Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Radiologic Sciences

As one of only four programs in Louisiana that award bachelor’s degrees for radiologic sciences — and one of only 50 accredited radiologic sciences bachelor’s degrees in the country — McNeese's radiologic sciences degree program boasts a 98% first-time pass rate on the ARRT national certification exam.

Program Highlights

Radiologic Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

McNeese’s radiologic sciences bachelor’s degree program prepares you to provide basic and advanced care to patients through diagnostic imaging exams. The JRCERT-accredited Bachelor of Science in radiologic sciences at McNeese incorporates anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques to equip you to successfully perform a range of tests while minimizing hazardous risks involved with equipment that uses radiation. 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

The accredited degree in radiologic sciences at McNeese is the first choice for undergraduate students for a variety of reasons, including:

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:

As a radiologic sciences major, you’ll 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, the radiologic sciences program 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’s 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 radiologic sciences bachelor’s degree program 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.

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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, 8 years, which was awarded in 2018 from the JRCERT. Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N Wacker Drive – Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, email:

The program in Radiologic Sciences at McNeese State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree which prepares students for the health care profession as competent radiographers (R).  In addition, the program prepares students for career opportunities in Mammography (M), Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR), Bone Densitometry (BD), Vascular-Interventional Radiography (VI), or Cardiac-Interventional Radiography (CI).  The program integrates learning and clinical environments to promote advanced professional development.

The program mission aligns with the University mission to emphasize in-depth disciplinary knowledge and its application to academic and professional environments. Students achieve success through the studied acquisition of content knowledge, the demonstration of discipline-specific skills and dispositions as well as mastery of general education competences such as critical thinking, effective communication, and independent learning.

The program goals are:

  1. To provide an education that promotes clinical competency.

SLO – 1.1 Students will be able to demonstrate radiographic positioning skills accurately

SLO – 1.2 Students will provide patient care and comfort to patients while performing radiographic procedures

SLO – 1.3   Students will be able to apply the principles of radiation protection for the patient, self and others.

  1. To foster critical thinking skills enabling effective problem solving in the professional environment.

SLO – 2.1 Students produce radiographic images demonstrating proper selection of exposure and technical factors,

SLO – 2.2. Students will evaluate finished radiographic images, for proper: anatomy visualized, positioning, and exposure factors

  1. Apply effective communication skills in the professional environment.

SLO – 3.1 Student will be able to communicate with their patients while implementing the radiography process

SLO – 3.2 Students will be able to communicate effectively with clinical staff and peers.

  1. 4. To promote professionalism in radiologic Sciences.

SLO – 4.1 The student will maintain appropriate conversation with and in the presence of patients

SLO – 4.2 The student will demonstrate professional ethics while at the assigned Clinical Education Setting

SLO – Student Learning Outcome 

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