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BS in Diagnostic Imaging

The bachelor of science in diagnostic imaging is a three-year accelerated degree, with the option to complete the degree in four years. Graduates are ready for entry-level employment as radiographers.

Radiographers are essential members of the health care team. Their knowledge of radiation protection, physics and biology, as well as technical positioning, allows them to deliver the safest and highest quality patient care through the use of imaging modalities. In the evolving world of medicine, high technology imaging has become multi-faceted, both in modalities and operationally.

This 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 bachelor's degree program consists of University Curriculum studies. The component of the program 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.

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 bachelor of science in diagnostic imaging is a three-year accelerated degree, with the option to complete the degree in four years. The 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 students' technical and interpersonal communication skills through a logical and organized sequence of didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences.

The program offers multiple clinical assignments to provide maximum exposure to diversified radiographic procedures and imaging protocols. In addition, the program prepares graduates competent in the art and science of radiography. Graduates of the program will meet the needs of the community for highly qualified professionals, and the program prepares 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.

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 and a programmatic GPA of 3.0 are required to progress into the major. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a programmatic GPA of 3.0 to remain in academic good standing throughout the program. If a student does not maintain the GPA requirements at any point during the professional component of the program, the student may be dismissed.

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 253). 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
*Students take either CHE 101 or PHY 101. Either will count as a UC elective course. Students may take CHE 101 or PHY 101 in the fall or spring semester.
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

  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. www.jrcert.org
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