The future of health care requires competent, well-trained professionals to assure the delivery of cost effective, high quality care. The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences has developed an exciting option for imaging and radiation science professionals interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology (BSRST).
The BSRST Degree Advancement Option (DAO) is available through distance education technology and can be completed on a part-time basis by practicing imaging and radiation science professionals. The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology (BSRST) Degree Advancement Option (DAO) allows working imaging and radiation science professionals the opportunity to advance their education. Qualified candidates work with an adviser to develop an individual plan of study that tailors students’ clinical and educational backgrounds with their professional goals. Students must have completed an accredited radiography, radiation therapy, sonography, or nuclear medicine technology program, and be registered and in good standing in their profession. Students are allowed up to 5 years to complete the degree advancement option; however it is possible to complete the program in as little as three semesters.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
Completed a minimum of 40 hours of specific college prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in the program. Request information or call to speak with an adviser about transfer credit or meeting these prerequisites.
Be registered and in good standing with the ARRT or NMTCB (proof of registration may be required)
A minimum of 20 semester hours of coursework from UNMC must be completed to qualify for radiation science degree completion. Students work with an adviser to create a flexible plan of study that meets their needs while still allowing them to reach their goals.
The Plan of Study includes 10 hours of required allied health courses and a large selection of radiation science elective courses that tailor the technologist's clinical and educational background with their professional goals.
Elective courses may include:
|Principles of Critical Inquiry||2|
Course Number: CAHP 423
|Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking||3|
Course Number: CAHP 426
This upper level course introduces ethical issues that Allied Health professionals can expect to encounter during their education and career. It covers such areas of concern as confidentiality, informed consent, responsible practice, professionalism, cultural differences, handling mistakes, difficult cases, and key legal aspects of these issues. To assist students in resolving issues, the course identifies and applies key principles of critical thinking. The course trains students in the use of these principles in ethics and professionalism. The course is designed to improve the ability of students to reason soundly in professional ethics, to be familiar with the health professional ethics literature, and to communicate clearly about ethical values, integrity, and judgment.
|Scanning the Health Care Environment||1|
Course Number: CAHP 430/530
This is an 8-week course (August-October). This upper level course in the College of Allied Health Professions is designed to provide allied health professions students with an overview of health care delivery in the United States. The course will explore many factors that influence the delivery of health care, including the determinants of health, the financing of health care, and various health care settings. The course will examine the evolution of health care in the United States and will project issues that will affect health care in the future. Allied health professionals are affected by such changes in both their personal and professional lives. It will be the challenge of health care professionals of the future to consider the value of Medicare and Medicaid, the handling of insurance issues, the creation of policy governing health care delivery and the reduction of health care disparities. This course is designed to assist students in gaining an understanding of why change is occurring, recognizing trends in their particular professional environment and identifying strategies to affect the changes to assure the patient’s access to quality care in an economical environment.
|Management in Health Care||2|
Course Number: CAHP 431/531
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the concept of organizational theory and behavior, and several management applications. The topics to be covered include the principles of motivation, team building, leadership, management, organizational culture, and individual responses to organizational changes. Since change is a constant in today's organizations, the student will learn basic methods for planning and implementing organizational change. Additionally, the student will learn the basic concepts of continuous quality improvement, the application of quality tools, financial management, as well as the process for hiring, coaching, evaluating and dismissing employees. The student is expected to complete a simple quality improvement project and to prepare her/his own resume for an entrance level professional position (discipline specific). Prerequisite: CAHP 430 and/or permission of the Instructor.
|Case Studies & Journal Review||2|
Course Number: RSTE 440R
|Cultural Competence & Communication||2|
Course Number: CAHP 415/515
Communication and Cultural Competency is an upper-level course for allied health professions students to facilitate understanding of the role of cultural competence in the healthcare arena and explore the ethical and legal implications of this topic. The course will begin by helping the student understand the value of diversity in our society. Secondly, the course will allow the student to make self-examination of their own beliefs, values and biases. This will be followed by understanding the dynamics involved when two cultures interact. Students will examine specific cultural characteristics as they apply to health care and propose ways of adapting diversity to the delivery of healthcare. The course will include an in-depth assessment of the CLAS standards and cultural competency information available to healthcare organizations.
|Principles of Education for Health Care Professionals||2|
Course Number: CAHP 422
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the principles of education for the purposes of preparing health care professionals to fulfill the role of clinical instructor and/or program director for their specific clinical discipline. The topics to be covered include curriculum development, the use of terminal objectives, developing test questions, preparation of lesson plans and assignments, and the development of audiovisual materials for didactic instruction.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.