Radiation Sciences — M.S.R.S. (Online Program)

Program director
Mike Iorio

The program

The faculty of the Master of Science in Radiation Sciences (M.S.R.S.) degree program is committed to educate and expand the knowledge and expertise of radiology health professionals by providing opportunities for students to advance their education in leadership, management, administration, and education.

Distance education

The M.S.R.S. degree is an online program open to qualified applicants.

Mission statement

The mission of the M.S.R.S. degree program is to provide students with an enhanced understanding of leadership, management, administration, and education so that they can serve humanity as professionals and leaders in radiation technology environments.

Program objectives

  1. Graduate practitioners who are leaders in the profession and who are capable of serving the greater community in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
  2. Graduate managers, administrators, and educators who can contribute to the profession's body of knowledge through leadership roles, publications, professional presentations, and advocacy.

Program outcomes

Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate should be qualified to:

  1. Demonstrate leadership and reflective thinking in the areas of management, administration, and education.
  2. Behave in a professional manner in all interactions, including communicating appropriately (written and oral) with patients, colleagues, and others.
  3. Continue to improve knowledge and skills by participating in educational research and professional activities, sharing knowledge with colleagues, and investigating new and innovative aspects of professional practice.
  4. Apply advanced practice in managerial, administrative, or educational realms.

Program design

The M.S.R.S. degree is a two-year, 49-unit, part-time program, completed in ninety academic weeks.  This eight-quarter program begins in the Fall Quarter and concludes at the end of the second summer term.  Students are expected to complete two 3-unit courses each quarter for seven quarters, with the eighth quarter of study consisting of one 1-unit and two 3-unit courses.  An accelerated full-time, four-quarter option spanning twelve months is available for qualified students.  Students enroll in the same courses, and there are no emphases.  Students are expected to participate in the graduation ceremony on campus.  The program faculty utilizes a learning management system to host courses, and e-mail is the primary communication mechanism between faculty members and students.

Admission is based on a selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (international degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency)
  • minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
  • Certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (or equivalent) in a radiation sciences discipline
  • Submission of writing sample (e.g., undergraduate course paper, published journal article, etc.) 
  • Two-to three-page essay describing personal and professional skills and accomplishments, interests, and how earning the MSRS degree will help achieve career goals. This essay is included in the online application process.
  • Phone interview (to be scheduled after application has been submitted)
  • Recommended courses:  statistics and research methods
AHCJ 549Professional Responsibility in Allied Health Professions3
AHCJ 550Organizational Theory3
AHCJ 566Theoretical Foundations of Leadership3
AHCJ 567Personal Leadership3
AHCJ 576Basics of Marketing3
AHCJ 579Instructional Effectiveness3
AHCJ 586Curricula Planning in Health Sciences3
AHCJ 588Fundamentals of Human Resource Management3
AHCJ 589Strategic Planning in Health-Care Organizations3
AHRM 595Research and Statistics Concepts and Methods: Intermediate3
RELT 563Health Care, Humanity, and God3
RTRS 578Health-care Financial Management3
RTRS 584Management of Imaging Informatics3
RTRS 614Professional Portfolio1
RTRS 615Advances in Technology: Educational and Managerial Issues3
RTRS 621Capstone Project I3
RTRS 622Capstone Project II3
Total Units49

Professional Portfolio

Students will complete a professional portfolio while pursuing the degree.  The portfolio will contain evidence of the growth and learning throughout the program.  

Normal time to complete the program

2 years (8 academic quarters) part-time


RTRS 578. Health-care Financial Management. 3 Units.

Investigates methods of applying financial management strategies from a radiology perspective. Demonstrates the fundamentals of finance, generating revenue, controlling costs, planning for the future, and financial organizational issues.

RTRS 584. Management of Imaging Informatics. 3 Units.

Provides knowledge and understanding of the practical operational and managerial issues essential to the radiology information system (RIS) and the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as they relate to the electronic health record system (EHRS). Covers basic RIS and PACS architecture concepts, needs assessment and procurement strategies, vendor selection and contract negotiation, workflow assessment and design, implementation and education, and quality assurance (QA) strategies to optimize patient care practices in a filmless environment.

RTRS 614. Professional Portfolio. 1 Unit.

An online course designed to assist students in developing a professional portfolio. Students incorporate evidence of personal growth and learning in a comprehensive electronic portfolio.

RTRS 615. Advances in Technology: Educational and Managerial Issues. 3 Units.

Student evaluates how the rapidly advancing technology in radiation sciences impacts the educational, managerial, and administrative realms. Student develops a project incorporating advancing technology to his/her specialty.

RTRS 621. Capstone Project I. 3 Units.

The first of a two-course, online sequence. Students explore a relevant topic of interest, develop a literature review of publishable quality, and examine professional publication avenues.

RTRS 622. Capstone Project II. 3 Units.

The second course in a two-course, online sequence. Students explore aspects of professional presentation delivery and incorporate their Capstone I project to develop a presentation of professional quality.