Diagnostic Imaging

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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: Computed Tomography Emphasis
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging: Education Emphasis
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Emphasis
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging: Management Emphasis

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:

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:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
Web site: www.jrcert.org
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org

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).

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.

YearPercent PassingNumber of Students
20111009 of 9
201210013 of 13
20139120 of 22
20148814 of 16
20159416 of 17
5-Yr Avg95 

 

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.

YearPercent PlacementNumber of Students
20111006 of 6 employed w/in 12 months of graduation
20111009 of 9 employed w/in 12 months of graduation
20129211 of 13 employed w/in 12 months of graduation
2 not actively seeking employment
20139517 of 20 employed w/in 12 months of graduation
1 not actively seeking employment
2 continued with post graduate education
201410015 of 16 employed within 12 months of graduation
1 continued with post graduate education
2015TBDData to be collected in August 2016
5-Yr Avg100 

 

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
20118211 admitted; 9 graduated; 2 withdrew
20129314 admitted; 13 graduated; 1 withdrew
201310022 admitted; 22 graduated
20148918 admitted; 16 graduated; 2 withdrew
20159020 admitted; 18 graduated
5-Yr Avg84 

 

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 for course information.

Please visit the SHP Faculty Page for a complete list of DI and SHP faculty.

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

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