Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of
Radiologic Sciences

Concentrations

Our Bachelor of Science students study one concentration (also called modality) for 12 months, full time. Classwork and clinical affiliations comprise approximately 40 hours a week. Dual-Concentration students study two concentrations, one each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that radiologic technologists who are trained in multiple credentials have better job prospects than those with just one area of expertise. We recommend that students study the concentration they are most interested in working in during their second year.

First choose your program option, then choose your concentration option(s) to personalize your experience at Thomas Jefferson University. We cannot guarantee acceptance to your concentration of choice. Acceptance may require:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview by program director
  • Testing
  • Interview and acceptance by a clinical site

Radiation Oncology Concentration Options

Radiation Therapists use linear accelerators to administer radiation to treat cancer. They work closely with the medical dosimetrist, radiation oncologist and radiation physicist. 

Medical Dosimetrists use treatment planning computers to generate the radiation plans used to treat cancer. They work closely with the radiation therapist. 

Imaging Concentration Options

Cardiac sonographers (echocardiographers) use ultrasound to examine the heart's chambers, walls, valves and vessels. They use ultrasound technology to produce dynamic visual images.

Sonographers provide guidance during fine-needle tissue biopsy and use sophisticated diagnostic ultrasound imaging machines and transducers that use high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions.

Computed Tomography (CT) technologists use x-ray technology to take cross-sectional images of the body. They operate CT scanners, picture archiving and communication systems and related equipment.

ICVTs assist cardiologists in diagnosing and treating congenital and acquired heart disease and peripheral vascular disease.

MRI technologists use non-ionizing radio frequency electromagnetic waves to generate image contrast and create a 3-dimensional image of a part of the body.

Radiologic technologists use x-ray (ionizing radiation) technology to produce images of tissue, organs and bones. Radiologic technologists understand characteristics and biological effects of radiation and methods for reducing patient and operator exposure.

Nuclear medicine technologists give patients radiopharmaceuticals (drugs that include radionuclides that emit radiation) then use a scanner to monitor tissues or organs where the drugs localize. The resulting images are evaluated by a physician for disease diagnosis.

Vascular sonographers or vascular (vascular ultrasound) technologists assist physicians in diagnosing disorders of the vascular system and acquire information related to blood vessel anatomy and physiology: cerebral, peripheral and abdominal circulation.

Non-Imaging Second-Year Concentration Options

Additional (second-year) concentrations may include:

  • Health Services Management
  • Health Services Management Information System