Bachelor of Science Degree Program
The Bachelor of Science Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) degree prepares students to meet the needs of the medical imaging community through an advanced level of education with a broader knowledge base that meets the demands facing the healthcare industry today. With a foundation in the liberal arts, the competency-based program fosters excellence by expanding the curriculum in the application of current, developing, and advanced imaging technologies.
The BSRS graduate will use appropriate interpersonal skills, think critically, embrace diversity, employ healthcare research, and apply appropriate radiation safety measures becoming ethical professional leaders dedicated to the health and safety of their patients.
1. Students will demonstrate communications skills;
2. Students will become clinically competent;
3. Students will utilize critical-thinking skills; and
4. Students will display professionalism.
Program Goal(s) Supported:
Communication, Clinical Competence, Critical Thinking, and Professional Development
Intended Educational (Student) Outcomes:
1. Communication: Students will learn to communicate effectively with diverse populations;
2. Communication: Students will write effectively;
3. Communication: Students will demonstrate proper oral communication skills;
4. Clinical Competence: Students will use radiation safety techniques;
5. Clinical Competence: Students will position patients accurately;
6. Critical Thinking: Students will perform non-routine procedures;
7. Critical Thinking: Students will select appropriate technical factors for variations in body habitus;
8. Critical Thinking: Students will be able to analyze images;
9. Professionalism: Students will be knowledgeable of advanced imaging modalities;
10. Professionalism: Students will display proper professionalism;
11. Program Effectiveness Measures: Students will be prepared to be an entry-level technologists; and
12. Program Effectiveness Measures: Students will pass the registry exam the first time.
Radiography is the art and science of using radiation as a diagnostic tool in performing radiographic examination. Radiologic Technologists apply the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, radiographic technique, and radiation biology in performing medical x‐ray examinations using established radiation protection standards in limiting radiation exposure to patients, themselves, and others.
As essential members of the healthcare team, radiologic technologists must be able to communicate effectively with patients, other healthcare professionals, and the public. Radiologic technologists must be compassionate, competent, and use problem‐solving and critical‐thinking skills in meeting the needs of their patients.
Radiologic Technologists are employed in various healthcare facilities, including hospitals, specialized imaging centers, and private physicians’ offices. They may also be employed as imaging department administrators or educators. The salaries and benefits are generally very competitive with other healthcare professionals and vary according to experience and geographic location.
The need for sophisticated imaging management and leadership to respond to the clinical, organizational, and fiscal demands facing the healthcare industry supports the creation of advanced educational and skill development opportunities for imaging. Future changes to the profession include minimum degree requirements for Radiologic Sciences as well as Imaging Education and sub‐specialty areas. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) recently recognized the need for advanced degrees within the profession by adopting a new Bachelor of Science Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) curriculum.
The Radiologic Sciences program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT may be contacted by phone at 312-704-5300 or via the Internet.
Student Health Policy
Before beginning Rs210 (Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care), all radiology students are required to submit the following information: (1) results of a physical examination, (2) results of a drug background check screening performed by a College‐approved entity; (3) evidence of current immunizations, including but not limited to: a two‐step tuberculin skin test (TST), Hep. B vaccination and annual flu vaccinations; and (4) CPR card for infant, child, and adult.
All students who have fewer than 12 transfer credits are required to enroll in Fy100 Quest for Success: The First Year Experience in their first semester.
Admission Process for Nonregistered (ARRT) Students
Students entering directly or as transfer students without a previous ARRT registration follow a curriculum that includes one to two years of general education and preparatory classes. In order for a student to be eligible to take any Rs course, the student must have completed all general education and preparatory classes with a cumulative GPA of 2.85. The following classes also require a grade of C+ or higher: Hc100, Hc105, Ma120, Ns235, and Ns236. A grade of C or higher is required in En101 and En102. Space in the RS courses (junior year) is limited. Admission is determined by a point system which takes into account course grades, overall GPA, and courses completed at SVC.
Degree Progression and Readmission to the Program
A Radiologic Sciences student must maintain a grade of C+ or higher in each Radiologic Sciences major course, including Hc100, Hc105, Ma120, Ns235, and Ns236, and a cumulative grade‐point average of 2.3 overall to progress in the program.
A student who does not receive a C+ or higher in a Radiologic Sciences course or who does not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher will be dismissed from the program. In order for the student to be eligible to reenter the program, they must reapply to the Radiologic Sciences program. To be readmitted the student must meet all prerequisite requirements including the minimum Southern Vermont College cumulative GPA of 2.85. A seat in the program must also be available. A student may only be readmitted to the program one time. A student who is readmitted must repeat any Radiologic Sciences major course in which they have not received a grade of C+ or higher before being eligible to take the next course(s) in the degree sequence. A student may only retake courses in which they have not achieved a grade of C+ or higher. Course repetition is allowed on a seat‐available basis only.
Admission Process for Registered (ARRT) Students
Students who previously graduated from SVC with an associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology and who have successfully passed the ARRT examination will be eligible to continue and receive a BSRS degree within one‐ to one‐and‐a‐half years depending on the classes previously taken.
Students who have completed an associate’s degree from another institution and who are presently registered with the ARRT in Radiography or other radiology subspecialty (Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy) will be awarded a maximum of 64 credits towards the BSRS degree. A student must complete all of the general education core courses not previously awarded as transfer credit to complete the BSRS degree. Usually the BSRS degree can be obtained within one and a half to two years. A minimum of 64 credits must be taken at Southern Vermont College.
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Please note that there are prerequisite courses for some of the program requirements. A minimum of 128 credits are needed for graduation.
Course Sequence for BSRS Non-registered (ARRT) Students
(Note: Progression to each semester is dependent upon successful completion of prerequisite courses and specified GPA requirements.)
First Year – First Semester
En101 English Composition I
Fy100 Quest for Success: The First Year Experience
Ma120 College Algebra or Ma105 Intro to Algebra*
Hc100 Introduction to Healthcare
*If needed to strengthen math skills
First Year – Second Semester
En102 English Composition II
Hc105 The Language of Health Care
General elective (100/200) or Ma120
(if not previously done)
Career Enhancing Course
Second Year – Third Semester
Ns235 Anatomy & Physiology I
Mg170 Fund. of Academic Computing
Social Science Core
Second Year – Fourth Semester
Ns236 Anatomy & Physiology II
300/400 Humanities General Core
Third Year – Fifth Semester
Rs315 Rad. Sciences Patient Care & Intro. To Clinical
RS220 Radiographic Positioning I
Rs230 Radiographic Equipment
Third Year – Sixth Semester
Py315 Ethics for the Helping Professions
Rs320 Radiographic Positioning II
Rs330 Radiographic Exposures
Rs355 Clinical Education I
Rs365 Clinical Education II
Fourth Year – Seventh Semester
Rs300 Digital Imaging/Processing
Rs350 Rad. Protection and Biology
Rs420 Advanced Imaging & Pharmacology4
Rs455 Clinical Education III
Fourth Year – Eighth Semester
Rs370 Radiographic Pathology
Rs440 Radiographic Critique
Rs480 Senior Seminar2
Rs465 Clinical Education III
Elective 4 16.5 cr