Meeting the need for imaging specialists

The School of Health Professions will launch a new Master of Science in Imaging Sciences program to train imaging technologists in radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to address the technologist shortages currently stressing the health care system. The program’s first cohort will begin in fall 2023.

“The program will be the only one of its kind in the country — an entry-to-the-profession master’s multimodal program that provides eligibility for three national certifications by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists,” said program director Laura P. Vasquez, PhD, MS, RVT, RT, MRSO.

“This will allow graduates to practice in all states” after obtaining the certifications, Vasquez said. Many area health care systems have numerous open technologist positions, she added.

The program was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on June 29, 2022, and received full approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges on Oct. 31, 2022.

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