Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences

Medical Imaging Technologist providing imaging services to a patient.

The Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences program at Rush University prepares students for a career in the imaging sciences field by providing them the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of medical imaging sciences, while completing a unique hybrid program featuring online, on-campus and clinical experiences. Students complete 1,000 hours of clinical practice to allow them to gain the experience they need to succeed in the medical imaging field. This program is customizable, as some students start with previous experience in imaging sciences and others are entry-level and in need of preparation for licensure. Medical imaging technologists perform imaging examinations that aid in the diagnosis, intervention and treatment of diseases and medical conditions.

The Imaging Sciences program is committed to offering the highest quality of education through formal didactic and state-of-the-art clinical experiences essential in the preparation of advanced-level imaging science professionals. The program seeks to enroll a diverse student body in order to promote its values of diversity and inclusion.

What characteristics/traits help students excel in the Imaging Sciences Program at Rush University?

Students who complete this program are independent learners who are looking to excel in the field of diagnostic medical imaging. These students have often had previous professional experience and are looking for the next step in preparation for growing in their chosen career. Students are motivated to finish the program, and passionate about patient care and safety.

What education is required to be eligible for the B.S. in Imaging Sciences program?

Applicants for this program are required to complete a general education curriculum at another institution before starting at Rush University. Specific requirements regarding courses and class hours can be found on the Imaging Sciences Admissions and Deadlines page. Students must have an overall and science-related GPA of at least 2.5 to be eligible for this program.

What skills does a medical student gain from a Bachelor degree in Medical Imaging Science?

Students in the diagnostic medical imaging program are not only aptly prepared to become medical technologists and radiologists, they are capable of taking on leadership roles in the imaging sciences field. This program has students complete a significant amount of clinical hours, and a curriculum aimed at teaching them how to find continued success in their job field.

The BS in Imaging Sciences program provides students with the knowledge, skills, professional competencies and best practices required to perform advanced-level imaging in modalities such as:

  1. Computed Tomography (CT)
  2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  3. Cardiac-Interventional (CI) Radiography)
  4. Vascular-Interventional (VI) Radiography)

*An entry-level Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) track is available for students who are not licensed in radiography or nuclear medicine. Licensure or eligibility for accreditation in the practice of medical radiation technology by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is not required for successful completion of the MRI track, as MRI is a non-ionizing imaging modality. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) entry-level track is recognized as a MRI primary-pathway educational program by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Scholarship opportunities are available including, the new College of Health Sciences full tuition Diversity Leadership Scholarship. Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements in regard to race/ethnicity and socioeconomic background in order to qualify. Please complete your program application first, in order to determine your scholarship options.

What can a student do with a BS degree in Imaging Sciences?

Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Imaging Sciences can become Medical Technologists, Radiologists, Cardiovascular Technologists, Radiology Administrators, MRI Technicians and more. With a Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences, students are able to get a headstart on the track towards management and leadership in the clinical setting. Diagnostic medical imaging is a profession that is growing rapidly, with a projected 13% increase in jobs between 2016 and 2026 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Imaging Sciences program includes:

  • Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
  • Advocate Christ Medical Center
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • Circle Imaging - Rush Professional Building
  • Loyola University Health Systems
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Rush Midwest Orthopedics
  • University of Chicago Medical Center
  • University of Illinois Medical Center
  • UnityPoint Health Methodist

Registered radiologic technologists with advanced certification in ARRT (CT), (MR), (CI) or (VI) from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists may receive credit based on his or her advanced certification credential. In addition, those with MRSO credentials from the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS) are eligible for course credit.

Why Rush University for the Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences program?

This program is unique in its flexibility for learners who need to make their own schedules and learn on their own time. The Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences program can be tailored to fit the needs of many students, including those who have previous experience in this field. Applicants to the imaging sciences program may also be considered for a full-tuition Diversity Leadership Scholarship if they meet the appropriate eligibility requirements. Students also forge important professional connections by completing clinical rotations at health systems and organizations around the Chicago area.

Imaging Sciences Program Statistics

  • 91% average program completion rate over the past 7 years.
  • 100% pass rates on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification examination—96% passed on first attempt.
  • 98% average job placement rate.
  • Graduates complete 1,000 hours of clinical specialty experience with an average clinical competency performance mean score of 4.4 (5.0 scale).
  • Average of 4.8 (out of 5.0 scale) on student satisfaction surveys.
  • Average of 4.6 (out of 5.0 scale) on employer satisfaction surveys.

 

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