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 internship 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 meet program-designated technical standards, and 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.
Radiologic Sciences Major
Degree Type: B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 132
General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree
- A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
- General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
|First Year Experience (F)||1|
|Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)|
|College Composition I|
|College Composition II|
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking|
Upper Division Writing †
|Quantitative Reasoning (R) †||3|
|Science and Technology (S) †||10|
|Humanities and Fine Arts (A) †||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) †||6|
|Wellness (W) †||2|
|Cultural Diversity (D) *†|
|Global Perspectives (G) *†|
May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.
May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.
|Radiologic Science Major Requirements|
|RS 200||Introduction to Radiologic Sciences||1|
|RS 496||Field Experience||60|
Professional education (internship) within an accredited affiliated school of radiologic technology includes the capstone experience.
|Related Courses Required:|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (May satisfy a general education category S)
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
|Chemical Concepts and Applications|
and Chem Concepts and Applications Lab (May satisfy a general education category S)
|CHEM 260||Elements of Biochemistry||3 or 4|
|or BIOC 460||Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I|
|CSCI 114||Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy a general education category S)||3|
|or CSCI 116||Business Use of Computers|
|MATH 105||Trigonometry (or higher level)||3|
|Select one microbiology course and lab from the following:||3-5|
and Introductory Microbiology Lab
and General Microbiology Lab
|CHP 125||Medical Terminology for Health Professionals||1|
|PHRM 170||Common Medicines & Diseases||2|
|College Physics I|
and College Physics I Laboratory
|College Physics II|
and College Physics II Laboratory
|PSYC 111||Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy a general education category B)||3|
|STAT 330||Introductory Statistics (May satisfy a general education category R)||3|
|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|
|Organizational Communication I|
|Interprofessional Health Care Practice|
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.