Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
Note: If you are an out-of-state student (residing in a state other than Texas), recent Federal regulations may prohibit you from taking courses from Midwestern State University. Please contact Suzanne.Bachmann-Hansen@mwsu.edu for verification that your state will allow you to take Texas courses. Failure to follow this procedure could prevent students from continuing to take courses and/or graduating from the Radiologic Sciences programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) is a degree completion program that provides lateral and upward mobility for technologists who are unable to attend traditional college on-campus classes on a full-time basis. While the BSRS Program is not designed as a complete advanced modality program, specific professional elective course options are designed to help prepare technologists for advanced level examinations in specific modalities. This program is NOT for entry-level students. Students wishing to become radiographers need to pursue the BSRT program.
Distance education has its advantages but it also presents some challenges. Students considering an online degree should plan how to realistically overcome those challenges. Students in online courses must have routine access to reliable Internet service and computer equipment. As baccalaureate students, they must adapt to new roles in an educational process with the teacher as the facilitator for instead of the provider of all the information. Students must have self-discipline and time-management skills to succeed in the courses because much of the work is self-directed and self-paced.
Application Process (links on left menu)
Candidates for the BSRS Program must apply to the university AND to the BSRS Program. Candidates for the BSRS Program will be classified as pre-BSRS (RADP) students until their qualifications for acceptance into the BSRS Program are verified. Pre-BSRS students have limited access to the RADS professional courses. BSRS students who are not enrolled for a long semester must re-apply to the university AND to the BSRS Program.
All professional courses in the BSRS program are offered as MSU online courses and must be taken from MSU. All BSRS students take the same seven (7) core professional courses and select four (4) additional courses from a list of available professional elective courses. The general education (non-professional) courses may be taken from MSU or taken at other accredited institutions and transferred to MSU. Students should work with their advisors to be sure that courses will transfer for their BSRS degree plans.
For the 2012-2014 catalog, the BSRS degree consists of 130 total credit hours. (left menu link to degree plan)
51 credit hours general education courses
33 credit hours professional courses (RADS prefix)
46 credit hours of professional certification credits (see below)
As of Fall 2014, the new academic core for the State of Texas will be in place. The new BSRS degree requirements will consist of 120 total hours. (left menu link to degree plan)
42 credit hours of general academic core courses
78 credit hours of professional courses.
42 credit hours of professional certification credits (see below)
Each course has a syllabus that identifies the course objectives, structure, requirements, textbooks, assignments, due dates, etc. Many courses require students to demonstrate college-level writing skills based on APA formatting. Many courses require students to take proctored tests or final exams. Students must schedule test times with proctor sites that are approved by the course instructor. Proctor guidelines for each course are located in the course syllabi. Syllabi for the current and previous semesters can be viewed on the MSU website. Textbook information is available on the MSU Bookstore website.
Fall and Spring semesters are 15 weeks long. RADS professional courses extend over both summer sessions and last 10 weeks.
Professional Licensure / Certification Credits
Students are awarded 46 credit hours for holding current and valid professional radiography certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The Radiologic Sciences Department will verify current certification from the declared agency as part of the BSRS Program Application Process.
Graduates of the BSRS Program are encouraged to consider the MSU Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences Program with majors in Radiologic Education, Radiologic Administration, and Radiologist Assistant (RA). Please click here for information on the Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences Program.
(Revised by blv 01/29/14)