Mar 03, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
  
College Catalog 2023-2024

Medical Imaging, A.S.


The Medical Imaging Program prepares students in four different Associate in Science Degree options:

Cardiac Sonography Option Full-time, A.S.  - 24 months.

General Sonography Option Full-time, A.S.  - 24 months.

Medical Radiography Option Full-time, A.S.  - 21 months.

Medical Radiography Option Part-time, A.S.  - 35 months.

Program accreditations are as follows:

The Medical Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606- 3182, Phone: (312) 704-5300; Fax: (312) 704-5304, Email: mail@jrcert.org; URL: www.jrcert.org.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions in the respective fields. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Exam (Medical Radiography) or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Exam (Sonography Options). Medical Radiography graduates are also eligible to apply to take the Massachusetts State Licensing Examination. The program begins in the fall semester, and didactic and clinical education are carefully correlated to provide reinforcement in the clinical setting of skills learned in the classroom. Students in the program must earn a numerical course grade of 80 percent or better in all imaging courses, and a minimum grade of C in all general education courses. Failure to meet clinical objectives or failure to meet the academic standard in any course will result in withdrawal from the program. Students may apply for readmission to the program one time, on a space-available basis. Prior to re-application students must successfully repeat failed course(s).

Readmission is considered on a case-by-case basis. All medical imaging students must undergo a physical examination, complete the necessary immunization forms, including the three (3) dose Hepatitis B immunization series, have CPR certification, carry malpractice and health insurance, and undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. The application process for the Medical Imaging Program is highly competitive and selective. Potential applicants are ranked based on prerequisite grades, Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) results in Reading, Math and English/Language, as well as grades earned in any program required noncore courses. The highest ranked students for each A.S. Program will be invited to complete the TEAS Allied Health test. Standby lists will be generated annually for each A.S. Degree option. Stand- by students not obtaining a seat in that year will be required to reapply for future admission to any Medical Imaging Program.

Prerequisites for all medical imaging options:

  • Attend one MANDATORY information session within one year of application. (Refer to BHCC website for dates).
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:
  • One semester of any three credit College Algebra or statistics course.
  • One semester of college level Anatomy/Physiology I/Lab (must be completed within five years of application unless currently working in related healthcare position).
  • One semester of College Writing I (ENG-111 ) or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

After all prerequisites are completed:

  • Prospective students must apply online through Admissions during the enrollment period. Approximate application dates for the Fall program are mid-October - mid-February for admission to the program for the next academic year. Check with Admissions for exact timelines.
  • All applicants in each option must complete the TEAS Allied Health Test (TEAS). Job shadows will be recommended to accepted students and those on the stand-by list.
  • Applicants must score at least 47.6% in reading, 46.7% in math and 47.6% in English/Language on the TEAS test to be considered for the Medical Imaging Programs.
  • The Medical Imaging Admissions Committee will evaluate each candidate’s record after completion of the TEAS V test. Admission to the Program will be based on overall ranking of applicants as described previously.
  • Stand-by lists will be developed for each option annually. Stand-by students not offered a seat will need to reapply the next year for future consideration.
  • Applicants not selected for admission to the Medical Imaging Program must meet with a member of the advising staff for guidance before reapplication.

Tuition and fees for Medical Imaging students*

Massachusetts Residents $12,500.00 for 2 years
Non-Massachusetts Residents $25,700.00 for 2 years
Uniforms $200.00
Malpractice/Liability Insurance $15.00 annually
Books/Software $900.00 annually
Medical Imaging Pin $10.00
Certification Exam Fees $200.00 Radiography
  $250.00 - $500.00 Sonography

* Costs are estimated and subject to change. Please refer to Admissions and Enrollment Services for exact cost.

Note: A college physics course, with a grade of C or better, is required for accepted General Sonography or Cardiac Sonography students. For accepted Sonography students, MIG-111 Imaging Technology I  (web-based), will be offered in the summer prior to the start of the program.