BS in Radiologic Sciences 3-Year Program

Program Contact: Alicia Giaimo 203-582-3814

The Department of Diagnostic Imaging offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. Students may complete the program in a three-year accelerated format.

The first year of the bachelor’s degree program consists of University Curriculum studies. The component of the program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology begins in the second year of study. During the second and third years, the students concentrate on didactic radiography classes and laboratory sessions on campus and clinical education at multiple clinical education centers. The curriculum is structured so students can apply the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and laboratory to the care of patients in the clinical setting. Beginning in the spring semester of the sophomore year and continuing throughout the program, didactic and clinical courses are taken simultaneously to provide the opportunity for immediate application and reinforcement.

At the end of the junior year, students are eligible for graduation with a bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Sciences, and are board-eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination. Students would be eligible to apply for one of two advanced studies options here at Quinnipiac University. Options within the Diagnostic Imaging Department include the two-year MHS Radiologist Assistant program and the one-year MHS Advanced Medical Imaging and Leadership program.

BS in Radiologic Sciences 3-Year Curriculum

The designated Radiologic Sciences course curriculum is subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience. Furthermore, Academic Standing and Progression Committee recommendations regarding student progression, discipline or dismissal will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 101
101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab 1
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 2 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
MA 275 Biostatistics 2 3
CHE 101
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I 3
or Elements of Physics
3
CHE 101L
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab
or Elements of Physics Lab
1
RS 100 Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging 1
 Credits18
Spring Semester
BIO 102
102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II 1
4
UC elective 4 3
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 2 3
UC elective 3
RS 101 Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging 3
 Credits16
Summer Semester
Online or on campus:  
UC elective 3
UC elective 3
 Credits6
Sophomore
Fall Semester
BIO 211
211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
UC elective 3
RS 241
241L
Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation
and Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation Lab I
4
RS 212
212L
Radiographic Procedures I
and Laboratory Practicum I
4
UC elective 3
 Credits18
Spring Semester
BIO 212
212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
RS 222
222L
Radiographic Procedures II
and Laboratory Practicum II
5
RS 242
242L
Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation II
and Radiological Processing and Exposure Lab
4
RS 250 Radiologic Clinical Education I 2
RS 297
297L
Methods of Patient Care
and Methods of Patient Care Lab
3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
RS 253 Radiologic Clinical Education II 4
UC elective 3
 Credits7
Junior
Fall Semester
RS 201 Human Anatomy Imaging I 1
RS 260 Radiographic Physics and Instrumentation 3
RS 232
232L
Radiographic Procedures III
and Laboratory Practicum III
5
RS 254 Radiologic Clinical Education IV 3
RS 318 Pathology for Imaging Sciences 3
RS 414 Research: Analysis and Critique (DMS 414) 3
 Credits18
J-term
RS 336 Pharmacology for the Radiographer 2
 Credits2
Spring Semester
(Graduate)  
RS 202 Human Anatomy Imaging II 1
RS 215 Radiation Safety and Protection 3
RS 255 Radiologic Clinical Education 3
RS 290
290L
Advanced Radiographic Procedures IV
and Laboratory Practicum
4
RS 499 Capstone (DMS 499) 3
UC elective 3
 Credits17
 Total Credits120

All radiologic sciences course requirements must be completed in the appropriate semester as indicated above.

Candidates applying for admission to the Radiologic Sciences program are required to have at least three years of high school college preparatory mathematics and one year of biology. One year of anatomy and physiology and one year of general chemistry or physics is recommended. In addition, the scores of the SAT or the ACT are an important consideration. Related health care experience is highly desirable. Prospective candidates also must satisfy general Quinnipiac University Admission Requirements.  

Policies

In addition to the general policies of Quinnipiac University, such as due process and academic honesty, the following apply to students enrolled in the Radiologic Sciences program.

Progression in the Program

The Radiologic Sciences Program has both GPA and final course grade requirements.

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a programmatic GPA of 3.0 must be maintained each semester. The expectation is that all RS courses be completed with a final course grade of B or better. Final course grades of D or F in an RS course are unacceptable. Programmatic GPA calculation and final course grade requirements begin with RS 100 and include all RS course work thereafter.

Any student who does not maintain GPA requirements or earns a grade of a B- or lower in any RS course will be referred to the Diagnostic Imaging Department’s Academic Standing and Progress Committee (ASPC) for review. Students who fail to meet the minimum cumulative university GPA requirement of 2.5 and/or the minimum programmatic GPA requirement of 3.0 will be subject to sanctions up to and including program dismissal. Students who earn a final course grade of D or F for any RS course will be subject to program dismissal.

Transportation

Multiple clinical education centers are used throughout the professional component of the program. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from these sites.

Summer Study

All students are required to perform one clinical assignment during the summer semester, second year (RS 253). This clinical practicum is performed during summer sessions I and II and may be performed only at a clinical affiliation currently approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for the program.  

Technical Standards

The Radiologic Sciences program is a rigorous program that places specific demands on its students. As stated in the mission of the program, graduates of the program will meet the needs of the community as efficient and highly qualified professionals. 

The technical qualifications set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists combined with the program’s views provides a guide to the essential qualities necessary to pursue a career in radiologic sciences as well as meet the expectations of the programs accrediting body (Joint Review Committee on Education of Radiologic Technologists (JRCERT). 

Students in the program will be required to verify their understanding and compliance with the technical standards, or their belief that with reasonable accommodations these standards can be met, through reading, signing and returning the form to the program director.

Transfer Admissions

Internal and external transfer candidates are evaluated on a space-available, competitive basis.

RS 100. Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging.1 Credit.

This course provides the student with a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of diagnostic imaging practice. Topics include defining diagnostic imaging as it relates to all imaging modalities, historical development of the profession, introduction to current and emerging practice arenas, and application of professional terminology. Students complete a self-study in medical terminology.

Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 101. Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging.3 Credits.

Designed to provide an orientation to radiologic sciences, this course includes history, ethics and basic principles of radiation protections, medial and medicolegal terminology, as well as preclinical observation.

Prerequisites: Take RS 100.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 201. Human Anatomy Imaging I.1 Credit.

This course presents in-depth consideration of human anatomy within systems located in the chest, abdomen and upper extremity of the body. Students discuss the structure and function of each anatomic component within each region. Conventional anatomic illustrations are correlated with their radiographic counterpart. The radiographic appearance of specific structures as demonstrated on conventional radiographic images is correlated to images obtained using other advanced imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance and sonography.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 212-212L RS 222.
Corequisites: Take RS 232.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 202. Human Anatomy Imaging II.1 Credit.

This course presents in-depth consideration of human anatomy within systems located in the head, neck, pelvis and lower extremity. For each region, students discuss the structure and function of each anatomic component. Conventional anatomic illustrations are correlated with their radiographic counterpart. The radiographic appearance of specific structures as demonstrated on conventional radiographic images is correlated to images obtained using other advanced imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance and sonography.

Prerequisites: Take RS 201.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 212. Radiographic Procedures I.2 Credits.

This course introduces the student to the basic concepts, principles and applications of radiographic and radiologic procedures. Additional applications related to orthopaedic terminology, pathologies and procedures, trauma and patient-related modifications also are presented.

Prerequisites: Take RS 101 MA 275 and BIO 102.
Corequisites: Take RS 212L.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 212L. Laboratory Practicum I.2 Credits.

This practicum develops preclinical competency in radiographic procedures studied in RS 212, as well as routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic radiographic analysis, patient management, communications and manipulation of imaging equipment.

Corequisites: Take RS 212.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 215. Radiation Safety and Protection.3 Credits.

Students are introduced to the effects of ionizing radiation on biological systems at the molecular, cellular, organism, and community levels, with emphasis on medical implications and radiation protection.

Prerequisites: Take RS 260.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 222. Radiographic Procedures II.3 Credits.

This course builds on the foundations developed in RS 212. This course provides continued integration and expansion on the concepts, principles and applications of radiographic and radiologic procedures.

Prerequisites: Take RS 212.
Corequisites: Take RS 222L.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 222L. Laboratory Practicum II.2 Credits.

Designed to develop preclinical competency in radiographic procedures studied in RS 222, this practicum focuses on radiographic tasks, basic radiographic analysis, patient management, communications and manipulation of imaging equipment.

Prerequisites: Take RS 212.
Corequisites: Take RS 222.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 232. Radiographic Procedures III.3 Credits.

This course provides continued integration and expansion on the concepts, principles and applications developed in RS 212 and RS 222.

Prerequisites: Take RS 222.
Corequisites: Take RS 232L.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 232L. Laboratory Practicum III.2 Credits.

This practicum is designed to develop preclinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic radiographic analysis, patient management, communications and manipulation of imaging equipment.

Prerequisites: Take RS 222.
Corequisites: Take RS 232.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 241. Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation.3 Credits.

This course presents the basic principles, concepts and practical applications of radiographic image production and diagnostic quality. Topics include radiation production, description and proper selection of exposure factors, radiation protection, imaging media, imaging equipment and basic imaging formulas.

Prerequisites: Take RS 101 MA 275 and BIO 102.
Corequisites: Take RS 241L.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 241L. Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation Lab I.1 Credit.

The laboratory, which accompanies RS 241, is designed to demonstrate and reinforce the concepts and principles presented in class. (2 lab hrs.)

Corequisites: Take RS 241.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 242. Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation II.3 Credits.

This course expands on the foundations developed in RS 241. Integration and application of these foundations includes the development of exposure charts, methods of image processing, and the causation and identification of image artifacts. The course also incorporates quality control concepts and testing, and introduces basic terminology and principles of quality control and digital imaging systems.

Prerequisites: Take RS 241.
Corequisites: Take RS 242L.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 242L. Radiological Processing and Exposure Lab.1 Credit.

This laboratory, which accompanies RS 242, is designed to demonstrate and reinforce the concepts and principles presented in class. (2 lab hrs.)

Corequisites: Take RS 242.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 250. Radiologic Clinical Education I.2 Credits.

Students are provided with their initial clinical experience under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Focus is on developing clinical competency and proficiency related to radiologic procedures and concepts taught in RS 212 and RS 241.

Prerequisites: Take RS 212 RS 241.
Corequisites: Take RS 222 RS 242.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 253. Radiologic Clinical Education II.4 Credits.

This course, a continuation of RS 250, is a 12-week, 35 hour-per-week summer clinical experience under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Clinical competency and proficiency related to the performance of radiographic procedures and concepts are continually developed and assessed.

Prerequisites: Take RS 250.
Offered: Every year, Summer

RS 254. Radiologic Clinical Education IV.3 Credits.

This course, a continuation of RS 253, is a clinical experience under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Clinical competency and proficiency related to the performance of radiographic procedures and concepts are continually developed and assessed.

Prerequisites: Take RS 253.
Corequisites: Take RS 232.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 255. Radiologic Clinical Education.3 Credits.

This clinical experience is under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Clinical competency and proficiency related to the performance of radiographic procedures and concepts are developed and assessed.

Prerequisites: Take RS 254.
Corequisites: Take RS 290.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 260. Radiographic Physics and Instrumentation.3 Credits.

This course presents an analysis of the production of X-rays and the interaction of radiation with matter, units of radiation measurements and radiation protection.

Prerequisites: Take RS 242.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 290. Advanced Radiographic Procedures IV.3 Credits.

This course provides continued integration and expansion on the concepts, principles and applications developed in RS 232. Students are introduced to the basic principles of CT, DEXA, MRI and mammography.

Prerequisites: Take RS 232.
Corequisites: Take RS 290L.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 290L. Laboratory Practicum.1 Credit.

This practicum is designed to develop preclinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic radiographic analysis, patient management, communications and manipulation of imaging equipment.

Prerequisites: Take RS 232.
Corequisites: Take RS 290.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 297. Methods of Patient Care.2 Credits.

This course focuses on a study of skills in providing humanistic care for the well, acute or chronically ill individual, including preparing patients for invasive as well as non-invasive imaging studies; basic clinical skills in infection control, including aseptic technique, venipuncture, vital signs and O2 administration; effective communication with emphasis on problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites: Take RS 101.
Corequisites: Take RS 297L.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 297L. Methods of Patient Care Lab.1 Credit.

This lab develops preclinical competency for the procedures described and demonstrated in RS 297. (2 lab hrs.)

Corequisites: Take RS 297.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 299. Independent Study.1-4 Credits.

This course presents the student with an opportunity to expand his or her professional expertise in areas that enhance managerial or research capabilities.

Offered: As needed

RS 318. Pathology for Imaging Sciences.3 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the basic study of disease, including etiology, pathophysiology and current diagnostic procedures. Normal structure and function are reviewed prior to the discussion of each anatomic system.

Prerequisites: Take RS 222 BIO 212.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 336. Pharmacology for the Radiographer.2 Credits.

The major classifications/categories, clinical applications and implications of pharmaceuticals used in diagnostic imaging and interventional procedures are presented.

Prerequisites: Take RS 297.
Offered: Every year, January Term

RS 352. Radiologic Clinical Education.2 Credits.

This clinical experience is under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Clinical competency and proficiency related to the performance of radiographic procedures and concepts are developed and assessed.

Prerequisites: Take RS 255.
Offered: As needed

RS 399. Independent Study.1-3 Credits.

This independent study is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to expand his or her professional expertise in areas that enhance teaching, managerial or research capabilities. The study may consist of either advanced clinical experience or literature research or both.

Offered: As needed, All

RS 414. Research: Analysis and Critique (DMS 414).3 Credits.

This course explores the basic elements of health care research including different types of research models and research strategies. Students explore the differences between a variety of publication types, including editorials, case studies and peer-reviewed research articles. Students also learn techniques for database queries.

Prerequisites: Take RS 101.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 489. Independent Study.1-6 Credits.

Offered: As needed, All

RS 491. Open Topic.1 Credit.

The course presents a current topic in diagnostic imaging.

Offered: As needed

RS 493. Open Topic.3 Credits.

The course presents a current topic in diagnostic imaging.

Offered: As needed

RS 499. Capstone (DMS 499).3 Credits.

This capstone course is intended for radiologic sciences majors and diagnostic medical sonography majors in their final semester. Students are required to develop a research project as it relates to the field of diagnostic imaging. The project may relate to the student's chosen focus and must include either a formal thesis paper or poster presentation.

Prerequisites: Take RS 414.
Offered: Every year, Spring

The Radiologic Sciences program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (jrcert.org)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Phone: 312-704-5300

The program received a five-year accreditation in 2014. The re-accreditation process will commence in Fall 2019 with the submission of a self-study report to the JRCERT.


Outcomes and Statistics

2015 Student Outcomes

  • ARRT Credentialing Examination first-time pass rate – 97%
  • Job placement rate – 100%
  • Program completion – 75%  (33 out of 44)

Five-Year Statistics 2011-2015

  • Five-year average ARRT Credentialing Examination First-Time Pass Rate – 97% (138 out of 143 students passed on first attempt)
  • The five-year job placement rate from May 2011 to May 2015 is 96% (52 of 54 students actively seeking employment obtained jobs). Prior to May 2015, this was based on those seeking employment after earning a certificate and did not include those students continuing at the university to complete their bachelor’s degree as full-time students.
  • Due to an update to the ARRT eligibility requirements effective January 2015, students must earn their degree to be board eligible. Upon graduation, students will have met the bachelor degree requirements and may actively seek employment. This statistic does not include those students pursuing graduate degrees as full-time students.


Additional program costs

As a clinical education program, the Radiologic Science major requires some expenses that go beyond standard university tuition and fees:

  1. Clinical Education Travel (gas, parking, public transportation) – Students will have clinical rotation experiences that take him/her off campus. For these rotations, the student will typically be traveling two to three times per week. Clinic begins in the sophomore year and students are responsible for providing their own transportation. Costs – variable

  2. Immunizations – Consistent with the School of Health Sciences policy, all students must have a full battery of immunizations and in some cases titer affirmation of immunity for common diseases including but not limited to: MMR, HepB, varicella, polio, TDAP, TB and influenza. These must be documented prior to the start of clinical experiences during the sophomore year and must be maintained through the undergraduate education. The students are made aware of the requirements during their freshman year to allow ample time to complete. Costs – variable

  3. Background Check – All students must undergo a background check prior to the start of clinical observations in the sophomore year. This check must be updated yearly.  Costs – approximately $60 for initial review depending on the home state and approximately $25 for subsequent yearly check

  4. Drug Screening – All students must undergo a drug screening prior to the start of clinical observations in the sophomore year. The check must be updated yearly. Costs – approximately $38 per check

  5. Liability Insurance – All students have liability insurance coverage through the university, free of charge, while performing required clinical activity. Students may choose to purchase additional coverage at their own expense.

  6. My Record Tracker – Consistent with School of Health Sciences Policy, students must sign up for and maintain an online account with MRT. This program tracks all student health and safety records, provides documentation to prospective clinical sites, and provides notification of impending expiration dates. Cost – approximately $30 per year

Please note: All fees are subject to change.