2019-2020 College Catalog 
    
    Apr 05, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog

Medical Imaging - Radiography, A.S.


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All students in the Associate of Science Medical Imaging Radiography program are considered to be in the two-plus-two (2+2) Associate of Science/Bachelor of Science program, as the intent is that students will continue on to complete the Bachelor of Science Medical Imaging-Radiography degree.

The Radiologic Sciences program offers an Associate of Science Degree that is inclusive of all eligibility requirements for the entry-level American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam in Radiography. The student-focused curriculum includes professional courses in the radiologic sciences and a structured competency-based clinical education with an emphasis on liberal arts studies.

The mission of the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Program at Mount Aloysius College is to prepare students to develop values, attitudes, and competencies necessary to become entry level radiologic technologists.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Medical Imaging: Radiography the graduate will:

  1. possess the knowledge and skills necessary to perform as an entry-level radiographer.
    1. Demonstrate effective equipment operation, quality assurance, image acquisition, & technical evaluation.
    2. Synthesize knowledge & skills to demonstrate procedures correctly.
    3. Apply the principles of radiation physics, radiobiology, and radiation protection to ensure patient safety.
  2. demonstrate critical thinking skills to solve problems effectively.
    1. Analyze data for effective decision-making.
    2. Reflect on clinical performance and suggest modifications to improve clinical abilities.
  3. understand and promote professionalism.
    1. Demonstrate professional behavior by understanding and demonstrating the Code of Ethics for Radiologic technologists. 
  4. demonstrate effective communication skills.
    1. Demonstrate effective communication to others both orally and in writing.

Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences


Department Chairperson - Dr. Paula Scaramozzino, R.T. (R)(MR)

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Imaging is designed to give students the skills needed to become tomorrow’s leaders in the field of medical imaging. Through preparation for more advanced work in specialty areas such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MR), quality management and mammography (QM/M), and ultrasonography (US), graduates are able to meet the challenges posed by advancing technology in the current health care environment. The student-focused curriculum includes a strong emphasis on liberal arts studies and professional courses in the advanced imaging modalities with a structured competency-based clinical education.

Additionally, through their development in the liberal arts, students will learn to provide patient care that is oriented and responsive, by displaying the attributes of compassion, competence and effective communication in meeting the special needs of the patient. Graduates will also learn to exercise independent judgment in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures by adapting the technical parameters of the procedure to the condition of the patient.

Upon completion of the Bachelor Degree Medical Imaging Program, graduates will:

  1. Apply global awareness of cultural and healthcare perspectives while exhibiting professional behaviors such as integrity, respect, and compassion;
  2. Participate in scholarly activities pertaining to the profession; 
  3. Use technology skills to perform specialized imaging procedures while achieving professional competencies as currently defined by their respective professions;
  4. Lead individuals and/or groups and apply basic management skills toward attainment of shared goals in organizational or professional settings to contribute to the improvement of health care delivery;
  5. Identify, analyze, and solve a variety of scientific, clinical, psychosocial and/or managerial problems to appreciate the complexity of the health care system.

Medical Imaging and Radiation Science licensure and certification laws/regulations vary from state to state.  It is highly recommended that students planning to pursue a professional credential in states other than Pennsylvania contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements prior to starting a program.

Visit https://www.caahep.org/Students/Program-Info.aspx and  https://www.asrt.org/main/standards-and-regulations/legislation-regulations-and-advocacy/individual-state-licensure for more information. 

 

Departmental Program Requirements

General Requirements Regardless of Specific Program of Study

  1. For applicants applying directly into any associate degree program:
    • Complete work equal to standard high school course with satisfactory achievement (grade of “C” of better) in Algebra and Chemistry within the previous five years. If an incoming student does not have the algebra within the previous five years, the student will be required to complete MAT 001: Basic Math Concepts through NursingABC.com;
    • All applicants must have a minimum of 2.7 GPA;
    • A student who is admitted as a pre-medical imaging students or coded as pre-medical imaging during a break in enrollment in the program directly must earn a grade of “C” or better in all core courses and courses outside the major. Once the student is matriculated fully into the program, grades of “D” or better are acceptable in all non-major courses and science courses.
  2. It is important that students take the required science coursework, as prescribed by their academic advisor. Failure to do so may delay graduation.
  3. Students that are attending a clinical have multiple requirements that need to be completed and submitted electronically. A clinical experience will not be permitted without a physical exam, titers to ensure immunity to Mumps, Rubella, Rubeola, and Varicella, immunization information for Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis, and Influenza, and a two- step Tuberculosis test. The Health Service Department assists students in creating an account and using a Certified Profile system to upload documentation for approval and tracking.
  4. Students are required to have a current clear urine drug screen, submit to a criminal record check, an FBI fingerprint record check and have a child abuse history clearance.
  5. Students in a Health Studies Division curriculum are assessed a one-time fee to cover incidental expenses connected with your program’s clinical education. One American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification (Adult, Child, Infant and AED), one urine drug screening, one criminal record check, one FBI fingerprint record check, and one child abuse clearance (if required) are included in the fee. If additional criminal record checks, child abuse clearances or urine drug screens are required, the student will be responsible for any additional costs associated with updating their requirements.
  6. Students are required to have and maintain a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification (Adult, Child, Infant and AED) for the duration of their clinical experience.
  7. The associate and bachelor degree programs in Medical Imaging, Ultrasonography, and Nuclear Medicine programs may require part-time or full-time summer clinical work.
  8. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical sites and are responsible for their own room and board during the course, if necessary. Students may be required to relocate due to clinical sites being at a distance.
  9. Students in the 2+2 Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences program, who are transferring credits which apply towards the associate degree requirements, may take courses needed for the bachelor degree during their time in the associate degree program with approval of their academic advisor.
  10. Please note: Program requirements may be changed as changes in the national standards occur.

 

For acceptance at the Advanced Level:

Current Registered Technologist with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists OR Completion of an Associate of Science Degree in Radiography must provide documentation of certification through the American of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).


Specific Ultrasonography Program Requirements (Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, or 2+2 Program)

  1. For entrance into the ultrasonography courses in the 2+2 Medical Imaging/Ultrasonography program, students must first complete the first two years of coursework in radiologic technology.
  2. For Radiographers with a hospital diploma in Radiography and graduates of an Associate Degree in Radiography they must possess an Associate of Science Degree in Radiography or provide documentation of certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
  3. The associate degree program in Ultrasonography program requires summer clinical course work. In the bachelor degree program, students will complete full-time clinical course work during the summer between the second and third years in the Ultrasonography program.
  4. If all program prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science Ultrasonography program are not completed prior to the start of the fall semester ultrasonography coursework, the student will be placed into the PSUSP Track.
  5. Students must attempt the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) exam during Summer I, the semester before the first clinical rotation.
  6. It is recommended that graduating Ultrasound students in the Medical Imaging and Sciences department should sit for the American Registry of Radiologic (ARRT) for Ultrasound or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) no later than four weeks after their May graduation date.
  7. A total of 15 students will be accepted into the Ultrasound program.
  8. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical sites and are responsible for their own room and board during the course, if necessary. Students may be required to relocate due to clinical sites being at a distance. Ultrasound clinical placements are based on curriculum GPA.

 

Specifics: Nuclear Medicine Therapy Concentration (2+2 or Bachelor of Science Degree)

  1. For acceptance at the Advanced Level, the students must:
    • be current Registered Radiologic Technologist and provide documentation of certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or have completed an Associate of Science Degree in Radiography.
    • Students, depending on the number of transfer credits, may be accepted as a Junior.
  2. Because this is an articulation program with Findlay University, students should:
    • Apply to Findlay University not later than one year before matriculation.
    • Apply for graduation at the end of their junior year. Students in the articulation program will participate in Commencement at the College at the end of their senior year. However, students do not officially have their degrees conferred until the completion of their clinical rotation in the summer of their senior year.
    • Send their official transcript from Findlay University directly to the Registrar’s Office at the end of their fall, spring, and summer semesters at Findlay University.

 

Specifics: Radiation Therapy Concentration (3+1 or Bachelor of Science Degree)

For acceptance at the Advanced Level, the students must:

  • be a current Registered Radiologic Technologist and provide documentation of certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and have completed an Associate of Science Degree in Radiography.
  • admission into the Radiation Therapy program at Washburn University is not guaranteed, is contingent on a GPA of 3.0, and all applicants from MAC will be included with the total number of candidates the University receives.

 

Students, depending on the number of transfer credits, ARRT certification in radiography, and associate degree completed, may be accepted as a Junior.

 

Because this is an articulation program with Washburn University, students should:

  • mail completed application, postmarked no later than February 1, to Washburn University in your junior year.
  • apply for graduation from MAC at the end of their junior year. Students in the articulation program will participate in Commencement at the College at the end of their senior year. However, students do not officially have their degrees conferred until the completion of all coursework in the summer of their senior year.
  • send their official transcript from Washburn University directly to the Registrar’s Office at the end of their fall, spring, and summer semesters at Washburn University.

Medical Imaging and Radiation Science licensure and certification laws/regulations vary from state to state.  It is highly recommended that students planning to pursue a professional credential in states other than Pennsylvania contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements prior to starting a program.

Visit https://www.caahep.org/Students/Program-Info.aspx and  https://www.asrt.org/main/standards-and-regulations/legislation-regulations-and-advocacy/individual-state-licensure for more information.

Core Course Requirements


Communication/Writing


Art/English/Music/Theatre/Social Science


History/Political Science


  • HIST or PLSC 3 Credits

Science/Math


Information Communication Technologies


Religious Studies


  • RLST 3 Credits

Cultural Diversity


  • Cultural Diversity: 3 Credits

Total Credits in Core: 25 Credits


Major Course Requirements


Total Credits in Major: 38 Credits


Other Required Coursework


Total Credits in Other Required Coursework: 10 Credits


Total Credits for Degree: 73 Credits


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