Medical Imaging (B.S.)

Medical Imaging (B.S.)

Medical imaging technologists are allied health professionals who have expertise in the operation of imaging equipment and the preparation of patients for various diagnostic and treatment procedures. Practice specialties may include competencies in radiography, nuclear medicine, sonography, radiation therapy, cardiovascular interventional radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, positron emission tomography, and mammography. Additionally, many clinically educated medical imaging technologists pursue careers in management or teaching within their disciplines. To meet the varying needs of these health care professionals, the program offers a range of academic pathways leading to a baccalaureate degree. Admission into the clinical portions of these programs is not automatic or guaranteed; high scholastic achievement is required.

Standard option

In the standard option of two years of study at BU followed by two years of clinical study, you'll take the major core courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, applied physics for health sciences, general psychology, statistics, public speaking, and introductory computer science. Some clinical sites also may require medical terminology, introductory microbiology, physiological chemistry, college algebra or pre-calculus, and medical ethics.

The clinical experience in a hospital-based program will give up to sixty credits toward a bachelor's degree and includes required passage of national registry exams.

Short clinical option

The short clinical program involves three years of study at BU and offers emphasis in management, education or science. You'll take the major core courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, applied physics for health sciences, general psychology, statistics, public speaking, and introductory computer science. Some clinical sites also may require medical terminology, introductory microbiology, physiological chemistry, college algebra or pre-calculus, and medical ethics.

In the management emphasis, you'll also study introductory business, financial accounting, management, human resource management, and introductory health care.

In the education emphasis, your courses will include educational computing and technology, psychyological foundations in education, principles of teaching, classroom measurement and evaluation and social foundations in education.

In the science emphasis, you'll study medical terminology, nutrition, the biology of aging, human genetics, introductory microbiology, pharmaceuticals, physiological chemistry and either college algebra or pre-calculus.

The clinical experience in a hospital based program will give up to 30 toward a bachelor's degree and includes required passage of national registry exams.

Details on clinical experiences

Standard 2+2 Option: Students complete a minimum of 60 credits (2 years) at Bloomsburg and then transfer to a hospital-based certificate program for 2 years. Courses taken at Bloomsburg include science and math/computer courses and general education courses. During their second year students apply for admission into hospital programs for their clinical experience. There are over twenty such programs in Pennsylvania. Most radiography/radiologic technology clinical programs are 22-24 months in duration. Upon successful completion of one of these two-year programs, and passing of the national registry (AART) exam, students are awarded 60 clinical credits towards the bachelors degree. Frequently selected hospital programs include the following: Abington Memorial, Reading, Albert Einstein, Wyoming Valley, and Hahnemann/Drexel. Students may elect to complete two shorter clinical programs (e.g. nuclear medicine and sonography) to complete the 2 + 2 option. Students pay tuition to the clinical site, not Bloomsburg University during their clinical program.

Geisinger Health System Option: The Geisinger School of Radiography accepts up to ten Bloomsburg Medical Imaging students for admission into their clinical program each fall. Students take the same courses at Bloomsburg as in the standard option, but some of these may be taken during the two-year clinical experience (3 to 6 credits of evening/night classes each semester). Students pay Bloomsburg University tuition and fees throughout the four-year program, and the University then pays Geisinger for their portion of the education program.

Thomas Jefferson University College of Health Professions: After successfully completing the courses listed in the standard option, students are eligible to transfer to the two-year milticompetency program at Thomas Jefferson. In this option students gain specialization in two of the imaging modalities and earn their bachelors degree from Jefferson, not from Bloomsburg University. See: www.jefferson.edu/jchp/di

Transfer Option: Students who already have a certificate or associate degree in radiography can transfer into the Bloomsburg B.S. Medical Imaging degree program. This would benefit those professionals who are interested in management or teaching positions in the discipline, and those interested in practice specialties that now require a bachelors degree. The course requirements are the same as those for the standard option. For example see the Guthrie/Mansfield/Bloomsburg affiliation in which Bloomsburg accepts all 68 credits of students completing the Mansfield University Associate Degree in Radiology

Short Clinical 3+1 Option: Students who select clinical programs that are shorter than two years, complete 75-90 credits (typically 3 years) at Bloomsburg and then transfer to a hospital-based certificate program for 12 to 18 months. Courses taken at Bloomsburg include science and math/computer courses, general education courses, and a minimum of 15 credits from one of three emphasis areas. The emphasis areas are science, management, and education. During their third year at Bloomsburg students apply for admission into hospital programs for their clinical experience. The number of credits awarded toward the bachelors degree is based on the number of months spent in the hospital program. Students who select this option are most often interested in nuclear medicine or sonography

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Option: Many of the medical imaging practice specialties are available in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Program in Baltimore, MD. In this option students select either two specialties (2+2 option) or one specialty (3+1 option) for their clinical training. The specialty programs vary in length as do the number of clinical credits awarded. Students complete a minimum of 64 credits at Bloomsburg. These include science and math/computer courses and general education courses. This program is very competitive and although a very high percentage of Bloomsburg students who apply are admitted, outstanding academic achievement, strong interpersonal skills, and a good understanding of the profession are required. Students pay tuition to Johns Hopkins Hospital, not Bloomsburg University, during their clinical program.

Advisement. The medical imaging program has the greatest number of allied health science students. The advisors guide students in the selection of courses, in choosing the most appropriate academic pathway, and in clinical placement. Admission into hospital programs, however, is not automatic or guaranteed.

Admission. Students may enter the program as first-year freshmen or at an advanced level following clinical preparation in radiography. Bloomsburg's program is rigorous and demanding. It attracts individuals who have strong quantitative and people skills. Students should be prepared to study in both academic and clinical environments and have a strong background in all the sciences.