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Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Radiation Therapy, BSMIRS

Program Description

Radiation Therapy is the profession in which radiations are directed at diseased tissues in strictly controlled circumstances to cure or palliate the disease. The radiation therapist is in daily contact with the cancer patient, positioning them for treatment, performing mathematical calculations of radiation dosage and operating a variety of equipment that produces ionizing radiation. Therapists may also specialize in the area of treatment planning, which includes design and construction of various treatment devices, manual and computerized dose computations and dose measurement procedures. The radiation therapist has considerable responsibility in the area of patient care and must be knowledgeable regarding the psychology of dealing with terminally ill patients and their families.

Program Defined

The Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences offers a four-year baccalaureate degree with programs in the areas of Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy and Sonography. Students may apply to the professional phase of the program, which is offered at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, after completing 64 hours of general education, inclusive of the prerequisite courses.
Each of the four professional programs begins in the summer of every year and consists of 68 semester hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses. Students complete clinical assignments in selected hospital and clinic facilities located throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Program faculty determine student assignments to clinical rotation sites based upon each studentís abilities and clinical education needs.
The four-year program culminates in the baccalaureate degree in Medical Imaging (B.S.M.I.R.S.) in the specific discipline of study. Upon successful completion of the chosen educational program, the student is eligible to apply to the appropriate credentialing agency to sit for the certification examination in the respective profession.
In 1970 the department established a baccalaureate degree program in Radiography. Baccalaureate programs in Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy were instituted in 1975. In 1978, the fourth program in Sonography was approved. The offering of baccalaureate degrees in all four disciplines within one academic department is unique in the country.
None of the four professions are prerequisite to one another or subordinate to any other. Each degree program can be entered directly after completion of prerequisite courses and selection by the Admissions Committee, through a competitive application process.
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Admission Requirements

1. Have successfully completed, or be in the process of completing a minimum of sixty-four (64) semester hours of course work including specific prerequisites from any accredited college or university, prior to admittance to the program;

2. Be in good standing with the college or university last or currently attending;

3. Have minimum grade point averages of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale for all college work attempted. Any work previously forgiven will be counted in the GPA for admission purposes;

4. Have completed all departmental prerequisite courses with grades of C or better prior to beginning the program;

5. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL web site is http://www.toefl.org;

6. All international/Non US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES). Wes web site is http://www.wes.org; and

7. Submit a completed on-line application. Application deadlines are March 1 for Summer.


Course numbers and titles are those of the University of Oklahoma. Prerequisite courses are offered at several institutions in the state. Check the prerequisite finder at http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/prereqs/ or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses.
Click on the following website to use the prerequisite worksheet to keep track of your prerequisite classes: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/documents/MIRS%20Prereq%20worksheet.pdf.

Footnotes are located after the course title in parenthesis. Example: Principles of English Composition I (2). Descriptions of footnotes are located directly underneath the table.
Course# Course Title Credit Hours
PSC 1113  American Federal Government (2) 
MATH 1523  Elementary Functions or College Algebra 
PSY 1113  Elements of Psychology 
  Foreign Language 1st Course (2)   
  Foreign Language 2nd Course (2)   
CHEM 1315  General Chemistry I & Lab  4-5 
ZOO 2124  Human Physiology 
AVIA 1003  Introduction to Computers: Concepts & Applications 
SOC 1113  Introduction to Sociology 
ZOO 1114 & 1121  Introduction to Zoology & Lab  4-5 
CLC 2412  Medical Vocabulary  2-3 
  Non-Western Culture (2) 
PHYS 2414  Physics I for Life Science Majors  4-5 
ENG 1113  Principles of English Comp I (2) 
ENG 1213  Principles of English Comp II (2) 
  Understanding Art Forms (2) 
  Upper Level General Education Course (1) 
HIST 1483 OR 1493  US History 1492-1865 or US History 1865-Present (2) 
  Western Civilization & Culture (2) 
(1) is required if applicant has not completed a Bachelorís degree. It is recommended that the applicant take an upper level/division (3000 or 4000 level) non-western culture, western civilization & culture, or understanding art forms class. By taking an upper division course in one of those categories, two prerequisites can be completed with that one class.

(2) is not required for applicants that have an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree from an Oklahoma college. Not required for applicants that have a Bachelorís degree. Foreign Language 1st and 2nd course are waived for applicants who completed two classes in the same language in high school.

Application Procedure

1. Review and follow the instructions on the College of Allied Health General Instructions for Application document found at the following web site: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/default.asp

2. Application Review
Applicants who have fulfilled the admission requirements will be scheduled for an interview with the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Committee. Applicants are accepted into the program based on scores derived from these areas: Cumulative GPA, Science GPA, Career Goal Statement, and written interview.

3. Notification of Acceptance
A letter of acceptance, alternate status, or denial to the Radiation Therapy program is mailed to the applicant the latter part of May. If notification is not received by June, contact the department.

4. Acceptance
The applicant must accept or decline the position in writing within two weeks of notification. Alternates will be selected according to numerical ranking. Alternates may be admitted up to the first class day for the fall semester if all positions have not been filled.

5. Students accepted for admission are required to confirm their intention to enroll and attend with a $100.00 non-refundable deposit. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.


Tuition is approximately $118.00 per credit hour for Oklahoma residents. Students may expect additional costs that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, insurance and supplies. Students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements.

Student membership in their respective professionís state and national professional organizations is recommended.


College of Allied Health Departmental Faculty

Criminal Background Check and Drug Test

Students applying to the College of Allied Health and the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences will be required to obtain a Criminal History Background Check and a Drug Test.  Many clinical facilities require the background check, including a check of the sex offenders list.  It is the studentís responsibility to have the background check completed prior to starting the clinical experience and as instructed by the clinical coordinator.  It is the studentís responsibility to maintain the background check for presentation to the clinical facility personnel.

Drug screening is required of all OUHSC students in designated programs as many clinical facilities require students to pass a drug test.  It is the studentís responsibility to comply with the necessary procedures and consent forms for the required drug screening.  Students who fail to adhere to the drug testing procedure established by the Department will be deferred for a year while documentation can be received for clearance. 

Any arrest, charge or conviction for a felony or a misdemeanor may also affect a graduateís ability to sit for the certification examination in their profession.  For a fee, many certification boards will conduct a pre-assessment based on the studentís prior offenses to determine if the student would be allowed to sit for the board examination.  Students may contact the following certification boards directly for further information:

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists www.arrt.org

Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board www.nmtcb.org

American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography  www.ardms.org

Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board www.mdcb.org


This option is designed for applicants with an A.A.S. degree from a nationally accredited Junior/Community College in Oklahoma. The A.A.S. degree must include education in nuclear medicine, radiography, radiation therapy, or sonography that is programmatically accredited. In addition, applicants should be certified (ARRT, NMTCB and/or ARDMS) in the discipline in which the A.A.S. degree was earned. Applicants will be considered on the basis of the following minimum requirements and may apply to any of the departmental programs.

  • ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (3 hours)
  • ENGL 1213 Principles of English Composition (3 hours)
  • UNIV 1000 Introduction to Computers: Concepts & Applications (3 hours)
  • CLC 2412 Medical Vocabulary
  • MATH 1523 Elementary Functions (3 hours)
  • Z00 2124 Human Physiology (4 hours)
  • Humanities Courses (6 hours)
  • Upper Level (3000 or 4000) General Education Course (3 hours)
  • Radiologic Technology courses (19 hours)
  • Electives to equal 64 hours

    Please click here to use the prerequisite worksheet to keep track of your prerequisite classes.

    Applicants in this category use the procedure outlined herein for all other applicants. A minimum grade of C or higher in all professional and science courses related to the A.A.S. degree and a letter of recommendation from their former program director is required. In light of the preferred list of prerequisites all courses listed above must be completed prior to enrollment. Those entering under this option with an associate degree from a state other than Oklahoma may also be required to obtain certain other courses. All entering the Nuclear Medicine program who lack basic chemistry will be required to complete a minimum of four hours of general chemistry prior to enrollment.

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