Pre-Radiologic Sciences Curriculum

To print a copy of this information, click on this link: preradiologic-sciences-curriculum-12-2014.pdf

The Major

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

Even if you plan to apply to a radiologic sciences program after taking only the courses required for admission (minimum of 57 hours for the program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center), you need to declare an academic major at USM.

Many students choose a major in one of the sciences (Biological Sciences, Biochemistry/Chemistry, Physics) but other majors are acceptable including those in the College of Health or in the humanities, social sciences, or business. Students should select the major in which they feel the most comfortable and in which they would like to pursue a baccalaureate degree or in which they would like to work if they are not accepted into a radiologic sciences program.

Students wishing to pursue a Radiologic Sciences Bachelor’s degree 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 science curriculum, for example at Southern Miss. Students who then receive their degree at UMMC are eligible to take the national certification examination. The UMMC graduate becomes a registered radiologic technologist upon passing the examination.

Students who want to become a radiologic technologist without a bachelor’s degree should consult with different community colleges for programs in radiologic technology.

Students who desire to become a radiologist who interprets x-ray’s, MRI’s, and other radiologic diagnostic tests must go to medical school to become a physician (MD or DO) followed by additional training in radiology. Students first take the course requirements for applying to medical school at USM or other colleges/universities. Students desiring to go this route should look at the premedical requirements at our USM Preprofessional page (www.usm.edu/preprofessional). 

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

Link to main page: http://www.asrt.org/main/about-asrt

Requirements for Applicants

The following list of Required Courses meets only the minimal requirements for admission to the two-year professional program in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Link to UMMC SHRP: http://www.umc.edu/shrp/

Link to Radiologic Sciences: http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Radiologic_Sciences/Radiologic_Sciences_Home.aspx

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.

Following satisfactory completion of all requirements for this professional program, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from the University of Mississippi.

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

  • English composition (6 hours)
  • social or behavioral science, such as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology (6 hours)
  • college algebra, quantitative reasoning, or higher mathematics (3 hours)
  • speech (3 hours)
  • humanities, such as history, literature, foreign languages, journalism, philosophy, religion, art history (6 hours) and fine arts, such as music appreciation or theatre (3 hours)
  • anatomy and physiology with laboratory (8 hours)

NOTE:  it is highly recommended that USM students take introductory biology I and II (BSC 110/L and BSC 111/L) prior to enrolling in anatomy and physiology

  • basic computer concepts and applications (3 hours)
  • electives (19 hours); recommended electives include medical terminology, natural sciences (general chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology), mathematics, advanced computer science

Suggested Course Sequence & Strategies for Success

The suggested course sequence below is merely a guideline to complete the courses required for the UMMC Radiologic Sciences program in a timely manner. Courses to fulfill the major must be worked into the student’s schedule.

Students must consult the USM Undergraduate Bulletin, the USM Class Schedule Guide for each semester, and their academic advisor. Some courses may be offered in specific semesters (Fall or Spring only) or on a rotating cycle.

YEAR 1

Fall Spring  
BSC 110/L OR BSC 111/L a 4 h BSC 111/L OR BSC 110/L a4 h 
MAT 101 [or MAT 100] b 3 hCHE 106&L 4 h
ENG 101 c 3 hENG 1023 h 
CSC 1003 h2 required/recommended courses d, e 6-7 h
1 required/recommended course d, e 3-4 h  

a, It is HIGHLY recommended that students complete BSC 110/L and BSC 111/L before taking BSC 250/L and BSC 251/L (Anatomy and Physiology I and II), which are required for Radiologic Sciences. BSC 110/L and BSC 111/L are among the recommended electives for the UMC Radiologic Sciences program, and they are prerequisites for other recommended upper level biology courses, including microbiology.

The order in which students take the introductory Biological Sciences (BSC) courses does not matter; BSC 110/L covers molecular and cellular topics whereas BSC 111/L covers ecology and organisms.

b, Placement in mathematics (MAT) courses depends on the student’s ACT mathematics subtest score.

Calculus is required for most majors in the College of Science and Technology (CoST), but is not required for the radiologic sciences program or for majors outside of CoST.

MAT 100 cannot be used as a prerequisite for any other MAT courses. Many majors require MAT 101, so pre-radiologic sciences students need to select their MAT course(s) carefully.

  • ACT mathematics subtest score 19 or below:  must take MAT 99 (Intermediate Algebra)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 20 or above:  may take MAT 101 (College Algebra) [or MAT 100]
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in College Algebra):  MAT 103 (Trigonometry). NOTE:  Trigonometry is a prerequisite for Physics I, which is among the recommended electives for the UMC Radiologic Sciences program.
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in Trigonometry): MAT 114 (Calculus for the Arts and Sciences)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 26 or above:  MAT 167 (Calculus I)

Students directly entering Trigonometry (MAT 103) or Calculus (MAT 114 or MAT 167) can use this course to satisfy the UMMC math requirement.

c, 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. Students enrolling in CHE 106&L must have passed high school chemistry or passed CHE 100 at USM. CHE 100 is required when the chemistry background is not adequate. Students may enter CHE 100 directly, if they choose. Students enrolled in CHE 106/L will take a test about two weeks into the class to determine if they should remain in CHE 106/L. If they do not meet the minimum score, these students are strongly recommended to move to a CHE 100 class, which is offered at the same time as CHE 106.

If a student is pursuing a Southern Miss baccalaureate degree (B.S. or B.A.) as a backup in case they are not accepted into a Radiologic Sciences program, they should take:

  • one (1) Fine Arts 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); must take one History course. Students not pursuing a Southern Miss baccalaureate may use courses in literature or foreign language.
    Note: ENG 203 (English Literature) is required for Southern Miss baccalaureate students.
  • one social and one behavioral sciences course (SOC 101 or ANT 101 and PSY 110, respectively). Students not pursuing a Southern Miss baccalaureate may take courses in economics or political science.
  • Sufficient elective hours to achieve a total of 57 hours of acceptable transfer credit (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocation courses)

e, RECOMMENDED elective courses for Radiologic Sciences include medical terminology (MLS 201), natural sciences [general chemistry (CHE 106/L, 107/L), physics (PHY 111/L, 112/L, MAT 103 is a prerequisite to PHY 111/L), introductory biology (BSC 110/L, 111/L), microbiology (BSC 380/L)], advanced mathematics, advanced computer science.

Strategy for Success

  • 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 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 f4 h BSC 251/L OR BSC 250/L f  4 h 
CMS 1113 h4 required/recommended courses d, e12-14 h 
3 required/recommended courses d, e9-11 h  

f, It is HIGHLY recommended that students complete BSC 110/L and BSC 111/L before taking BSC 250/L and BSC 251/L (Anatomy and Physiology I and II).

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

Strategy for Success

  • 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 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 process should begin very early in the Spring semester of the second year (February 15 deadline). The online application form is available July 1 for program starting in Fall of the following year.

Students apply online directly to the UMMC School of Health Related Professions: https://myu.umc.edu/irj/portal/anonymous?NavigationTarget=ROLES://portal_content/Guest/GuestiViews/GuestHowToApply

  • Applicants must have a minimum of 57 hours of required courses (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocation courses) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • The 57 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 in the Fall.
  • 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.
  • Submit ACT scores.

Accepted students 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.
  • Students 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: http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Radiologic_Sciences/Admission_Requirements.aspx

The Interview

Students are advised to practice their interview skills BEFORE attending their first interview.

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

The Healthcare Preprofessional Office is located in Bobby Chain Technology Building (TEC) Room 103.

Website:  http://www.usm.edu/node/25618

Phone number: 601.266.4741

Mailing address:

Healthcare Preprofessional Office
College of Science and Technology
118 College Dr., #5165
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Preprofessional Advisor:

Ms. Michelle Templeton
601.266.4741
deborah.templeton@usm.edu