Radiologic Sciences is a comprehensive term applied to the science of administering radiation, ultrasound, or magnetism to provide information for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries. Armstrong offers Bachelor of Science degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates leading to certification in several career specialties in the radiologic sciences.
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences, Initial Certification
For individuals seeking entry into the radiologic sciences profession, we offer an entry-level bachelor of science degree with special emphasis leading to certification in one of five career specialties. No previous background in the radiologic sciences is required to enter any of these programs. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination in their specific area of specialty (see Certification section below for additional details). All students in the department will do some level of online coursework. Typically, students in entry-level tracks take five to ten online courses over the five semesters.
- Cardiovascular/Interventional Science - CVIS prepares individuals to assist in invasive cardiovascular settings in cardiac catheterization departments, electrophysiology laboratories, and angiography departments
- Nuclear Medicine - Nuclear medicine is a specialty in which radioactive pharmaceuticals are used to diagnose and/or treat disease
- Radiation Therapy - Radiation therapists deliver daily radiation treatments to cancer patients to ensure the treatments are accurately and safely administered
- Radiography - Radiographers use radiation, magnetism, and computers in the production of medical images that aid the physician in the diagnosis of broken bones, ulcers, tumors, diseases, or malfunctions of various organs.
- Sonography - Sonography (ultrasound) is used to image organs, blood vessels, and the fetus. Sonographers use equipment that emits sound waves into the body and the echos sent back are converted to images.
Registered Technologist to Bachelor of Science Degree Completion
Our degree completion programs offer certified professionals in the radiologic sciences (RT) a path to complete a bachelor's degree and develop additional professional practice skills and technical skills in the radiologic sciences. Armstrong offers two options for degree completion.
In this program, individuals who are certified or eligible to sit for a certification exam in one area of the radiologic sciences may complete a bachelor's degree while preparing for additional certification in either radiation therapy, nuclear medicine or sonography. This is a competitive program.
In this program, certified professionals may complete a bachelor's degree either in a non-clinical capacity or while preparing to obtain additional clinical certification in an advanced radiography area (CT, MRI or mammography) .
If you already have a bachelor's degree in radiologic technology, radiologic sciences, or a related area, you can prepare for certification in an additional modality through our post-baccalaureate certificate programs in Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine or Advanced Imaging (CT, MRI or mammography).
All classwork for the Advanced Imaging certificate is fully online, however the required clinical component must be completed at an accredited healthcare organization. See note under Bridge program above.
Upon graduation from Armstrong State University, Radiography, Radiation Therapy, and Nuclear Medicine students will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Nuclear medicine students are also eligible to sit for the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). Sonography students will be candidates for the national certification examination of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Cardiovascular Interventional Sciences students will take the Registered Cardiovascular Interventional Specialist Examination administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
If you are unsure of which program you are interested in, you can learn more about the imaging sciences by visiting The American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Once you are at the ASRT site, click on the Career Center menu, then click on Career in Radiology, then Career Videos link.The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences offers a baccalaureate degree in Radiologic Sciences with initial certification, an RT to BSRS degree completion program, an RT to BSRS degree completion with certification in an additional modality, and post-baccalaureate certification in additional modalities. These programs are supported by nationally known faculty who hold certifications in multiple areas.