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The Radiologic Imaging Sciences program offers three enrollment options: 1.) An Associate of Science in Medical Radiography; 2.) a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Imaging Sciences; and 3.) a Bachelor of Science Degree Completion program for those who hold an Associate’s Degree in the field.  Please refer to the specific program section depending on the enrollment option being considered.

The department has two program sites:  Little Rock and Fayetteville (Northwest Campus).  Successful completion of the Associate of Science degree program requirements qualifies the student to apply for the national certification examination.  Successful completion of the program does not itself insure certification. The program’s mission, goals, and competencies/ learning outcomes can be found on the department website.

Associate of Science Degree:  The Associate of Science Degree program is a full-time, day program with a cohort of 35-37 students beginning each fall semester in Little Rock and Fayetteville.  It consists of four fall/spring semesters with one intervening summer session.  The program consists of 35 credits of prerequisite course work and 60 credits in the RIS curriculum for a total of 95 credits.

NOTE:  Students enrolled in fall 2017 will be the last cohort to be awarded an Associate of Science degree.  Starting in 2018, the program will offer the Bachelor of Science Degree only.  There are no changes to the prerequisite courses for admission to the program in fall 2018.

Bachelor of Science Degree:  The Bachelor of Science Degree program is a full-time, day program with a cohort of 35-37 students beginning each fall semester in Little Rock and Fayetteville.  It consists of six semesters.  The program consists of 35 credits of prerequisite course work and 85 credits in the RIS curriculum for a total of 120 credits.

NOTE:  The Bachelor of Science Degree program will begin enrollment for fall 2018.

Bachelor of Science Degree Completion:  The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Imaging Sciences Degree Completion program consists of 35 semester credits of prerequisite course work and successful completion of an Associate of Sciences in Medical Imaging or Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology.  Students with an Associate of Science in Medical Radiography from UAMS are required to successfully complete 25 credits in the B.S. degree completion program.  Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology from a different accredited college or university are required to successfully complete 32-40 credits in the B.S. degree completion program.  All B.S. degree completion courses are offered online.  Practicum courses provide the clinical component of the curriculum. Students should secure a clinical site with assistance from the program.  Students who completed a non-degree certificate/hospital based program and are currently in CE compliance with the ARRT should contact the program director for more information.

Short Track Examination Preparation (STEP):  The Division offers short tracks in areas such as CT, MRI, Angiography, and Mammography for ARRT-registered technologists who wish to prepare for a specialty examination and who do not wish to pursue the Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Imaging Sciences.  Contact the division director for more information.


Radiologic Imaging Sciences/Little Rock: The Associate of Science in Medical Radiography professional portion of the curriculum consists of four (4) semesters and one (1) summer over 22 continuous months of full-time course work, with classes beginning each August. Classroom course work accompanies clinical experience in most semesters.  The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Imaging Sciences (RIS) professional portion of the curriculum and an additional 25 RIS SC to students completing the UAMS associate of science in medical radiography program. All BS courses are offered on line to RTs in ARRT CE compliance.

Radiologic Imaging Sciences/Fayetteville: The Associate of Science in Medical Radiography is offered in Fayetteville in conjunction with the UAMS Northwest Campus. The prerequisite and professional components of that program are the same as those of the Little Rock program as described above and on the following pages. For information and application materials contact: Shawn Thurow, M.S.R.T.(R) (ARRT); Program Director; AHEC Northwest; 1125 N College; Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703. Telephone: (479) 521-8269. Availability of this program at this location is dependent upon receiving continuing funding. Please contact the department chairman for the latest information.

For a listing of other locations where courses may be offered, contact the Division Director in Little Rock at (501) 686-6510.