Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences

 

The Department of Radiologic Sciences offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences program with the opportunity to study advanced modalities including mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), vascular radiography, radiology administration, ultrasound, and radiation therapy. 

This traditional Bachelor of Science program is designed for:

  • students with a high school diploma seeking a first bachelor's degree.
  • students with a bachelor’s degree in any field other than Radiography seeking a second bachelor's degree.


The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree program consists of a pre-professional component followed by a professional component. The pre-professional component consists of approximately two years (4 semesters) of general education and prerequisite courses. The professional component consists of 6 semesters of didactic (classroom) and clinical study in Radiologic Sciences. At the end of the first year in the professional component (junior year - summer semester), students will select from three specialization tracks to complete (see explanation of tracks below). It is important to note that admission to the various modalities may be limited to the availability of clinical rotation sites. Therefore, students will be asked to rank their first, second, and third preference of tracks and modalities. When the fall semester of the senior year begins, students will take courses in the specialized area. 

Second Bachelor's degree in Radiologic Sciences - Students with a bachelor’s degree in any field other than Radiography are eligible to pursue a second bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Sciences. Applicants admitted into the professional component as second bachelor’s degree-seeking students will complete both years of the professional component of Radiologic Sciences. Note: Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in Radiography may not earn an additional bachelor’s degree in Radiography.

▼   Which Track to Choose
The three specialization tracks (4 options) include the following:

  • Track 1 Option 1: General Radiography plus one advanced imaging modality
    Students will study general radiography along with one advanced imaging modality. Advanced modalities include mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), vascular radiography, computed tomography (CT), or radiology administration.

    Professional Component Hours
    Junior Year - 38 semester hours
    Senior Year - 38-39 semester hours

    Certification
    Students completing didactic and clinical requirements in this track will be eligible to apply for certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiography and the advanced modality studied (excluding radiology administration).
     
  • Track 1 Option 2: General Radiography plus one advanced imaging modality AND Radiology Administration
    Students will study general radiography along with one advanced imaging modality AND radiology administration. Advanced modalities include mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), vascular radiography, or computed tomography (CT).

    Professional Component Hours
    Junior Year - 38 semester hours
    Senior Year - 51 semester hours

    Certification
    Students completing didactic and clinical requirements in this track will be eligible to apply for certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiography and the advanced modality studied (excluding radiology administration).
     
  • Track 2: Ultrasound Only
    Students will study ultrasound curriculum only.

    Professional Component Hours
    Junior Year - 38 semester hours
    Senior Year - 30-36 semester hours

    Certification
    Students who choose this track will not be eligible to seek ARRT certification in radiography, but will be eligible to apply for eligible to apply for ARRT and American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certification as an ultrasonographer upon completion of didactic and clinical requirements.
     
  • Track 3: Radiation Therapy Only
    Students will study radiation therapy curriculum only.

    Professional Component Hours
    Junior Year - 38 semester hours
    Senior Year - 42-44 semester hours

    Certification
    Students who choose this track will not be eligible to seek ARRT certification in radiography, but will be eligible to apply for ARRT certification in radiation therapy upon completion of didactic and clinical requirements.

▼   Admission Requirements

Admissions Timeline

This schedule represents the admissions timeline in a typical year.

May 1 - Deadline applications/supporting documents
April through June - Admissions interviews are conducted
By mid June - Decisions are made and letters mailed
July 15 - Deadline for completion of drug screen and background check requirements for those accepted into the program
Fall Semester - Students begin first semester of professional component of program

Admission Requirements

Students applying for admission to the Radiologic Sciences program must meet all Admission Requirements. Enrollment into the program is limited and depends on the number of clinical openings available, as well as the student capacity as determined by the accrediting agency (JRCERT). Admission into the program does not guarantee a position in a particular track/modality for one's senior year.

  • Meet program Core Performance Standards to include general abilities, observational ability, communication ability, motor ability, critical thinking ability, interpersonal abilities and behavioral and social attributes.
  • Apply to the University of South Alabama.  Acceptance to the University does not guarantee admission into the professional component of the Radiologic Sciences program.
  • Submit official college transcripts for all coursework not completed at the University of South Alabama by the application deadline. Transcripts are not required if the coursework has already been transferred to USA. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 ("C" average) on previously completed college-level courses as well as at least a "C" in all math and sciences courses. Applicants’ overall GPA (USA and transfer GPA, if applicable) will be used for admissions purposes.
  • Submit the Dept. of Radiologic Sciences Application to the dept by the application deadline. See mailing address below.
  • Submit official ACT or SAT scores regardless of previous educational background by the application deadline. No applicant is excluded from this requirement. If individual scores for Math, English or Natural Science on the ACT are below 18, it is strongly advised that the test be retaken. The Department only accepts the highest scores, so there is absolutely no risk in re-taking the test a second or third time.
    International students must score a minimum of 76 on the TOEFL exam to include the following minimum sub-scores on the IBT:
    Listening 20    Speaking 20    Reading 18    Writing 18
    The IELT exam will not be used as an admission requirement to the Radiologic Sciences Program.
  • Submission of 3 completed Professional Reference Forms by the application deadline. 
  • Completion of all required pre-professional courses by the end of the summer semester prior to desired admission for Fall semester. Students are admitted to the professional component in the Fall semester only.
  • Student must complete 4 hours of observation in a hospital Radiology Department prior to reporting for the personal interview with the Admissions Committee. The observation site will be determined and appointments scheduled through the Department of Radiologic Sciences at (251) 445-9346 after January 10th during the year in which enrollment is planned. The Observation Form must be completed by a radiology employee or program faculty.
  • Complete personal interview with members of the Radiologic Sciences Admissions Committee. The personal interview allows members of the committee to meet each applicant and acquire additional information beyond the academic related data derived from transcripts and personal references, such as applicant's verbal and written communication skills. Applicants will be contacted approximately two weeks before interviews begin, and appointments will be made at that time.
  • Complete a brief writing assignment conducted on the day of your personal interview with the Admissions Committee.
  • Completion of drug screen and background check requirements as specified in the acceptance letter. Student acceptance into the program is provisional pending the completion of these forms. Refusal to submit will result in a nullification of acceptance into the program.
  • Proof of medical insurance must be provided following acceptance into the program by the due date specified in the acceptance letter.

Mailing Address

The completed departmental application and forms may be faxed to (251) 445-9347 or mailed to:
Admissions Committee
Department of Radiologic Sciences
HAHN 3015
5721 USA Drive North
Mobile, AL, 36688-0002

Admission Considerations

The Admissions Committee evaluates candidates according to the following criteria:

  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Grade point average
  • Written communication skills
  • Results of a personal interview
  • Applicant History (BS/BA degree, number of times applied, etc.)
▼   General Education Requirements (Pre-Professional Component)

Bachelor's degree in Radiologic Sciences - Applicants MUST complete the General Education Requirements for the pre-professional component PRIOR to admission to the Fall Semester of the professional component.

Second Bachelor's degree in Radiologic Sciences - Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in any field other than Radiography are only required to complete all Area V courses of the General Education Requirements (Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Physics, and Statistics) prior to the start of the professional component of the program and before applying to the Radiologic Sciences Department. Students should meet with the Allied Health advisor to determine their prerequisite requirements. It is highly recommended that students also take at least one biology course if one was not required for their previous bachelor’s degree.

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General Education Requirements

Area Course Hours
I - Written Composition EH 101 3
I - Written Composition EH 102 3
II - Humanities & Fine Arts CA 110 3
II - Humanities & Fine Arts EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236 3
II - Humanities & Fine Arts ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101 3
II - Humanities & Fine Arts AFR 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 203, ARS 101, CLA 110, DRA 110, EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236, LG 101, LG 102, LG 111, LG 112, LG 121, LG 122, LG 131, LG 132, LG 141, LG 142, LG 151, LG 152, LG 153, LG 171, LG 172, LG 173, LG 201, LG 202, LG 211, LG 212, LG 213, LG 221, LG 222, LG 231, LG 232, LG 234, LG 241, LG 242, LG 251, LG 252, LG 271, LG 272, LG 273, LGS 101, LGS 102, LGS 106, LGS 107, LGS 110, LGS 111, LGS 171, LGS 172, LGS 201, LGS 202, LGS 206, LGS 207, LGS 210, LGS 211, MUL 101, PHL 110, PHL 120, PHL 121, PHL 131, PHL 231, PHL 240, REL 100, REL 200, REL 201 3
III - Natural Sciences & Mathematics MA 112, MA 113, MA 115, MA 120, MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238 3-4
III - Natural Sciences & Mathematics BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L 4
III - Natural Sciences & Mathematics BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L 4
IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences PSY 120 3
IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136 3
IV - History, Social & Behavioral Sciences AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112 6
V - Pre-Professional Required Courses BMD 251, BMD 252 8
V - Pre-Professional Required Courses PH 104, PH 104L, PH 114, PH 114L 4-5
V - Pre-Professional Required Courses BUS 245, ST 210, ST 305 3
Intro Computer CIS 150 or demonstrate proficiency CIS 010 0-3
Optional General Elective If needed to increase pre-professional component. Optional
  Pre-Professional Component Total 53 up to 63 hrs*

Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 135 & HY 136)

All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one of which must be in the student's major or minor.

*Factors that influence required hours include 1) Physics course taken, 2) Intro to Computer vs. passing Proficiency Exam, 3) being exempt from EH 101 based on ACT, 4) whether or not HSC 101 was taken, 5) receiving credit by examination, and 6) if general elective needed to bring total up.

▼   Degree Requirements (Professional Component)

The professional component (junior and senior years) consists of two years of academic and clinical study in Radiologic Sciences. The program is six semesters in length, including two summer terms. All candidates must have satisfied the pre-professional component to qualify for the degree-seeking professional component, but completion of that component does not guarantee admission to the professional component. Enrollment in the professional component is limited by the number of clinical positions available.

▼   Year 1 (Junior Year)

All students admitted to the professional component are required to complete the following courses during their first year in the B.S. program. These courses are only offered once per academic year.

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First Professional Year - Fall

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 300 Clinical Education I 2
RAD 304 Patient Care & Ethics 3
RAD 307 Osseous I 4
RAD 310 Radiation Biology 2
RAD 312 Principles of Radiographic Exposure 4

First Professional Year - Spring

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 301 Clinical Education II 4
RAD 308 Osseous II 4
RAD 315 Contrast Media 2
RAD 318 Radiologic Physics 4
RAD 335 Pediatric-Geriatric Radiography 1

First Professional Year - Summer

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 302 Clinical Education III 4
RAD 320 Cross-Sectional Anatomy 2
RAD 415 Diagnostic Imaging 2
 
▼   Year 2 (Senior Year)

After completing the first year of the professional component curriculum, students will have the opportunity in their senior year to complete one of the following three tracks.

▼   Track 1 Option 1 - General Radiography Track - One Modality

These professional Radiologic Sciences courses are only offered once per academic year.

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Second Professional Year - Fall

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 309 Osseous III 3
RAD 403 Clinical Education IV 4
RAD 411 Survey of Pathology 4
RAD 475 Advanced Modality Clinic A (not required if taking Rad Admin) 2
RAD 430   AND Healthcare Communication (Rad Admin) 3
RAD 432   OR Healthcare Human Resource Management (Rad Admin) 3
RAD 477   OR Computed Tomography I 2
RAD 480   OR Mammography I (W) 2
RAD 483   OR Magnetic Resonance Imaging I 2
RAD 486 Vascular Radiography I (W) 2

Second Professional Year - Spring

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 404 Clinical Education V 4
RAD 437 Image Analysis 3
RAD 496 Radiologic Sciences Research I (W) 1
RAD 475 Advanced Modality Clinic A (not required if taking Rad Admin) 2
RAD 433   AND Healthcare Financial Management (Rad Admin) 3
RAD 435   OR Healthcare Operations Management (Rad Admin) (W) 3
RAD 478   OR Computed Tomography II (W) 2
RAD 481   OR Mammography II 2
RAD 484   OR Magnetic Resonance Imaging II (W) 2
RAD 487 Vascular Radiography II (W) 2

Second Professional Year - Summer

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 405 Clinical Education VI 4
RAD 494 Directed Independent Study 2
RAD 497 Radiologic Sciences Research II 1
RAD 475 Advanced Modality Clinic A (not required if taking Rad Admin) 2
RAD 440   OR Radiology Management Preceptor (Rad Admin) 1
RAD 479   OR Computed Tomography III 2
RAD 482   OR Mammography III 2
RAD 485   OR Magnetic Resonance Imaging III 2
RAD 488 Vascular Radiography III 2

Please note:
- Italicized Courses -Students will only take the italicized courses associated with their declared modality (concentration).
- (W) Courses will satisfy the University's Writing Requirement.

▼   Track 1 Option 2 - General Radiography + Track - One Modality + Radiology Administration

These professional Radiologic Sciences courses are only offered once per academic year.

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Second Professional Year - Fall

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 309 Osseous III 3
RAD 403 Clinical Education IV 4
RAD 411 Survey of Pathology 4
RAD 475 Advanced Modality Clinic A 2
RAD 430 Healthcare Communication (Rad Admin) 3
RAD 432 Healthcare Human Resource Management (Rad Admin) 3
RAD 477   OR Computed Tomography I 2
RAD 480   OR Mammography I (W) 2
RAD 483   OR Magnetic Resonance Imaging I 2
RAD 486 Vascular Radiography I (W) 2

Second Professional Year - Spring

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 404 Clinical Education V 4
RAD 437 Image Analysis 3
RAD 496 Radiologic Sciences Research I (W) 1
RAD 475 Advanced Modality Clinic A 2
RAD 433 Healthcare Financial Management (Rad Admin) 3
RAD 435 Healthcare Operations Management (Rad Admin) (W) 3
RAD 478   OR Computed Tomography II (W) 2
RAD 481   OR Mammography II 2
RAD 484   OR Magnetic Resonance Imaging II (W) 2
RAD 487 Vascular Radiography II (W) 2

Second Professional Year - Summer

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 405 Clinical Education VI 4
RAD 494 Directed Independent Study 2
RAD 497 Radiologic Sciences Research II 1
RAD 475 Advanced Modality Clinic A 2
RAD 440 Radiology Management Preceptor (Rad Admin) 1
RAD 479   OR Computed Tomography III 2
RAD 482   OR Mammography III 2
RAD 485   OR Magnetic Resonance Imaging III 2
RAD 488 Vascular Radiography III 2

Please note:
- Italicized Courses -Students will only take the italicized courses associated with their declared modality (concentration).
- (W) Courses will satisfy the University's Writing Requirement.

▼   Track 2 - Ultrasound Track

These professional Radiologic Sciences courses are only offered once per academic year.

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Second Professional Year - Fall

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 417 Ultrasound Anatomy & Scanning (W) 4
RAD 421 Ultrasound Physics-Instrumentation 3
RAD 423 Ultrasound Clinic Education I 5
*RAD 411 *Survey of Pathology 4

Second Professional Year - Spring

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 418 Ultrasound Anatomy & Scanning Tech OB-GYN 3
RAD 424 Ultrasound Clinic Education II 5
RAD 496 Radiologic Sciences Research I (W) 1

Second Professional Year - Summer

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 425 Ultrasound Clinic Education III 5
RAD 427 Procedural Guidelines in Ultrasound 3
RAD 497 Radiologic Sciences Research II 1
*RAD 320 *Cross-Sectional Anatomy 2

Please note:
- *Course is required if not previously taken.
- (W) Courses will satisfy the University's Writing Requirement.

▼   Track 3 - Radiation Therapy Track

These professional Radiologic Sciences courses are only offered once per academic year.

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Second Professional Year - Fall

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 441 Clinical Education I 5
RAD 446 Orientation to Oncology (W) 3
RAD 448 Radiation Therapy Physics 3
RAD 450 Patient Care in Oncology 1
RAD 452 Principles and Practice of RAD Oncology I 3

Second Professional Year - Spring

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 442 Clinical Education II 6
RAD 453 Principles and Practice of RAD Oncology II 3
RAD 455 Dosimetry & Treatment Planning I 3
RAD 458 Cancer Management in Oncology (W) 3
RAD 496 Radiologic Sciences Research I (W) 1

Second Professional Year - Summer

Course No. Course Name Hours
RAD 443 Clinic Education III 7
RAD 454 Quality Management in RAD Oncology 1
RAD 456 Dosimetry & Treatment Planning II 2
RAD 497 Radiologic Sciences Research II 1
*RAD 320 *Cross-Sectional Anatomy 2

Please note:
- *Course is required if not previously taken.
- (W) Courses will satisfy the University's Writing Requirement.

 

 

▼   Tuition and Expenses

Tuition

See the latest USA Bulletin to view the USA Tuition and Fee Schedule information.  


Estimated Expenses

  • Books
    Approximately $700-800
  • Uniforms
    Approximately $250
  • Clinical Data System
    One-time payment of $150
  • Drug Screen
    Approximately $25
  • Background Check
    Varies based on number of prior residences, but approximately $50
  • Personal Medical Insurance
    Proof of medical insurance coverage is required of all students who are selected for admission to the program and should be submitted only when requested in the letter of admission. The reason for this requirement is that accidents occurring in the clinical setting, such as an accidental needle stick, require immediate medical attention. In such cases, the student must be prepared to pay for the required services. Therefore, it is necessary for students to carry personal medical insurance throughout the program.
  • Housing
    On campus student housing is available as well as many rental homes/apartments in the area. Due to the various types of housing available to students on campus, it is suggested that students contact the Department of Housing for information.
  • Transportation
    Students must be prepared to travel up to 90 miles from campus to participate in clinical education experiences.
  • Professional Liability Insurance
    Professional Liability Insurance is required as a protective measure in the event a student becomes entangled in a legal suit involving patient care activities within the clinical setting. Professional Liability Insurance is provided by the university as a component of tuition to students accepted into the professional component of the program.

 

▼   Clinical Obligations

During the professional component, students must be prepared to travel from campus in order to participate in the clinical education component of the curriculum. Classes and clinical assignments are scheduled Monday - Friday throughout the three semester program (Fall, Spring and Summer). Students may be required to attend class on campus and participate in clinical laboratory exercises or clinical education experiences during the same day. Schedules limit the combined hours for clinical education and didactic instruction to not more than 40 hours per week and not more than 10 hours per day. Students are assigned to clinical education rotations 25-35 hours each week during the academic year. Students will be assigned to up to seven different clinical education settings while enrolled, and should be prepared to travel to sites up to 90 miles from campus.

▼   Transfer Students

Students may transfer no more than 60 semester hours from a community college. To earn a B.S. degree, students must complete a minimum of 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction in upper-level courses (300,400) at USA, and must complete 15 semester hours in the major and must complete a total of 120 hours. Two "W" (writing component) courses must also be taken at USA.

Transfer Equivalency Tables

USA’s Registrar’s Office has created the Transfer Equivalency Tables which allow students to quickly access an unofficial evaluation of how previous credits will be counted at South. If your institution is not listed, please email a PDF of your unofficial transcript to the Registrar’s Office at records@southalabama.edu. Please allow 3-5 business days for the unofficial evaluation to be completed.

Pathway USA

Students from area community colleges may be eligible to participate in South’s Pathway USA program which supports a smooth transition for students transferring to South who have earned an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from one of our participating schools. Pathway USA Participants will have access to a South Alabama academic advisor throughout their time at their participating community college. Visit Pathway USA for more information.

▼   High School Seniors
Visit the Prospective Student webpage for important information specifically for high school students.

▼   Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available to students in this program for those who qualify. Visit USA's Financial Aid department for more information.