Online Classes: Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging

Medical Imaging Online

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Advance your medical imaging career with a bachelor's degree

This bachelor's level imaging or medical imaging degree program provides imaging professionals with a diverse plan of study in advanced imaging, healthcare administration, technical imaging specialties, and general education coursework. The program strikes the right balance to promote multiple career advancement pathways.

Potential Medical Imaging Career Paths

  • Advanced Imaging Modalities (CT/MR/M/BD/VI)
  • Medical Imaging Management/Administration (CRA)
  • PACS Administration (CIIP)
  • Healthcare & Imaging Quality and Safety
  • Imaging Education
  • Vendor Applications and Sales
  • Graduate School (Radiologist Assistant, MHA, or other graduate studies)

For any radiologic technologist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, sonographer, or radiation therapist wishing to pursue additional certification, the program curriculum provides the theoretical knowledge required for multiple post-primary certification exams*. The program also prepares students for roles in healthcare management through the study of finance, human resources, and asset and operational management.

For students who wish to continue their education, the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging program provides a solid foundation for graduate study.

* Students preparing for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) post-primary certification exams must meet clinical experience requirements not required by this program. Contact the ARRT or NMTCB for complete exam requirements.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging program is a fully online, degree completion program designed for career advancement. Imaging professionals are equipped to climb the career ladder thanks to a balanced curriculum focused on advanced imaging (15 credits), healthcare administration (15 credits), and other key imaging-specific content such as quality improvement, field safety, patient-centered care, and imaging informatics (15 credits).

This program will strengthen skillsets and provide diverse opportunities in medical imaging, healthcare, and beyond. You'll be able to build on previous college credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions as well as the professional certifications you have worked hard to achieve.

Students can enroll in the fall (August), spring (January), and summer (May) semesters.

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The Medical Imaging program prepared me well for career advancement.

My employers recognized I was applying what I learned immediately to the workplace and I became a supervisor while in the program. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the BSMI program. Working full-time, the convenience and flexibility of online learning worked really well for me. The program connects students and faculty together. One thing that I was worried about as a student in Alabama taking online classes based out of Ohio was that I would have the feeling of not knowing the other students or instructors. Through the use of interactive discussion boards, lectures, video projects, and assignment comments I feel like I am connected to my instructors and fellow students.”

Travis Corbett

Bachelor of Science, Medical Imaging ‘19

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MHA Fast Track

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging now also have the option to take one or more (maximum of six credit-hours) 500 level graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate. The course options are part of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. More information about the MHA fast-track option is below.

MHA Fast Track Information
Mercy College is unique in that there is flexibility in course scheduling, engaged professor interaction, and current real-world application. ”
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Credit for Credentials

Any current medical imaging professional who has earned credentials and maintained active status for the below certifications will be recognized as having achieved the learning outcomes for the corresponding coursework in the Medical Imaging program.

Learn more about credit for credentials.

Sample program of study for Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging.

The general education graduation requirements are required to complete the program. The majority of students transfer in a large percentage of the general education credits needed for their Bachelor’s degree.

A total of 120 credit hours are needed for graduation. Once a student enrolls at Mercy College, only six hours of credit can be transferred in from another regionally accredited intuition of higher education. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours at Mercy College of Ohio.

*Pathway candidates (those graduating from hospital-based programs) are granted 39 credit hours upon verification of active registration status with the ARRT, ARDMS, or NMTCB.

Curriculum effective Fall 2021. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2021, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

Our mission is realized by assuring our students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of advanced imaging modalities
Learning Outcomes:
• Exhibit educational competence in one or more advanced imaging modalities.

2. Exhibit essential managerial skills to lead in the Imaging Sciences
Learning Outcomes:
• Demonstrate effective presentation skills.
• Develop structured project management plans.
• Perform fundamental managerial tasks.

3. Make use of research to contribute to quality and safety initiatives in the Imaging Sciences.
Learning Outcomes:
• Demonstrate effective writing skills.
• Provide patient-centered care using appropriate health literacy strategies.
• Integrate medical imaging literature into clinical practice.
• Apply continuous quality improvement models to address common imaging problems.
• Identify patient safety concerns associated with advanced imaging modalities.

Program Outcomes

  • Document .pdfMedical Imaging Online Completion

    Program outcomes data for Medical Imaging online completion


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Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Advanced Imaging Modalities
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment is projected to grow faster than average. “Technologists with multiple certifications will have the best job prospects.” For those already holding multiple certifications, the program provides college credit for your credentials to save you time and money.

Health Care Management/Administration
A medical imaging manager, also known as a radiology administrator, directs and oversees a medical imaging department or a medical imaging facility. Field trends show that a successful candidate for the position of medical imaging manager should have a four-year degree in medical imaging with an administrative focus (like this program) or healthcare administration. The BSMI program focuses on content domains related to the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) exam to prepare you for managerial readiness in the profession.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must either be a high school graduate or have earned a general equivalency diploma (GED).

Qualifying Pathways

Pathway 1:
An applicant with an associate degree in Radiologic Technology, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and/or Sonography (General, Cardiac, and/or Vascular) from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Currently registered and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic
    Technologists (ARRT), the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB), and/or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Pathway 2:
An applicant without an associate degree who completed a hospital-based program, military program, or a diploma program in Radiologic Technology, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and/or Sonography; or an applicant with a relevant imaging science associate degree from a nationally accredited institution:

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 2.00* or higher, or minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.00* if 15 or more credits have been earned from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Currently registered and in good standing with the ARRT, NMTCB, and/or ARDMS.
  • Pathway 2 students are granted 39 college credits for their primary certificationⱡ with the ARRT, NMTCB, and/or ARDMS.

Pathway 3:
An applicant currently enrolled in an associate degree program in Radiologic Technology, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and/or Sonography (General, Cardiac, and/or Vascular) from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Current cumulative GPA of 2.00** or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Within six months of graduating a program leading to ARRT, NMTCB, and/or ARDMS certification exam eligibility.
    • Student must be registered with ARRT, NMTCB, and/or ARDMS before the start of the second semester in the program. Failure to obtain the required certification and registration will prevent progression in the program until the certification and registration is achieved.

* Provisional Admission
Pathway 2 applicants with a GPA below the indicated threshold may be provisionally admitted if the following criteria are met:

  1. Hold and maintain active registration with ARRT, NMTCB, and/or ARDMS.
  2. Register for IMG 325 and IMG 400 in the first semester.
    • Provisional status will be removed after completing IMG 325 and IMG 400 with a grade of “B” or better. Failure to do so will prevent progression in the program.

ⱡ Licensure verification is used in lieu of hospital-based program transcript, if applicable.
** Final College transcripts showing degree conferral must be received before the first semester’s add/drop deadline. Final cumulative GPA must remain 2.00 or higher.