Program Goals and Objectives

Our mission is to prepare imaging professionals with higher education, leadership skills, and opportunities for upward mobility in the healthcare field.

    • Students will develop requisite skills to function in advanced roles within the imaging community.
    • Students will expand communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of a supervisory level professional
    • Students will be adequately prepared to function within the profession in advanced roles.
    • Students will develop professionalism through scholarly productivity.
    • Students will develop pertinent critical thinking skills.
    • Students will develop a working professional e-portfolio.

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

General Education Courses

Course Number

Title

Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

GE 022

Anatomy & Physiology II (w/o lab) 45.0 3.0

This is an advanced course in Anatomy and Physiology, where details of structures and functions of the human body systems will be discussed in the context of various disease states. Pathophysiology of all individual major organ systems will be addressed, while comparing them in the state of health versus the state of disease, focusing mainly on functions and pathological abnormalities. Various clinical implications and possible deviations from norm of each organ system will be brought up throughout the course. This is a General Education course at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.

 

GE 103

Growth and Development through Lifespan

45.0

3.0

This course discusses the existing theories of growth and development and focuses on an understanding of the dynamic sequence of biologic, psychological, and sociological changes which occur through the life cycle from birth to death.

 

GE 111

Research Statistics

30.0

2.0

This course is preparation for RN 305 – Nursing Research. The course introduces statistical test tools, the conditions under which these tools are used, statistical calculation, and the meaning of statistics. The tools are also discussed as the basis of data analysis, probability, and statistical inference and their importance in decision – making.

GE 120

Introduction to Information Systems

45.0

3.0

This course is the introduction to personal computer application software, hardware components, and the Internet. The course covers an introduction to word processing, electronic spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.

GE 202 General Psychology

45.0

3.0

This course includes the study of basic methods and concepts of psychology, which have broad academic relevance, and which can be applied to the study of psychology as well other academic disciplines.

GE 221 Written Communication for Professionals

45.0

3.0

The ability to write clearly and effectively is key to professional communication. This set of skills should not be limited to journalists or professional authors. This course will discuss how to overcome common mistakes and improve communication using the written word. This writing skills course includes sections on spelling, grammar, importance of structure, formal and informal writing styles. This course also covers the skills needed to enable learning, communication of ideas and understanding the ideas of others more effectively. This is a General Education Course at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.

GE 240

Public Speaking

45.0

3.0

This course offers an introduction to communication in interpersonal relationships, group interactions, and formal speaking, with skill development in listening, speech preparation, and oral presentation. 

Total Gurnick General Education Courses

300.0

20.0

Professional Courses 

Course Number

Title


Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

DMI 330

Advanced Radiobiology

60.0

4.0

This course will provide the radiologic science professional with theories and principles of the interaction of ionizing radiation with living systems. Radiation effects on biologic molecules & organisms and factors affecting biological response are explored. Acute and long-term effects of ionizing radiation exposure are discussed. Applications in diagnostic and therapeutic settings are presented.

DMI 340

Quality Control in Diagnostic Imaging

60.0

4.0

Training and managing image quality and patient dose in film screen and digital radiology systems will be presented. This course will introduce new regulations and discuss new challenges for practitioners. Radiographers will learn to ensure that imaging capability and radiation dose management is integrated and maintained in the department. Quality control will be discussed in depth including procedures and protocols, visualization, transmission and archiving of the images.

DMI 360

Health Science Management

60.0

4.0

This course is designed to provide entry-level managers with a wide variety of tools and theories from which to choose. A marked focus is offered on evaluation and resolution of personnel issues. An emphasis is placed on the ultimate responsibility of supervisors and managers for the performance of their staff. The text provides information and guidance to obtain maximum results from others. Getting things done through people is a key component of this text.

DMI 370

Professional Capstone Portfolio Project

45.0

3.0

This is an independent study project, where students will prepare a professional E- portfolio. This portfolio is to be worked on by the BS DMI students throughout the course of the entire program starting from their first Semester until completion of the BS DMI program and is to be composed of a multitude of individual projects and documents preparing the student for professional practice as an imaging professional with BS DMI. This portfolio serves as the exit project for the Bachelor Degree Program in Diagnostic Medical Imaging at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.

GEH 101

Organization and Function of Health System

45.0

3.0

This course focuses on healthcare and delivery of services: identification and function of governmental, private, and voluntary organizations; programs in health protection and promotion at local, state, and national levels.

GEH 301

Ethics & Law in Healthcare

45.0

3.0

Health Law and Ethics are important because of their financial and emotional impact on healthcare professionals, patients, and health care facilities. Course content includes legal and adherence issues affecting both, the employee and the employer. Topics include administrative law, professional malpractice, patient rights, risk management, labor law, contract law, and ethical consideration.

Total Gurnick Professional Courses

315.0 21.0

 

Choose one of the following Tracks:

Leadership and Management Track

Course Number

Title


Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

DMI 410

Leadership and Performance

45.0

3.0

Leadership and performance is a dynamic exploration of Universal Laws of Performance and how to apply them both personally or to any organization. Used by notable businesses worldwide these laws open doors to discover and create cultures within a company that will literally alter the course of any organization. Using case studies of three organizations this course guides you to discover the universal laws and how to apply them now.

DMI 420

Operations and Human Resource Management in Diagnostic Imaging

45.0

3.0

This course focuses on a variety of issues including the application of Operations Management techniques in the context of radiologic and diagnostic imaging. We will identify protocols, policies, and procedures; marketing services; customer management and satisfaction methods. This course will provide the student with the foundation necessary to address the day – to – day issues an imaging administrator will experience. This course will foster the student’s goal to achieve their Certified Radiology Administrator Certification (CRA).

 

DMI 430

Financial and Asset Management in Radiology

45.0

3.0

This course will represent a cross-section of today’s imaging profession and give students insight and knowledge on the financial and asset management system in Radiology and its processes. This is a course that will aid imaging professionals in the preparation of the Certified Radiology Administer examination by providing education materials specific to the field. This course will discuss in-depth insights and analyses on various subjects pertaining to financial and asset management and also discuss Strategic planning and implementing a SWOT analysis to increase total performance.

 

Total Gurnick Leadership and Management Courses

135.0 9.0

Imaging Informatics Track

Course Number

Title


Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

DMI 440

Digital Radiography and PACS

45.0

3.0

Many facets of imaging informatics will be investigated in this comprehensive course; information technology, imaging modality capabilities, supervision of modality integration, establishing programs for image display quality control, recognition of specific hazards to the healthcare environment. In addition students will learn to identify and implement medical imaging standards: DICOM, HL – 7, MQSA, ACR, and ICD – 9, SMOMED. This course prepares students for the Imaging Informatics Professional Certification exam, offered by the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII).

 

DMI 450

Communication and  Education in Imaging Informatics

45.0

3.0

This is an inclusive course discussing the roles and relationships in healthcare settings, medical terminology, communications relating to system availability or changes, feedback, and feedback mechanisms. Furthermore, this course will explore performance needs assessment, training programs, implementation training and evaluations of effectiveness training. This course prepares students for the Imaging Informatics Professional Certification exam, offered by the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII).

 

 

DMI 460

Systems Management in Informatics

45.0

3.0

This course will explore procurement, project management, and operations of digital imaging systems. Additionally systems management will be introduced including; cost analysis, system capacity, throughput, disaster plan recovery, business continuity strategies, use problem management, data migration procedures and data security and individual privacy. This course prepares students for the Imaging Informatics Professional Certification exam, offered by the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII).

 

Total Gurnick Imaging Informatics Courses

135.0 9.0

 Education Track

Course Number

Title


Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

DMI 470

Teaching Strategies for Adult Learners in Health Science

45.0

3.0

Many This course imparts important information on how to motivate, mentor, and instruct using scientifically based teaching strategies and tactics. There is information on how to provide individualized instruction in classrooms with multiple learning and behavior problems, and how curricula and instruction can be designed to teach functional repertoires and critical thinking rather than inert ideas. The course also discusses how to determine the effectiveness of curricular initiatives toward meeting standards and course objectives.

 

DMI 480

Curriculum Design in Diagnostic Imaging Sciences

45.0

3.0

This course covers the unique type of curriculum which we call "competency based". Though not unique to diagnostic medical imaging, we will emphasize curriculum design as relates to the imaging sciences. This class will take you through the process of understanding, designing, implementing, and accrediting competency based curriculum in a diagnostic medical imaging program.

 

Emphasis will be paid on the curriculum published by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists which is the underpinning of most accreditation organizations. We will also introduce you to requirements of accrediting organizations.

 

DMI 490

Methods of Teaching Online Course

45.0

3.0

This course is an introduction to methods of teaching as applicable to any coursework in the Allied Health Sciences.

 

Total Gurnick Education Courses

135.0 9.0

 Computed Tomography Track

Course Number

Title


Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

DMI 510

Principles of Computed Tomography

45.0

3.0

This course is designed to introduce the student to the concept of digital imaging processing and image quality. Students will discuss and identify the concepts of data acquisition. In addition, knowledge of the basic principles of sectional anatomy and CT protocols and procedures as it relates to various parts of the body will be analyzed. Course topics will include: digital imaging processing, data acquisition concepts, r

 

DMI 520

Advanced Application in Computed Tomography

45.0

3.0

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of physics and instrumentation as it relates to computed tomography. Course topics will include: historical perspectives of the modality, physics and physical characteristics of the computed tomography process, data acquisition, scanner design, image processing, and image quality.

 

DMI 530

Computed Tomography Registry Review

45.0

3.0

This course reviews the computed tomography curriculum and prepare students for the ARRT CT postprimary certification examination covering the ARRT Exam content specifications Patient Care, Safety, Image Production, and Procedures. This course also include CT Basics ASRT modules and satisfies the ARRT 16-credit Structured Education Requirements for CT.

 

Total Gurnick Computed Tomography Courses

135.0 9.0

 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Track

Course Number

Title


Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

DMI 540

Physical Principles of MRI

45.0

3.0

This unit provides the student with a comprehensive overview of MR imaging principles. The subjects are formatted in individual outlines and can be sequenced according to the level of knowledge desired. Topics include nuclear MR signal production, tissue characteristics, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters/options and image formation

 

DMI 550

Advanced Applications of MRI

45.0

3.0

This course will provide the student with imaging techniques related to the CNS, neck, thorax, musculoskeletal system, and abdominopelvic regions. Students will learn specific clinical application, coils that are available and their use, considerations in the scan sequences, specific choices in the protocols (i.e.; slice thickness, phase direction, flow compensation), and positioning criteria. Anatomical structures and the plane that best demonstrates anatomy will be discussed as well as signal characteristics of normal and abnormal structures. Pharmacology as it pertains to MRI will be discussed. Students will demonstrate the practices they have learned by applying their didactic knowledge during their laboratories.

 

DMI 560

MRI Safety and Registry Review

45.0

3.0

This course will prepare the student for and to pass the required registry board exams so that they are able to work as MRI Technologists. This course includes a review of the MRI program and the students will take a mock registry board exams and practice tests. Students will learn effective ways to study and answer question from the registry. This course provides basic knowledge of MR safety, patient preparation and monitoring of patients in the MR suite. This information enables the student to better communicate with the health care team to ensure patients’ safety. Health effects and safety issues are important aspects of this diagnostic modality.

Total Gurnick Magnetic Resonance Imaging Courses

135.0 9.0

Mammography Track

Course Number

Title


Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

DMI 570

Principles of Mammography

45.0

3.0

This course is designed to educate radiographers in the art and science of mammography. Enrollees in the course must have a California Certified Radiologic Technologist (CRT) license OR be a student in a JRCERT accredited program. The course consists of 40 hours of lecture which will assist in preparation for the California Mammography Certificate exam and the ARRT Post-Primary Certification in Mammography.

 

DMI 580

Advanced Applications of Breast Imaging

45.0

3.0

This course will offer students an understanding of breast ultrasound history, breast cancer, diagnosis and imaging, principles, equipment, breast anatomy and normal appearances, exam techniques, image interpretation, recording and reporting, benign and malignant disease, imaging of the augmented breast, breast disease in males, and interventional techniques. This is an overview course of breast ultrasound.

 

DMI 590

Mammography Registry Review

45.0

3.0

This course is designed to prepare the students for the registry exam for mammography. Course topics will include: history, patient education, anatomy, physiology and pathology of the breast, benign and malignant diseases, equipment, processing and quality management, common imaging procedures, emerging technologies, interventional procedures and treatment options review and MQSA standards.

Total Gurnick Mammography Courses

135.0 9.0

Vascular Sonography Track

Course Number

Title


Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

DMI 610

Principles of Vascular Ultrasound

45.0

3.0

Students will learn vascular terminology and advanced vascular physical principles. Anatomy and hemodynamic characteristics of the arteries and veins of the lower extremities will be the main focus of this course. Scanning techniques and protocols will be taught as well as challenges in the clinical setting.

 

 

DMI 620

Procedures and Protocols of Upper Extremity in Vascular Ultrasound

45.0

3.0

Upper extremity arterial and venous vascular protocols are the main focus of this course. Vascular hemodynamics and physical principles are reviewed and practiced. Scanning skills and Techniques are taught for the purpose of recognizing normal and abnormal anatomy and disease (and disease processes) of the upper extremity.

 

DMI 630

Procedures and Protocols of Abdominal and Miscellaneous in Vascular Ultrasound

45.0

3.0

Upper extremity arterial and venous vascular protocols are the main focus of this course. Vascular hemodynamics and physical principles are reviewed and practiced. Scanning skills and Techniques are taught for the purpose of recognizing normal and abnormal anatomy and disease (and disease processes) of the upper extremity.

Total Gurnick Vascular Sonography Courses

135.0 9.0

Special Imaging Procedures Track

Course Number

Title


Total Contact Hours

Semester Credit Hours

DMI 640

Principles of Bone Densitometry

45.0

3.0

This course will review the concepts of Bone Densitometry for technologists and will allow the student to review bone densitometry applications, pathology, radiation protection, and an overview of the computer system and quality control in Bone Densitometry. The ASRT modules included in the course satisfy the structured education requirements for those seeking to be ARRT credentialed in Bone Densitometry.

 

DMI 650

Principals of Advanced Interventional Procedures

45.0

3.0

This course will offer students an understanding of commonly used treatments in interventional suites. Students will learn about commonly used catheters, contrast and techniques used during interventional procedures. Course topic will include cardiac and thoracic procedures, abdominal aortography and genitourinary procedures, and visceral angiography.

 

DMI 660

Advanced Medical Imaging Pathology

45.0

3.0

This course will prepare the student to understand the essential pathology understanding to produce quality radiologic images. The students will learn about prevalent disease processes most frequently diagnosed with medical imaging. Students will gain a better understanding of the clinical manifestation of disease processes, radiographic appearances, and treatments. This advanced pathology course will cover pathology in Radiography, CT, MRI, SPECT, PET, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine and breaking the pathological processes down in each system of the body.

Total Gurnick Special Imaging Procedures Courses

135.0 9.0