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Imaging Informatics Certificate Program

Certificate -  Medical Imaging Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging and PACS MIG161 Fall 3 Acceptance into program
Imaging Informatics I MIG131 Fall 4 Co-req MIG161
Imaging Informatics II MIG133 Spring 4 MIG131*
Advanced PACS Seminar MIG251 Spring or Summer 3 MIG131 and MIG161
PACS Administration Internship or PACS Business Internship MIG299 or MIG299B Spring or Summer 3 Acceptance into program
Total Credits 17
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Health Sciences

Department: Medical Imaging

Degree Type: Certificate

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CIT110 Applications/Concepts or CIT113 IT Problem Solving is recommended for non-IT professions

*Note: Grade of "C" or higher required in MIG131 to enroll in MIG133

Imaging Informatics, or Picture Archival and Communication Systems, is designed for experienced computer science or medical imaging professionals seeking to enter the field of Imaging Informatics Administration. This program provides relevant knowledge of both IT and Medical Imaging concepts in a web-based format for the working adult. This is a full-time, two semester program. Many of the courses are offered each semester, and through the summer for flexibility, and the program may be extended to a third semester if necessary. Students are responsible for finding a host hospital in which to complete the 100 hour internship in which relevant skills will be reinforced. Students must earn a numerical grade of 80 or higher in all courses. Failure to meet internship objectives or failure to obtain a numerical course grade of 80 or better constitutes failure in that course. Students may apply for readmission to the program one time.

All Imaging Informatics students are required to undergo a physical examination; complete the necessary immunization forms, including three (3) Hepatitis B immunization series; have malpractice and health insurance and undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.

Admission Requirements:

Students may apply to the program through Admissions and Enrollment Services and:

  1. Have a degree in a computer science field, extensive experience as determined by the Chair of the CIT Department, or be a graduate of an accredited Medical Imaging Program and be credentialed with a recognized national agency.
  2. Submit an application with high school and college transcripts.
  3. Submit a letter of interest with professional resume and references.
  4. Attend an on-site or phone interview.

Admission is selective. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Medical Imaging and CIT Department Chairs in April and July for a September start.

Career Outlook

Hospitals across the country are in the process of migrating their medical imaging department to a filmless state due to digital technology. Imaging Informatics technology is growing laterally. Every hospital will need at least one Imaging Informatics administrator, and many will need more than one.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Imaging Informatics Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Manage medical image databases, and interact with other information system databases used in healthcare facilities. 
  • Evaluate and implement practical operational strategies that will make the workflow more efficient. 
  • Function as an entry-level Imaging Informatics Administrator.