College Catalog: 2013-2014

School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS): Medical Diagnostic Imaging Science (B.S.)

Four Year Plan

Website: School of Theoretical and Applied Science


About the Major

This program is jointly offered by Ramapo College of New Jersey and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Science–School of Health Related Programs (Rutgers-SHRP).  Our Medical Imaging Science major is designed for students who would like to train in the fields of cardiac sonography, diagnostic medical sonograhy, nuclear medicine technology, or vascular sonography.  These health care professionals will be trained to work alongside physicians and other professionals in the diagnosis and care of patients.

Students must complete 96 credits, including General Education requirements, School of Theoretical and Applied Science requirements, and a preprofessional core.  They then can be admitted to a professional program at Rutgers-SHRP.  The Medical Imaging Science professional program consists of 3-4 academic semesters (up to 18 months) or full time study in one of four areas of specialization.  Upon completion, students receive a joint B.S. Degree from Rutgers-SHRP and Ramapo College, and qualify to declare a minor in Biology.

Concentrations in:

Cardiac Sonography
Cardiac Sonography program covers didactic and clinical instruction in cardiac ultrasound and non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic testing.  Echnocardiagrahy uses ultrasound imaging to view cardiovascular anatomy in a non-invasive and pain free examination.  The methodology allows the physician to assess the function of the heart in a dynamic way.  Cardiac sonograhers are specially trained professionals who are an integral part of the cardiovascular medical management team in today’s health care environment.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Sonographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to provide patient services using diagnostic techniques under the supervision of a licensed Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy.  Diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography, cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various subspecialties.

Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive materials for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  They are specifically trained in radiation safety, laboratory techniques, imaging procedures, and the use of highly specialized equipment to assure the efficient daily operation of their facility.

Vascular Sonography
Vascular technologists use state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment and other forms of non-invasive testing to detect the presence of arterial diseases that can cause stroke, renal failure, gangrene, amputation, and aortic aneurysms and other life-threatening venous diseases that can lead to pulmonary embolism or morbid conditions caused by flood clots, varicose veins, and non-healing ulcerations.

Note:  Application for this program is normally made at the beginning of junior year (October 15 the following fall).  Applications received beyond this deadline will be considered if enrollment capacity in the major has not been reached.  A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required

Requirements of the Major
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement (six courses):  three writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: First Year Seminar, Critical Reading and Writing (formerly College English), and Readings in the Humanities; the other three courses are taken in the major.

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.