The Imaging Sciences program will provide students the opportunity to acquire marketable skills while progressing sequentially and earning multimodality credentials along with a master’s degree. The curriculum will include didactic content in anatomy and pathophysiology, patient assessment, pathophysiology, positioning and protocols, principles and instrumentation, radiographic technique, MRI safety, radiation biology, pharmacology, contrast media agents, venipuncture, patient safety, health care policies, emergency procedures, quality assurance, professional standards and supervised clinical training in radiography, CT, and MRI.
The plan of study will begin with Radiography principles and practice, followed by academic and clinical instruction in CT and culminating in the acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to perform MRI. To foster the development of clinically competent, imaging technologists with multi-modality, registry-eligible ARRT certifications in Radiography, CT and MRI, the program will be structured in phases.
Phase 1: Radiography proficiency (student earns ARRT radiography exam eligibility after phase 1 completion),
Phase 2: CT proficiency (student earns ARRT CT exam eligibility after phase 2 completion), and
Phase 3: MRI proficiency (student earns ARRT MRI exam eligibility after phase 3 completion).
Learning outcomes will exceed the minimum ARRT structured educational requirements in the advanced imaging modalities. After successfully completing the proposed program, the graduates will be eligible for state licensure by the Department of State Health Services to the Texas Medical Board.
In addition, the students will be prepared for the Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer (MRSO) credentialing examination by the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS). The ABMRS offers MRSO Certified™ (MRSC™) credentials to MRI technologists who demonstrate competency in advanced MRI safety.