Medical Imaging Sciences
- 99.1% pass rate for graduates on the national certification examination in radiologic technology administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART)
All clinical schools with which Clarion University affiliates for the medical imaging sciences program are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs.
bachelor of science in medical imaging sciences
Radiologic Technologists and Diagnostic Medical Sonographers perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients.
Employment in this field is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014-2024, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be in increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses. (U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, July 2017)
Renee Bloom, Program Coordinator
Clarion University - Venango
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This program will prepare you for employment as a radiologic technologist (x-ray technologist) or as a diagnostic medical sonographer (ultrasound technologist). The supportive, nurturing and focused environment of Clarion University - Venango makes it an ideal choice for medical imaging sciences. An emphasis on health care programs and student life opportunities foster students' professional preparation, self-actualization, and personal growth.
Clarion University's Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences degree program offers concentrations in:
- Radiologic technology
- Sonography (ultrasound)
- Nuclear medicine
- Radiation therapy
- Medical dosimetry
Note: The nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and medical dosimetry concentrations are appropriate only for individuals who are already credentialed professionals in one of these three medical imaging fields.
The medical imaging sciences program prepares graduates as medical imaging science clinicians at the professional level. The program provides students a scientific knowledge base in medical imaging as well as a liberal arts education.
Medical Imaging Sciences Student Handbook 2016-17
As a student enrolled in the Medical Imaging Sciences Program you will:
- Receive comprehensive advising and mentoring from seasoned allied health faculty
- Have the opportunity to live in a Medical Imaging Sciences Living Learning Community at Venango campus
- Enroll in new allied health courses designed specifically for the medical imaging sciences program
- Be coached for successful transition from the university environment to the clinical environment
- Apply for a number of scholarships that are exclusive to health care students
- Join the Medical Imaging Sciences Club and benefit from activities that will help you gain a better understanding of your major and your chosen profession
- Learn from and build friendships with other health care students including those in other majors
Additionally, the program provides graduates with knowledge and skills to advance in the science and practice of medical imaging. It also provides a foundation for graduate education in masters and doctoral programs.
The medical imaging sciences program was designed to meet the unique needs of a variety of individuals.
Venango College offers the curriculum in radiologic technology and sonography (ultrasound).
Clarion also offers an online degree completion option. This option is restricted to individuals who are already credentialed as radiologic technologists, sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists or medical dosimetrists and who have completed a properly-accredited educational program. These individuals may conveniently complete the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences online degree.
Students who earn Clarion University's 120-credit BS, Medical Imaging Sciences choose between the radiologic technology or ultrasound (sonography) concentration. Both concentrations are designed as two-plus-two programs. The programs have an academic preparation of two years (60 semester hours of science and general education) at Venango campus. The radiologic technology concentration continues with a two-year program of clinical study (60 semester hours) at one of six JRCERT-accredited, hospital-based schools of radiologic technology. The ultrasound concentration continues with a two-year program of clinical study in sonography (60 semester hours) at Great Lakes Institute of Technology.
Application to Affiliated Clinical Sites
Application to an affiliated clinical site in radiologic technology or sonography typically occurs in the second semester of the sophomore year.
Admission to a clinical site is at the discretion of the staff of the clinical site and is competitive. Admission to medical imaging sciences program at Clarion University does not guarantee admission to a clinical program.
In addition to completing all science and general education requirements of the medical imaging sciences program, students pursuing the radiologic technology concentration must also complete a two-year program in radiologic technology at a clinical site with which Clarion University affiliates.
Students who have completed all 60 credits of science and general education course work required of the medical imaging sciences program are recommended as candidates for admission to affiliated clinical sites.
Affiliated Hospital Sites - Radiologic Technology Concentration
Clarion University has formal affiliation agreements with the following hospital-based radiologic technology programs:
*Affiliated clinical sites are subject to change.
Application to Affiliated Clinical Site - Ultrasound Concentration
In addition to completing all science and general education requirements of the medical imaging sciences program, students pursuing the ultrasound concentration must also complete the sonography program at Great Lakes Institute of Technology. Application to Great Lakes typically occurs in the second semester of the sophomore year.
Students who have completed all 60 credits of science and general education course work required of the medical imaging sciences program are recommended as candidates for admission to Great Lakes.
Admission to Great Lakes Institute of Technology is at the discretion of the admissions committee of Great Lakes Institute of Technology. Admission to the medical imaging sciences program at Clarion University does not guarantee admission to Great Lakes Institute of Technology.
Program Eligibility and Admission
Admission to the general education portion of the medical imaging sciences program is based on Clarion University's standard admission criteria. Medical imaging science students are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 QPA and earn grades of "C" or higher in all required science, major, and clinical courses.
Admission to a clinical program in radiologic technology or sonography is at the discretion of the clinical sites' admissions committees and is competitive. Admission to the medical imaging sciences program at Clarion University does not guarantee admission to a clinical program in radiologic technology or ultrasound (sonography).
Medical Imaging Sciences Club
The Medical Imaging Sciences Club can help students make connections outside of regular coursework. Diverse activities permit students a high degree of participation that leads to personal enrichment and growth. The club fosters camaraderie among medical imaging science majors while providing unique opportunities to explore the health care arena. Leadership skills that students develop as a result of club, campus, and community involvement position them for success as future health care professionals. Actively-involved students quickly stand out at Venango campus.
Program Requirements | Maps | Outcomes
Online Degree Completion Option for Credentialed Medical Imaging Professionals
Clarion Online enables medical imaging professionals who are already credentialed radiologic technologists, diagnostic medical sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists, or medical dosimetrists to earn their bachelor's degree by taking convenient online courses. Online course work allows students to take classes where and when they need them and to build their academic schedules around work and family responsibilities.
Credentialed radiologic technologists, sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists, and medical dosimetrists may have already earned all 60 credits of clinical course work that are required for the BS, Medical Imaging Sciences degree program.
Depending on the type and length of medical imaging sciences educational program that an individual has completed, Clarion will grant up to 60 clinical credits toward the BS, Medical Imaging Sciences degree to the following:
- Registered radiologic technologists who have completed a JRCERT-accredited radiologic technology program or a program offered in a college or university that holds regional accreditation
- Credentialed diagnostic medical sonographers who have completed a sonography educational program accredited by CAAHEP through the JRCDMS
- Credentialed nuclear medicine technologists who have completed a JRCNMT-accredited nuclear medicine program
- Credentialed radiation therapists who have completed a JRCERT-accredited radiation therapy program
- Credentialed medical dosimetrists who have completed a JRCERT-accredited medical dosimetry program
Clinical credits are awarded on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to program accreditation, program length and content, the applicant's performance in the program, and professional credentialing of the applicant.
General education credits that have already been earned at other colleges and universities will be considered for transfer in accordance with Clarion University's transfer policy and may apply toward course work required for the BS, Medical Imaging Sciences degree program. Up to 90 previously earned credits may be applied toward Clarion's 120-credit bachelor's degree.
The Radiologic Technology programs with which Clarion affiliates for the medical imaging sciences program are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and the Ultrasound (Sonography) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.