Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I consider a masterís degree RA program?
From a professional perspective, a masterís degree program is
taught at a higher level than a bachelorís degree program, thus enhancing
your professional standing to the level that other advanced practice
professionals, such as physicianís assistants and nurse practitioners,
attain. From a practical standpoint, your investment in a masterís degree
program may require a little more effort and expense than an undergraduate
degree or certificate program, but it is likely to yield more opportunities
and financial benefits for you over the duration of your career.
Will I qualify upon graduation to take the ARRT RA
Yes, currently the RA program is recognized by the ARRT
through 2014. Students are advised that credentialing
requirements for RAs may vary by location and with time. Some states, for
example, may require that RAs be registered by the ARRT, licensed in
accordance with state regulations, and/or granted practice privileges in
writing at each facility for specific procedures to be performed.
Accordingly, successful completion of the UAMS RA program does not in itself
assure compliance with specific state practice requirements.
What scores must I receive on the GRE to be considered?
The RA program is designed for experienced technologists who
are highly motivated and exceptionally qualified. Applicants with modest
GRE scores should not be discouraged and may demonstrate their academic
ability by submitting transcripts that reflect outstanding grades from
previous, relevant, course work. Conversely, applicants with average grades
on their transcripts may demonstrate their academic abilities by achieving
high GRE scores. Each applicantís documentation is reviewed as a whole;
therefore, no single factor will determine the strength of the application,
providing at least the minimum requirements are all met. Class size is
limited, so the most qualified applicants are accepted in order as space
Is there a deadline on submitting paperwork?
The RA program may be started in any semester. Applications
postmarked by June 1st will be considered for admission
for the following fall semester, which begins in August. Applications
postmarked after June 1st but no later than November 1st
will be considered for admission in spring semester, which begins in
January. Applications postmarked after November 1st but no later
than by March 1st will be considered for admission in
summer semester, which begins in May. Please submit your application early
so we know you are pursuing admission. Only applicants with completed
application files will be considered for admission, so all remaining
required documentation should be submitted as soon as possible after the
application is submitted. This includes the reference forms, clinical
preceptor form(s), official GRE scores and transcripts from all
post-secondary institutions you attended, proof of current certification or
registry, and verification of ACLS certification.
Are all the courses online?
All courses are available online and an individualized course plan is
developed for each RA student for a 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, or 9-semester degree
program. Distance students may arrange with the program director to take a
comparable course at another acceptable institution and transfer the credit
to UAMS as a part of the RA program. At least 15 semester credits of the
non-clinical courses in the program must, however, be taken at or through (via
distance technology) UAMS.
How often will I need to be on campus for the RA program?
Although no specific amount of time on campus is required,
all RA students will come to the Little Rock campus at least twice during
the program. The first campus visit is scheduled during the Patient
Assessment course in order for the RA student to complete a clinical skills
laboratory. The other campus visit will be scheduled near the end of the
program for administration of comprehensive examinations. Additional visits
to campus may be scheduled if requested by the RA student or if deemed
necessary by the program director.
Do I need any special equipment for the program?
Unlimited availability of a computer with Internet access
will make it much easier to complete the RA program. Computer software used
in the program includes, but is not limited to, Microsoft Office and Adobe
Acrobat. Specific models of peripherals such as a Web camera, headset
microphone, or PDA may be required for some courses. Obtain specifications
from the instructor(s) before purchasing any required equipment.
Can you assign me to a radiologist preceptor?
Most radiologists agreeing to serve as clinical preceptors
have previously established professional relationships with the persons they
mentor. The individual has demonstrated his/her commitment and ability and
earned the radiologistís confidence over a period of time. It may be
possible to arrange specific rotations with other radiologists to meet
program goals; however, recruitment of an acceptable radiologist preceptor(s)
is ultimately the studentís responsibility. Applicants are encouraged to
have more than one radiologist preceptor, if possible, to provide adequate
support for the student to meet all program clinical requirements.
What does the radiologist preceptor have to do as a clinical
The radiologist preceptors guide the RA studentsí clinical
experiences. They help the RA students arrange the sequencing of their
clinical rotations, supervise the RAís clinical activities, and evaluate the
RA studentsí performance. Specific information to share with interested
radiologists describing the role of the preceptors and explaining their
responsibilities is included with the preceptor agreement form and is
available on the RA application process Web page.
May I enroll in RA courses before being accepted into the
Applicants within six months of admission consideration may
enroll in non-clinical courses as non-degree, non-certificate seeking students
for up to one course per semester if space is available. Enrolling as a non-degree,
non-certificate student does not guarantee admission to the RA program nor
does it enhance the likelihood of acceptance; however, the course credit
earned may satisfy specific program requirements if the student is
ultimately accepted into the RA program.
How are clinical rotations scheduled?
The RA student and his/her radiologist preceptor create the
clinical internship schedule. Each clinical internship course requires
documenting a minimum number of contact hours that roughly equate to at
least three full days per week. RA students may choose to increase their
clinical time as needed to master clinical objectives. Some employers
permit RA students to complete clinical requirements during work hours.
Will I need liability insurance protection?
All enrolled students must be covered by the UAMS-prescribed
liability insurance policy for the clinical activities directly associated
with their program of study. An annual fee is paid by the student for this
protection as part of the registration process. Proof of coverage may be
obtained from the program director upon request.
Are scholarships or loans available for this program?
Although no scholarships exist within the Department of
Imaging and Radiation Sciences specifically for this program, resident
graduate tuition at UAMS, even non-resident graduate tuition, may be less
than resident graduate tuition at many other institutions. Contact the UAMS
financial aid office at 686-5451 for current tuition rates and information
on obtaining financial assistance. ASRT members may qualify for ASRT
May I apply if I am currently working on my ACLS
certification or if I do not yet meet the requirement of two years
post-certification clinical experience?
Yes. Applications will be accepted at any time, but only
completed application files for qualified applicants will be considered for
unconditional acceptance by the admission committee. Submitting an
application early is encouraged, and remaining documentation may be
submitted as you complete the requirements.