Jefferson is one of the few academic health centers that awards a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, offering graduates many career options in the field of radiologic sciences, including opportunities for advancement.
BS graduates have boasted a 95-100% career placement rate since 1995, and they have an 85% average pass rate on certification exams for all imaging concentrations and less than a 10% attrition rate.
Our students choose from various concentration options during their time in our BS Programs, studying one per year. Concentrations prepare our students for success in a specific area of technological practice in their future career.
Students offered admission to a Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences program are required to complete a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. Students are also required to be in good academic standing, provide and maintain proof of CPR certification in Basic Life Support for the healthcare provider, meet concentration specific technical standards, complete all health requirements, including all immunization requirements, and demonstrate safe and professional clinical practices. Some clinical sites may require fingerprinting, drug screening, and other clearances in addition to the criminal background check and child abuse clearance. Students will be notified of any additional clinical site requirements prior to their placement.
The Department maintains affiliations with over 100 clinical sites in a variety of environments in the region, including major academic health centers, imaging centers, physician’s offices, and women’s imaging centers. All students in clinical based concentrations participate in clinical education for each of their chosen concentrations. All students are responsible for completing all competencies and other requirements as outlined in the clinical syllabi. The total number of students assigned to any clinical site shall be determined by the Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences and approved by program accreditation bodies. For programs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI], Medical Dosimetry, Radiation Therapy, and Radiography) accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), a list of approved clinical sites can be found here.
The Program Faculty determine student schedules and assignments at clinical affiliates. The clinical education schedule varies per term with two or three days per week of clinical rotations in the fall and spring semesters and four or five days per week of clinical rotations in the summer semester. Clinical schedules and assignments are limited to no more than ten (10) hours per day. Programs do not schedule evening and/or weekend clinical rotations. If it is deemed necessary to include evening and/or weekend clinical assignments, those assignments will be equitable for all students and program total capacity will be maintained. Assignments at the clinical affiliates are intended to provide the student with a comprehensive clinical education as deemed appropriate by the faculty and serves to correlate didactic knowledge with practical skills. Students are not guaranteed specific clinical affiliates, however, student input is considered. Students will receive a rotation schedule at the beginning of each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to report to the clinical area to which they are assigned. Please note that students may have to travel to geographically dispersed clinical sites. Students must have a reliable form of transportation that will enable them to travel to the clinical affiliates. The costs of travel, lodging, parking, tolls, meals and other expenses are the student’s responsibility. The program does not provide transportation to clinical affiliates. Students are subject to all rules and regulations of the clinical affiliate.
In accordance with clinical affiliation agreements, Thomas Jefferson University maintains Commercial General Liability and Professional Liability Insurance covering itself, its agents, its Faculty, its employees, and its Students.
Additional details covering clinical requirements are available in the Academic Policies and Clinical Education Handbooks.