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SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND NURSING

B.S. in Medical Imaging (Radiologic Technology)


Medical Imaging at LIU Post has been a provider of education in diagnostic imaging since 1973 and is one of only a few programs in the country to offer the entry-level baccalaureate degree in Radiologic Technology. Radiologic technologists operate x-ray and digital imaging machines, digital mammography equipment, computed tomography (CT scan) machines and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to provide physicians with images of the skeletal system, organs, tissues and other vessels of the body—important diagnostic tests that help doctors detect and treat illness and injury.

The B.S. in Radiologic Technology Medical Imaging program provides a strong educational foundation in science and the liberal arts and comprehensive coursework in radiologic technology. Students receive the core knowledge for entry into professional practice as well as tools for lifelong learning. Through the synthesis of clinical and didactic experiences, students develop clinical competence, conceptual understanding and critical thinking skills for effective problem-solving. We seek to prepare graduates who will have essential literacies including written and oral communication skills and be clinically competent professionals able to provide quality care to the community and other groups of interest. 

Accreditation Information: The B.S. in Radiologic Technology is professionally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), located at 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Ill 60606-3182, Tel. 312-704-5300 and licensed by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Radiologic Technology.

 

Check out the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.

Admissions Requirements

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, or have been subjected to a sanction as a result of a violation of an academic honor code or suspended or dismissed by an educational program designed to meet ARRT certification requirements, you must check with the New York State Department of Health and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to verify that you satisfy the requirements for New York State Licensing and the National Registry.

A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede or bar entry into your chosen field of study. You should be aware that clinical and hospital sites may reject a student, or remove a student from their site if a criminal record is found or if a positive drug test is noted. Inability to gain clinical or field work will result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. Inability to meet objectives and outcomes may result in your failure to complete the program requirements, thus requiring your withdrawal from the program. In addition, the presence of a criminal conviction may also prevent your completion of the required state or federal licensure, certification or registration process.

ADMISSIONS AND APPLICATION

Application to the Radiologic Technology Program is a two-step process.

The first step is acceptance to LIU Post. You can apply for admission to LIU Post at My LIU or by using the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. For more information on the application process, visit the Admissions Office home page.

Admission requirements include the following:

  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college G.P.A. of 2.5 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

The second step requires a formal application to the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology Program. Upon acceptance to LIU Post, interested students may obtain an application packet for the Radiologic Technology Program by calling 516-299-2743.

The program's admission procedure includes a separate application form, letters of reference, a personal statement, an entrance examination and an interview with members of the Radiologic Technology Admissions Committee. The Radiologic Technology Admissions Committee will make the final selections of candidates who are admitted into the program.

Students enter the professional portion of the program in the fall semester of their junior year. Freshmen and transfer students desiring to enter the program must have completed 64 academic credits of liberal arts and sciences coursework to be eligible for entrance to the Radiologic Technology Program. Students are advised to contact the program office starting in January prior to the fall semester in which they wish to enter.

Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program is highly competitive. Students must have achieved a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 with a demonstrated interest in science and health and must complete one academic year of Anatomy and Physiology with lab, a basic math (1 semester of algebra or higher), and a basic computer course prior to starting the program.

Application & Prerequisites

The first step is to apply to LIU Post either online, or with a downloadable paper application. You can find both at https://apply.liu.edu/quickapp/

Once you have applied to the university, send in any/all official transcripts from previously attended schools to the university. Visit http://www.liu.edu/post/transferFAQ for more information.

There are a few things that are important to know:

  • Entry term for this program is fall only. Admissions decisions are made beginning the January prior to the start of the fall semester.
  • Applications are reviewed for general admission to the university and satisfaction of medical imaging program prerequisites. There is a secondary departmental application needed for acceptance into the major.
  • Upon admission to the university and satisfaction of prerequisites, you may request the secondary application by calling the Medical Imaging department at 516-299-2743.
  • The secondary application asks for: letters of recommendation from current/ former science professors and current/former employers; personal statement; Health Occupations Aptitude Exam; six hours of observation at any radiologic technology facility with supporting documentation on letterhead signed by supervisor confirming hours completed.
  • Prerequisites for the Medical Imaging program are as follows:
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Computers (3 credits)
  • At least 64 credits in the liberal arts

Course Description

RDT 103        Methods of Patient Care                     3 cr.                          Fall I

RDT 103L      Venipuncture/Patient Care Lab         0 cr.                          Pass/Fail
Designed to provide the basic concepts of the physical and emotional needs of the patient. Describes routine and emergency procedures, insertion and maintenance of an intravenous line. As well as infection control utilizing universal precautions and recognition and treatment of reactions to contrast media.  Educate student in obtaining vital signs and contrast media injection.  Identifies the importance of patient education.  Includes medical ethics, law and cultural differences.

RDT 105        Principles of Radiation Protection      3 cr.                         Fall I
Provides knowledge of radiation protection and radiation biology as related to the legal and ethical responsibilities of the radiographer.  Reviews Regulatory Agencies and their requirements.  Identifies biological effect and response to radiation on patients, personnel, and the public.

RDT 116        Radiographic Pathology                      3 cr. (WAC)                        Spring II
An overview of acute, chronic and congenital pathology. Discussion on how pathology and disease relate to medical imaging procedures. Includes systemic classification, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. (WAC Course)

RDT 118        Breast Imaging                                     1 cr.                          Spring I
Provides the knowledge and cognitive skills required to perform in the specialized area of mammography/breast imaging. Discussion includes positioning, special techniques, anatomy, physiology and pathology of the breast.

RDT 120        Medical Language                                3 cr.                          Spring I
An introduction to the origins of medical terminology, including word building, abbreviations and symbols.  Orientation to the understanding of medical orders and interpretation of diagnostic reports related to the respiratory, digestive and musculoskeletal systems. Cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary, reproductive, integumentary, sensory, nervous and endocrine systems.

RDT 121        Quality Assurance & Quality Control  1 cr.                       Fall II
Concepts and benefits of quality assurance and control programs. Introduction to the evaluation of radiographic systems to assure consistency in the production of quality images. Identifies components, tests, procedures and the agencies involved in regulating, inspecting and enforcing guidelines.
Prerequisite RDT 148

RDT 123        Pharmacology                                       1 cr.                          Spring II
An introduction to basic pharmacology. Common drug nomenclature and basic concepts of pharmacology will be presented. Biological factors affecting actions of drugs will be discussed. Contrast media characteristics, allergic reactions and side-effects will be covered.
Prerequisite RDT 103

RDT 125        Radiation Physics                                 3 cr.                          Spring I
An in-depth view of the characteristics and physical laws that apply to the production and use of radiation. This course provides the student with knowledge of fundamental principles of radiographic physics, basic physics, mechanics, structure of matter, basic electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, electrical physics, radiation physics, and basic x-ray circuitry. Radiographic equipment including the x-ray tube, fluoroscopy, and the imaging system as a whole will be discussed. Fundamentals of the circuitry which comprise medical imaging units will also be presented.
Prerequisite RDT 105

RDT 144        Computed Tomography                   3 cr.                            Fall II
An in-depth study of the physical principles and practical application of Computerized Axial Tomography. A presentation of protocol, positioning and the elements of room design and construction.
Co-requisite: BIO 9

RDT 145        Magnetic Resonance Imaging          3 cr.                            Spring II
Presentation of the physical principles utilized in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Discussion of the technical and economic factors of this advanced imaging procedure.  Patient protocol will also be incorporated into the course format.
Co-requisite:    BIO 10

RDT 147        Principles of Medical Imaging I          3 cr.                          Fall I

RDT 147L      Calculation Recitation Lab                 0 cr.  (Pass/Fail)      Fall I
Provides an introduction to the factors that govern and influence the production of a medical image. The principles of medical imaging to be discussed include: latent image, factors governing image quality, beam limiting devices, beam filtration, film holders, screens and technique formation.
Article 35 of the New York State Public Health Law relating to medical imaging will also be covered. Laboratory materials provide the student with the knowledge of fundamental principles of mathematics essential for mastering radiographic calculations.

RDT 148        Principles of Medical Imaging II         3 cr.                         Spring I
An in-depth study of medical imaging exposure factors. Problems encountered during the imaging of infants and children will also be addressed.  Special emphasis will be placed on radiation protection, equipment, accessories and special techniques utilized when imaging infants and children. Laboratory materials will be utilized to demonstrate the clinical applications of theoretical principles and concepts. 
Prerequisite: RDT 147           

RDT 155        Medical Imaging Procedures I              4 cr.                        Fall I

RDT 155L      Medical Imaging Procedures I Lab     0 cr. (Pass/Fail)     Fall I
Designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to perform standard medical imaging procedures of the chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities.  The production of images of optimal diagnostic quality will be stressed.  Laboratory experience utilizing a phantom patient will be used to complement the classroom portion of the course.  The student will produce a portfolio of medical images.
Prerequisites: BIO 7, BIO 8              

RDT 156        Medical Imaging Procedures II           4 cr. (WAC)          Spring I

RDT 156L      Medical Imaging Procedures II Lab    0 cr. (Pass/Fail)     Spring I
A continuation of Medical Imaging Procedures I with an emphasis on standard imaging of the vertebral column, bony thorax and the digestive system. The student will also be introduced to more advanced studies which involve the use of contrast material.  Laboratory experience using a phantom patient will allow the student to apply the concepts acquired in the classroom environment. (WAC Course)
Prerequisite: RDT 155           

RDT 157        Medical Imaging Procedures III         4 cr.                        Fall II
This course serves to focus on the more advanced positions utilized in the practice of medical imaging.  The student is introduced to medical imaging procedures of the skull.  Practical laboratory experience will compliment the information presented in the didactic portion of the course, allowing the student to demonstrate their ability using the phantom patient. Formal image critique and evaluation sessions compliment lectures.
Prerequisite: RDT 156, Co-requisite: BIO 9

RDT 170        Medical Imaging Capstone Seminar  3 cr.                          Spring II
This seminar provides the student with an opportunity to review the fundamental and advanced principles of medical imaging.  The application of clinical imaging theory will be reinforced.
Prerequisites: RDT 125, RDT 148, RDT 121

RDT 180        Digital Medical Imaging                      3 cr.                          Fall II
During this course, the student will be introduced to the components, principles and operation of the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), Digital Imaging including; Digital Radiography (DR), Computed Radiography (CR), Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and Radiology Information Systems (RIS).
Prerequisite: RDT 148

RDT 200        Introduction to Clinical Practice         1 cr.  (Pass/Fail)      Fall I
During this practicum, the student begins to increase proficiency and skills through demonstration of core competencies. The student will become familiarized with the clinical setting. The student has the opportunity to apply theories and knowledge acquired in the classroom and laboratory in a clinical setting. The student also assumes a more active role in performing procedures.
Co-requisites: RDT 103, RDT 105

RDT 201        Medical Imaging Practicum I             1 cr.                           Spring I         
An introduction to the clinical environment at an affiliated hospital.  Students will be assigned to various work areas in the Department of Radiology to observe operations of the entire department.  Students will assist in routine imaging and under close supervision of a registered licensed technologist, begin to acquire medical imaging skills with the emphasis on chest, abdomen, and extremities.
Prerequisites: RDT 103, RDT 105, RDT 200

RDT 202        Medical Imaging Practicum II         2 cr.                            Summer I
Students continue to improve their medical imaging skills in the areas of chest, abdomen, and extremities under the quality control of a registered licensed technologist.  Students are introduced to principles of medical imaging of the vertebral column and procedures involving the use of contrast material.
(Ends Last Friday in July)
Prerequisites: RDT 201, RDT 118

RDT 203        Medical Imaging Practicum III        3 cr.                            Fall II
A continuation of the two previous practica where students continue to improve skills in all routine and contrast medical imaging procedures under the supervision of a registered licensed technologist.  The student will be introduced to more advanced projections as well as principles of skull imaging.
Prerequisite: RDT 202

RDT 204        Medical Imaging Practicum IV        3 cr.                             Spring II
An opportunity for the student to improve skills in the areas of general, contrast, advanced and skull imaging at the assigned medical center under close supervision, An introduction to specialty areas such as Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Advanced Special and Angiographic Imaging
Prerequisites: RDT 203, RDT 144

CONTACT

School of Health Professions and Nursing
Stacy Gropack, Dean
Roth Hall, Room 300
516-299-2485

post-shpn@liu.edu