Assessment Plan Template
Program B.S. in Comprehensive Medical Imaging
Assessment Coordinator for the program Steen Madsen
Department(s) or Interdisciplinary Council Responsible for the Program Health Physics
Five-Year Implementation Dates (2004-2005 to 2009-2010)
Is this program accredited by an external organization? X No__ Yes, and the
organization is .
NOTE: The program may submit the most recent self study assessment
documents/information in substitution for this plan.
A. Program Objectives
The CMI Program is an innovative academic program designed to educate students in
a foundation of mathematics and the sciences applicable to the interdisciplinary and
applied science of diagnostic medical imaging. The Program currently offers
theoretical and clinical coursework in the advanced-level modalities of magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and computed tomography (CT). Graduates of
the program help meet the demand for professional personnel to perform patient
imaging procedures on state-of-the-art advanced imaging systems, process and
enhance computer images, prepare and administer contrast agents, maintain strict
quality control guidelines, and conduct research in the comprehensive medical
In order to accomplish the stated mission, the program attempts to ensure that the
students, upon completion of the program, will be able to:
1. Apply theoretical and practical diagnostic medical imaging concepts in the
2. Support their aspirations for obtaining professional certifications.
3. Demonstrate the utilization of mathematical and scientific concepts within the
specialized knowledge base of the discipline.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the research process and its relationship to
current and future diagnostic medical imaging activities
5. Continue to acquire knowledge and experiences required for leadership roles in
the diagnostic medical imaging profession.
6. Function collaboratively with members of other health care disciplines.
7. Become involved with national and local medical imaging-related professional
8. Have acquired a solid foundation for graduate study.
9. Conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.
B. Current Degree Program
Prior to 1996, the comprehensive medical imaging program was housed in the
Department of Radiological Sciences. The main focus of the program prior to 1996
was dual credentialing of students who had completed the certificate in radiography.
In 1997 the comprehensive medical imaging program was integrated into the
Department of Health Physics. The program was drastically revised to strengthen the
Bachelor of Science degree by emphasizing math and science prerequisite courses and
updating the Department’s core curriculum. The current degree is a Bachelor of
Science in Comprehensive Medical Imaging.
Students in the Program are required to choose one of two tracks: CT/MRI or
ultrasound. Students who wish to take the CT/MRI track must first complete the two-
year Radiography Program and show proof of certification (Radiographic
Technologist). These students typically require an additional 2 – 2.5 years to complete
the University General Education requirements, math and science prerequisites and
upper-level CMI course work. Students who wish to take the ultrasound track may
enter the Program directly from high school. These students typically complete the
program in 4 years.
C. Program Philosophy
The undergraduate CMI program is based on a strong foundation of classes in math
and sciences taken in the first two years of college along with coursework that meets
the University core requirement. Students that are fully accepted into the program with
Junior status begin taking departmental courses designed to give them a theoretical
understanding of radiation and diagnostic medical imaging. The theory is continually
weaved through the next two years with practical experiences provided by clinical
hospital facilities. By their last semester, students are prepared to enter the workforce
as highly skilled professionals in their chosen diagnostic imaging field.
D. Student Learning Outcomes for the Program
As a condition of acceptance to the Program, students must have completed pre-
calculus math courses that are prerequisites for introductory science courses. Students
must take: 3 semesters of biology, including anatomy and physiology courses, 1 semester
of introductory chemistry and 2 semesters of general physics. Radiography students
enrolling in the Program will have obtained Certification as Radiographic Technologists
and, as such, they will be familiar with all aspects of standard radiographic principles and
techniques. The following is a list of the Learning Outcomes for all students of the
Program (CT/MRI and Ultrasound Options):
(1) Knowledge of basic medical terminology of importance to imaging professionals.
(2) Familiarity with the law and ethics applicable to imaging professionals.
(3) Familiarity with the structure and organization of hospital imaging departments.
(4) Knowledge of basic patient care procedures.
(5) Basic knowledge of the fundamental principles and techniques of all the major
imaging modalities including, CT, MRI, Ultrasound and nuclear medicine (PET
(6) Understanding of the basic principles associated with radiation science and safety.
(7) Knowledge of the chemical and biological effects of radiation.
(8) Understanding of basic sectional (transverse, sagittal and coronal) anatomy in
Additional Learning Outcomes for students in the CT/MRI Option:
(1) Understanding of the physics and general principles of MRI and CT.
(2) Knowledge of CT and MR instrumentation and image acquisition.
(3) Familiarity with computers and their role in CT and MRI.
(4) Understanding of the role of contrast agents in CT and MRI.
(5) Familiarity with factors affecting CT and MR image quality and recognition of
(6) Understanding of the biological effects of CT and MRI and familiarity with safety
(7) Knowledge of basic CT and MRI quality assurance procedures.
(8) Ability to identify normal structures and common disease states on CT and MR
(9) Understanding of the basic procedures required to perform a CT or MR imaging
(10) Understanding of all information (in addition to the image) contributing to
overall patient diagnosis.
(11) Ability to acquire a CT or MR image and basic interpretation of the image.
Additional Learning Outcomes for students in the Ultrasound Option:
(1) Understanding of the physics and general principles of ultrasound.
(2) Knowledge of ultrasound instrumentation and image acquisition.
(3) Familiarity with computers and their role in ultrasound.
(4) Familiarity with factors affecting ultrasound image quality and recognition of
(5) Understanding of the biological effects of ultrasound and familiarity with safety
(6) Knowledge of basic ultrasound quality assurance procedures.
(7) Ability to identify normal structures and common disease states on ultrasound
(8) Understanding of the basic procedures required to perform an ultrasound imaging
study (abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological and vascular) including transducer
(9) Understanding of all information (in addition to the image) contributing to overall
(10) Ability to acquire an ultrasound image (abdominal, obstetrical,
gynecological and vascular) and basic interpretation of the image.