2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Imaging Science, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science in Imaging Science (2+2) is designed for the working medical imaging professional wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The Imaging Science courses and all supporting courses will be delivered online.

The goal of the B.S. Imaging Science degree program is to provide registered medical imaging professional with learning opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills beyond the technical level. “The healthcare environment requires medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals to respond to evolving clinical, organizational and fiscal demands.  This continually changing environment requires the creation of advanced educational and skill development opportunities for imaging and therapeutic practitioners.  The BSIS curriculum is designed to build on the entry-level radiography curriculum and expands on areas such as critical thinking, patient-centered care, research and communication skills.”  (ASRT BSIS Core Curriculum, 2018).

The mission of the B.S. Imaging Science degree program is to provide technologists a pathway for career advancement in the medical imaging profession that is accessible and affordable. This program will also prepare graduates upon completion of the B.S. degree in Imaging Science for potential careers in the medical imaging profession such as chief technologists, supervising technologists, department managers, and instructors in medical imaging programs. The student will have advanced courses in areas, which will include patient assessment, management, & education, image quality, legal and ethical issues and research in Imaging Science.

Admission to the B.S. Imaging Science program requires proof of certification as a Radiologic Technologist and/or certification in any Imaging Modality.  The B.S. Imaging Science Sonography concentration can be completed by persons having an Associate degree and proof of certification in Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy Assisting, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Registered Nurses, or Medical Assisting, or other degree may be evaluated on an individual basis.  Additionally, pre-sonography is available for students who wish to only complete the Imaging Science/Sonography concentration at BSU independent of the accompanying associate degree and other Allied Health certification.

 A “C” or better is required in all courses in the major.  BSU A.S. Radiologic Technology second year students, with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA, will be permitted to take 6 credit hours per semester of 300 level IMAG/HLTH courses.  These courses must be approved by the advisor and/or the program director prior to enrollment and will be based on seat availability in the selected course(s).

Bluefield State University has an articulation with Chattanooga State Community College to offer advanced certification courses in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, and Computed Tomography (CT) for our B.S. Imaging Science students.  These courses are through Chattanooga State Community College. For more information please contact Amy Attwell,  MSRT(R), Program Director at albennett@bluefieldstate.edu 

Students having advanced certification in other imaging modalities are eligible, upon review and proof of certification, for twenty-one (21) credit hours of 300/400 restricted elective credit in the BS Imaging Science program.


The Bachelor of Science in Imaging Science program requirements are:

Radiologic Technology (35 credit hours) plus general education courses (23 credit hours) and all required courses for the B.S. Imaging Science.

All students must meet the general education requirements for Bluefield State University. The following is based on Bluefield State University graduates.

Graduates of other programs than Bluefield State University may be required to take additional hours to meet the 120 credit hour baccalaureate requirement and/or to meet the general education requirements.

Academic Plan of Study

First Fall Semester (5)

Total Credit Hours: 15

First Spring Semester (6)

Total Credit Hours: 18

Second Fall Semester (7)

Total Credit Hours: 17

Second Spring Semester (8)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 120

All General Education and 300 Level IMAG Courses may be taken by students in the Associate of Science in Radiography Program

CT/MRI/Nuclear Medicine/Mammagraphy concentration courses can be used for the elective courses for studdents enrolled in those agreements.

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