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MSU's Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (CTMR) program offers both the knowledge and necessary hands-on experience to pursue a career in medical imaging. Along with lecture courses, the program provides applied learning through clinical assignments at health care agencies throughout the region and adjacent states. The program has high graduate and employer satisfaction, as well as high job placement and passage rates on national certification examinations. Once you're accepted into the program, you can finish your degree in less than a year.
CTMR has a selective admissions process and a limited number of students are accepted each year. 
Accreditation

The Magnetic Resonance program at Morehead State is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Sciences (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Dr., Ste. 2850, Chicago, IL., 60606-3182. 312-704-5300. mail@jrcert.org. The program received a maximum eight-year reaccreditation in 2016.

 

Program Requirements

CTMR MISSION, GOALS, Student Learning Outcomes and PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS DATA

Mission Statement

The CTMR Program, in conjunction with the Department and University's mission, is committed to preparing graduates to function as component computed tomography and magnetic resonance technologists and to provide a foundation for continued life-long learning in computed tomography/magnetic resonance. 

MR Program Accreditation

The Joint Review Committee on Education Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) monitors performance measures of programs and makes this information available to the public. Successful completion of a JRCERT-accredited program assures you that you will be provided with the knowledge, skills, and professional values required for career success. 

The MR program is currently accredited by the JRCERT. 

To learn more, visit https://www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data. 

 

CT Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be clinically competent.
  • Students select appropriate scan parameters to provide optimal image quality. 
  • Students employ proper safety practices in the clinical settings. 

2. Students will employ critical thinking skills. 
  • Students adapt imaging parameters for pathological considerations. 
  • Student apply scientific inquiry in the application of computed tomography. 

3. Students will model professionalism. 
  • Students analyze the importance of professionalism in the practice of imaging. 
  • Students participate in a professional imaging activity. 

4. Students will employ effective communication skills in the healthcare  environment. 
  • Students demonstrate appropriate communication skills. 
  • Students utilize appropriate communication skills in educating the patient on general aspects of computed tomography and procedure specifics. 

 
MR Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be clinically competent.
  • Students select appropriate scan parameters to provide optimal image quality. 
  • Students employ proper safety practices in the clinical settings. 

2. Students will employ critical thinking skills. 
  • Students adapt imaging parameters for pathological considerations. 
  • Student apply scientific inquiry in the application of magnetic resonance. 

3. Students will model professionalism. 
  • Students analyze the importance of professionalism in the practice of imaging. 
  • Students participate in a professional imaging activity. 

4. Students will employ effective communication skills in the healthcare  environment. 
  • Students demonstrate appropriate communication skills. 
  • Students utilize appropriate communication skills in educating the patient on general aspects of magnetic resonance and procedure specifics. 



MR Program Effectiveness Data

Program Effectiveness Data

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The program specifies the entry point used in calculating the program's completion rate, after the completion of the first week of classes. The CTMR program has a benchmark of retaining at least 80% of admitted students. 
 

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The program specifies the entry point used in calculating the program completion rate, after the completion of the first week of classes.  The CTMR Program has a benchmark of retaining at least 80% of the admitted students. 
 

 Graduate Year

Program Completion Rate

2020 100% (19/19)
2019 94.7 (18/19)
2018 100% (16/16)

2017

 100% (11/11)

2016

87.5% (14/16)

Five yr. Average 96% 78/81

 

CT Examination Pass Rate

The number of students who pass, after first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, compared with the number of students who take the exam within six months of graduation. 
 

 Year of
Program Completion

CT

MSU Pass Rate

CT

National Pass Rate

2020 94.7% (18/19) 75%
2019 100% (18/18)  74.7%
2018 100% (16/16) 75.4%

2017

100% (11/11)

75.4%

2016

100% (16/16)

75.9%

Recent 5 Year Average

98.75% (79/80)

75.3%

Note: In 2020, one student did not pass on first attempt but passed on second attempt.
 

Job Placement Rate is defined as the number graduates employed in the imaging sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the imaging sciences.  The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.  The MSU CTMR Program has a benchmark of at least 75% of the student graduates who seek employment, will find jobs within 12 months of program completion.  Job placement rate is one variable considered when admission targets are set. 

Graduate Year

Job Placement Rate

2020 100% (19/19)
2019 100% (18/18)
2018 100% (16/16)

2017

100% (11/11)

2016

100% (14/14)

Recent 5 Year Average

100% (71/71)



MAGNETIC RESONANCE SAFETY Protocols

 The establishment of thorough and effective screening procedures for patients and other individuals is one of the most critical components of a program that guards the safety of all those preparing to undergo magnetic resonance (MR) procedures or to enter the MR environment. An important aspect of protecting patients and individuals from MR system-related accidents and injuries involves an understanding of the risks associated with the various implants, devices, accessories, and other objects that may cause problems in this setting. This requires constant attention and diligence to obtain information and documentation about these objects in order to provide the safest MR setting possible. The faculty at Morehead State University want to provide the students and patients with a safe clinical environment, therefore the program requires students to complete the MR safety screening form prior to acceptance into the program. This form must be completed by a qualified practitioner. Any questions or concerns may be addressed by contacting the CT/MR Program Director.

The student must provide documentation of meeting the program’s health and physical requirements.  The student must keep these records current for the duration of the program.  Students who do not maintain these requirements will not be allowed to progress (see Academic Policy on Progression).  In the event that the student has a foreign object (i.e. ferrous material, implants, surgical clip, insulin pump, etc.) located in or on their body after admission, it is the student’s responsibility to notify program officials.  After notification to program officials, another MR Safety Screening Process must be completed by a qualified health care practitioner to assure student and personnel safety.  The Magnetic Resonance Student Safety Screening Form can be found in the application packet and on the CTMR program website.
   

Admission Criteria

For course lists and other requirements of this program, please refer to the undergraduate catalog.


The computed tomography/magnetic resonance (CTMR) program has a selective admission policy in addition to the University's admission procedure. Admission to Morehead State University does not guarantee admission to the CTMR program. The number of clinical placement positions limits enrollment. Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the enrollment capacity, the successful applicants with the highest grade point average in the required general education courses, support courses, and radiography courses will be selected.
 

  1.  The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see MSU admission requirements.
  2.  Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C". (Some courses can be transferred from other institutions.)
  • BIOL 234* - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (NSC I exchange course), three hours.
  • BIOL 235* - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II, three hours.
  • COMS 108 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication, three hours.
  • ENG 100 - Writing I, three hours.
  • ENG 200 - Writing II, three hours.
  • MATH 152 - College Algebra, three hours.
  • IMS/NURS 202 - Medical Terminology, two hours.
  • Level II Knowledge
    • Natural Science
    • Social and Behavioral Science
    • Arts and Humanities
  • Level III-The Human Community
    • HUM-Global Cultures
    • SBS-Ethics and Social Justice
    • NSC- Science and Technology in Society
  • FYS 101 - First Year Seminar, three hours.
Total General Education & Support Courses - 41 Credit Hours

*If BIOL 244 & 244A and 245 & 245A are taken it will increase total degree hours by 2. 

Note: If student did not take a FYS 101 course they must take an additional 3 hours in SBS.  
  1. More than two failures of pre-radiologic science courses within two complete academic years will result in ineligibility for admission. This includes failure of more than two courses or failures of the same course more than twice. Students with course failure(s) prior to two complete academic years will be considered for admission if the student has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress ("C" or above in required courses) since the course failure(s).
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for all required college work.
  3. Graduates of the radiologic science program at MSU or other radiography program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT). Considerations for non-JRCERT program graduates will be considered on an individual or program basis. Graduates of an approved program may receive an equivalent block credit to satisfy the radiography component.
  4. Registered and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Radiography. Applicants who are not registered must obtain certification prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
  5. Meet health and physical capability requirements established by the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences.
  6. Possess current certification in basic life support for health care providers (CPR) by the American Heart Association.


Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted beginning in January and must be received by the 1st Monday in April.

  1.  Official transcripts documenting all courses required for admission. Students currently enrolled are required to submit spring mid-term grades for consideration. Students attending institutions that do not provide mid-term grades must submit a letter from the radiography program coordinator or individual faculty in general education courses stating the student's letter grade at the current time for each course. All letters must be submitted on official institutional letterhead. Students must complete required courses with a "C" or better and maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Copy of course description(s) if course equivalencies are not listed on the transfer credit webpage.
  3.  Copy of the current American Registry of Radiologic Technologists registration card for radiography. Applicants who are not registered must obtain certification prior to the beginning of the summer II term.
Mail all application materials to: 
Morehead State University 
Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences 
ATTN: Imaging Sciences
Center for Health, Education, and Research   
316 W. 2nd. St., Suite 210D 
Morehead, Kentucky 40351


Additional Information


Grading Scale

In program courses, all examinations, quizzes, campus laboratory evaluations, and clinical evaluation grades are carried out to two decimal points.  The percentage point grading scale for all specific computed tomography/magnetic resonance courses is as follows:
 
  • A = 92% - 100.0%
  • B = 84% -   91.0%
  • C = 76% -   83.0%
  • D = 68% -   75.0%
  • E =  Below- 67.0%


Grievance Policy  and Procedures

The faculty recognizes the right of students enrolled in the program to express valid grievances, arising from day-to-day working relationships, without fear of recrimination.  The following due process procedure has three methods that are to be used by students. These methods have been developed to instruct the students in the proper communication path to be followed when seeking solutions, examinations, or answers to problems, which may occur between the student(s) and the faculty, or between students and clinical personnel.  The method components for the procedure are as follows:
 
METHOD I
Applies to any student or group of students recognizing a grievance in the clinical education site.  The student wishing to seek due process for the problem must pursue the following procedure unless it relates to University Policy PG6 concerning Sexual Harassment.
 
  • STEP 1: Clinical Instructor: In order to minimize any misunderstanding, students are required to discuss their problem or complaint concerning the clinical education site with the designated clinical instructor within first two (2) weeks of the occurrence of the situation creating the grievance.  The clinical instructor will investigate and obtain all pertinent factual information regarding the problem and will provide the student(s) with a solution or a decision within three (3) academic days following the receipt of the verbal or written discussion of the problem.  A report reflecting the discussion and decisions made will be submitted to the assigned university faculty, the student(s), and the clinical personnel involved.
  • STEP 2: Assigned University Faculty: If the grievance is not satisfactorily solved by the clinical instructor, the student may appeal verbally or in writing to the assigned university faculty.  The assigned university faculty will obtain all pertinent factual information and provide the student(s) with a written or verbal solution or explanation within five academic days following receipt of the problem.  A report reflecting the discussion and decisions made will be submitted to the CTMR Program and Clinical Coordinator (if the CTMR Program Coordinator is not the assigned university faculty member), the clinical instructor, the student (s), and the clinical personnel involved.
  • STEP 3: Clinical Coordinator/CTMR Program Director: If the grievance is not satisfactorily solved by the assigned university faculty, the student may appeal verbally or in writing to the CTMR Program and Clinical Coordinator (if the CTMR Program Coordinator is the assigned University faculty then move to Step 4).  The CTMR Program and Clinical Coordinator will obtain all pertinent factual information and provide the student(s) with a written or verbal solution or explanation within five academic days following receipt of the problem.  A report reflecting the discussion and decisions made will be submitted to the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences, the assigned university faculty, the clinical instructor, the student(s), and the clinical personnel involved.
  • STEP 4: Chair, Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Science: If the decision of Step 3 does not provide a satisfactory solution to the problem, the student(s) may appeal in writing to the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences.  The Chair will review the problem and provide the student(s) with a solution or explanation within five academic days following receipt of the written grievance.  A report reflecting the discussion and decisions made will be submitted to the Dean of the College of Science, the CTMR Program Coordinator, and CTMR Educational Coordinator, the assigned university faculty, the clinical instructor, the student(s) and the clinical personnel involved. 
  • STEP 5: Dean, College of Science: If the decision of Step 4 does not provide a satisfactory solution to the problem, the student(s) may appeal in writing to the Dean of the College of Science.  The Dean will review the problem and provide the student(s) with a solution or an explanation within five academic days of the receipt of the grievance.  A report reflecting the discussion and the decisions made will be submitted to the Chair of the Department, CTMR Program Coordinator, CTMR Clinical Coordinator, the assigned university faculty, the clinical instructor, the student(s) and the clinical personnel involved.  The student will also need to file a Student Grievance Form as stipulated in the Academic Grievance Procedure listed In the University Undergraduate Catalog.
  • STEP 6: Morehead State University Academic  Appeals Committee: If the decision of Step 5 does not provide a satisfactory solution to the problem, the student(s) may appeal to the University Academic Appeals Committee within one week following the receipt of the Dean’s recommendation regarding the problem.  Requests are to be in writing and made to the Morehead State University Provost.  For further details see the Academic Grievance Procedure as stated in the University Undergraduate Catalog.

METHOD II
Applies to any student or group of students recognizing a grievance regarding a grade, the instructor, the course content, or any aspect of the didactic courses and/or campus laboratory sections.  The student must pursue the procedure listed in the University Undergraduate Catalog located on the University’s web site.
 
METHOD III
Applies to any student or group of students recognizing a valid grievance involving a grade, the instructor, the course content, or any aspect of a Morehead State University faculty not employed for the Program. The student must pursue the procedure listed in the University Undergraduate Catalog, which is located on the University’s web site, to resolve an academic grievance concerning a general education course, a "support" course, or a course required for another program or major.

 

Clinical Obligations

The curriculum is designed to provide sufficient opportunities for the enrolled student to gain "professional” experiences in the performance of standard CT/MR procedures.  This is accomplished by rotating each student through separate clinical education settings during the CT/MR option of the Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences program.  See list of Clinical Education Settings.
 
While on clinical assignment at an affiliated clinical education setting the student will receive instruction and demonstration on safety, equipment operation, and the routine procedures performed in MR.  Following instruction and demonstration, students will be required to complete learning objectives developed for each room/machine (if applicable), and after an appropriate length of time will be evaluated and counseled on their competency in performing standard MR procedures.  Students will also be evaluated in areas of i.e. professional behavior, professional appearance, and maintaining the assigned clinical area.  (For specifics on evaluation procedures see Clinical Code of Conduct; Rules and Regulations in the MR Clinical Education Manual.)
 
Decisions on clinical assignments are made by the Clinical Coordinator with input from the Program Director and/or CT/MR faculty.  These decisions are based upon the student's clinical education needs.  The students’ preference for clinical assignments will be taken into consideration. Students are responsible for arranging their own housing in the assigned clinic locations and providing their own transportation to and from the assigned hospital.  The personnel within the assigned hospital may be able to assist the student in obtaining information regarding housing.
 
The student must adhere to all regulations during their assignments to the clinical education setting.  As each affiliated clinical education setting has granted the students the privilege of learning in their facility, the students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior at all times.  The student is individually responsible for his or her own actions and, in addition, must abide by the clinical education settings policies, rules, and regulations as outlined by the designated clinical instructor.  While off-campus on clinical assignments, the student is representing the program, profession, and the University to the public and the healthcare community.

 

Clinical Education Assignment Scheduling Guidelines

The following regulations apply to the students assigned to MR clinical.
 
 1.        Students will be assigned to the clinical site for a maximum of 40 hours per week during each clinical internship.  During first 8 weeks of the spring semester, MR students will be assigned to MR clinical settings for 16 hours each Thursday & Friday.  During the second 8 weeks of the spring semester, MR students are expected to participate in clinical Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
 
Note:   Students are not allowed to participate in clinical more than 40 hours per week.  Any student choosing to participate more than 40 hours must do so on a voluntary basis only.
 
 2.        Students are not to be assigned to assist with the department’s "on-call" services.
 
 3.        The university faculty member who is assigned to the facility is the contact person should questions or concerns arise.
 
 4.        Students may be placed in a clinical education setting that my require travel of an hour or more from the University. Arrangements to and from clinical is the responsibility of the student as are the costs associated with the travel.

 

Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing

Clinical education is a mandatory component of the program.  Due to accreditation requirements of the clinical education settings, students are required to obtain a criminal background check and undergo drug testing prior to acceptance to the clinical assignment.  Currently this service is provided by Castle Branch available at https://mycb.castlebranch.com Students will be provided an information sheet explaining the on-line registration and testing process.  Students must complete the application process by the third Monday in July.  Faculty will notify the students at a later date during the summer session when the drug testing is to be completed.  The student is responsible for the incurred cost for the services provided by the testing company.  The incurred cost to the student is approximately $145.00.  Any student who fails acceptance to the clinical assignment will be unable to complete the program.

 

Student Health Services Fee and Health Insurance

All students are required to pay a student health services fee as stipulated by the University. This fee will entitle the student to the basic services provided by MSU Counseling & Health Services (for further details see the Undergraduate Catalog and the "Eagle", MSU Student Handbook).
 
In addition, all students are individually responsible for obtaining adequate health insurance or for paying any bills incurred for medical treatment while on campus or at an assigned clinical education center.  Students wishing to purchase health insurance through a group policy available to Morehead State University students may contact the Student Affairs office (See MSU Student Handbook for details).

 

Fees and Expenses

There are fees and expenses specific to the program that is in addition to those required by the University.  These are subject to change without prior notification. They include:
  • Dark grey uniforms
  • White or black clinical shoes
  • Dark Grey lab coat
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Identification name badge
  • Criminal background checks
  • Drug testing
  • Certification examinations
  • Applicable course fees
 

Student Identification Name Badge

All students must purchase identification name badges, which are to be worn on their uniform while attending clinical internship. These name badges are purchased through the University for an Approximate Cost of $5.00 per badge.
 

Liability Insurance

For the protection of the students and the clinical education centers, all students are required to carry individual professional liability insurance while they are enrolled in the Program. The liability insurance utilized by MSU is provided by a group policy written for the Program by Marsh US Consumer, A Service of Seabury and Smith, Inc.
 
The liability insurance is purchased through MSU at an annual cost of approximately $20.00 per student.  The professional liability protection program named above provides up to $1,000,000 coverage per individual insured or for each medical incident that occurs while students are participating in activities that are part of, and a requirement of, the student's curriculum. The following are highlights of the insurance coverage.

 

Clinical Education Settings

Students in the CTMR program are required to fulfill clinical education requirements at two of MSU's partnering health care facilities:

  • Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington, KY
  • Baptist Health Lexington, Outpatient Imaging, Lexington, KY
  • Baptist Health Lexington, Brannon Crossing Outpatient Imaging, Nicholasville, KY
  • Baptist Health Lexington, Hamburg Outpatient Imaging, Lexington, KY
  • Baptist Health Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Bethesda North Hospital and Outpatient Imaging Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV 
  • CHI St. Joseph Health, Lexington, KY
  • Clark Memorial Hospital, Jefferson, IN
  • Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester, KY 
  • Kings Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, KY 
  • Meadowview Regional Medical Center, Maysville, KY
  • Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, KY 
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center (Portsmouth Family Health Center), Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center (Wheelersburg Family Health Care), Portsmouth Ohio
  • St. Claire HealthCare, Morehead, KY 
  • St. Joseph Mt. Sterling, Mt. Sterling, KY
  • U of L Health-Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • U of L Health Medical Center East, Louisville, KY
  • U of L Health Medical Center Northeast, Louisville, KY
  • University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY

 (Note: The above list of clinical education centers may change due to contract negotiations.)
 

Career Opportunities

An Imaging Sciences degree in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance offers a wide variety of career opportunities. Graduates may become employed in hospitals, outpatient imaging centers, education, research, sales, and applications. Opportunities for travel are also available.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupation Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for MRI technologists was $69,930 in may 2017.

MSU's Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.