What will I learn?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Which department am I in?

Carver College of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 semester hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,264.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2021

Venue

Carver College of Medicine

451 Newton Road,

200 Medicine Administration Building,

IOWA CITY,

Iowa,

52242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the Completion of academic upper secondary school (generally a total of 12-13 years of primary and secondary education); A corresponding secondary school diploma or leaving certificate. English Language Requirements: Internet-based test (iBT): 80 with no subscore lower than 17; Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: no subscore lower than 17; Paper-based test (PBT): 530; International English Language Testing System) total score of 6.5, with no subscore lower than 6.0A Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53 with no sub-scores lower than 47

For international students

Students must meet the following requirements for admission: completion of academic upper secondary school (generally a total of 12-13 years of primary and secondary education); a corresponding secondary school diploma or leaving certificate; completion of minimum high school course requirements of the following: 4 years of English/language arts; 2 years in a single language of world languages; 3 years including courses in physical science, biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics of natural science; 3 years of social studies; 2 years of algebra; and 1 year of geometry.

English Language Requirements:

  • An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) total score of 6.5, with no sub score lower than 6.0
  • Internet-based test (iBT): 80 with no sub score lower than 17
  • Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: no sub score lower than 17
  • Paper-based test (PBT): 530
  • An ACT English sub score of 21
  • An SAT Reading score of 29
  • A Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53 with no sub-scores lower than 47

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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