Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging
The Cox College Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (BSDI) is designed to educate students in an imaging or professional specialty while also providing a bachelor’s degree. This degree offering is the first of its kind in Missouri and one of only a few in the surrounding states. With the exception of DMS imaging students, all didactic courses can be completed online!
The BSDI allows for specialization in one of several areas – Computed Tomography (CT), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), DMS-Echocardiography (ECH), Interventional Radiography (IR), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography (MAM), and Interprofessional Leadership (IPL). Please see the individual specialty pages for additional information.
The BSDI degree has four enrollment options to accommodate individuals from varying educational experiences. They are as follows:
BSDI entry-level track – This track is for students seeking the Cox College BSDI with minimal college-level education. Students pursing the BSDI through this track will first acquire the ARRT credential in Radiography through Cox College ASR program before advancing through the remainder of the BSDI curriculum. Having completed the ASR program, students must apply to the BSDI program and select an area of specialization – CT, DMS, IR, MRI, or Mammography. The complete degree requires 124 credit hours.
ASR to BSDI – This track is tailored to meet the needs of students already registered in Radiography and/or graduated from a regionally accredited ASR program. Students must apply to the BSDI program and select an area of specialization – CT, DMS, IR, MRI, Mammography, or Interprofessional Leadership. Students in this track must complete approximately 70 credits hours to satisfy the degree requirements.
BSDI completion track – This track is for technologists already registered in Radiography and a specialty imaging modality seeking a Bachelor of Science degree. Students complete only a select group of general education and core curriculum courses amounting to 40 credits hours. A minimum of 30 credits hours must be completed at Cox College to be eligible for the BSDI. DMS Echo-Extension students are enrolled in this track.
Non-degree Registry Credentialing – The BSDI provides opportunity for students to specialize in one of several specialty imaging modalities. After the completion of specific specialty courses and clinical requirements students in the BSDI are eligible to apply to the appropriate ARRT and/or ARDMS national registry(s). Available imaging specialties include Computed Tomography (CT), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), DMS Echocardiography (ECH), Interventional Radiography (IR), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Mammography (MAM). Students enrolled in this track have the option of completing the entire BSDI curriculum or exiting the BSDI program with the completion of the specified specialty and clinical courses.
To be eligible for admission into the BSDI, a candidate must meet the following conditions:
- Complete the admissions procedure for Cox College.
- Complete and submit program specific BSDI application.
- Students must select an area of specialization – CT, DMS, DMS-Echo, IR, MRI, Mammography, or Interprofessional Leadership. BSDI completion students do not choose an area of specialization.
- All specialty imaging courses begin in the fall semester for both BSDI and non-degree students. Applications are due April 30.
- BSDI Completion Track students and IPL specialty students may enter the program in any semester. Applications due April 30 or November 15.
- Application to the BSDI for specialty imaging students requires a personal essay, two personal references, all college transcripts, and a current ARRT card.
- Successful completion of Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) or related field (contact college for details).
- Minimum 3.0 GPA in ASR program or related degree.
- ARRT primary registry complete prior to entry into the BSDI program.