Medical Imaging (Radiologic Technology) is the health profession concerned with the direct administration of radiation, primarily x-rays, in disease diagnosis and injury assessment. Medical imaging studies have been a cornerstone in medical diagnosis for decades; however, technological advances and the addition of new imaging modalities now place medical imaging among the most dynamic, expanding and high demand fields in clinical medicine.
Medical Imaging clinical practice includes: general radiography such as orthopedics, pediatrics and mammography, vascular imaging, cardiac catheterization studies, computerized tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Medical imaging professionals are employed in medical centers, community and private hospitals, clinics, and physicians' offices.
Upon completion of the program, graduates receive the Bachelor of Science degree and may be eligible to take the national certification examination in Radiologic Technology administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Mission Statement, Goals, and Accreditation
The Radiologic Science Program prepares students to practice competently and effectively as medical imaging professionals in diverse healthcare environments. The academic and clinical foundation in the curriculum develops graduates with professional flexibility and adaptability to assume prominent roles and responsibilities after graduation in both career and scholarly pursuits.
1. The program develops competent, effective, medical imaging professionals;
2. The program supports development of skills necessary to practice in diverse healthcare environments and to acquire prominent roles in radiologic science;
3. The program curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy promote development of integrative, critical thinking, and communication skills to include written, oral, and electronic discourse
4. The program graduates successfully pursue scholarly activities such as contributions to the profession and post-baccalaureate education.
Student Learning Outcomes:
The fulfillment of our mission and goals through an integrated curriculum insures students attain the following learning outcomes:
- Obtain a level of clinical competence appropriate for an entry-level medical imaging professional
- Possess critical thinking skills to adapt to changing clinical environments and patient needs
- Exhibit professionalism through consistent ethical behavior and
- Demonstrate communication skills for effective communication with patients, families, and other healthcare providers.
Students progress through the curriculum and meet course learning objectives that culminate in the accomplishment of the above learning outcomes.
The University of North Carolina Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Radiologic Science is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). A current copy of the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences is available in the Division office. Students are encouraged to read these guidelines for medical imaging programs. Questions regarding this document or the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Division Director or the JRCERT office (Tel: 312-704-5300).
For further information please contact:
Joy Renner, M.A., RT(R), Director
Division of Radiologic Science
CB #7130, Bondurant Hall: Suite 3050
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7130