Pre-Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OU has several options for students who are interested in careers in medical imaging and radiation sciences. The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in the College of Allied Health prepares its students for entry-level positions in nuclear medicine technology, radiography, radiation therapy or sonography. Graduates are employed at hospitals and clinics and participate in therapeutic procedures involving radiation and imaging or in the production of diagnostic images interpreted by a physician.
Students begin their studies at OU's Norman campus where they complete two years of general education and biological sciences classes. During the second year, students can apply to one or more programs within the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, located in the heart of Oklahoma City's medical community.
Students greatly benefit from the diverse medical environment on the OUHSC campus, and curriculum is designed to provide clinical as well as classroom instruction to produce graduates who are ready for careers in nuclear medicine, radiography, radiation therapy, or sonography. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for these careers is better than the national average with excellent prospects for students who become credentialed after graduating.
Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology degree with concentrations in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiography Radiation Therapy or Sonography. Credentialed practitioners in these fields may apply to complete the online Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences degree program.
Interests & Skills
Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences students students typically have interests in biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, working with people and medical administration. High school preparation should include study in the biological sciences.
Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences has an award-winning faculty with practical clinical experience that they share with their students. Faculty remain on the cutting edge by following all of the recent advances in radiologic technology as fusion technologies and digital informatics are being applied to medicine.
The programs in the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation SciencesDepartment of Radiologic Technology are fully accredited by national programmatic accreditation bodies. The radiography and radiation therapy programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The nuclear medicine program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) and the sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).
Types of Employers
Large and small private clinics
Minor emergency clinics
Recent Graduates Jobs
Integris Baptist Medical Center
Breast Care Center
Applications specialist, Aloka
Radiation therapist, Deaconess
Nuclear Medicine technologist,
Integris Baptist Medical Center
Experienced Alumni Jobs
MRI/CT technician, Colorado
Chief technologist, Baptist
Radiology chief technologist
and supervisor, Jefferson
Application specialist, Marconi