Advanced Medical Imaging Technology
What is Advanced Medical Imaging Technology?
The College of Allied Health Sciences offers professional certificates in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Nuclear Medicine Technology. The ideal certificate student will be one who has already earned a Bachelor degree or higher in the sciences from an accredited institution and wishes to acquire additional skills and knowledge.
In addition to the Bachelor Degree, an additional prerequisites includes one year of anatomy and physiology, one semester of college level chemistry, one semester of college level physics and one year college level course in algebra and trigonometry. A single college level mathematics course in a more advanced mathematics (e.g. calculus, statistics) will satisfy the mathematics requirement. If these courses were not taken as part of the Bachelor degree, they must be obtained before entering the certificate program.
Alternate eligibility may be offered to health care professionals. These individuals must hold at least an Associate Degree from an accredited institution and have at least three years or its equivalent, of full-time experience in their health care specialty. One course of college level chemistry, college level physics, algebra and trigonometry (or one higher level college mathematics course), and two semesters of Anatomy & Physiology are required. If these courses were not taken , they must be obtained before entering the certificate program.
The program is 12 consecutive months in duration. Through a combination of classroom, online learning, and clinical instruction, students will be taught the specific skills needed for entry-level positions in their chosen modality.
Students seeking entry to the certificate program are strongly encouraged to work as either an employee or a volunteer in a medical environment -- preferably a hospital or imaging center. Should this not be possible, students are expected to arrange shadowing experiences with medical imaging professionals. Journals should kept demonstrating the times, dates and locations of these experiences.
Students contemplating this program should have a better than average aptitude for math and science courses. Grades of A and B in these courses are expected. All diagnostic medical imaging modalities involve direct patient care, so the ability to interact with others and to express a sincere concern for their welfare is a common characteristic of successful graduates.
Most full-time diagnostic medical imaging technologists work about 40 hours a week. They may, however, have evening, weekend or on-call hours. Opportunities for part-time and shift work also are available.
Physical stamina is important, because diagnostic medical imaging technologists are on their feet for long periods and need to assist incapacitated patients. Diagnostic medical imaging technologists work with stationary diagnostic imaging devices, and their duties may include performing some services at the patient's bedside. Some technologists travel to patients' locations, using large vans and trucks equipped with sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
Although some diagnostic medical imaging professionals use radiation as part of their occupation, radiation hazards are minimized by the use of shielding and the application of radiation safety practices. All individuals working with radiation are monitored continuously for radiation exposure.
The Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee of Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).