Program Overview

  • Bachelor's Degree

The medical radiographer, also referred to as a radiographic technologist, is a highly specialized health care professional who works closely with radiologists. They work in healthcare facilities including hospitals, outpatient clinics, surgical centers, and mobile radiographic units. Experienced radiographic technologists may advance to management positions within the diagnostic imaging department or hospital. Other advancement opportunities include teaching, technical sales, research, interventional radiology, MRI, CT, mammography, and quality management.

Overall employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 9% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Now is the time and this is the place to help you fulfill your calling in health care.

Bachelor's Degree Curriculum

The medical radiography program curriculum includes a strong science and patient care foundation with courses specifically designed for the practice of medical radiography. The degree requirements include successful completion of 122 credit hours of course work.



To be considered for selection to the medical radiography (RAD) program, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements.


Med Rad students in classroom lab

Top reason for choosing the Medical Radiography program at Baptist University

  • Hands on instruction
  • Small class sizes
    for personalized attention
  • Opportunities to observe
    advanced modalities such as MR, CT, IR, Mammography and Catheterization Lab
  • Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ national board exam.
    Additional examinations in computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, cardiac-interventional radiography, vascular-interventional radiography, bone densitometry are available once requirements for these specialties are met.
  • Faith-based atmosphere
  • Classroom and laboratory environments
    where students participate in individual and small group learning activities, as well as traditional lecture classes
  • Students gain clinical experience
    in leading-edge departments throughout Tennessee and Mississippi

$61,900 Median Salary

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 

Program Outcomes

Program Completion
Job Placement Rate
2015-2019 5-Year Job Placement Rate Average
Board Pass Rate
2020 Graduation year 1st time board pass rate
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Your future as a medical radiographer

  • Operating
    radiographic imaging equipment and accessory devices
  • Positioning
    patients and imaging systems to perform radiographic examinations and procedures
  • Determining exposure factors
    to obtain diagnostic quality radiographs with minimum radiation exposure
  • Evaluating radiographic images
    for appropriate positioning and image quality
  • Providing education
    related to radiographic procedures and radiation protection and safety

Educational/Program Goals and Program Learning Outcomes

Goal: Students will show clinical competency.


  • Students will demonstrate proper patient positioning.
  • Students will utilize radiation protection.
  • Students will select technical factors for quality assurance.

Goal: Students will demonstrate communication skills.


  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Students will express oral communication skills.

Goal: Students will develop critical thinking skills.


  • Students will identify a problem in the clinical environment.
  • Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.

Goal: Students will model professionalism.


  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in the clinical setting.
  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior in educational settings

Program Accreditation

The medical radiography program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in radiologic technology (JRCERT), the only organization recognized by the US Department of Education to evaluate and accredit programs in medical radiography.

The program received the maximum 8-year accreditation in 2016.


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Technical Standards

The following technical standards outline reasonable expectations of a student enrolled in the Medical Radiography program for the performance of common clinical functions.* Communication

Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and the ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording, and documenting patient information is required.

Analytical Skills/Critical Thinking

Analytical skills sufficient to process information, to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, and to prioritize tasks. Critical thinking ability sufficient for safe, clinical judgment.


Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess patient needs, to detect and respond to alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help.


Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for the care of patients and operation of equipment.


Tactile ability sufficient for patient assessment and operation of equipment.


Physical ability, flexibility, strength, and stamina sufficient to provide safe and effective care.

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor ability sufficient to provide safe and effective care.


Emotional and mental health sufficient to establish therapeutic boundaries, to perform multiple tasks concurrently, to handle strong emotions, and to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.


*Students who have accessibility questions or who need accommodations should contact the Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Room 101, Science Building, at 901-572-2570 or by sending an email to


Program Mission

Medical Radiography

The mission of the Medical Radiography program is to provide quality education in a Christian atmosphere to prepare graduates to be competent, entry level radiographers.

Clinical Obligations

The Medical Radiography Program has many clinical settings throughout a wide area. Students will be responsible for their own transportation. Students will be required to attend a variety of clinical settings which means that not all clinical rotations will be close to home. On occasion the clinical rotation may be as much as an hour away. Clinical rotations may start as early as 7 am and end as late as 4:30 pm, but are not longer than 8 hours a day, excluding lunch breaks. Evening rotations are not required but are encouraged for the experience. There are no weekend clinical assignments.


The University will purchase malpractice insurance, the cost is covered in student fees. Health insurance is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. All students must pass a background check and drug screening prior to beginning the program, the University will arrange and notify you about the procedures. The University has a policy of random drug checks. For more details see the student handbook.


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