Radiologic Science – Associate of Applied Science


Following completion of the pre-admission courses and admission to the program, the associate degree program in Radiologic Science requires 21 months to prepare graduates for careers in radiography or for continuation into one of the baccalaureate degree tracks at MSU: Computed Tomography/Magnetic Resonance (CTMR), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), or Leadership in Medical Imaging (LMI). The Radiologic Science program has a selective admission process, which is separate and in addition to the University's admission procedure. The number of available clinical positions limits enrollment in the Radiologic Science program. Candidates for the programs will be ranked according to GPA in the 27-30 credit hours of required pre-admission courses.

Student must apply for admission to the Radiologic Science program by the fourth Friday in May. Students are officially admitted into the program in the following fall semester. Students who plan to continue into the baccalaureate degree programs following completion of the associate degree, may take the required additional general education courses in conjunction with the courses for the associate degree.

Upon completion, the students will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and may be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) National Certification Examination in Radiography.

Admission Criteria for Radiologic Science AAS

1. Unconditional acceptance to Morehead State University through the Office of Enrollment Services. The office may be contacted at 606-783-2000.

2. Completion of the following pre-admission courses (27-30 hours) with a minimum grade of "C" (some courses can be transferred from other institutions):

a. BIOL 234 and BIOL 235 (6 hrs.) or BIOL 244/244A and BIOL 245/245A (8 hrs.)

b. COMS 108 (3 hrs.)

c. ENG 100 (3 hrs.)

d. ENG 200 (3 hrs.)

e. MATH 152, MATH 174, or MATH 175 (3-4 hrs.)

f. IMS/NURS 202 (2 hrs.)

g. PSY 154 (3 hrs.)

h. *FYS 101 (3 hrs.) 

i. **RSCI 110 (1 hr.)

*Transfer students with more than 24 credit hours are exempt from this course and must complete an additional social and behavioral science course to meet general education requirements. 

**Consideration may be granted for this course to be completed after admission during the first semester.

3. More than two failures of pre-admission radiologic science courses within two complete academic years will result in ineligibility for admission. This includes failure of more than two courses or failure of the same course more than twice. Students with course failure(s) prior to the two-year period (two complete academic years) will be considered for admission if the student has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress ("C" or above in required courses) since the course failures.

4. A GPA of 2.5 or higher (with no rounding) and a minimum grade of "C" in each pre-admission course and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all college work.

5. Possess current certification in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR) by the American Heart Association.

6. Meet the established health and physical capability requirements:

a. Vision capabilities

i. Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60.

ii. Recognition of color shade changes.

b. Auditory capabilities

i. Possess normal or corrected hearing ability within 0 to 45-decibel range.

c. Tactile capabilities:

i. Perception of temperature change and pulsation and to differentiate between various textures and structures in at least one hand.

ii. Recognition of an object by touching and handling.

d. Language capabilities

i. Fluent verbal communication.

e. Minimal motor capabilities

i. Secure grasp with two functional upper limbs.

ii. Push and/or pull movable objects weighing 100-150 lbs.

iii. Lift at least 25 lbs. without assistance.

iv. Stand for long periods of time.

v. Walk without assistance of canes, crutches, walkers and/or humans.

vi. Reach above shoulders and below waist.

vii. Twist, bend, stoop/squat and move quickly.

f. Mental health

i. Adaptation to the environment, function in everyday activities, and cope with stressors.

g. Freedom from transmittable diseased as documented by:

i. Negative PPD and/or chest x-ray within immediate past 12 months.

ii. Rubella and rubeola antibody test (titer values that indicate immunity) documentation of MMR (rubella and rubeola and mumps) vaccine.

iii. Hepatitis B vaccine series.

iv. Varicella zoster live-virus vaccine or reliable history of varicella (chicken pox) or serologic evidence of immunity.

v. Immunization as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Public Health Service and the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted between January 1 and the fourth Friday in May.

  1. Submit a complete application packet with the following required materials:
  • Imaging Sciences Admission Application, Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Science. Applicants must indicate the program of interest on the application.
  • Official transcript(s) documenting all courses required for admission. Note: this official transcript for the department is in addition to transcripts submitted for admission to MSU.
  • Copy of course description(s) if course equivalencies ar enot listed on the trasnfer credit website located at

Mail complete application packet to:

Morehead State University
Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences
Radiologic Science Program Associate of Applied Science
316 West Second Street

Morehead, KY 40351

Phone: 606-783-2624

Requirements for the Completion of an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Radiologic Science

  1. Complete a minimum of 74 semester credit hours including general education credits, radiologic science core courses, and other required courses.
  2. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all work completed at the University.
  3. Complete at least 16 semester hours at MSU, including one semester preceding graduation. Regional campus sites satisfy this requirement, however, correspondence courses do not.
  4. Complete one semester of FYS 101 — First Year Seminar during the student's first semester if the student begins as a freshman or transfers to MSU with less than 24 credit hours.

Fees and Expenses

Fees and expenses specific to the Imaging Sciences programs are in addition to those required by MSU. These are subject to change without prior notification. The students are responsible for the purchase of white uniforms, white hose (if applicable), white clinical shoes, white lab coat, malpractice insurance, laboratory fees, dosimeter related fees, film marker fees (if applicable), and all housing and transportation expenses incurred during clinical internship assignments. Students are also responsible for all fees for criminal background checks, drug-testing, practice and actual certification examinations and all applicable course fees.

Additional Information

  1. Students may be assigned to clinical internships requiring distant travel or relocation.
  2. Clinical internship hours, online coursework, and formal class sessions may be required during various hours of the day, evening and night.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Students will be clinically competent.
  2. Students will communicate effectively.
  3. Students will use critical thinking skills.
  4. Students will evaluate the importance of professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students apply positioning skills.
  2. Students practice radiation protection practices.
  3. Students use effective oral communication skills.
  4. Students practice effective written communication skills.
  5. Students manipulate technical factors to obtain optimal results for non-routine examinations.
  6. Students apply the principles of radiographic physics to solve a practical problem.
  7. Students recognize the importance of continued professional development.
  8. Students exhibit professional behaviors.


  1. Survey of graduates
  2. Survey of employers
  3. Monitoring of licensure examinations
  4. Program enrollment records

Program Requirements

General Education

FYS 101First Year Seminar


ENG 100Writing I


ENG 200Writing II


COMS 108Fundamentals of Speech Communication


MATH 152, 174 or 175Math General Education Core (choose one)


Total Credit Hours:15

AAS Requirements

Radiologic Science Core Requirements

RSCI 110Introduction to Radiological Sciences


RSCI 200Patient Care


RSCI 206Radiographic Anatomy, Positioning and Imaging Production I


RSCI 210Radiographic Equipment and Imaging I


RSCI 230Radiography Clinical Internship I


RSCI 310Radiographic Anatomy, Positioning and Image Production II


RSCI 320Radiography Clinical Internship II


RSCI 330Imaging Pathology


RSCI 335Radiation Biology and Protection


RSCI 340Radiographic Equipment and Imaging II


RSCI 346Radiation Physics and Electronics


RSCI 350Seminar in Radiography


PSY 154Introduction to Psychology


IMS 202Medical Terminology


Total Credit Hours:53

Take the following:

Choose one group:
BIOL 234Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I



BIOL 244Human Anatomy and Physiology I



BIOL 244AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Lab


Total Credit Hours:3-4
Choose one group:
BIOL 235Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II



BIOL 245Human Anatomy and Physiology II



BIOL 245AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab


Total Credit Hours:3-4

Total Credit Hours: 74-77