Radiologic Sciences (BSRS)

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
Major: Radiologic Sciences
Program Code: 3623

About This Major . . .

The Baccalaureate of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) Program is accredited based by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The four-year program provides educational experiences to prepare a professional radiologic technologist to practice in a variety of health care settings. The program integrates theory, practice, and science with a broad liberal arts education. Following successful completion of the Radiologic Sciences Program and after meeting ethics and examination requirements, the graduate is eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. A passing score on this examination results in the granting of a certificate of registration that allows the privilege to use the title “Registered Technologist” and to use the abbreviation R.T. following the graduate’s name.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate written communication skills. \ (Communication fluency)
  2. Assess oral communication techniques used in professional practice.(Communication fluency)
  3. Relate ethical principles to real-life problems in the radiologic sciences. \ (Personal and Social Responsibility)
  4. Combine academic theory with practitioner experience and skills. (Applied learning).
  5. Reason and solve quantitative problems in the radiologic sciences. (Quantitative fluency)
  6. Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that demonstrate a professional level of expertise in the radiologic sciences. (Critical thinking).
  7. Find relevant sources of information, evaluate information critically, and apply the information appropriately and effectively to professional practice in the radiologic sciences. (Information literacy)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA1 23
History
Select one History course3
Humanities
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 4
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab 54
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Foundation Courses

(15-16 semester hours, must earn a grade of "C" or higher in each course.)

BIOL 209
209L
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 210
210L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 241Pathophysiology4
STAT 200Probability and Statistics-GTMA13-4
or STAT 215 Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
Total Semester Credit Hours15-16

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(67 semester hours, must earn a grade of "C" or higher in each course.)

Core Courses
RADS 320
320L
Introduction to Radiologic Technology and Patient Care
and Introduction to Radiologic Technology and Patient Care Laboratory
4
RADS 321
321L
Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I
and Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I Laboratory
3
RADS 322
322L
Principles of Radiographic Exposure
and Principles of Radiographic Exposure Laboratory
3
RADS 323Digital Imaging2
RADS 331
331L
Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II
and Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II Laboratory
3
RADS 332Specialized Imaging2
RADS 333
333L
Imaging Equipment and Quality Assurance
and Imaging Equipment and Quality Assurance Laboratory
3
RADS 334Image Analysis I2
RADS 335Radiation Biology and Protection2
RADS 354Image Analysis II2
RADS 451Imaging Pathology3
RADS 452Sectional Anatomy3
RADS 453Advanced Patient Care3
RADS 461Principles of Computed Tomography2
RADS 462Leadership and Management3
RADS 463Information Literacy in Radiologic Sciences3
RADS 464Senior Capstone3
Clinical Courses
RADS 329Radiographic Clinical Experience I1
RADS 339Radiographic Clinical Experience II4
RADS 449Radiographic Clinical Experience III6
RADS 459Radiographic Clinical Experience IV5
RADS 469Radiographic Clinical Experience V5
Total Semester Credit Hours67

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours. 1 semester hours

MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA11
Total Semester Credit Hours1
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
PSYC 150 General Psychology-GTSS3 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Essential Learning - History 3
BIOL 101
101L
General Human Biology-GTSC1
and General Human Biology Laboratory-GTSC1
4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
PSYC 233 Human Growth and Development-GTSS3 3
BIOL 209
209L
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
BIOL 210
210L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
4
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
BIOL 241 Pathophysiology 4
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
STAT 200
Probability and Statistics-GTMA1
or Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
3-4
KINA Activity 1
 Semester Credit Hours12-13
Third Year
Fall Semester
RADS 320
320L
Introduction to Radiologic Technology and Patient Care
and Introduction to Radiologic Technology and Patient Care Laboratory
4
RADS 321
321L
Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I
and Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I Laboratory
3
RADS 322
322L
Principles of Radiographic Exposure
and Principles of Radiographic Exposure Laboratory
3
RADS 323 Digital Imaging 2
RADS 329 Radiographic Clinical Experience I 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
RADS 331
331L
Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II
and Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II Laboratory
3
RADS 332 Specialized Imaging 2
RADS 333
333L
Imaging Equipment and Quality Assurance
and Imaging Equipment and Quality Assurance Laboratory
3
RADS 334 Image Analysis I 2
RADS 335 Radiation Biology and Protection 2
RADS 339 Radiographic Clinical Experience II 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
RADS 449 Radiographic Clinical Experience III 6
 Semester Credit Hours6
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
RADS 354 Image Analysis II 2
RADS 451 Imaging Pathology 3
RADS 452 Sectional Anatomy 3
RADS 453 Advanced Patient Care 3
RADS 459 Radiographic Clinical Experience IV 5
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
RADS 461 Principles of Computed Tomography 2
RADS 462 Leadership and Management 3
RADS 463 Information Literacy in Radiologic Sciences 3
RADS 464 Senior Capstone 3
RADS 469 Radiographic Clinical Experience V 5
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours120-121

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.