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Radiologist Assistant (MHS)

Quinnipiac's master of health science program for radiologist assistants is the only program offered in Connecticut and the only program nationally to have a board-certified radiologist as the program director.

Graduates of the program earn a master of health science and are eligible to become registered radiologist assistants. The program prepares skilled graduates who are competent in the art and science of radiography, fluoroscopy and interventional procedures. Graduates are prepared for career entry and are capable of meeting the needs of the community for highly qualified professionals.

The advantage of earning a master's degree as a radiologist assistant lies in the greater opportunities of autonomy and responsibility and participation in research and education.

Earning a master's degree at Quinnipiac is also a wise investment; nationally, salaries for radiologist assistants are double those of radiologic technologists. In addition, there is a dramatic gap in the demand for medical imaging procedures and available services--a gap that likely will continue to grow. Learn more about the need for radiologist assistants.

Quinnipiac's faculty offers the highest level of education and experience in multiple disciplines. Among the faculty are radiologists from the Department of Diagnostic Radiology from Yale University School of Medicine, as well as physicists and professors. Their expertise covers imaging modalities, procedures, patient care, management, pharmacology and anatomy.

The quality and level of instruction are sophisticated and rewarding. Students have access to cadaver labs for anatomy and physiology, PACS (picture archiving systems) imaging technologies and rotation through different clinical education settings. View our clinical affiliates.

Admissions Requirements

Eligibility for the Program
To qualify for the radiologist assistant MHS program, candidates must have:

  1. Application form and fee
  2. Completed their bachelor's degree
  3. Be a radiologic technologist in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
  4. Completed a minimum of 2,000 hours of direct patient care contact post-radiography certification
  5. Certification in CPR for Healthcare Professionals
  6. Completed the following prerequisite course requirements:
  • 4 credits of chemistry
  • 3 credits of college-level mathematics
  • 16 credits of biology with labs, including anatomy and physiology
  • 3 credits of pathophysiology

The radiologist assistant program does not accept transfer credits, applications for challenge examinations or credits for experiential learning.

The application deadline is April 1. Decisions will be made individually as applications are completed.

Contact Us
For more information about the radiologist assistant program, contact John Candler, academic coordinator, director of clinical education and clinical assistant professor, at john.candler@quinnipiac.edu.

For admission information on Quinnipiac graduate programs, contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944.

Curriculum + Requirements

Curriculum and Requirements
In addition to the traditional lecture and discussion format, classes use a variety of approaches to enrich learning.

  • Evidence-based medicine is the integration of best-research evidence with clinical expertise.
  • The case study approach is a method of providing students with an opportunity to use stories of people dealing with medical-based issues.
  • Mini-cases help students apply concepts for introducing practical applications in lab settings.
  • Descriptive or narrative cases allow students to work collaboratively in small groups to analyze the case.

MHS in Radiologist Assistant Curriculum




Summer I

PA 502

Medical Terminology: Advanced


RA 517

Human Anatomy with lab


RA 518

Imaging Pathophysiology


RA 520

Radiation Safety and Health Physics


Total: 11

Fall I

RA 505

Clinical Pharmacology


RA 530

Image Critique & Pathologic Pattern Recognition I


RA 532

Interventional Procedures I with Clinical Observation


RA 542

Patient Assessment, Management & Education


RA 545

Research Methods & Design


Total: 15

Spring I

RA 531

Image Critique & Pathologic Pattern Recognition II


RA 535

Interventional Procedures II


RA 550

Clinical Seminar I


RA 570

Radiologist Assistant Clinical I


RA 590

Thesis I


Total: 11

Summer II

RA 551

Clinical Seminar II


RA 571

Radiologist Assistant Clinical II


RA 591

Thesis II


Total: 8

Fall II

RA 552

Clinical Seminar III


RA 572

Radiologist Assistant Clinical III


Total: 8

Spring II

RA 573

Radiologist Assistant Clinical IV

Total: 5

Total Credits: 58

Clinical Experiences
Clinical experiences enable students to apply the knowledge learned in the first two semesters of the program. In total, the program requires approximately 2,100 hours of clinical experience. Quinnipiac provides all clinical placements throughout the program.

Program Outcomes

The master of health science in radiologist assistant education prepares graduates to:
  • Integrate professional, ethical and legal standards, and interdisciplinary collaboration into radiologist assistant practice.
  • Integrate effective written, oral and nonverbal communication skills into radiologist assistant practice.
  • Utilize information technology and informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate
    error, and support clinical decision making in radiologic assistant practice.
  • Synthesize clinical data and scientific evidence, apply appropriate modalities, evaluate findings, and make recommendations within the scope of radiologist assistant practice.
  • Provide patient centered care.
  • Assume a leadership role in applying quality improvement methods.