​​​​​​​​Courses​

​​​​​The Master of Science in Radiolo​gic Sciences degree is designed to help nuclear medicine technologists enhance their professional and medical training in as little as two years​.


You will complete ten core courses (including a capstone course and at least 16 hours of clinical training) and two elective courses. 

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Required Courses​

Patient Care and Safety | MSRS 600

Routine, emergency and specialized care procedures for patient interaction in positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging are discussed. Patient safety considerations for radiation protection, dose regulation, contrast administration and magnetic field precautions will be addressed. Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies and healthcare organizations are incorporated.


Image Processing and Quality Analysis | MSRS 610

This course introduces the use of computer applications in positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging related to image capture, display quality, manipulation, storage and distribution. Factors that influence the production, recording and processing of images will be covered. The importance of minimum imaging standards, discussion of problem-solving techniques for image evaluation and multiple factors that can affect image quality will be discussed. Actual images will be included for quality analysis.


PET/CT/MR Instrumentation | MSRS 620

This course is an introduction to the principles of positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) instrumentation. The design, operation and quality control of PET, CT and MR are covered. Detailed discussion of the components of a PET, CT and MR systems and dedicated computers, both hardware and software, is included. Various types of PET, CT and MR scanners are described. Parameters associated with these scanners are defined and discussed. Image quality and manipulation techniques are presented.


PET Procedures | MSRS 630 

This course introduces topics that encompass the interrelated aspects of performing patient organ visualization procedures in positron emission tomography (PET), including fusion imaging with computed tomography (PET/CT) or magnetic resonance (PET/MR). Included are a review of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the various organs, radiopharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals and applicable instrumentation for PET/CT and PET/MR, as well as discussion of the methodologies and techniques utilized in performing the imaging procedures and ensuring radiation safety. Representative images are shown.


CT Procedures | MSRS 640

This course introduces topics that encompass the interrelated aspects of performing patient organ visualization procedures with diagnostic computed tomography (CT). Included are a review of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the various organs, contrast agents, pharmaceuticals and applicable instrumentation for diagnostic CT, as well as discussion of the methodologies and techniques utilized in performing the imaging procedure and ensuring radiation safety. Representative images are shown.


Pharmaceuticals and Radiopharmacy | MSRS 650

Pharmaceuticals and radiopharmaceuticals used during positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging procedures are reviewed. Pharmaceutical properties, mechanisms of action, dosages, administration, and adverse reactions and treatment are discussed. Principles of radiation protection and factors for radiopharmaceutical choice are defined.


Cross-Sectional Anatomy | MSRS 660

This course is an in-depth look at cross sectional anatomy in positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR). Various image orientations and reconstructions will be discussed. Students will be able to name various anatomical structures on PET, CT and MR images. The effects of various imaging techniques on cross-sectional images will be examined and image artifacts identified. Images with and without contrast for PET, CT and MR will be reviewed. Multi-modality fusion images will also be presented.


MR Principles and Procedures | MSRS​ 670

This course introduces topics that encompass the interrelated aspects of performing patient organ visualization procedures with magnetic resonance (MR). Included are a review of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the various organs, contrast agents, pharmaceuticals and applicable instrumentation for MR, as well as discussion of the methodologies and techniques utilized in performing the imaging procedure and ensuring patient safety. Parameters and timing of MR imaging procedures and analysis of images will be discussed. Representative images are shown and importance of fusion imaging explained.


Radiologic Science Clinical | ​MSRS 680

Students receive clinical training at one or more affiliate hospitals, receiving instruction and participating in the performance of clinical positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. This includes patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation, instrumentation quality control and radiation safety.


Radiologic Science Capstone | MSRS​ 690 

This course serves as a capstone for the MSRS Program, with provision of mock finals and additional review materials for national board certification preparation. A comprehensive final exam will be administered to determine board preparedness.



Elective Courses​​ (Select two of the following)​

Managed Care | HCMG 600

This course familiarizes students with the strategic and operative role of managed care. It uses an integrative approach, emphasizing the evolution and importance of managed care on managerial decision making and organizational performance. This course focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the healthcare environment on managed care decision making, the determination of the organization's managed care strategy and the system for planning and controlling managed-care activities.


Healthcare Regulations and Public Policy | HCMG 610

This course examines the legal and regulatory issues affecting healthcare organizations. Attention is focused on the role of governmental and regulatory policy/practices and how they impact both strategy and management actions. The course discusses the many facets of public policy issues, both current and emerging, and develops managerial perspective and analytical ability to deal with the various publics that impact healthcare organizations.


Healthcare Financial Analysis and Control | HCMG 620

This course is designed to help the student to develop an understanding of healthcare financial accounting and reporting systems, healthcare regulations and financial control systems, development and analysis of costing systems in the healthcare industry and the recent financial development under managed-care development.​


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