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Program in Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging is a specialty devoted to the study of routine and advanced radiographic imaging procedures. The curriculum includes emerging advanced technologies in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The program prepares student for various careers in hospitals, clinics, education, and management.

Certificate Offered

Certificate in Radiologic Sciences
Note: Certificates may be awarded at the completion of the second year of the Diagnostic Imaging Program, allowing the student to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging
Bachelor of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Mission

The mission of the Diagnostic Imaging Program is to provide the highest quality of education to diagnostic imaging students through formal didactic and state-of-the-art clinical experiences that prepare our students to be diagnostic imaging professionals who are patient care focused, critical thinkers and engaged in lifelong learning.

Vision

We shall be the premier educational program in Diagnostic Imaging by providing innovative curricular, clinical and continuing education services to the diagnostic imaging community and the patients we serve.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Fulfillment of the program’s mission is assessed by the program’s effectiveness and the degree to which the program achieves the goals and learning outcomes that will enable our students to succeed academically and professionally:

  • Goal 1: Students will develop patient care focus by providing superior patient care.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Students will provide empathetic professional patient care.
    2. Student will demonstrate judicious use of ionizing radiation.
  • Goal 2: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the clinical environment
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Students will competently perform non-routine procedures including trauma, pediatric portable and surgical examinations.
    2. Students will appropriately evaluate images
  • Goal 3: Students will adopt a philosophy of life-long learning through continuing education and professional involvement.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Students will demonstrate professional growth
    2. Students will demonstrate a sense of professionalism and desire to learn
  • Goal 4: Students will embrace the MD Anderson core values of caring, integrity and discovery.
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Students will demonstrate the core values of caring, integrity and discovery.
  • Goal 5: Students will communicate effectively in a variety of settings
    Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Students will be able to utilize effective oral communication during simulation and clinical settings
    2. Students will communicate effectively during oral Presentation of Projects

Program Objectives

The radiologic technologist is a prominent member of the health care team focused on the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Radiologic technologists work with ionizing radiation, radiopharmaceuticals, sound waves and magnetic fields to produce medical images in diagnostic imaging or radiology departments of hospitals and medical clinics or free-standing imaging centers.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Diagnostic Imaging Program is designed to prepare students for a challenging career in the Radiologic Sciences through formal didactic and state-of-the-art clinical education. Today’s medical practice dictates that technologists have advanced skills in imaging, patient assessment and treatment of specific disease.

Accreditation information

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Diagnostic Imaging Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program has a full 8-year accreditation with the next review date in August, 2019. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is regionally accredited through The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Contact information for JRCERT:

20 N. Wacker Drive, Ste 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone 312-704-5300
Fax 312-704-5304
Website: www.jrcert.org
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org

Program Effectiveness Data

Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam) pass rate of not less than 85 percent at first attempt within six months of graduation.

YearPercentage CompletionNumber of Students
2009100%9 of 9 completed graduate survey
1 continued to post-graduate program
8 of 8 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
2010100%6 of 6 completed graduate survey
6 of 6 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
2011100%9 of 9 completed graduate survey
9 of 9 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
201292%13 of 13 completed graduate survey
2 not actively seeking employment
11 of 13 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
201395%19 of 20 graduates completed graduate survey
1 not actively seeking employment
2 continued with post-graduate education
17 of 22 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
201495% 
5 year average96% 


Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation. Graduate surveys for the 2014 graduates will be mailed out in July 2015.

YearPercentage CompletionNumber of Students
2009100%9 of 9 completed graduate survey
1 continued to post-graduate program
8 of 8 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
2010100%6 of 6 completed graduate survey
6 of 6 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
2011100%9 of 9 completed graduate survey
9 of 9 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
201292%13 of 13 completed graduate survey
2 not actively seeking employment
11 of 13 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
201395%19 of 20 graduates completed graduate survey
1 not actively seeking employment
2 continued with post-graduate education
17 of 22 employed w/in 12 mo. of graduation
5 year average97% 

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the clinical phase of the program within 150% of the stated program length. The program length for the clinical phase of the program is 20 months and program completion rate is defined as those students graduating within 20 months of beginning the clinical phase of the program.

YearPercent CompletionNumber of Students
201055%11 entered; 6 graduated; 4 withdrew; 1 dismissed
201182%11 entered; 9 graduated; 2 withdrew
201293%14 entered; 13 graduated; 1 withdrew
2013100%22 entered; 22 graduated
201488%18 entered; 15 graduated; 1 decelerated; 2 withdrew
5 year average84% 

For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the relevant JRCERT website.

The program accommodates Bachelor of Science degree-seeking students as follows:

  1. Those who are working towards initial certification in Radiologic Technology (radiography): these students enter the Diagnostic Imaging Program as sophomores.
  2. Graduates of an accredited program in radiologic sciences, with acceptable transferable credits, who must submit proof of certification and have completed the required Texas core curriculum. These students enter the Diagnostic Imaging Program during the senior year of their education and complete their degree through The University of Texas MD Anderson School of Health Professions.

Admissions Requirements

Please visit the Application Information site on the Prospective Students section of the School of Health Professions home page.

Faculty and Courses

Please visit the Diagnostic Imaging section of the School of Health Professions catalog.

Program Guides

Diagnostic Imaging Student Handbook

Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Policies Manual

Mailing address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Program in Diagnostic Imaging
School of Health Professions - Unit 2
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77030-4009
713-792-3455

Career Information

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