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Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostic Imaging

College
College of Health Sciences
Department
Medical Diagnostic Imaging
Level
Undergraduate
Study System
Courses
Total Credit Hours
137 Cr.Hrs
Duration
4
Intake
Fall
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Language
English
Study Mode
Full Time

Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostic Imaging​

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) 

  1. Explain the required anatomical structures in different imaging modalities.
  2. Apply appropriate patient positioning to produce a diagnostic radiographic image.
  3. Utilize radiographic exposure factors to optimize image quality and minimize patient dose.
  4. Assess the processes required to produce diagnostic images for medical evaluation.
  5. Apply the principles of radiation protection to patient, self and others.
  6. Evaluate the performance of imaging systems, in regard to the safe limits of operation and report any malfunction.
  7. Integrate didactic and clinical course work in order to practice as competent entry-level technologists.
  8. Employ effective oral and written communication skills as practicing healthcare professionals.
  9. Apply principles of ethical and/or professional health practice appropriate to the discipline.
  10. Prepare the graduate for scientific research.

National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

Alignment of National Qualifications Framework strands with the Program Learning Outcomes.

NQF OutcomesPLO
Knowledge  
Specialized factual and theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the boundaries in a field of work or discipline, encompassing a broad and coherent body of knowledge and concepts, with substantive depth in the underlying principles and theoretical concepts.
 1
An understanding of allied knowledge and theories in related fields of work or disciplines and in the the case of professional disciplines including related regulations, standards, codes, conventions.
1
Understanding of the critical approach to the creation and compilation of a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and concepts gained from a range of sources.
7
A Comprehensive understanding of critical analysis, research systems and methods and evaluative problem-solving techniques.
6,10
Familiarity with sources of current research and knowledge with the integration of concepts from related fields.
7,10
Skill  
Technical, creative and analytical skills appropriate to solving specialized problems using evidentiary and procedural-based processes in predictable and new contexts that include devising and sustaining arguments associated with a field of work or discipline.
4,6
Evaluating, selecting and applying appropriate methods, procedures or techniques in processes of investigation towards identified solutions.
2,3
Evaluating and implementing appropriate research tools and strategies associated with the field of work or discipline.

Highly developed advanced communication and information technology skills to present, explain and/or critique complex and unpredictable matters.
8
Autonomy and responsibility  
Can take responsibility for developing innovative and advanced approaches to evaluating and managing complex and unpredictable work procedures and processes, resources or learning.
7
Can manage technical, supervisory or design processes in unpredictable, unfamiliar and varying contexts.
6,7
Can work creatively and/or effectively as an individual, in team leadership, managing contexts, across technical or professional activities.
8
Can express an internalized, personal view, and accept responsibility to society at large and to socio-cultural norms and relationships.
9
Role in context  
Can function with full autonomy in technical and supervisory contexts and adopt para-professional roles with little guidance.
7
Can take responsibility for the setting and achievement of group or individual outcomes and for the management and supervision of the work of others or self in the case of specialization in the field of work or discipline.

Can participate in peer relationships with qualified practitioners and lead multiple, complex groups.

Can take responsibility for managing the professional development and direct mentoring of individuals and groups.

Self-development  
Can self-evaluate and take responsibility for contributing to professional practice, and undertake regular professional development and/or further learning.
7
Can manage learning tasks independently and professionally, in complex and sometimes unfamiliar learning contexts.
7
Can contribute to and observe ethical standards.
9

Career Opportunities:

  • Graduates from the Medical Diagnostic Imaging programme may work as: 
  • Radiologic Technologist/ Radiographers. 
  • Medical diagnostic imaging department managers. 
  • Application specialists in medical equipment companies. 
  • Educators in the academic institute.
  • Administrators. 
  • Researchers. 
  • The Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostic Imaging (BSc) program prepares the graduate to pursue masters and Doctoral degrees in the field. 

Graduate Profile:

1)    Knowledge and understanding:

a) Evaluate routine procedures to assess the performance of radiographic and fluoroscopic imaging modalities and initiate corrective action as necessary.
b) Apply the knowledge of basic life sciences (Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Image Interpretation).
c) Assess the performance of the CT, BMD, and mammographic units and initiate corrective action as necessary.
d) Appraise the digital image receptors and initiate corrective action as necessary.
e) Assess the performance of accessory equipment and initiate corrective action as necessary.
f) Evaluate the integrity of protective apparel and devices and initiate corrective action as necessary.
g) Determine and select parameters for performing procedures on a radiographic unit.
h) Examine the performance of film processing equipment and initiate corrective action as necessary.
i) Apply radiation safety practices to patients, technologists, staff, care givers and the general public.
j) Analyze image for quality and diagnostic purposes and adjust parameters for additional images.
k) Examine the routine procedures that support continuous quality improvement (Quality Assurance and Quality Control).

2)    Patient and Population Care:

a) Operate imaging modality for digital-analog image acquisition consistent with the procedure and the patient's condition.
b) Provide a safe environment to minimize the risk of adverse events to patients and staff.
c) Transport patients safely using equipment based on their physical and cognitive status and resources available.
d) Implement immobilization techniques based on age, physical and cognitive status of patients and type of procedure.
e) Assess, monitor and respond to the patient's therapeutic and supportive devices to ensure patient safety and comfort.
f) Ensure the patient's needs are met prior to release from the technologist's care.
g) Follow established protocols when handling and disposing of contaminated and bio-hazardous materials.
h) Adhere to protective environmental protocols for patients with compromised immunity and/or antibiotic resistant organisms.
i) Adhere to transmission-based precautions for airborne, droplet and contact modes of transmission.

3)    Communication:
a) Establish patient rapport.

b) Use various forms of communication to provide/obtain relevant, accurate and complete information.

c) Exchange information regarding details of the procedure with patients and their support persons to enable them to make informed decisions.
d) Assess and respond to cultural, ethnic, linguistic, religious, and socio-economic variables affecting communication.
e) Utilize Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) for purposes of image display, networking, archival and retrieval.

4)    Management and Leadership"

a) Prioritize workflow to optimize patient outcomes.
b) Monitor inventory of materials and supplies.
c) Manage change within the evolving healthcare system. 

5)    Health Education and Community Services:

a) Educate individuals on radiation risks.
b) Consult with medical radiation personnel as required.
c) Exchange knowledge/skills with other members of healthcare teams to promote collaborative practice.
Provide clinical instruction guidance and evaluation for students. 

6)    Professionalism:

a) Practice patient care in a manner that protects the patient's legal rights.
b) Practice in accordance with national association and provincial regulatory body's legislation requirements.
c) Provide a diagnostic/therapeutic impression to health care professionals to assist in patient care management.
d) Demonstrate respect and sensitivity in both patient and professional interactions.
e)  Present a professional appearance and manner. 

7)    Critical and Creative Thinking:

a) Apply critical thinking and problem-solving strategies to ensure best practices.
b) Participate in research for the purpose of evidence-based decision making. 

8)    Lifelong learning:
Participate in professional development.

9)    Clinical Skills:

1) Perform imaging procedure of the Skeletal System.

  • Upper limb (finger, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, humerus, shoulder, clavicle, ACJ, scapula).
  • Lower limb (toe, foot, ankle, calcaneus, leg, knee, femur, hip, pelvis).
  • Vertebral column (CS, DS, LS, sacrum, coccyx, SIJ, scoliosis series).
  • Axial skeleton, sternum, ribs.
  • Head, skull, sinuses, facial bones, orbits, nasal bone, TMJ.
  • Bone age.

2) Perform imaging procedure of the digestive system.

  • Non-contrast procedure of the abdomen.
  • Contrast procedure: Barium Swallow (Upper GIT) Barium follow through (small-bowel). Barium enema (lower GIT).
  • ERCP.

3) Perform imaging procedure of the respiratory system.

  • Soft tissue neck.
  • Chest.

4) Perform imaging procedure of the urinary system.

  • Non-contrast of the KUB.
  • Intravenous Urography.
  • Ascending Urethrogram, Micturition Cystography.

5) Perform imaging procedure of the reproductive system.

  • Male and female reproductive system.
  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG).
  • Participate in mammographic imaging procedure.

6) Imaging procedure for dental studies.

  • Routine dental X-rays.
  • OPG.
  • CBCT.

7) Imaging procedure for bone mineral density.

8) Perform imaging procedure in computed tomography.

9) Imaging procedure for vascular/interventional studies.

10) Imaging procedures of different types of Ultrasound examinations: General, obstetrics & gynaecology, and vascular scanning.

11) Imaging procedures in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

12) Imaging procedures in Nuclear Medicine. 

Alignment of Program Curriculum with Society of Radiographers (SoR) Requirement for Practitioners:

The above bachelor's program graduate profile aligns extensively well with the curriculum areas as required by pre-registration students to enable them to achieve the practitioner outcomes for autonomous practice as outlined by the Society of Radiographers (SoR), London (Education and Career Framework for the Radiography Workforce 2013, ISBN: 1-871101-92-1 "Indicative Curriculum for Practitioners"). They should have the opportunity to gain detailed knowledge, understanding and skills in certain and well specified topics within the following areas: Behavioural and Social Sciences, Physical Science and Technology, Clinical Context and Applications (Radiotherapy), Clinical Context and Applications (Imaging), Conventional Radiography, Computed Tomography,  and Principles and Concepts Underpinning Advanced and Interventional Topics.

It should be noted that our program does not yet cover Radiotherapy. Furthermore, and in order to further improve the material coverage alignment, the department has recently expanded the number of credit hours allocated to advanced imaging modality (such as MRI, Ultrasound, and CT) from two to three, which included a mandatory practical element.

A new element in the curriculum which has been implemented from Fall 2020/2021 is that all students need to be aware of the requirements (regarding outcomes, material coverage, skills, etc.) of Assistant Practitioners and Practitioners as stated by publications from the CoR, London (The Scope of Practice 2013, ISBN: 1-871101-97-2, and Scope of Practice of Assistant Practitioners, ISBN: 9781-871101-90-5). This is necessary for students in order to be introduced to (within the career progression framework) the potential to develop new roles resulted from the diversity of radiographic practice, coupled with the introduction of new technologies and techniques.  
  

Scope of Practice of Practitioners – Society of Radiographers (SoR):

The department of MDI recognizes its graduates from the bachelor's degree as equivalent to "Assistant Practitioners" as defined by the Society of Radiographers. This definition is valid until the graduates successfully complete their internship program, which is usually for six months in the UAE. The following definition is given in (Scope of Practice of Assistant Practitioners 2012, ISBN: 9781-871101-90-5, https://www.sor.org): "An Assistant Practitioner performs protocol-limited clinical tasks under the direction and supervision of a state registered practitioner.'' The definition does not strictly apply to a Radiography graduate from MDI due to many reasons. The Assistant Practitioner is not a registered healthcare professional while the MDI Radiographer is. Furthermore, the role of MDI Radiographer has been limited so far to Diagnostic Imaging i.e. does not include e.g. Therapeutic Radiography. However, Radiographers become Practitioners (i.e. practice autonomously) after obtaining their full recognition from the regulatory body in the UAE, the Ministry of Health (MoH).


Outcomes for Autonomous Practice (Practitioner) - Society of Radiographers (SoR):

According to the College of Radiographers (CoR) and as defined in (Education and Career Framework for the Radiography Workforce 2013, ISBN: 1-871101-92-1) the following statements identify the outcomes to be demonstrated by a radiographer following a period of preceptorship.

  1. Practise safely within relevant legal, ethical, professional and managerial frameworks.
  2. Demonstrate accountability, recognising and responding appropriately to strengths and limitations in own knowledge, skills and attributes and to those of others.
  3. Select and justify evidence for safe, effective, professional practice
  4. Engage in audit, research and continuing professional development.
  5. Contribute to the development of radiographic practice for the benefit of patients.
  6. Manage self and workload effectively and in a timely way.
  7. Use information management systems effectively.
  8. Demonstrate highly developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  9. Use and give professional supervision.
  10. Mentor and teach learners, support staff and other professionals.
  11. Ensure the radiation safety of all individuals in the working environment.
  12. Practise within a risk-benefit framework, having regard to the biological effects of radiation.
  13. When entitled to do so by the employer, undertake practitioner, operator and referrer roles within IR(ME)R 2000 and its subsequent amendments as appropriate to professional practice.
  14. Participate in quality assurance and undertake equipment testing, responding appropriately.
  15. Identify, evaluate and interpret normal and abnormal anatomy and pathophysiology relevant to clinical practice.
  16. Assess patients and make reasoned decisions to initiate, continue, modify, suspend or cease imaging examinations or radiotherapy.
  17. Employ effective positioning and immobilisation, customising devices as appropriate.
  18. Manipulate exposure factors and image recording parameters to optimal effect.
  19. Monitor and assess the adequacy of images.
  20. Interpret results and, where necessary, carry out additional image manipulation, imaging or adaptation of treatment delivery.
  21. Record imaging examinations/radiotherapy interventions and their outcomes accurately.
  22. Evaluate the range of imaging or radiotherapy modalities to make informed professional judgements about their application.
  23. Supply, administer and prescribe medicines within the legal framework.
  24. Generate an optimal treatment plan and interpret radiotherapy prescriptions accurately, modifying these during treatment when necessary. (T)
  25. Select and justify imaging and treatment modalities and operate equipment safely and effectively. (T)
  26. Select and justify imaging examinations and operate equipment safely and effectively. (D)
  27. Produce written preliminary evaluation of imaging examinations undertaken. (D)
  28. Work individually, collaboratively and/or in partnership to deliver person-centred care and interventions.
  29. Meet the care needs of individuals and their significant others sensitively and respectfully having regard to the impact of illness and trauma and to socio-cultural differences.
  30. Have due regard to patients' health status and co-morbidities, promoting healthy living.
  31. Demonstrate proficiency in basic life-support techniques, infection control and moving and handling.
  32. Obtain informed consent or ensure that it has been given.
  33. Advise other Health and Social Care professionals about patients' needs, referring them where necessary. 

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Clinical Practice:

Graduates of the department complete the equivalent of 24 CH Clinical Practice (CP) out of the total 137 CH. This number translates to a higher percentage of real time in hospitals and clinics as a CP course of 3 CH is practised as one full day in a radiology department (roughly 5 hours from 8:00 AM till 1:00 PM), 5 CH as 10 hours (two days), and 6 CH as 15 hours (three full days). This experience is unique in all universities and higher colleges of technology in the UAE. The students get continuous mentoring from both the academic educators and the clinical sites' preceptors. This process is coordinated before the students start their sites visits through preceptors' workshop which is organized by the department faculty every year. The expected duties and mutual coordination procedures are laid out, communication channels and evaluation methods are agreed upon, and the anticipated problems and their solutions are discussed between the department members and training sites coordinators (As stated in Quality Standards for Practice Placements, CoR, "ensure that there is a robust agreement with the education provider(s) specifying the duties and expectations of each"). Similarly, students are organized into orientation sessions to introduce them to clinical sites rules and regulations including radiation protection and ethical considerations in order to understand their responsibilities and expectations in relation to practice placement learning. As stated in Quality Standards for Practice Placements, CoR, "the quality of the learners' clinical education, experience and support is the joint and equal responsibility of the education provider and the placements provider, exercised through on-going, strong and collaborative relationships and regular dialogue", the training process experiences many obstacles and requires frequent interventions to circumvent them. The department five clinical tutors and two lecturers administer both the daily visits and the constant communication (through direct face-to-face and electronic, e-Portfolio) with students. In Fall 2020/2021 the department has reverted back to the old system of directly involving professors in the CP visits (As stated by Quality Standards for Practice Placements, CoR, "Practice placement providers have the responsibility to ensure that clinical staff are clear about the expected learning outcomes, the relationship between theory and practice and the criteria for teaching and assessment in the placement"). The CP experience, starting from the Spring semester of the second year, covers all imaging modalities. This requires huge amount of coordination between the department and all health authorities to ensure fair and adequate distribution of all students throughout the clinical sites as their vary significantly in their expertise and imaging capabilities (As stated by Quality Standards for Practice Placements, CoR, "promote equality and diversity in all aspects of the practice placement").


Scientific Research:

The University of Sharjah (UoS) has emphasized the importance of conducting research to both the university faculty and the community outside. The university research profile has significantly improved in the last few years due to the availability of grants and research facilities such as research centres and groups.

The department of MDI is very active in research publications and grants obtained, and has succeeded in establishing research collaboration with universities in the UAE and abroad, such as Monash and Salford Universities. Many of the research projects are directly related to improving patient care/safety and image quality. Furthermore, the department has managed to involve the students in its research activity and even get some of their research into publication (e.g. nine students papers were accepted in the ECR 2019 conference). Future efforts will focus into involving more preceptors into the department activities, however, this requires extensive coordination with local health authorities in order to free some time for research. Collaboration between different university departments has been very effective in improving the department research productivity and the department has managed to establish and lead a research group in Biomedical and Molecular Imaging. The teaching philosophy adopted by the university focuses on self-learning and encourages relying on critical thinking and group learning through research projects. The establishment of the MSc program will further strengthen research activities in the department and provide preceptors with the required skills and motivation to get involved in day-to-day patient-related research activity. The aims of the department research strategy will be compared with those published by the College of radiographers, CoR, London (as stated by "2016-2021 Society and College of Radiographers Research Strategy", CoR).


Program Overview:

The Medical Diagnostic Imaging program is designed to satisfy the mission of the Department of MDI in order to produce qualified and competent health professionals. The program of BSc consists of three plans: four-year basic program, two-year bridging program - track A and three-year bridging program - track B. 


Basic Program:

The requirements of the BSc program in MDI is summarized in the table below and described in detail thereafter. 

 BSc. in Medical Diagnostic Imaging (BSc MDI)
URCRPRTotal
Mandatory Courses152486125
Elective Courses9-312
Total242489137

 

I. University Requirements (UR) 

The list of the 24 credit hours of University required courses and their descriptions are presented in the introductory pages of the College of Health Sciences section in this bulletin.

II. College Requirements (CR) 

The 24 mandatory credit hours college Mandatory courses are listed in the College section of the Bulletin.

III. Program Requirements (PR) 

The basic MDI program requires 89 credit hours of coursework distributed into two categories, 86 credits program requirements and 3 credits electives.


Core courses:

The table below lists the courses that encompass 86 credits hours of MDI program core requirements. 

Course #TitleCr.HrsPrerequisites/Co. requisite  
0505254Anatomy (1)4Pre: 0500160
1430281Physics for Medical Diagnostic Imaging4

Pre: 1430107

Co: 0502256

 
0502256Introduction to Medical Diagnostic Imaging3

Pre: 0500161, 1430107, 0500160

Co: 0502254, 1430281

0502254Patient Care and Management (1)2

Pre: 0500160

Co:  0502256, 1430281

0502264Patient Care and Management (2)3Pre: 0502254  
0502266Skeletal Radiography4Pre: 0502256, 0505254  
Co: 0502269, 0502258  
0505265Anatomy (2)4Pre:0505254  
0502258Skeletal Radiography Clinical Practice3

Pre: 0502256, 0505254

Co: 0502266, 0502269

0502269Radiobiology and Radiation Protection2Pre: 0502256, 1430281  
0502358Medical Imaging Equipment 3Pre:0502256  
0502356Radiographic Technique4 Pre: 0502266, 0502258  
 Co: 0502372  
0502372Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5

Pre: 0502266, 0502258

Co: 0502356

0502359Radiographic & Cross Sectional Anatomy2Pre: 0505265
0502362Computed Tomography 3Pre: 0502269  
0502369Digital Imaging 3Pre: 0502256  
0502366Special Radiographic Technique3Pre: 0502356, 0502372
Co: 0502367  
0502367Special Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5

Pre: 0502372

Co: 0502366

0502473Radiologic Pathology and Image Interpretation2Pre: 0502359  
0502455Picture Archiving and Communication System3Pre: 0502369  
0504260Leadership & Management in Health Profession2​  
0502457Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (1)5Pre: 0502362  
0502472Nuclear Medicine3Pre: 0502269  
0502452Magnetic Resonance Imaging3
Pre: 0502356  
0502459Ultrasonography3Pre: 0502356  
0502466Research Project2Pre: 0500450  
0502467Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (2)6Pre: 0502457  


B. Elective courses 

The following courses are offered by the MDI program and other departments as electives. Students must be aware that not all courses on the list will be available every semester. More courses may be proposed in the future, based on demand. Students are required to choose 3 credit hours from this list. 

Course #TitleCrHrs
0502265Introduction to Radiology2
0502268Seminar in Medical Diagnostic Imaging1
0507101Health Awareness and Nutrition3
0504100Introduction to Health Services Administration3


Study Plan (Basic)

The MDI program encompasses 137 credits hours that are spread over eight semesters and could be completed in four years. The following distribution of courses by semester facilitates student's normal progression through the study plan. 

Year I, Semester 1 Fall semester (16 Credits) 

Course #TitleCr.HrsPrerequisites  
0201102Arabic Language3   
0202121English for Medical Sciences 1 3 
 
0500150Biology4   
0500161Introduction to Health Sciences2   
1426105Chemistry for Health Sciences4   
  3   

 

Year I, Semester 2 Spring semester (17 Credits) 

Course #TitleCr.HrsPrerequisites  
0104100Islamic Culture3   
1411100Introduction to Information Technology (English)3   
0500160Human Anatomy and Physiology40500150  
1430107 Physics for Health Sciences4   
 
University Elective (1)3   

 

Year 2, Semester 3 Fall semester (19 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0505254Anatomy (1)40500160  
0502256Introduction to Medical Diagnostic Imaging30500160   0500161  1430107
 
0502254Patient Care and Management (1)20500160  
0504252Biostatistics3   
1430281Physics for Medical Imaging41430107  
 University Elective (2)3   


Year 2, Semester 4 Spring semester (19 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0505265Anatomy (2)40505254  
0502264Patient Care and Management (2)30502254  
0502266Skeletal Radiography40502256 ,  0505254  
0502258Skeletal Radiography Clinical Practice30502256, 0505254  
0502269Radiobiology and Radiation Protection20502256, 1430281  
 
University Elective (3)3   

 

Year 3, Semester 5 Fall semester (18 Credits)

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0502358Medical Imaging Equipment30502256  
0502369Digital Imaging30502256  
0502356Radiographic Techniques40502266 , 0502258  
0502372Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice50502266 , 0502258  
0302200Fundamentals of Innovation & Entrepreneurship3   

 

Year 3, Semester 6 Spring semester (16 Credits)

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0502359Radiographic & Cross Sectional Anatomy20505265  
0502362Computed Tomography30502269  
0502366Special Radiographic Techniques30502356 , 0502372  
0502367Special Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice50502372  
Department Elective3   


Year 4, Semester 7 Fall semester (17 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0500450Introduction to Research30504252  
0502452Magnetic Resonance Imaging30502356  
0502455Picture Archiving and Communication System30502369  
0502459Ultrasonography 30502356  
0502457Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (1)50502362  

 

Year 4, Semester 8 Spring semester (15 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0502472Nuclear Medicine30502269  
0504260Leadership & Management in Health Profession2   
0502473Radiologic Pathology and Image Interpretation20502359  
0502466Research Project20500450  
0502467Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (2)60502457  


Bridging Plan - Track A 

This track is designed to meet the needs of Professionals with 3-year Diploma who wish to build on their previous education and experience. It addresses the pressing need for advanced education resulting from the significant technical and clinical advances that have occurred in medical imaging in recent years. Students will gain education in digital imaging, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, and in research.

A bachelor level education prepares them for professional challenges. Completion of this plan will expand the options available to professionals in their career. 

Students in this plan may study full-time or part-time. Track A is designed for students entering the program with a 3-year diploma. A total of 73 credit hours must be completed at the University of Sharjah which takes 2 years. The study plan is developed for full-time students. Students studying part-time should plan their course of study in consultation with their academic advisor.

 Bridging Plan - Track A

 URCRPRTotal
Mandatory Credits065561
Elective Credits9-312
Total965873

 

I. University Requirements (UR) 

Each student must successfully complete 9 credit hours of University required courses encompassing: three elective courses selected one from each of domains 4, 5 and 6. Refer to the College of Health Sciences Section in this Bulletin for the list of courses in these domains. 


II. College Requirements (CR) 

This category consists of two Mandatory courses encompassing 6 credit hours listed in the table below. 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0504252Biostatistics3 
0500450Introduction to Research30504252

 

III. Program Requirements (PR) 

The MDI Bridging program – Track A requires 58 credit hours of program courses distributed into two categories, 58 credits requirements and 3 credits electives. 

A. Core courses 

The following table lists the 58 credit hours encompassing the required core courses. 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0502269Radiobiology and Radiation Protection2No pre requisites
0502258
Skeletal Radiography Clinical Practice3
0502372Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5
0502359Radiographic and Cross Sectional  anatomy2
0502366Special Radiographic Techniques3
0502367Special Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5
0502264Patient Care and Management (2)3
0502455Picture Archiving and Communication System3
0502473Radiologic Pathology and Image Interpretation2
0502362Computed Tomography 3
0502457Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (1)5
0502466Research Project2
0502472Nuclear Medicine3
0502467Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (2)6
0502452Magnetic Resonance Imaging3
0502459Ultrasonography3
 0504260
Leadership & Management in Health profession
2
 

 

B. Elective courses

 The MDI Bridging program – Track A requires one elective, three credit hours course to be chosen from the list presented in the elective course section of the basic MDI program requirements. 


Study Plan 

The MDI Bridging program – Track A encompasses 73 credits hours that are spread over four semesters and could be completed in two years. The following distribution of courses by semester facilitates student's normal progression through the study plan. 

Year 1 (Junior), Semester 1, Fall semester (19 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0502267Skeletal Radiography Clinical Practice5   
0502372Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5   
0504252Biostatistics3   
 University Elective (1)3   
 
University Elective (2)3   

 

Year 1 (Junior), Semester 2, Spring semester (18 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0502359Radiographic & Cross Sectional  Anatomy 2   
0502269Radiobiology and Radiation Protection2   
0502362Computed Tomography 3   
0502366Special Radiographic Techniques3   
0502367Special Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5   
0502264Patient Care and Management (2)3   


Year 2 (Senior), Semester 3 Fall semester (17 Credits) Year Two (Senior) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites    
0500450Introduction to Research30504252    
0502452Magnetic Resonance Imaging3     
0502455Picture Archiving and Communication System3     
0502459Ultrasonography3     
0502457Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (1)5     

 

Year 2 (Senior), Semester 4, Spring semester (19 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
 University Elective (3)3 
0502472Nuclear Medicine3 
0502473Radiologic Pathology and Image Interpretation2 
0502466Research Project2 
0502467Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (2)6 
 0504260
leadership & Management in Health profession
2
 
 
 Department Elective
3
 


Bridging Plan - Track B 

This track is designed to meet the needs of professionals with less than 3-year Diploma who wish to build on their previous education and experience. It addresses the pressing need for advanced education resulting from the significant technical and clinical advances that have occurred in medical imaging in recent years. . Students will gain further education in digital imaging, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, and research.

A bachelor level education prepares radiographers for professional challenges. Completion of this plan will expand the options available to professionals in their career. 

Students in this track may study full-time or part-time. Track B is designed for students entering the program with less than  3-year diploma. A total of 99 credit hours must be completed at University of Sharjah which takes 3 years. The study plan is developed for full-time students. Students studying part-time should plan their course of study in consultation with their academic advisor.

Bridging Plan - Track B 

 URCRPRTotal
Mandatory Credits6107187
Elective Credits9-312
Total15107499

 

I. University Requirements (UR) 

The BSc. Program in MDI requires 15 credits of University requirements distributed as follows. 

A. Mandatory courses 

This category consists of the following 6 credit hour courses: 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0202121English for Medical Sciences3 
0302200Fundamentals of Innovation & Entrepreneurship3 

 

B. Elective courses 

Each student must successfully complete 9 credit hours of University electives encompassing three courses, one from each of domains 4, 5 and 6. Refer to the College of Health Sciences Section in this Bulletin for the list of courses in these domains. 

II. College Requirements (CR) 

The 10 credit hours courses listed in the following table are required for all students in the Bridging Plan - Track B. 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0504252Biostatistics3 
0500450Introduction to Research3 0504252
0500160Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 

 

III. Program Requirements (PR) 

This category consists of 74 credit hours in two components: Mandatory, and Electives. 

A. Mandatory courses 

This component consists of 71 credit hours encompassing the courses listed in the following table. 

CourseTitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0502254Patient Care and Management (1)2No Pre requisite
0502264Patient Care and Management (2)3
0502358Medical Imaging Equipment 3
0502258Skeletal Radiography Clinical Practice3
0504260Leadership & Management in health profession2
0502369Digital Imaging 3
0505254Anatomy (1)4
0502269Radiobiology and Radiation Protection2
0502372Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5
0505265Anatomy (2)4
0502359Radiologic & Cross Sectional Anatomy2
0502366Special Radiographic Techniques3
0502367Special Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5
0502473Radiologic Pathology and Image Interpretation2
0502455Picture Archiving and Communication System3
0502362Computed Tomography 3
0502457Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (1)5
0502472Nuclear Medicine3
0502452Magnetic Resonance Imaging3
0502459Ultrasonography3
0502466Research Project2
0502467Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (2)6

 

B. Elective courses 

The MDI Bridging program – track B requires one elective course with three credit hours need to be chosen from the list presented in the elective course section of the basic MDI program requirements.

Study Plan 

The study plan consists of 99 credit hours distributed over six semesters that may normally be completed in three years. 

The following distribution of courses by semester facilitates student's normal progression through the study plan. 

Year 1, Semester 1, Fall semester (19 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0202121English for Medical Sciences3 
0502254Patient Care and Management (1)2 
0505254Anatomy (1)4 
0504252Biostatistics3 
 University Elective (1)3 
0500160Human Anatomy & Physiology 4 

 

Year 1, Semester 2, Spring semester (15 Credits)

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0505265Anatomy (2)4 
0502264Patient Care and Management (2)3 
0502258Skeletal Radiography Clinical Practice3 
0502269Radiobiology and Radiation Protection2 
 
University Elective (3)3 

 

Year 2, Semester 3, Fall semester (17 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0502358Medical Imaging Equipment 3 
0502369Digital Imaging 3 
0502372Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5 
0302200Fundamentals of Innovation & Entrepreneurship3 
 University Elective (2)3 

 

Year 2, Semester 4, Spring semester (16 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0502359Radiologic & Cross Sectional Anatomy2 
0502362Computed Tomography 3 
0502366Special Radiographic Techniques3 
0502367Special Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice5 
 Department Elective 3 


Year 3, Semester 5, Fall semester (17 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0500450Introduction to Research3   
0502455Picture Archiving & Communication System3   
0502459Ultrasonography3   
0502452Magnetic Resonance Imaging3   
0502457Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (1)5   
      


Year 3 , Semester 6, Spring semester (15 Credits) 

Course #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites  
0502472Nuclear Medicine3   
0502473Radiologic Pathology and Image Interpretation2   
0504260Leadership & Management in health profession2   
0502466Research Project2   
0502467Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (2)6   

 

Course Descriptions 

Courses that are offered by the Medical Diagnostic Imaging program are designated (0502ABC) where ABC represents the year, term and sequence as described in the College Section. 

Core Courses

Descriptions of the core courses are given below. 

0502256Introduction to Medical Diagnostic Imaging(2-3-0:3)

 This course provides the foundation for all following Medical Diagnostic Imaging courses. It covers the field of Medical Diagnostic Imaging Technology, and it will provide the student with an understanding of the role of diagnostic imaging in health care. Content is also designed to provide an overview of the practitioner's role in the healthcare delivery system. Principles, practices, and policies of the healthcare organization(s) are examined and discussed in addition to the professional responsibilities of the Medical Imaging Specialist (MIS).

0502254Patient Care and Management (1)(2-0-0:2)

 This course forms basics to acquire interpersonal skills, knowledge to provide quality patient care by understanding the varying physical and psychological needs of patients and their family. Students also will be introduced to the standards in radiographic practice, ethical principles, medical laws, safety in the imaging department that provide a theoretical base for students' subsequent Clinical Practicum 

0502264Patient Care and Management (2)2-3-0:3)

 This course deals with the care of the patient in the Medical Imaging Department, including intravenous techniques, contrast agents and nursing procedures common to the radiology department. Departmental organization and issues of practice in an imaging department will be examined, together with medico-legal issues and local rules of regulation governing practice. 

0502266Skeletal Radiography(2-6-0:4)

 This course begins the theoretical and practical experience in the fundamentals of practical radiography. It develops the skills necessary for the examination of patients and for producing actual radiographs. This course provides practical experience of the theory of Skeletal Radiography. It teaches the skills necessary for the examination of patients, and for producing actual radiographs.

0502258Skeletal Radiography Clinical Practice(0-0-9:3)

The student will be introduced to practical radiography, initially under close supervision, progressing to more independent operation under the supervision of clinical instructors, to provide the opportunity to discover how to image various anatomical areas utilizing different types of radiographic equipment. The student will be introduced to practical radiography, initially under close supervision, in order to be prepared to function clinically as a radiologic technologist and to give the student the opportunity to practice patient care techniques, principles of film storage in the darkroom and to provide the patent the optimum of protection. 

0502269Radiobiology and Radiation Protection(2-0-0:2)

This course provides information on radiation protection, including hazards and biological effects of ionizing radiation. The information on radiation protection will enable the student to ensure safe practice of radiological technology, for both patient and operator. 

0502358Medical Imaging Equipment (2-3-0:3)

 This course provides a review of the basic concepts of the construction and operation of modern medical imaging apparatus. A simple x-ray machine will be examined in details to provide an understanding of the basic components of the system as well as construction and design of modern x-ray tubes, special radiographic procedures, mobile radiographic equipment, and fluoroscopy. Also, this course provides practical exercises and laboratory experiments, which will demonstrate the features of radiographic x-ray systems and  introduce the student to the concept of quality control to ensure that the equipment is functioning safely and correctly. 

0502369Digital Imaging (2-3-0:3)

 This course introduces students to quality control issues, components, principles and operation of conventional, computed radiography, digital radiography, and digital dynamic imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. The course involves practical work, where film processor and accessory equipment, film screen combination and castes, computer radiography and image plate, and digital dynamic radiography will be utilized and examined. 

0502356Radiographic Techniques(2-6-0:4)

 This course completes the theoretical studies of the fundamentals of practical radiography. It continues to develop  the foundations of the skills necessary for the examination of patients, and for producing diagnostic quality radiographs. This course provides practical experience of the theory of the axial skeleton and skull . 

0502372Radiographic Techniques Clinical Practice(0-0-15:5)

The student will be at this stage progressing to more independent operation under the supervision of clinical instructors, oriented into different areas of radiology.  It allows the students to clinically practice theoretical knowledge gained related to general X-ray procedures, patient care and radiation protection techniques.

0502359Radiologic & Cross Sectional Anatomy(0-6-0:2)

This course relates images on radiographs, and from other imaging modalities to basic anatomical knowledge. It develops a fundamental understanding related to radiographic positioning and techniques. The course also provides an awareness of common anomalies, which may be encountered in general radiographic practice. 

0502366Special Radiographic Techniques(3-0-0:3)

 This course covers special procedures in the medical imaging department for urinary system and gastrointestinal system, dental radiography, Operation Theatre and Mammography.. 

0502367Special Radiographic Technique Clinical Practice(0-0-15:5)

 Progressess to more independent clinical practice under the supervision of clinical instructors, the student will be oriented to different areas in the radiology department including special radiographic imaging procedures. 

0502473Radiologic Pathology and Image Interpretation(0-6-0:2)

 This course is a survey of medical and surgical diseases with emphasis placed on radiographic manifestations of diseases processes, alteration of radiographic techniques to compensate for the presence of disease. 

0502455Picture Archiving and Communication System(2-3-0:3)

 This course introduces to Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and its role in medical diagnostic imaging. Also it covers the fundamentals of computing, networking, DICOM, image acquisition, workflow, RIS, HIS, Image Compression, Digital Image visualization and Voice recognition. In the practical sessions, students will practice on PACS to fully grasp the theoretical part. A small project of developing PACS and Tele-radiology will be carried out. 

0502362Computed Tomography (2-3-0:3)

 This course provides the knowledge of CT as it relates to physics, image display, quality control and radiation protection, CT scanner components and operating principles. The course provides the students with the theory for image reconstruction techniques and examination planning. Skill development in the operation of computed tomographic equipment, focusing on routine protocols, image quality, and quality assurance and radiation protection. The course schedule will be designed so the students will spend time to practice the techniques and protocols at the lab. 

0502457Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (1)(0-0-15:5)

 Progressing to more independent operation under the supervision of clinical instructors, the student will be oriented to different areas in the radiology department including special imaging procedures and Computed Tomography. 

0502472Nuclear Medicine(2-3-0:3)

 This course provides information about radionuclide imaging. It includes all aspects of nuclear medicine such as Instrumentation, Radiochemistry, Radiopharmacology, and the Clinical applications for Central Nervous System, Endocrine System, Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System. This course will provide the student an essential requirement to begin working in a Nuclear Medicine department. It offers the basis for further advancement in the field.

0502452Magnetic Resonance Imaging(2-3-0:3)

 This course provides the student with a complete theoretical knowledge of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), where the student will be familiar with MRI image acquisition, analysis and manipulation as well as performing basic routine MRI procedures,. It will also prepare thestudent so that with the further study will be ready to acquire international recognition as registered MRI technologists. 

0502459Ultrasonography(2-3-0:3)

 This course provides the students with basic concepts and terminology, as well as scanning protocols and techniques for the ultrasound examination of different body parts, together with sufficient practice (Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (2) course) to enable them to play a useful role in the health system, and to prepare them, so that with further study they will be ready to acquire international recognition as registered ultrasound technologist. 

0502466Research Project(2-0-0:2)

 This course encourages the MDI students to search for questions related to their field, it will provide them with experience on writing, presenting and publishing a research paper and it would facilitate the development of radiological research both at the University and within the community. A research project will be undertaken.

0502467Medical Imaging Clinical Practice (2)(0-0-18:6)

 Students are expected to progress to the more independent operation and function as a clinically competent  Medical Imaging Specialist. In this course, the student will spend most of the clinical practice in the advanced imaging modalities such as MRI, Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine.

Elective Courses 

The elective courses offered by the MDI program are described below.

0502265Introduction to Radiology(2-0-0:2)

 This course provides an insight into the field of Radiology, including Radiography, Computed Tomography, Ultrasound, MRI, and Radionuclide imaging. Further, medical images of different body systems will be introduced and discussed.

0502268Seminar in Medical Diagnostic Imaging(1-0-0:1)

 This course simulates real seminar environment. It consists of a variety of presentations on Medical Diagnostic Imaging topics. This course will enable students to acquire communications and critiques skills as well as it will allow them to build self-confidence to formulate and ask scientific questions.