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Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences – Imaging Specialist Major

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences – Imaging Specialist Major Online


Program Overview

Learn More About Our Online Radiologic Sciences Program


Utilize your experience with radiologic technologies and imaging to earn the B.S. in Radiologic Sciences – Imaging Specialist Major degree from A-State quickly and affordably. As a bachelor's prepared practitioner, you can qualify for leadership positions and educational roles.

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Online courses from the Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences take just seven weeks to complete and give you skills that you can apply immediately to your job. You will explore advanced topics such as radiologic administrative concepts, methods for data collection and statistical analysis, radiographic manifestations of neoplasms and diseases, and psychosocial issues that may impact the delivery of healthcare in a medical imaging environment.

Our curriculum emphasizes the development of written and oral communication, leadership qualities, and critical thinking. You will graduate with the abilities to provide elevated patient care, practice radiation safety and produce top-quality radiographs. You must either have an associate degree in radiography or be enrolled in the last semester of your associate degree in radiography to apply for this program.

Learn industry-relevant skills that employers seek:

  • Communication
  • Management
  • Operations
  • Computer literacy

Prepare for radiologic science careers, such as:

  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Medical Imaging Technologist
  • Diagnostic Imaging Technologist

A-State is ranked #9 among the Best Radiology Colleges in the U.S. by Universities.com, 2022.

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Tuition

Financial Aid Packages are Available to Those Who Qualify


A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.S. in Radiologic Sciences – Imaging Specialist Major online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $269
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Tuition Per Course $807

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Calendar

A-State Online Dates and Deadlines


Our B.S. in Radiologic Sciences – Imaging Specialist Major is a flexible online program featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 10/03/2022 10/07/2022 10/13/2022 10/14/2022 11/26/2022
Spring 2023 7 wk 01/10/2023 02/24/2023 12/14/2022 12/16/2022 01/05/2023 01/06/2023 02/10/2023
7 wk 03/06/2023 04/28/2023 02/20/2023 02/24/2023 03/02/2023 03/03/2023 04/15/2023
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/16/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
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Admissions

Are You Ready to Apply? Check Our Admission Requirements


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.S. in Radiologic Sciences – Imaging Specialist Major online program must have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in radiography. Enrollment specialists are available to walk you through the admission process, so you will be able to complete your application quickly.

To be admitted to the B.S. in Radiologic Sciences degree, you must have:

  • Successfully completed an associate degree in radiography
    • If enrolled in your graduating semester of an associate degree program, you may be conditionally accepted and are able to take courses for one semester while completing your associate degree. Proof of pending graduation required.
  • A cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework

Note: There is no conditional admission status available for this program.

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096 and we'll be happy to help answer questions.

Additional Information

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

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Courses

A Look at the Online Radiologic Sciences – Imaging Specialist Major Curriculum


To earn your Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences – Imaging Specialist Major degree, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. You will transfer in 40 credit hours from earning your associate degree in radiography. The program includes 35 credit hours of general education courses, 30 credit hours of major courses, and 15 credit hours of electives. You can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

RS 3142: Advanced Imaging and Therapy I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

This course provides foundational information on the physics, instrumentation and clinical procedures for digital imaging, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostic medical sonography equipment as well as an overview of quality management concepts.

RS 3142: Advanced Imaging and Therapy I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Foundation information on the physics, instrumentation, and clinical procedures for digital imaging, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostic medical sonography equipment as well as an overview of quality management concepts.

RS 3152: Advanced Imaging and Therapy II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

This course provides foundational information on the physics, instrumentation and clinical procedures for cardiovascular interventional technology, mammography, bone densitometry, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

RS 3733: Geriatric Considerations in Radiology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines practice standards utilized in pediatric radiology including accepted methods of immobilization, patient care and techniques. Prerequisite: formal acceptance into the professional program.

RS 4343: Radiologic Administrative Concepts

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the organization, operations and management of a radiology department. Includes an introduction to health care delivery systems, decision-making and the management functions. Prerequisite: formal acceptance into the professional program.

RS 436V: Independent Study in Rad Sciences

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: Varies

This course is a guided investigation of an advanced radiologic topic selected in consultation with a member of the radiologic sciences faculty. May be repeated with different topics for a total of six semester credits. Prerequisite: formal acceptance into the professional program.

RS 4463: Statistics for Medical Imaging

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the methods used for data collection and statistical analysis in medical imaging procedures and education with a focus on the applications of data and statistics in reporting of clinical efficiency, image repeat rates and educational outcomes.

RS 4822: Psychosocial Factors in Healthcare

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

This course focuses on psychosocial issues which impact the delivery of healthcare in a medical imaging environment. Prerequisite: formal acceptance into the professional program.

RS 4834: Imaging Specialist Clinic I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Supervised clinical experience in routine and trauma radiographic procedures. Prerequisite: admission to the Radiologic Science program. Prior work experience may be considered to satisfy this course.

RS 4844: Imaging Specialist Clinic II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Supervised clinical experience in routine and trauma radiographic procedures. Prerequisite: admission to the Radiologic Science program. Prior work experience may be considered to satisfy this course.

RS 4852: Advanced Radiologic Pathophysiology I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

This course is an intensive study of the radiographic manifestations of diseases that affect the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems, excluding neoplasms. Emphasis is on physiologic changes evident in images and differentiating which imaging modalities are most sensitive in detecting these changes. Prerequisite: formal acceptance into the professional program.

RS 4862: Advanced Radiologic Pathophysiology II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

This course is an intensive study of the radiographic manifestations of neoplasms and diseases that affect vascular systems. Emphasis is on physiologic effects of neoplasm and vascular system diseases and image manifestations of these effects. Prerequisite: formal acceptance into the professional program.

You must complete 15 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses must be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan.

You may choose from these electives.

HP 2013: Medical Terminology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines basic language related to medical science and the health professions, word analysis, construction, spelling, definitions. Special course fees may apply.

HP 3413: Cultural Competence in Health Professions

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Self-assessment of awareness, knowledge, sensitivity and acceptance of the importance of cultural issues in a culturally diverse health care environment, definition and components of culture, cultural values, cultural competence, health and healing traditions, transcultural communication, fostering cultural competence in colleagues.

RAD 3223: Sectional Anatomy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to sectional images of human anatomy using CT and MRI. It provides the foundation knowledge required for successful practice by the radiologic professional.

RS 3102: Introduction to 3D Printing in Medical Sciences

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

This course is an introduction to the principles of 3D printing, applications across the healthcare industry, the components of a 3D printer and common materials used for different applications.

RS 3103: 3D Printing Design in Medical Sciences

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides hands-on use of 3D design software to create a 3D design. Students will independently design and construct a 3D structure and fabricate a 3D printed object. Prerequisite, RS 3102.

RS 4183: Leadership Practicum

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is experiential learning practicum with three radiologic facilities that allow students to participate with department management regarding the skills, concepts and theories studied in RS 4343.

RS 4623: Computed Tomography Instrumentation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the components, operation and purpose of specialized computed tomography equipment, including computer mechanisms, imaging theory and equipment operation. Prerequisite: admission to the Radiologic Science program.

RS 4633: Computed Tomography Procedures

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines anatomy, pathology, scanning protocols, contrast administration and contraindications for all CT procedures. Prerequisite: admission to the Radiologic Science program.

RS 4703: Bone Density Image Production

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an emphasis on imaging with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Various X-ray production and detection techniques, fan beam geometry, data analysis and quality control processes are described.

RS 4723: Bone Density Procedures

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines patient care and preparation, patient safety and patient positioning for dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanning. Discussion of Z scores, T scores, fracture risk assessment (FRAX) and body composition is included.

General Education courses (35 total credit hours) are required and can be taken as co-requisites with the radiology and imaging courses as needed to fulfill the degree requirements.

Required General Education Co-Requisites:

Communications

You are required to take 6 credit hours of Communication courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics

You are required to have 3 credit hours of mathematics. The course listed below is offered online through A-State.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

Arts and Humanities

You must complete 6 credit hours from this section. At least one course must be selected from MUS 2503, THEA 2503, or ART 2503, and at least one course must be selected from ENG 2003, ENG 2013, or PHIL 1103.

PHIL 1103: Introduction to Philosophy

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

THEA 2503: Fine Arts – Theatre

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to aesthetic and critical appreciation of the art of theatre through lecture, live and video performance, and discussion.

ART 2503: Fine Arts Visual

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course Description: Introduction to major artists, media, styles and works of art within their cultural and historical contexts for the non-art major.

Social Sciences

You must complete 9 credit hours from this section. At least one course must be selected from HIST 2763, HIST 2773 or POSC 2103.

HIST 2763: The United States to 1876

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction.

HIST 2773: The United States Since 1876

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

The social, economic and political developments Social, economic, and political developments from Reconstruction to the present. Fall, Spring, Summer.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

MDIA 1003: Mass Communications in Modern Society

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the interaction between society and mass communication through the lenses of history, theory, economics, culture, law, and technology.

HIST 1013: World History to 1500

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The pre-modern world, with emphasis on the economic, political, and cultural processes that shaped societies before the rise of global interdependence.

HIST 1023: World History since 1500

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The modern world, with emphasis on the economic, political, and cultural processes that have increased global interdependence.

ECON 2313: Principles of Macroeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines national income accounting, inflation and unemployment, competing theories of national income, fiscal policy, the Federal Reserve System and monetary policy, and international trade.

ECON 2323: Principles of Microeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles of resource allocation, supply and demand, consumer behavior, costs of production, the competitive model, oligopoly, and factor markets are examined.

ECON 2333: Economic Issues and Concepts

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed to give the student a basic understanding of our economic system. Basic economic concepts will be explored and contemporary economic problems and issues will be examined in light of the concepts learned.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 2203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the biology of atoms, molecules, organelles and cellular functions, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and central nervous systems, interaction with external environment.

BIO 2201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The behavior of matter with respect to life processes, cells, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, cat anatomy, nerve and muscle preparations and recordings. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2203.

Physical Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

Departmental Option

You must complete 3 credit hours from this section.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.

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