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The School of Allied Health at Northwestern State University of Louisiana is dedicated to providing high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare individuals for a variety of professional healthcare roles and to be conscientious, contributing members of their profession and society.

Undergraduate Studies In Allied Health

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The BSRS program offers students an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become radiologic technologists. Radiologic Sciences is a healthcare profession combining state-of-the-art technology and imaging techniques with human compassion to provide a rewarding career. Through the use of ionizing radiation, radiologic technologists produce diagnostic images used for the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury. As professionals, radiographers are required to observe the ethical and professional standards expected of all persons involved in caring for patients in health care settings.

What are some career fields available to me if I major in Radiologic Technology?

  • Bone densitometry
  • Cardiovascular-interventional radiography
  • Computed tomography
  • General radiography
  • Mammography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Medical equipment sales
  • Quality Managment
  • Radiology Information Systems
  • Surgery

With additional education you could practice in:

  • Education
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Medical Dosimetry
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Sonography
  • Management

Radiologic Sciences Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182, phone number 312-704-5300,,

The Radiologic Sciences Program is Accredited by the JRCERT. The most recent accreditation award was 8 years and the next review is scheduled for 2025.

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The Ultrasound concentration within the Bachelor of Science program provides students with the skills necessary to operate sonographic equipment and control images through various enhancements. Students seeking to enroll in the Ultrasound Concentration within the Bachelor of Sciences in Radiologic Sciences program must met the eligibility requirements for the BSRS program. Students must complete the first three semesters of the curriculum and then apply for clinical admission. Clinicals start each spring and applications are due by August 31 of the previous year. Admission into the Ultrasound Concentration is very limited, only 5-8 students are selected each year depending on clinical site availability.

Didactic courses will be housed in Natchitoches. Clinical courses will be available in Natchitoches, Shreveport and Alexandria.

For information, contact Ms. Jennifer Evans, the Coordinator of the Ultrasound Program at and 318-677-3086.

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This program is funded in part by a Healthcare Occupations Program Grant from The Rapides Foundation.

The RT to BSRS program provides an individualized plan of education to assist technologists, who are ARRT registered in Radiography, in gaining the skills necessary to meet their future career goals. This program was designed for technologists who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree. The technologist may earn credit without enrollment in 44 hours of radiologic sciences courses. Northwestern State University offers an individualized plan for learning to assist radiologic technologists registered in radiography who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in radiologic science. The length of the program will be based on the amount of prior academic coursework completed. Our mission is to provide students with the education to promote success, professionalism, and opportunity in the radiologic sciences.

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The NSU School of Allied Health offers the Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health (BASAH) degree completion program to help healthcare professionals obtain a bachelor’s degree. The program is offered entirely online, making it accessible and convenient, allowing working healthcare professionals to continue their current positions while completing degree requirements. The length of the program is based on the amount of prior academic coursework completed.

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree allows associate degree allied health professionals to transfer general education and up to 30 hours of clinical coursework credits to meet the program’s requirements. The BASAH program is designed to prepare graduates to work in multiple clinical settings or qualify for other areas of career advancement. The BASAH program has two concentrations available: Health Science & Technology and Health Science Leadership & Management.

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Undergraduate Certificates in Allied Health

The undergraduate certificate program in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology is specifically designed for practicing healthcare professionals and is intended to prepare those students with the theoretical cardiovascular knowledge necessary to obtain advanced certification in invasive cardiovascular technology. Please contact for specific entrance requirements.

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The undergraduate certificate program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program is specifically designed for registered radiologic technologists who desire to obtain national certification in MRI. The post-baccalaureate certificate program will:

  • Provide students the knowledge and skill needed to safely obtain MRI images;
  • Promote the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to perform MRI imaging;
  • Provide instruction in MRI procedures, sequencing parameters, physical principles of image formation, & data acquisition and processing;
  • Promote patient safety in MR imaging; and
  • Prepare graduates to pass a national MRI certification exam.
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The undergraduate certificate program in Computed Tomography (CT) program is specifically designed for registered radiologic technologists who desire to obtain national certification in CT. The post-baccalaureate certificate program will:

  • Provide students the knowledge and skill needed to safely obtain CT images;
  • Promote the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to perform CT imaging;
  • Provide instruction in CT imaging procedures, physics principles of image formation;
  • Promote patient safety in CT imaging; and
  • Prepare graduates to pass national CT certification examinations

Graduate Studies In Allied Health

The Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences Program at Northwestern State University provides a specialized program of study that will prepare baccalaureate radiologic sciences professionals to become leaders in the radiologic sciences. The MSRS program offers two concentrations in the areas of radiologic sciences education and administration. The program allows radiologic sciences professionals to earn a graduate degree in their discipline and to develop skills that will assist with career advancement within radiologic sciences education and administration.

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Laura Aaron PhD, RT(R)(M)(QM)
Graduate Coordinator: Professor
Allied Health Programs – Northwestern State University
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Eloise Chambers
Administrative Assistant for Allied Health
Shreveport campus office 202 | 318-677-3020.
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Kari Cook MSRS, RT(R)
Associate Professor
Alexandria campus office 212 | 318-769-7859
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Tammy Curtis PhD, RT(R), (CT) (CHES)
Program Director, BSRS: Professor
Shreveport campus office 241 | 318-677-3067
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Kendall DeLacerda MSRS, RT (R)
Co-Clinical Coordinator: Assistant Professor
Alexandria campus office 213 | 318-769-7858
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Jessica Ashworth Despino, MSRS, RT(R)(MR)
Assistant Professor
Alexandria Campus Office 212 | 318-769-7561
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Becky Farmer MSRS, RT(R), (M)
Associate Professor
Shreveport campus office 207 | 318-677-3066
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Kelli Welch Haynes EdD, RT(R)
Director of School of Allied Health: Professor
Shreveport campus office 403 | 318-677-3100
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Joel Hicks EdD, RT(R)
Dean of College of Nursing & School of Allied Health: Associate Professor
Shreveport campus office 409| 318-677-3073
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Cindy McGuire EdD, RT(R)(M)
Assistant Professor
Shreveport campus office 203 | 318-677-3100
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Angela McKnight, MSRS, RT(R)(T)
Assistant Professor
Shreveport campus office 209 | 318-677-3095
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Megan Wedgeworth, MBA, RT(R)(CT)
Assistant Professor
Shreveport campus office 205 I 318-677-3072
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Ben Wood Ed.D., RT(R)
Co-Clinical Coordinator: Associate Professor
Shreveport campus office 227 | 318-677-3080
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Northwestern State University and the following Universities have agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for articulations with associate degree programs. The articulations will allow students to complete their Associate Degree and transfer their credit hours to Northwestern State University in partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Allied Health.

NSU Admissions is the department on campus that schedules tours of the campus, online admissions, and answers general questions about applying to Northwestern State University.
The Office of Admissions has prepared an outline for detailed instructions on How to Apply.

Follow the “Online Admissions” link at NSU Admissions to establish your admissions account.  You can create your account, apply to NSU, and review your activity as it relates to your admission.

This account is only for admission, and once you are accepted, does not apply to registration, financial aid, or other on-campus activities.

The Office of the Registrar has prepared a website for Tuition and Fees featuring a Cost of Attendance Calculator.

NSU Financial Aid Office
web site answers many questions about the financial aid process, what types of financial aid are available, and how to apply for financial aid.
The University Registrar list all courses in the University Catalog, under “University Catalogs”.
A list of current textbooks in use is located on our Current Students page. You may also find your course syllabus by going to eNSU’s Course Offerings, clicking on the semester, and then ‘Details’.
Books are available at the NSU Bookstore
Resources for using Moodle, NSU’s Online Learning Management System are located at the Student Help Desk, and through eNSU.
Students who complete a baccalaureate degree may wish to continue their education.  If you are interested in a Graduate Degree, please visit the NSU Graduate School  website.  This website contains information on the application process, course checklists, course descriptions, and requirements for graduate studies.

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