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Have you taken a lot of classes but don't have a bachelor's degree to show for it?
Looking to advance your medical imaging career while you are working?
Are you thinking about specializing in an area of radiation sciences?

Program Resources

Is It Time to Advance your Career?

Completing your Bachelor's Degree Online is Easier Than You Think!

Loma Linda University's Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science program is unique because it offers a flexible learning program at a competitive tuition rate. 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!

Advance Your Career Possibilities with a Bachelor's in Radiation Sciences

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
  • Professional advancement into entry management, education, and informatics positions.
  • 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.
  • Many more possibilities in imaging or public health.

The Bachelor's in Radiation Sciences is comprised of the following elements:

  • Loma Linda University general education 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) taken prior to program entry. This usually takes 2 years full-time.
  • BSRS Program Core (required for all students to take): 1 year part-time.
  • BSRS Program Emphasis (customized focus of the degree): 1 year part-time.
  • 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).

Students have the ability to custom tailor their degree by choosing an area of emphasis in which to focus their studies:

  • Administration: 1 year, 24 units - Online
  • Education: 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. In many cases, students have already completed many of these courses.
  • Clinical Practice: The didactic (not including clinical units) coursework from a clinically-based imaging specialty (diagnostic sonography, cardiac sonography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, dosimetry) can be applied to the BSRS online core classes to complete the BSRS program 
  • Special Imaging - CT/MRI: This program offers certificates, as well as an emphasis in the BSRS program.
  • Cardiovascular Imaging: This program offers certificates, as well as an emphasis in the BSRS program.

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).

Program Objectives:

  1. Provide an ethically-based leadership program that enables graduates to serve communities in the imaging professions.
  2. Graduate administrators, educators, imaging informatics professionals, and clinical imaging professionals who advance the imaging professions through advocacy and professional practice.

 How to Begin

  •  Step 1: 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.
  •  Step 2: Once you have a work-up complete, you will meet with the program director for an advisement session.
  •  Step 3: Apply to the program
  •  Step 4: 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.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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

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

This program qualifies for VA tuition benefits.  Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Accreditation: Assuring Quality

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.  

Contact Us

Timothy Seavey, M.A.M, R.T.(R)(CT)(ARRT)
Program Director
tseavey@llu.edu

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

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