At the conclusion of their junior year, students will have the opportunity to select an area of specialization which is referred to as Advanced Modalities. The current areas of specialization include CT, mammography, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and cardiovascular interventional imaging. In addition to these modalities, students may also select radiology administration as a companion modality which means that one can complete one clinical modality e.g., CT, plus radiology administration.
Each of these areas have limited student enrollment that is based on the number of clinical facilities and/or the number of treatment or imaging facilities available, as well as enrollment limitations imposed by the program’s national accrediting agency (JRCERT). Thus, admission to the advanced modalities is necessarily limited. All students will receive a form titled Advanced Modality Options which requires the applicant to list their first and second choice for an area of specialization.
USA junior students should understand that admission to the advanced modalities is also extended to (1) former USA program graduates, (2) technologists from outside the department who possess appropriate qualifications and (3) graduates from other programs who must also possess appropriate qualifications. The result may produce instances where a USA junior student is denied admission to their preferred modality. However, USA students can still earn their bachelor’s degree while pursuing a different modality. Students not selected for admission to their first choice will have the opportunity to re-apply for admission to their first modality choice the following year. Obviously, waiting an additional year to be admitted to one’s first choice is not a pleasant thought. However, one’s second application to their original modality choice will definitely enhance their chance of being admitted because they will have received their bachelor’s degree as well as completed another advanced imaging modality. Moreover, the possession of certification in two advanced modalities will have a positive impact upon one’s future employment and promotion potential.
The criteria employed to evaluate all applicants for admission to the advanced imaging modalities is depicted below and is titled Senior Modality Applicant Summary Rating Form.
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