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Missouri is home to a wide range of schools that offer degree programs in radiology. Degrees include associate's through master's awards, but not all schools offer programs at all levels. Master's degree program applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in a medically- or science-related field. All undergraduate degree programs include general education classes and all radiology programs incorporate practicum requirements.
Avila University in Kansas City offers a bachelor's degree program in radiologic science. Courses in algebra, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics and biology are prerequisites. During the four-year program, students learn about radiolographic procedures, cross-sectional anatomy, safety measures and image evaluation. Several clinical courses provide hands-on experience, and students complete their studies with a capstone project. Students who enter as ARRT-certified radiologic technologists get 46 credits towards earning the bachelor's degree and may be granted credit for some classes. Registered technologists (RTs) with associate's degrees will also get credit for many courses.
East Central College
East Central College, located in Union, and the Rolla School District have partnered to offer an associate's degree program in radiologic technology at the Rolla Technical Center in Rolla. The 20-month program requires two semesters of coursework before students begin their radiologic technology studies. Those initial courses include English composition, anatomy and physiology, algebra and psychology. During the radiologic technology portion of the program, courses cover medical terminology, imaging equipment, film processing and image analysis. Several courses in radiologic procedures are part of the program, and students hone their skills during several clinical practicums.
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Metropolitan Community College offers a radiologic technology associate's degree program at the school's main campus in the Penn Valley area of Kansas City. Admission is limited; applications are due early in the year, and applicants must have completed 15 credit hours at the college, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. General education courses include anatomy, medical terminology, algebra and psychology. As part of the major, students learn about equipment, patient care and radiation physics. They get practical experience through supervised clinical work with real patients in a healthcare setting.
Missouri Southern State University
The associate's degree program in radiologic technology at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin requires 24 months of rigorous study with an emphasis on clinical experience at local healthcare facilities. Students who are interested in the program are encouraged to choose courses in math and the sciences while in high school; admissions take place early in the year and are based on assessment test scores, academic achievement and an interview. In addition to basic radiology training, students learn about computerized tomography (CT), mammograms and venipuncture. They study imaging and its use in surgery, the emergency room and the cardiac catheterization lab.
Missouri State University - Springfield
Located in Springfield, Missouri State University offers a bachelor's degree in radiography through a joint program with CoxHealth and St. John's Regional Health Center School of Radiologic Technology. Before beginning the 24-month radiography program, students must complete general education requirements and prerequisite courses, including chemistry, anatomy and physiology, algebra and psychology. Radiography majors can choose a specialty in education, management or science. Courses cover radiation safety, medical terminology, ethics and image analysis. Supervised clinical experience is the linchpin of the program.
Northwest Missouri State University
In Maryville, at Northwest Missouri State University, radiology students complete their general education, biology and chemistry classes during their first two years of study, then move to Saint Luke's Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in Kansas City for clinical and didactic courses during the final two years. Admission to the program is limited; the hospital uses GPA, previous healthcare experience and interviews to decide who is admitted. Courses taken at Northwest Missouri State include biomedical ethics, basic physics and microbiology. The radiologic programs at St. Luke's include positioning, safety, cross-sectional anatomy and quality assurance. All of these lessons are reinforced through extensive clinical experiences.
Saint Louis Community College
Before beginning the associate's degree program in radiography at this community college in Saint Louis, students should take courses in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and technical math or higher. Admission to the program is based on earning a GPA of 2.5 or higher combined in math and science courses. Students then learn about techniques, safety and equipment operation through classes and several clinical experiences.
Saint Louis University - Main Campus
Located in Saint Louis, this university offers radiology programs through the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics. Students can earn bachelor's degrees in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiation therapy or nuclear medicine technology. These programs offer several tracks, including one for students who intend to enter medical school and another that pairs the major with a minor in business administration.
The university offers a 12-month master's degree program in molecular imaging and therapeutics. Students choose to specialize in MRI, radiation therapy or nuclear medicine technology. The program emphasizes research; students work on scholarly projects suitable for presentation or publication.
State Fair Community College
State Fair Community College in Sedalia offers an associate's degree program in radiologic technology that calls for 85.5 credit hours of coursework. Prerequisite courses include anatomy, English composition, algebra and medical terminology. Students learn about patient care, equipment, quality control and advanced imaging. Clinical experiences are a major part of the program. Students have the option to apply for CT classes to supplement their degree.
University of Missouri - Columbia
The University of Missouri offers a bachelor's degree in radiologic sciences program at the school's campus in Columbia. Students spend two years completing general education requirements and prerequisite courses before entering the 24-month professional program with courses in procedures and clinical experiences. Registered technologists with associate's degrees or credentials from hospital programs can enroll in an online bachelor's degree completion program. The university also offers MRI and CT certificate programs that are taught online.
The University of Missouri's School of Medicine residency program offers training in many types of radiology, including CT, MRI, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, ultrasonography and nuclear medicine. Students learn to interpret results of diagnostic procedures and to perform procedures. They can go into private practice or further pursue their studies in radiology.
To practice as a radiologic technologist in Missouri, an individual must have completed an approved education program within the past three years and passed certification exams from the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT). The state issues certifications in various specialty areas to radiologic technologists who meet requirements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Radiology Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Avila University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science||$26,450*|
|East Central College||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$2,280 in-district; $3,120 in-state; $4,488 out-of-state*|
|Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City||Two-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$2,880 in-district; $5,280 in-state; $6,900 out-of-state*|
|Missouri Southern State University||Four-year, public; small city||Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology||$5,523, in-state; $10,480, out-of-state*|
|Missouri State University - Springfield||Four-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Radiography||$7,060 in-state; $13,930 out-of-state*|
|Northwest Missouri State University||Four-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences||$6,767 in-state; $11,823 out-of-state*|
|Saint Louis Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$3,090 in-district; $4,470 in-state; $6,150 out-of-state*|
|Saint Louis University - Main Campus||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging,
Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy,
Master of Science in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics
|State Fair Community College||Two-year; public, remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology||$2,640 in-district; $3,600 in-state; $5,040 out-of-state*|
|University of Missouri - Columbia||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Sciences in Radiologic Science,
Bachelor's Degree Completion Program for Registered Technologists
|$9,509 in-state; $25,166 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.