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 skills in leadership, management, administration, and education.

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; preparing them to serve humanity as professionals and leaders in radiation technology environments.

Program learning outcomes

By the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Serve as leaders in the profession and in the greater community in public, private, and nonprofit sectors;
  2. Contribute to the profession's body of knowledge through leadership roles; publications; professional presentations; and advocacy as managers, administrators, and educators;
  3. Demonstrate leadership and reflective thinking in the areas of management, administration, and education;
  4. Behave in a professional manner in all interactions—including use of written and oral communications with patients, colleagues, and others;
  5. Participate in educational research and professional activities, share knowledge with colleagues, and investigate new and innovative aspects of professional practice;
  6. Apply advanced practice in managerial, administrative, or educational realms.

Program design

The online M.S.R.S. program is a two-year, 45-unit, part-time program.  This seven-quarter (79 academic weeks) program begins in Autumn Quarter and concludes at the end of the second Spring Quarter.  Students are expected to complete six to seven units each quarter for seven quarters.  An accelerated one-year option beginning in the Summer Quarter is available for qualified applicants.  Students enroll in the same courses and there are no areas of emphasis. Students are expected to participate in the graduation ceremony on campus. The program faculty utilizes a learning management system to host courses, and email is the primary communication mechanism among 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.
  • Two- to three-page essay describing personal and professional skills and accomplishments, interests, and how earning the M.S.R.S. 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.
Required
AHCJ 550Organizational Theory3
AHCJ 566Theoretical Foundations of Leadership3
AHCJ 567Personal Leadership3
AHCJ 576Basics of Marketing1
AHCJ 579Instructional Effectiveness3
AHCJ 586Curricula Planning in Health Sciences3
AHCJ 588Fundamentals of Human Resource Management3
AHCJ 589Strategic Planning in Health-Care Organizations3
AHRM 514Biostatistics3
IDMT 521Instructional Design I3
RELE 524Bioethics and Society3
RTRA 519Medical-Legal Issues in Radiology1
RTRA 614Professional Portfolio1
RTRS 578Health-care Financial Management3
RTRS 584Management of Imaging Informatics3
RTRS 621Capstone Project I3
RTRS 622Capstone Project II3
Total Units45

Professional portfolio

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

Normal time to complete the program

Two (2) years (seven [7] academic quarters) based on three-quarter-time enrollment.

Courses

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.

Study of operational and managerial issues essential to radiology information, and picture archiving and communication systems as related to electronic health records. Includes basic architecture concepts, needs assessment and procurement strategies, vendor selection and contract negotiation, workflow assessment and design, implementation and education, and quality assurance strategies in a filmless environment.

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.