Radiation Science Technology, BS

Earn your bachelor's degree online in Allied Health Radiation Technology

Program Description

The future of health care requires competent, well-trained professionals to assure the delivery of cost effective, high quality care. The University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Radiation Science Technology Education has developed an exciting option for imaging and radiation science professionals interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology (BSRST).

The BSRST Degree Advancement Option (DAO) is available through distance education technology and can be completed on a part-time basis by practicing imaging and radiation science professionals.

The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology (BSRST) Degree Advancement Option (DAO) allows working imaging and radiation science professionals the opportunity to advance their education. Qualified candidates work with an adviser to develop an individual plan of study that tailors students’ clinical and educational backgrounds with their professional goals.

Students must have completed an accredited radiography, radiation therapy, sonography, or nuclear medicine technology program, and be registered and in good standing in their profession. Students are allowed up to 5 years to complete the degree advancement option; however it is possible to complete the program in as little as three semesters. 

Special Accreditation

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, School of Allied Health Professions, is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science degree (BSRST) option is considered a degree completion program and does not include a professional clinical education component; therefore, it is not under the purview of the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

 

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

View specific UNMC technology requirements >

Radiation Science courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Students are required to write papers, complete projects, conduct research, and communicate with professors. Students work independently on assignments and with coworkers on group projects, do case presentations, take quizzes and exams, just as students on campus are required to do.

Academic Year 2013 - 2014

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$277.20$25.00$0.00$4.00$306.20
3 credit hour$831.60$75.00$0.00$12.00$918.60

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$277.20$25.00$0.00$4.00$306.20
3 credit hour$831.60$75.00$0.00$12.00$918.60
Per semester costs:

$50.00 Registration fee per semester (each semester enrolled)

$75.00 Technology fee per semester (each semester enrolled)

One-time costs:
$70.00 Non-refundable application fee submitted with application

$100.00 Application for Degree fee submitted during final semester of program

$25.00 Academic Records degree application processing fee submitted upon program completion

 

Financial Aid

Degree advancement students are considered part-time. Students enrolled in a DAO program may be eligible for financial aid including loans and deferment of student loans during this program.
 
Once you have been accepted into the program the UNMC Financial Aid office is available to assist you. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
 
Military and veterans' benefits are also available.
 
Note: All students pay one distance education tuition rate; non-resident rates do not apply.

A minimum of 20 semester hours of coursework from UNMC must be completed to qualify for radiation science degree completion.

Students work with an adviser to create a flexible plan of study that meets their needs whilch still allowing them to reach their goals. The Plan of Study includes 10 hours of required allied health courses and a large selection of radiation science elective courses that tailor the technologiest's clinical and educational background with their professional goals.

Required course topics:

  • Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking
  • Management in Health Care
  • Research Methodologies
  • Scanning the Health Care Environment
  • Case Studies & Jornal Review

Elective courses may include:

  • Advanced Sonography courses
  • Computed Tomography courses
  • Mammography courses
  • Principles of Education for Health Care Professionals
  • Cultural Competence & Communication

 

Time to Completion

Students are allowed up to five years to complete the online radiation science degree advancement option; however, it is possible to complete the program in three semesters. When working with your adviser to create your plan of study, you should consider questions such as:

  • How many hours a week can I comfortably commit to these courses?
  • What are my current work responsibilities? Family responsibilities? Social commitments? Health issues?

An honest assessment of these factors will help you determine the best pace at which to complete your degree with minimal stress and maintain a balanced life. On average, most students take 4-6 semesters to complete all of their coursework.

 
Graduation

Upon successful completion of all requirements by the deadline dates set by the Program, graduates of the BSRST DAO are welcome to participate in the graduation ceremonies in Omaha, Nebraska. Graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology degree.

 


University of Nebraska online programs have the same quality instructional faculty as on campus; individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who embody the combined qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience.

For a complete list of Allied Health faculty, please visit the UNMC Allied Health faculty page >

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in the online bachelor of radiation science technology degree program the student must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 40 hours of specific college prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in the program;
  2. Complete an accredited radiography, radiation therapy, sonography, or nuclear medicine technology program;
  3. Be registered and in good standing with the ARRT or NMTCB (proof of registration may be required);
  4. Present a prerequisite GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  5. Provide proof of authorization to practice in the state in which you are employed in the form of a license issued by the appropriate State authority (active duty military exempt).

View a list of specific prerequisite coursework that must be completed > 

Applicants will be considered without regard to age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

Application Checklist

For a detailed description of the steps to application, visit the BRST How to Apply page >

Application Deadlines

For the most current application deadlines and instructions, please see the UNMC Radiation Science How to Apply page.

Applicants will be considered without regard to age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, or disability. 

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone:
888.622.0332
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu

Program Contact
Name:
UNMC School of Allied Health Professions
Phone: 402.559.6673 or toll-free 800.626.8431 ext. 96673
E-mail: rstedco@unmc.edu

Military/Veteran Student Adviser
Name:
Maggie Winnicki
Phone: 402.559.7627
E-mail: mwinnicki@unmc.edu

 

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