Prepare for a career in radiography


Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

The length of your program depends on how many credit hours you transfer and whether you study part time or full time.

Successful completion of the program requires a minimum of 120 university-level credit hours, including transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions, MU general education requirements, health sciences core courses, health sciences approved electives and electives fulfilling your concentration area.

At least 30 of your last 36 credit hours must come from MU courses completed just prior to graduation; 23 of these make up the core curriculum for the radiologic science bachelor’s completion.

MU general education requirements

  • MATH 1100 College Algebra or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Pre-, basic or intermediate algebra is not equivalent.
  • ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Typically known as Composition II at other institutions.
  • Writing intensive courses* (5–6 credit hours). Two approved MU writing intensive courses that have ENGLSH 1000 as a prerequisite. One of these must be 3000 level or higher and within your major field of study.
  • Math reasoning course* (3 credit hours). One approved math reasoning proficiency course that has MATH 1100 College Algebra as a prerequisite (e.g., STAT 1200, STAT 1300, CHEM 1320, PHYSCS 1210).
  • American history or government.

* You must complete these courses with a grade of C- or better.

You must have at least one course at or above the 2000 level in two of the following three areas:

Area 1: Biological, physical and mathematical science (minimum 9 credit hours)

  • Mathematical science includes courses in mathematics or statistics that have college algebra as a prerequisite.
  • Include at least one biological or physical science and its related laboratory.
  • Include courses from at least two different areas of science.

Area 2: Behavioral and social science (minimum 9 credit hours)

  • Course work in psychology, sociology, history and political science.
  • Include courses from at least two different departments.

Area 3: Humanities and fine arts (minimum 9 credit hours)

  • Course work in such areas as art or music history, philosophy, religious studies and public speaking.
  • Include courses from at least two different departments.

Health sciences core courses and health sciences electives

You must complete 18 credit hours in health sciences approved electives in at least two of the three areas in the chart below: social/behavioral, medical/biological and administrative/leadership.

The chart below shows when courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise noted. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Core courses (choose seven)

ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied StatisticsXXX
CDS 3460 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications I   
CDS 4480 Clinical Ethics  X
CDS 4985W Healthcare Organization and Leadership
Writing Intensive
HLTH_SCI 3900W Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base
Writing Intensive
RA_SCI 3150 Radiologic PharmacologyX X
RA_SCI 4110 Sectional AnatomyXX 
RA_SCI 4140 Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Physics and Procedures X 
RA_SCI 4150 Computed Tomography: Physics and Procedures X 


RA_SCI 4140 Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Physics and Procedures
5 credit hours
RA_SCI 4150 Computed Tomography: Physics and Procedures
5 credit hours
RA_SCI 4946 Advanced Medical Imaging ExternshipXXX
CDS 4085 Problems in Medical Imaging
1-3 credit hours
HLTH_SCI 4300 Health Care in the United StatesXX 
HLTH_SCI 3300 Public Health Principles, Practice, and EducationXXX
HLTH_SCI 4410 Humanism and Health LiteracyXX 
HLTH_SCI 4400 Culture and Health Literacy for the Health ProfessionsX X
ESC_PS 4115 Human LearningXXX
ESC_PS 4087 Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology: Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States   
SOCIOL 3440 Sociology of HealthXX 
CDS 4500 Emergency and Disaster Management in Healthcare
1 credit hour
NU_ENG 4330 Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counter TerrorismXXX

Note X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

Before you apply, please contact student services adviser Cason Jones to have your transfer credits evaluated.

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • You must be an ARRT-certified radiologic technologist in good standing and have completed a JRCERT-accredited certificate or associate degree program.
    • Completed high school diploma or high school equivalency degree.
    • Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. The Degree Completion Admissions Committee requires two months to review and evaluate your application.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall June 1 August
    Spring Nov. 1 January
    Summer April 1 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. In the online application, you will need to supply:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Citizenship, residency and visa information (if applicable)
    • Names and locations of previous college or high school and dates you attended
  6. Complete the online application

  7. You will need to complete two separate applications:

    MU Undergraduate Admissions online application

    Degree completion application (PDF)

    Please allow the Degree Completion Admissions Committee two months to review and evaluate your application.

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This program is administered by the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences.