Medical Imaging (B.S.)


Medical imaging technologists are allied health professionals who have expertise in the operation of imaging equipment and the preparation of patients for various diagnostic and treatment procedures. Practice specialties may include competencies in radiography, nuclear medicine, sonography, radiation therapy, cardiovascular technology, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, positron emission tomography, and mammography.

This degree program offers a range of academic pathways leading to a baccalaureate degree. Students spend between two and three years (60 to 90 credits) at BU and then one to two years (30 to 60 credits) in an accredited hospital-based clinical program. The time spent in each will depend on which clinical option(s) is/are selected. This major is not open to transfer students.

 

Medical Imaging Options

While at BU, students take core biology, physics, and math courses; they also complete all university general education requirements. Students who elect short clinical programs take 15 additional credits in one of the emphasis areas — Science or Management.

Admission into clinical programs is not automatic or guaranteed; outstanding academic achievement, well-developed interpersonal skills, and a good understanding of the profession are required. Shadowing and internship experience in the field and exposure to clinical health settings are helpful for admission to clinical programs.

Clinical Programs

Some of the clinical programs that regularly accept BU students include the following: Geisinger, Johns Hopkins, York, Conemaugh, Albert Einstein, St. Christopher's, St. Francis, PA College HS, South Hills, Crozer Chester, Lackawanna, Armstrong, JFK Muhlenberg, Englewood, Arnot Ogden, and Winchester Medical.

Students apply to clinical programs in the fall of their sophomore or junior year. Although admission is not guaranteed, over 90 percent of applicants are accepted each year. During the clinical program, financial aid continues to be processed through BU, but students pay hospital tuition.

Upon completion of the clinical program:

  • Clinical credits are posted to the students' BU transcript
  • The BS degree in Medical Imaging is awarded
  • Students sit for national registry exams