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SBU College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Associate of Science in Radiography

Welcome from the Program Director

Associate of Science in Radiography: SBU in joint sponsorship with Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri offers a two-year radiography program leading to the Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) degree. Graduates of the ASR program will complete requirements that lead to certification in radiography through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon completion of the program students are still required to take their certification exam through The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to become a Registered Technologist Radiography RT(R). This program is offered at Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU Springfield campus.

The graduate of the ASR program enters the health care environment as an entry level radiographer. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge necessary in order to competently perform radiologic procedures for patients of all age groups. To check for transfer requirements of your pre-radiologic technology courses please see the Course Transfers website.

The Associate of Science in Radiography is a 23-month program. The clinical curriculum includes rotations in a variety of hospital, clinic, and specialty settings.

Mission Statement

Mercy School of Radiologic Technology of Southwest Baptist University pursues excellence in education in a personalized Christian environment by preparing students to be competent, compassionate Radiologic Technologists.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

    Goal 1: The program will continuously monitor its effectiveness.
  • Students will complete the program.
  • Graduates will pass the ARRT national certification exam on the first attempt.
  • Graduates will be satisfied with the program.
  • Employers will be satisfied with the graduates.
  • Of those seeking employment, graduates will find employment within 6 months post-graduation.
    Goal 2: Students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will evaluate radiographic images.
  • Students will perform nonroutine procedures.
    Goal 3: Students will be clinically competent.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will apply positioning skills.
  • Students will utilize radiation protection.
  • Students will select proper technical factors.
    Goal 4: Students will communicate effectively.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will communicate effectively with patients.
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.
    Goal 5: Students will grow and develop professionally.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior.
  • Students will treat everyone as a valued individual.

Your Future in Radiologic Technology

The field of radiologic technology is a rapidly expanding and rewarding career choice. The continued diversity of imaging and therapeutic technologies offers a bright future for the registered Radiologic Technologist.

Radiologic Technologists are the health care professionals who use x-rays and other energies for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes in medicine. A Radiologic Technologist who specializes in the use of x-rays to create diagnostic images of a patient is called a radiographer. The radiographer performs a wide variety of X-ray procedures to produce images of bones, organs, and vessels under the direction of physicians called radiologists. Radiographers may remain in the discipline of diagnostic x-ray or they may choose to further their education in specialized areas such as ultrasonography, vascular-interventional radiography, cardiac catheterization, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, or radiation therapy. Each of these areas generally requires an additional six months or a one year educational commitment.

Other areas of expanded responsibility include: education, supervision, and even commercial/sales or research. Ordinarily experience and a college degree are required for these advanced positions.

Clinical Experience

Radiologic technology students have the opportunity to learn about radiology services using the most advanced state of the art equipment including:

  • radiographic
  • tomographic
  • digital fluoroscopic
  • surgical
  • mobile
  • computed radiography (CR)
  • direct digital radiography (DR)
  • picture archival and communication system (PACs)


The students are provided with an ample variety and volume of radiographic procedures. Procedures are performed on adult and pediatric patients in Radiology Services as well as in the Emergency Trauma Center, Operating Room, and at the patient's bedside. Clinical training (practicum) includes competency achievement in radiographic examinations.

During the second year, students will continue to perform radiographic examinations on an advanced level. Additionally, students receive introductory experience in specialty areas including:

  • ultrasonography
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • nuclear medicine
  • vascular-interventional radiography
  • radiation therapy
  • neuroradiological procedures
  • computed tomography
  • cardiac catheterization

Program Effectiveness

Download the latest information on the ARRT pass rate, job placement rates and program completion rates for the ASR program.