How many hours are required for the BSRS degree?

For catalogs prior to Sept 1, 2014: There are 79 hours required for the Major, the Basic Core has 33 hours, and the Supplemental Core has 18 hours for a total of 130 hours.2014-2016

2019 - 2020 Catalog: There are 73 hours required for the Major, and the Basic Core has 47 hours for a total of 120 hours.

What happens if I sit out a long (fall or spring) semester?

If you do not take any classes from MSU during a fall or spring semester, you won't be able to register until you reactivate your admission. You also need to reapply to the program: BSRS Application.

Visit MSU Admissions. If you sit out a summer, you may return without reapplying.

What is this advising hold that appears on my record every semester?

Each semester the Registrar's Office places an advising hold on your record that prevents you from registering. You will need to EMAIL your academic advisor, (the faculty member assigned to you upon admission to the BSRS program), including what courses you plan to take and your Mustangs ID number (M-number). Your advisor will then remove the hold and will respond accordingly via e-mail. He or she will indicate whether you need to modify your plans at all.

If you wish to participate in early registration, which we strongly encourage, you will need to email your advisor 

Is it a problem if I have more credit hours than are required?

The Texas Legislature established that universities will not receive funding for students entering higher education in Fall 1999 or later or who exceed 45 semester hours above the degree requirements. For students entering Fall 2006, this limit is 30 hours above the degree requirements.

Effective Spring 2013, the Board of Regents determined MSU will assess an additional tuition charge of $150 per semester credit hour for excess semester credit hours in which students enroll above these limits. To avoid being charged extra tuition, students should be aware of the number of credit hours required for their degree programs and avoid taking excess hours.

What happens if I have to enroll in a course 3 or more times?

An additional charge of $150 per semester credit hour will be added to your account for courses determined to be taken for a 3rd time or more. The additional charges for most courses will appear immediately. In some cases, charges may appear on the student accounts the next business day. Click here for additional details: https://msutexas.edu/registrar/3peat.php.

I'm getting close to the end. What do I do to graduate?

You will need to apply for graduation through the Registrar's Office - https://www.msutexas.edu/registrar/applygraduation/index. We suggest that you apply at the beginning of the semester preceding the semester you plan to graduate. For example: if you plan to graduate in May (spring semester), then you should apply in the first half of the fall semester (September or October).

Complete the Application for Degree no later than the early deadline. This will give the Registrar's Office time to complete a final audit of your record and return the report to you in time for your last semester's registration. This way, if anything is missing, you will have time to take it in your last semester.

Are any of the courses sequenced?

Yes, RADS 3503 Research is a prerequisite to RADS 4913 and RADS 3503 is generally NOT offered during the Summer term. If you are not formally in the CT program, you should take RADS 4723 Principles of CT prior to RADS 4783 CT Applications.

What is the recommended course load per semester?

For your first semester, once your advising hold has been removed by your advisor, the program will send you instructions on how to enroll in the two courses saved for you.  Once you get used to the demands of online instruction you might consider taking three or four courses at one time. Here are some factors to consider when deciding on the number of courses:
  • Have you been out of school for a while?
  • Have you ever taken an online course before?
  • Do you get a lot of call or overtime?
  • Do you work more than one job?
  • Do you have elderly parents and/or young children?
  • Are you in a stable relationship?
  • Are you self-disciplined or do you need a lot of pushing to get things done?
  • Are there other external demands on your time and/or stressors in your life?
These are all factors that can affect your ability to succeed academically. Conduct a serious self-analysis. We hate to see students enroll in too many courses only to end up having to withdraw or fail the course.

Can I use my RADS courses for continuing education?

Absolutely! Each course will count as 45 hours for Texas Medical Board (TMB) - Medical Radiologic Technologist (MRT) and 48 hours for ARRT. If you are self-tracking, simply record your course as you would any other CE activity. If you have your CE tracked by ASRT, you will need to submit an official transcript as your CE certificate. If you are selected for audit by either organization, submit an official transcript.

ARRT: "Approved academic course. The Registry defines an "approved academic course" as a formal course of study offered by an accredited postseason educational institution in the biologic sciences, physical sciences, radiologic sciences, health and medical sciences, communication (verbal and written), mathematics, computers or education methodology, and certain social science courses, such as psychology and sociology.

Academic courses not accepted for Category A CE credit include classes in astronomy, geology, geography, history, literature, political science, fine arts, music, philosophy, and religion."

TMB - MRT: Only Radiologic Sciences courses are accepted. Keep in mind that no more than 50% of your hours can be "indirect". For a breakdown of which courses are direct and which are indirect, visit the Radiologic Sciences Continuing Education Credit page.

How can I be sure to take the right course for transfer?

MSU does not use the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) so it can be difficult to figure out. If your local school uses the TCCNS, refer to the common course conversion table in the Undergraduate Catalog. If your school doesn't use the TCCNS contact your advisor or the Registrar's office.

Can I take classes at another school while enrolled at MSU?

Yes, you can take classes at another school for transfer to us. If you are enrolled in courses here at the same time, you must complete the Concurrent Enrollment Form. If you won't be taking courses here at the same time, you do not have to complete this form. However, you will want to verify the course is necessary and will transfer to MSU.

Also, keep in mind if you are sitting out a long semester (fall or spring), you will be required to reapply to the university and to the BSRS Program.

What is this Writing Proficiency Requirement?

  • In its list of Essential Learning Outcomes, Midwestern State University expresses a commitment to preparing students for successful futures. The Writing Proficiency Requirement demonstrates the University's commitment to nurturing critical thinking and effective writing. Consequently, as a condition of graduation, Midwestern State University expects all students to demonstrate the following:
    • Critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic,
    • Knowledge of the conventions of a thesis-based essay, and
    • Proficient use of standard written American English.
  • All students seeking baccalaureate degrees must fulfill this requirement between the completion of their 60th and 90th semester credit hour; therefore, students who transfer in 90 credit hours or more must fulfill this requirement during their second long (fall or spring) semester enrolled in MSU either by enrolling in and passing English 2113, Composition Skills, or by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam. Each student's academic advisor and major program are responsible for making the student aware of the Writing Proficiency Requirement and the ways it can be fulfilled.
  • Ultimately, the Writing Proficiency Exam measures students' maturity and flexibility as writers. Through coursework, students have opportunities to write papers over an extended period of time; such written work certainly attests to students' proficiency when given space and time to plan, draft, and revise. But not all writing situations allow for such luxuries; often, we are asked to think critically and creatively on demand and to articulate our views efficiently and effectively within rather severe time constraints and under considerable pressure. The Writing Proficiency Exam, therefore, covers a specific kind of writing, arguably the most common writing task most college graduates will face. It is no small feat to craft a solid, clear, and grammatically correct persuasive essay in two hours, yet all University graduates should be able to do so.
  • As a significant assessment tool, the Writing Proficiency Exam presents the University with a unique opportunity to determine whether students have the necessary skills to achieve success, to provide timely instruction when they don't, and to ensure the University community is providing the kind of liberal arts education MSU promises. This commitment to critical thinking and writing not only benefits MSU students but enhances the value of a Midwestern State University degree.

How can distance students take the Writing Proficiency Exam?

  • If you live within 150 miles of the university, you are required to come on campus to take the exam, following the same procedures as an on-campus student. Visit the WPR website for complete details.
  • Students living more than 150 miles from the university should visit the WPR Distance Education web page for complete details.

What type of course can I use for the Basic Core Elective?

The Basic Core Elective can be any college-level course that you want. We are typically able to fill this requirement with a course that you have already completed. If you don't have an extra course on your transcripts, then you get to select a course that you would enjoy.

There is a exception to the above: if you transferred a lower-division (freshmen/sophomore-level) statistics course to us then you will need to complete an upper-division (junior/senior-level) course here to satisfy the 36-hour upper-division credit requirement (see Degree Plan, General).

  • This does not apply to the 2014-2016 catalog.

Can I transfer my statistics credit to you?

Yes, if you are mathematically-challenged and prefer sitting in a classroom at your local community college, you may do so. There is a downside to this: RADS 4123, Data Analysis, is a senior-level course and this is how most students satisfy the last three credit hours of the 33-hour upper-division credit requirement (see Degree Plan, General category for the 2010-2012 & 2012-2014 catalogs). Your community college (and most university) statistics courses are typically sophomore-level and, while they will satisfy the statistics requirement, they will not contribute to the upper-division credit requirement. This means that you will have to get those last 3 hours elsewhere - typically in the Basic Core Elective (2010-2012 & 2012-2014 catalogs only).

The 2014-2016 catalog only requires 33 upper-division credits and this will be satisfied by the 11 RADS courses required in the major.

Do you have an online statistics course?

Yes, we have an interdisciplinary statistics course, RADS 4123 Data Analysis. This same course is also offered as a nursing course (NURS 4123), a respiratory therapy course (RESP 4123), and a social work course (SOWK 4123). Any of these options are acceptable.

Will I be able to take my speech course online?

Not from MSU. You will need to complete this at your local college either face-to-face or online if offered.

What math can I take that is considered "college-level"?

Here at MSU, MATH 1053 or higher are considered college-level. MATH 1053 Contemporary Mathematics is what we generally suggest since it is the one that is occasionally offered online. You will probably need to complete your math at your local community college.

College Algebra is typically the lowest-level math considered college-level. Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra are considered remedial and are NOT college-level. Also be cautious of terms like "technical" or "applied" - it is quite possible they will not be considered college-level.