B.S. in Imaging Science

Concentration in Nuclear Medicine, Sonography or Computed Tomography.

Offered through a mix of online and on-campus courses, the B.S. in Imaging Science program expands upon an A.S. in Radiologic Technology degree—adding the ability to oversee specialized scans and work in roles such as chief technologist, department manager or instructor of a radiology program.

At a Glance
121 credit hours
4 semesters
Builds on an A.S. in Radiologic Technology degree
How to Apply

Only graduates of an A.S. in Radiologic Technology or Imaging Science program are eligible to apply.

You will need to meet Bluefield State's general admission requirements, as well as the following criteria:

  1. Have completed your certification in radiography.

  2. Have earned a GPA of 2.5 or higher from your college coursework. If you’re not a graduate of Bluefield State’s A.S. in Radiologic Technology program, official transcripts will be required.

  3. Submit an online application, where you’ll indicate your interest in pursuing Imaging Science as well as a particular concentration.

Application Deadlines

Admission is rolling, so you may apply at any time.

How to Earn Your Degree

The courses you take (and how you take them) varies per concentration. You have three concentrations to choose from—Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound or Computed Tomography—which are structured as follows.

Nuclear Medicine

This concentration represents an outstanding value, granting students the ability to take online courses at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, and gain clinical experience in-person at Harvard Medical School-affiliated sites—all at Bluefield State tuition rates. Students can opt to spend two semesters in Massachusetts and return home to complete the program, or complete the entire program from where they live.

Students apply through Bluefield State and must meet the current admissions requirements for both Bluefield State and Regis College.

Sonography

An online program hosted fully by Bluefield State, this concentration prepares students to be entry-level sonographers—technicians who administer ultrasound scans and work closely with patients throughout the process.

Computed Tomography

Hosted jointly by Bluefield State and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, this online concentration equips students to administer CT scans, a type of X-ray that produces cross-sectional images of anatomy. Students will take a mix of courses from both colleges.

General Requirements
Semester 5
IMAG 315 Diversity & Ethics in Healthcare
Course ID
IMAG 315
Credit Hours
0

Diversity and ethics are important to all health care providers who work in a global community that is increasingly diverse and complex. All health care providers must interact with individuals from a variety of backgrounds both ethically and with respect for their beliefs and values. This content builds on ethical and diverse issues that affect the imaging technologists as an individual and interactions with patients, coworkers, and the community. PR: Completion of A.S. in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT, or permission of the instructor. Fall.

COMM 201 Basic Communication
Course ID
COMM 201
Credit Hours
3

This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.

*In place of COMM 201, you may take COMM 208.
Semester 6
IMAG 400 Healthcare Law & Compliance for Allied Health Professionals
Course ID
IMAG 400
Credit Hours
3

Health care law and compliance is important because of its impact on technologists, patients, and health care facilities. This content is geared toward legal and compliance issues that affect the employee and employer directly regarding accreditation and compliance issues. In addition, this content gives guidance on quality management techniques, including reporting, that can help mitigate noncompliance. PR: Completion of A.S. in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT, or permission of the instructor. Spring.

RADS 415 Communication in Healthcare
Course ID
RADS 415
Credit Hours
3

Content is designed to expand the knowledge base and skills necessary for the practitioner to communicate effectively. Existing communication skills will be enhanced to include professional presentations, business communications, and research publication and evaluation. The practitioner’s role and responsibility with regard to written and oral communication will focus on patient education, advocacy and confidentiality. A heightened awareness of human diversity will be emphasized. PR: Completion of AS in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT, or permission of the instructor. Spring.

SOCI 210 Principles of Sociology
Course ID
SOCI 210
Credit Hours
3

Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.

ENGL 201 World Literature I
Course ID
ENGL 201
Credit Hours
3

A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.

*In place of ENGL 201 World Literature I, you may take ENGL 205 World Literature II.
Semester 7

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take Pathophysiology.

IMAG 325 Patient Information Management in Imaging Science
Course ID
IMAG 325
Credit Hours
3

This course explores the importance of patient information management due to the integral role of the imaging technologist as part of the health care team. The imaging technologist is essential to the health care team in providing a thorough patient record in order to ensure quality patient care. PR: Completion of A.S. in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT, or permission of the instructor. Fall.

MATH 210 Elementary Statistics
Course ID
MATH 210
Credit Hours
3

Basic programming; sets, basic probability concepts; basic statistical concepts; random variables and distributions; sampling distributions; linear regression and correlation. No field credit for math majors/minors. PR: MATH 101 or higher. Fall.

*In place of MATH 210, you may take MATH 301.
Semester 8
IMAG 430 Imaging Research [IMAG 430]
Course ID
IMAG 430
Credit Hours
3

Designed to involve directed research culminating in a substantive paper related to the Radiologic Sciences. The student may select a topic/research question in relation to the radiologic sciences and upon approval of the facilitator of the course complete the objectives of the course. PR: Completion of A.S. in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT. Spring

Core Skills Health & Wellness
Course ID
Core Skills
Credit Hours
2
Sonography Concentration: 2+2
Semester 1
SONO 300 Introduction to Sonography and Patient Care
Course ID
SONO 300
Credit Hours
3

Establishes the sonography student foundations of diagnostic medical sonography, including sonographic terminology, scan plane orientations, anatomic relationships, sonographic departmental ethics and professionalism, basic patient care principles and techniques, patient and student safety aspects of sonography and the hospital environment. PR: Admission to program, currently enrolled in nursing or allied health program, or permission of instructor. CO: SONO 310, 312, 316. Fall.

SONO 310 Sectional Anatomy for Sonographers
Course ID
SONO 310
Credit Hours
3

Instructs the sonography student on normal sectional anatomy in various planes with emphasis on abdomen–pelvic organs, small parts imaging and vasculature. PR: Admission to program. CR: SONO 300, 312, 316. Fall.

SONO 312 Clinical Sonography I
Course ID
SONO 312
Credit Hours
1

Introduces student knowledge and understanding of sonographic skills under supervision through observation and participation in a diagnostic medical environment; may include on- campus lab setting, private office setting or hospital rotation. Includes various types of sonographic imaging specialties, such as abdominal, small parts imaging, obstetrics, gynecological and vascular studies. PR: Admission to program. CR: SONO 300, 310, 316. Fall.

SONO 316 US Physics and Instrumentation
Course ID
SONO 316
Credit Hours
4

Examines the use of sonographic evaluation with human tissue, sonographic imaging instrumentation, scanning technology, transducers, Doppler effect, Spectral and Color-Doppler principles, artifacts and performance and safety aspects of sonography. PR: Admission to program. CR: SONO 300, 310, 312. Fall.

PSYC 210 Lifespan Human Development
Course ID
PSYC 210
Credit Hours
3

The lifespan covering the prenatal, early childhood, adolescent and adult stages. PR: PSYC 103. Fall, Spring.

Core Skills Health & Wellness
Course ID
Core Skills
Credit Hours
2
Semester 2
SONO 322 Clinical Sonography II
Course ID
SONO 322
Credit Hours
3

Builds student knowledge and understanding of sonographic skills under supervision through observation and participation in a diagnostic medical environment; may include on-campus lab setting, private office setting, hospital rotation. Includes various types of sonographic imaging specialties, such as abdominal, small parts imaging, obstetrics, gynecological, and vascular studies. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316. CR: SONO 318, 320. Spring.

SONO 318 Abdominal Sonographic Imaging
Course ID
SONO 318
Credit Hours
4

Designed to examine the clinical applications of abdominal sonographic imaging including interpretation of normal, normal variant and abnormal sonographic signs and symptoms, findings, scanning techniques, protocols, pathology and clinical lab tests. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316. CR: SONO 322. Spring.

SONO 320 Small Parts Imaging
Course ID
SONO 320
Credit Hours
3

Designed to examine the clinical applications of small part sonographic imaging including interpretation of normal, normal variant and abnormal sonographic signs and symptoms, findings, scanning techniques, protocols, pathology and clinical lab tests. PR: SONO 300, 312, 316. CR: SONO 322. Spring.

ENGL 201 World Literature I
Course ID
ENGL 201
Credit Hours
3

A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.

SOCI 210 Principles of Sociology
Course ID
SOCI 210
Credit Hours
3

Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.

*In place of World Literature I, you may take World Literature II.
Semester 3
SONO 414 Clinical Sonography III
Course ID
SONO 414
Credit Hours
3

Enhances student knowledge and understanding of sonographic skills under supervision through observation and participation in a diagnostic medical environment; may include on-campus lab setting, private office setting, or hospital rotation. Includes various types of sonographic imaging specialties, such as abdominal, small parts imaging, obstetrics, gynecological and vascular studies. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316, 318, 320, 322. CR: SONO 324, 400. Fall.

SONO 324 OB/GYN Sonography Imaging
Course ID
SONO 324
Credit Hours
4

Designed to examine the clinical applications of obstetrics and gynecological sonographic imaging, including interpretation of normal, normal variant and abnormal sonographic signs and symptoms, findings, scanning techniques, protocols, pathology and clinical lab tests. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316, 318, 320, 322. CR: SONO 400, 414. Fall.

SONO 400 Vascular Sonographic Imaging
Course ID
SONO 400
Credit Hours
3

Discusses the principles of vascular sonographic imaging, related anatomy, normal variants, common pathologies and physiology and hemodynamics of vascular imaging. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316, 318, 320, 322. CR: SONO 324, 414. Fall.

MATH 210 Elementary Statistics
Course ID
MATH 210
Credit Hours
3

Basic programming; sets, basic probability concepts; basic statistical concepts; random variables and distributions; sampling distributions; linear regression and correlation. No field credit for math majors/minors. PR: MATH 101 or higher. Fall.

MATH 301 Probability & Statistics
Course ID
MATH 301
Credit Hours
3

Mean and standard deviation; probability; random variables and probability distribution; normal distribution, statistical inference; linear regression and correlation; experimental design; chisquare test; analysis of variance. PR: MATH 109 or GNET 116. Spring.

Semester 4
SONO 410 Specialty Sonographic Procedures
Course ID
SONO 410
Credit Hours
3

Presents some basic echocardiography, basic pediatric echocardiography, neurosonography and other related sonographic studies, such as neonatal spine and the pediatric hip, including anatomy, special techniques and skills, clinical symptoms and associated laboratory tests. PR: All SONO 300 level and SONO 400, 414. CR: SONO 416, 418. Spring.

SONO 416 Clinical Sonography IV
Course ID
SONO 416
Credit Hours
4

Advances student knowledge and understanding of sonographic skills under supervision through observation and participation in a diagnostic medical environment; may include on-campus lab setting, private office setting, or hospital rotation. Includes various types of sonographic imaging specialties, such as abdominal, small parts imaging, obstetrics, gynecological and vascular studies. PR: All 300 level SONO and SONO 400, 414. CR: SONO 410, 418. Spring.

SONO 418 Integration of Sonography Principles
Course ID
SONO 418
Credit Hours
4

Integrate and review the sonographic information presented throughout the sonography program in order to prepare the student for the diagnostic medical sonography registry examination. PR: All 300 level SONO and SONO 400, 414. CR: 410, 416. Spring.

COSC 201 PC Software Applications
Course ID
COSC 201
Credit Hours
3

This course expands the student’s knowledge of microcomputers through the use of various productivity software packages such as word processors, spreadsheets, database management systems, and presentation application software. Projects relating to the individual’s major and hands-on use of the microcomputer are emphasized. CO: GNET 115 or MATH 109.

IMAG 430 Imaging Research
Course ID
IMAG 430
Credit Hours
3

Designed to involve directed research culminating in a substantive paper related to the Radiologic Sciences. The student may select a topic/research question in relation to the radiologic sciences and upon approval of the facilitator of the course complete the objectives of the course. PR: Completion of AS in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT. Spring.

Sonography Concentration: 4 Year
First Fall Semester
ENGL 101 Composition I
Course ID
ENGL 101
Credit Hours
3

Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.

BIOL 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Course ID
BIOL 210
Credit Hours
3

A study of the anatomy and physiology of cells as well as the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. PR: Eligibility for English 101 or permission of the instructor and student’s advisor. Fall.

BIOL 211L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
Course ID
BIOL 211L
Credit Hours
1

Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 210. Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 210. Fall.

PSYC 103 General Psychology
Course ID
PSYC 103
Credit Hours
3

An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.

MATH 109 Algebra
Course ID
MATH 109
Credit Hours
3

Study of real numbers, exponents, roots and radicals; polynomials, first and second-degree equations and inequalities; functions and graphs. Required of students in Math Track A, i.e., students of Radiologic Science, Applied Science, Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, or Health Services Management, who have scored an ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Also available to students who have successfully completed MATH 101. Fall, Spring.

First Spring Semester

In addition to the courses below, you must take:

  • one Communications course (3 credits)
  • one Health & Wellness course (2 credits)
  • FA/H/SS Core Skill course (3 credits)
ENGL 102 Composition II
Course ID
ENGL 102
Credit Hours
3

Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.

BIOL 212 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Course ID
BIOL 212
Credit Hours
3

A continuation of BIOL 210. A study of the anatomy and physiology of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, renal, and reproductive systems. PR: BIOL 210. Spring.

BIOL 213L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
Course ID
BIOL 213L
Credit Hours
1

Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 212 sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 212. Spring.

Second Fall Semester

In addition to the courses below, you must take Pathophysiology. 

COSC 102 Computers & Society
Course ID
COSC 102
Credit Hours
3

A beginning course introducing the student to the use of computers and requiring no previous computer experience or technical background. The impact of computers on society is briefly discussed, along with an overview of the types, classifications, and functions of various computer hardware, software, and peripherals. The hands-on use of microcomputers is stressed and the ability to use word processing software is emphasized.

PSYC 210 Lifespan Human Development
Course ID
PSYC 210
Credit Hours
3

The lifespan covering the prenatal, early childhood, adolescent and adult stages. PR: PSYC 103. Fall, Spring.

IMAG 300 Patient Assessment, Management & Education
Course ID
IMAG 300
Credit Hours
3

This course explores advanced patient care skills as essential elements of providing high-quality patient care. This course focuses on patient education, assessment, communication, pre-procedural and post-procedural care as well as proper charting and documentation. The responsibilities of the technologist and interventions in cases of critical patient need is also explored. PR: Completion of A.S. in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT, or permission of the instructor. Fall.

BIOL 302 Pathophysiology
Course ID
BIOL 302
Credit Hours
3

Characteristics and manifestations of diseases caused by alterations or injury to the structure or function of the body. Emphasis is placed on image correlation with these pathologies. PR; BIOL 210,211L, 212,213L.

IMAG 315 Diversity & Ethics in Healthcare
Course ID
IMAG 315
Credit Hours
0

Diversity and ethics are important to all health care providers who work in a global community that is increasingly diverse and complex. All health care providers must interact with individuals from a variety of backgrounds both ethically and with respect for their beliefs and values. This content builds on ethical and diverse issues that affect the imaging technologists as an individual and interactions with patients, coworkers, and the community. PR: Completion of A.S. in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT, or permission of the instructor. Fall.

Second Spring Semester

In addition to the courses below, you must take one 300/400 level restricted elective.

ENGL 201 World Literature I
Course ID
ENGL 201
Credit Hours
3

A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.

GNET 102 Technical Physics II
Course ID
GNET 102
Credit Hours
4

A study of the basic concepts of electricity and the application of these concepts to fundamental direct and alternating current circuits. The principles of electromagnetism and electrostatics are also studied and applied to problems involving the production and utilization of electric energy. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098. Spring.

COSC 201 PC Software Applications
Course ID
COSC 201
Credit Hours
3

This course expands the student’s knowledge of microcomputers through the use of various productivity software packages such as word processors, spreadsheets, database management systems, and presentation application software. Projects relating to the individual’s major and hands-on use of the microcomputer are emphasized. CO: GNET 115 or MATH 109.

IMAG 400 Healthcare Law & Compliance for Allied Health Professionals
Course ID
IMAG 400
Credit Hours
3

Health care law and compliance is important because of its impact on technologists, patients, and health care facilities. This content is geared toward legal and compliance issues that affect the employee and employer directly regarding accreditation and compliance issues. In addition, this content gives guidance on quality management techniques, including reporting, that can help mitigate noncompliance. PR: Completion of A.S. in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT, or permission of the instructor. Spring.

*You may take World Literature II in place of World Literature I.
Third Fall Semester
SONO 300 Introduction to Sonography and Patient Care
Course ID
SONO 300
Credit Hours
3

Establishes the sonography student foundations of diagnostic medical sonography, including sonographic terminology, scan plane orientations, anatomic relationships, sonographic departmental ethics and professionalism, basic patient care principles and techniques, patient and student safety aspects of sonography and the hospital environment. PR: Admission to program, currently enrolled in nursing or allied health program, or permission of instructor. CO: SONO 310, 312, 316. Fall.

SONO 310 Sectional Anatomy for Sonographers
Course ID
SONO 310
Credit Hours
3

Instructs the sonography student on normal sectional anatomy in various planes with emphasis on abdomen–pelvic organs, small parts imaging and vasculature. PR: Admission to program. CR: SONO 300, 312, 316. Fall.

SONO 312 Clinical Sonography I
Course ID
SONO 312
Credit Hours
1

Introduces student knowledge and understanding of sonographic skills under supervision through observation and participation in a diagnostic medical environment; may include on- campus lab setting, private office setting or hospital rotation. Includes various types of sonographic imaging specialties, such as abdominal, small parts imaging, obstetrics, gynecological and vascular studies. PR: Admission to program. CR: SONO 300, 310, 316. Fall.

SONO 316 US Physics and Instrumentation
Course ID
SONO 316
Credit Hours
4

Examines the use of sonographic evaluation with human tissue, sonographic imaging instrumentation, scanning technology, transducers, Doppler effect, Spectral and Color-Doppler principles, artifacts and performance and safety aspects of sonography. PR: Admission to program. CR: SONO 300, 310, 312. Fall.

IMAG 325 Patient Information Management in Imaging Science
Course ID
IMAG 325
Credit Hours
3

This course explores the importance of patient information management due to the integral role of the imaging technologist as part of the health care team. The imaging technologist is essential to the health care team in providing a thorough patient record in order to ensure quality patient care. PR: Completion of A.S. in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT, or permission of the instructor. Fall.

Third Spring Semester

In addition to the courses below, you must take a 300/400  level restricted elective.

SONO 322 Clinical Sonography II
Course ID
SONO 322
Credit Hours
3

Builds student knowledge and understanding of sonographic skills under supervision through observation and participation in a diagnostic medical environment; may include on-campus lab setting, private office setting, hospital rotation. Includes various types of sonographic imaging specialties, such as abdominal, small parts imaging, obstetrics, gynecological, and vascular studies. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316. CR: SONO 318, 320. Spring.

SONO 318 Abdominal Sonographic Imaging
Course ID
SONO 318
Credit Hours
4

Designed to examine the clinical applications of abdominal sonographic imaging including interpretation of normal, normal variant and abnormal sonographic signs and symptoms, findings, scanning techniques, protocols, pathology and clinical lab tests. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316. CR: SONO 322. Spring.

SONO 320 Small Parts Imaging
Course ID
SONO 320
Credit Hours
3

Designed to examine the clinical applications of small part sonographic imaging including interpretation of normal, normal variant and abnormal sonographic signs and symptoms, findings, scanning techniques, protocols, pathology and clinical lab tests. PR: SONO 300, 312, 316. CR: SONO 322. Spring.

SOCI 210 Principles of Sociology
Course ID
SOCI 210
Credit Hours
3

Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.

Fourth Fall Semester
SONO 414 Clinical Sonography III
Course ID
SONO 414
Credit Hours
3

Enhances student knowledge and understanding of sonographic skills under supervision through observation and participation in a diagnostic medical environment; may include on-campus lab setting, private office setting, or hospital rotation. Includes various types of sonographic imaging specialties, such as abdominal, small parts imaging, obstetrics, gynecological and vascular studies. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316, 318, 320, 322. CR: SONO 324, 400. Fall.

SONO 324 OB/GYN Sonography Imaging
Course ID
SONO 324
Credit Hours
4

Designed to examine the clinical applications of obstetrics and gynecological sonographic imaging, including interpretation of normal, normal variant and abnormal sonographic signs and symptoms, findings, scanning techniques, protocols, pathology and clinical lab tests. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316, 318, 320, 322. CR: SONO 400, 414. Fall.

SONO 400 Vascular Sonographic Imaging
Course ID
SONO 400
Credit Hours
3

Discusses the principles of vascular sonographic imaging, related anatomy, normal variants, common pathologies and physiology and hemodynamics of vascular imaging. PR: SONO 300, 310, 312, 316, 318, 320, 322. CR: SONO 324, 414. Fall.

ENGR 201 Statics
Course ID
ENGR 201
Credit Hours
3

Vector mechanics course covering concepts of forces, moments, couples, and resultants; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions; forces in trusses, frames and machines; centroids and centers of mass for lines, areas, and volumes; distributed loads, internal shear-force and bending-moment calculations for beams; dry friction and belt friction; area moments of inertia and the parallel-axis theorem. PR: GNET 101, GNET 116. Fall.

*In place of Statistics, you may take Probability & Statistics.
Fourth Spring Semester

In addition to the courses below, you must take a 300/400 level restricted elective.

SONO 410 Specialty Sonographic Procedures
Course ID
SONO 410
Credit Hours
3

Presents some basic echocardiography, basic pediatric echocardiography, neurosonography and other related sonographic studies, such as neonatal spine and the pediatric hip, including anatomy, special techniques and skills, clinical symptoms and associated laboratory tests. PR: All SONO 300 level and SONO 400, 414. CR: SONO 416, 418. Spring.

SONO 416 Clinical Sonography IV
Course ID
SONO 416
Credit Hours
4

Advances student knowledge and understanding of sonographic skills under supervision through observation and participation in a diagnostic medical environment; may include on-campus lab setting, private office setting, or hospital rotation. Includes various types of sonographic imaging specialties, such as abdominal, small parts imaging, obstetrics, gynecological and vascular studies. PR: All 300 level SONO and SONO 400, 414. CR: SONO 410, 418. Spring.

SONO 418 Integration of Sonography Principles
Course ID
SONO 418
Credit Hours
4

Integrate and review the sonographic information presented throughout the sonography program in order to prepare the student for the diagnostic medical sonography registry examination. PR: All 300 level SONO and SONO 400, 414. CR: 410, 416. Spring.

IMAG 430 Imaging Research
Course ID
IMAG 430
Credit Hours
3

Designed to involve directed research culminating in a substantive paper related to the Radiologic Sciences. The student may select a topic/research question in relation to the radiologic sciences and upon approval of the facilitator of the course complete the objectives of the course. PR: Completion of AS in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT. Spring.

Nuclear Medicine Concentration
Semester 1
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics
Course ID
MATH 210
Credit Hours
3

Basic programming; sets, basic probability concepts; basic statistical concepts; random variables and distributions; sampling distributions; linear regression and correlation. No field credit for math majors/minors. PR: MATH 101 or higher. Fall.

CHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry
Course ID
CHEM 100
Credit Hours
3

Basic background in the area of chemistry for students planning to take general chemistry. This course will not meet the general studies requirements, but will meet the chemistry requirement for acceptance into health-related programs. PR: Eligibility for MATH 101 or higher or permission of the instructor and student’s advisor. Fall.

SOCI 210 Principles of Sociology
Course ID
SOCI 210
Credit Hours
3

Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.

IMAG 325 Patient Information Management in Imaging Science
Course ID
IMAG 325
Credit Hours
3

This course explores the importance of patient information management due to the integral role of the imaging technologist as part of the health care team. The imaging technologist is essential to the health care team in providing a thorough patient record in order to ensure quality patient care. PR: Completion of A.S. in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT, or permission of the instructor. Fall.

*MATH 210 may be substituted with MATH 301.
*CHEM 100 may be substituted with CHEM 101 and CHEM 103L.
Semester 2

In addition to the courses below, you must take one Communication course.

IMAG 430 Imaging Research
Course ID
IMAG 430
Credit Hours
3

Designed to involve directed research culminating in a substantive paper related to the Radiologic Sciences. The student may select a topic/research question in relation to the radiologic sciences and upon approval of the facilitator of the course complete the objectives of the course. PR: Completion of AS in Radiologic Technology or related radiologic sciences, proof of certification in Radiography or other modality through ARRT. Spring.

Core Skills Health & Wellness
Course ID
Core Skills
Credit Hours
2
ENGL 201 World Literature I
Course ID
ENGL 201
Credit Hours
3

A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.

*ENGL 201 may be substituted with ENGL 205.
Semester 3 (at Bluefield State or Regis)
  • NM 402: Molecular Imaging & Pathology I
  • NM 406: Instrumentation I
  • NM 450: Clinical Internship I
  • NM 400: Professional Practice in Imaging
  • NM 409: Radiation Sciences
Semester 4 (at Bluefield State)
  • NM 472: Radiopharmacy & Pharm.
  • NM 404: Molecular Imaging & Pathology II
  • NM 408: Instrumentation II
  • NM 451: Clinical Internship II
  • NM 462: Computed Tomography
Summer Semester (at Bluefield State)
  • NM 452: Clinical Internship III
  • NM 470: Nuclear Medicine Seminar
Computed Tomography Concentration
Computed Tomography

The following SWVCTC courses translate to BSC RADS Courses (RADS 490): 

CT 260 — Introduction to Computed Tomography
CT 263 — Procedure Protocol in Computed Tomography
CT 263 — Sectional Anatomy I
CT 266 — Computed Tomography Advanced Procedures
​CT 269 — Sectional Anatomy II
​CT 267 — Computed Tomography Pathology
CT 268 — Computed Tomography Physics