Imaging Sciences Leadership
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences (BSIS) is a two track completion program which will prepare highly competent imaging practitioners for professional careers in a dynamic health care environment. It provides the educational foundation for registered radiographers to expand their career opportunities while providing the community with quality health care practitioners in the imaging sciences. The BSIS program allows for registered radiographers to receive academic credit for their previous radiography education and experience. At the professional level, the baccalaureate degree in imaging sciences will integrate liberal and imaging education to foster critical thinking, human diversity, written and oral communication, and leadership in a collaborative and interdisciplinary mode.
All students must complete 35 credit hours of the state mandated general education core plus 9 additional general education credit hours as stipulated by the UA Fort Smith for a baccalaureate degree. Registered radiographers (RT) will receive credit for their previous radiography education (up to 40 credit hours). Based on the American Society of Radiologic Technologist (ASRT), the UA Fort Smith BSIS completion program assumes that all JRCERT accredited radiography programs share a common body of knowledge and competencies. RT’s would be able to complete their baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 39 additional credit hours in Imaging Sciences. This degree is primarily web facilitated, increasing the flexibility of the offerings. Clinical experiences will be completed in the student’s community of choice.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences is to prepare imaging professionals to meet the demands of an increasingly complex health care environment. The program, designed for the registered radiographer, facilitates educational opportunities for professional mobility, economic advancement, critical thinking and lifelong learning in response to the clinical, organizational and fiscal demands facing the health care industry.
Program Learning Outcomes
UAFS BSIS graduates will be able to:
- Communicate effectively in a variety of modes (verbal, nonverbal, written, technological).
- Critically examine political, socioeconomic, legal, ethical and global issues from a medical imaging perspective.
- Synthesize, evaluate and conduct professional research in medical imaging.
- Demonstrate leadership and competence in promoting and influencing professional development and professional excellence.
Thirty (30) of the last thirty-six credit hours of the BSIS program must be completed at UA Fort Smith.
A minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average on all work attempted at the University and a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average on all courses in the major and/or minor areas is required for graduation. The student must contact the Executive Program Director of Imaging Sciences to complete the graduation application. The student is responsible for providing the Records Office with evidence that the criteria for graduation have been met the semester prior to graduation.
Students progress through the program by earning a grade of “C” or better in all general education courses and imaging sciences support and professional courses. In combined theory and clinical experience courses, a passing grade of “C” or better must be received in order to pass the course. Students will be subject to the policies of UA Fort Smith, and in the case of unethical, illegal or unprofessional behavior, the imaging science faculty will investigate, impose any sanctions, and determine retention in the program.
Graduation is dependent on attaining all hours required by the degree and the university, all minimum proficiencies required by the university, and a grade point average of 2.0 or better. Any elective hours must be completed by graduation.
Grades for lecture and clinical experience requirements are consistent with Health Sciences policies and follow a scale of: A (93-100), B (84-92), C (75-83), F (below 75), W, IP and AU. Course graded materials and activities include, but are not limited to, scholarly papers, presentations, reports, exams, class participation (web discussion), and evaluations. The grievance process for academic appeals follow UA Fort Smith and the Imaging Sciences policies outlined in the academic catalog.
Contact Angie Elmore, Executive Director of Imaging Sciences, for further information call 479-788-7845, fax 479-424-6845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org