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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Imaging/Echocardiography, BS

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The program leading to the bachelor of science degree in Medical Imaging is designed to prepare students for admission into an IUP affiliate institution focused on one of three tracks: Nuclear Medicine Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound), or Echocardiography. This program is a 3+1 whereby the student spends the first three years at IUP taking the required math/science and liberal studies courses and then a year at an affiliate where they earn a certificate in one of the specialty diagnostic imaging programs. All of the coursework at IDP is preparatory towards the final year and the requirements by the Medical Imaging profession. A “C” or better in the following courses is required: MATH 105 , CHEM 103 , ENGL 101 , PHYS 111 , BIOL 150 , and ENGL 310  or BCOM 321 . Acceptance at an affiliate school is contingent upon the student meeting the academic program requirements. At the end of their senior year, upon successful completion of the certificate program at an articulated clinical affiliate accredited within the specific discipline, IUP will grant 32 credits that will be applied to the student’s transcript and the bachelor’s degree in the Diagnostic Imaging track will be conferred.

Echocardiography is a medical specialty in which allied health care professionals use specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body. These professionals use echocardiogram technology to produce images of the patient’s hearts. They create 2-D and 3-D pictures of the heart through the use of high frequency sound waves and special equipment. A transducer is placed against the patient’s skin by sending a stream of high frequency sound waves into the body and then detects the sound waves as they bounce off the heart. The reflected sound waves are analyzed by a computer to make an image of the structure(s) on a monitor or images that can be recorded on hard copy. The images created by sonographers help aid physicians in diagnosing and treating numerous disease processes. Sonograpbers are trusted members of the healthcare team and are relied upon to obtain diagnostic images that will allow physicians to provide the best possible care for their patients. Echocardiography technicians may specialize in adult echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography or fetal echocardiography.

Liberal Studies: 43

As outlined in Liberal Studies Requirements  section with the following specifications:

Major: 35

Required Courses:


Free Electives: 20


Total Requirements: 120

(1) These courses are offered at the University of Findlay and are consistent with requirement of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The courses are completed during the final 12 months of the degree program.

(2) Students are also required to complete a medical terminology course/ program. Options to fulfill this requirement must be approved by the coordinator of allied health professions.

(3)  Two writing-intensive courses are required. Both courses may be from either Liberal Studies or free electives.

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