Degrees and Programs
Dr. Elwin Tilson
Rochelle Bornett Lee
Cardiovascular Interventional Science
Esma G. Campbell
Department of Radiologic Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
Tracks in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography and Cardiovascular Interventional Sciences
Students who earn bachelor's degrees in Radiologic Sciences become qualified health care professionals who aid physicians in medical practice. At Armstrong Atlantic State University, Students choose among the tracks in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography, and Cardiovascular Interventional Sciences. Each track has its own accreditation, educational, and clinical training requirements.
Program graduates of Radiography, Radiation Therapy, and Nuclear Medicine are eligible to sit for the national certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Sonography graduates are candidates for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) national certificate. Graduates of the CVIS track are eligible to set for the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) national certification.
Students who wish to earn a degree in Radiologic Sciences must apply to the program in addition to applying to the university. Specific information on how to complete the application process is located on the department web site.
The Radiographer examines the patient for broken bones, ulcers, tumors, diseases, or malfunctions of various organs through the production of consistently high-quality radiographs (x-rays) ready for the radiologist's interpretation. Radiographers can also specialize in computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imagine (MRI), and mammography.
A Radiation Therapist operates sophisticated equipment and communicates with patients who receive daily radiation treatments. They work with physicians and physicists to make sure those radiation therapy treatments are efficient, of high quality, recorded accurately, and as pleasant as possible for the patient. Most radiation therapy patients are outpatients who receive radiation therapy treatments five days a week for up to six weeks or more.
A Nuclear Medicine Technologist is a specialist track in which radioactive pharmaceuticals are used to diagnose or treat disease. The technologist administers small amounts of radioactive pharmaceuticals into the patient. The radiation emitted by the body is detected by specialized equipment, which converts the radiation measurements to images. Abnormalities may be detected very early in the disease process that allows for earlier treatment regimens.
A Sonographer images organs, tissues and vessels to be imaged with high frequency sound waves emitted into the body. These waves bounce off tissues and send back "echoes" that are converted into images. The most common sonograms are of fetuses, body organs, blood vessels, and soft tissue structures.
Cardiovascular Interventional Science (CVIS) specialists are team members in cardiac catheterization departments, electrophysiology laboratories, and angiography departments. As part of these teams, they help diagnose and treat blood vessel and heart diseases.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the long-range employment picture for radiographers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, sonographers and cardiovascular interventional specialists is excellent.
Upon graduation, radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists, and sonographers are employed by hospitals, physician's offices, clinics, public heath service agencies, and private industries. Radiation therapists work on hospitals or freestanding cancer centers. Cardiovascular Interventional Sc9ience graduates are employed by hospitals and physician groups who diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases.
Radiography students have the opportunity to work in on-campus laboratories with state of the art equipment including radiographs and treatment planning computers; sonography students receive "hands on" training with ultrasound equipment; and nuclear medicine and CVIS students also have access to on-campus laboratories.
Armstrong Atlantic State University is the second largest regional health education center in Georgia. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits the Radiography and Radiation Therapy programs. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology accredits the Nuclear Medicine program. The Sonography and CVIS program are currently seeking accreditation.
Course of Study
The 129-semester hour bachelor's degree program includes courses to meet core curriculum requirements as well as professional Radiologic Sciences courses.The department of Radiologic Sciences also offers an on-line internet baccalaureate degree program. This program is limited to individuals who are board certified in radiography, nuclear medicine and/or radiation therapy.
Please visit the department's website for further information.