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Radiologic Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

Prepare to provide basic and advanced care to patients as part of a health care team by performing diagnostic imaging exams while minimizing hazardous risks involved with equipment that uses radiation. The JCERT-accredited Bachelor of Science in radiologic sciences at McNeese incorporates anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques. You’ll also be prepared to explore advanced specialties and qualify for several professional certifications and licensures.

Professional certification and state licensure

After completing the bachelor’s degree program at McNeese, you can apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam in radiography, which also serves as the state license exam for the Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. With a radiography certification, you can broaden your expertise and earn credentials in another area of radiologic technology. You may also be eligible to sit for specialized certification exams in post-primary clinical areas, such as mammography or cardiac interventional radiography.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: In person

Program overview

Explore More for Radiologic Sciences Majors

With a strong reputation from Louisiana to Southeast Texas and across the country, the accredited degree in radiologic sciences at McNeese is the first choice for undergraduate students for a variety of reasons.

Financial aid and scholarships:

Not only does McNeese offer one of the most affordable tuition rates in Louisiana, but almost 80% of undergraduate students also receive some form of support to cover college costs. The average financial aid award is nearly $9,000. Learn more about how to apply from the Office of Financial Aid.

Applied learning:

Gain hands-on clinical experience through interdisciplinary program course work and collaborate with students in other health care disciplines. The College of Nursing and Health Professions also has several affiliation agreements with local inpatient and outpatient health care organizations that open up opportunities for you to learn and practice in a professional health care environment.

Excellence with a personal touch:

With a dedicated student services coordinator, faculty advisors and program coordinators, radiologic sciences provides undergraduate students with a variety of resources to help them earn their bachelor’s degree and get the most from their college experience.

Accelerated associate to bachelor’s degree program:

Undergraduate students who have already earned their associate degree and are registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists can earn up to 54 hours of advanced placement credit toward the bachelor’s degree program in radiologic sciences. This allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree faster.

State-of-the-art technology:

Featuring a new radiography lab with digital imaging equipment, the bachelor’s program in radiologic sciences at McNeese keeps up with changes and demands in the field. One of few programs in Louisiana, let alone the country, that has this technology, McNeese’s radiologic sciences program also has online resources that help you keep track of your progress toward your degree, take computerized tests and manage a professional portfolio that you can present to potential employers.

Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do With a Radiologic Sciences Degree?

After you earn your bachelor’s degree and pass the national certification exam, you will be qualified for a career as a radiographer in a wide variety of health care settings.

Graduate Schools or Programs

  • Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences – Education
  • Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences – Administration
  • Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine
  • Master of Science in Radiation Therapy

Potential Job Titles or Employers

  • Byrd Regional Hospital
  • Lafayette General Health
  • Christus Ochsner Lake Area Medical Center
  • Christus Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital
  • Lake Charles Memorial Health System
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Ochsner Health System
  • Solis Mammography
  • West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital

Radiologic Tech Week

National Radiologic Technology Week is an annual event celebrated at McNeese. Undergraduate students display a number of exhibits that highlight the vital work of radiologic technologists and radiologists.

Student Activities

With more than 100 student clubs and organizations, McNeese offers a variety of ways you can participate in academic, social and professional events on campus and in the community.

State and National Meetings

As a radiologic sciences major, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to attend professional meetings and conferences in Louisiana and across the country to enhance your academic experience. Learn about the latest developments in the field and network with radiologic technologists.

Additional Details on the Radiologic Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Program

McNeese State University’s Radiologic Technology (Radiography) Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program currently holds the highest accreditation award available from the JRCERT.Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N Wacker Drive – Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300 or www.jrcert.org

Program Effectiviness Data

The McNeese State University Radiologic Sciences program proudly boasts the following first attempt passage rates on the national credentialing examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT):

  • Class of 2018 – 94% (18 first time examinees and 17 passed),
  • Class of 2017 – 100% (15 first time examinees and 15 passed),
  • Class of 2016 – 100% (19 first time examinees and 19 passed),
  • Class of 2015 – 100% (21 first time examinees and 21 passed),
    Class of 2014 – 95% (20 first time examinees and 19 passed),
  • Class of 2013 – 100% (19 first time examinees and 19 passed),
  • Class of 2012 – 83% (12 first time examinees and 10 passed),
  • Class of 2011 – 94% (16 first time examinees and 15 passed),

The 5-year average (January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2018) passage rate 1st attempt on the national credentialing examination administered by the ARRT is 98%. The passage rate on the national credentialing examination, since the program’s inception in 1978 is 99.8%.

The program completion rate for the class of 2018 is 75%. This cohort of students started with 24 students were accepted in the professional phase and 18 completed and graduated from the program. One students changed their major, stating they did not want to be in health care, and four students were dismissed for failing to achieve the minimum academic requirements. One student moved after one semester when her husband transferred to another university.

The program completion rate for the class of 2017 is 62.5%. This cohort of students started with 24 students were accepted in the professional phase and 15 completed and graduated from the program. Four students changed their major, stating they did not want to be in health care, and five students were dismissed for failing to achieve the minimum academic requirements. The program completion rate for the class of 2016 was 82.6%. This cohort of students started with 23 students being accepted in the professional phase and 19 students completed and graduated the program. One student changed their major after 3 semesters in the professional phase, and three students were dismissed for failing to achieve the minimum academic requirements. For the class of 2015, the completion rate was 80.75%, with 26 students starting the professional phase of the program and 21 graduating from the program. For the class of 2015 two students changed their major stating they did not want to be in health care, two students were dismissed for failing to achieve the minimum academic requirements, and one resigned due medical issues.

Job placement rates are based on the percentage of graduates actively seeking employment and being hired within 12 months of graduation. Graduates documented as employed includes those graduates who hold full-time, part-time, or PRN (as necessary) positions of employment.

  • Class of 2017, the job placement is 100% (14 of 14) for graduates who actively sought employment and gained employment within 12 months, 1 graduate pursued advance education.
  • Class of 2016, the job placement rate is 100 % (19 of 19) for graduates who actively sought employment and gained employment.
  • Class of 2015, the job placement rate is 100% (21 of 21) for graduates who actively sought employment and gained employment, within 12 months.
  • For the class of 2014, the job placement rate is 100% (19 of 19) for graduates who actively sought employment and gained employment, within 12 months, 1 graduate pursued advanced education).
  • Class of 2013, the job placement rate is 100% (17 of 17) for graduates who actively sought employment and gained employment within 12 months, 2 more graduates pursued advanced education, and 1 did not pursue employment).
  • The five year average for job placement within 12 months is 100% (90/90) for graduates from January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2017.
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