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Radiologic Technology

Radiology Department

With the addition of computers, ultrasound, magnetic fields and radio waves, the radiologic technologist emerges into a growing field of computerized tomography, digital radiography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.

These new techniques are coupled with basic skill development in radiologic positioning and radiographic technique selection. Radiologic technologists are in demand in rural and urban areas. Positions are available in hospitals, clinics, industry, public health services, and doctors’ offices.

Salaries compare favorably with those of other allied health professions.

The greatest satisfaction may come from knowing that you, a radiologic technologist, through your ability and caring, have helped someone become healthy again.

The radiologic technology program at MSSU is a quality academic and clinical program that has:

  • A 100% first-time pass rate on the national ARRT Certification exam for 11 straight years
  • Scores on the exam are significantly above national norms
  • A 95% placement rate
  • High employer satisfaction scores with our graduates as employees

Graduates Prepared with Knowledge to Build Careers

MacKenzie Heap

My name is MacKenzie Heap, and I am an alumna of the Missouri Southern State University Radiologic Technology program, class of 2011. Before I even applied to the MSSU Radiology program, I knew I wanted to go on to become a radiation therapist, and that I needed radiography before I could advance.  After I started the radiology program I knew that it would PREPARE me for boards and a career in radiography.  

What I didn’t expect, was the program becoming a tool that I will forever use in my career.  The KNOWLEDGE that MSSU gave me, went far beyond diagnostic X-ray or health science.  

I find myself using this knowledge in my radiation therapy program, and applying it in an academic and clinical setting.  

During interviews for radiation therapy school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and radiation therapy jobs, I found myself referencing all the experiences I gained as a student in the radiography program.    As I am about to graduate from radiation therapy and officially begin my search for employment, I am proud to say that I am a graduate of MSSU.  The Health Science-Radiologic Technology program is the BUILDING BLOCK TO MY CAREER as an allied health professional.

Preparation:  A Major Factor in Success

Derek Gardner

My name is Derek Gardner and I work for Kettering National Seminars located in Dayton, OH.  I travel all across the nation presenting information for the National Certification Examination known as the “Registry.”  I have been assigned the seminar for the Radiology Program at MSSU for the last several years.  As a national presenter, I can honestly say with 100% assurity, the program run by Alan Schiska is the single most prepared program I come in contact with across the country. 

Derek Gardner
Kettering National Seminars

Intensive Study Prepares Professionals

Southern offers an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology, which leads to eligibility to write the American Registry of Radiologic Technology examination to become a registered technologist. Classes start annually each summer semester.

Radiologic Technology at Missouri Southern State University offers hands-on training. The curriculum is an intensive 24-month program operated in cooperation with radiology departments at area medical institutions. The program provides a rigorous clinical training experience in the radiologic sciences. This includes day and may include limited evening and weekend clinical rotations.

Additional training in computerized tomography, emergency room, surgery, cardiac catheterization lab and mammography produces a qualified and highly marketable radiographer. The student also receives training in venipuncture to enhance the training mentioned above. The quality of Missouri Southern’s Radiologic Technology program is evident by the programs continued re-accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Program Effectiveness Measures

Additional information on our program effectiveness data (including ARRT passage rates, placement rates and annual program completion rates) can be obtained at Mission and Assessment on this website or by contacting:

JRCERT 20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850 Chicago, IL  60606

TEL: 312-704-5300 FAX: 312-704-5304  

High School course preparation is helpful for students considering entering the Radiologic Technology program. High school courses that are helpful include math (Algebra I) and sciences (biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics).


Selection of students for the upcoming summer semester takes place in February or March of each year.

Selections are based on:

  • Academic qualifications (especially in Intermediate Algebra or higher, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Medical Terminology);
  • Interviews conducted with top-performing academic students.
  • TEAS score

Radiologic Technology students are encouraged to learn modern languages as part of their formal training to meet the emerging needs of a diverse population within our communities. Missouri Southern’s International Mission provides opportunities for students to travel abroad to study in their specific discipline or areas of interest.

Advanced Training

Missouri Southern’s Radiologic Technology graduates are prepared for advanced training programs in areas such as ultrasound, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy after completion of the Associate of Science Degree.