Bachelor of Science in Advanced Medical Imaging Technology
The Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program (AMIT) presents a new concept in the field of diagnostic medical imaging education. Traditionally, students were offered programs enabling them to specialize in a single diagnostic medical imaging modality. Most programs were housed within a certificate or associate degree program that were 12-24 months in length.
The AMIT program was originally developed in 1964 as a Nuclear Medicine Technology Program and offered both an associate and baccalaureate degree. The baccalaureate degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology was the first in the nation of its type.
In 1996, the program became a baccalaureate only, multi-credential, diagnostic medical imaging program. While several diagnostic imaging programs offer multi-credentialing as an option for its students, AMIT is the first program that has multi-credentialing as its academic focus.
Students who complete the baccalaureate program will meet national board eligibility requirements in two diagnostic medical imaging modalities as well as possess research skills that will distinguish them in their fields. Their bachelor of science in advanced medical imaging technology may be used as a point of entry to graduate or medical school, should students seek to further their education.
Students entering our professional baccalaureate curriculum are educated in multiple diagnostic medical imaging modalities. Currently, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine technology are taught in the professional curriculum.
It is the goal of our program to produce competent, multi-skilled, imaging technologists. When you graduate from our program you will have obtained the level of didactic and clinical training necessary to meet eligibility requirements for national board examinations. While passage of these examinations are up to you and therefore cannot be guaranteed by our program, it is our goal to supply you with the necessary level of training and experience to adequately prepare for these examinations.
The Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program wishes to combine the needs of students, healthcare providers, the public and the University to cultivate a program for preparing competent, credentialed diagnostic medical imaging professionals. To bring the vision of this program to the greatest number of individuals, multiple points of entry, multiple means of departure, pathways for continuing one’s education, and pathways for meeting changing educational requirements of the profession need be established.
This program will strive to produce competent, multi-skilled, imaging technologists and to provide certificate opportunities for those seeking to further their education. Graduates of this program will have obtained the level of didactic and clinical training necessary to meet eligibility requirements for national board examinations in their chosen modalities.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. These techniques are used to diagnosis disease and analyze human anatomy.
Magnetic resonance imaging is the medical specialty that utilizes magnetic fields and their properties in the diagnosis of disease and the analysis of human anatomy. Training in magnetic resonance imaging is twelve consecutive months in duration and will be delivered through a combination of classroom lectures, labs, and clinical site placements. Students successfully completing the curriculum will have fulfilled requirements to sit for the nationally administered board examination.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Mission Statement
The mission of this program is to produce competent, multi-skilled, Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologists. Graduates of this program will have obtained the level of didactic and clinical training necessary to meet eligibility requirements for national board examinations in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. While passage of these examinations are up to the individual and therefore cannot be guaranteed by the program, it is the program’s goal to supply each graduate with the necessary level of training and experience to adequately prepare for these examinations.
The student will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Goal – To increase critical thinking skills in relation to the following:
- Improving patient care through self-evaluation and critique.
- MR techniques, parameters and trade-offs in order to ensure high diagnostic images
|The student will communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings.||Goal – To improve and gain experience in students professional communication skills.|
|The student will demonstrate high standards of clinical competence.||Goal – To develop the student’s proficiency in imaging procedures and patient care skills by strictly following all ARRT MRI scan requirements.|
|The student will demonstrate high standards of social responsibility by engaging in ethical professional practice.||Goal – To foster a high degree of professionalism, responsibility, and ethical behavior within the student.|
|The student will synthesize professional knowledge and evaluate varying viewpoints.||Goal – To develop/nurture the necessary tools to allow synthesis of information, introspection and self-reflection to achieve the best patient outcomes.|
Program Effectiveness Outcomes
- The program will enroll and graduate students who will benefit from the program of study.
- Student will enroll into the MRI program. Students will complete the program.
- Graduates will pass their ARRT on their first attempt.
- Graduates will obtain employment within 12 months of graduation.
- Graduates will be satisfied with their program of study.
- Graduates are prepared for entry-level work in MRI.
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear medicine technology is a branch of medicine that deals with the use of radioactive substances in research, diagnosis, and treatment.
Nuclear Medicine Technology Mission Statement
Consistent with the mission of the University, the Nuclear Medicine Technology curriculum is dedicated to serving the professional education and experience-based learning needs of its students whether they are from Ohio, the region, the nation, or the world. All students who are dedicated to their studies and the betterment of humankind through medical imaging will find this a safe and inclusive environment for advancing their education.
Nuclear Medicine Technology Outcomes & Goals
- The NMT curriculum will strive for a 100% retention rate of its nuclear medicine technology students.
- Students who complete the NMT curriculum will pass the NMTCB or ARRT nuclear medicine technology exam on their first attempt at a rate that exceeds national averages.
- Students who complete the NMT curriculum will either continue their education in MRI or find employment within 12 months of graduation.
- Graduates will be satisfied with their program of study.
- Graduates are prepared for entry-level work in nuclear medicine technology.
Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program graduates are employed in hospitals, medical centers, outpatient clinics, and research facilities. Advancement in this field may involve promotion to supervisory and administrative positions, equipment and pharmaceutical sales, product support, and teaching.
Click on the following links for information regarding career paths in each program.
The Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program has established clinical affiliation agreements throughout the Cincinnati region.
Approved Clinical Sites for Nuclear Medicine:
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Mercy Health Partners |Anderson|Clermont|Fairfield|Jewish
St. Elizabeth Medical Center |Edgewood
TriHealth | Good Samaritan |Bethesda North
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Cincinnati
Approved Clinical Sites for MRI:
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Dearborn County Hospital
Fort Hamilton Hospital
Mercy Health Partners |Anderson|Clermont|Fairfield
ProScan Imaging |Eastgate|Mason|Midtown|Paul Brown Stadium|Tri-County|Troy|
St. Elizabeth Medical Center |Florence|Fort Thomas
Tri-Health |Bethesda Arrow Springs|Good Samaritan| Good Samaritan Outpatient Center Glenway |Bethesda North|TriHealth Anderson
University of Cincinnati Medical Center |UCMC| 3T Imaging Center
West Chester Hospital
*This is a listing of the current clinical affiliates of the Advanced Medical Imaging Technology Program. Students will not rotate to every clinical site. The start time and amount of time spent at each rotation may vary between individual site. Not all modalities go to every clinical site.
The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.
In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organizations allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.
Advanced Medical Imaging Technology majors are able to join the following academic student organizations.
Admissions Information for....
High School Students
Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a high school student (also applies to students who have yet to attend a college or university).
Students who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended a college or university other than the University of Cincinnati since earning their high school credentials are consdiered transfer students.
Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a transfer student.
Students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs in other University of Cincinnati colleges (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change their program (transition) to the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) are considered transition students.
Please visit Academic Advising for more information on applying to one of our programs as a transition student.
Secondary Admissions Students
Upon successful completion of all freshman and sophomore year requirements, students may enter the professional curriculum of the program (junior and senior years). This is a competitive process. Not all students will be accepted into the professional curriculum.
Program faculty consider the quality of the application, overall GPA, math and science GPA and an interview/project in the selection process.
You must apply for the professional education curriculum during fall semester of the year prior to your anticipated start date. You are not required to complete prerequisite work before applying to the professional education curriculum but all prerequisite work must be completed before beginning the professional education curriculum.
Students wishing to apply must have a 2.8 overall GPA or higher. No grades below C- in a math or science course are accepted.
Review the secondary admission application for additional information.
There are also a variety of scholarships available through medical imaging professional societies:
The first two years of the Advanced Medical Imaging Technology program are designated as the general education curriculum and the second two years of the degree are designated as the professional education curriculum.
You must apply for the professional education curriculum during fall semester of the year you are completing your general education curriculum. This would be during your sophomore year following a traditional, full-time curriculum plan.
Acceptance into the professional education curriculum is competitive. (See secondary admissions below under the admissions information section.)
Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) more.
The nuclear medicine technology curriculum and the magnetic resonance imaging curriculum are accredited by separate accrediting agencies. It is common for accrediting agencies to require programs to publish their graduation outcomes as a means of informing potential students and other stakeholders of a program's accomplishments.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Outcomes
The number of graduates employed may differ from the number of program graduates due to the JRCERT definition of "not actively seeking employment."
The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:
- Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR
- Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, OR
- Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, OR
- Graduate is on active military duty, OR
- Graduate is continuing education.
Nuclear Medicine Technology Outcomes
Graduate achievement data is an indicator of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals. The current report on graduate achievement data, identified by program, is available on the JRCNMT website by clicking on the following link: Graduate Achievement Report
The above graduation outcomes represents the nuclear medicine technology curriculum. However, it does not reflect that nearly all of the nuclear medicine technology students begin the magnetic resonance imaging curriculum upon completion of their nuclear medicine studies and consequently, do NOT enter the workforce. These students are usually not seeking employment at this stage due to the time commitments of the magnetic resonance imaging curriculum.
- MRI Technologists work around powerful, high-field magnets, and thus in order to work in this environment, MRI Technologists and potential AMIT/MRI students cannot have certain implants or medical devices, such as pacemakers, brain aneurysm clips, and cardiac defibrillators. Many other metallic implants are OK for working in an MR environment, however, such as hip/knee replacements, braces, dental fillings, and orthopedic screws.
- Prior to applying to the AMIT program, it is advised that you look over and complete the screening form/questionnaire. If you have any questions about certain implants you have, please contact the AMIT program.
MRI Program Accreditation
The Joint Review Committee on Education Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) monitors performance measures of programs and makes this information available to the public. Successful completion of a JRCERT-accredited program assures you that you will be provided with the knowledge, skills, and professional values required for career success.
The AMIT MRI program is currently accredited by the JRCERT, the next program review is scheduled for 2020.
Nuclear Medicine Program Accreditation
The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. (JRCNMT) evaluates programs using nationally-recognized standards, ensuring quality educational programs.
The AMIT nuclear medicine program is currently accredited by the JRCNMT, the next program review is scheduled for 2019.