Radiation Science - Bachelors
Advance your Career by Earning your Bachelors Degree in Radiation Sciences - Online
Loma Linda University's Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science program is unique by offering a flexible learning program at a competitive tuition rate in which students can choose part-time and full-time options, allowing them to work around their busy professional schedules. Average part-time students can complete their degree in 1-2 years depending on transfer credits from their entry level imaging program. You may be closer than you think; contact us to find out.
Career Possibilities with Your Degree:
The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences (BSRS) degree provides imaging professionals with the foundational education necessary to advance into various career possibilities, including:
- Advanced imaging modalities
- Graduate degrees such as a master's program in management or education, clinical master's and doctoral degrees such as medical school, physician's assistant, and radiologist's assistant programs.
- Professional advancement into entry management, education, and informatics positions.
- Many more possibilities in imaging or public health.
Students have the ability to custom tailor their degree by choosing an area of emphasis in which to focus their studies.
Areas of Emphasis Include:
- Administration: 1 year, 24 units - Online
- Education: 1 year, 24 units - Online
- Imaging Informatics (PACS administration): 1 year, 24 units - Online
- Science (PA and Medical School): 15-20 quarter units selected from the natural sciences in the areas of biology, microbiology, chemistry, math, or physics. Courses must be taken from two different content areas with the approval of the program director. These courses are taken at your local college/university. A minimum grade of C+ (2.3) is required for all courses.
Note: A clinical emphasis requires a separate application & acceptance process. All clinical emphases are on-campus and are full-time programs.
- Diagnostic Sonography: 2 years, 39 units
- Cardiac Sonography: 1 year, 23 units
- Special Imaging - CT/MRI: 6 - 12 months, 6-12 units
- Cardiovascular Imaging: 1 year, 36 units
- Radiation Therapy: 15 months, 23 units
- Dosimetry: 15 months, 25 units
Students with special imaging coursework totaling less than 11 units can take an elective course to complete the emphasis. Elective courses must be approved by the program director
The BSRS program is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) which provides the option to transfer credits or to pursue other health care related options at LLU.
The BSRS Degree is comprised of the following elements:
- Loma Linda University general studies requirements (General Education) for baccalaureate degrees: contact the program director for guidance.
- Professional Core (a student's entry-level imaging degree such as medical radiography or ultrasound): taken prior to program entry; 2 years full-time.
- The BSRS Program Core (required for all students to take): 1 year part-time.
- The BSRS Program Emphasis (customized focus of the degree): 1 year part-time.
- The BSRS Program Portfolio - Part of the core curriculum, students will be required to complete a ePortfolio comprised of academic and professional work, a signature project, and service learning (40 hours).
Our BSRS Brochure includes complete course curriculum and additional program options and information.
- The prospective student must have certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or equivalent specialty certification. Eligibility to continue is subject to student's obtaining certification. It should be understood that the University will not sign or validate registry documents of students who obtained their training in another program.
- The prospective student must be a graduate of an approved program (or the equivalent) in Radiologic Technology, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, or Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound).
- Prospective students should not expect admission into the program if their cumulative grade point average is below 2.5 (science and non-science subjects are computed separately).
- Prospective students are advised to apply six months prior to the quarter of entry (see program start dates below).
- Prospective students are advised to contact the program director prior to applying to discuss requirements and establish an academic learning plan.
- Prospective students from entry-level programs (medical radiography, sonography, etc.) who are eligible to take their professional board examination(s) for certification, but who have not had the opportunity to do so, are given provisional status for one quarter.
- Prospective students must reside (for the entirety of their degree) in a state that has authorized LLU to teach distance education. Please refer to the LLU State Authorization page for additional information.
A maximum of 70 semester or 105 quarter units from an accredited community college will be accepted, not including units for clinical training. Students who have completed a hospital training program are allowed up to 50 community college-level units of academic credit on the basis of their registry certificate (ARRT).
Applying to the Program
- Contact the program director for advisement (work-up). Email is best. Send a copy of your transcripts if you have them, the emphasis in which you may be interested, and the state in which you live.
- Once you have a work-up complete, you will meet with the program director for an advisement session.
- Apply to the program.
- Arrange to have your official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions for the School of Allied Health Professions. Official transcripts must be sent directly to LLU from the school where credits were earned.
Program Start Dates (Students can enter the BSRS program any quarter):
- Summer Start Applications - Open Nov 1st - Close April 1st
- Fall Start Applications - Open Feb 1st - Close July 1st
- Winter Start Applications - Open May 1st - Close Oct 1st
- Spring Start Applications - Open Sept 1st - Close Feb 1st
Cost of Program
Estimated cost for the full BSRS program including core and chosen emphasis curriculum and miscellaneous expenses: $20,000-$30,000. See our Program Estimated Cost of Attendance for program costs and fees.
This program qualifies for VA tuition benefits. Visit the U.S. Department of Veternas Affairs.
Timothy Seavey, M.A.M, RT (R)(CT)
Department of Radiation Technology
School of Allied Health Professions, Room A-829
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-4931-2-0 or (909) 558-1000 Ask for Allied Health
then the BSRS Program Director ext: 85233
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is the BSRS program?
A: The program can be taken in as little as one year. Students work directly with the program director to custom design a curriculum load that fits their needs. The average student takes 2 years to complete the program attending part-time.
Q: Does the program qualify for financial aid (grants & loans)?
A: Yes, for students taking more than 6 units per quarter. Apply early. Financial aid: 909-558-4509
Q: Is the program all online?
A: Yes, students can take the BSRS either 100% online OR work with the program director to arrange for partial on-campus options.
Q: When can I apply/start the program?
A: Applications are now being accepted year around. Students can start any quarter.
Q: I want to obtain additional schooling in a secondary imaging specialty (US, NM CT MR, RT, etc.). Does that count towards my BSRS?
A: Yes, you can count any secondary specialty towards your BSRS as an emphasis as long as it is from a regionally-accredited college or university.
Q: Does my ASMR degree count towards my BSRS?
A: Yes, as long as you have your ARRT, you can count up to 50 quarter units.
Q: How do I know what General Education courses I need?
A: Contact the program director for advisement.
Q: I want to become a Radiologist Assistant (RA). Will the BSRS allow me to qualify for the program?
A: Yes, students who complete their BSRS will qualify for the RA Program
Q: If I get into the BSRS program, do I still need to apply to other clinical programs such as nuclear medicine, therapy, CT/MRI, etc?
A: Yes, each program is independent and requires separate application/admittance processes.
Q: What is my first step now?
A: Contact the program director via email for advisement