Bachelor's Programs

College

  • Center City Campus
  • College of Health Professions

Degree Earned

  • Bachelor of Science

Program Type

  • On Campus

Applying: 3+1 BS/BS Partnership Programs

Through the partnership between Chestnut Hill College and Jefferson, students who are interested in a career in Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences are offered a 1-Year Bachelor of Science degree at Jefferson.  Students apply to one of the partner schools for admission as a freshman during their senior year of high school and also apply at the same time using the 3+1 Jefferson fall 2022 application. 

If admitted to both schools, students spend their first (3) years at the partner school. Students then attend Jefferson for 1 more year to complete their clinical training and professional courses for a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences.

The first year of Jefferson courses transfer back to the partner school to give students the full complement of courses needed for their first degree. Students will participate in graduation at both the partner institution and Jefferson. 

Student can choose from Jefferson 1 Year concentrations in: General Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine, Cardiac Sonography, Vascular Sonography and Radiography. 

The following concentrations are not available for the 3+1 option: Radiation Therapy, Medical Dosimetry, ICVT and CT.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites must be completed by the time the student enters Thomas Jefferson University. You do not need to have your prerequisites completed before you apply, but the majority should be completed before an admissions decision can be made. You may also earn credits through standardized tests, including CLEP for non- science based courses.

High School GPA: 3.2 or higher

All prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited institution that includes 50 credits from specific course areas. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-” or below will not be eligible for transfer. 

Course acceptance subject to Academic Counselor approval.

Course Title All Other Programs Medical
Dosimetry
Nuclear
Medicine
Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab * 4 4 4
Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Lab * 4 4 4
Physics I w/Lab ** 4 4 4
Physics II w/Lab ** 4 4 4
College Chemistry I w/ Lab 4 4 4
College Chemistry II w/ Lab (Nuclear Medicine Only)
N/A N/A 4
Biology I w/ Lab (Medical Dosimetry Only) N/A 4 N/A
Pre-Calculus or equivalent level Math *** 3 3 3
Statistics 3 3 3
Medical Terminology † 3 3 3
English Composition 3 3 3
English Elective 3 3 3
Electives †† 15 11 11

* 8 credits of Anatomy & Physiology I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included.

** Algebra or Calculus-based

*** Calculus or higher level Math also accepted

† Students certified in or graduated from an accredited program in the medical imaging and radiation sciences do not need Medical Terminology. These students must have three additional elective credits in place of medical terminology.

† † Acceptable elective courses are theory-based, not performance-based, coursework. For example: we will accept Introduction to Music but not Piano, and we will accept Introduction to Art but not painting. We will not accept coursework that is remedial or review in nature, Physical Education or Technical courses. Coursework may include Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Foreign Languages, Science, Business, Math and History.

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards (by concentration)

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program. These standards are based upon the minimum tasks performed by graduates of the Program. 

To complete the Nuclear Medicine (NM) Technology Program, a student must meet the following technical standards, which are based on recommendations by the ASRT.

To participate in and complete the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, all applicants must have sufficient:

  • Visual acuity to accurately prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals and other medications, monitor imaging equipment and provide the necessary patient assessment and care
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team and assess the health needs of people through monitoring devices, such as intercom systems, blood pressure gauges and fire alarms
  • Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills related to the performance of NM, such as: positioning, transporting and imaging patients, lifting and transporting lead blocks or radionuclide generators weighing up to 50 pounds and performing venipuncture on a regular basis
  • Communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient’s interest
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care

Specifically, each student must be able to:

  • Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to imaging table
  • Lift, move, reach or push NM equipment
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity 
  • Bend/stretch
  • Distinguish colors and shades of gray
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, including patient instruction
  • Read and extract information from medical charts or patient requisition
  • Explain clinical studies verbally and/or in writing
  • Handle (physically and mentally) moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine) and moderate exposure to ionizing radiation

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist is typically employed in a hospital or a clinic to provide direct care for patients and must be able to apply verified knowledge and skillfully perform MRI procedures. Clinical and laboratory assignments for the MRI Program require certain physical demands that are the technical standards of admission. These standards are as recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

To participate in and complete the MRI Program, all applicants must have sufficient:

  • Visual acuity to accurately administer contrast agents, monitor imaging equipment and provide the necessary patient assessment and care
  • Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team and assess the health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices, such as intercom systems, cardiac monitors, respiratory monitors and fire alarms
  • Gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills related to the performance of MRI, such as positioning, transporting and imaging patients, manipulating equipment such as the scan console, power injectors and various RF receiver coils and performing venipuncture on a regular basis
  • Communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient's/client's interest
  • Intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care

Specifically, each student must be able to:

  • Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to scan table
  • Dock/release and wheel scan table to/from scan room to patient waiting area
  • Lift, move, reach or push MRI equipment (lift MRI coils of up to 25 lbs., push/wheel docking table with patient to/from scan room)
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity
  • Bend/stretch
  • Distinguish colors and shades of gray
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal relation skills, including patient instruction
  • Read and extract information from medical charts or patient requisitions
  • Explain clinical studies verbally and/or in writing

To perform/assist with MRI procedures on patients, students must initially undergo the same screening procedures as patients in order to enter the scan room. The MRI scan room contains a region of intense magnetic field. Objects that display any form of ferromagnetism are therefore of particular concern for MRI. Contraindications for entering the MRI scan room include:

  • Certain biomedical implants, materials and devices (e.g., aneurysm clips, brain clips)
  • Certain electrically, magnetically and mechanically activated implants and devices (e.g., cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants)
  • Certain metallic foreign objects (e.g., shrapnel, bullets, metal in eyes)

To participate in and complete the Radiography Program, all applicants must be able to:

  • Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to x-ray table
  • Lift, move, reach or push equipment
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity 
  • Bend/stretch
  • Be able to stand or walk for 75% of clinical time
  • Distinguish colors and shades of gray
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, including patient instruction
  • Read and extract information from medical charts or patient prescriptions
  • Explain clinical studies verbally and/or in writing
  • Physical and mental abilities to handle moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine) and moderate and limited exposure to ionizing radiation
  • Carry 12-30 pounds (lead aprons) while working

Clinical and laboratory assignments for the Sonography Programs require certain physical demands that are the minimum technical standards for admission. 

To participate in and complete the Sonography Programs, all applicants must be able to routinely:

  • Bend, stoop, reach and stretch the arms and body, often using awkward and non-ergonomically correct positions
  • Assist patient on/off examination tables
  • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
  • Manipulate the ultrasound transducer and operator controls
  • Implement skills related to the performance of ultrasound such as positioning, transporting and scanning patients
  • Manipulate heavy ultrasound equipment, such as for portable examinations, move patient beds, and must be able to assist patients that are unable to assist themselves
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team, including assessing the health needs of patients through the use of cardiac/respiratory monitors, fire alarms, intercoms, etc.
  • View grayscale and color images on a computer monitor or film
  • Read written reports, chart orders, etc.
  • Interact compassionately with the sick or injured
  • Perform proper steps in a procedure in an organized manner and in a specific sequence
  • Write or otherwise provide a preliminary report using sonographic terminology
  • Communicate effectively (verbally, or through reading and writing) with patients and other healthcare providers

Admissions Requirements

High School Seniors

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official SAT I or ACT test scores
  • Essay
  • Application fee