Pre-Radiologic Sciences

Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
BI 121 Biology Lab I
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms
BI 122 Biology Lab II
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab
BI 207 Dynamics Of Biological Processes
BI 310 Physiology
BI 367 Comparative Anatomy
BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory
MA 130 Calculus I
MA 103 Quantitative Methods
MA 100 Precalculus Math
MA 160 Linear Algebra
BI 305 Biostatistics
ND.SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences
MA 220 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
PC 200 General Physics I
PC 202 Introductory Physics I
PC 206 Introductory Physics Lab I
PC 201 General Physics II (medical dosimetry and nuclear medicine)
PC 203 Introductory Physics II (medical dosimetry and nuclear medicine)
PC 203L Introductory Physics Lab II (medical dosimetry and nuclear medicine)
EN___ English Course (in addition to CWS)
Varies Electives

NOTE: Medical Terminology is also a requirement for Jefferson School of Health Professions.

Important Notes

  • Recommend Computer Science, Communications courses, foreign languages, Ethics of Health Care, and medical terminology.
  • There are a variety of options in this diverse field including: radiography, diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular technology, radiation therapy, medical dosimetry, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging.
  • These courses reflect minimal requirements for most schools. Requirements are given for Jefferson School of Health Professions. Although this course list will be sufficient for most programs, make sure to check requirements of schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE, preferably in an academic area, in consultation with your advisor.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Borgardt.
  • In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in radiologic sciences either during the school year or over the summer.


Jefferson School of Health Professions - 4+1 BS and MS options in a variety of specialties

Must earn a "C" or better Credits
Anatomy and Physiology with Labs 8
College Chemistry with Lab 8
College Physics with Lab* 8
Math 6
Statistics 3
Medical Terminology 3
English 6
Electives** (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, etc.) 8
Total 50

* Physics need not be calculus based
** Recommended electives include religion, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, art, language, history, literature, creative writing, science, nutrition, computer science, etc.

Competitive credentials: Science and overall GPA of 3.0 preferred.(Note: Grades less than C will not transfer to Jefferson School of Health Professions)

Sciences and math (college Algebra, Trig, Precalc, and Calc) cannot be more than 10 years. There is no time limit on the non-sciences

For those already certified as Radiologic Sciences Technologists, the medical terminology course is waived, but an additional 3 credits of elective is required as part of the total of 50 credits.

Helpful Websites

American Society of Radiologic Technology
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Cardiovascular Technologists
Society of Nuclear Medicine
American Society of Echocardiography
Jefferson College of Health Professions

General Info

Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Radiologic Sciences

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken. Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone. Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation. Consult with your advisor.

No Acceleration and No Study Abroad Junior Year

Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
  Biology Lab I Integrated Chemistry Principles II
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab Math
Sophomore Year BI 106 BI 207
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic English course
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab Math
Junior Year Elective Statistics
  Physiology Anatomy and Lab
Senior Year Physics I/Lab Physics II/Lab

Take a Medical Terminology course at another institution at some point before applying.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.