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Northwest Missouri State University


Radiologic Science

Radiologic Science

The Northwest Difference

Radiologic science is the study of obtaining and interpreting medical images for medical diagnosis, assessment and treatment of disease. At Northwest, faculty focus on teaching students basic principles of anatomy, the positioning and function of bones and muscles and their relationships within the human body; physiology, the study of interrelationship between organs and organ systems; basic pharmacology and clinical and patient techniques.

With radiologic technologist positions requiring a degree, Northwest offers a unique two-year program that provides students with the foundation knowledge in requirements for the admission to radiologic schools. Students then attend a radiology school for an additional two years to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Northwest has articulation agreements with Hillyard Technical Institute, Research Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology and Saint Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology. With this partnership, students complete their degree as soon as 4 years, saving 18 to 24 months of additional schooling.

Articulation Agreements

Acceptance into Saint Luke's Hospital School of Radiologic Technology and the Hillyard Technical Center are competitive and qualified applicants will be selected based on:

Saint Luke's School of Radiologic Technology Requirements

  • Quality of academic work completed during first two years of study (courses required for degree, taken at Northwest)
  • Completion of Northwest courses required for degree prior to June 1 of application year
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Admission to the clinical program is decided entirely by the Saint Lukes School of Radiologic Technology.
Acceptance into the Northwest does not guarantee acceptance of the student by an affiliated clinical program.

Hillyard Technical Institute Requirements

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete all prerequisites prior to the start of classes

View a complete list of requirements to the Hillyard Technical Center »

Admission to the above listed clinical programs are decided entirely by the affiliated clinical program (Research Medical Center, St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology, Hillyard Technical Institute).

Career Opportunities

Below is a list of possible job titles:

  • Radiologic Technologist
    Radiographer
  • X-ray Technologist
  • Medical Imaging Technologist
  • Diagnostic Radiographer

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Students gain two years of hands-on training at one of the colleges that has an articulation agreement with Northwest.

Each year, professionals from Research Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, Hillyard Technical Center and Saint Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology come to Northwest and interact with students in the program.