MSU Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences Radiologist Assistant Major

What is a Radiologist Assistant?

The radiologist assistant is a newly emerging allied health care professional providing a recognized advanced clinical role for experienced radiologic technologists.

A radiologist assistant (RA) enhances patient care by extending the capacity of the radiologist in the diagnostic imaging environment. The RA performs patient assessment, patient management, fluoroscopy, and other radiology procedures. This new health care professional will also make initial observations of diagnostic images, with official interpretations and final written reports being provided by supervising radiologists (as defined by the American College of Radiology (ACR) Standard for Communication: Diagnostic Radiology). 

Radiologist Assistants are supported by the American College of Radiology (ACR); the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)  For more information do a site search for "radiologist assistant" on any of these sites.  There is also more general information about RA role delineations, practice standards, curriculum, clinical competencies, and RA programs nationwide on the ASRT and ARRT websites.

Articles About Radiologist Assistants (click on article to view)

2002 The Radiologist Assistant:  Improving Patient Care While Providing Work Force Solutions - Consensus Statements from the Advanced Practice Advisory Panel

2004 Radiologist Assistant Certification - EI Bluth & JB Reid - Journal of the American College of Radiology, Vol 1 No 6 pp 398-401

2007 The Radiologist Assistant:  What Radiologists Need to Know Now - PH Ellenbogen, TR Hoffman, BW Short, A Gonzalez - Journal of the American College of Radiology, Vol 4 No 7 pp 461-470

2007 RA Evolution Continues - RSNA News December 2007 pp 12-13

2008 What is Your Radiologist Assistant Student Worth to You?  R Ludwig & T Ferrara - Journal of the American College of Radiology, Vol 5 No 2 pp 115-118

2008 RAs Increase Productivity DL Wright, JB Killion, J Johnston, V Sanders, T Wallace, R Jackson, D Snodgrass, R Redd - Radiologic Technology, Journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Vol 79 No 4 pp 365-370

2010 Masters of Radiology Panel Discussion: Radiology Extenders - Challenges and Opportunities to Balance the Demands of Our Changing Work Envioronment. Forman, Javitt, Monsees, Larson, Norbash, Kaye, Beauchamp, & Messinger. American Journal of Roentgenology, Vol 195, pp 170-175

2010 The Radiologist Assistant: The Solution to Radiology Workforce Needs. McLeod & Montane. Emergency Radiology, Vol 17, No 3, pp 253-256

2012 Comparative Analysis of Physician Extender Curricular Requirements in Radiology: A Detailed Veiw. Nordeck, Sanders, & Killion. Journal of the American College of Radiology, Vol 9, No 4, pp 270-274


For thirty years, the MSU Radiologic Sciences Department has been involved in advanced radiologic sciences education including coordination of numerous off-campus clinical experiences. In a southern state with a population of over 21 million, the current department has the largest entry-level Associate Degree program and the only totally online Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) program in the state. ARRT registered technologists may earn up to 46 semester credit hours of advanced standing in the BSRS program.

The department also includes the country’s first-of-its-kind Master of Science in Radiologic Science (MSRS) program. With this successful infrastructure, the university is uniquely aligned to provide the advanced academic program and Radiologist-directed clinical preceptorships required to prepare experienced and certified radiographers for this new role as RAs.

The MSU MSRS program, including the RA major, is be a “hybrid distance education” program, allowing students the benefits of clinical practice where it is most needed (off-campus) as well as the benefits of periodic face-to-face networking with other students and with faculty during on-campus seminars. The University has successfully used this distance-learning model for more than eight years. 

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For More Information About the MSU MSRS RA Program:

 Jeff Killion, PhD, RT(R)(QM) RA Program Director

or Vicki Sanders, MSRS, RRA RT(R)(CV),  RA Clinical Coordinator
Midwestern State University,
3410 Taft Boulevard
 Wichita Falls, TX  76308-2099
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