Imaging Sciences

 

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Executive Director: Angie Elmore
Advising Coordinator: Lori Jones
Phone: 479-788-7841

Undergraduate Catalog

For information on the BSIS Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program contact the DMS Program Director: Jodi Callahan
Phone: 479-788-7374
For information on the BSIS Leadership (ON-LINE) program contact the Interim Executive Director: Angie Elmore
Phone: 479-788-7845
 
For information on the AAS Radiography program contact: The Advising Center
Advising and Career Services Location: Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center rm 232
Phone: 479-788-7400
 

Degree Plans:

Majors

The Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences-Diagnostic Medical Sonography is designed as a completion program for the registered radiographer, and prepares students to:
  • Employ basic patient care, professional judgment and communication and adhere to the professional codes of conduct.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human gross and sectional anatomy, and pathophysiology relevant to the role of the diagnostic medical sonographer.
  • Perform sonographic examinations using technical knowledge and clinical skills.
  • Pass the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers examination.
  • Perform as competent entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domain. 
The Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences-Leadership is designed as an ON-LINE completion program for the registered radiographer, and prepares students to:
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of modes (verbal, nonverbal, written, and technological).
  • Critically examine political, socioeconomic, legal, ethical and global issues from a medical imaging perspective.
  • Synthesize, evaluate and conduct professional research in medical imaging.
  • Demonstrate leadership and competence in promoting and influencing professional development and professional excellence.
The Associate of Applied Science in Radiography prepares students to:
  • Apply effective communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills in clinical situations.
  • Perform diagnostic radiographic examinations using technical knowledge and clinical skills while demonstrating quality patient care.
  • Provide care indicative of high ethical standards and professional growth and development.
  • Function in the health care community as a professional and competent entry-level radiographer. 

What can you do with an Imaging Sciences Degree?

Once a student has passed the national certification examination, practice in Diagnostic Medical Sonography may occur in:
  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Outpatient Surgery Centers
  • Medical Clinics
  • Mobile Services
  • Sales and Service
  • Traveling Technology businesses
  • Veterinarian clinic or mobile veterinarian
 Designed as a completion program for the registered radiographer, the Imaging Sciences-Leadership degree will:
  • Facilitate educational opportunities for professional mobility
  • Provide economic and organizational advancement
  • Enhance critical thinking skills necessary in leadership positions
  • Create a desire for lifelong learning in response to the clinical, organizational and fiscal demands facing the health care industry 
Once a Radiography student has passed the national certification examination, practice may occur in:
  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Outpatient Surgery Centers
  • Medical Clinics
  • Mobile Radiography Services
  • Industrial Radiography
  • Sales and Service
  • Traveling Technology businesses
Specialization in CT, MRI, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, Special Procedures or any number of other areas such as Cardiac Cath Lab are other employment options.
 
Students may also continue their education with a bachelor degree in leadership, education, or a specialty area such as diagnostic medical sonography or nuclear medicine.
 

Websites for Career Research

(The student self-registration Access Code is: numa.)
 

Why should you choose to major in Imaging Sciences?

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program boasts a 100% graduate pass rate for the Sonography, Physics and instramentation national certification examination for the last five years (national average = 70%). The program also boasts a 100% graduate pass rate for the OB/GYN Ultrasound concentration national examination for the last five years (national average = 73% and a 83% for the Vascular concentration examination (national average 58%). In addition the program has a 91% graduate pass rate for the Abdomen Ultrasound concentration national examination for the last five years (national average pass rate = 64%). The program has a 97% graduation rate over the past five years. The program offers nationally certified radiographers (ARRT) the opportunity for educational advancement leading to an exciting and rewarding career in diagnostic medical sonography. Designed as a completion program for the registered radiographer, the BSIS-DMS degree will provide graduates with:
  • An opportunity to serve others in the field of diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Job satisfaction and personal fulfillment.
  • Avenues for growth, advancement and higher salary.
  • A flexible beginning salary based on location, facility, and shift hours.
  • Virtually unlimited work schedules and rotations to fit almost anyone’s lifestyle.
  • Multiple avenues for continuing education and advanced degrees.
The Imaging Sciences-Leadership program is delivered completely online. You do not need to step foot on campus unless you choose to do so and can matriculate at your own pace. This program offers nationally certified radiographers (ARRT) the opportunity for educational advancement leading to exciting and rewarding careers in a variety of areas. This degree can lead to: 
  • A leadership/management position in a health care facility.
  • A career as a sales representative in a medical equipment or pharmaceutical company.
  • Teaching in a radiography program (college or hospital).
  • Graduate school options with a variety of majors: Education (teaching); Educational Leadership; Sciences (Physics, Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, etc.); Other related fields of study                 
The Radiography program boasts a 100% pass rate on the national board examination through the ARRT (Registry exam) since the program began in 1998. The Radiography program has a 86% overall retention/graduation rate for students accepted into the program. Employment availability for Radiography majors is expected to be excellent through the near future. The program has a 99% job placement rate since the program began. The degree can lead to: 
  • An opportunity to serve others.
  • Job satisfaction and personal fulfillment.
  • Technologically advanced field in health care.
  • Tremendous opportunity for growth and advancement.
  • A flexible beginning salary based on location, facility, and shift hours.
  • Virtually unlimited work schedules and rotations to fit almost anyone’s lifestyle.
  • Multiple avenues for continuing education and advanced degrees.

Special Application Procedures

Please see, the College of Health Sciences, Imaging Sciences, web site for a detailed list of admission requirements, program applications and degree plans.
  • Application deadline for Imaging Sciences-Leadership-fall class:May 15
  • Application deadline for Imaging Sciences-Diagnostic Medical Sonography-fall class: May 15
  • Application deadline for Radiography-fall class: May 15

Internship Opportunities  

  • In the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program clinical rotations are through multiple specialty areas.
  • The Imaging Sciences-Leadership program offers internship opportunities through the following courses: ISM 4503 Internship and ISM 4213 Leadership Practicum. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunitities 

  • Second year student research project; paper and display board competition at the state conference-Radiography majors 

Academic Clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies

  • Lambda Nu
  • Radiography Student Association

 Graduates are employed with:

  • Mercy
  • Cooper
  • Sparks
  • On-Site Imaging Solutions
  • Trinity Healthcare

Accreditation

The College of Health Sciences has multiple degree programs all accredited through their respective accrediting agency. The BS - Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). The BS – Imaging Sciences Leadership degree is accredited through the University and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The AAS - Radiography is accredited by the national accrediting agency; the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
 

Professional Organizations in Medical Imaging

  • American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT)
  • Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS)
  • Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic technology (ACERT)
  • American Society of Radiologic technologists (ASRT)
  • Arkansas Society of Radiologic Technologists (ArSRT)
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)