Committed to Excellence
The Cox College Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) program is one of the oldest and most successful radiography programs in the region. With exceptional outcomes, expert faculty, and a long history of excellence, Cox College has a reputation for being the best. Here are some the top reasons to choose Cox College for your radiography education:
- 99% registry exam pass rate in the last 60 years
- 97% registry exam pass rate in the last five years
- 100% job placement rate in the last five years
- Clinical opportunities in Springfield, Monett, Bolivar, and West Plains
- Expert faculty with graduate degrees in Education, Organizational Leadership, Radiation Physics, Health and Human Performance, and Business Administration.
- Guaranteed acceptance into the Cox College Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging (BSDI) program after completion of the ASR program
- Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Joint Review Committee on Education Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
- A history of producing highly qualified radiologic technologists for the last 65 years
Printable program information is available at this link.
About the Profession
Radiography requires a high level of professional responsibility, knowledge and technical skill. Technologists are trained to use x-rays to perform diagnostic and therapeutic exams with a high degree of accuracy while providing excellent patient care. Technologists may work in a variety of settings including large hospitals, trauma centers, outpatient imaging centers, physician clinics and even mobile imaging units.
The Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) program is your gateway to a career in diagnostic imaging. Students completing the ASR program are highly skilled in performing diagnostic x-ray procedures and providing patient care in a variety of situations. Students completing the Cox College ASR program are guaranteed acceptance to the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging degree program.
The ASR degree requires 25 general education credits prior to beginning the radiography program courses. Most students complete the prerequisite courses in one year or less and the radiography program courses are completed over just 5 semesters.
Curriculum and clinical assignments are designed to facilitate comprehension and competency. First-year students concentrate on the basic academic courses. Clinical education begins with laboratory demonstrations, practice on phantoms and simulated patients. Students will perform radiologic examinations under supervision within the radiology department beginning in the second semester of the program.
Second-year students focus on advanced studies with increased responsibility and independence within the clinical setting. The clinical curriculum includes the opportunity to rotate through the specialty modalities, including: CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine and cardiovascular interventional technology.
The ASR program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (www.jrcert.org). The program is structured to optimize the learning and application of the clinical skills and concepts required of professionally competent radiographers. The radiography program has existed since 1954 and has continually strived for educational, clinical and professional excellence.
- ASR program mission statement, goals, and student learning outcomes are available here.
- ASR program effectiveness data is available here (2012-2016) and here (2013-2017).
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Application and Admissions
To apply to the ASR program you must have completed 1 core science and 2 additional general education courses listed below. Science and additional general education courses must total 10 credits or more. All general education courses are prerequisites for the professional portion of the program and must be completed prior to beginning radiography program courses. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the required general education courses.
Required General Education courses (25 credit hours)
- BIOL205 Human Anatomy*
- BIOL206 Human Physiology*
- CHEM103 Fundamentals of Chemistry or Physics
- ENGL150 English
- BIOL118 Medical Terminology
- INFM160 Computer Resources
- PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology
- MATH 160 College Algebra
*denotes core science courses
To apply to the ASR program you must:
- Complete the Cox College application
- Submit all official transcripts
- Submit 1-2 page personal essay covering the following: 1)Accomplishments that have given you the greatest satisfaction, 2)Your reasons for selecting the radiologic technology as a career, and 3)Your plans and aspirations for the Future
- Submit two letters of recommendation sent on your behalf
- Submit documentation of 4 hours of Job Shadowing. To schedule your job shadowing experience please visit this link.
- Application deadline is December 18 for Fall admissions.
Program Clinical Obligations
The clinical obligations regarding travel and evening shift clinical rotations for the ASR program are as follows:
- The ASR program offers a variety of clinical sites to provide the student with a well-rounded clinical experience. These include CoxHealth campuses (Springfield, Missouri), Jordan Valley Community Health Center (Springfield, Missouri), Cox Monett (Monett, Missouri), Citizen’s Memorial Hospital (CMH) (Bolivar, Missouri), and Ozark’s Medical Center (OMC) (West Plains, Missouri). In addition to the CoxHealth and Jordan Valley Community Health Center campuses, Springfield-based students may be required to rotate through Cox Monett and CMH during their clinical experience. OMC is an optional clinical rotation for Springfield-based students based on availability and student request. Students based at OMC are required to complete minimal rotations at the CoxHealth campuses while maintaining the majority of their clinical rotations at OMC.
- Participate in a minimum of four evening shift clinical rotations throughout the entire ASR program. The evening shift rotation traditionally occurs from 2:30 pm to 9:30 pm and can vary from one to two weeks in length. The student is provided advance notice of when their evening shift clinical rotations are scheduled for ample planning.
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