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University of Pittsburgh Bradford    
2019-2020 Bradford Campus Catalog 
    
 
  Sep 24, 2021
 
2019-2020 Bradford Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Radiological Science, BS


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Contact: Professor Tammy Haley

Students may earn a bachelor’s degree in radiological science after taking the required courses at Pitt-Bradford and successfully completing Bradford Regional Medical Center’s (BRMC) two-year School of Radiography program. The two-year School of Radiography program has been provided by BRMC for many years to prepare certified professionals to work in clinical settings as radiographers. This new program will give students two ways to earn a bachelor’s degree in radiological science, accommodating both incoming freshmen and those who have already completed BRMC’s program.

The main track is what we call a 2+2 program: Students complete four full semesters (during the freshman and sophomore years) of course work on the Pitt-Bradford campus. Then during the third and fourth years, students pursue full-time study at BRMC’s School of Radiography. Students must have a minimum of 2.5 or higher GPA to be considered for admission to the major at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

The second option is available to those people already certified and employed in radiography and who have graduated from a program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology such as the one at BRMC. These students attend Pitt-Bradford for two years of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study to earn a bachelor’s degree.

In both options, 50 academic credits from the accredited radiographic program are applied toward the 120 credits needed to graduate from Pitt-Bradford with a bachelor’s degree.

Progression Requirements and Admission to the Radiological Science Major

Students admitted to this program start their studies at the university as a Pre-Radiological Science major, taking courses that meet university graduation requirements. At the end of the first year of study, a student should have a 3.0 GPA or better to progress to the second year, which must be maintained throughout the entire second year of studies. During the spring term of the sophomore year, students apply to BRMC for admission into the School of Radiography. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1. To be admitted to the school, a student must be in good academic standing at the university. Because of limited numbers of openings at BRMC in any given year, preference for admission is given to students who have performed well academically. In the past, this has meant that in general, students with a 3.0 or better GPA who have satisfied all course requirements (with special attention paid to performance in the “core courses”) at the university have been admitted. This may vary from year to year, however, depending on the number of applicants who apply for the available openings (currently up to 16 openings each year).

Others:


Note:


* Challenge examinations and CLEP options available for select courses.

Required radiological science courses include:


Introduction to Radiological Technology and Medical Ethics
Medical Terminology
Elementary Radiation Protection
Radiographic Anatomy
Radiographic Physics
Radiographic Procedures I
Methods of Patient Care
Radiographic Procedures II
Radiation Protection II
Radiographic Film Evaluation I
Radiographic Film Processing
Radiographic Pathology
Radiographic Exposures
Film Evaluation II
Radiographic Procedures III
Special Equipment and Maintenance
Radiation Biology
Radiographic Film Evaluation III
Department Administrative Technique
Radiographic Film Evaluation IV
Clinical Experience
Clinical Review

Suggested Course of Study


First Year


Second Year


Spring Semester


Third Year: BRMC


Fall Semester


  • Introduction to Radiologic Technology and Medical Ethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Elementary Radiation Protection
  • Radiographic Anatomy & Physiology
  • Radiographic Physics
  • Radiographic Procedures I
  • Radiographic Image Evaluation I
  • Clinical Experience

Spring Semester


  • Radiographic Procedures II
  • Radiation Protection II
  • Radiographic Film Evaluation I
  • Radiographic Film Processing
  • Radiographic Pathology
  • Radiographic Exposures
  • Clinical Experience

Summer Semester


  • Clinical Experience

Fourth Year: BRMC


Fall Semester


  • Radiographic Procedures III
  • Special Equipment and Maintenance
  • Clinical Experience
  • Radiographic Image Evaluation II
  • CT Instrumentation and Physics
  • Senior Project Planning
  • RADSC 1451 - CAPSTONE: RADTN SCI

Spring Semester


  • Radiation Biology
  • CT Anatomy & Physiology
  • Radiographic Film Evaluation III, IV
  • Department Administrative Technique
  • Clinical Experience

Summer Semester


  • General Review
  • Clinical Experience

Please be advised


Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

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