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Radiologic Sciences

Radiologic Sciences Major

Radiographers, also known as radiologic technologists, perform diagnostic imaging examinations to assist physicians to diagnose or rule out disease or injury.

A Bachelor of Science degree, major in Radiologic Sciences (RS), includes two or more years of rigorous academic course work on campus and a two-year full-time professional level internship in an affiliated hospital-based school of radiologic technology that includes classroom and clinical education specific to diagnostic radiography. Graduates are eligible to write the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become a registered technologist in radiography, RT(R).

A strong science and math aptitude is important for RS majors to possess since academic course work includes chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, trigonometry, and statistics, in addition to general education courses. The full-time two-year professional level internship (60 credits) consists of classroom and clinical instruction in patient care procedures, radiation physics and protection, principles of imaging, positioning, radiobiology, and pathology.

Students who have completed the prerequisite course work on campus and meet the GPA and grade requirements may be eligible to apply for the professional internship. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 20 resident credits at NDSU prior to the start of the professional program to be eligible to apply. NDSU has affiliation agreements with ten hospital-based schools of radiologic technology that are accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Admission into the internship is competitive. Specific admission criteria are established by each affiliated hospital program and generally includes completion of required courses, academic achievement, references, related experience, and an interview. In addition, students must comply with criminal background and conduct requirements.

During the professional internship, specific letter grades are assigned by the hospital program, maintained on their program’s official transcript, and are not included in calculation of NDSU’s grade point average. Official transcripts are available upon written request from the hospital program. An NDSU grade of 'Pass' is awarded for successful completion of each term of the internship.

Information about the profession, curriculum, internship, and advising contacts are available from the Department of Allied Sciences .

Major Requirements

Radiologic Sciences Major

Degree Type: B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 132

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
One Course of Upper Level Writing. Select one of the following:3
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in the Technical Professions
Writing and the Creative Process
Creative Writing
Writing in the Sciences
Writing in the Health Professions
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
Science & Technology (S):
BIOL 220
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
CHEM 117
Chemical Concepts and Applications
and Chem Concepts and Applications Lab
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages3-4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B):
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
Select from current general education list3
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits41-42

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements40
Radiologic Science Major Requirements
RS 200Introduction to Radiologic Sciences1
RS 496Field Experience60
Professional education (internship) within an accredited affiliated school of radiologic technology includes the capstone experience.
Related Courses Required:
BIOL 221
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
CHEM 260Elements of Biochemistry3-4
or BIOC 460 Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
MATH 105Trigonometry (or higher level)3
Select one microbiology course and lab from the following:3-5
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Lab
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
PHRM 125Medical Terminology for Health Professionals1
PHRM 170Common Medicines & Diseases2-3
or PHRM 300 Principles of Clinical Pharmacology
PHYS 211
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 212
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Special Major Electives (department approved)
Sociology: Select one of the following:3
Sociology of Medicine
Sociology of Aging
Death and Dying
Communication: Select one of the following:3
Business and Professional Speaking
Small Group Communication
Health Communication I
Patient-Provider Communication
Organizational Communication I
Total Credits132-136

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • All required courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or above. All students must maintain a semester GPA of 2.0 or above for each semester in the College. A student who fails to meet this standard for two successive or three non-successive semesters may be terminated from enrollment in the College.
  • Completion of the prerequisites does not guarantee a student internship. Selection of interns is competitive. Please consult your Radiologic Sciences advisor for more information.