MS in Bioimaging

The Master of Science in Bioimaging is designed to full a rapidly growing need for individuals who possess advanced and broad knowledge of the imaging methodologies used in medicine and medical research. Graduates of this program qualify for positions in the health care and biomedical instrumentation industries, academia, and in a wide variety of private and government research centers.

The program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework. It is designed so that is can be completed in a little as one calendar year (September through August) or as many as five years, depending upon the needs and desires of the individual student. Many of the courses are given in the late afternoon or early evening hours to accommodate students who are working. In addition, many of the courses also allow students to attend lectures remotely via Internet conferencing software in order to accommodate students who have difficulty accessing campus.

Program Highlights

  • Students will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of imaging, from theory underlying pulse sequencing and image acquisition to post-acquisition processing of images.
  • Training opportunities are available on a wide range of imaging modalities such as CT, PET, SPECT, 1.5T, 3.0T, 4.7& and 11.7T MRI scanners.
  • Courses are taught using a combination of lecture and laboratory formats.
  • Students can choose from two pathways to complete the degree:
    • The Clinical Path provides students with the didactic and ethics course requirements necessary to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies (ARRT) advanced certification exam. This certification allows an individual to enter the bioimaging field as a Registered MRI Technologist.
    • The Research Path provides students with a research-based focus, culminating in a thesis project that prepares the individual for entry into the broader fields of academia and industry.

Curriculum

Clinical Path

Fall Semester

  • Bioimaging Foundations (4 cr)
  • Resonance: Principles, Methods and Applications (4 cr)
  • Radiation, Protection, Safety, and Ethics (2 cr)
  • Statistical Analysis of Neuroimaging Data (2 cr)
  • Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals (2 cr)
  • Thesis Practicum and Design (2 cr)

Spring Semester

  • Bioimaging Theory & Image Processing (4 cr)
  • Methods of Functional Imaging of the Brain (2 cr)
  • Clinical & MR Pathophysiology (4 cr)
  • Clinical Internship (4 cr)

Summer 1 Semester

  • Clinical Internship (4 cr)

Summer 2 Semester

  • Bioimaging Practicum (2 cr)

Research Path

Fall Semester

  • Bioimaging Foundations (4 cr)
  • Magnetic Resonance: Principles, Methods, and Applications (4 cr)
  • Radiation, Protection, Safety, and Ethics (2 cr)
  • Statistical Analysis of Neuroimaging Data (2 cr)
  • Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals (2 cr)
  • Thesis and Practicum Design (2 cr)

Spring Semester

  • Bioimaging Theory & Image Processing (4 cr)
  • Methods of Functional Imaging of the Brain (2 cr)
  • Special Topics in Bioimaging (2 cr)
  • Professional Skills in Bioimaging (2 cr)
  • Directed Studies in Bioimaging (2 cr)
  • Thesis Research (2 cr)

Summer 1 Semester

  • Thesis Research (2 cr)
  • Directed Studies in Bioimaging (2 cr)

Summer 2 Semester

  • Thesis Research (2 cr)