Bachelor of Science, Medical Imaging Sciences, 120 credits
Radiologic Technology and Ultrasound Concentrations
Students who enroll in the medical imaging sciences program choose between Students who enroll in the medical imaging sciences program choose between the radiologic technology or ultrasound (diagnostic medical sonography) concentrations. Both concentrations are designed as two-plus-two programs.
The medical imaging sciences program has an academic preparation of two years (60 semester hours of course work) at Venango College. The radiologic technology concentration continues with a two-year program of clinical study at an affiliated, hospital-based school of radiologic technology. All affiliated, hospital-based schools of radiologic technology are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), The ultrasound concentration continues with a two-year program of clinical study in sonography at Great Lakes Institute of Technology (www.glit.edu/) that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
Clinical sites have limited space and competitive admission standards. Admission to the medical imaging sciences program at Venango College does not guarantee admission to an affiliated clinical site for radiologic technology or ultrasound. At the completion of the second year of study
at Venango College,students who have been accepted to an affiliated clinical site (hospital program) attend the clinical site to which they have been accepted.
Upon successful completion of the two-year course of study at the clinical site, the student is awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and is eligible to sit for the national certification examination in radiography that is administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Successful completion of this examination entitles the graduate technologist to use the credentials Registered Technologist, Radiography (R.T.R.) and to practice as an entry level radiologic technologist.
Affiliated clinical sites in radiologic technology and ultrasound are subject to change.
Online Degree Completion Option for Credentialed Professionals
Registered radiologic technologists who wish to earn the B.S.degree with a major in medical imaging and a concentration in radiologic technology may complete required course work online.
Other Medical Imaging Sciences Concentrations:
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound), Nuclear Medicine,
Radiation Therapy, and Medical Dosimetry
Clarion’s medical imaging program serves as an online degree completion program to individuals who are already credentialed professionals in diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, or medial dosimetry and who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.
Credentialed professionals opting for the concentration in diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, or medical dosimetry will be awarded between 30–60 clinical credits for successful completion of a formal educational program that is accredited by the appropriate accrediting agency as follows:
• Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
• Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)
• Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Clinical credits will be awarded based on the length of clinical education and is determined solely at the discretion of the chair of the Department of the Allied Health and the director of the school of Nursing and Allied Health. Required course work for the medical imaging sciences degree completion concentrations may be completed online at Clarion University.
Students interested in the medical imaging sciences program will be admitted to the university using the standard criteria for admission. Retention in the program requires the student to maintain a cumulative 2.0 QPA and attain a grade of C or higher in all required professional courses and all required science and major courses.
Students who apply for admission to an affiliated hospital’s two-year radiologic technology program typically do so in the second semester of their sophomore year. Application is made to a hospital-based radiologic technology program (clinical site) and acceptance is at the discretion of the admission committee of the clinical site. Students are accepted to clinical sites based on their university records, application materials, interviews with clinical site admissions committees, and other admissions criteria established by the clinical site.
Only students who are given formal recommendation by the Department of Allied Health may apply to clinical sites.
Medical Imaging Sciences (B.S.) Outcomes
Graduates will be able to demonstrate proficiency in performing all medical imaging examinations required to meet the competency requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Students will be able to discuss the role of a medical imaging sciences professional, as a member of the larger health care team, in assuring continuity of patient care.
B.S. in Medical Imaging Sciences Curriculum
Although the medical imaging sciences program is designed to be completed in two academic years at Venango College and two years at an affiliated hospital, part-time study is optional while completing general education course work.
The curriculum outline for the general education portion of the program is as follows:
Sample Curriculum Plan*
CHEM 145 Chemistry for Allied Health Students I, 3
ENG 111 English Composition, 3
AH 101 Medical Terminology, 3
AH 201 Introduction to the Health Care Environment, 2
1Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective, 3
Total Credits, 14
CHEM 146 Chemistry for Allied Health Students II, 3
MATH 110 Intermediate Algebra, 3
2Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective, 3
3Arts & Humanities Elective, 3
HPE Activity Course, 1
HPE 111 Health Education, 2
Total Credits, 15
BIOL 251 & 261 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab, 4
PHSC 112 Basic Physical Science: Physics and Astronomy, 3
Arts & Humanities Elective, 3
4Free Elective, 3
Total Credits, 13
BIOL 252 :& 262 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab, 4
MATH 221 Mathematics Competency (Elementary Applied Statistics), 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective, 3
Free Elective, 2
Arts & Humanities Elective, 3
Total Credits, 15
Clinical program of study (contingent upon acceptance to clinical program), up to 60
AH 401, Allied Health Leadership Capstone Course, 3
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS = 120
Note Recommended Courses:
1PSY211 General Psychology
2SOC211 Principles of Sociology
3CMST 113 Fundamentals of Speech
4CIS 217 Applications of Microcomputers
*Curriculum subject to change.
MATH 050 is required for students who place into the course, but will not count toward meeting the requirements of the medical imaging sciences degree. ENG 110 may be required of some students.
Credentialed medical imaging professionals completing this degree as a degree completion option will take BIOL 111 (Basic Biology, 3 credits), BIOL 224 (Human Biology, 3 credits), and PHSC 117(Explorations of Physical Science, 3 credits) in place of BOL 258, BIOL 259; and PHSC 112.
Students must ensure that they meet all requirements for attending clinical sites. For links to clinical sites that contain admissions criteria, please visit wwwclarion.edu/281203.
Prerequisites to the Great Lakes Institute Diagnostic Medical Sonography program include:
1) college-level algebra, statistics,or a higher math,
2) physics (PHSC 112), and
3) medical terminology (AH 101).