from the MSU Radiologic Sciences Faculty & Staff
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Sciences
The Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Sciences (AAS) degree is designed to prepare graduates for the practice of radiography in the rapidly changing health care environment. The two-year program provides students with the general academic and technical foundations necessary to competently perform a wide range of radiologic procedures. After successful completion of all program requirements, students may be qualified to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Those who pass the examination are issued certificates which confer the right to use the title "Registered Technologist" and its abbreviation "R.T. (ARRT)" after their names. Additionally, graduates may be eligible for certification by the state of Texas as a medical Radiologic Technologist.
Bachelor of Science Degree
The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (BSRS) degree is available through distance education delivery methods. This program provides lateral and upward mobility for technologists who are unable to attend college on a full-time basis. Registered technologists may earn up to 46 semester credit hours of advanced standing. The program offers a variety of subject content including courses designed to prepare students for advanced level examinations in specific modalities.
All courses in the BSRS program are offered as Internet courses. Course content is based on standard textbooks and the on-line course instructions guide students through every step of the material. Each course is divided into several individual units with accompanying unit exams that may be submitted to MSU for grading. Graded exams are returned to the student with pertinent comments and recommendations for further study. Specific instructions for the final examinations will be provided with each course syllabus. Students are allowed to test at a proctored site of their choosing within a timeframe acceptable to the professor.
Master of Science Degree
Midwestern State University (MSU) offers the first discipline-specific Master of Science Radiologic Science (MSRS) degree of its kind in the United States. It includes three separate majors: Radiologic Administration, Radiologic Education, and Radiologist Assistant. The MSRS program features a holistic approach to graduate education with options for specialization, providing a natural transition for working technologists interested in advancing to higher levels of administration, education, or advanced clinical practice.
This program provides opportunities for radiologic science professionals interested in being radiologic administrators, radiologic educators, and radiologist assistants regardless of their location. The unique “hybrid distance education” curriculum design permits working professionals to complete the degree with minimal on-campus requirements while preserving the benefits of face-to-face contact with fellow graduate students. Courses offered during fall and spring semesters, generally require only two visits to MSU. Summer courses include assignments to be completed before and after a single visit to campus. Most of the course requirements are completed independently and coordinated electronically. A limited number of masters level courses are available online.
The radiologist assistant (RA) is a newly emerging allied health care professional providing a recognized advanced clinical role for experienced radiologic technologists. The RA enhances patient care by extending the capacity of the radiologist in the diagnostic imaging environment. The RA performs patient assessment, patient management, fluoroscopy, and other radiology procedures. This new health care professional will also make initial observations of diagnostic images, with official interpretations and final written reports being provided by supervising radiologists (as defined by the American College of Radiology (ACR) Standard for Communication: Diagnostic Radiology).
The RA major is a track in the Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences Degree. The curriculum design allows RA students the benefits of clinical practice where it is most needed (off-campus) as well as the benefits of periodic face-to-face networking with other students and with faculty during on-campus seminars. Admission to the RA major is limited and competitve
In addition to the MSRS core courses and the research paper, the RA curriculum will include procedures courses with a specific clinical content focus that require independent work, online interactions, and on-campus visits. Each semester will also include a clinical preceptorship with at least twenty- four (24) contact hours per week including at least four (4) hours of direct image review with the Radiologist Preceptor.
MSU’s Radiologic Sciences programs include energized radiographic rooms, darkroom, computer lab, extensive selection of audio-visual resources, and a comprehensive website.