Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) Administration Certificate

Misericordia University's Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) Administration certificate is designed to develop the essential skills and knowledge needed to plan, implement, maintain, and operate PACS and other health care imaging information systems.

The program is designed for adult learners working in a health care radiologic technology or a health care information technology field. The PACS certificate prepares students for the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) certification exam.*

Highlights

  • Taught predominantly online
  • Affordable tuition
  • Designed specifically for adult learners – high level of customer service
  • Predictable scheduling
  • Can be completed in as little as one year.

* Completion of the PACS Certificate doesn't guarantee eligibility for taking the CIIP exam. Please visit www.abii.org for eligibility requirements.


We are not accepting applications for this program at this time.

Admissions Requirements

The prospective student in this program will have significant current experience as a practicing medical imaging or radiologic technologist, or in a healthcare information technology field.

Applicants must:

  1. submit an application to the program,
  2. arrange for official college and other medical imaging program transcripts to be sent to the university,
  3. provide a copy of all professional credentials, such as a current ARRT card, and
  4. submit a letter of interest with a professional resume.

  5. For the prospective student who is a practicing imaging or radiologic technologist, you must meet the following criteria:

    1. be a graduate of an accredited Medical Imaging Program
    2. hold a current credential in one or more of the medical imaging specialties from a recognized national agency, and have a minimum of two years full-time experience as a practicing medical imaging technologist in a healthcare organization
    3. have at a minimum, a basic level of information systems expertise that may be demonstrated through prior completion of an introductory MIS course (MIS 110 or equivalent) or through an equivalent level of work experience as determined by healthcare informatics program director and the program director of the Information Technology major. The process would be a thorough review of the applicant's work experience. Students who are otherwise qualified for the program but lack a basic level of expertise in information systems as determined by the university will be required to first complete the MIS 110 course. This supports the intent of Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII).

    For the prospective student who is employed as an IT professional* in a health care organization, you must meet the following criteria:

    1. a minimum of 2 years current experience, preferably with a portion of that experience in connection with imaging or radiologic information systems,
    2. a minimum of two-years education (48 semester credits) in an information technology program from an accredited program recognized by Misericordia

    *An IT professional who is not employed by a healthcare organization or who does not have sufficient familiarity with healthcare in the United States may be required to take from 1 to 3 preparatory courses in the American healthcare system and healthcare informatics.


    Students with prior education in PACS, Medical Imaging, or Information Technology from an accredited post-secondary school recognized by Misericordia may transfer a maximum of three credits providing these are equivalent to one of the required courses for this certificate.

Program Requirements

Continuation in the certificate program requires that students maintain a minimum GPA of 2.30 in all of the PACS certificate courses. Medical imaging personnel must also maintain their professional certification. Students who fail to meet this GPA level will be placed on probation for the following semester only. Readmission may be granted one time, based on space availability, after the student meets the minimum program retention requirements. Students dismissed for ethical violations will not be considered for readmission.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to manage medical image databases within the legal and professional standards.
  2. Students will be able to interact with other information system databases used in healthcare facilities.
  3. Students will be able to evaluate and implement practical operational strategies that will make the workflow more efficient based on theories learned in the curriculum and internship experiences.
  4. Students will be able to apply theoretical knowledge and analytical abilities necessary to be prepared for a PACS position in the healthcare setting.

PACS Curriculum

This certificate program requires completion of 18 credits of specified coursework. This can be completed in as little as 3 semesters of 6 credits each. The following is a typical course sequence:
First Semester:

  • MIS 200 - Systems Analysis
  • ITS 200 - Introduction to Information Technology Security

Second Semester:

  • MIS 220 - Applied Networking Design
  • HCI 261 - PACS I

Third Semester:

  • MIS 432 - Database Management
  • HCI 262 - PACS II

Program Delivery

Courses are offered online with Misericordia IT support and training, and taught by professionals in the field.

Contact

For more information on the PACS Administration Certificate Program, please contact:
Leane Pace
Assistant Director of Admissions
Phone: 570.674.1226
Fax: 570.675.2441
or e-mail: lpace@misericordia.edu

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