. Pathology  
RAD 423 5 hrs US Clinical Education I  
Spring     12
RAD 418 3 hrs OB/GYN Ultrasound  
RAD 424 5 hrs US Clinical Education II  
RAD 421 3 hrs US Physics   
RAD 496 1 hr Rad. Sci. Research I   
Summer     9-11
RAD 425 5 hrs US Clinical Education III  
RAD 427 3 hrs Procedural Guidelines in US  
RAD 497 1 hr Rad. Sci. Research II    
RAD 320* 2 hr Cross Sectional Anatomy   
*RAD 320 and 411 required if not previously completed  
Track 2 Senior Year Total Hours 30-36
Senior Year Track 3:  Radiation Therapy Course Title Credit Hours
Fall    15-17
RAD 441 5 hrs Clinical Education I   
RAD 448 3 hrs Radiation Therapy Physics   
RAD 320* 2 hrs Cross Sectional Anatomy   
RAD 446 3 hrs Orientation to Radiation Oncology   
RAD 450 1 hr Patient Care in Radiation Oncology   
RAD 452 3 hrs Principles & Practice of Radiation Oncology I   
Spring     16
RAD 442 6 hrs Clinical Education II  
RAD 455 3 hrs Dosimetry and Treatment Planning I   
RAD 453 3 hrs Principles & Practice of Radiation RAD 453 Oncology II   
RAD 458 3 hrs Cancer Management in Radiation  
RAD 496 1 hr Rad. Sci. Research I  
Summer     11
RAD 443 7 hrs Clinical Education III  
RAD 456 2 hrs Dosimetry and Treatment Planning II   
RAD 454 1 hr Quality Mgmt in Radiation Oncology   
RAD 497 1 hr Rad. Sci. Research II   
*RAD 320 required if not previously completed  
Track 3 Senior Year Total Hours 42-44
Summary of Hours by Track Freshman & Sophomore
Pre-Professional Component 
Junior Year
Professional Component 
 Senior Year
Professional Component 
Total
Track 1 General Radiography and one modality
Radiography plus Vascular 56-63* 38 39 133-140
Radiography plus Vascular 56-63* 38 39 133-140
Radiography plus MRI 56-63* 38 39 133-140
Radiography plus Mammography 56-63* 38 39 133-140
         
Track 1 Plus General Radiography and one modality (above) plus Radiology Administration 
Radiography, one modality plus
Radiology Administration
56-63* 38 52 146-153
         
Track 2 Ultrasound
  56-63* 38 30-36 124-137
         
Track 3 Radiation Therapy      
Radiation Therapy 56-63 38 42-44 136-145

*The number of required hours will be influenced by various factors.

Example A:  53 hours required if student is exempt from EH 101 based on ACT score, passes the CIS 010 Proficiency Exam, and does not need general elective.

Example B:  63 hours required if student must take EH 101, fails CIS 010 Proficiency Exam twice and therefore has to take CIS 150, takes PH 114 rather than PH 104, and needs general elective.

Department of Radiologic Sciences Administrative Staff (251) 445-9346
Chair Dale Smith
Medical Advisor Maria S. Figarola M.D.
Associate Professor  
Instructors Cleveland, Cooper, Curtis, Jalkh, Pohlmann, Smith
Teaching Technologists Davis, Blow

Department of Radiologic Sciences website
http://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/radiologicsciences

Programs offered:

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences

Since its inception in 1976, the Department of Radiologic Sciences has provided a quality educational program with a sustained emphasis upon graduating competent and compassionate healthcare professionals. In so doing, our graduates are prepared to practice their profession in the often complex and global society of the 21st century.

The baccalaureate program is designed to provide graduates with enhanced career opportunities in radiology as administrators, educators, and advanced imaging specialists. The curriculum provides a broad education in liberal arts and basic sciences and an in-depth study in radiologic sciences.

Educational opportunities in diagnostic imaging and advanced imaging modalities such as mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, vascular radiography, computed tomography, radiology administration, ultrasound, and radiation therapy are offered. Following completion of the pre-professional component and admission to the professional component of the program, students will study general radiography for three semesters. At the end of this first year in the professional component, students will select one of the following tracks to complete: general radiography to include one advanced imaging modality, ultrasound, or radiation therapy.

The general radiography track curriculum includes diagnostic radiology and either mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, vascular radiography, and/or radiology administration. Students completing didactic and clinical requirements in these tracks will be eligible to seek certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiography and the advanced modality studied (excluding radiology administration).

The other two baccalaureate tracks allow students completing the first year of general radiography curriculum to select either ultrasound or radiation therapy during their senior year. Those who choose one of these tracks will not be eligible to seek ARRT certification in radiography, but will be eligible for ARRT certification in radiation therapy or ARRT and American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certification as an ultrasonographer upon completion of didactic and clinical requirements.

Pre-professional component

Degree seeking students must complete the 56-63 semester hour pre-professional component prior to enrolling in professional component courses.

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, which is equally true for the advanced modalities. 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.

Program accreditation

The radiography and radiation therapy programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois, 60706-3182. For more information go to www.jrcert.org.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN RADIOLOGIC SCIENCES PROGRAM

  1. Completion of all required pre-professional courses by the end of the summer semester prior to desired admission for Fall semester. Students are admitted to the professional component in the Fall semester only.
  2. Completion of a Department of Radiologic Sciences application, available at http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/radiologicsciences.
  3. Acceptance to the University of South Alabama.
  4. Submit official college transcripts for all coursework not completed at the University of South Alabama. Transcripts are not required if the coursework has already been transferred to USA.
  5. Application deadline is May 1.
  6. Submit official ACT or SAT scores, regardless of previous educational background. If individual scores for Math, English and Natural Sciences on the ACT are below 18, it is strongly advised that the test be retaken. ACT or SAT scores must be submitted by the application deadline of May 1.
  7. Submission of three (3) completed personal reference forms by the application deadline. Reference forms are available at http:/www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/radiologicsciences.
  8. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 ("C" average) on previously completed college-level courses. Transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline. For students who are attending or have attended USA, the USA GPA will be used. GPA's from outside courses are not averaged into the USA GPA.
  9. Students applying for admission to the professional component must complete four (4) hours of observation in a hospital Radiology department prior to reporting for the admission interview. Following submission of the departmental application, applicants may call the Department of Radiologic Sciences at (251) 445-9346 any time after January 10th during the year in which they plan to apply, and schedule a hospital observation appointment. Observation form and instructions are available at http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/radiologicsciences.
  10. Meet program technical/core performance standards. Core performance standards are fundamental tasks and skills that are required for successful completion of the program. They have been outlined and are available upon request and on the department website under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
  11. Complete a brief writing assignment conducted on the day of interview.
  12. Complete a personal interview with members of the Radiologic Sciences Admissions Committee.
  13. Applicants will be screened on the basis of past educational performance and the potential for the number of openings available. Therefore, acceptance into the University does not guarantee admission into the program. Likewise, admission into the program does not guarantee a position in a particular track/modality for one's senior year.
  14. Student acceptance into the program is provisional pending completion of a drug screen and background check requirements as specified in the acceptance letter. Refusal to submit will result in nullification of acceptance into the program.
  15. Proof of medical insurance must be provided and maintained throughout the program following official notification of acceptance into the program. Due date will be specified in the acceptance letter.
  16. ARRT certified radiographers who have completed the pre-professional component and are seeking the baccalaureate degree may apply for admission into the second year (senior year) of the professional component.
  17. International students must score a minimum of 76 on the TOEFL exam to include the following minimum sub-scores on the IBT:

Listening 20    Speaking 20    Reading 18    Writing 18

           The IELT exam will not be used as an admission requirement to the Radiologic Sciences Program 

Special fees

  • Books: Approximately $700-800
  • Uniforms: Approximately $250
  • Clinical Data System: One-time payment of $150
  • Drug Screen: Approximately $25
  • Background Check: Varies based on number of prior residences, but approximately $50
  • Personal Medical Insurance: Must possess throughout program