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To begin a career in medical imaging, you need a specific set of skills and experience working with imaging equipment. Morehead State's computed tomography and magnetic resonance (CTMR) program provides you with the skill to pursue a successful career in imaging science. Classes in patient care, anatomy, imaging pathology and more will give you the skills to view medical images to help doctors make diagnoses. Once you're accepted into the program, you can finish your degree in as few as 11 months. 

The CTMR program has a selective admission process and limited enrollment.  Students are admitted once a year each April, with classes beginning in the second summer session of each year. The qualified applicant must be a radiographer who is registry-eligible or registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and must have completed all prerequisites prior to entry.

Following official acceptance, the program consists of 11 months (full - time) of lecture courses and clinical practice. While enrolled it the program students will have the opportunity to participate in professional and service learning activities through the student organization, Students Pursing Education In Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (S.P.E.C.T.M.R.)

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Program Requirements


The computed tomography/magnetic resonance (CTMR) program has a selective admission policy  in addition to the University's admission procedure. Admission to Morehead State University does not guarantee admission to the CTMR program. The number of clinical placement positions limits enrollment. Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the enrollment capacity, the successful applicants with the highest grade point average in the required general education courses, support courses, and radiography courses will be selected.


Admission Criteria

A. Unconditional acceptance to Morehead State University. MSU admission requirements.

B. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C". (Some courses can be transferred from other institutions.)

  • BIOL 234* - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (NSC I exchange course) - 3 
  • BIOL 235* - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 
  • COMS 108 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication - 3 
  • ENG 100 - Writing I - 3 
  • ENG 200 - Writing II - 3 
  • MATH 152 - College Algebra - 3 
  • IMS/NURS 202 - Medical Terminology - 2 
  • HUM I & HUM II - Humanities Distribution Requirement - 6 
  • NSC II - Natural Sciences Distribution Requirement - 3 
  • SBS I & SBS II - Social/Behavioral Distribution Requirement - 6 
  • FYS 101 - First Year Seminar - 3 
  • Total General Education & Support Courses - 41 Credit Hours

*If BIOL 244 & 244A and 245 & 245A are taken it will increase total degree hours by 2. 

Note: If student did not take a FYS 101 course they must take an additional 3 hours in SBS.  

C. More than two failures of pre-radiologic science courses within two complete academic years will result in ineligibility for admission. This includes failure of more than two courses or failures of the same course more than twice. Students with course failure(s) prior to two complete academic years will be considered for admission if the student has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress ("C" or above in required courses) since the course failure(s).

D. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for all required college work.

E. Graduate of the radiologic science Program at MSU or other radiography program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT). Considerations for non-JRCERT program graduates will be considered on an individual or program basis. Graduates of an approved program may receive an equivalent block credit to satisfy the radiography component.

F. Registered and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Radiography. Applicants who are not registered must obtain certification prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

G. Meet health and physical capability requirements established by the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences.

H. Possess current certification in basic life support for health care providers (CPR) by the American Heart Association.

Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted beginning in January and must be received by the 1st Monday in April.

  1.  Official transcripts documenting all courses required for admission. Students currently enrolled are required to submit spring mid-term grades for consideration. Students attending institutions that do not provide mid-term grades must submit a letter from the radiography program coordinator or individual faculty in general education courses stating the student's letter grade at the current time for each course. All letters must be submitted on official institutional letterhead. Students must complete required courses with a "C" or better and maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Copy of course description(s) if course equivalencies are not listed on the transfer credit webpage.
  3.  Copy of the current American Registry of Radiologic Technologists registration card for radiography. Applicants who are not registered must obtain certification prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Mail all application materials to: 
Morehead State University 
Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences 
ATTN: Imaging Sciences
Center for Health, Education, and Research   
316 W. 2nd. St., Suite 210D 
Morehead, Kentucky 40351


Fees and Expenses

Students in the CTMR program are required to fulfill clinical education requirements at two of MSU's partnering health care facilities:

  • Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington, KY
  • Baptist Health Lexington, Outpatient Imaging, Lexington, KY
  • Baptist Health Lexington, Brannon Crossing Outpatient Imaging, Nicholasville, KY
  • Baptist Health Lexington, Hamburg Outpatient Imaging, Lexington, KY
  • Baptist Health Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Bethesda North Hospital and Outpatient Imaging Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV 
  • Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, KY 
  • Kentucky One Health – Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • Kentucky One Health Medical Center East, Louisville, KY
  • Kentucky One Health Medical Center Northeast, Louisville, KY
  • Kentucky One Health St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, KY
  • Kentucky One Health St. Joseph Hospital, Mt. Sterling, KY
  • Kings Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, KY 
  • Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland, KY 
  • Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, KY 
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, OH 
  • St. Claire HealthCare, Morehead, KY 
  • University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY

 (Note: The above list of clinical education centers may change due to contract negotiations.)

Fees and expenses specific to the program are in addition to those required by MSU. These are subject to change without notification. The students are responsible for the purchase of:

  • Dark gray uniforms
  • White hosiery or tights (if applicable) 
  • White or black clinical shoes 
  • Dark gray lab coat
  • Malpractice insurance 
  • All housing and transportation expenses incurred during clinical internship assignments

As required, students are also responsible for all fees for:

  • Criminal background checks 
  • Drug testing
  • Certification examinations
  • All applicable course fees


The MRI program is accredited through October 2024.

Career Opportunities

An Imaging Sciences degree in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance offers a wide variety of career opportunities. Graduates may become employed in hospitals, outpatient imaging centers, education, research, sales, and applications. Opportunities for travel are also available.  CTMR graduates in eastern Kentucky can typically expect a starting salary of approximately $45,000 - $48,000 annually.

MSU's Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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