Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences
The Health Sciences Major may be used as a pre-professional curriculum for students wishing to apply to four year baccalaureate degree programs in Radiation Sciences. The OU Health Sciences Center Department of Radiologic Technology offers a four year B.S. in Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences with programs in the area of Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, and Sonography.
Students apply to the professional phase of the program at the OU Health Sciences Center after first completing a freshman and sophomore year (or 64 hours) of general education and prerequisite courses.
SWOSU students may choose the Health Sciences Major to complete these 64 hours at SWOSU or obtain their degree in Health Sciences at SWOSU before applying to the Radiology Program at OUHSC.
Nuclear Medicine uses radiopharmaceuticals, scintillation cameras, and computers to image and quantify various physiologic process throughout the body.
Radiography uses diagnostic medical images thru xray and other radiations, such as Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance (MR) and Caradiovascular Interventional Technology (CIT).
Sonography uses equipment to generate high frequency sound waves to produce images of the human body.
Radiation Therapy is the profession in which radiations are directed at diseased tissues in strictly controlled circumstances to cure or palliate the disease.
Radiographers, Sonographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologists and Radiation Therapists are employed in health care facilities, including cancer centers and private offices; they are also employed in settings where their responsibilities focus on education, management, research, and sales. Salaries and benefits vary with experience and employment location but are generally competitive with other health specialties.
Programs may be 1, 2, or 4 years, depending on program design, objectives, and the degree or certificate awarded. Following completion of the baccalaureate degree, students are then eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become a BS RT(T) or (R) certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The T and R designates specialization in either therapy, radiology, or both.