Biomedical sciences diagnostic imaging is the application of radiation, sound waves, magnetic fields, and other technologies to diagnose and help treat disease and injury.
Today, an aging workforce, new technologies, and growing demand for experienced medical imaging professionals make this a great time to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences: Diagnostic Imaging degree program from the UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences.
Now available in the self-paced, competency-based UW Flexible Option format, this degree completion program will prepare you to assume a wide range of positions and leadership roles in hospitals and clinics, including quality-assurance manager, healthcare administrator, diagnostic imaging educator, and others that require a bachelor’s degree for entry, such as occupational therapist, physical therapist, and physician’s assistant. With a bachelor of science in diagnostic imaging degree, you will also be qualified to expand your career into other areas of the medical imaging industry, from product development to sales and marketing.
The program is designed for returning adult learners with several years of healthcare experience who hold active ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography), ARMRIT (American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists), ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists), or CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International) registry. Students with active registry will be awarded 60 credits toward this degree.
The career outlook for diagnostic imaging professionals is excellent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 39 percent from 2012 to 2022—much faster than the average for all occupations.
Who Should Apply
The UW Flexible Option is especially designed for self-motivated nontraditional students who want their previous schooling, work skills, and prior knowledge to apply toward degrees or certificates. The competency-based and self-paced format of the UW Flexible Option fits the schedules of students who must balance work and family responsibilities with educational goals. Because most UW Flexible Option competencies and assessments are delivered online, students have the opportunity to learn when and where they choose.
This self-paced program is ideal for:
- Professionals holding an active registry from ARDMS, ARMRIT, ARRT, or CCI. Students who have active registry will be awarded 60 credits toward the 120-credit degree completion minimum.
- Motivated, disciplined self-starters who can work independently.
- Those who recognize the value of a University of Wisconsin degree.
About UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences
The UWM College of Health Sciences offers the largest number of health-related degree programs in Wisconsin, training its graduates for high-demand careers. The research activities of the UWM College of Health Sciences faculty and staff encompass groundbreaking urban and population studies, pioneering biomedical research investigations, advances in movement science, ingenious rehabilitation research and development, innovative applied clinical technologies, and novel disease-prevention approaches. These activities are supported by the resources of four academic centers and 13 state-of-the-art laboratories within the college, and millions of dollars in funds from reputable institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools.
This degree completion program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion. Upon admission to UWM and confirmation of your active registry, you will be awarded 60 credits toward completion of your degree. The remaining 60 credits include General Education Requirements necessary for a UWM bachelor’s degree, any elective requirements, and the unique competency sets that define this program:
Lower Division Competency Sets
HS 102—Healthcare Delivery in the United States
Introduces health care delivery focusing on consumers, providers, organization, financing, quality and utilization of services, health planning, and political and governmental impacts.
BMS 205—Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine
Imparts knowledge and application of the mechanisms, procedures, physiological basis, decision-making, and evidence based protocols used to diagnose health and disease.
HCA 220—Leading Healthcare Professionals
Explores effective healthcare leadership of self, others, and groups in complex healthcare settings. Emphasizes the leader understanding his or her own temperament and values in a healthcare context.
ENG 206—Introduction to Business and Technical Communication
Offers practice assessing communication situations using core rhetorical principles of audience, purpose, and context, and, after study and practice, allows students to demonstrate their competency in producing key verbal and written genres such as email, memos, letters, presentations, and reports.
ECON 210 (or equivalent)—Elementary Statistics
Explores statistical methods of gathering, presenting and analyzing data; estimating means, proportions, confidence intervals, and testing hypotheses; probability and probability distributions; and linear regression and correlation.
BMS 245—Client Diversity in Health Sciences required for CD credit
Explores cultural self-awareness, rules, behaviors, and biases of diverse societies, as well as the interprofessional application of effective service delivery in the health professions to culturally diverse individuals and families.
Upper Division Competency Sets
BMS 314-Human Pathophysiology I
Study of human pathological processes. Emphasis on interrelationships among organ systems and deviations from homeostasis. Students will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of pathophysiology, including the etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, pathophysiology, clinical features, treatment and prognosis of commonly occurring diseases.
BMS 315-Human Pathophysiology II
Continuation of Human Pathophysiology I. The overall focus of this course is the study of human pathological processes. Emphasis is on interrelationships among organ systems and deviations from homeostasis.
KIN 400—Ethics and Values in the Health and Fitness Profession
Exploration of morality and ethics and their importance in the allied health professions.
NURS 453 (or equivalent)—Information Management and Healthcare Technology
Introduces computer and information/decision science to support quality and safety in health care. Explore informatics issues and examine nursing’s role in healthcare technology. Opportunities to use and master various healthcare technologies and healthcare data will be given.
HS 311—Law For Healthcare Professionals
Explores law and ethics as they relate to health care. Topics include ethical decisions, contracts, liability, malpractice, informed consent, HIPAA, litigation, healthcare technology, and trial proceedings.
BMS 458—Seminar in Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
Compares and contrasts normal and pathological anatomy cases combining ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and other technologies and their optimal clinical applications..
BMS 463—Seminar in Management and Education
Explores problem solving techniques for management issues relating to diagnostic medical sonography, as well as educational strategies employed in ultrasound education.
BMS 496 —Professional Growth and Advancement in Imaging
In this competency set learners will gain an appreciation for career growth and advancement opportunities through review and critique of their professional image and social media presence, opportunities for involvement as volunteers and leaders in professional associations, researching legislative, lobbying and advocacy efforts for imaging careers, reviewing the emerging trends in certification and recertification and efforts to create career pathways for mid-level providers (advanced practice). Knowledge of topics is achieved through review of past, current and trending efforts in all topics stated. Participants will display their understanding by responding to thought provoking assessment that requires researching literature and available media sites devoted to the latest information on career growth and advancements of imaging professionals.
Check out the complete list of competency sets offered through UW Flexible Option.
The UW Flexible Option offers working adults a more affordable way to earn a UW degree or certificate. Instead of paying by course or by credit, UW Flex lets you pay a flat rate for a three-month subscription period. You won’t spend valuable time or money sitting through courses you don’t need. If you already know the material, you may be able to pass assessments more quickly, and potentially accelerate your time to graduation.
During your subscription period, you are able to access learning materials, complete assessments, and receive academic support. Subscription periods begin on the second day of every month. You can choose from two subscription options, each with a different tuition, depending on the number of competency sets you wish to attempt during the subscription period. Not sure what a competency set is? Check out our sample competency set to see one for yourself.
- All-You-Can-Learn Option: Choosing this option allows you to enroll in two or more competency (skill) sets. You may enroll in as many competency sets as you can successfully master within a three-month period for a flat tuition rate of $2,250. This option is ideal for motivated learners who would like to earn their degrees or certificates more quickly.
- Single Competency Set Option: If you would like to study at a slower pace during a three-month subscription period, you may enroll in a single competency set. As with the All-You-Can-Learn Option, you must successfully demonstrate mastery of each competency in the set through a series of assessments. The tuition for this “one-set-per-subscription-period” model is $900. Note: After the tenth day of the subscription period, students who are enrolled in the Single Competency Set level are not eligible to add additional competency sets during their subscription period. Such students must wait until a subsequent subscription period to add additional competency sets.
|Subscription options||Term length||Tuition||Competency sets you can complete|
|All-You-Can-Learn||3 months||$2,250||2 or more|
|Single Competency Set||3 months||$900||1|
Additional Fees: Tuition covers assessments and mentoring, but excludes the cost of books and other special materials that may be required for your program.
Ready to flex your potential and fulfill your goals and dreams? You’ve come to the right place!
If you haven’t already read our Frequently Asked Questions, please do so now to gain a better understanding of the UW Flexible Option before you apply for admission. You may apply for a start date five months in advance, but no later than one month in advance. All of your application materials must be received by us a full month in advance of your desired start date.
Guidelines and Applying for Admission
Our admission review process considers many factors when assessing your application for admission to a UW Flexible Option program. Your high school records, strength of prior college coursework, rigor of curriculum and academic readiness, test scores, grade point average, academic goals, relevant work experience, and your potential for success will all be considered. If you have not connected with one of our helpful UW Flexible Option Enrollment Advisers yet, please contact us at 1-877-895-3276 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your readiness for this program.
Some academic programs also require specific preparation before you will be considered for admission. The UW-Milwaukee Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences Diagnostic Imaging degree completion has the following requirement: To be considered for admission, you must have completed an associate degree in diagnostic imaging or a hospital-based diagnostic imaging program. An electronic copy of your active registry card will be required.
International students are not accepted into UW Flexible Option programs at this time.
Students New to UW Flexible Option
Once you have spoken with a UW Flexible Option Enrollment Adviser (1-877-895-3276) to determine whether this innovative education option is right for you, your next step is to formally apply. Keep in mind that when you apply to a UW Flexible Option program, you are applying to the institution granting the degree or certificate. The requirements for admission and graduation are the same as if you were applying to a traditional on-campus or online program.
To apply for admission to a UW Flexible Option program:
- Complete the online University of Wisconsin System Application for Undergraduate Admission, found at apply.wisconsin.edu.
- Submit the application processing fee. A $50 nonrefundable fee is required for students applying as degree-seeking candidates to a UW System campus. The fee is not required if any of the following is true:
>Your last campus at which you were pursuing a degree was one of the 2-year UW Colleges or UW Colleges Online, or
>You previously were pursuing a degree at the campus to which you are now applying, or
>You are pursuing a non-degree certificate program at UW-Milwaukee or UW-Parkside
- Send transcripts. We require official transcripts, sent directly from your high school of graduation (beginning with grade 9) and all post-secondary institutions you have attended. If you did not graduate from high school, completion of a GED and an official copy of your scores are required. Please have your official transcripts sent either electronically via a secure credentialing service such as Parchment or Credentials or have your official transcripts mailed to:
UW Flexible Option Enrollment Team
UW-Extension – Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning
5602 Research Park Blvd., Suite 303
Madison, WI 53719
- Complete the Holistic Student Profile. Each student enrolling in UW Flexible Option is provided with academic guidance and coaching that is tailored to meet individual needs. To assist our team in preparing the best path for you, you are asked to complete our Holistic Student Profile. A link to this brief online survey will be provided when we receive your application.
- Be sure to review important dates to remember
Students Returning to the UW Flexible Option
If you were previously enrolled in the UW Flexible Option and now wish to return after a period of time away, discover your next steps.
Most University of Wisconsin System campuses require students to complete a specific number of credits “in residence” to earn a degree. (“Resident credits” are credits earned at the campus granting the degree.) Transfer students are responsible for fulfilling these residency requirements.
UW-Milwaukee’s resident credit policy
Transfer students must complete at least 30 credits with UWM, even if this brings the total number of earned credits beyond the total number of credits required for the degree. For example, if you enter a UW Flexible Option program with 100 transferable credits, you must complete 30 credits with UWM to receive the bachelor’s degree (even though normally the degree requires 120 credits).
Placement tests are designed to measure prerequisite skills that help us place you into the correct college-level English and math competency sets.
You will be asked to take a placement test if:
- You are a new freshman student who has not previously attended college
- You are a transfer student who has not completed any college-level English and/or math courses
If you fit one of these categories but previously took placement tests for another UW campus within the last 2 years, you will not be asked to take the tests again.
During the application process for UW Flexible Option, you will be notified if a placement test is required. If you are required to take a test, an Admissions Specialist will explain the process and provide you with instructions to make arrangements. A variety of testing options are available to meet your needs.
It is important that you complete your placement tests in a timely manner—preferably as soon as possible after you learn they are required. Test results must be received by no later than the first day of the month prior to your subscription period start date. This allows your Academic Success Coach time to talk with you about the appropriate English or math level at which you should begin your studies, and ensures that you have enough time to enroll in your required competency set(s).
Still have questions about the admission process? Check out our Admission FAQ page.