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Medical Imaging Sciences

Medical Imaging Sciences (MIS) programs include three years of general education and science coursework at Felician College and 15 months of advanced coursework at Rutgers-SHRP, culminating in a jointly awarded B.S. degree in Medical Imaging Sciences.

Upon successful completion of their Felician coursework, students will be able to demonstrate competence in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and written communication, as well as proficiency in application of fundamental principles and laboratory methods in biology and chemistry. Graduates of the program will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities of applying scientific knowledge, the relationship of Franciscan values to professional practice, and the potential contributions of science-related professions to human welfare and sustainability.

Students must complete specified degree requirements at Felician College before they can enter Rutgers-SHRP (Scotch Plains campus) for their professional coursework. Program graduates will receive a B.S. in Medical Imaging Sciences, with eligibility for national certification and state licensure, where applicable. Students may attend Felician College on a full-or part-time basis for their pre-professional coursework but the professional coursework usually requires full-time study. Students pursuing a degree in Medical Imaging Sciences may select one of the following areas for their professional program:
 

Medical Sonography (MIS option)

The profession of Diagnostic Medical Sonography includes general sonography, and various subspecialties. The profession requires judgment and the ability to provide appropriate health care services. Sonographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy. The sonographer may provide this service in a variety of medical settings where the physician is responsible for the use and interpretation of appropriate procedures. Sonographers assist physicians in gathering data necessary to reach diagnostic decisions. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program covers both clinical and didactic instruction in abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological and neonatal neurosonography ultrasound. The course of study includes Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Applied Sonography. Clinical training is provided in active Radiology and Perinatal Testing departments equipped with the most advanced ultrasound equipment. The program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for examination and certification by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers .

Cardiac Sonography (MIS option)

Cardiac sonography (also known as echocardiography) is the use of ultrasound imaging to view the cardiovascular anatomy in a non-invasive and pain free examination. This safe and convenient method of diagnosis allows the physician to assess the function of the heart in a dynamic way. Cardiac Sonographers are specially trained professionals who are an integral part of the cardiovascular medical management team in today’s health care environment. They use sophisticated equipment that acquires two-dimensional images of the heart and Doppler spectral tracings of blood flow to provide an accurate assessment of the patient’s condition. They are one of the first lines of diagnosis of cardiovascular conditions and help the physician to guide the patient to the correct path of treatment. According to the US Department of Labor, employment of cardiac sonographers is expected to grow much faster than average pace through the year 2018. The aging population with its higher incidence of cardiovascular disease will continue to be the driver of demand for the profession. The need for highly trained technologists will also be driven by the advancing technology of cardiac sonography, which is expected to reduce the need for more expensive and risk prone invasive procedures. The Cardiac Sonography Program covers both clinical and didactic instruction in cardiac ultrasound and non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic testing. The course of study includes Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Applied Cardiac Sonography. Clinical training is provided in active Cardiology departments equipped with the most advanced ultrasound equipment.

Nuclear Medicine Technology (MIS option)

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive materials for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is a field that has grown phenomenally over its relatively short existence. Recent advances in the field include monoclonal antibody and peptide imaging, and expanded use of therapeutic procedures. Nuclear Medicine Technologists are highly skilled professionals whose knowledge in patient care techniques and the biological and physical sciences enable them to work handin- hand with physicians and other allied health professionals to provide care, comfort and an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for each patient. They are specifically trained in radiation safety laboratory techniques, imaging procedures and the use of highly specialized equipment to assure the efficient daily operation of their facility. Technologists can find employment opportunities in hospitals, private imaging centers and laboratories. Additionally, career opportunities exist with technical and radiopharmaceutical companies in product sales and technical support. All career opportunities offer competitive salaries and attractive benefits. The Nuclear Medicine Program is approved by the New Jersey Commission of Radiation Protection and accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Technology (JRCEPNMT). Upon successful completion of the program, the graduates will be eligible for certification by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (www.nmtcb.org) and/or American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (www.arrt.org)

Vascular Sonography (MIS option)

Vascular Sonographers are highly skilled diagnosticians, who perform non-invasive tests to determine the presence or absence of arterial or venous disease. Technologists perform examinations at the request or direction of a physician. They principally rely on ultrasound to examine patients but must also incorporate the use of a wide variety of instrumentation for the detection of disease. Patients with significant vascular problems are often candidates for surgery and the skills of the vascular technologist are not only important for the initial diagnosis but also for evaluating the success of an operation. Technologists usually work under the direction of a Vascular Surgeon or Vascular Medicine Specialist. They are most often employed by hospitals but are also employed by private freestanding laboratories or private industry. The tremendous growth in technology and the increasing trend toward non-invasive diagnostics have aroused the need for educated vascular technologists who possess good analytical and technical skills. The constant interaction of technologists with referring physicians and patients necessitates effective communication skills. Throughout the country, the lack of educational programs has restricted entry into this relatively young field of study. Locally and nationally, career opportunities for Vascular Technologists are excellent because of the very real need for highly skilled personnel.

MIS Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging Sciences are required to:
1. satisfy all entrance requirements;
2. complete all pre-professional curriculum requirements prior to enrollment at Rutgers-SHRP;
3. maintain an overall 2.750 GPA with a grade of “C” or better in all required science and math courses (maintaining satisfactory progress in those courses);
4. earn a minimum of 550 on TOEFL Exam for applicants with foreign credentials who are transferring into the MIS programs; and
5. participate successfully in an interview with Rutgers-SHRP Admissions Committee.
Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Students must submit transcripts to Rutgers-SHRP at the end of the sophomore year (July 1). Announcement of admittance to the program will be provided by Sept 1 (or earlier). Accepted students must meet all curricular requirements and maintain a GPA of 2.75 for the remaining prerequisite courses taken at Felician.

Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Course Requirements (100 Credits)

Core Curriculum (12 credits)

Source Course Credits
CORE 200 Culture and Diversity 3
CORE 250 Applied Ethical Reasoning 3
CORE 300 Journey to Selfhood 3
CORE 400 Franciscan Vision 3
General Education Requirements (35 credits)
ENG 101 Writing the College Essay 3
ENG 102 Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
BIO 202 Microbiology 4
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level) 3
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level) 3
______ Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECON, PSYC, PSCI, SOC) 3
MATH___ Mathematics Elective (MATH 160 or higher) 4
CIS 101/103 Introduction to Computer Applications 4
  or  
  Introduction to Advanced Computer Applications 3
ART/MUS___ Creative Arts Elective 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
FYE 100 * Freshman Year Experience I 1
FYE 101 * Freshman Year Experience II 1
Required Pre-Professional Core (53 credits)
BIO 103 General Biology I 4
BIO 104 General Biology II 4
BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 206 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 405 Genetics 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 360 Biochemistry 4
PHYS 103 General Physics I 4
PHYS 104 General Physics II 4
MATH 161 Precalculus 4
MATH 122 Statistics I 3

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

Control Sheet and Four Year Plan

Control Sheet
Four Year Plan

Program Faculty