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Radiologic Sciences and Therapy

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

School: Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Radiologic sciences and therapy professionals use radiation for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Radiographers, radiation therapists and diagnostic medical sonographers are skilled in utilizing ionizing and nonionizing radiation to create images of the body’s internal structures as well as provide clinically recommended treatments. These professionals also utilize computerized images of tissue, organs, bones and vessels of the body to monitor disease and the extent of pathology.

Students interested in pursuing the radiologic sciences and therapy undergraduate professional program must first complete the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents at an accredited college or university:

  • First- and second-year English composition 
  • Precalculus
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Medical terminology 
  • Human anatomy (including lab component)
  • Biology 
  • Human physiology 
  • Human pathophysiology
  • General physics I and II
  • Chemistry
  • Research
  • Health Care Organization

Students in this program are part of a small cohort that take courses together and receive individualized attention from faculty.

Students begin the program with extensive theory and clinical education in the use of radiation (ionizing and nonionizing) for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Additional instruction and clinical education is provided in adjunct areas to complete the radiologic science professionals’ education. 

Adjunct course work includes management skills, quality management and risk assessment, radiation sciences education, health informatics management, research methodologies, and an advanced practicum in a post-primary clinical specialty.

Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the professional certification examinations given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), State of Ohio’s Radiographer Licensing Examination, and/or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Certificate options exist for graduates of the program to continue their education in advanced clinical areas.

Ohio State’s radiologic sciences and therapy program offers an additional option for practicing ARRT registered radiologic technologists and ARDMS registered diagnostic medical sonographers to complete a Bachelor of Science through the Division of Radiologic Sciences and Therapy. 

Students in the radiologic sciences and therapy program are encouraged to contact the Office of International Affairs to find study abroad experiences related to health care that can strengthen their applications to majors and graduate study programs.

The radiologic sciences and therapy program includes clinical placements that provide extensive supervised practice in medical facilities both on and off campus. Students are expected to cultivate a professional work ethic and demonstrate clinical competency through mastery of clinical reasoning while providing high quality patient care.

Students may be selected to serve as a student intern with the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT). This internship provides students with a leadership position, professional connections and knowledge of the inside workings of a professional organization, from board procedures to serving on committees. 

Radiologic sciences and therapy students may apply to any of the Ohio State Scholars programs. Students in the Ohio State Scholars programs live together, attend classes together and have the opportunity to be a part of a close-knit community. 

The Health Sciences Scholars Program and the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars Program may be of particular interest to radiologic sciences and therapy students because they bring together students with interests in the many health programs offered at Ohio State.

Learn more about the Honors and Scholars Programs at honors-scholars.osu.edu.

Radiologic sciences and therapy students are encouraged to participate in research projects. In the past five years, radiologic sciences and therapy students have placed at The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) MRI poster competition and the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.

Students studying radiologic sciences and therapy can live in the Future Health Professionals Learning Community or join the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Student Council. Students may also be nominated by faculty to participate in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Ambassador program.

Radiologic science professionals are employed by hospitals, physician offices, medical clinics, imaging centers, women’s health centers, industrial firms, manufacturers of imaging/therapeutic equipment and supplies, and governmental radiation safety programs.

For the past five years, 100 percent of students have passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registry exam (between 10 and 14 percentage points higher than the national average).

Average annual salaries vary based on area of specialization. A radiologic science professional specializing in radiation therapy can expect an average salary of $80,220; one specialized in sonography will average $68,970; and a generalist in radiography, without a specialization, will average $56,670. 

Student Services Office
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
206 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-1706
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Radiologic sciences and therapy students are eligible to compete for academic scholarships from their professional organizations, such as the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT) and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Foundation.

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