The Radiation Sciences Program offers two paths toward completing the major:

  • an on-campus program in radiologic technology, diagnostic medical sonography, or radiation therapy for students who have not completed a radiation sciences modality; or
  • an online program for registered radiologic technologists who would like to earn a Bachelor of Science degree by distance education.

Undergraduate study in radiation sciences is guided by the academic rules and procedures outlined under Undergraduate Rules and Procedures in the Carver College of Medicine section of the Catalog.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in radiation sciences requires a minimum of 120 s.h. Work for the on-campus degree includes a set of courses that are prerequisite to entering the radiation sciences major, completion of one of six radiation sciences professional programs, and elective course work sufficient to complete the minimum of 120 s.h. required for graduation. Students must complete the radiation sciences professional program at the University of Iowa. Registered radiologic technologists interested in earning the degree by distance education should see RT to B.S. (Online) in this section of the Catalog.

Admission to the radiation sciences major is competitive and selective; acceptance into a professional program or the major is not guaranteed. Students who wish to enter the major must first be admitted to the University of Iowa as College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) students with a radiation sciences interest. As CLAS students, they must apply to the radiation sciences professional program of their choice by January 15 of the year in which they wish to enter; see Apply on the Radiation Sciences Program website. Transfer students are encouraged to apply in early December to allow for time for transfer course articulation. Accepted students enter a professional program, the radiation sciences major, and the Carver College of Medicine the following fall semester.

Applicants for admission to the University of Iowa whose first language is not English are strongly encouraged to complete the University of Iowa English Proficiency Evaluation and satisfy the University's English Proficiency Requirements before they apply to a professional program. Students must have permission to register for a full academic load before they may be admitted to a radiation sciences professional program.

The radiation sciences major requires students to complete a minimum of two years of a high school world language prior to admission.

For additional information on UI admission requirements, contact the University's Office of Admissions.

First-year and transfer applicants admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as radiation sciences interest students must complete all courses that are prerequisite to the radiation sciences major (including approved transfer equivalents) by June 1 before they may begin one of the radiation sciences professional programs and enter the major. The only exception to this deadline is that the physics course required for the diagnostic medical sonography program may be completed in the summer session. Prerequisite courses vary slightly depending on which professional program a student wishes to enter.

Students who have declared a radiation sciences interest but have not yet applied and been accepted to a professional program are advised at the University's Academic Advising Center. After they have been accepted to a professional program, they are advised by the Radiation Sciences Program.

Upon successful completion of the professional program, students are eligible to apply for national certification exams for their program's specialty area(s). Once they have completed the professional program and all other requirements for graduation, they are granted a Bachelor of Science degree.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in radiation sciences requires the following work.

Prerequisites to the Radiation Sciences Major

Students must complete the following prerequisite courses (25-27 s.h.) before they may enter the program and the major. Students who wish to enter the radiation therapy professional program must complete a total of 60 s.h. of college course work, including the following prerequisites, before they may enter the program and the major. Students are advised for success, based on academic strength, not necessarily for a four-year plan. Prerequisite courses for the radiologic technology and diagnostic medical sonography professional programs may take more than one year to complete. Prerequisite courses for the radiation therapy professional program may take more than two years to complete.

Rhetoric
This course:
RHET:1030Rhetoric4
Anatomy
One of these:
ACB:3110Principles of Human Anatomy3
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:1150Human Anatomy Lecture with Lab4
HHP:3105Anatomy for Human Physiology3
HHP:3115Anatomy for Human Physiology with Lab5
Physiology
One of these:
HHP:1300Fundamentals of Human Physiology3
HHP:1350Fundamentals of Human Physiology with Laboratory4
HHP:3500Human Physiology3
HHP:3550Human Physiology with Laboratory5
Physics
Students interested in diagnostic medical sonography or radiation therapy programs complete one of these:
PHYS:1400Basic Physics3-4
PHYS:1511College Physics I4
Quantitative or Formal Reasoning
One of these:
MATH:1020Elementary Functions4
MATH:1440Mathematics for the Biological Sciences4
Psychology
This course:
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
Medical Terminology
This course:
CLSA:3750Medical and Technical Terminology2
Culture, Society, and the Arts
Two courses for 3 s.h. each in two of these areas:
Diversity and Inclusion
Historical Perspectives
International and Global Issues
Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts
Values and Culture

See GE CLAS Core (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) in the Catalog for approved courses in the culture, society, and the arts areas listed above.

Recommended Pre-Major Work

The Radiation Sciences Program recommends that before students submit an application to a radiation sciences professional program and the major, they job-shadow a professional who works in their area of interest, gain hands-on patient care experience, and complete the following additional preparatory courses.

These courses:
RSP:1100Introduction to the Radiation Sciences1
BIOL:1140Human Biology4
One of these:
CHEM:1070General Chemistry I3
CHEM:1110Principles of Chemistry I4
One of these:
PHYS:1400Basic Physics3-4
PHYS:1511College Physics I4
One of these:
CS:1020Principles of Computing3
MSCI:1500Business Computing Essentials2
One of these:
STAT:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:3510Biostatistics3
STAT:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3

Electives

In order to earn the minimum of 120 s.h. required for graduation, students may need to complete elective course work in addition to the prerequisite course work listed above and one of the professional programs in medical imaging. They should plan their elective courses in consultation with their advisor.

Radiation Sciences Professional Programs

Students must complete one of the following on-campus radiation sciences professional programs at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics:

Each program offers modality-specific didactic and supervised clinical education courses. Graduates of the professional programs and associated internships are eligible to apply for one or more certification exams.

The radiologic technology programs and diagnostic medical sonography programs last three years, and the radiation therapy program lasts two years. Each program begins in the fall.

Students must apply to the program of their choice by January 15 of the year in which they intend to enter the program. Students must first apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) as a radiation sciences interest major and complete all prerequisite course work. Students with transfer credit are encouraged to apply to CLAS by early December to allow time for transcript course articulation.

Admission to all radiation sciences professional programs is competitive; each program accepts a limited number of students and acceptance is not guaranteed. In addition to the prerequisite courses listed above, students must have earned a cumulative college g.p.a. of at least 2.50 prior to professional program admission.

A diagnostic medical sonographer is a skilled professional who uses high-frequency sound wave equipment to create diagnostic images and data that assist health care professionals in their diagnosis of patients with disease. Ultrasound imaging is used on many parts of the body, including the abdomen, heart, blood vessels, and the developing fetus of a pregnant woman. When determining normal and abnormal findings, the sonographer must demonstrate sectional anatomy through transducer manipulation. The sonographer uses independent judgment in recognizing the need to extend the scope of the study according to the diagnostic findings. The sonographer spends extended time with the patient obtaining a thorough history of symptoms, explaining the exam, answering questions, and performing the exam.

Each of the radiation sciences diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) degree tracks consist of two professional programs—DMS and general and vascular sonography or DMS and cardiac and vascular sonography. Each of these three-year programs is selective and competitive; acceptance is not guaranteed. Students must satisfy all UI admission requirements, complete all prerequisites, and be accepted into the diagnostic medical sonography professional program following an application and selection process; see Diagnostic Medical Sonography on the Radiation Sciences Program website.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography and General and Vascular Sonography

The diagnostic medical sonography program in general and vascular sonography provides a multispecialty education in obstetrical, abdominal, and vascular sonography (ultrasound imaging). Students learn about sonographic imaging and evaluation, hemodynamics and Doppler evaluation, sonography equipment, sectional anatomy, pathology, patient care, medical ethics, and quality assurance methods. They become proficient in using sonographic imaging equipment and in performing obstetrical and gynecological, abdominal, and vascular sonographic procedures, including invasive procedures, emergency exams, and 3-D imaging. They also participate in supervised clinical education. Elective courses are available in pediatric and breast sonography.

Upon completing the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification exams in diagnostic medical sonography in the specialty areas of obstetrics and gynecology, abdomen, and vascular technology.

Students who will have completed all prerequisite courses by June 1 (except physics, which may be completed in the summer session) are eligible to apply to this three-year program. Application deadline is January 15. Nine students are accepted into this track each year, which begins in the fall.

Plan of Study

Second Year, Fall
All of these:
RSP:2110Pathology for Radiation Sciences2
RSP:2120Patient Care for the Radiation Sciences3
RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy (online)3
Recommended:
CS:1020Principles of Computing2-3
or MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials
STAT:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
Second Year, Spring
RSP:3210Medical Ethics and Law2
RSCI:4130Electrocardiogram and Hemodynamics (online)3
RSCT:4100Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (online)3
RSMS:3110Foundations of Sonography3
RSMS:3111Foundations of Sonography Lab1
RSMS:3115Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship I2
Third Year, Fall
RSMS:3120Abdominal Sonography I3
RSMS:3121Abdominal Sonography I Lab1
RSMS:3130Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I3
RSMS:3131Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I Lab1
RSMS:3140Vascular Sonography I3
RSMS:3141Vascular Sonography I Lab1
Third Year, Spring
RSMS:3215Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship II3
RSMS:3230Sonography Principles, Physics, and Instrumentation3
RSMS:3231Sonography Principles, Physics, and Instrumentation Lab1
RSMS:3240Abdominal Sonography II3
RSMS:3250Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography II3
RSMS:3270Vascular Sonography II3
Third Year, Summer
All of these:
RSMS:3315Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship III4
RSMS:3325Abdominal Sonography II Lab1
RSMS:3376Vascular Sonography II Lab1
Recommended:
RSMS:3260Breast Sonography (online elective)2
RSMS:3300Pediatric Sonography (online elective)3
Fourth Year, Fall
RSP:4110Research Methodology for Radiation Sciences3
RSMS:4110Advanced Sonography3
RSMS:4111Advanced Sonography Lab1
RSMS:4115Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship IV5
Fourth Year, Spring
RSP:3220Radiation Sciences Quality Management and Health Care Administration (online)2
RSMS:4215Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship V5
RSMS:4220Multidisciplinary Capstone Seminar3
Elective (if needed)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Cardiac and Vascular Sonography

The diagnostic medical sonography program in cardiac and vascular sonography provides a multispecialty education in cardiac (echocardiography) and vascular sonography (ultrasound imaging). Students learn about sonographic imaging and evaluation, hemodynamics and Doppler evaluation, sonography equipment, sectional anatomy, pathology, patient care, medical ethics, and quality assurance methods. They become proficient in using sonographic imaging equipment and in performing cardiac and vascular sonographic procedures, including invasive procedures, emergency exams, and 3-D imaging. They also participate in supervised clinical education.

Upon completing the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification exams in diagnostic medical sonography in the specialty areas of cardiac (echocardiography) and vascular technology.

Students who have completed all prerequisite courses by June 1 (except physics, which may be completed in the summer session) are eligible to apply to this three-year program. Application deadline is January 15. Six students are accepted into this track each year, which begins in the fall.

Plan of Study

Second Year, Fall
All of these:
RSP:2110Pathology for Radiation Sciences2
RSP:2120Patient Care for the Radiation Sciences3
RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy (online)3
Recommended elective credit:
CS:1020Principles of Computing2-3
or MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials
STAT:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
Second Year, Spring
RSP:3210Medical Ethics and Law2
RSCI:4130Electrocardiogram and Hemodynamics (online)3
RSCT:4100Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (online)3
RSMS:3110Foundations of Sonography3
RSMS:3111Foundations of Sonography Lab1
RSMS:3115Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship I2
Third Year, Fall
RSMS:3100Cardiac Sonography I3
RSMS:3101Cardiac Sonography I Lab1
RSMS:3140Vascular Sonography I3
RSMS:3141Vascular Sonography I Lab1
RSMS:3150Cardiac Physiology and Hemodynamics3
Electives (if needed)
Third Year, Spring
RSMS:3205Cardiac Sonography II3
RSMS:3206Cardiac Sonography II Lab1
RSMS:3215Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship II3
RSMS:3230Sonography Principles, Physics, and Instrumentation3
RSMS:3231Sonography Principles, Physics, and Instrumentation Lab1
RSMS:3270Vascular Sonography II3
Third Year, Summer
RSMS:3315Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship III4
RSMS:3376Vascular Sonography II Lab1
Fourth Year, Fall
RSP:4110Research Methodology for Radiation Sciences3
RSMS:4110Advanced Sonography3
RSMS:4111Advanced Sonography Lab1
RSMS:4115Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship IV5
RSMS:4120Advanced Cardiac Sonography3
RSMS:4121Advanced Cardiac Sonography Lab1
Fourth Year, Spring
RSP:3220Radiation Sciences Quality Management and Health Care Administration (online)2
RSMS:4215Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship V5
RSMS:4220Multidisciplinary Capstone Seminar3
Electives (if needed)

A radiologic technologist is a professional, qualified by education and clinical experience, who provides radiological (x-ray) services using a variety of exams and procedures. While utilizing excellent patient care skills, the technologist operates radiological equipment so that optimum radiographic quality is achieved with the minimum radiation exposure to the patient. Radiographers are employed primarily in hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices, where they work closely with other members of the health care team to help diagnose and treat patients.

Each of the radiation sciences radiologic technology (RT) degree tracks consist of three professional programs—RT and computed tomography (CT), RT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or RT and cardiovascular interventional (CVI). Each of these three-year programs is selective and competitive; acceptance is not guaranteed. Students must satisfy all UI admission requirements, complete all prerequisites, and be accepted into the radiologic technology professional program following an application and selection process; see Radiologic Technology on the Radiation Sciences Program website.

Radiologic Technology and Computed Tomography

The radiologic technology component of this program provides education in pathology, radiation biology, radiation protection, patient care, and ethics. Students learn about radiographic procedures, imaging, and evaluation. They become acquainted with imaging equipment, study quality assurance, and participate in supervised clinical education in radiography and computed tomography (CT). The computed tomography component concentrates on sectional anatomy, single and multislice CT, electron beam CT, physiologic and 3-D imaging, CT simulation, physics and imaging, and procedures and pathology.

Upon completing the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification exams in radiography and computed tomography.

Students who will have completed all prerequisite courses by June 1 are eligible to apply to this three-year program. Application deadline is January 15. Six students are accepted into this track each year, which begins in the fall.

Plan of Study

Second Year, Fall
RSP:2110Pathology for Radiation Sciences2
RSP:2120Patient Care for the Radiation Sciences3
RSP:3130Radiation Safety and Radiobiology2
RSRT:2110Radiographic Procedures and Analysis I4
RSRT:2120Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship I1
Second Year, Spring
RSP:3210Medical Ethics and Law2
RSRT:2225Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship II4
RSRT:2230Radiographic Procedures II3
RSRT:2240Radiographic Analysis II3
RSRT:2250Radiographic Fluoroscopic Procedures2
Second Year, Summer
RSCT:4100Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (online)3
RSRT:2325Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship III3
Third Year, Fall
RSRT:3115Radiographic Procedures and Analysis III4
RSRT:3125Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship IV4
RSRT:3140Radiographic and Digital Imaging5
Third Year, Spring
RSCI:4130Electrocardiogram and Hemodynamics (online)3
RSRT:3220Emotional Intelligence for the Health Care Professional2
RSRT:3225Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship V3
RSRT:3230Radiographic Physics and Imaging Equipment4
Third Year, Summer
RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy (online)3
RSCT:4105Computed Tomography Clinical Internship I1
RSRT:3325Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VI2
Fourth Year, Fall
RSP:4110Research Methodology for Radiation Sciences3
RSCT:4115Computed Tomography Clinical Internship II3
RSCT:4120Computed Tomography Procedures I (online)3
RSCT:4130Computed Tomography Physical Principles and QC (online)4
RSRT:4125Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VII1
Fourth Year, Spring
RSP:3220Radiation Sciences Quality Management and Health Care Administration (online)2
RSCT:4110CT/MRI Pathology (online)3
RSCT:4125Computed Tomography Procedures II (online)3
RSCT:4215Computed Tomography Clinical Internship III3
RSRT:4225Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VIII1

Radiologic Technology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The radiologic technology component of this program provides education in pathology, radiation biology, radiation protection, patient care, and ethics. Students learn about radiographic procedures, imaging, and evaluation. They become acquainted with imaging equipment, study quality assurance, and participate in supervised clinical education in radiography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The magnetic resonance imaging component offers intensive study and practice in MRI, including patient care procedures, pathophysiology, physics, sectional anatomy, and instrumentation.

Upon completing the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification exams in radiography and magnetic resonance imaging.

Students who will have completed all prerequisite courses by June 1 are eligible to apply to this three-year program. Application deadline is January 15. Six students are accepted into this track each year, which begins in the fall.

Plan of Study

Second Year, Fall
RSP:2110Pathology for Radiation Sciences2
RSP:2120Patient Care for the Radiation Sciences3
RSP:3130Radiation Safety and Radiobiology2
RSRT:2110Radiographic Procedures and Analysis I4
RSRT:2120Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship I1
Second Year, Spring
RSP:3210Medical Ethics and Law2
RSRT:2225Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship II4
RSRT:2230Radiographic Procedures II3
RSRT:2240Radiographic Analysis II3
RSRT:2250Radiographic Fluoroscopic Procedures2
Second Year, Summer
RSCT:4100Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (online)3
RSRT:2325Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship III3
Third Year, Fall
RSRT:3115Radiographic Procedures and Analysis III4
RSRT:3125Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship IV4
RSRT:3140Radiographic and Digital Imaging5
Third Year, Spring
RSCT:4110CT/MRI Pathology (online)3
RSMR:4110Fundamentals for the MRI Technologist (online)3
RSRT:3220Emotional Intelligence for the Health Care Professional2
RSRT:3225Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship V3
RSRT:3230Radiographic Physics and Imaging Equipment4
Third Year, Summer
RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy (online)3
RSMR:4160MRI Clinical Internship I2
RSRT:3325Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VI2
Fourth Year, Fall
RSP:4110Research Methodology for Radiation Sciences3
RSMR:4120MRI Procedures I (online)4
RSMR:4140MRI Acquisition and Principles I (online)3
RSMR:4170MRI Clinical Internship II3
RSRT:4125Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VII1
Fourth Year, Spring
RSP:3220Radiation Sciences Quality Management and Health Care Administration (online)2
RSMR:4130MRI Procedures II (online)3
RSMR:4150MRI Acquisition and Principles II (online)3
RSMR:4175MRI Clinical Internship III4
RSRT:4225Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VIII1

Radiologic Technology and Cardiovascular Interventional

The radiologic technology component of this program provides education in pathology, radiation biology, radiation protection, patient care, and ethics. Students learn about radiographic procedures, imaging, and evaluation. They become acquainted with imaging equipment, study quality assurance, and participate in supervised clinical education in radiography, cardiac interventional, and peripheral/neurological interventional. The cardiovascular interventional component concentrates on imaging equipment; pharmacology; sterile techniques; cardiac monitoring; vascular anatomy and physiology; cardiovascular, peripheral, and neurological procedures and pathology; therapeutic intervention techniques; and digital angiography.

Upon completing the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification exams in radiography, vascular interventional technology, and cardiac interventional technology.

Students who will have completed all prerequisite courses by June 1 are eligible to apply to this three-year program. Application deadline is January 15. Two students are accepted into this track each year, which begins in the fall.

Plan of Study

Second Year, Fall
RSP:2110Pathology for Radiation Sciences2
RSP:2120Patient Care for the Radiation Sciences3
RSP:3130Radiation Safety and Radiobiology2
RSRT:2110Radiographic Procedures and Analysis I4
RSRT:2120Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship I1
Second Year, Spring
RSP:3210Medical Ethics and Law2
RSRT:2225Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship II4
RSRT:2230Radiographic Procedures II3
RSRT:2240Radiographic Analysis II3
RSRT:2250Radiographic Fluoroscopic Procedures2
Second Year, Summer
RSCT:4100Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (online)3
RSRT:2325Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship III3
Third Year, Fall
RSRT:3115Radiographic Procedures and Analysis III4
RSRT:3125Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship IV4
RSRT:3140Radiographic and Digital Imaging5
Third Year, Spring
RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy (online)3
RSRT:3220Emotional Intelligence for the Health Care Professional2
RSRT:3230Radiographic Physics and Imaging Equipment4
RSRT:3225Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship V3
Third Year, Summer
RSCI:4120CVI Principles (online)4
RSCI:4190CVI Clinical Internship (online)2
RSRT:3325Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VI2
Fourth Year, Fall
RSP:4110Research Methodology for Radiation Sciences3
RSCI:4140CVI Peripheral Procedures and Pathology (online)3
RSCI:4150CVI Neurology and Nonvascular Procedures and Pathology (online)3
RSCI:4180Vascular Interventional Clinical Internship4
RSRT:4125Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VII1
Fourth Year, Spring
RSP:3220Radiation Sciences Quality Management and Health Care Administration (online)2
RSCI:4130Electrocardiogram and Hemodynamics (online)3
RSCI:4160CVI Cardiac Procedures and Pathology (online)4
RSCI:4170Cardiac Interventional Clinical Internship4
RSRT:4225Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VIII1

A radiation therapist functions as a member of a team with physicians (radiation oncologist), physicists, dosimetrists, and nurses to provide treatment using ionizing radiation sources for patients with malignant and some benign diseases. The radiation therapist is responsible for the daily delivery of the prescribed treatment according to the treatment plan prepared by their physician in consultation with the medical physicist. The therapist works with the oncology nurse in the daily assessment of the patient's status and needs during their course of therapy. Radiation therapists are employed in radiation therapy facilities located in hospitals and freestanding centers.

Students completing the Radiation Therapy Program are trained to deliver therapeutic radiation. This two-year program is selective and competitive; acceptance is not guaranteed. Since the program duration is two years, students must have completed a total of 60 s.h., including prerequisite courses by June 1, prior to the start of the program. Students must satisfy all UI admission requirements, complete all prerequisites, and be accepted into the Radiation Therapy professional program following an application and selection process; see Radiation Therapy on the Radiation Sciences Program website. Training is provided by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics faculty in the Department of Radiation Oncology, with a hands-on component under the close guidance of licensed radiation therapists. 

Radiation Therapy

The radiation therapy professional program teaches theory and techniques of radiation therapy technology, with emphasis on competence in areas of oncology treatment planning, treatment delivery, dosimetry, and use of megavoltage radiation-producing equipment to administer treatment. Students participate in clinical education in radiation therapy. Radiation therapy students also complete course work in sectional anatomy and computed tomography (CT)/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) pathology. Students have the option of completing course work in CT procedures and physics, MRI fundamentals and acquisition, or courses in both modalities.

Upon completing the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification exam in radiation therapy. Students will have completed the course work but not the clinical component to be eligible to apply for the national certification exam in computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging.

Students typically apply to this two-year program during their sophomore year and begin it in fall of their junior year. Application deadline is January 15.  Seven students are accepted into this track each year.

Plan of Study

The second year schedule is recommended.

Second Year, Fall
CHEM:1070General Chemistry I3-4
or CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I
CS:1020Principles of Computing2-3
or MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials
PHYS:1400Basic Physics3-4
or PHYS:1511 College Physics I
Electives4
Second Year, Spring
CHEM:1080General Chemistry II3-4
or CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II
PHYS:1512College Physics II4
STAT:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
or STAT:3510 Biostatistics
or STAT:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods
Electives2

Upon acceptance into the radiation therapy professional program, students will complete required courses and internships during their third and fourth years.

Third Year, Fall
RSP:2110Pathology for Radiation Sciences2
RSP:2120Patient Care for the Radiation Sciences3
RSP:3130Radiation Safety and Radiobiology2
RSTH:3100Introduction to Radiation Therapy2
RSTH:3110Medical Physics I2
RSTH:3120Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship I3
Third Year, Spring
RSP:3210Medical Ethics and Law2
RSCT:4100Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (online)3
RSTH:3205Principles of Radiation Therapy I2
RSTH:3215Medical Physics II2
RSTH:3225Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship II3

Students choose from three options for course work in their last year of the program, starting with the summer before the fourth year.

Option 1 (MRI Course Work)

Third Year, Summer
Both of these:
RSMR:4110Fundamentals for the MRI Technologist (online)3
RSTH:3325Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship III4
Recommended:
RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy (online elective)3
Fourth Year, Fall
All of these:
RSP:4110Research Methodology for Radiation Sciences3
RSMR:4140MRI Acquisition and Principles I (online)3
RSTH:4105Principles of Radiation Therapy II2
RSTH:4125Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship IV4
Recommended:
RSMR:4120MRI Procedures I (online elective)4
Fourth Year, Spring
All of these:
RSP:3220Radiation Sciences Quality Management and Health Care Administration (online)2
RSCT:4110CT/MRI Pathology (online)3
RSTH:4225Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship V5
RSTH:4230Radiation Therapy Capstone3
Recommended:
RSMR:4130MRI Procedures II (online elective)3
RSMR:4150MRI Acquisition and Principles II (online elective)3

Option 2 (CT Course Work)

Third Year, Summer
This course:
RSTH:3325Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship III4
Recommended:
RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy (online elective)3
Fourth Year, Fall
All of these:
RSP:4110Research Methodology for Radiation Sciences3
RSCT:4120Computed Tomography Procedures I (online)3
RSCT:4130Computed Tomography Physical Principles and QC (online)4
RSTH:4105Principles of Radiation Therapy II2
RSTH:4125Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship IV4
Fourth Year, Spring
All of these:
RSP:3220Radiation Sciences Quality Management and Health Care Administration (online)2
RSCT:4110CT/MRI Pathology (online)3
RSTH:4225Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship V5
RSTH:4230Radiation Therapy Capstone3
Recommended:
RSCT:4125Computed Tomography Procedures II (online elective)3

Option 3 (CT and MRI Course Work)

Third Year, Summer
Both of these:
RSMR:4110Fundamentals for the MRI Technologist (online)3
RSTH:3325Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship III4
Recommended:
RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy (online elective)3
Fourth Year, Fall
All of these:
RSP:4110Research Methodology for Radiation Sciences3
RSCT:4130Computed Tomography Physical Principles and QC (online)4
RSTH:4105Principles of Radiation Therapy II2
RSTH:4125Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship IV4
Recommended:
RSCT:4120Computed Tomography Procedures I (online elective)3
RSMR:4140MRI Acquisition and Principles I (online elective)3
RSMR:4120MRI Procedures I (online elective)4
Fourth Year, Spring
All of these:
RSP:3220Radiation Sciences Quality Management and Health Care Administration (online)2
RSCT:4110CT/MRI Pathology (online)3
RSTH:4225Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship V5
RSTH:4230Radiation Therapy Capstone3
Recommended:
RSCT:4125Computed Tomography Procedures II (online elective)3
RSMR:4130MRI Procedures II (online elective)3
RSMR:4150MRI Acquisition and Principles II (online elective)3

The RT to B.S. is an online program designed for registered radiologic technologists who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in radiation sciences by distance education. The program requires a minimum of 120 s.h. Students who successfully complete a radiologic technology (RT) program are awarded 60 s.h. of credit. They also are awarded credit for equivalent course work that is prerequisite to entering the major. Upon admission to the major, students complete an online modality, advanced courses, and electives for graduation.

Students choose one of three online modalities: cardiovascular interventional (CVI), computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The modalities do not require an internship.

In order to be admitted to the radiation sciences major, students must pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) radiography board certification exam. They also must have completed all course work prerequisite to entering the major with a g.p.a. of at least 2.50, not including RT program courses. Students may count approved transfer credit toward the required prerequisites; learn more by visiting Transfer Courses in MyUI.

Applicants for admission to the University of Iowa whose first language is not English are strongly encouraged to complete the University of Iowa English Proficiency Evaluation and satisfy the University's English Proficiency Requirements.

The radiation sciences major requires students to complete a minimum of two years of a high school world language prior to admission.

For additional information on UI admission requirements, contact the University's Office of Admissions.

Prerequisites to the Radiation Sciences Major

Students must complete the following prerequisite courses (25-27 s.h.) before they may enter the radiation sciences major.

Rhetoric
RHET:1030Rhetoric4
Anatomy
One of these:
ACB:3110Principles of Human Anatomy3
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:1150Human Anatomy Lecture with Lab4
HHP:3105Anatomy for Human Physiology3
HHP:3115Anatomy for Human Physiology with Lab5
Natural Sciences
One of these:
BIOL:1140Human Biology4
CHEM:1070General Chemistry I3
CHEM:1110Principles of Chemistry I4
HHP:1300Fundamentals of Human Physiology3
HHP:1350Fundamentals of Human Physiology with Laboratory4
HHP:3500Human Physiology3
HHP:3550Human Physiology with Laboratory5
PHYS:1400Basic Physics3-4
PHYS:1511College Physics I4
Quantitative or Formal Reasoning
One of these:
MATH:1020Elementary Functions4
MATH:1440Mathematics for the Biological Sciences4
Psychology
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
Medical Terminology
CLSA:3750Medical and Technical Terminology2
Culture, Society, and the Arts
Two courses for 3 s.h. each in two of these areas:
Diversity and Inclusion
Historical Perspectives
International and Global Issues
Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts
Values and Society

See GE CLAS Core (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) in the Catalog for approved courses in the culture, society, and the arts areas listed above.

Once students are admitted to the Carver College of Medicine and the radiation sciences major, they must at least complete their final consecutive 30 s.h. at the University of Iowa, including an online modality (22-25 s.h.), two advanced courses (6 s.h.), and sufficient elective course work to complete the minimum 120 s.h. and the final consecutive 30 s.h. required for graduation.

Online Modality

Students complete one of the following three online modalities.

Cardiovascular Interventional

The cardiovascular interventional online modality requires the following course work (total of 23 s.h.).

RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy3
RSCI:4120CVI Principles4
RSCI:4130Electrocardiogram and Hemodynamics3
RSCI:4140CVI Peripheral Procedures and Pathology3
RSCI:4150CVI Neurology and Nonvascular Procedures and Pathology3
RSCI:4160CVI Cardiac Procedures and Pathology4
RSCT:4100Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences3

Computed Tomography

The computed tomography online modality requires the following course work (total of 22 s.h.).

RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy3
RSCI:4130Electrocardiogram and Hemodynamics3
RSCT:4100Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences3
RSCT:4110CT/MRI Pathology3
RSCT:4120Computed Tomography Procedures I3
RSCT:4125Computed Tomography Procedures II3
RSCT:4130Computed Tomography Physical Principles and QC4

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The magnetic resonance imaging online modality requires the following course work (total of 25 s.h.).

RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy3
RSCT:4100Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences3
RSCT:4110CT/MRI Pathology3
RSMR:4110Fundamentals for the MRI Technologist3
RSMR:4120MRI Procedures I4
RSMR:4130MRI Procedures II3
RSMR:4140MRI Acquisition and Principles I3
RSMR:4150MRI Acquisition and Principles II3

Course schedules can be found on the Online RT to BS page of the Radiation Sciences Program website.

Advanced Courses

Management and Leadership
One of these:
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership3
MGMT:2100Introduction to Management3
MGMT:3500Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
Statistics
One of these:
STAT:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3

Electives

Students choose elective course work to complete the minimum 120 s.h. required and the final consecutive 30 s.h. necessary to qualify for graduation.

The majority of radiation sciences graduates are employed shortly after graduation. Graduates generally find jobs in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and physicians’ offices. With experience, and sometimes additional education, they may find related jobs in management, sales, education, or as application specialists. Some students choose to continue their education in a master's, physician assistant, or other related medical program.

Most radiation sciences professionals with full-time jobs work 40 hours a week and may have holiday, weekend, evening, night, and on-call hours.

Students who complete Iowa's professional radiation sciences programs are eligible to apply for national certification exams administered by the appropriate agency in order to practice.

Licensure laws for radiographers, sonographers, and radiation therapists vary from state to state. Iowa is a licensing state, requiring radiographers to have a permit to practice. Passing the national exam is a criterion used to issue a permit to practice.

More information on radiation sciences careers and outcomes may be found on the Radiation Sciences Program website. The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find jobs.