Why a Bachelor's in Radiography?

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Is upward mobility in your career plan?

Do you have the desire to move upward in your radiography career? If so, earning a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences may be the first step on the path to making that goal a reality.

A Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences is necessary if you wish to go into healthcare management in such advanced positions as lead radiologic technician, radiologic equipment sales manager, imaging center director and radiologic educator. A recently added position in the field of radiology is the radiology assistant, who performs complex imaging techniques to diagnose illness in conjunction with physicians. This position requires a master’s degree, so a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite.

You may wish to move into sales, consulting, or industry. While a bachelor’s degree may not be absolutely necessary in these fields at the moment, having it says you possess additional expertise in radiology, business, and leadership skills, and the intelligence and perseverance to complete a degree program.

Perhaps you are perfectly happy in your current position but want to be the best you can in this job. The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences will help you stay up-to-date on technological advances and equipped with skills to take your patient care to a higher level.

Students who graduate from a radiography program after December 31, 2014, will be required to have a minimum of an associate degree to be eligible to take an ARRT primary certification examination. It is possible that the radiologic sciences will follow the pattern of other healthcare professions like nursing and add career levels. Along with these additional levels that provide more paths for career advancement, higher education is usually required. You may want to get ahead of a possible curve by earning an online Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences like the one offered by Adventist University of Health Sciences (formerly Florida Hospital College).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiographers is expected to grow faster than the national average from the years 2006 to 2016 because of the continued growth of healthcare industries. As our population ages, the need for diagnostic imaging services should continue to increase. Advances in technology will lead to the cheaper and more widespread use of radiography. Be prepared to achieve the level of upward mobility you desire in this growing field with a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences.

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8 Responses to “Why a Bachelor’s in Radiography?”

  1. keri bouthiller says:

    Hi
    I am RT(R)CT ARRT but am interested in BA,how many credits are needed and can you tell me more about continuing from here .
    Thank you ..keri

    • dbernard says:

      The BS in RS program is 66 credit hours, including 33 credit hours of general education courses. You can learn more about those classes on the curriculum page. It is a good idea to begin by speaking with a Distance Enrollment Specialist. They can review your current qualifications, answer questions about the program and guide you through the application process. You can reach the Enrollment Team directly by calling 1-888-768-6276.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Hello.
    I am a 8 year RT(R) and 5 year ARDMS. After completing 2 years general education at a community college and 2 accredited imaging programs. I am interested in obtaining a BS degree. However, I am hesitant to apply… I DO NOT want to repeat any classes already taken in prior programs. Does the 66 credit hours still apply?
    Thanks
    Suzanne

    • dbernard says:

      We do accept transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, to determine what classes will transfer, an official transfer credit evaluation would need to be completed. In order to begin this process, you can contact an enrollment specialist at 1-888-768-6276.

  3. Michele says:

    I am ARRT certified in radiation therapy and radiology. I currently hold both licenses and am board certified. I am current with my CE requirements and am in good standing with the ARRT and ASRT.
    How many credits would I need to graduate from your BSRS degree program
    Thank you.
    I appreciate your response
    MI

  4. Sheila Kanavel says:

    I am an ARRT registered RT currently working in the field as a staff radiographer at an orthopaedic office. I also have a BS degree in Business. I am interested in the educational aspect of Radiographic Technology. What classes would I be required to take to achieve a BS in Radiology?

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