The BSMITS Degree Advancement Option (DAO) is offered through the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) campus and provides working radiation sciences professionals the opportunity to earn an advanced degree while continuing to work in their professions.
Qualified candidates are mentored by a faculty advisor who works with students to develop an Individual Plan of Study for degree completion. The Plan of Study includes a core of required management and education courses and a selection of radiation science courses that tailors students' clinical and educational background to their professional goals.
A minimum of 20 semester hours of coursework from UNMC must be completed to qualify for degree completion. Students must be awarded a minimum of 120 total semester hours of college credit to be eligible to graduate from UNMC; therefore, additional coursework may be required. Students are allowed up to five years to complete the degree advancement option; however, it is possible to complete the program in three semesters.
Courses are available through a variety of distance learning technologies. Students are required to write papers, complete projects, conduct research, communicate with professors and students online, work independently on assignments and with coworkers on group projects, do case presentations and take quizzes and exams.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP) is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Colleges. The BSMITS option is considered a degree advancement program and does not include a professional clinical education component; therefore, it is not under the purview of the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Admission to the Program
Applicants to the Degree Advancement Option (DAO) must:
- Complete a minimum of 100 transferable semester hours, 40 hours of which comes from specific college prerequisite courses (listed below) and a maximum of 60 semester hours from an accredited medical imaging program.
- Be a graduate of an accredited radiography, radiation therapy, sonography, or nuclear medicine technology program (or other approved radiation science professional program) and be registered and in good standing with the ARRT, ARDMS and/or NMTCB and meet each of the following additional criteria:
- Present a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Present a professional program GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Provide proof of registration by the ARRT, ARDMS and/or NMTCB.
- Provide proof they are currently authorized to practice in the state in which they are employed in the form of a license or certificate issued by the appropriate State authority.
Participants need to possess computer operating system skills and have easy access to a computer with a high speed Internet connection and up-to-date software. You may also need to purchase or have access to a digital camera and video camera. A local preceptor, or proctor, will be required (usually a supervisor who agrees to work with you to proctor exams and/or evaluate presentations) and you will need access and permission to follow cases at the facility where you work. To review the requirements and responsibilities for the preceptor/proctor please go to the How to Apply page and open the Preceptor Agreement.
Review the Computer Requirements.
University / College Prerequisites
Language and/or Social Sciences
Nine (9) semester hours are required. These courses may include but are not limited to composition, literature, communication, speech, foreign language, philosophy, sociology, psychology, art, history, religion, ethics, etc.
Three (3) semester hours of mathematics or statistics are required.
Nine (9) semester hours are required. These courses may include but are not limited to biology, chemistry physics and/or earth science.
Ten (10) to thirty (30) semester hours are required depending on the number of hours needed to meet admissions requirements. The courses accepted for this requirement are subject to approval.
All applications and transcripts are reviewed by CAHP Academic and Student Affairs on a case-by-case basis. Grades lower than “C” will not transfer for credit. Additional coursework may transfer for credit; course description and syllabus may be requested for evaluation of equivalency with UNMC.
We will not accept AP, CLEP, or DANTES credit toward the Mathematics, or Science requirements. Any AP, CLEP, or DANTES credit earned in these categories will be used as elective prerequisite credit only. A maximum of 6 semester hours of College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Program (APP) or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) will be accepted for transfer.
Applicants will be considered without regard to age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, or disability. Motivational factors, life experience, patient care experience, maturity, and references are important factors in the admission process.
How to Apply
Students enrolled in the BSMITS Degree Advancement Option are expected to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their Individual Plan of Study and degree requirements. All courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better and a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program. Courses may be repeated only once, and a cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the completion of any semester will result in dismissal from the program.
Upon successful completion of BSMITS curriculum, students will receive diploma and graduation information from UNMC Student Services. Students must be awarded a minimum of 120 total semester hours of college credit (UNMC courses + transfer credit + professional certification credit) by the UNMC Office of Academic Records in order to be eligible to graduate from UNMC.
To obtain your transcripts, please visit the UNMC Student Services website.
Diplomas are issued three times each year - May, August and December - dependent upon the student's completion of all requirements by the deadline dates set by the Program. Graduates of the BSMITS DAO are welcome to participate in the graduation ceremonies in Omaha, Nebraska (May and December only).
For the purpose of reporting continuing education activity to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), DAO courses awarded continuing education credit (AMA category 1) by the CCE qualify as ARRT category B credit. Upon completion of a course and receipt of an official UNMC transcript, course activity meets the definition of an Approved Academic Course and qualifies as ARRT category A credit. Your biennium period should be considered when determining whether or not to submit coursework for category A or B, as you must have the appropriate documentation of the activity.
The Plan of Study includes a core of required* allied health and medical imaging and therapeutic sciences courses. The faculty advisor will work with the student to select an appropriate combination of elective courses to complete their Individual Plan of Study.
|BSMITS Required Courses|
|CAHP 426||HEALTH CARE ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING||3|
|CAHP 423||PRINCIPALS OF CRITICAL INQUIRY||2|
|MITS 440R||CASE STUDIES & JOURNAL REVIEW||2|
|CAHP 430||SCANNING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT||1|
|CAHP 431||MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE||3|
|Total Credit Hours||11|
A minimum of 20 semester credit hours must be completed at UNMC. BSMITS elective course offerings are listed below. All courses are subject to change based on instructor availability, enrollment, and technology. All DAO courses are offered at least once each academic year (August–August).
|BSMITS Elective Course Options|
|MITS 401S||ULTRASOUND PHYSICS I||1|
|MITS 407S||ADVANCED OBSTETRICAL ULTRASOUND||2|
|MITS 408S||GYNECOLOGICAL ULTRASOUND||1|
|MITS 409S||GENITOURINARY ULTRASOUND||1|
|MITS 410R||SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY I||4|
|MITS 411R||SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY II||4|
|MITS 413R||RADIOLOGIC CONTRAST AGENTS||1|
|MITS 414S||INTRODUCTION TO SONOGRAPHY||2|
|MITS 414T||ONCOLOGY SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY I||2|
|MITS 415T||ONCOLOGY SECTIONAL ANATOMY & PATHOLOGY II||2|
|MITS 419R||MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS I||2|
|MITS 419S||PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS I||2|
|MITS 420R||MRI PHYSICS & SYSTEMS II||2|
|MITS 422S||INTRO TO VASCULAR SONOGRAPHY||2|
|MITS 423S||PATHOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL||2|
|MITS 424S||BREAST SONOGRAPHY||1|
|MITS 425R||MRI POSITIONING & PROTOCOLS I||2|
|MITS 432S||GASTROINTESTINAL ULTRASOUND||3|
|MITS 434S||VASCULAR SONOGRAPHY EXTERNSHIP||3|
|MITS 436S||ADULT CARDIAC SONOGRAPHY EXTERNSHIP||3|
|MITS 438S||CARDIAC PATHOLOGY||1|
|MITS 437S||CARDIAC ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY||3|
|MITS 438N||ADVANCED RADIATION BIOLOGY||3|
|MITS 440R||CASE STUDIES & JOURNAL REVIEW||2|
|MITS 441R||MRI POSITIONING & PROTOCOLS II||2|
|MITS 451S||ULTRASOUND PHYSICS II||1|
|MITS 455S||HIGH RESOLUTION SONOGRAPHY||1|
|MITS 457S||PEDIATRIC SONOGRAPHY||2|
|MITS 458S||MUSCULOSKELETAL SONOGRAPHY||2|
|MITS 457R||CARDIOVASCULAR INTERVENTIONAL TECHNOLOGY I||3|
|MITS 458R||CARDIOVASCULAR INTERVENTIONAL TECHNOLOGY II||3|
|MITS 460R||CT PROTOCOLS AND CROSS SECTIONAL ANATOMY||2|
|MITS 461R||CT PHYSICS||1|
|CAHP 310||MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY||2|
|CAHP 415||COMMUNICATION & CULTURAL COMPETENCY||2|
|CAHP 420||COMPUTERS IN HEALTH CARE||2|
|CAHP 422||PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS||2|
2018-2019 Tuition & Fees
|Tuition||$332.00 per credit hour|
|Technology Fee||$100.00 per semester|
|Online Course Fee||$35.00 per credit hour|
|Library Fee||$6.25 per credit hour|
$60 Non-refundable application fee
$50 Academic Records application processing fee submitted upon program completion
Tuition and fee charges are subject to change each fall, as determined by the College of Allied Health Professions and the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Supplied course materials will be charged separately along with any shipping and handling charges. Students are responsible for purchasing their textbooks from whatever vendor they choose; costs of textbooks will vary by course and are not included in the tuition and fees for the program.
Degree Advancement Option (DAO) students are considered part-time students. Students enrolled in a DAO program may be eligible for financial aid including loans and deferment of student loans during the program. After you have been accepted into the program, the UNMC Financial Aid office will be able to assist you. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center recognizes credit earned through military service as well as ACE credit. Tuition assistance can be used for active duty military. We also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Post 9/11 GI Bill program as well as other financial aid programs.