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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Medical Imaging, B.S.


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Medical Imaging is an area of allied health in which the professional expertise is in the operation of imaging equipment and the preparation of patients for various diagnostic and treatment procedures. Practice specialties may include diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), radiography, or nuclear medicine, with the option of further certifications in Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), or mammography post-graduation.  

This degree program offers the option three academic pathways or specialties leading to a baccalaureate degree. Students spend between two to three years at York College and then one to two years in an accredited hospital-based clinical program. The time spent in each will depend on which clinical option(s) is/are selected.  

Students must declare their specialty in Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, or Nuclear Medicine Technology. Students must declare their specialty by the fall of their sophomore year.  

Clinical Rotations 

The student applies to clinical programs in the fall of their sophomore or junior year, depending on specialty. Although admission is not guaranteed, over 90% of our applicants are accepted each year.  A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended and often required for application to clinical rotation. 

All York College of Pennsylvania, courses must be completed prior to the start of the clinical year, and students must complete the last 30 credits at York College prior to the start of clinical rotations.  During the clinical rotation, financial aid continues to be processed through York College, but tuition is paid to the clinical site. Clinical affiliations are: 

Pennsylvania College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Johns Hopkins School of Medical Imaging (RAD, DMS, and NMT)
WellSpan York Hospital (RAD)

Note: It is a common trend in healthcare that employees will not be allowed to use tobacco and must remain tobacco free. Since the applicants to these programs work within the guidelines of various healthcare facilities, applicants must be aware of the possibility of the requirement to be “tobacco-free.”

Most clinical facilities require employees and students within the facility to be fully immunized. Lack of vaccination may affect the ability to complete this major.

The guidelines listed above are determined by the clinical site, not the College, and the student will be expected to follow said guidelines to be successful in their clinical rotation.

Degree Requirements

Institutional Degree Requirements  

Program-Specific Degree Requirements: To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Medical Imaging must complete a minimum of 120 credits for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography track, 120 credits for the Nuclear Medicine track, or 124 credits for the Radiography track. Students must earn a minimum of 2.0 in each of the required major courses with a minimum average of 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Communication course:


Advanced Communication course:


Quantitative Fluency course:


Choose 3 credits of the following Global Citizenship courses:


Students have the option to complete this requirement by successfully completing 6 credits of the same foreign language.

Disciplinary Perspectives Requirements


Choose 3 credits of the following Arts courses:


Choose 3 credits of the following Social and Behavioral Sciences courses:


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Specialty:

Choose 3 credits of the following Natural and Physical Sciences courses:


Nuclear Medicine Technology Specialty:

Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Students who transfer in 60 credits or more at the time of admission to the college will be waived from the Constellation requirement, except for Education majors. The waiver applies to the requirement for graduation but does not waive the credits to graduate; students need to meet the overall bachelor’s degree credit requirement.

Required Courses


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Specialty Requirements


The number of credits awarded varies depending on the length of the clinical experience. Completion of at least one year (30 credit hours) in an accredited hospital-based program is required. 

Nuclear Medicine Technology Specialty Requirements


The number of credits awarded varies depending on the length of the clinical experience. Completion of at least one year (30 credit hours) in an accredited hospital-based program is required. 

Radiography Specialty Requirements


  • Clinical Experience 59 credit hours

Suggested Course Sequence


Freshman Year


Fall Semester (17 credits)


Spring Semester (16-17 credits)


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester (13-16 credits)


Spring Semester (13-16 credits)


Junior Year


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Specialty


Fall Semester (13 credits)

Spring Semester (12 credits)

  • Constellation courses 6 credit hours
  • General Elective courses 6 credit hours

Nuclear Medicine Technology Specialty


Fall Semester (13 credits)

Spring Semester (13 credits)

Radiography Specialty


  • Junior year will be off campus at clinical rotations.

Senior Year


  • Senior year will be off campus at clinical rotations for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Radiography Specialties.

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