Medical Imaging (Radiography)
The Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Program at Misericordia University is rooted in the Charisms set forth by Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy to provide and promote mercy, service, justice, and hospitality.
Mission of the Medical Imaging Program
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.
Students in the Medical Imaging Program receive a liberal arts education that will prepare them for a career in the field of medical imaging, namely, the practical application of ionizing radiation in a variety of settings, including off-campus clinical placements as well as laboratory facilities on-campus.
Misericordia University's Medical Imaging Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT): 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 (312.704.5300), firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Re-accreditation was awarded by the JRCERT in 2015. The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry. View the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Education Program.
Overview and Highlights
- Five year average (December 2010-May 2015) pass rate of 97.5% on first attempt of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) exam (115 of 118 exam takers passed).
- Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted employment growth of 21% through 2022 for radiologic technologists.
- Provides an education grounded in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Code of Ethics.
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Successful freshman applicants to Misericordia University's Medical Imaging program will typically have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and a combined SAT score of 950 (math and critical reading) or 20 ACT composite score. They will also have taken 3 years of high school math and 1 year of Biology all with a minimum grade of "C".
Transfer applications to the Medical Imaging program are only accepted for the freshman or sophomore level, and only with the successful completion of appropriate prerequisites, and based on clinical availability. Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.75. Students having completed less than 24 credits will be considered freshman applicants. Freshman level transfer applicants for the January semester must have 12 credits that apply toward the major, 4 of which are Anatomy & Physiology I. Transfers into the sophomore class must have a minimum of 24 credits that apply toward the major; 8 of which must be Anatomy and Physiology I and II. Students already at MU wishing to change majors must include the “Internal Transfer Application for Medical Imaging" found on the MU portal on the Registrar's page with their request letter. Click on “Academics" and then “Registrar's Office" in the drop down box.
Misericordia University reviews individual applications carefully, and the above stated standards should be seen only as general guidelines. The Director of Admissions and individual department chairs reserve the right to exercise discretion in any admissions decision.
Articulation Agreements with LCCC and Keystone College
The Medical Imaging program has formal articulation agreements with both Luzerne County Community College's Associate in Science degree in General Studies Program and Keystone College's Associate in Applied Science in Medical Imaging Program. Graduates of either program who have successfully completed the stated curricula may enter Misericordia University's Medical Imaging program at the professional level under the dual admission agreement.
A cumulative GPA of 2.5, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.5 in Medical Imaging coded courses; minimum of 120 credits, depending on the track chosen; a minimum score of 74% on the Assessment test, administered in MI 415, Senior Seminar; and satisfactory completion of all Misericordia University's requirements (both financial and academic).
Misericordia University provides qualified students with the opportunity to pursue program options that reflect the diversity of career paths in Medical Imaging. All 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: General Program
This curriculum provides the same solid education as the others, but allows for more flexibility to pursue other areas of interest through free electives. View the medical imaging major curriculum guide.
Option 2: Minor in Management
This curriculum provides students with a strong background in the skills and theory necessary for supervisory or administrative positions. View the Medical Imaging with a minor in Management curriculum guide.
Option 3: B.S. Medical Imaging/M.S. Organizational Management (5 year)
This option prepares students with the knowledge and skills to function in management roles within the Radiography field. Students interested in the program can choose from four specializations: management, health care management, human resource management, or information technology.
Regardless of the specialization chosen, all tracks require the same 12 credits in OM courses to be taken during the undergraduate portion of the Medical Imaging major. View the B.S. Medical Imaging/M.S. Organizational Management curriculum guide.
Option 4: Medical Imaging Major, Combined Certificate Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Students may complete both the B.S. in medical imaging and the DMS Certificate in less than 5 academic years following this sequence. View the Medical Imaging Major with a combined Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum guide.
As required by our accrediting agency, The Joint Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (J.R.C.E.R.T.), in Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography, Standard 5.2,"Makes available to the general public program effectiveness data (credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate) on an annual basis". The Standards and Program Effectiveness Data may be found at: www.jrcert.org.
Credentialing examination pass rate is defined by the J.R.C.E.R.T., on p. 59 of the Standards as: "the number of graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) certification examination...". Per the J.R.C.E.R.T. Standards, p. 59, "Five year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt". Five year average (December 2011-May 2016) = 94.8% pass rate on first attempt of A.R.R.T. exam (111/117 first-time test takers passed).
5 year history:
- Class of December 2011/May 2012 - 94.73% (18/19 first-time test takers)
- Class of December 2012/May 2013 - 100% (23 first-time test-takers)
- Class of December 2013/May 2014 - 92.31% (24/26 first-time test-takers)
- Class of December 2014/May 2015 - 100% (23/23 first-time test-takers)
- Class of December 2015/May 2016 - 88.46% (23/26 first-time test-takers)
Job Placement Rate is defined by the J.R.C.E.R.T. on p. 59 as "the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment,in the radiologic sciences."
Per the J.R.C.E.R.T. Standards, p. 59, "Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation."
|Class of:||Defined by the J.R.C.E.R.T. as: the number of students employed in profession 12 months post grad/number actively seeking for which you have received feedback on employment status.|
|5 year average:||89.04% (65/73 as of May 2014)|
Program completion rates (PCR) are calculated according to a formula on p. 59 of the Standards.
Per the J.R.C.E.RT. , Standards, p. 59: "… dividing the number of students who complete the program within a cohort by the number who enrolled in the cohort initially and subsequently".
Class of 2014: Program Completion Rate: 26/36 = 72.2%. 27 began in Fall 2010, 9 transferred in Fall 2011 and 26 graduated.
Class of 2015: Program Completion Rate: 23/38 = 60.53%. 29 began in Fall 2011, 9 transferred in Fall 2012 and 23 graduated.
The Medical Imaging Program, with continuing affirmation of the mission of Misericordia University, will strive to fulfill the following goals and student learning outcomes:
Goal 1. Clinical Performance and Competence
Students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to function as an entry-level radiographer.
- The student will demonstrate knowledge of proper positioning.
- The student will demonstrate proper exposure factor selection.
- The student will apply appropriate radiation protection measures.
- The student will demonstrate technical competence.
- The student will demonstrate optimal patient care.
Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
- The student will evaluate images effectively.
- The student will adapt knowledge to non-routine situations.
- The student will formulate conclusions/analysis of data for lab experiments.
Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
- The student will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
- The student will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
- The students will demonstrate information literacy.
Goal 4. Professionalism
- Students will demonstrate professional behavior.
- Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
Goal 5. Overall Program Effectiveness
The program will graduate competent, employable, entry level radiologic technologists in a timely manner.
- Graduates indicate satisfaction with their education received.
- Graduates are capable of successful completion of the primary A.R.R.T. exam in Radiography on the first attempt.
- Students indicate the ability to to obtain employment in the radiology profession.
- Successfully complete the Senior Assessment Test in MI 415.
- Employers demonstrate satisfaction with program graduates.
- Successfully complete the program.
In addition to the overall sustained goals of the program, yearly goals are developed by the full-time faculty for each academic year. The faculty review the proposed goals each May following the year in which they were implemented. Assessment is determined regarding attainment of the goals and a report to the college dean and vice-president of academic affairs is prepared. These may be found in the office of the department chair of Medical Imaging labeled "Annual Report".
Who are Radiologic Technologists?
Careers in Radiography
|Radiographer(R)||Computed Tomography Technologist (CT)|
|Mammographer (M)||Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist (MR)|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologist (N) Or (CNMT)||Sonographer (RDMS)|
|Radiation Therapist (T)||Quality Management (QM)|
|Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist (CV)||Special Procedures Technologist|
|Bone Densitometrist (BD)||Health Physicist|
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PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available ranging from $3,000 to $18,000 per academic year. After the Admissions Committee accepts a student to the University, a Scholarship Committee automatically reviews that student's eligibility for a Presidential Scholarship. No formal application for scholarship consideration is required. The value of the scholarship is based upon grade point average, class rank and SAT or ACT score. The number of scholarships is not limited, and will be awarded to all who qualify.
McAULEY AWARDS are available ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per academic year. The McAuley Award is offered to students who demonstrate records of leadership, volunteerism and participation in extracurricular activities. A McAuley Award application is available as part of the online application for admission. An application can also be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office at (866) 262-6363.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Both professions require individuals to be properly educated, detail oriented, and have a desire to work in a direct patient care field. Each of the two fields produce diagnostic images that are interpreted by a qualified physician to assist the patient in acquiring an accurate diagnosis.
Diagnostic radiographic images, Computed Tomography, Mammography, Cardiac Catheterization, Special Procedures and Bone Densitometry images are produced utilizing ionizing radiation. The images may evaluate bony anatomy and/or internal organs.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging utilizes a magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses to produce diagnostic images.
Radiation Therapy employs radiation to treat malignancies of many parts of the body.
Radiographers and individuals credentialed in specialty areas are responsible for acquiring quality images or administering treatment with great attention to radiation protection practices for the patient and the public.
Sonography images from the unborn to the geriatric; head to toe using high frequency soundwaves to produce images of internal anatomical structures.
Sonographers are responsible for performing the examination, optimizing image quality, assessing the image, and generating a worksheet to describe the examination findings to assist the interpreting physician in making the final diagnosis and report.
Computed Tomography (CT)
Medical Imaging professionals have many employment opportunities that include:
Sonography specialties and areas in which sonographers can be employed include, but not limited to:
Professional Societies/National Credentialing Organization
ASRT – www.asrt.org
ARRT – www.arrt.org
Program Accreditation Information
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS)