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Biology and Agriculture

W.C. Morris Building
Room 306
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Phone: 660-543-4933


Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technologist

Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses x-rays, magnetic energy, nuclear radiation, and ultrasound to visualize the human anatomy and function. Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. The technologist’s education includes anatomy, physiology, patient positioning, examination techniques and protocols, radiation safety and protection, and basic patient care. There are many career opportunities available for the radiologic technologist. Many technologists advance their training by learning Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Interventional Radiography, or Mammography. Usually, additional courses or educational programs are required for ultrasonography, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy.

Through a combination of course work at the University of Central Missouri and then two year clinical program at an affiliated accredited radiologic program, a student will earn a bachelors of science degree. Currently, Central has an affiliation agreement with Research Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology (Kansas City), Hillyard Technical Center (St. Joseph), Mercy Regional (St. Louis). The radiologic technology program clinical component is a full time, competency based program. The program does not provide accommodations for part time students. Students attend Monday through Friday, (40) hours per week, (8) hours per day. Academic and clinical instruction is based on 40 hours of required attendance. Completion of degree is contingent upon acceptance and completion of an accredited radiologic clinical program.

Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states; requirements vary by state. To be licensed in most states, radiologic technologists must have graduated from an accredited program and must pass a certification exam from the state or from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). For specific state requirements, contact your state’s health board. To keep their certification, radiologic technologists must meet continuing education requirements.

This is a recommended program of study for the Radiologic Technology, B.S. Degree at UCM.

Admission Policies

  1. At the time of first admission to UCM, a student should indicate/declare the intent to become a Radiologic Technology major. Each declared major is encouraged to visit the program’s academic advisor each semester.
  2. Students need to have an ACT score of 21 or higher in order to enroll in both MATH 1111 and CHEM 1131 the first semester.
  3. Admission to the B.S. Radiologic Technology program is in addition to university admission. Students will be admitted to the B.S. program once all admission criteria are met. Students are responsible to ensure that they have met all pre-admission criteria and have been officially admitted to the B.S. program. In addition, students will have to apply to the clinical affiliate for admission into the clinical portion of the degree.
  4. Admission forms and additional information are available at The student is responsible for submitting all required materials to the Biology and Agriculture Department in WCM 306.
  5. Application information, and a student’s degree audit will be reviewed and admission eligibility determined. Students must take a minimum of 30 hours at UCM to be eligible for admission to the RT program.
  6. Admission to the RT program is conditional upon successful completion of a minimum of fifty semester hours, successful completion of all prerequisites necessary for admission to the first semester program and the requirements for admission listed below. Admission to the Radiologic Technology program involves competition between all eligible candidates.
  7. The Department reserves the right to select among all qualified candidates. Students are selected in December for the following Summer/Fall semester RT consideration. Names of students admitted to the program are forwarded to the affiliates for consideration at their programs, assuming the student has also submitted an application with the affiliate, and met the affiliate’s admission requirements.