Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many people at the college major in Medical Imaging?
    In 2014, there were 59 students in clinical courses and 399 students taking pre-clinical courses.
  2. How many students are accepted into the clinical program for Radiologic Technology each year?
  3. How many students are accepted into the clinical program for Nuclear Medicine Technology each year?
  4. Is this program designed to help meet the needs of the rapidly growing healthcare Industry?
  5. Why did you want to begin this program at RIC?
    To provide options for students and to increase the education level of medical imaging practitioners in RI.
  6. Why did the program name change from Radiologic Technology to Medical Imaging (with several concentrations) in 2011?
    The Nuclear Medicine Technology program was added which requires similar cognate courses as Radiologic Technology. Since the first two years are similar it made sense for us to create the BS in Medical Imaging with the individual concentrations in the specialized areas. There are plans in the works to add other concentrations in the future.
  7. What is the difference between general education, cognate and clinical education courses?
    The general education classes are those which every student on campus takes. It is what defines your degree from RIC as a liberal arts degree. It is around 40 credits or 1/3 of your total college coursework. Cognates are courses required by a major but not offered by the major department. In the case of medical imaging, the cognates and general education coursework need to be completed in the first 2 to 2.5 years of the four year program. The clinical education courses for Radiologic Technology are 24 months of intensive clinical experiences at RIH while the clinical program for Nuclear Medicine Technology is 18 months.
  8. Can students concentrate in Radiologic Technology or Nuclear Medicine Technology, get licensed, then choose from Certified RT Management, Computed Tomography or Diagnostic Medical Sonography?
    The Certified RT Management, Certified RT Computed Tomography (CT) and Certified RT Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) programs are all designed to enable non-baccalaureate, licensed RTs to obtain the BS degree. The Certified RT Management concentration does not have a clinical component and is probably not a good choice for RIC RT or NMT graduates. On the other hand the Certified RT CT and Certified RT DMS programs can be completed as second bachelor's degree programs.
  9. What is the national certification examination – is it like a culmination of knowledge, sort of like the final exam of the concentration? Can this exam only be taken once a student has completed the required clinical education courses?
    The certification exam is the national registry exam that is offered by the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists. It can only be taken once a student has completed the clinical program.
  10. What are some examples of clinical education courses available to students (at any of the institutions that are offering them)?
    The clinical education courses can only be taken when a student has been formally accepted into one of the clinical programs. Examples include but are not limited to:
    RADT 255Patient Care Interventions for Allied Health
    RADT 305Skeletal Anatomy
    RADT 320Principles of Radiography I
    RADT 330Radiation Physics I
    RADT 440Cross Sectional Anatomy
    RADT 411Clinical Education III/IV3
    RADT 425Ethics/Critical Thinking
    Typically, any accredited program in RT will have a similar set of courses although the names and timing of the courses may be different depending on the school. These courses are ONLY open to students accepted into the RT clinical program.
  11. I heard that there may be a Magnetic Resonance Imaging concentration available in the future. Has there been any progress with this yet? Will this course be offered in response to student/ health industry needs?
    The MRI program is now available.
  12. The RIC College Catalog states that students must have completed "all required courses" with a minimum grade of C in each course. Does this refer to general education courses at RIC?
    No, they need to earn a C or better (not C-) in each cognate course.  They only need to pass the general education courses.
  13. Who is the program director of the Rhode Island Hospital School of Diagnostic Imaging?
    Ms. Ellen Alexandre (
  14. What does RT stand for?
    Radiologic Technologist
  15. What is Computed Tomography?
    CT Scan = CATSCAN
  16. What is Diagnostic Medical Sonography?
  17. Are the concentrations in Certified RT Computed Tomography and Diagnostic Medical Sonography steps that come after concentrating in Nuclear Medicine Technology or Radiologic Technology?
    Yes they are optional programs which can provide additional credentials for specialized positions in medical imaging. There is also an undergraduate certificate in Computed Tomography that is designed as a post-baccalaureate program.
  18. What is Certified RT Management?
    Certified Radiologic Technologist Management refers to a concentration in Medical Imaging that allows any practicing RT to obtain the additional coursework for a BS degree. You can become licensed as an RT with an Associate degree or a certificate of clinical training. The Certified RT Management option can be used to complete a student's education and brings them up to the baccalaureate level. It is required if an RT wants to begin teaching clinical students and can be a helpful career boost for those RTs who are interested in obtaining management positions.
  19. In the catalog under Certified RT Management, LS175 and SM175 are listed as transferred courses. What are these courses, and how are they beneficial to students?
    The LS and SM 175 are not courses in our catalog but are place holders on transcripts which indicate that a transfer student has gained the equivalent to our general education categories in laboratory science and science/math (soon to be Natural Science and Advanced Quantitative/Scientific Reasoning).
  20. What is Nuclear Medicine Technology?
    Nuclear medicine, which includes molecular imaging, is the medical specialty that utilizes sealed and unsealed radioactive materials in the diagnosis and therapy of various diseases. This practice also includes the utilization of pharmaceuticals (used as adjunctive medications) and other imaging modalities with or without contrast to enhance the evaluation of physiologic processes at a molecular level. Nuclear medicine technologists are allied health professionals who, under the direction of an authorized user, are committed to applying the art and skill of their profession to optimize diagnostic evaluation and therapy through the safe and effective use of radiopharmaceuticals and adjunctive medications. Taken from Outside Link
  21. What is Radiologic Technology?
    Radiologic technologists and technicians perform diagnostic imaging examinations like x rays, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and mammography. Taken from Outside Link
  22. What are Radiologic Technology Certification Transfer Credits? Are these from previous concentrations at RIC?
    The certification transfer credits are for students who have already been RT certified. Since RT clinical programs are typically 60 credits we award incoming applicants 60 credits for their RT license. RIC students would have no need for the transfer credits since all such credits will already be on their RIC transcript.

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