Clinical education

The Radiography program is divided into two phases and generally takes a minimum of four years to complete.

Pre-professional phase

Estimated 2 years to complete general education requirements of MU and program prerequisites

In the pre-professional phase students enroll in the University of Missouri’s required general education courses and complete the Radiography Program’s required prerequisite courses.

Professional phase

24 months (2 years) to complete the professional phase, including summers

The professional phase of the MU Radiography program is an intensive, 24- month course of study leading to a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Radiologic Science. Coursework commences in June following acceptance, typically the summer semester of the student’s junior year. Students will develop their professional competence through classroom theory, laboratory practice and clinical application and are eligible to apply for their national registry examination through the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become a registered radiologic technologist: RT(R).

Students in the MU Radiography program complete advanced coursework in one of the following specialty areas of imaging: CT, MRI, Cardiac Interventional Radiography or Vascular Interventional Radiography. These courses provide the necessary knowledge to obtain advanced credentials through the ARRT post-primary pathway. Additional clinical experience requirements may be completed after graduation. View ARRT credentialing options.

We integrate classroom work and clinical rotations to maximize student learning. Formal clinical rotations are assigned every semester except the first summer of the program. During fall and spring semesters students will spend 20 – 24 hours per week at assigned clinical affiliates (approximately 300 hours per semester). Trauma/emergency imaging experience is gained at the University Hospital, a level one trauma center, in three one-week evening clinical rotations.

The typical clinical work week falls within the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will complete evening and weekend rotations. The evening rotation will not extend beyond 11 p.m. Starting time will vary in accordance with the student’s class schedule.

The program observes the University of Missouri academic calendar that includes holiday observances, semester breaks, and between semester breaks, with the exception of the second summer in the program where students return one week early to fulfill their clinical education requirement.

Graduation requirements

Accepted Radiography students must meet the following to graduate from the University of Missouri:

  1. Attain a minimum of 120 semester credit hours
  2. Students will meet the General Education requirements of the University of Missouri
    • English Exposition and Argumentation
    • Writing Intensive course(s)
    • American History or Government
    • Math Reasoning Proficiency course
    • Distribution Requirements
  3. Students will meet University graduation requirements
    • Second Writing Intensive course
    • Capstone course in the major
    • Earn no less than a 2.50 GPA
  4. Students will complete all core Radiography and program coursework with a grade of C or better.