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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. Students may select the four-year option with consultation from their academic advisor. 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.

Students who are graduates of a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredited radiology program and credentialed by the ARRT are eligible for degree completion in the bachelor's degree program.

Registered radiographers may apply to the bachelor of science program either on a full-time or part-time basis. Interested applicants should contact the transfer admissions office for requirements and deadlines for application submission.

The program is accredited by the JRCERT. 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
For freshmen entering the program in Fall 2014:

  1. A programmatic GPA of 3.0 is required to progress into the major, starting with RS 100, fall freshman year. 
  2. Must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 by the end of the freshman year and meet all prerequisite requirements for the major.

The following courses must be completed by fall sophomore year:

  1. RS 100 and RS 101
  2. MA 275 - Students requiring a math prerequisite should take MA 107, which requires a C- or above in order to progress into MA 275
  3. BIO 101 and 102 pass with a C- or above
  4. Pass Physics or Chemistry

First occurrence of not meeting one or both of the above requirements (excluding spring of junior year):

  1. Letter of expectation and serious risk
  2. Placed on academic probation
  3. Opportunity for online remediation J-term
  4. Summer session I

*Area of deficiency must be rectified by the completion of the next academic semester (fall or spring)

First occurrence of not meeting one or both of the above requirements in the spring of junior year only:

  1. Required online three-credit remediation course
  2. Must earn a grade of B or higher

Second occurrence of not meeting one or both of the above requirements at any point in the major:

  1. Automatic dismissal from the program
  2. Option to appeal to the dean's office; appeal must be made within three days of notice of dismissal

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

Program Fees

  • Certiphi initial background check: $60
  • Renewal of background check after one year: $24.50
  • Certiphi drug screen: $32
  • Electronic health record: $30 (annual $10 fee after the first year)
  • E-Value clinical tracking system: $90 per year
  • Uniforms: Prices may be found on the Quinnipiac University Bookstore website

Please note: An additional fee of $66 will be assessed for all background checks for students from the state of New York. All posted prices are subject to change.

For more information about course/lab fees, visit the Registrar page 

Health Requirements

All students entering the Diagnostic Imaging Program must be in good health and free of communicable disease. Prior to entering the program, the student must show proof of:
  • Recent (within six months and within the calendar year of entering the program) complete physical examination with vision testing for color blindness
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine - both dose 1 and 2
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis vaccine - must be within 10 years and be current until date of graduation
  • Hepatitis B vaccine - doses 1, 2 and 3
  • Polio vaccine
  • Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) or negative chest X-ray within two months of entering PA program
Titers
As part of the Quinnipiac University Clinical Affiliation Agreement and in an effort to protect students and the patients they care for, prior to entering the program DI students are required to show proof of titer for each of the following:
  • Rubella
  • Measles (Rubeola)
  • Mumps
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B

All health requirements are collected and reviewed by the University's electronic health record collection and storage service on a regular basis and students are notified of any deficiencies. It is the student's responsibility to see that all health requirements including immunizations and titers are up to date. No student will be allowed to matriculate in the program, participate in a clinical experience or in any class where there is the potential for exposure to blood and airborne pathogens without proof of physical exam, immunizations and titers. No one will be permitted to begin clinical contact without documentation of physical exam, immunizations and immunity (including the requested titers).

Immunization Policy
If a student is unable to confirm immunization status or unable to obtain immunizations due to personal, religious or medical reasons, the Quinnipiac DI Program cannot guarantee the student's placement at a clinical site and may limit the student's ability to successfully complete and graduate from the program. Completion of all clinical rotations is required for successful completion of the program.

Influenza Vaccination
The DI program requires all students to obtain the influenza vaccine in the fall of their second year, as well as every fall in which the student is participating in the clinic. If a student is unable to receive the influenza vaccine, they are required to complete the University influenza vaccination declination form. By declining the influenza vaccine, the student acknowledges that clinical placement may be limited or denied due to the requirements for influenza vaccine by clinical affiliates.

Health/Medical Insurance Policy
All QU Diagnostic Imaging students must maintain health/medical insurance through the University. Students must show proof of health care coverage, as well as maintain coverage for the entire program. Students must purchase health insurance through the University insurance agent unless they can show proof of other adequate coverage. 

Clinical Affiliations

The following is a list of JCERT-approved Clinical Education Settings:

Advanced Medical Imaging of Northwest Connecticut
220 Kennedy Drive
Torrington, CT 06790
(860) 489-7314
JRC# 03589055

Advanced Radiology Consultants
15 Corporate Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 337-9729
JRC# 03587281

Advanced Radiology Consultants
2876 Main Street
Stratford, CT
(203) 380-3766
JRC# 03587280

Advanced Radiology Consultants
1055 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06430
(203) 319-3650
JRC# 03588215

Beth Israel - Deaconess Hospital
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 667-3122
JRC# 03582557

Comprehensive Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Care - Meriden/Inactive
455 Lewis Ave., Suite 102
Meriden, CT 06450
JRC# 035811741

Comprehensive Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Care - Wallingford
863 North Main St.
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 265-3280
JRC# 035811740

Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, P.C, Branford
84 North Main Street
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 483-2509
JRC# 035812143

Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, P.C, Hamden
2408 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 407-3500
JRC# pending

Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, P.C, Orange
330 Boston Post Road
Medical Center of Orange
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 795-4784
JRC# 035812148

Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, P.C, Wallingford
1000 Yale Avenue
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 265-1800
JRC# 035812144

Diagnostic Imaging Associates
1389 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06708
(203) 574-1311
JRC# 03587554

Diagnostic Imaging of West Haven
687 Campbell Avenue, Suite 1
West Haven, CT 06516
JRC# 035811742

Gaylord Hospital
50 Gaylord Farm Rd.
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 284-2800
JRC# 035811167

Griffin Hospital
130 Division Street
Derby, CT 06418
(203) 735-7421
JRC# 03585375

Hospital of Saint Raphael(HSR)-Yale
1450 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 789-3124
JRC# 03582225

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
365 Montauk Avenue
New London, CT 05620
(860) 444-5195
JRC# 3586887 

Madison Radiology, PC
2A Samson Rock Drive
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 245-7351
JRC# 03587282

Mid State Radiology Associates, L.L.C.
435 Lewis Avenue
Meriden, CT 06450
(203) 694-8260    
JRC# 03585764

Milford Hospital
301 Seaside Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 876-4010
JRC# 0358534

Pequot Health Center
53 Hazelnut Road
Groton, CT
JRC# 035811746

Bridgeport Hospital Outpatient Radiology
4699 Main Street - Commerce Park
Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203) 331-4555
JRC# 03585392

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
114 Woodland Avenue
Harford, CT 06105
(860) 714-5935
JRC# 03582220

St. Vincent's Medical Center
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606 
(203) 576-6000
JRC# 03582215

The University of Connecticut Medical Center
263 Farmington Ave.
Farmington, CT 06032
(860) 679-2784
JRC# 035811536

Yale-New Haven Ambulatory Services / Temple Radiology
111 Goose Lane
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-7200
JRC# 0358861

60 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 688-1010
JRC# 03586394

2560 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 688-3893
JRC# 03585376

The Radiology Group, PC
2447 Whitney Imaging
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 288-7975
JRC# 03587757

6 Business Park Drive
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 481-5397
JRC# 03588800

Whitney Medical Imaging
Spring Glen Medical Center
2200 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 288-3068
JRC# 03587555

Whitney Imaging Center West Campus
2543 Dixwell Avenue, Suite 100
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 407-0360
JRC# 035812195       

West Haven Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 932-5711 ext. 5444
JRC# 03582233

Yale-New Haven Hospital - Pediatric Department
20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06504
(203) 688-2941
JRC# 03582226

Yale Physician's Building
Diagnostic Imaging Room 178
801 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519
(203) 688-6925
JRC# 03585768

Study Abroad Affiliations:
Master Misericordiae University Hospital
Dublin, Ireland
JRC# 035812117

St. Vincent's University Hospital
Dublin, Ireland
JRC# 035811609

Technical Standards

The imaging professional integrates scientific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interactions. A main goal of a competent radiologic technologist is the deliverance of quality patient care, and useful diagnostic information. The section below lists some of the practice standards of the profession in basic terms. However, the student is responsible for reading and reviewing the entire "Practice Standards" with specific attention to the general and specific criteria listed, located at the ARRT.org website, and agree to compliance with the statement as part of the program. 

Clinical Performance Standards

  1. The practitioner collects pertinent data about the patient and about the procedure.
  2. The practitioner analyzes the information obtained during the assessment phase and develops an action plan for completing the procedure.
  3. The practitioner provides information about the procedure to the patient, significant others and other health care providers.
  4. The practitioner implements the action plan.
  5. The practitioner determines whether the goals of the action plan have been achieved, and implements revised action plans if necessary.
  6. The practitioner reviews and evaluated the outcome of the procedure.
  7. The practitioner documents information about patient care, the procedure, and the final outcome.
  8. The practitioner collects pertinent information regarding equipment, the procedures, and the work environment.
  9. The practitioner analyzes information collected during the assessment phase and determines whether changes need to be made to equipment, procedures, or the work environment.
  10. The practitioner informs patients, the public, and other health providers about procedures, equipment, and facilities.
  11. The practitioner performs quality assurance activities or acquires information on equipment and materials.
  12. The practitioner evaluated quality assurance results and establishes an appropriate action plan.
  13. The practitioner implements the quality assurance action plan.
  14. The practitioner assesses the outcome of the quality assurance plan in accordance with established guidelines.
  15. The practitioner documents quality assurance activities and results.
  16. The practitioner strives to provide optimal care to all patients.
  17. The practitioner evaluates personal performance, knowledge, and skills.
  18. The practitioner acquires and maintains current knowledge in clinical practice.
  19. The practitioner promotes a positive collaborative practice atmosphere with other members of the health care team.
  20. The practitioner adheres to the profession's Code of Ethics.
  21. The practitioner participates in the acquisition, dissemination, and advancement of the professional knowledge base.
Essential Job Functions
In addition to minimal requirements for math and reading skills, it is also recommended that the student must, without assistance, be able to:
  • Comprehend and interpret written material.
  • Follow verbal instructions over an intercom system.
  • Follow written instructions.
  • Communicate in a clear, concise, and professional manner.
  • Reach up to six (6) feet off the floor.
  • Lift thirty (30) pounds of weight up, and over the level of your head.
  • With assistance, move immobilized patients from stretchers and wheelchairs to imaging tables or other equipment.
  • Visually monitor patients in dimly lit environments.
  • Audibly monitor patient conditions; and be aware of various equipment and background sounds during equipment operation.
  • Read, comprehend; as well as  process medical requisitions in a timely and  efficient manner.
  • Stand for protracted periods of time without a break.
  • Successfully complete a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification course for Health Care Providers; which should include Adult, Pediatric and AED.
  • Safely work in a healthcare environment in which various Patients', Pathologies and Equipment are present. Students must reveal allergies such as latex, which may impede them from safely working in a healthcare environment. 


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