Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 20
    Credits
  • $341.00
    In-State
  • $341.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

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 Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences (MITS).

The MITS 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 Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences (MITS) 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.

This program is considered a degree completion program and does not include a professional clinical education component; therefore, it is not under the purview of the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Completed coursework

    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.

  3. A license/certificate required

    Be registered and in good standing with the ARRT, ARDMS or NMTCB (proof of registration may be required)

  4. Provide proof of authorization to practice in the state in which you are employed in the form of a license or certificate issued by the appropriate State authority (active duty military exempt)

  5. Complete an accredited radiography, radiation therapy, sonography, or nuclear medicine technology program

  6. Present a professional program GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Send supporting documents through mail

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

A minimum of 20 semester hours of coursework from UNMC must be completed to qualify for the medical imaging and therapeutic sciences 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 medical imaging and therapeutic science elective courses that tailor the technologist's clinical and educational background with their professional goals. Elective courses may include: Advanced Sonography course, Computed Tomography courses, Mammography course, Principles of Education for Health Care Professionals, Cultural Competence & Communication. Time to Completion - Students are allowed up to five years to complete the online medical imaging and therapeutic sciences degree advancement option; however, it is possible to complete the program in three semesters. When working with your adviser to create your plan of study, you should consider questions such as: How many hours a week can I comfortably commit to these courses? What are my current work responsibilities? Family responsibilities? Social commitments? Health issues? An honest assessment of these factors will help you determine the best pace at which to complete your degree with minimal stress and maintain a balanced life. On average, most students take 4-6 semesters to complete all of their coursework. Graduation - Upon successful completion of all requirements by the deadline dates set by the Program, graduates of the MITS are welcome to participate in the graduation ceremonies in Omaha, Nebraska. Graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences degree.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CAHP 426Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking3
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.
CAHP 423Principles of Critical Inquiry2
MITS 440RCase Studies & Journal Review2
CAHP 430/530Scanning the Health Care Environment1
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.
CAHP 431/531Management in Health Care2
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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CAHP 415/515Cultural Competence & Communication2
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.
CAHP 422Principles of Education for Health Care Professionals2
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$341.00
Fees
$41.25
Total
$382.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1023.00
Fees
$123.75
Total
$1146.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$341.00
Fees
$41.25
Total
$382.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1023.00
Fees
$123.75
Total
$1146.75

Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Allied Health Professions charges a $100 Technology Fee and $50 Registration Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

About Faculty

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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterMay 16
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SessionsApr 15