The Carver College of Medicine’s Radiation Sciences RT to BS Online program is for registered radiologic technologists who want to expand their skills and professional potential by earning a bachelor of science degree in radiation sciences from a distance.

The RT to BS online degree program allows radiologic technologists to complete course work in computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or cardiovascular interventional (CVI) ), or breast imaging (BI) from a distance.

Why Study at Iowa

Iowa's RT to BS Online Radiation Sciences program has an excellent reputation, offers radiologic technologists four modality options in which to specialize, and grants 60 semester hours of credit for the ARRT(R) registry certification.

The program is sponsored by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Faculty are affiliated with the Department of Radiology and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), one of the nation’s largest public university teaching hospitals. These connections and the program’s location on the University of Iowa health sciences campus provide a wealth of world-class resources.

Course Work

There are four components to the RT to BS Online Radiation Sciences program: prerequisite course work including the ARRT(R) certification; online course work in breast imaging (BI), cardiovascular interventional (CVI), computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); and online advanced course work in statistics and management/leadership.

Prerequisite course work is completed in accordance with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' General Education Program, including the required courses for radiation sciences outlined in the UI General Catalog. Prerequisite course work and the radiologic technology program may be completed at another academic institution; see Transfer Requirements.

Students must complete the final consecutive 30 semester hours through the UI Carver College of Medicine in order the satisfy the residency requirement.

Admission Requirements

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Student Opportunities

Visit the Radiation Sciences website for a list of partnering institutions that provide the clinical competency opportunities for CVI, CT, or MRI that are required for the advanced certification ARRT board exam.

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources

The program has a history of long-standing faculty with experience in the various fields.

Students completing the RT to BS Online Radiation Sciences program have access to the same resources as the on-campus students.


The career outlook for radiation sciences graduates is bright and the majority of students are employed shortly after graduation. Graduates generally find jobs in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and physicians’ offices. A BS degree is required for most radiology management, sales, applications, and education jobs.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists' Wage and Salary Survey reports the median national salary at $69,896 for CT technologists, $71,725 for breast imaging technologists, $76,072 for CVI technologists, and $76,177 for MRI technologists.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook reports the national median wage estimate in 2019 was $61,240 for radiologic technologists. Students are prepared (with the exception of clinical competencies) to apply for the ARRT advanced certifications in BI, CVI, CT, or MRI.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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Apply to the undergraduate College of Medicine Radiation Sciences (RT to BS) major, if admission requirements have been met or are in progress. Applications are due April 1 for summer or fall OR November 1 for spring admit. Apply early and allow processing time. Follow Admissions Profile instructions on to complete mandatory orientation and advising sessions.


Online/Off-campus Program(s)
BS for ARRT registered Radiologic Technologists