Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
Waters College of Health Professions

Radiologic Sciences Program

Enter the diverse field of radiologic sciences and become an invaluable member of a patient-focused discipline that puts you on the forefront of cutting-edge medical technology!

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*located on the Armstrong campus

At Georgia Southern University, the Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences with five concentrations leading to initial certification. Whether you choose to specialize in the use of radiation, ultrasound or magnetism, you’ll be trained to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries.

Students interested in the Radiologic Sciences program must understand that there is a potential to being exposed to a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment. The MRI environment consists of strong magnetic fields and radiofrequency waves which may be contraindicated for individuals that have devices implanted in or on their body that should not be subjected to an MRI environment. Additional information regarding MRI safety can be found on the internet and at www.mrisafety.com.

Cardiovascular Interventional Science (CVIS) Degree Concentration

Format: In person at Armstrong Campus
Credit Hours: 130
Students accepted: 10
Clinical sites: 12 including sites in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia
Program Coordinator: Mrs. Esma Campbell

Georgia Southern University is home to the only accredited baccalaureate invasive cardiovascular technology program in the United States. In this specialization, you will use sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment as you work in interventional cardiology suites, cardiac cath labs, vascular hybrid suites and neurovascular arenas.

Students in Georgia Southern’s CVIS program have the opportunity to complete five clinical rotations at prestigious clinical sites around the southeast, which will give you the training you’ll need to excel in this field. You’ll be prepared to assist in invasive cardiovascular settings, including diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that affect the cardiovascular system.

Jobs in Cardiovascular Technology

After completing the cardiovascular interventional science concentration, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of positions using cardiovascular technology, including:

  • Cardiovascular interventional technologist
  • Cardiovascular technician
  • Vascular technologist
  • Cardiac sonographer/Echocardiographer
  • Cardiac catheterization technologist
  • Cardiovascular invasive specialist
  • EKG technician

Accreditation

CAAHEP logo

The cardiovascular interventional science track is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the JRCCVT. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suit 158, Clearwater, FL 33763727-210-2350www.caahep.org.

Professional Licensure

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or national certifications: Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist, RCIS.

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a state license (or certificate) in Georgia (not applicable) or any other state or territory. For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist click www.cci-online.org to check the requirements of your state or territory

Program Outcomes

OutcomesNational Credentialing Exam Pass Rate (Passed/Taken)Retention Rate-Remained in program and graduated (Graduated/Enrolled)Positive Job Placement (Placed/Graduated)
3 Year Avg

(Only 2018**)

100%88%

Sonography Degree Concentration

Format: In person at Armstrong Campus
Credit Hours: 130
Students accepted: 20 (variable depending on the number of available sites)
Clinical sites: 20, including distant sites in various states (variable depending on the number of available sites)
Program Coordinator: Mrs. Myka Bussey-Campbell

The sonography concentration will train you in the latest sonographic technology and prepare you to enter a growing career field as a certified sonographer.

Using sound waves to examine organs, muscles and vascular structures, sonographers perform everything from obstetrics imaging to cardiac imaging. Your coursework will cover everything from clinical settings, scanning techniques, invasive procedures and sonography specialties.

Students are required to complete clinical education courses at two or more distant clinical education centers. Students are responsible for travel and lodging expenses associated with attending these centers.

Jobs in Sonography

A Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in Sonography will equip you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Echo technician
  • Vascular technician
  • Echocardiographer
  • Sonographer
  • Ultrasound technologist
  • Ultrasonographer

Program Contacts

Program Outcomes

2018 Data

Credential Success Rate
Number of students taking ABD credential17
Number earning ABD credential from ARDMS15
Number earning ABD credential from ARRT
Total number earning ABD credential15
ABD credential success rate88%
Credential Success Rate
Number of students taking OB-GYN credential6
Number earning OB-GYN credential from ARDMS 6
Number earning OB-GYN credential from ARRT
Total number earning OB-GYN credential6
OB-GYN credential success rate 100%
Job Placement
General Concentration (ABD and OB/GYN)
Number of graduates in 201817
Number of graduates employed 16
Job placement rate94%
Attrition Rate
General Concentration (ABD and OB/GYN)
Number of students admitted18
Number of students graduating17
Attrition rate 94%

Professional Licensure

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or national certifications: Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, (RDMS)

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a state license (or certificate) in Georgia or any other state or territory. For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer click https://www.sdms.org/advocacy/state-licensure  to check the requirements of your state or territory.

Nuclear Medicine Degree Concentration

Format: In person at Armstrong Campus
Credit Hours: 130
Students accepted: 10
Clinical sites: 9, including sites in Georgia and South Carolina.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Rochelle Bornett Lee

Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive drugs to patients for imaging, diagnosis or therapeutic purposes. Georgia Southern’s Nuclear Medicine concentration is one of less than 10 undergraduate programs of its kind in the country

Incorporating physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, you will learn the latest procedures and practices for the industry and gain clinical experience in general nuclear medicine, Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), making you eligible to be dually certified.

Jobs in Nuclear Medicine

A Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in nuclear medicine will help you launch a specialized career in healthcare professions such as:

  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Radiologic technologist
  • Radiation safety officer
  • Chief technologist
  • Mammography technician
  • Imaging specialist

Accreditation

Nuclear medicine is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT 406-883-0003).

JRCNMT

Program Outcomes

Graduate achievement data is an indicator of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals.  The current report on graduate achievement data, identified by program, is available on the JRCNMT website:

Graduate Achievement Report

Professional Licensure

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or national certifications: Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist R.T.(N).

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a state license (or certificate) in Georgia (not applicable) or any other state or territory. For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for a Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist click  https://www.asrt.org/main/standards-and-regulations/legislation-regulations-and-advocacy/individual-state-licensure to check the requirements of your state or territory

Radiography Degree Concentration

Format: In person at Armstrong Campus
Credit Hours: 130
Clinical sites: 8 including sites in Georgia and South Carolina.
Students accepted: 22-25
Program Director: Mrs. Sharon Gilliard-Smith, M.H.S.RT(R)

With the Radiography degree concentration, you’ll get hands-on clinical experience and build on a foundation of physics, math and science to prepare for a high-tech career that uses radiation, magnetism and computers for imaging and medical diagnosis. You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue additional certifications in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), and mammography.

As a radiographer, you’ll aid physicians and radiologists in the diagnosis of fractures, ulcers, tumors, lesions and disease processes. Additionally, you’ll be responsible for the physical and mental well-being of patients undergoing radiographic examinations.

Jobs in Radiography

A Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in Radiography prepares you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Radiologic technologist
  • MRI Technician
  • CT Scan Technologist
  • Radiology supervisor
  • Medical technologist
  • Radiology technologist

Program Goals and Outcomes

Program Effectiveness Data (2015-2019)
2019 Data5 Year Average
Program Completion Rate86.4%

19 of the 22 students who enrolled in the program graduated
93.4%-5 year average

99 of 106 students who enrolled in the program graduated.

student graduated
2018-100%
2017-100%
2016-95.5%
2015-85.7%
Program Exam Pass Rate (1st Attempt
within 6 months of graduation)
100%

19 of the 19 graduates who attempted the ARRT credentialing exam within 6 months of graduation passed on the first attempt.
83.2%- 5 year average

80 of 95 students who took the ARRT examination within 6 months of graduation passed on the first attempt.

2018-74%
2017-79%
2016-81%
2015-82.4%
Job Placement Rate100%

18 of the 18 graduates who actively sought employment found jobs in field within 12 months of graduation. One graduate is continuing his education.
84%- 5 year average

72 of 86 students who actively sought employment found jobs in field.

2018-95%
2017-100%
2016-59%
2015-60%

Program Goals

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competency

  • Students will correctly apply patients positioning skills
  • Students will select appropriate technical factors

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate the use of critical thinking/problem solving skills

  • Students will demonstrate organization of information/thought
  • Students will be able to critically think through patients procedures to obtain diagnostic quality radiographs.

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize written communication effectively
  • Students will utilize effective verbal communication

Goal 4: Students will exhibit professional growth

  • Students will perform as an effective team member and demonstrate professionalism in the field.
  • Students will understand the importance of professional growth and development in the profession.

Mission Statement

Radiologic Sciences, as part of the Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences at Georgia Southern University, exists to provide a comprehensive education to students so they enter the profession as competent practitioners.

Professional Licensure

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or national certifications: Registered Radiographer, R.T. (R).

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a state license (or certificate) in Georgia or any other state or territory. For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for a Registered Radiographer license or certificate, click https://www.asrt.org/main/standards-and-regulations/legislation-regulations-and-advocacy/individual-state-licensure to check the requirements of your state or territory. 

Radiation Therapy Degree Concentration

Format: In person at Armstrong Campus
Credit Hours: 130
Clinical sites: Clinical sites in Georgia and South Carolina.
Students Accepted: 15
Program Coordinator: Laurie Adams, Ph.D.

The first year of the Radiation Therapy program requires students to be on-campus for all didactic courses. Beginning in the third semester, the program consists of a combination of online didactic courses, as well as clinical requirements. Minimal on-campus attendance is required in the final three semesters.

In Georgia Southern’s Radiation Therapy program, you’ll gain experience in clinical rotations at clinics in Georgia and South Carolina, learning a wide variety of techniques and procedures from diverse oncology teams. Your degree will prepare you to work with the latest state-of-the-art technologies to accurately and safely administer daily radiation treatments to cancer patients.

Jobs in Radiation Therapy

A Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in Radiation Therapy prepares you for a variety of healthcare roles:

  • Radiation therapist
  • Radiologic technician
  • Case manager
  • Patient care manager
  • Radiologic technologist

Program Goals and Outcomes

2019 Data5 Year Average
Program Completion Rate100%
13 out of 13 accepted students graduated
89%
54 out of the accepted 61 students graduated
Job Placement Rate100%
12 out of 12 graduates who were actively seeking jobs were employed at 1 year post graduation
95%
41 out of 43 graduates who were actively seeking jobs were employed at 1-year post graduation
Program Exam Pass Rate (1st Attempt)92%
12 out of 13 students passed on the first attempt
75%
39 of the 52 graduates who chose to take the registry 6 months post-graduation passed the ARRT certification exam

Program Goals

GOAL 1: Students/Graduates will be clinically competent.

  • All students will demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance.
  • All students will demonstrate ability to retain and apply clinically learned skill sets.

GOAL 2: Students/Graduates will possess critical thinking skills.

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform basic dosimetry calculations.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to perform a new treatment start.

GOAL 3: Students/Graduates will possess effective communication skills.

  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

GOAL 4: Students/Graduates will demonstrate growth in professional development.

  • Graduate will acknowledge need for professional growth.
  • Graduates will renew their membership in a professional organization.

Mission Statement

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, as part of the Waters College of Health Professions at Georgia Southern University, exists to education students, and to provide our culturally diverse communities with competent, team-oriented and compassionate healthcare professionals.

Professional Licensure

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or national certifications: Registered Radiation Therapist, R.T.(T).

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a state license (or certificate) in Georgia or any other state or territory. For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for a Registered Radiation Therapist license or certificate, click https://www.asrt.org/main/standards-and-regulations/legislation-regulations-and-advocacy/individual-state-licensure to check the requirements of your state or territory. 


Accreditation

JRCERT

The radiation therapy and radiography concentrations are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, JRCERT, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, mail@jrcert.org, Tel: 312-704-5300, Fax: 312-704-5304, www.jrcert.org.

If you are already a certified radiologic sciences professional (RT), Georgia Southern offers two options to complete a bachelor’s degree:

B.S. Degree in Radiologic Sciences: Special Options Program

Format: Online

The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences: Special Options Program is designed for technologists who are registered or registry-eligible in one area (radiography, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy) and complete their degree and become certified in an additional area. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a baccalaureate degree and will be registry-eligible in one of the following areas:

  • Nuclear medicine
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiography
  • Sonography

For information on admission requirements and program of study, visit the Radiologic Sciences: Special Options Program page.

B.S. Degree in Radiologic Sciences: Bridge Program

Format: Online

The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences: Bridge Program offers a degree completion program for radiographers, radiation therapists, sonography and nuclear medicine technologists. If you are certified by the ARRT, NMTCB or RDMS, then you may qualify to complete this B.S. degree in Radiologic Sciences program.

Georgia Southern offers two track choices for certified professionals to advance professionally.

Clinical Track

The clinical track features coursework concentrated in advanced clinical skills, such as CT, MRI or mammography. The mammography concentration is only available to radiographers. Completion of the clinical education requirements will lead to eligibility for certification in CT, MRI or mammography.

Non-Clinical Track

The non-clinical track offers fully online courses providing a variety of leadership, management and technical communication educational experiences.

For more information on admission requirements and coursework in the Bridge Program, visit the Radiologic Sciences: Bridge Program page.

Accreditation

The BRIDGE program is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501).

SACS COC

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Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus
Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Dept #4901
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

Radiologic Sciences

Phone: 912-344-2802
Fax: 912-344-3442
Email: smcgee@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 8/12/2020

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Dept # 4901
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419