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 technology, 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; outstanding scholastic achievement is required.

 

Medical Imaging Options

Standard 2+2 Option

Students complete a minimum of 60 credits (two years) at BU, then transfer to a hospital-based certificate program for two years. Courses taken at BU 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 20 such programs in Pennsylvania. Most radiography/radiologic technology clinical programs are 22 to 24 months in duration. Upon completion of one of these two-year programs, students are awarded 60 clinical credits towards the bachelor’s degree. Frequently selected clinical programs include:

  • Albert Einstein Hospital, Philadelphia
  • Bucks County CC, Newton
  • CarePoint Christ Hospital, Jersey City, NJ
  • Connemaugh Medical, Johnstown
  • Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia
  • St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, NJ
  • University of Penn Hospital, Philadelphia
  • Washington Hospital, Washington
  • WellSpanYork Hospital, York
  • Widener-Crozer Chester Medical, Chester

Students pay tuition to the clinical site, not BU, during their clinical program. However, financial aid can be processed by BU for the student.

 

Short Clinical 3+1 Option

Students who select clinical programs that are shorter than two years, complete 75-90 credits (typically three years but in some cases five semesters) at BU and then transfer to a hospital-based certificate program for 12 to 18 months.

Courses taken at BU include science and math/computer courses, general education courses, and a minimum of 15 credits from one of two emphasis areas: science or management.

During their third year at BU, students apply for admission into hospital programs for their clinical experience. The number of credits awarded toward the bachelor’s degree is based on the number of months spent in the hospital program.

Students who select this option are most often interested in sonography, nuclear medicine, or cardiovascular technology.

Frequently selected short clinical programs include:

  • Geisinger Medical Center, Danville
  • Lackawanna College, Scranton
  • Misericordia University, Dallas
  • Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Lancaster
  • South Hills, State College
  • Widener-Crozer Chester Medical, Chester

 

 

Geisinger Health System Option

The Geisinger School of Radiologic Technology accepts up to 10 BU medical imaging students for admission into their clinical program each fall.

Students take the same courses at BU 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 BU tuition and fees throughout the four-year program, including two summers during the clinical.

 

Transfer Option

Students who already have a certificate or associate degree in radiography can transfer into BU's 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 bachelor’s degree. The course requirements are the same as those for the standard option.

For example, BU accepts all 72 credits of students completing the Guthrie/Mansfield University Associate Degree in Radiography.

 

Johns Hopkins Hospital Option

Many of the medical imaging practice specialties are available in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Program in Baltimore. 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.

This program is very competitive, and although a high percentage of BU 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 BU, during their clinical program.

 

Medical Imaging Advising

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. Outstanding academic achievement, well developed interpersonal skills, and a good understanding of the profession are required. Shadowing and volunteer experience in the field and exposure to clinical health settings are recommended for admission to clinical programs.

Students may enter the program as first-year freshmen or following clinical preparation in radiography. BU'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.

Academic Good Standing in Medical Imaging

A student in the BS Medical Imaging program must maintain the following standards for academic good standing and to progress.

  • Student must maintain an overall 2.0 QPA in core course requirements.
  • Student must make a grade of C or higher in each core course. Courses in which grades of less than C are made must be repeated and a grade of B or higher earned.
  • If the student’s core requirement grades fall below 2.0, the student has one semester in which to regain the required 2.0 QPA. Failure to bring the cumulative QPA up to 2.0 will result in dismissal of the student from the program. If a student makes two grades lower than C in BIOLOGY 114 Concepts of Biology 1, BIOLOGY 173 Anatomy & Physiology 1, BIOLOGY 174 Anatomy & Physiology 2, MATH 116 Math for Health Sciences, and PHYSICS 107 Physics for Health Sciences, the student is dismissed from the program and must re-apply according to Internal Transfer Procedures.