Medical imaging students
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Rhode Island College has partnered with the Lifespan School of Medical Imaging to create the B.S. degree in medical imaging. 

Devoted to supporting students who aspire to pursue a career in the diagnostic imaging field, Rhode Island Medical Imaging established the Rhode Island Medical Imaging Endowed Scholarship to be awarded annually to a deserving student in one of the following fields: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, RT Computed Tomography and Radiologic Technology. Read more about this exciting opportunity below.

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Program Information:

Concentrations are offered in:

  • Diagnostic medical sonography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Medical imaging management 
  • Nuclear medicine technology
  • Radiologic technology
  • RT computed tomography

Regardless of your ultimate choice in concentration, all students begin as medical imaging intended majors. Once you’ve completed the majority of your general education and cognate courses, you will choose which concentration you would like to pursue and then submit a formal application to the Lifespan School of Medical Imaging in order to be considered for entry into the clinical education program. You will not be allowed to take the specialized imaging courses until you are formally accepted into a clinical program. Instructions for applying to the clinical program are included in the RADT 201: Orientation to Medical Imaging course. Due to the complexity of the program options and the requirement for a second application, it is absolutely critical that all students consult with their advisor frequently.

Clinical education is held at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, University Orthopedics, Rhode Island Medical Imaging and Women & Infants Hospital. Visit the School of Medical Imaging’s website for more information about the clinical education programs: www.lifespan.org/centers-services/lifespan-school-medical-imaging

Students who successfully complete the medical imaging program are eligible to take the national certification examinations offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.
 

Program Details

Course Information

Program/Learning Goals

Diagnostic Medical Sonography 

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Prepare entry-level general sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. Function as a member of the sonography team by using proper written and oral communication skills specific to the medical environment.
  3. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and sonographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures and related pathology.
  4. Use principles of body mechanics (ergonomics), medical hygiene and patient care to provide and ensure the health and safety of the patient, sonographer and others.
  5. Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
  6. Complete competencies in abdominal sonography, obstetrics and gynecological sonography.
  7. Demonstrate the didactic and clinical skills to successfully take and pass the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) registry examination in the areas of Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
 
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Entry-level MRI technologist skills, perform routine MRI procedures and apply MRI safety measures.
  2. Effective critical thinking skills, be able to adapt to non-routine patients and critique images for diagnostic quality.
  3. Effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Professionalism and an effective work ethic in the health-care environment.
  5. The value of lifelong learning.
 
Medical Imaging Management

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Build upon their technical expertise with a broad-based general education program.

  2. Expand their academic exposure to health-related science courses.
  3. Learn valuable communication skills.
  4. Acquire a basic understanding of business management skills.
 
Nuclear Medicine Technology

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in entry-level employment skills. 
  2. Practice radiation safety techniques.
  3. Perform quality control on various instruments.
  4. Prepare, calculate and administer radiopharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals as permitted.
  5. Perform a variety of nuclear medicine procedures, including PET images.
  6. Observe and assist with a variety of therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures.
  7. Evaluate images and take additional views if necessary.
  8. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills. 
  9. Demonstrate age-appropriate, effective, communication skills.
  10. Demonstrate respect for cultural diversity.
  11. Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving. 
  12. Perform non-routine nuclear medicine procedures.
  13. Observe interpreting physicians to develop an understanding of clinical correlation.
  14. Demonstrate skills necessary to provide appropriate patient care and comfort. 
 
Radiologic Technology

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level employment skills. 
  2. Accurately position a patient for diagnostic images.
  3. Demonstrate safe radiation protection practices.
  4. Provide appropriate patient care.
  5. Evaluate images effectively.
  6. Demonstrate effective communications skills. 
  7. Demonstrate age-appropriate, effective communication skills.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving. 
  9. Perform non-routine radiographic procedures.
  10. Correct non-diagnostic images effectively.
  11. Exemplify professionalism. 
  12. Uphold an effective work ethic in the health-care environment.
  13. Articulate how to maintain their professional status in the medical imaging field.
 
RT Computed Tomography

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Entry-level employment skills. 
  2. Effective communication skills.
  3. Proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving. 
  4. The skills needed to provide appropriate patient care and comfort.
     

Scholarship Information

The Rhode Island Medical Imaging Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student in one of the following fields: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, RT Computed Tomography and Radiologic Technology. 

Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time at Rhode Island College
  • Applicants must major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, RT Computed Tomography or Radiologic Technology
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Applicants must submit a typewritten 500-word essay describing their professional goals and how receiving the scholarship would impact achieving them. 
  • Involvement in activities that seek to improve society and advance Applicants’ personal or professional growth is highly desirable

For more detail, contact Eric S. Hall at ehall@ric.edu.

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