Radiologic and Imaging Sciences
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
The Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree at Valencia College prepares registered Radiographers, Sonographers, Radiation Therapists and Nuclear Medicine Technologists for leadership positions within the imaging field. This program provides the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills in leadership, radiology management/administration, research, teaching, and in an advanced clinical modality of the student’s choice. To provide flexibility for working professionals, all courses, except the clinical practicum, are completed online.
• Cardiac Ultrasound
• Computed Tomography (CT)
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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To fulfill the lower-division (first half) of the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences bachelor’s degree, you must complete an Associate in Science degree from a regionally accredited institution in one of the following areas.
Choose from Two A.S. Degrees:
A.S. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Sonographers take images of patients’ soft tissue organs—like the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, thyroid, uterus or breast—using high frequency sound waves via ultrasound. They must analyze and present this diagnostic data for interpretation and diagnosis by a doctor.
A.S. in Radiography
Radiographers operate high-tech imaging equipment and perform diagnostic imaging examinations such as X-ray images, CAT scans, MRIs and mammograms that help doctors accurately diagnose and treat their patients for injury and disease.
(Valencia will also accept a completed A.S. degree in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine Technology, offered by some other institutions, for admission into the upper-division coursework.)
After completing a qualifying lower-division associate degree, you may move on to the upper-division (second half) of the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences bachelor’s degree.
Choose from Three Concentrations:
Computed Tomography (CT)
This patient-focused concentration enables you to develop skills to become a CT technologist. You will gain an understanding of the physical principles and instrumentation involved in CT, as well as quality management. This includes procedure protocols, evaluating equipment operation, ensuring accurate diagnosis and safe patient care.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
This patient-focused concentration enables you to develop skills to become an MRI technologist. You will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of magnetic resonance, including magnet types, the generation of magnetic resonance signal and magnet safety. You will also learn procedures covering anatomy, pathology and equipment applications for the various regions of the human body.
Quality Management (QM)
This concentration will broaden your knowledge of quality issues and enhance leadership potential. You will learn to develop and implement quality assurance programs to ensure accurate diagnosis and safe patient care, as well as quality control procedures to evaluate equipment operation and monitor procedure protocols. This concentration also focuses on the administrative structures and management of the radiology department.
7 Steps To Your Bachelor’s Degree
1. Complete your associate degree in one of four eligible fields (including all prerequisites):
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Radiation Therapy
- Nuclear Medicine Technology
If your associate degree is in another field, you must undergo a formal evaluation.
2. Hold professional certification in your respective imaging discipline.
3. Submit the online Valencia College application for the bachelor’s program, as well as all college transcripts, and pay the $35 application fee. This fee is waived for active Valencia College students who hold an Associate in Arts degree from Valencia or an Associate in Science degree from Valencia to a bachelor degree at Valencia.
4. Once you’ve been accepted to Valencia College as a candidate for B.S. Radiology, submit the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Bachelor’s Program application, available through Valencia’s Health Sciences Advising department, and contact the program advisor.
5. Once you’ve been accepted to the B.S. degree, complete the online bachelor’s orientation.
6. Register for classes.
7. Graduate with your B.S. degree.
Advanced Technical Certificates
If you are not ready to start a bachelor’s program, but would still like to build on your associate degree, then an Advanced Technical Certificate may be for you. These certificates can help you to expand your knowledge and skills within an advanced modality.
Computed Tomography Advanced Technical Certificate (9 credits)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Advanced Technical Certificate (12 credits)
Total: 5 years (full-time)
- 1 year of prerequisite coursework
- 2 years of A.S. degree coursework
- 2 years of upper-division coursework to complete the bachelor’s degree
Note: If you already have an eligible associate degree in the field, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as two years.
A completed bachelor’s degree opens many doors for advancement in your professional career. In an advanced position within the radiologic and imaging sciences, you will manage high-tech equipment and oversee technologists and the procedures they perform.
- Radiology Management/Administration
- Higher Education
- Quality Management
- Advanced Clinical Practice in Computed Tomography or Magnetic Resonance Imaging
AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
$45,000 – $65,000
($21.63 – $31.25 per hour)
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