Medical Imaging Major
College of Health Sciences
Degree BS, Medical Imaging
Options: Management Minor; General Track; BS/MS in
Department Chair Elaine Halesey, EdD, RT, (R)(QM)
Faculty and Staff
Lynn Blazaskie, Clinical Instructor, Medical Imaging, BS College Misericordia
Gina Capitano, Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging, BS College Misericordia, MS Misericordia University
Elaine D. Halesey, Professor of Medical Imaging, AAS College Misericordia; BS Bloomsburg University; MS College Misericordia; EdD Nova Southeastern University
Mari P. King, Professor of Medical Imaging, AAS, BS College Misericordia; MPA Marywood University; EdD Lehigh University
Paula Pate-Schloder, Associate Professor of Medical Imaging, AS Pima Community College-Tucson; BS Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff; MS College Misericordia
Loraine D. Zelna, Associate Professor of Medical Imaging, BS Bloomsburg University; MS College Misericordia
The medical imaging program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (www.jrcert.org) 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 phone: 312-704-5300 as well as by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The most recent accreditation review in 2006 awarded the program the maximum period that could be granted. The next review is scheduled for December 2014.
With a focus on radiography, the program provides students with didactic and laboratory instruction in conjunction with practical application to human subjects. This instruction provides students with knowledge and practical skills necessary to assume positions in diagnostic radiology or other imaging modalities, or to pursue certification in specialty areas. Students are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Examination in radiography upon graduation.
The Medical Imaging Program at Misericordia University is rooted in the charisms set forth by Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy to provide/promote Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality. Therefore, the mission of the Medical Imaging program is to graduate baccalaureate level professionals who are educationally prepared to successfully demonstrate clinical competence, professional behavior, communication, and critical thinking skills to function as a member of the health care team.
The medical imaging department subscribes to the philosophy of the university and believes that the radiologic technologist is an integral member of the health care team. Our program is designed to provide the professional skills, progressive maturity, and the intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual values for the student to be entrusted with the responsibilities that go along with being a member of the health care team.
The curriculum is based on these philosophical and theological implications, making it necessary for the student to learn the necessary scientific principles as well as accept responsibilities for the patient, fellow human beings, the profession, and self.
The philosophy, then, of the medical imaging program is to educate the student to become a holistic and professional person who is not only educated in the art and science of medical imaging, but one who also, through education and experience, has become a well-rounded, mature, concerned, and skilled professional. In addition, the program will strive:
Program Goals/Student Learning Outcomes:
Goal 1. Clinical Performance and Competence
Students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to function as an entry-level radiologic technologist.
Goal 2. Critical Thinking
Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Goal 3. Communication
Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
Goal 4. Professionalism
Students/graduates will demonstrate professionalism.
Goal 5. Overall Program Effectiveness
The program will graduate competent, employable, entry-level radiologic technologists in a timely manner.
The bachelor of science degree in medical imaging incorporates the university’s core curriculum requirements that provide a liberal arts foundation. Building on the broad-based general education, the program provides all necessary course work as mandated by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), a national accrediting agency for medical imaging programs in the United States.
Students have the opportunity to pursue one of four degree options, which reflect the diversity of career paths in medical imaging. All four of the curricula prepare students to be radiographers, and no matter what option is chosen, students at the same level in the program will be enrolled in the same medical imaging courses.
Option 1: BS, Medical Imaging: General Program
This curriculum provides the same solid medical imaging education as the other options, but allows for more flexibility to pursue other areas of interest through free electives.
Option 2: BS, Medical Imaging, Management Minor
This curriculum provides students with a strong background in the skills and theory necessary for supervisory or administrative positions.
Option 3: BS, Medical Imaging with MS, Organizational Management (OM)
An additional option within the undergraduate degree in Medical Imaging is to pursue a combined 5 year, B.S./M.S. degree. Students considering pursuing the "Minor in Management" track within the B.S. major may wish to consider expanding that education to an earned Master's degree. This option provides students with the knowledge and skills to function in positions of medical imaging services by using management skills in organizational environments. Within the 5th year of the curriculum there are several specializations from which to choose such as Health Care Management. For more information visit: www.misericordia.edu/misericordia_pg.cfm?page_id=736&subcat_id=146
Regardless of specialization chosen, all tracks require the same 12 cr. in OM courses to be taken during the undergraduate portion of the Medical Imaging major. Upon successful completion of the Medical Imaging requirements after year 4, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam in Radiography. Upon successful completion of the 5th year requirements, students will be awarded an M.S. in Organizational Management (O.M.). In the event a student pursues this option but decides not to complete the 5th year, he/she can still earn a B.S. in Medical Imaging and a Minor in Management, providing all undergraduate requirements for those areas are met.
Entrance requirements for both the medical imaging major and graduate program in OM must be met, and an academic advisor from each program will be assigned. Admission into the graduate program is not guaranteed. Separate application to the graduate program is required during the junior year. Additional details about this option can be obtained from the director of either program, however the following process applies:
Medical Imaging students interested in pursuing the MSOM 5th Year program must notify their advisor as well as write a Letter of Intent to the director of the MSOM program within the fall semester of their junior year and a copy to be provided to their Medical Imaging advisor.
The undergraduate MI student must also complete and submit the formal online part-time & graduate application at www.misericordia.edu/apply, supplying the Part-Time & Graduate Admissions Office three letters of recommendation and a 500 word essay denoting personal & professional goals to be received within the first semester junior year.
The complete application file will be reviewed by the Graduate Business Admissions Committee for acceptance consideration, and a decision letter will be generated and mailed to the student with a copy being sent to the student’s MI advisor. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to qualify for conditional acceptance into the MSOM 5th Year Program. MI students will need to be conditionally accepted by the start of the second semester junior year to be eligible to take the first OM course in the spring semester of the junior year.
Once the completed application is submitted, the following sequence of events will take place:
1. A letter will be generated by the Admissions Office denoting either conditional acceptance or denied acceptance into the MSOM 5th Year Program
a. If accepted, the student may begin to take OM courses up to 12 credits as an undergraduate student during the junior and senior years in consultation with his/her MI advisor to determine the appropriate OM courses to take
b. The letter will stipulate that full acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of bachelor’s degree and all specific program requirements, and attainment of a minimum 3.0 GPA in MSOM courses completed as an undergraduate MI student.
2. During the spring semester of the senior year, the students must notify the Director of the MSOM program of his/her intent to continue pursuing the MSOM degree following the conferral of the bachelor’s degree. The student must also contact the Admissions Office to discuss initial OM course registration as a graduate student.
3. Upon graduation from MI program, the student’s record will be assessed for full and final acceptance purposes; and if the student meets all necessary requirements and admission criteria, a new acceptance letter will be generated expressing full acceptance and he/she will be assigned a new graduate advisor
a. Please note: The senior MI student in his/her final semester should not be registering him/herself for their first graduate MSOM semester. The student will need to contact the Admissions Office to discuss graduate registration for the upcoming semester and have initial registration processed. The student will need to contact his/her assigned MSOM advisor for all future semesters.
4. As per Graduate University policy, MSOM 5th Year students have a maximum of 5 years from the fall semester of senior undergraduate year to complete the MSOM degree.
Option 4: BS Medical Imaging, Certificate-Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)
This curriculum combines both the medical imaging education with the sonography program to prepare students to become highly qualified individuals in both disciplines, with the ability to perform diagnostic patient services in both diagnostic radiography and sonography.
Entrance requirements for both the medical imaging major and certificate in diagnostic medical sonography must be met, and an academic advisor from each program will be assigned. Admission to the DMS program is not guaranteed. Students must submit a separate application to the chair of the DMS program during their junior year. Additional details about this option can be obtained from the department chair of either program.
The internship option is an intensive experience in a particular specialty area of medical imaging in order to gain cross-training and/or experience under the direct supervision of a radiologic technologist skilled in that area. The student has the option of applying for an internship in one of the following areas (availability of areas may vary depending upon commitments from clinical education centers): CT, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, cardiac catheterization, mammography, special procedures, bone densitometry, or radiation therapy.
Transferring to Medical Imaging
Transfer students will be considered, providing they meet the minimal overall GPA requirements of 2.75, the entrance requirements are met, and space is available. However, they must follow the sequence of courses for the major as listed in the catalog beginning with the fall semester sophomore year. Depending upon the number of credits accepted for transfer, students may complete all graduation requirements for the medical imaging program by December of the senior year; however, if intending to complete the program in December, no more than 11 credits can be taken during the Fall semester, due to accreditation requirements. Grades below "C-" from external schools do not transfer.
Current Misericordia students seeking to change majors must consult the information, and complete the form found under the Registrar's Office section of the university portal, titled "Application for Internal Transfer to Medical Imaging Major."
The University does not grant a medical leave or leave of absence (LOA); however the Medical Imaging major will only allow a LOA in the case of pregnancy. For more information regarding the issue, contact the department chair.
The medical imaging program has formal articulation agreements with Luzerne County Community College’s Associate in Science Degree in General Studies Program, and Keystone College’s Associate Degree in Applied Science in Allied Health (Radiologic Technology) Program. Graduates of those programs who have successfully completed the stated curricula may enter Misericordia’s Medical Imaging Program at the professional level under the dual-admission agreement.
Classification of Students
Due to the sequential nature of the medical imaging curricula, students are identified in levels, regardless of their standing according to the program’s classification, as:
To be eligible for clinical placement, a student must have completed all prerequisite courses that apply toward the major and meet the minimum stated overall and major GPA for program retention. Once a student is selected for placement in a clinical education center, the complete set of the policies and procedures as published in the program relating to the clinic is expected to be read thoroughly by each student and will be reviewed by clinical faculty prior to the start of the clinical experience. Placements are determined by the clinical coordinator and department chair as determined by the total number of placements approved by our accrediting body. Students may have to travel out of the immediate area to one of the sites listed below. Students will be charged two (2) credits of tuition at the part-time rate for summer clinical experiences, MI 160 and MI 260.
Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from the clinical education centers. Misericordia University is currently affiliated with the following clinical education centers:
Advanced Imaging Specialists, Dunmore, Pennsylvania
Commonwealth Health Diagnostic Imaging Center, Forty Fort, Pennsylvania
Geisinger South-Wilkes Barre, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, Pennsylvania
Geisinger Orthopedics, Plains Township, Pennsylvania
Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton-LVHN, Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Lehigh Valley Health Network-Hazleton, Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Redi Care Medical Center, Taylor, Pennsylvania
Regional Hospital of Scranton, Pennsylvania
Scranton Orthopedic Specialists, Dickson City, Pennsylvania*
Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Viewmont Medical Services, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Vision Imaging of Kingston, Kingston, Pennsylvania
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Saxton Pavilion, Edwardsville, Pennsylvania
Additional clinical education centers available to students during their senior year are:
Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Northeast Radiation Oncology Centers (NROC), Dunmore, Pennsylvania
Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Radiation Medicine Specialists, Forty Fort, Pennsylvania
The Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care, Scranton, Pennsylvania
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE I: MI 140 (spring) – students will report to the clinical education center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, (including outpatient & evening rotations of 2 clinical weeks) less school breaks and holidays.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE II: MI 160 (summer) – students will report to the clinical education center each day, Monday through Friday, less holidays during Term A. (including 1 weekend & 1 week each of evening & outpatient clinical education rotation)
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE III: MI 225 (fall) – students will report to the clinical education center every Tuesday and Thursday, (including outpatient & evening rotations of 2 clinical weeks) less school breaks and holidays.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IV: MI 245 (spring) – students will report to the clinical education center every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, (including evening and alternate area rotations) less school breaks and holidays. (New Rotation) (No outpatient)
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE V: MI 260 (summer) – students will report to the clinical education center each day, Monday through Friday, (including outpatient & evening rotations of 1 clinical week) less holidays during Term B.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE VI: MI 265 (fall) – students will report to the clinical education center on Mondays and Wednesdays only, less school breaks and holidays. (Internship option or minor rotation)
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE VII: MI 275 (spring) – students will report to the clinical education center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, less school breaks and holidays. (Continuation of Internship option)
Before students can begin the clinical experience, they must submit a health clearance form report each year they are enrolled in a clinical experience. A complete list of required exams and immunizations will be provided to all medical imaging majors in the summer prior to their first clinical rotation.
The health clearance form must be submitted to the medical imaging clinical coordinator by the student and as one complete packet no later than the date specified in correspondence by the department chair. Normal results are good for one year from the date of test. Students must have current health insurance.
In addition to tuition and fees, expenses for the medical imaging major may include CPR certification and re-certification, malpractice liability insurance, uniforms, American Registry Examination fee, health examination fees, immunization fees, professional memberships, and fee for criminal record checks. A fee will be charged to the student’s bill for the sophomore year to cover the cost of*: image identification markers; name tag; radiation badges; student handbook; log book; professional memberships in both the A.S.R.T. and P.S.R.T.; and malpractice insurance. In the junior and senior years, a fee will be charged for* malpractice insurance, professional memberships in both the A.S.R.T. and P.S.R.T., and radiation badges. Additional expense incurred, such as fee for criminal background checks, fingerprinting, health insurance, or American Registry Examination, are paid directly by the student to the respective agency.
*This list may not be inclusive. Additional expenses may arise after the publication of the catalog
Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements
The following policies with respect to retention, promotion, graduation, probation, and dismissal supersede any policy statements and/or information set forth in previous university catalogs.
Admission to Medical Imaging
A candidate who wants to be considered for the medical imaging program must meet the university’s general admissions requirements. In addition, a student applying for admission should also have completed at least three years of high school mathematics and one year of biology, achieving a minimum grade of "C" in each course. Chemistry and physics are recommended but not required. A minimum combined SAT score of 950 (math and verbal) is required. The statement regarding the program’s essential functions, pregnancy policy, and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam eligibility policy will be sent to all accepted students.
For external transfer students and present Misericordia students wishing to change majors, advanced placement at the sophomore program level may be considered: providing clinical space is available; the student has a minimum GPA of 2.75; has earned a minimum of 24 credits that apply toward the major; and all pre-admission criteria have been met, including BIO 121 and BIO 122, or equivalent with a minimum grade of "C-". Interested students should submit their request letter to the department chairperson.
First-Year Program Level Students
Cumulative GPA of 2.3 at the end of the spring semester. Students will be placed on program probation at the end of the fall semester if the minimum 2.3 has not been met and must meet the requirement upon completion of the spring semester. Minimum grade of "C-" in MI 100, and BIO 121 and BIO 122 or BIO 211/212 taken at this level.
Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Program Level Students
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 both overall and also in the major (based on MI coded courses) at the end of each semester. A minimum grade of "C-" in all MI coded courses, BIO 121, BIO 122, and PHY 118. Students will be placed on program probation for the following semester if the GPA requirement is not met. Students must meet the GPA requirement by the end of the next semester (fall/spring) to be retained in the major. Once the GPA is met and the student is off probation, the GPA cannot fall below the stated minimum. A student can only be on program probation one time. Students will be dismissed from the program if the minimum grade of "C-" is not earned in all MI courses, PHY 118, and BIO 121 and BIO 122 or approved equivalent.
Additional Retention Requirements:
Note: A.–C. above must be kept current throughout the program.
While the university determines the honor points associated with the grade earned, each major may determine their own grading scale to calculate the course grade. For Medical Imaging it is as follows:
F Below 70
GPA of 2.3, as well as in the major courses, minimum of 120 credits, depending on the track chosen, a score at or above 74 percent on the assessment test administered in MI 415, Senior Seminar, and satisfactory completion of all university requirements (both financial and academic).
The student will be placed on program probation for the following semester if any one of the following occurs:
The student will be placed on immediate probation if a recorded violation of the code of ethics occurs at any time. The code of ethics can be found in the program clinical education manual and student handbook.
The student will be removed from program probation when:
Students can be placed on program probation only one time.
Dismissal of the student from the medical imaging program will result if any one of the following occurs:
If a student is dismissed a second time, he or she will not be re-admitted.
Once a student is dismissed from the medical imaging program, he or she may apply for re-admission for the following year unless the reason for dismissal was an ethical violation. (Students dismissed for ethical violations will not be re-admitted.) This is due to the sequential nature of the curricula. The student has the opportunity to submit a letter of intent to the department chair for re-admission into the program no later than the end of the semester following the semester in which the student was dismissed. The request will be considered providing the following criteria are met: an achieved overall GPA of 2.75; successful completion of all criteria that were the reason(s) for the initial dismissal; and the provision that clinical space is available. Once re-admitted, minimum GPA requirements apply and the student cannot be placed on probation again.
In addition, students who wish to be considered for re-admission must first grade-replace all MI and/or science courses in which a grade of "C-" or above was not earned. Previous performance in both clinical and didactic courses will also be considered. Notification of re-acceptance will be in writing from the department chair prior to June 1 for the fall semester, prior to January 1 for the spring semester, or shortly after spring semester final grades are posted for summer term, depending upon what semester this student is re-entering.
Depending upon the reason for the original dismissal as well as the length of time until the student re-enters, students may be required to audit specific program and/or cognate courses previously completed as a stipulation for re-admission. These courses can only be taken as audit and cannot earn credits if successfully taken previously. The requirements for re-admission will be communicated to the student in writing for consideration of acceptance of the re-admission offer. Failure by the student to agree to the conditions for re-admission will result in the offer being revoked. In addition, all re-admitted students must successfully repeat all previously completed clinical competencies on a pass/fail basis only. If re-admission is granted, minimum GPA requirements, as stated above, apply. In addition, if a student is required to audit lab courses, a fee for monthly radiation badges will be the responsibility of the student.
If a student is dismissed a second time, s/he will not be readmitted.
The medical imaging department reserves the right to make changes in these policies as the need arises.