Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (BSDI)

Program Overview

Female Going Through CT Scan TestThe Cox College Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (BSDI) is designed to educate students in an imaging or professional specialty while also providing a bachelor’s degree. This degree offering is the first of its kind in Missouri and one of only a few in the surrounding states.  With the exception of DMS imaging students, all didactic courses can be completed online!

The BSDI allows for specialization in one of several areas – Computed Tomography (CT), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), DMS-Echocardiography(ECH)Interventional Radiography (IR)Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI),Mammography (MAM), and Interprofessional Leadership (IPL).  Please see the individual specialty pages for additional information.

The BSDI degree has four enrollment options to accommodate individuals from varying educational experiences.  They are as follows:

  • BSDI entry-level track – This track is for students seeking the Cox College BSDI with minimal college-level education. Students pursing the BSDI through this track will first acquire the ARRT credential in Radiography through Cox College ASR program before advancing through the remainder of the BSDI curriculum. Having completed the ASR program, students must apply to the BSDI program and select an area of specialization – CT, DMS, IR, MRI, or Mammography.  The complete degree requires 128 credit hours.
  • BSDI specialty track – This track is tailored to meet the needs of students already registered in Radiography or another primary imaging modality (such as Sonography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy).  Students must apply to the BSDI program and select an area of specialization – CT, DMS, DMS-Echo, IR, MRI, Mammography, or Interprofessional Leadership. Students in this track must complete a minimum of 64 credits hours to satisfy the degree requirements.
  • BSDI completion track – This track is for technologists already registered in Radiography (or another primary imaging modality) and a specialty (secondary) imaging modality. Students complete only a select group of general education and core curriculum courses amounting to a minimum of 32 credits hours.
  • Credentialing pathways – The BSDI provides opportunity for students to specialize in one of several specialty imaging modalities. After the completion of specific specialty courses and clinical requirements students in the BSDI are then eligible to apply to the appropriate ARRT and/or ARDMS national registry(s).  Available imaging specialties include Computed Tomography (CT), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), DMS Echocardiography (ECH), Interventional Radiography (IR), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Mammography (MAM).


Program Admission

To be eligible for admission into the BSDI, a candidate must meet the following conditions:

  • Complete the Cox College undergraduate application  and check “Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging”
  • Download and submit the Specialty Diagnostic Imaging program application
  • Download and submit the Clinical Affiliate Request form if requesting a clinical site outside of the CoxHealth system
    • Students must select an area of specialization – CT, DMS, DMS-Echo, IR, MRI, Mammography, or Interprofessional Leadership. BSDI completion students do not choose an area of specialization.
    • All specialty imaging courses begin in the fall semester for both BSDI and non-degree students. Applications are due April 30.
    • BSDI Completion Track students and IPL specialty students may enter the program in any semester. Applications due April 30 or November 15.
    • Application to the BSDI for specialty imaging students requires a personal essay, two personal references, all college transcripts, and a current ARRT card.
  • Successful completion of Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) or related field (contact college for details).
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in an imaging program or related degree.
  • ARRT primary registry complete prior to entry into the BSDI program.


Interstate Authorization
Consumer Disclosure Certified Statement by Institution Official
  • Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program.  Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code 6-61-301.


Transfer of Course/Degree Certified Statement by Institution Official
  • The student  should  be aware that these degree programs may not transfer  The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.


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