St. Mary’s School of Medical Imaging (SOMI) is a hospital based program in radiography, partnered with Marshall University to offer a Baccalaureate in Science in Medical Imaging. The program curriculum is designed to prepare students to practice radiography/sonography and introduce students to related specialized imaging modalities. The curriculum is structured so that the entering freshman will complete all degree requirements within four years. In addition, an option is available for the credentialed Radiographer to enter the professional portion of the program (fourth year) and obtain the degree.
St. Mary’s Medical Center School of Medical Imaging was established in June of 1964. The school is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and, upon graduation its students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ exam. www.arrt.org
The sonogaphy program was established in August 2013. Both training programs consists of 36 additional months of class work and clinical experience under qualified Radiologic/Sonographic supervision in addition to the first didactic year at Marshall University or other accredited institution. Designed to enhance the experience of each student, the radiology program provides that each student follows a radiographer’s schedule, including evening rotations. Rotations are variable at six different clinical sites. The hours vary from 5:30am-1:30pm, 7:30a-3:30p, 8a-4p, 11a-7p, or 1p-9p, depending on the scheduled site. Sonography rotations require the student to participate in clinical rotations with credentialed sonographers in the specialty areas in which the didactic component corresponds. The rotation hours vary from 7:30a-3:30pm, 8:00a-4:00p, or 1p-9p depending upon clinical affiliate availability.
The SMMC/MU program provides each student with a total of 124 credit hours and approximately 1400 hours of clinical experience at St. Mary’s Medical Center and other sites. Students gain hands-on clinical experience under the supervision of clinical instructors and staff radiographers. Before assuming responsibility for performing examinations on their own, students must demonstrate competency through performance evaluation and examination.
If a student’s academic performance is below a 2.5 GPA or the clinical experience is unacceptable, the school could request that the student withdraw from the program at that time. Progression in the program requires the student to maintain a 2.5 GPA. Students who fail to maintain the required average will be placed on academic probation which must be remedied by the mid-term progress of the following semester. Throughout the program, faculty members monitor and advise students on their performance in the classroom and clinical setting.
The school upholds strict standards of clinical excellence and professionalism for its students. In order for a student to be eligible for graduation, they must demonstrate satisfactory completion of all didactic and clinical course work requirements. Students will be required to pass a comprehensive exam at the completion of the second semester (sophomore year) and sixth semester (senior year) with a score of 80 and 85% respectively. Students who do not sit for the exams face immediate dismissal from the program on academic grounds. This dismissal will be reported to the ARRT/ARDMS and may impact future application to sit for the ARRT/ARDMS exam. All coursework for the term in which the exam is scheduled will receive a grade of F. Students who sit for the exam and fail to make the minimum score will be dismissed from the program, the dismissal will be reported to the ARRT/ARDMS, but individual course grades will not be impacted. See individual course syllabi for additional details. Sonography track students are expected to pass the physics board administered by the ARDMS at the end of the junior year in order to progress into the senior year.
Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for the ARRT or ARDMS certification exams. Students who complete BS degree requirements through Marshall University will be granted a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging degree once the applicant has fulfilled all requirements from the School of Medical Imaging. The required courses are listed under Admission. For more information, contact SMMC SOMI at (304)526-1259.