In 2017, the Midwestern State University (MS) Radiologic Science Program is celebrating its 45th anniversary as an accredited program. This program was created under the tutelage of Anton Zembrod. Along with Zembrod, the faculty at that time consisted primarily of retired Air Force instructors with strong ties to Sheppard AFB. In 1974, these faculties are also credited with what is believed to be the first distance education program in radiologic sciences anywhere in the US. The program continued to experience growth and expansion. In 1997-98 the first Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences graduated its first cohort. In 1998, the first Radiologic Sciences course was offered online. In August 2016, MSU Radiologic Sciences ranked as the #1 online Radiologic Sciences program out of 30 U.S. programs reviewed by OnlineColleges.com. The BSRS on-line program has grown from under 100 students to 350-plus students. Since that first MSRS class in 1997, over 300 students have graduated with emphasis in Radiologic Administration, Radiologic Education, or Radiologist Assistant (RA). Our RA program was one of the original four advanced practice programs in the US started with grants from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). We have transitioned our AAS degree program to a BSRT degree program. We now have the entry-level BSRT program and the BSRS degree-completion program for registered technologists. The last AAS class graduated in May 2015. Our first BSRT class graduated in May 2016.
The Radiologic Sciences entry-level BSRT Program prepares students for careers as radiographers utilizing a combination of distance education online courses and face-to-face classroom courses. Upon completion of all program requirements, students are prepared to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Additionally, graduates may be eligible for certification by the state of Texas as Medical Radiologic Technologists. The BS Program in Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The mission of the BSRT program is to provide students with both the academic and technical foundations to competently and safely perform imaging procedures, to prepare qualified imaging technologists who will ethically respond to the needs of patients with technical competence and compassion, and to assume a vital professional role as a medical team member.
The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (BSRS) degree is available through distance education delivery methods. This program provides lateral and upward mobility for ARRT registered technologists or registry-eligible students who are unable to attend college face-to-face. Registered technologists may earn up to 42 semester credit hours of advanced standing. The program offers a variety of subject content including courses designed to prepare students for advanced level examinations in specific modalities.
All courses in the BSRS program are offered as Internet courses. Course content is based on standard textbooks and the online course instructions guide students through every step of the material. Each course is divided into several individual units with accompanying unit exams submitted to MSU for grading. Graded exams are returned to the student with pertinent comments and recommendations for further study. Specific instructions for the final examinations will be provided with each course syllabus. Students are required to take final examinations through a commercial testing site known as Proctor U within a timeframe acceptable to the professor.
MSU offers the first discipline-specific Master of Science Radiologic Science (MSRS) degree of its kind in the United States. It includes three separate majors: Radiologic Administration, Radiologic Education, and Radiologist Assistant. The MSRS program features a holistic approach to graduate education with options for specialization, providing a natural transition for working technologists interested in advancing to higher levels of administration, education, or advanced clinical practice.
This program provides opportunities for radiologic science professionals interested in being radiologic administrators, radiologic educators, and radiologist assistants regardless of their location. The unique “hybrid distance education” curriculum design permits working professionals to complete the degree with minimal on-campus requirements while preserving the benefits of face-to-face contact with fellow graduate students. Courses offered during fall and spring semesters require only two visits to MSU. Summer courses for education and administration majors are completely online with no required on campus visits. Most of the course requirements are completed independently and coordinated electronically.
The radiologist assistant (RA) is a newly emerging allied health care professional providing a recognized advanced clinical role for experienced radiologic technologists. The RA enhances patient care by extending the capacity of the radiologist in the diagnostic imaging environment. The RA performs patient assessment, patient management, fluoroscopy, and other radiology procedures. This new health care professional will also make initial observations of diagnostic images, with official interpretations and final written reports being provided by supervising radiologists (as defined by the American College of Radiology [ACR] Standard for Communication: Diagnostic Radiology).
The RA major is a track in the MSRS program. The curriculum design allows RA students the benefits of clinical practice where it is most needed (off-campus) as well as the benefits of periodic face-to-face networking with other students and faculty during on-campus seminars. Admission to the RA major is limited and competitive.
In addition to the MSRS core courses and the research paper, the RA curriculum includes procedures courses with a specific clinical content focus requiring independent work, online interactions, and on-campus visits. Each semester will includes a clinical preceptorship with at least twenty- four (24) contact hours per week including at least four (4) hours of direct image review with the Radiologist Preceptor.
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 Courtney.Snyder@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.
MSU’s Radiologic Sciences programs include four energized radiographic rooms, computed radiography cassette-based digital image capture technology, a computer lab, an extensive selection of audio-visual resources, and a comprehensive website.