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Radiologic Sciences

Imaging Specialist

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science


The Imaging Specialist emphasis is designed to produce baccalaureate graduates who are multi-skilled, multi-competent in selected areas of radiologic science practice. Graduates are expected to achieve multi-competency credentials in the specialties of study following completion of the degree.

Imaging Specialist Concentrations

Students pursuing the Imaging Specialist major select one area of concentration:

  • General Radiography
  • Mammography
  • Computed Tomography
  • Prerequisites


    To be admitted to the IS Program, students must meet one of the requirements below:

    1. Completion of an accredited Associate Degree Program in Radiologic Technology.
    2. Receive credit by articulation. Registered radiologic technologists who do not possess an Associate Degree may receive 50 radiologic technology credit hours by providing documentation of the following requirements:
      • graduation from an accredited school of Radiologic Technology
      • a passing score on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination
      • successful academic performance on 6 semester hours of the BSRS Program

    When both requirements have been met, the Chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences will formally notify the Office of Admissions & Records and credit will be recorded on the student's transcript for 48-50 hours of ASU Radiologic Technology courses.


    The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require 
    a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and 
    clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure.

    All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>  


    Once accepted into a program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for hepatitis-B. Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months. Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose. The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.

    Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program. In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment with the exception of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.


    In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

    • Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    • Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
    • Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    • Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    • The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.
  • Additional Information


    Students holding current ARRT Advanced Level Certification in Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology, Mammography, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Quality Management, ARRT registration in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine, NMTCB registration in Nuclear Medicine, or ARDMS registration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may request credit for work experience, independent study options, and waiver of clinical education course work in their area of expertise.

    These requests will be evaluated on an individual basis but will require completion of at least one course in the specialty from ASU in order to complete the requirements for a minor toward the BSRS degree and at least two courses in the specialty from ASU to complete the requirements for a major toward the BSRS degree.

    In addition, students must complete the general education requirements, Radiologic Sciences Core requirements, and meet all residency requirements of the university.


    Technologists who have successfully passed an appropriate national professional examination and have worked 1,000 hours in that specialty over the past two years are eligible to receive credit for work experience. Individuals should contact their RS advisor for further information.

    Additional Expenses

    In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Science students will incur the following expenses:

    • All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites. The annual cost of this insurance is about $40. Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director.
    • Students (except DMS & MRI students) are assessed a fee of $120 per academic year to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
    • The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $500. These texts are used throughout the program.
    • Students will be required to purchase uniforms. Approximately $200 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program.
    • CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • Students are required to purchase name badges. This is a nominal, one time fee of less than $20.
    • Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.


    ASU Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs do not offer full degrees or professional clinical courses via online Internet web resources. However, we do offer some courses via the university Blackboard (trademark software) online Internet web services.

    These courses vary in design; some are taken completely online and do not require any on-campus attendance, others require presentations or examinations on-campus, while still others meet regularly on-campus.

    If you are a current ASU student, you may access Web for Students to search the current course schedules for web courses. If you are not a current ASU student, please contact us to find out what the possibilities are for you.

  • Clinical Education

    Clinical Rotation

    During the program, the student is required to complete a structured rotation through departments of the chosen clinical affiliates. Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. When determining cost, consideration should be given to this additional expense.

    Criminal Background Checks

    Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

    Verified Credentials

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

    Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

    Start your background check >>

    Background Check Results

    Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

    Red: Convictions or Discrepancy found
    Yellow: Possible Discrepancy found
    Green: No Convictions or Discrepancies found

    Appealing Your Results

    If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials.

    The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.

  • Curriculum

    Program Curriculum

    Core Courses

    All IS students are required to complete the following radiologic sciences courses:

    BIO 2223, Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    BIO 2221, Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
    NRS 3503 or DPEM 3503, Principles of Disaster Preparedness
    RS 3122, Legal and Regulatory Environment of Radiology
    RS 4463, Statistics for Medical Imaging
    RS 3733, Geriatric Considerations in Radiology
    RS 3811, Radiologic Quality Management
    RS 4822, Psychosocial Factors in Healthcare
    RS 4852, Advanced Pathophysiology I
    RS 4862, Advanced Pathophysiology II
    RS 4343, Radiologic Administrative Concepts OR RS, 4333 Radiologic Education Concepts

    Select one of the following specialties:
    General Radiography
    RS 3843, Advanced Clinical Practice Skills
    RS 3133, Sectional Anatomy
    RS 436(v) for 3 hrs Independent Study in Rad. Sciences

    RS 4532, Mammography Procedures and Instrumentation
    RS 4552, Mammography Clinical Education
    RS 436(v) for 2 hrs Independent Study in Rad. Sciences
    HP 2103, Medical Terminology

    Computed Tomography
    RS 4622, Computed Tomography Instrumentation
    RS 4632, Computed Tomography Procedures
    RS 3133, Sectional Anatomy
    RS 4643, Computed Tomography Clinical Education
  • After Graduation

    Specialty Examinations

    Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students should be prepared for the didactic portions of a specialty examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in the areas of concentration.

    Access to specialty level examinations' clinical competency requirements is achieved through the clinical education requirements, but total completion of these requirements (which may change from time to time) are the responsibility of the student.

    Students should check with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to verify current requirements prior to applying for these examinations. (The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul, NM 55120-1155, phone 651-687-0048,http://www.arrt.org.)

  • Professional Organizations

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action

Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.