Frequently Asked Questions: Medical Imaging Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions about the Medical Imaging Sciences major
(formerly Allied Health Technologies)

 

Prepared by Dr. Douglas Morrison. As of Summer 2017, Dr. Tracy Tran is the Faculty Advisor for Medical Imaging Sciences majors at Rutgers-Newark.

 

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The Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark and the Rutgers School of Health Professions (Rutgers-SHP) offer a joint Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging Sciences. (The old name “Allied Health Technologies” was replaced in September 2012.) Medical Imaging Sciences majors complete their prerequisite science and math courses at Rutgers University-Newark. They apply to Rutgers-SHP in January for admission to one of four MIS programs: Cardiac Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, or Vascular Sonography. All four 15-month programs begin at Rutgers-SHP in September.

Admissions are competitive and so not guaranteed. Minimum admissions requirements include an overall GPA of 2.85 and grades of C or better in all pre-requisite science courses taken at Rutgers University-Newark. Students who transfer into Rutgers University-Newark must complete at least half their biology credits at Rutgers University-Newark to qualify for the joint degree program.

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CAREERS IN MIS

Q.  What can I do with a major in Medical Imaging Sciences?

Medical (or Diagnostic) Imaging uses various technologies to produce images of structures within the human body in ways that are as non-invasive as possible. These images are used as a diagnostic tool to identify and assess potentially pathological internal conditions, including congenital defects, physiological changes, organ & vessel function, and fetal development. Students graduating with degrees in MIS become members of health care teams contributing to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

For a description of careers in any of the four areas of Medical Imaging Sciences, go to http://shp.rutgers.edu/dept/med_imaging/index.html. Additional information about Diagnostic Medical Sonography is available at www.sdms.org or www.ardms.org.

 

Q.  What are my chances of getting a good job after I graduate with a BS in MIS?

Medical Imaging Sciences majors are readily employed in a variety of health care, industrial, governmental, and educational settings. Median salaries for full-time positions are $64,000 for sonography and $74,000 for nuclear medicine; starting salaries may be lower. Current salary information is available on line from the US Department of Labor Statistics.

 

Q.  Where can I go for more information?

After reading the “Frequently Asked Questions” below, feel free to email Dr. Tran at Rutgers University-Newark (tstran@newark.rutgers.edu) or one of the SHP program directors:

Cardiac Sonography: Stan Ort - ortst@shp.rutgers.edu
Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Cynthia Silkowski silkowcy@shp.rutgers.edu
Nuclear Medicine: Isabel Breen itb11@shp.rutgers.edu
Vascular Sonography: Stan Ort ortst@shp.rutgers.edu

 

GETTING STARTED

The Department of Biological Science at Rutgers University-Newark and the Rutgers School of Health Professions (Rutgers-SHP) offer a joint Bachelor of Science degree program in Medical Imaging Sciences (MIS). MIS majors complete their prerequisite science and math courses at Rutgers University- Newark (or one of the other affiliated colleges). They then apply to Rutgers-SHP in January for admission to one of the four 15-month programs that begin in September. Admissions are competitive. Minimum admissions requirements include an overall GPA of 2.85, with grades of B- or better in all pre- requisite science courses taken at Rutgers University-Newark.

 

Q:  I am already a student at Rutgers-Newark.  How do I declare an MIS major?

Indicating MIS as your major on your application for admission, or during your campus orientation, is not sufficient. You are not officially a MIS major until you walk into the Department of Biological Sciences (Boyden 206) and fill out a "Declaration of Major" form. Before you can declare a MIS major, you must have completed at least 24 undergraduate credits. You will also need to have completed Concepts in Biology 200 and Foundations 201 (Cell & Molecular) and Foundations 205 (Ecology & Evolution) with labs. If you completed General Biology 101-102 prior to fall 2011, you can substitute General Biology 101-102 for Concepts in Biology.

The Biology Department secretary will assign Dr. Tran as your faculty advisor. To set up a 30- minute appointment with Dr. Tran (me), email me at tstran@newark.rutgers.edu. During our meeting, if you decide MIS is right for you, I will help you customize a tentative 2-year course plan. Return the signed declaration of major form to the Biology Department secretary, who will notify the Registrar and the Office of Academic Services.

 

Q. By declaring my MIS major at Rutgers University-Newark, is my admission to Rutgers-SHP guaranteed?

No. Before you can start any of the four MIS programs, you must have completed all your General Education courses, all your MIS prerequisites, and have a 2.85 overall grade point average for all the courses you took at Rutgers University-Newark.

Be aware that admissions are competitive. The MIS program is affiliated with Rutgers University- Newark and several other 4-year colleges in New Jersey. A 2.85 GPA for all courses taken at Rutgers University-Newark represents the minimum GPA. The higher your GPA, the better your chances for admission.

 

Q. I am a transfer student. How many of my science courses will transfer to Rutgers University- Newark?

Usually all the courses taken at a New Jersey community college are transferable. Community Colleges offer many of the biology, chemistry, physics and math prerequisites listed in the table below. One limiting factor is that transfer students must complete at least half their biology credits at Rutgers University-Newark. The first step is to apply to Rutgers University-Newark. Once accepted, a final determination of Tran.

 

Q. I already have a bachelor’s degree from a college in the United States. What do I need to do?

If you have a BA or BS in any major from a college in the United States, you can apply to Rutgers-SHP for their ‘second bachelor’s degree’ program. Qualified students should apply directly to one of the individual MIS programs at Rutgers-SHP. Prerequisite courses include Human Anatomy Physiology I & II (6-8 credits, no lab required), Medical Terminology (an on-line course with no college credits), college- level algebra or statistics (3), any college-level Physics (4-8 credits) or SHP’s ‘Physics Concepts for Diagnostic Imaging’ (2-4 credits), or any college physics (4) and English (3). Note that some of the programs have additional prerequisite. A more detailed list can be found by visiting the website for the program you are interested in. Please go to the department website to locate the link to each program to review the requirements. http://shp.rutgers.edu/dept/med_imaging/

Notice that the prerequisites for the second bachelor’s degree applicants are very different from those required of applicants to the “joint degree” BS in MIS. Nevertheless, once accepted by Rutgers-SHP, “second bachelor’s degree” students attend the exact same lectures and labs as the undergraduates in the “joint degree” BS in MIS.

You will need of complete any missing prerequisites before you can start at Rutgers-SHP. These courses can be taken at Rutgers University-Newark, or at any 2- or 4-year college in New Jersey. You will not need to take any of Rutgers University-Newark’s General Education requirements.

 

Q. I am an international student with a bachelor’s degree from another country. Can I apply for Rutgers-SHP’s second bachelor’s degree in MIS?

Prospective students for SHP’s second bachelor’s degree programs must have a baccalaureate degree (BS or BA) from an accredited United States University or College or the equivalent from a foreign “accredited” school. Quoting from the Rutgers-SHP website:

If you were educated outside of the United States, you must provide the following additional documents:

  • Official transcripts mailed directly from the foreign school. The school will also accept an official transcript if it is sent by the applicant but is in a sealed school envelope.
  • Official evaluation of your foreign transcript (grade by grade). You may obtain an evaluation by contacting World Education Services, Inc., at www.wes.org or by e-mail at info@wes.org.
  • Official results of test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based exam with minimum individual element scores as follows: Reading 20, Listening 20, Speaking 26, and Writing 24. The Computer-Based exam minimum score is 233 (equivalents of Internet-Based Scores).

Students who qualify for the Rutgers-SHP’s “second bachelor's” degree program should apply directly to one of the individual MIS programs at Rutgers-SHP. A list of prerequisite courses is available at http://shp.rutgers.edu/dept/med_imaging/cardiac_son/2ndBS.html. The list includes Human Anatomy Physiology I & II (6-8 credits, no lab required), Medical Terminology (an on-line course with no college credits), college-level algebra or statistics (3), any college-level Physics (4-8 credits) or SHP’s ‘Physics Concepts for Diagnostic Imaging’ (2-4 credits), or any college physics (4) and English (3).

 

Q. What if I am an international student who has not completed what WES considers to be the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree?

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, you will need to follow the undergraduate “joint degree” route to a BS in MIS. That means you will need to complete (or transfer in) all the math and science courses required by Rutgers University-Newark (listed in the table below), and all the General Education classes required by Rutgers University-Newark. The General Education requirements for graduation are described at http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/core-curriculum-overview. Some of your previously completed courses will likely be transferrable, depending on Dr. Tran’s analysis of your WES academic report.

You will need of complete all General Education requirements and all math and sciences prerequisites before you can start at Rutgers-SHP. However, to qualify for the joint BS degree program, you need only complete half of your biology credits at Rutgers University-Newark. The rest of the requirements (including Chemistry and Math) can be taken elsewhere. For this reason, you may want to delay your application to Rutgers University-Newark College of Arts and Sciences to give yourself time to complete some of these courses at a community college. Courses at Rutgers-NCAS are more expensive and tend to be more demanding. Once you start coursework at Rutgers University-Newark CAS, you will not be allowed to take any courses at a community college.

 

COURSE TO BE COMPLETED AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-NEWARK 

Q. What science and math courses will I need to complete before going to Rutgers-SHP?

In addition the two writing intensive and other "General Education" requirements, MIS majors must complete over 60 credits in math and sciences courses:

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS *

Cr

   

Prerequisites

Semester offered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concepts in Biology 200

4

 

None

At NJIT in fall, spring

 

Foundations of Biology 201

(Cell & Molecular)

3

 

Gen Chem 115 plus
Concepts 200

Fall, spring,
summer 1

 

Foundations (C&M) Lab 202

1

 

Concurrent registration
in Foundations 201

Fall, spring,
summer 1

 

Foundations of Biology 205

(Ecology and Evolution)

3

 

Concepts 200

At NJIT in
Fall, spring

 

Foundations (E&E) Lab 206

1

 

Concurrent registration
in Foundations 206

At NJIT in
Fall, spring,

 

Comp Anatomy Vertebrates  285

4

 

Foundations 201, 202;

Foundations 205, 206

Fall only

 

Mammalian Physiology 340

4

 

Foundations 201, 202:

Foundations 205, 206

At Rutgers fall, summer 1;
at NJIT spring;

 

Genetics 352

3

 

Foundations 201, 202;

Foundations 205, 206

Spring and summer 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Chemistry 115

4

 

Concurrent registration
in Precalculus 114

Fall, spring,
summer 1

 

General Chemistry Lab 113

1

 

Concurrent registration
in Gen Chem 115

Fall, spring,
summer 1

 

General Chemistry 116

4

 

Gen Chem 115

Spring, summer 2

 

General Chemistry Lab 114

1

 

Concurrent registration
in Gen Chem 116

Spring, summer 2

 

Organic Chemistry 335

4

 

Gen Chem 115-116

Fall, summer 1

 

Organic Chemistry 336

4

 

Organic Chem 335

Spring, summer 2

 

Organic Chemistry Lab 331

2

 

Concurrent registration
in Organic Chem 336

Fall, spring; but
not in summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Physics 203

4

 

Precalculus 114

Fall and summer 1

 

General Physics 204

4

 

General Physics 203

Spring and summer 2

 

Intro Physics Lab 205

1

 

with Gen Physics 202

Fall and summer 1

 

Intro Physics Lab 206

1

 

with Gen Physics 204

Spring and summer 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistics 211 at Rutgers,

or  Prob & Stats 105 at NJIT

3
3

 

None
 

Fall, spring
and summer

 

Precalculus  114 or

Calculus 135

3
4

 

College Algebra;
Precalculus 114

Fall, spring
and summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Terminology *

3

 

None

On-line certificate  course

 

 

* The Nuclear Medicine program does not require Medical Terminology at this time (2012).

 

Q. Medical Terminology is not taught at Rutgers University-Newark, so how do I fulfill this prerequisite?

The three Sonography programs (Cardio, Diagnostic Medical, and Vascular) require you to complete a course in Medical Terminology before you start classes at Rutgers-SHP in September. Most students fulfill this prerequisite by taking an on-line certificate course in the summer, after they have been accepted to Rutgers-SHP. Rutgers-SHP is developing its own on-line course, “Medical Terminology for the Imaging Professional,” an independent study course with video captured lectures.

 

Q. What about Rutgers University-Newark's General Education Requirements?

The General Education requirements for MIS majors are the same as for every other student in the Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark. That means:

The new General Education requirements for students who begin their undergraduate education in fall 2012 or later are described at http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/core-curriculum-overview. The categories include Basic Writing Skills (6), Quantitative Reasoning (3), Natural Sciences (8), Social Sciences (8), History & Literature (9), Arts & Media (3) and Other Liberal Arts (3). A ‘second concentration’ is not required if you are accepted and finish one of the MIS programs at Rutgers-SHP.

For students who began their undergraduate education at Rutgers (or a community college) before Fall 2012, the requirements are http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/oas/general-curriculum-requirements-NCAS. The categories include English Composition (6), Mathematics Proficiency (3), History (6), Literature (6), Natural Sciences (11), Social Sciences (6), Fine Arts (3) and Interdisciplinary (3).

In both cases, if you complete an Associate's degree from a New Jersey community college before you transfer to Rutgers University-Newark, then all your Gen Ed requirements are considered fulfilled, with one exception: You still need 2 writing intensive courses, because these are part of an “upper division” (junior-senior-year) writing requirement.

All of your General Education courses must be completed before starting at Rutgers-SHP.

 

Q. Will I need to complete a writing intensive course in Biology?

Rutgers University-Newark requires all students enrolling after September 2001 to have two writing intensive courses, one of them “in the department of their major.” Since the MIS major is administered by the Department of Biological Sciences, one of your writing intensive (WI) course should be in Biology. However, if all the WI courses in Biology are closed, the MIS faculty advisor (Dr. Tran) can give you permission to take both of your WI courses outside of Biology.

 

Q: As part of Rutgers University-Newark's General Education Requirements, do I need to complete (the old) ‘15 restricted electives’ or (the new) ‘second concentration’?

No. This requirement (both new and old versions) is met by the combination of your science courses at Rutgers University-Newark and your MIS courses at Rutgers-SHP, because all your biology courses are treated as if they were “outside” the MIS major. As a MIS major, you complete 22 credits in biology at Rutgers University-Newark and then more than 40 credits of coursework at Rutgers-SHP. When you finish at Rutgers-SHP, you will have more than enough course credits to graduate.

 

Q. Why doesn’t my “Degree Navigator” recognize the MIS prerequisites I have completed?

Degree Navigator is not programmed to evaluate MIS majors -- especially in the case of transfer students. Dr. Tran and the Office of Academic Services make the final decisions about prerequisites on a case- by-case basis. Degree Navigator is not yet sophisticated enough to recognize unique combinations of transfer courses that are equivalent to a MIS prerequisite.

 

Q. The prerequisite courses for a BS in MIS are very similar to those needed to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Biology. Can I double major in MIS and Biology?

Majoring in MIS leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. So to graduate with a second major in biology, you must complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Biology, not the Bachelor of Arts in Biology. The BS in Biology requires 3 semesters of Calculus, a year of computer programming, Linear Algebra, and a course in Computational Biology.

Completing the requirements for a BS in Biology does NOT mean that you will have two bachelor’s degrees. Your double major (Medical Imaging Sciences and Biology) will appear only on your transcript, not on your diploma.

My advice? For most students, the time it takes to complete all the courses needed for a BS in Biology will delay graduation by a full year. A second major inside a BS degree is just not worth the time and money. It would be better to wait until after you graduate with the BS in MIS and then take graduate courses toward a Master’s degree.

 

APPLYING TO RUTGERS-SHP

Q. When and how do I apply for my final 15 months at Rutgers-SHP?

For all four of the programs in Medical Imaging Sciences, applications are due in January. Go to http://shp.rutgers.edu/prospective_students/admissions/online_app.html and click on "Apply Online" for undergraduate programs. This will bring you to another page that states:

To begin the application process for the Rutgers School of Health Professions or to review your current on-line application, click here. Once in, you will be asked to create an account. Please note: there is an area for an essay/personal statement. The MIS programs do not require this, so skip that area. There is an application fee of $75, which you can pay on line, or by mailing a check or money order to the Office of Enrollment Services, Rutgers-SHP, 65 Bergen Street, Room 149, Newark, New Jersey 07107.

If you are a Rutgers University-Newark student, you will need ask the Registrar to send a copy of your transcript sent directly to Rutgers-SHP, Office of Enrollment Services, 65 Bergen Street, Room 149, Newark, New Jersey 07107. This request can be made on-line. Go to "Student Online Services" on the Rutgers University-Newark registrar's website (https://transcripts.rutgers.edu/transcripts/index.html)

The MIS admissions committee will invite you for an interview in February or March. Rutgers-SHP mails out acceptance packets in April or May. Classes at Rutgers-SHP start in September.

 

Q. When applying to Rutgers-SHP, will I need to obtain letters of recommendation, write a personal statement, and/or go for an interview?

Resumes and letters of recommendation are not solicited. However, each program director usually interviews all applicants to his/her program. Go to your interview prepared to write an essay explaining why you want a career in diagnostic sonography or nuclear medicine. To prepare yourself for the interview, I recommend researching the profession on line, and – if you can arrange it -- shadowing a professional in a hospital and/or clinical setting.

 

AFTER BEING ACCEPTED TO RUTGERS-SHP

Q. It is April and I just received an acceptance packet from Rutgers-SHP. What do I do now?

Along with the acceptance letter you will receive several forms. The most important form is the one that says you accept Rutgers-SHP’s invitation and plan to attend the program. Sign and return that form as soon as possible, along with a check or money order to cover two fees. The first fee is a deposit ($200 in 2012) that holds your place in the program and will be credited toward your first semester’s tuition. The second fee ($85 in 2012) is for the “criminal background check” and fingerprinting required of all health professionals. All fees are subject to change.

Also in the packet is a list of courses with highly technical titles. This is just a list of courses you will be taking at Rutgers-SHP. Your signature indicates you understand the program’s requirements for graduation. Sign and mail it in the same envelope as your signed acceptance and payment.

Bring the “Verification of Prerequisites” form to Dr. Tran (610 LSC), or drop it off in her mailbox (Boyden 206). Dr. Tran will verify that you have all the prerequisite math and science courses before the start the program. She will then carry the form to Dean Sofia Pinto-Figueroa, Assistant Dean of Pre- Professional Services, who will certify that you have all the “general education” requirements. Your form with then be emailed directly to Rutgers-SHP. Your acceptance is valid only if you earn a C or better in all your spring semester courses.

The acceptance packet also includes information about financial aid (see below).

 

Q. Will I be able to get financial aid to help pay tuition at Rutgers-SHP (42-45 credits at over $500 per credit) ?

A. Since the BS in MIS is an undergraduate degree, you have the same opportunities for scholarships and loans at Rutgers-SHP as any other undergraduate major at Rutgers University-Newark. After you receive your acceptance packet from Rutgers-SHP, notify the Rutgers University-Newark financial aid office that you plan to attend Rutgers-SHP. To apply for financial aid at Rutgers-SHP, call 973-972-4376. Any of the counselors will be able to help you. Or visit http://rbhs.rutgers.edu/studentfinancialaid/index_new_brow.htm and click on “Application Process.”

 

WHILE AT Rutgers-SHP

Q. How much will it cost to complete the MIS program at Rutgers-SHP?

A. Tuition and fees are subject to change from year to year. However, let me give you a rough idea of what to expect. At Rutgers-SHP for 2016-17, tuition for in-state residents is $552 per credit. [Tuition is 50% higher for out-of-state students.] Credits vary slightly for different programs: Cardiac 42, DMS 44, Nuclear Medicine 45, and Vascular 44. So the tuition for 2016-17 is about $24,000 for the 15 months.

You then need to add in additional fees. For an up-to-date list of tuitions and fees, go to

http://www.studentabc.rutgers.edu/sites/studentabc/files/School%20of%20Health%20Professions%20- %20U.pdf. The list of fees is long and intimidating, but not all the fees apply to you! Of the many fees in 2016-17 that do apply to MIS students, the largest were the Lab Intensive Fee ($450) and a Technology Fee ($500). The Student Health Fee ($1963) is waived if you can prove you have your own insurance coverage.

 

Q. Are all the Rutgers-SHP courses taught in Newark?

No. The lectures and laboratories for MIS are taught at Rutgers-SHP’s Scotch Plains campus (1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains), not in Newark. Scotch Plains is 3 miles west of the Garden State Parkway and 6 miles south of Interstate 78. To get from Newark to Scotch Plains takes 30-45 minutes by car and 1.5-2 hours by bus.

MIS students are also required to complete four clinical practice courses (a total of 18-24 weeks) in radiology imaging centers, and/or in radiology and perinatal testing departments in hospitals. Depending on which of the four programs you are in, Clinical Practice courses can start as early as November of the first semester and can make up the major portion of the program. All this will be difficult without a car!

 

 

GRADUATION FROM RUTGERS-NEWARK AND RUTGERS-SHP

Q. When I finish at Rutgers-SHP, do I have to file for graduation at Rutgers University-Newark?

Yes. As a MIS major, you will be graduating in January, so file for Rutgers University-Newark graduation in October. If you have completed a second major at Rutgers, filing in October will give that department time to certify you for that major. You don’t need to come to campus to file for Rutgers graduation. However, you must fill out the “Diploma Application Form” found online at http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/oas/certification. Click on “Apply for Graduation.”

 

Q: Since I will be graduating from Rutgers-SHP in January, when can I walk in Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers-SHP’s graduation ceremonies?

Students complete the MIS programs in December and are considered January graduates. Rutgers-SHP honors these graduates in May after they have completed their program. The same is true at Rutgers University-Newark; namely, January graduates are honored at ceremonies the following May.

 

Q. Where can I go for more information?

Information about all four Medical Imaging Sciences programs is available at Rutgers-SHP’s website:

http://shp.rutgers.edu/dept/med_imaging/

For questions about the MIS major at Rutgers University-Newark CAS Dr. Tracy Tran
Department of Biological Sciences
Rutgers University-Newark/LSC 610

(973) 353-5542

tstran@newark.rutgers.edu

You can also contact the director of Medical Imaging Sciences at Rutgers-SHP:

Ms. Cynthia Silkowski, MAEd, RDMS, RVT Department of Medical Imaging Sciences Rutgers School of Health Professions
(908) 889-2521

silkowcy@shp.rutgers.edu

 

 

 

Revised July 2017