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.

Overview and Highlights


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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),, 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.

Program Effectiveness Data

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 Program Effectiveness Data may be found at:

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 (May 2012-December 2016) = 94.2% pass rate on first attempt of A.R.R.T. exam (115/122 first-time test takers passed).

5 Year History (1/2012 - 12/2016)

Class of: Credentialing Examination Pass Rate
May 201290.9% (10/11 first-time test takers)
December 2012100% (13/13 first-time test-takers)
May 2013100% (10/10 first-time test-takers)
December 201380% (8/10 first-time test-takers)
May 2014100% (16/16 first-time test-takers)
December 2014100% (11/11 first-time test-takers)
May 2015100% (12/12 first-time test-takers)
December 2015100% (3/3 first-time test-takers)
May 201687% (23/26 first-time test-takers)
December 201690% (9/10 first-time test-takers)
5 Year Average (1/2012-12/2016):94.2% (115/122 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."

The J.R.C.E.R.T. requires a "Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation."

Class of: Job Placement Rate
2015 100% (12/12)
2014 92.9% (13/14)
201390.5% (19/21)
2012 81.8% (9/11)
2011 100% (10/10)
5 year average: 92.6% (63/68 as of May 2015)

Program completion rates (PCR), as per the J.R.C.E.R.T. Standards on p. 59, is calculated by: "… 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: Program Completion Rate (PCR)
2015 23/38 = 60.53%
(29 began in Fall 2011, 9 transferred in Fall 2012,
and 23 graduated)

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

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.

  1. The student will demonstrate knowledge of proper positioning.
  2. The student will demonstrate proper exposure factor selection.
  3. The student will apply appropriate radiation protection measures.
  4. The student will demonstrate technical competence.
  5. The student will demonstrate optimal patient care.
Goal 2. Critical Thinking

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.

  1. The student will evaluate images effectively.
  2. The student will adapt knowledge to non-routine situations.
  3. The student will formulate conclusions/analysis of data for lab experiments.
Goal 3. Communication

Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

  1. The student will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  2. The student will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  3. The students will demonstrate information literacy.

Goal 4. Professionalism

Students/graduates will demonstrate professionalism.
  1. Students will demonstrate professional behavior.
  2. 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.

  1. Graduates indicate satisfaction with their education received.
  2. Graduates are capable of successful completion of the primary A.R.R.T. exam in Radiography on the first attempt.
  3. Students indicate the ability to to obtain employment in the radiology profession.
  4. Successfully complete the Senior Assessment Test in MI 415.
  5. Employers demonstrate satisfaction with program graduates.
  6. 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".

Medical Imaging Program Options and Curriculum

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.

Careers in the Field of Medical Imaging (Radiography)

Who are Radiologic Technologists?

ASRT RADCADEMY: Radiologic Technology 101

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
Sales Representative

Medical Imaging Compared to Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Medical Imaging

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.

Job Titles

Radiologic Technologist

Ultrasound Technologist


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.

Specialty Areas

Computed Tomography (CT)
Nuclear Medicine
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Mammography
Cardiac Catheterization
Special Procedures
Bone Densitometry
Radiation Therapy


Employment Opportunities

Medical Imaging professionals have many employment opportunities that include:

  • Medical Imaging (Radiology) departments in a hospital
  • Out-patient Imaging Centers
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Pediatric Hospital
  • Pain Management Clinics
  • Urology office
  • Women’s Imaging Centers
  • Cancer Treatment Centers

Sonography specialties and areas in which sonographers can be employed include, but not limited to:

  • General Sonography departments in a hospital or out-patient imaging center (abdominal, thyroid, pelvis, OB, vascular)
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatric Hospital
  • Perinatology centers
  • Urology office
  • Vascular surgeon offices
  • Women’s Imaging Centers

Professional Societies/National Credentialing Organization




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)

Medical Imaging (Radiography) Program Video

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