Radiologic Sciences Advising Guide
Department of Radiologic Sciences
What is Radiologic Sciences?
Radiography or Radiologic Technology is the art and science of applying x-ray or gamma radiation in the treatment and diagnosis of patient disease or injury. Radiologic Technology is a profession, which includes those individuals who perform radiographic procedures, nuclear medicine procedures, and radiation therapy procedures. Individuals performing these procedures are referred to as Radiographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and Radiation Therapists. The Department of Radiologic Sciences prepares students to become Radiographers, formerly referred to as radiologic technologists, who perform and assist physicians in performing x-ray examinations in order to determine the presence of disease or injury. Radiographers utilize sophisticated x-ray equipment in recording the hidden structures of the body on radiographic imaging systems. The types of x-ray examinations vary considerably and include radiography of the organs and glands of the abdomen and chest, specialized studies of veins and arteries found throughout the body, and radiography of the entire bony components of the human skeleton. The radiologic sciences program at South offers general diagnostic radiography, specialized imagining (ultrasound, vascular radiography, CT, MRI, and mammography), radiation therapy, and radiology administration.
Career Opportunities in Radiologic Sciences
Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Although hospitals will remain the principal employer of radiologic technologists, a number of new jobs will be found in offices of physicians and diagnostic imaging centers. As technology advances many imaging modalities are becoming less expensive and more feasible to have in a physician’s office.
In addition to job growth, job openings also will arise from the need to replace technologists who leave the occupation. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging procedure—such as CT, MR, and mammography, etc.—will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees.
Salary Trends in Radiologic Sciences
Beginning salaries for entry level radiographers are currently estimated to be $32,000 to $35,000 annually. Obtaining a specialty area will increase starting salary. Salaries should also increase as experience is acquired. However, whether or not one receives higher salaries depends on the individual and his/her desire to develop new expertise.
High School Preparation
Your admission into the program can be enhanced by completing the requirements for admission on time as well as making sure you have a good background in science and math, and your ACT scores have been forwarded in a timely manner. Competitive ACT scores range from 22-24 (or SAT equivalent) in each math, science, and English. High school students wishing to pursue Radiologic Sciences should learn and practice effective time management and study strategies that should transpire into their collegiate career, hopefully helping the student to earn and maintain a competitive collegiate GPA.
How to Major in Radiologic Sciences
Effective 2015, hospital-based schools are required to establish affiliations with colleges and will conduct twenty-four month programs which lead, at a minimum, to an Associate’s Degree and certification in radiography. Regardless of who conducts the program (hospital, university, or college), graduates qualify to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination for licensure as a radiographer, providing the program grants, at a minimum, an associate’s degree and provided the program in question is approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology or a college/university regional accrediting agency.
Regardless of whether a program is hospital or college-based, we recommend students consider the mission and goals of a program in determining which program to attend. Simply stated, our mission is to educate men and women who want to become Registered Radiographers and who wish to prepare for that career in a college setting, while earning a bachelor's degree.
Students will be placed in the pre-professional radiologic sciences major until admitted by the department into the professional component.
Following an academic plan will help you stay on track to graduate in four years.
To see a sample academic plan for this major, please click here. Degree plans provide only a suggested schedule; make sure to meet with your academic advisor to find the actual schedule that is right for you.
For additional degree information, visit the undergraduate bulletin.
For More Information
If you have additional questions, you should contact any faculty member of the Department of Radiologic Sciences. They will be glad to answer any questions you might have. You can contact our faculty by going to the faculty page and clicking on the name beneath the photo of the faculty member you would like to contact. You may also speak with the departmental secretary by calling (251) 445-9346.
You can find us on campus at:
Department of Radiologic Sciences
5721 USA Drive North
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Phone: (251) 445-9346
Fax: (251) 445-9347
*The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other majors, please refer to the USA bulletin or contact the department/College directly.