2020 Nursing Page Update

Medical Imaging

Medical imaging is an area of allied health in which the professional expertise is in the operation of imaging equipment and the preparation of patients for various diagnostic and treatment procedures. Practice specialties may include radiography or nuclear medicine, with the option of further certifications in Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), or mammography post-graduation. 

This degree program offers two academic pathways leading to a baccalaureate degree. Students spend between two and three years at York College and then one to two years in an accredited hospital-based clinical program. The time spent in each will depend on which clinical option(s) is/are selected. 

Clinical Rotations

The student applies to clinical programs in the fall of their sophomore or junior year, depending on specialty.  Although admission is not guaranteed, over 90% of our applicants are accepted each year. The student must earn a minimum of 2.0 in each of the required supporting courses with an average of 2.5 cumulative grade point average. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended for application to a clinical rotation. 

All York College of Pennsylvania courses must be completed prior to the start of the clinical year. During the clinical rotation, financial aid continues to be processed through York College, but tuition is paid to the clinical site.  Clinical affiliations are:

  • Pennsylvania College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NMT)
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medical Imaging (NMT and RAD)
  • WellSpan York Hospital (RAD)

Note:  It is a common trend in healthcare that employees will not be allowed to use tobacco and must remain tobacco free. Since the applicants to these programs work within the guidelines of various healthcare facilities, applicants must be aware of the possibility of the requirement to be “tobacco-free”. 

Most clinical facilities require employees and students within the facility to be fully immunized. Lack of vaccination may affect the ability to complete this major.

These guidelines are determined by the clinical site, not the College, and the student will be expected to follow said guidelines to be successful in their clinical rotation.

*This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology through the clinical sites.

A radiography course student works in the imaging lab with a patient visible in the foreground.