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Associate of Science in Radiography Degree

Earn your ASR degree and begin a career in radiography

The five-semester Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) degree program combines classroom instruction with extensive clinical experience into a two-year schedule. Graduates of the ASR program complete the requirements necessary to take a certification exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to become a Registered Radiologic Technologist. Students in the ASR program also have the opportunity to be dually enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program.

Southwest Baptist University-Springfield Campus provides conveniently scheduled general education and science prerequisite coursework for all its degree programs, as well as a wide array of courses for adult learners who desire to begin or continue their education. General education coursework is offered in both traditional classroom settings and through online courses. Students in general education courses benefit from experienced professors in small classes.

The University offers a science incentive program to radiography students. If you take the prerequisite science coursework through SBU, you can earn up to $375 per semester of tuition credit toward your radiography degree for up to four semesters.

The Radiography degree is offered through SBU's College of Health Professions.

Program Effectiveness Data (PDF)

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The SBU Advantage

  • Be equipped for a lifetime of success by a school that is committed to doing what it takes to help you graduate and succeed.
  • Receive a high-quality, Christian higher education in partnership with a nationally recognized healthcare system, Mercy Health System.
  • Further your education while remaining active in the workforce through afternoon and evening classes that work with your schedule.
  • Benefit from small class sizes that provide opportunities for individualized instruction, academic guidance and networking.

Faith Integration

Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered university and is committed to the integration of faith and academics in all programs and degrees. Class discussions include open dialogue about how faith impacts the academic discipline. Students are encouraged to consider their own faith and how they will incorporate their faith in their chosen career paths. SBU's goal is to produce academically qualified career professionals who are also servant leaders in today's global society.

Admissions Requirements

Complete the College of Health Professions admissions process to be considered for admission to SBU's Associate of Science in Radiography program. You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7+ and a prerequisite GPA of 2.7+ to meet program admission criteria.

The following prerequisite courses are required for admission to the ASR program:

  • English Composition I
  • General Psychology
  • College Algebra
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Chemistry for Allied Health

Course Transfer Equivalency

Southwest Baptist University maintains a current database of course transfer equivalencies from hundreds of accredited colleges and universities. Students are welcome to search for and find course equivalents for prerequisite courses and program requirements within the College of Health Professions degree programs.

Mission Statement

The Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) Program of Southwest Baptist University pursues excellence in education in a personalized Christian environment by preparing students to be competent, compassionate Radiologic Technologists.

  1. Goal: 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 12 months post-graduation.
  2. Goal: Students will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will evaluate radiologic images.
    Students will perform non routine procedures.
  3. Goal: Students will be clinically competent.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will apply positioning skills.
    Students will utilize radiation protection.
    Students will select proper technical factors.
  4. Goal: 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.
  5. Goal: Students will grow and develop professionally.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    Students will demonstrate professional behavior.
    Students will treat everyone as a valued individual.

Program Effectiveness Data (PDF)

Clinical Obligations (PDF)


Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
Accredited 8-year [Next Review 02/01/2023]