The BSMITS Degree Advancement Option (DAO) is offered through the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) campus and provides working medical imaging and therapeutic science 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.
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.
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 and therapeutic science program.
- Be a graduate of an accredited 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 of current authorization 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.
AP, CLEP, or DANTES will not be accepted as 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.
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).
|BSMITS Required Courses|
|CAHP 423||PRINCIPALS OF CRITICAL INQUIRY||2|
|MITS 440R||CASE STUDIES & JOURNAL REVIEW||2|
|CAHP 430||SCANNING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT||3|
|CAHP 431||MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE||3|
|Total Credit Hours||10|
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 414S||INTRODUCTION TO SONOGRAPHY||2|
|MITS 413R||RADIOLOGIC CONTRAST AGENTS||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||VASCULAR ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY||3|
|MITS 423S||PATHOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL||2|
|MITS 425R||MRI POSITION & PROTOCOL I||2|
|MITS 424S||BREAST SONOGRAPHY||2|
|MITS 432S||GASTROINTESTINAL ULTRASOUND||3|
|MITS 437S||CARDIAC ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY||3|
|MITS 438S||CARDIAC PATHOLOGY AND HEMODYNAMICS||4|
|MITS 438N||ADVANCED RADIATION BIOLOGY||3|
|MITS 441R||MRI POSITIONING & PROTOCOLS II||2|
|MITS 443S||FETAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY||2|
|MITS 451S||ULTRASOUND PHYSICS II||1|
|MITS 451R||MRI SAFETY||1|
|MITS 455S||HIGH RESOLUTION SONOGRAPHY||1|
|MITS 457S||PEDIATRIC SONOGRAPHY||2|
|MITS 457R||CARDIOVASCULAR INTERVENTIONAL TECHNOLOGY I||3|
|MITS 458S||MUSCULOSKELETAL SONOGRAPHY||2|
|MITS 458R||CARDIOVASCULAR INTERVENTIONAL TECHNOLOGY II||3|
|MITS 460R||CT PROTOCOLS AND CROSS SECTIONAL ANATOMY||2|
|MITS 461R||CT PHYSICS||1|
|CAHP 415||COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE||3|
|CAHP 420||FOUNDATIONS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE||2|
|CAHP 422||PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS||2|
|CAHP 426||HEALTH CARE ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING||3|