BS in Diagnostic Imaging

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Students in the innovative diagnostic imaging program concentrate on the hard sciences, elements of patient care and technical training to prepare for employment in health care centers or for careers in education, research and sales and marketing.

A thorough education and many hours in Quinnipiac's laboratories help students develop a deep understanding of scientific theory as well as the people and technology skills essential for high-quality patient care.

Students gain clinical field experience at major health care centers like Yale-New Haven Hospital, Midstate Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and at private radiology practices.

Summer field experience sends our diagnostic imaging majors as far away as Ireland, where they have the opportunity to perform clinical rotations for a 6 week period.

By the end of their third year, students are prepared for national credentialing examinations, which will qualify them to actually work in the profession, and will graduate with a bachelor's degree in diagnostic imaging.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. More information regarding the JRCERT and the accreditation process can be found at www.jrcert.org.

Mission Statement

The Quinnipiac University Diagnostic Imaging Program supports the mission statements of both Quinnipiac University and the School of Health Sciences and their commitment to excellence in education.

The mission of the Diagnostic Imaging Program at Quinnipiac University is to develop student's technical and interpersonal communication skills through a logical and organized sequence of didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences. The program will offer multiple clinical assignments to provide maximum exposure to diversified radiographic procedures and imaging protocols.

In addition, the program will prepare multi-skilled graduates competent in the art and science of radiography. Graduates of the Diagnostic Imaging Program will meet the needs of the community for highly qualified professionals, and the program will prepare students for career entry and advanced study.

Student + Program Outcomes

2013 Student Outcomes
  • ARRT Credentialing Examination first time pass rate - 90%
  • Job placement rate - 100%
  • Program completion - 75% (38 completed the program out of 41 students who entered)
Five Year Statistics
  • 5-year average ARRT Credentialing Examination First Time Pass Rate - 98%
  • 5-year average Job Placement Rate - 100%
  • The 5-year ARRT credentialing examination pass rate from May 2009 - May 2013 is 98% for first time examinees (153 students passed out of 156 students who first attempted)
  • The 5-year job placement rate from May 2009 - May 2013 is 100% of those seeking employment (22 graduates were employed out of 22 seeking employment). The cohort for determining this percentage is based on those seeking employment as radiographers and does not include those continuing at Quinnipiac University to complete the bachelor's degree as full-time students.

Program Goal #1: The students will be clinically competent.
Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be clinically knowledgeable
  • Students will demonstrate procedural knowledge

Program Goal #2: The students will demonstrate effective communication skills. 
Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients
  • Students will demonstrate presentation skills in both oral and written formats

Program Goal #3: The students will demonstrate critical thinking.
Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to perform non-routine procedures
  • Students will evaluate images for diagnostic quality

Program Goal #4: The students will grow as professionals.
Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will exhibit professional behaviors
  • Students will understand ethical decision making

Information regarding accredited radiography programs can be found on the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology website, www.jrcert.org.

Curriculum + Requirements

This three-year accelerated bachelor's degree program offers both knowledge and basic clinical cross-training in diverse aspects of patient care for the student who is motivated to become a member of this specialty.

The first year of the baccalaureate-level program consists of core curriculum studies on the Quinnipiac campus and two pre-requisite imaging courses for the major (RS 100 and RS 101). The professional component accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology begins in the second year of study. During the second and third years, the students concentrate on didactic radiography classes and laboratory sessions on campus and clinical education at multiple clinical education centers. The curriculum is structured so students can apply the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and laboratory to the care of patients in the clinical setting. Beginning in the spring semester of the sophomore year and continuing throughout the program, didactic and clinical courses are taken simultaneously to provide the opportunity for immediate application and reinforcement.

At the end of the junior year, students will be eligible for graduation with their bachelor's degree in diagnostic imaging, and are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination. Upon satisfactory achievement on this national examination, students are eligible for radiologic technology licensure in Connecticut and other states. 

Policies
In addition to the general policies of Quinnipiac University, such as due process and academic honesty, the following apply to students enrolled in the diagnostic imaging program:

Progression in the Program
After completion of the freshman year, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required to progress into the major. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to remain in academic good standing in the program. If a student does not maintain a 2.5 GPA at any point during the professional component of the program, the student may be dismissed from the program.

All professional courses (RS designation) are accepted only if the student earns a grade of C+ or higher. A student earning a grade of C+ or less must appear before the Diagnostic Imaging Departments' Academic Standing and Progress Committee. If the student does not meet the terms of the decision set forth by the committee, the student may be subject to dismissal from the program.

Transportation
Multiple clinical education centers are used throughout the professional component of the program. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from these sites.

Summer Study
All students are required to perform one clinical assignment during the summer semester, second year (RS 252). This clinical practicum is performed during summer sessions I and II and may be performed only in a clinical affiliate currently approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for the program.

Curriculum
Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, Freshman Year
BIO 101 Science (UC) 4
EN 101 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
QU 101 The Individual and the Community 3
MA 275 Quantitative Literacy (UC) 3
CHE 101 (UC elective)* 4
or UC elective 3
RS 100 Foundations of Diagnostic Imaging 1
  Total 17 or 18
Spring Semester, Freshman Year
BIO 102 Science (UC) 4
PHY 101 (UC elective)* 4
or UC elective 3
EN 102 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
UC elective 3
RS 101 Intro to Diagnostic Imaging 3
Total 16 or 17
Summer Semester, Freshman Year (online or on campus)
UC Elective 3
UC Elective 3
Total 6
Fall Semester, Sophomore Year
BIO 211  Anatomy and Physiology I 4
QU 201 National Community 3
RS 241/241L Image Production and Evaluation I w/ Lab 4
RS 260 Radiographic Physics and Instrumentation 3
UC Elective 3
Total 17
Spring Semester, Sophomore Year
BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
RS 212/212L Radiographic Procedures I with lab 4
RS 242 Image Production and Evaluation II with lab 4
RS 250 Clinical Education I 2
RS 297/297L Methods of Patient Care with lab 3
Total 17
Summer Semester, Sophomore Year
RS 253 Clinical Education II 5
UC Elective 3
Total 8
Fall Semester, Junior Year
RS 201 Gross Antaomy Lab I 1
RS 215 Radiation Protection and Biology 3
RS 222/222L  Radiographic Procedures II with lab 5
RS 254 Clinical Education III 3
RS 318 Pathology in Imaging 3
RS 414 Research Analysis and Critique 3
Total 18
J-Term, Junior Year
RS 336DE Pharmacology-Radiologic Technologist 2
Total 2
Spring Semester, Junior Year (Graduate)
QU 301 Global Community 3
RS 202 Gross Anatomy Lab II 1
RS 232/232L Radiographic Procedures III with lab 5
RS 255 Clinical Education IV 3
RS 290  Radiographic Procedures IV 3
RS 499 Thesis 3
Total 18

Total credits for degree: 120
*Students take either CHE 101 or PHY 101. Either will count as a UC elective course. Students must take CHE 101 in the fall semester. Students may take PHY 101 in the fall or spring semester. 

  1. Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275 or its equivalent. 
  2. BIO 101-102 are required courses for the diagnostic imaging program and may be used to meet the University core sciences requirement.
  3. All diagnostic imaging course requirements must be completed in the appropriate semester as indicated above. 
  4. The diagnostic imaging program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901. 
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