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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 registered radiologic technologist 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

Course Title Credits
Summer I
PA 502 Medical Terminology: Advanced 2
RA 505 Clinical Pharmacology 3
RA 517 Human Anatomy with lab 4
RA 520 Radiation Safety and Health Physics 2
Total 11
Fall I
RA 518 Imaging Pathophysiology 3
RA 530 Image Critique & Pathologic Pattern Recognition I 3
RA 532 Interventional Procedures I with Clinical Observation 3
RA 542 Patient Assessment, Management & Education 3
RA 545 Research Methods & Design 3
Total 15
Spring I
RA 531 Image Critique & Pathologic Pattern Recognition II 3
RA 535 Interventional Procedures II 3
RA 550 Clinical Seminar I 1
RA 570 Radiologist Assistant Clinical I 3
RA 590 Thesis I 1
Total 11
Summer II
RA 551 Clinical Seminar II 1
RA 571 Radiologist Assistant Clinical II 5
RA 591 Thesis II 2
Total 8
Fall II
RA 552 Clinical Seminar III 3
RA 572 Radiologist Assistant Clinical III 5
Total 8
Spring II
RA 573 Radiologist Assistant Clinical IV 5
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 and clinical preceptors throughout the program. Clinical placements include sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

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.

Contact Us

Ramon Gonzalez, MD
Director, radiologist assistant program
Office: MNH 128-K
John Candler, RRA
Clinical assistant professor and chair of diagnostic imaging
Office: MNH 128-J

Mailing Address:
Quinnipiac University, NH-MED
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, Connecticut  06518