Bachelor of Science - Clinical/Health Management Concentration for Radiographers
Within the radiologic sciences profession there is a need for qualified radiographers with the advanced skills necessary to provide patient services in cardiovascular interventional technology, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. These professionals require unique skills specific to the specialty. Cardiovascular interventional technologists assist physicians in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of the cardiovascular system. These procedures involve the injection of iodinated contrast media to demonstrate diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Computed tomography (CT) technologists image selected planes of the body by combining the use of an X-ray beam and a computer. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists utilize a magnetic field along with radio waves to create images of patients' anatomy for interpretation by a physician.
The Bachelor of Science Program in Radiologic Sciences is designed to prepare qualified radiographers with the skills to provide patient services in cardiovascular interventional technology, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Students receive a theoretical foundation in all these specialties and select a clinical/health management concentration.
Graduates of the Program
Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are eligible to take specialty examinations depending on their clinical concentration.
Credentials Required to Practice
R.T.(R) (ARRT) Registered Radiographer.
Indiana Certification Requirements
State certification is required to operate an X-ray machine. The state accepts the ARRT Registry for certification.
Length of the Program
A new class begins the professional course work in the fall semester and completes the professional year at the end of the following spring semester.
Structure of the Professional Program
Classes are held during the day. Clinical experience is scheduled in cooperation with the clinical site with most experience during normal daytime hours.
Design of the Professional Curriculum
Lectures and clinical experiences are integrated throughout the two semesters.
Opportunity for Students to Work
Students may be employed as radiographers at local area hospitals. Students may find full-time employment during the professional year difficult.
Description of Facilities
The radiologic sciences classroom and offices are located in the Dunes Medical/ Professional Building at IU Northwest. Clinical experience is provided at local area hospitals.
General education requirements may be taken at Indiana University Northwest (IUN) or any accredited college or university on a part-time basis. The following courses that are followed by (G) meet the general education requirements of the School of Nursing and Health Professions. *Courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better:
To graduate, the student must satisfactorily complete 125 credit hours to include 95 credit hours of prerequisite and general education courses and 30 credit hours of professional 300-400 level courses. All professional courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. All course work must be completed in compliance with academic and professional policies of the program and school.
Concentration Coursework Options
The Clinical Concentration prepares qualified radiographers for advanced skills in 1)cardiovascular interventional technology, 2) computed tomography, and 3) magnetic resonance imaging technology. The Health Management Concentration helps prepare radiographers for supervisory roles within the health care environment.
Students receive a theoretical foundation in these advanced imaging specialties and then select a clinical concentration and/or a health management concentration. Clinical experience is obtained at local area hospitals throughout northwest Indiana. Health management concentration course work is offered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).
Students may select from any of the following course to complete their 12 credit hours of concentration course work. Students interested in advanced clinical skills are encouraged to enroll in the Clinical Concentration courses. For every 1 credit hour of clinical course work, students spend 60 hours per semester in the clinical environment learning the advanced skills. Students interested in supervisor roles are encouraged to take 12 credit hours of the health management concentration course work. Students may elect to combine these to concentrations to equal 12 credit hours total.
Program Admission Process
Applicants for admission to the program will be expected to:
- Submit an application (Deadline date is January 15th).
- Provide evidence of registration or registration eligibility with the accrediting agency for which they obtained their associate degree, if applicable.
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all radiography courses.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale for all course work.
- Maintain a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all stated prerequisite courses.
- Preselect an area of clinical or health management concentration.
- Students must meet the list of Essential Abilities (Technical Standards) for admission to the program. The list of Essential Abilities is mailed to all program applicants.
Phone: (219) 980-6540