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Pre-Radiologic Sciences Curriculum

The “pre radiologic sciences curriculum” is just a list of courses that are required for admission to a professional program. It is NOT an academic major, a minor, or an emphasis area.

  

What Should I Major In?

Even if you plan to apply to a radiologic sciences program after taking only the courses required for admission (minimum of 60 credit hours for the program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center), you must declare an academic major. Many students choose a major in one of the sciences (Biological Sciences, Biochemistry/ Chemistry, Physics) but other majors are acceptable including those in health sciences, humanities, social sciences, or business. Students should select the major in which they feel the most comfortable and in which they would like to study and work in if they are not accepted into or choose not to pursue a radiologic sciences program.

Students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Sciences in Mississippi apply to the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences program at University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, typically after taking two years to complete a pre-radiologic sciences curriculum at a four-year university. Some students do not desire a bachelor’s degree but instead simply want to pursue two year programs that result in associate’s degree in radiologic technology. These are offered at some community colleges in Mississippi. If you do not desire a BS degree then you should consult with the community colleges offering these programs.

Visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) web pages for more information about radiologic sciences and radiology technologists.

 

Requirements for Applicants

The following list of courses meet only the minimum requirements of the two-year professional radiologic sciences program at UMMC in Jackson, MS. Preference is given to applicants who are legal residents of Mississippi. Since the program has limited student capacity, selection into the program is competitive. Not every applicant who applies to the program will be selected.

Students must consult the specific admission requirements and application deadlines for the school(s) to which they plan to apply, including UMMC.  

  • ENG 101 & 102
  • MAT 101 or above
  • CMS 111
  • CSC 100
  • BSC 250/L & 251/L*
  • Two social/behavioral science courses (6h total in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology)
  • Two humanities courses (6h total in history, literature, foreign languages, journalism, philosophy, religion, or art history)
  • One fine arts course (3h total in music, theatre, art, or dance - typically an appreciation course)
  • One natural sciences course (3h total in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or astronomy)
  • Recommended electives (19h minimum)
  • CHE 106/L & 107/L, PHY 111/L & 112/L, MLS 201, BSC 110/L & 111/L, BSC 380/L, MAT 167 or above, advanced computer science
*It is greatly recommended that students take BSC 110/L & 111/L prior to taking BSC 250/L & 251/L. 

  

Suggested Course Sequence & Strategies for Success

The suggested course sequence below covers only the requirements to apply to UMMC's Radiologic Sciences program in a timely manner. Students must work with academic advisors to incorporate major courses as needed. Students should also check frequently with the course bulletin and advisors in case of scheduling changes, as many upper-level science courses are offered on a rotating two-year cycle.

 

 

Year 1

Fall

Spring

BSC 110/L OR BSC 111/L a 4h  BSC 111/L OR BSC 110/L a 4h 
MAT 100 or 101 b 3h CHE 106/L d 4h
ENG 101 c 3h ENG 102 c 3h
CSC 100 3h 2 additional courses e 6-7h
1 additional course e 3-4h    
a It is highly recommended that students take general biology (110/111) prior to taking anatomy and physiology (250/251). General biology is required in order to take upper-level sciences such as microbiology, and the material learned in general biology is foundational material for anatomy and physiology. The order in which students take 110 and 111 does not matter; 110 covers molecular and cellular biology whereas 111 covers ecology and organisms.
Placement in mathematics (MAT) courses depends on the student’s ACT mathematics subtest score.
Placement in English Composition courses depends on the student’s ACT English subscore.
  • ACT English subtest score 16 or below:  ENG 99E (Expanded Composition Studio) and ENG 100E (Composition I Expanded)

  • ACT English subtest score 17-19:  ENG 100E (Composition I Expanded)

  • ACT English subtest score 20 or above:  ENG 101 (Composition 1) 

d CHE 106/L is required for BSC 380/L (Microbiology and lab), which is among the recommended electives for the UMC Radiologic Sciences program.
e Additoinal courses include UMMC-recommended electives (listed in the above section) and courses necessary for the academic major chosen. If a student is pursuing a Southern Miss baccalaureate degree (B.S. or B.A.) as a backup, they should take:
  • one (1) Aesthetics course (select from ART 130, DAN 130, MUS 165, THE 100)

  • two (2) Humanities courses (select from HIS 101, HIS 102, PHI 151, REL 131); one must be a history course. 

  • one (1) Social (SOC 101 or ANT 101) and one (1) Behavioral (PSY 110) Science. 

  • ENG 203

 

Strategy for Success

  • Students should visit the preprofessional office for advisement and/or to answer any pertinent questions.

  • Students should focus on doing well in their studies, particularly the required science and math courses.

  • Students could start getting some hands-on exposure by observing/shadowing a licensed or registered radiology technologist in a clinical setting. Students should keep a record of these events.

  • Students should take a CPR certification course at some point. Students accepted at UMMC must have a current CPR certification at the time of registration.
 

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

BSC 250/L OR BSC 251/L f   4h  BSC 251/L OR BSC 250/L f 4h
CMS 111 3h 4 additional courses e 12-14h
3 additional courses e 9-11h     

The order in which students take BSC 250/L and BSC 251/L does not matter.

 

Strategy for Success

  • Students should visit the preprofessional office for advisement and/or to answer any pertinent questions.

  • Students continue to do well in their studies, particularly the required science and math courses.

  • Students should get hands-on exposure by observing/shadowing a licensed or registered radiology technologist in a clinical setting. Students should keep a record of these events.

  • Students should take a CPR certification course if they have not already done so. Students accepted at UMMC must have a current CPR certification at the time of registration.

 

  

The Application Process

The application should begin between early Fall and early Spring of the sophomore year (February 15 deadline). The online application form is available July 1 for program starting in Fall (August) of the following year. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to have the best chance of gaining a seat in the program. Students apply online directly to the UMMC School of Health Related Professions:

 General admissions requirements include the following:

  • Applicants must have a minimum of 60 hours of required courses (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocation courses) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. The 60 hours of required courses do NOT have to be completed at the time of application, but they must be completed prior to enrollment in the Radiologic Sciences program that starts in the Fall (August).

  • Applicants must have successfully completed (grade of C or better) the minimum prerequisite course requirements listed above.

  • Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The average GPA of those accepted into the UMMC program is 3.3 with GPA’s generally ranging from 3.0 to 4.0.

  • Applicants must submit ACT scores

  • Applicants will also have to meet technical standards required in the field for motor skills, visual acuity, and communication ability to achieve final acceptance into the program.  These standards are listed on the UMMC Radiologic Sciences admissions website.

  • An interview is required if applicants are accepted into the program.

 

Accepted students into UMMC Radiologic Sciences program must:

  • Have a current CPR certification at the time of registration at UMMC in the Fall.
  • Successfully complete a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, prior to beginning clinical activities at UMMC. Applicants are advised that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for certification, registration, or licensure examinations.

 

The Interview

Students are advised to practice their interview skills BEFORE attending their first interview. Practice interviews may be conducted using the online Perfect InterviewTM resource or through Career Services. The pre-professional office can also assist with mock interviews (please see contact information below). Students should remember to dress and act professionally at all interviews.

 

  

For More Information about a Career in Healthcare, Contact the Preprofessional Office

Dr. Jeffrey Evans

Preprofessional Advisor

jeffrey.evansFREEMississippi

Phone: 601-266-4315

Office Location:

Bobby Chain Technology Center (TEC 100)

Destiny DeLancey

Preprofessional Advisor

Destiny.reynoldsFREEMississippi

Phone: 601-266-4636

Office Location: Liberal Arts Building (LAB 212A) 

 

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