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About this Program

Medical Imaging Science professionals use a variety of complex technologies and computer applications to provide physicians with information for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

These professionals have a high level of patient contact in which the use of interpersonal skills is critical. They work in hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, imaging centers, and industry. Avenues for career development include leadership roles as supervisors, administrators, educators, and researchers.

Our medical imaging sciences program educates students in the use of sophisticated equipment and procedures to:

  • Produce radiographic images (X-rays)
  • Computed tomography scans (CTs)
  • Magnetic resonance images (MRIs)
  • Other diagnostic exams
We encourage prospective students to visit the medical imaging department of a local clinic or hospital.

For an in-depth look at our admissions procedures, please check out the following resources:

Admissions Procedures website

Medical Imaging Admissions Interview Process

Bachelor of Science Degree Radiography (X-ray, CT, MRI)

The program accepts up to 20 students each year.

All students are initially accepted to the radiography track and determination for CT and MR tracks are made in the second semester of their junior year.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination in radiography, given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and qualify for licensure to practice in New York state.

Professional Accreditation, Certification and Licensure

SUNY Upstate Medical University's Medical Imaging Sciences Radiography Program is professionally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT awarded accreditation for a period of 8 years, 2017-2025. Program effectiveness data and accreditation information can be obtained from:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
[email protected]

SUNY Upstate Medical University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

 Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. https://www.arrt.org/

 The American Society of Radiologic Technologists has contact information for individual state licensure at https://www.asrt.org/main/standards-regulations/state-legislative-affairs/individual-state-licensure-info

Professional Resources

Professional Resources

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology


The JRCERT is dedicated to excellence in education and to quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiation and imaging sciences.


The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists


It is the mission of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to recognize individuals qualified in the use of both ionizing and nonionizing radiation to promote high standards of patient care in diagnostic medical imaging, interventional procedures, and therapeutic treatment.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists


 The mission of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is to give medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals the knowledge, resources and support they need to provide quality patient care.

ASRT achieves this mission by:

Developing useful educational materials for radiologic technologists and delivering them in innovative ways.

  • Strengthening professional standards.
  • Enhancing the profession's image and reputation.
  • Upholding the profession's code of ethics.
  • Promoting unity within the profession while respecting its diversity.
  • Supporting research and progress in the radiologic sciences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if I apply to the BS program or the BPS program?

A: The BPS programs are for students who enroll having already earned an associate's degree and are ARRT certification or certification-eligibility in radiography. Basically, that means they have a background in X-ray. Those who aren't ARRT certified or certification-eligible in radiography with an associate's degree prior to enrollment apply to the BS program.

Q: Can I apply if I've already earned a bachelor's degree?

A: Yes.

Q: I'm a high school senior and I'm interested in attending your program. Can I apply?

A: SUNY Upstate is an upper-division transfer college. That means that we require students take the prerequisite courses (minimum 60 semester hours) at another college prior to enrolling in our bachelors programs. Students then complete junior and senior years of the bachelor's degree at Upstate for their program of study. The pre-requisites for Medical Imaging may be found online. Students typically apply to Upstate in the fall of their sophomore year of college.

High school seniors can apply for Early Admission to be considered for enrollment in Upstate's Medical Imaging class two years after they graduate from high school. If admitted, a spot will be saved in the class assuming the students meets all the conditions of their acceptance letter. The deadline is March 1.

Q: What's the deadline to apply?

A: Our admissions process is rolling so we will accept applications as long as there is space in the program and the alternate list. We recommend applicants apply early. Applications open each September.

The only applicants who have a deadline are high school seniors applying Early Admission. The Early Admission deadline is March 1.

Q: Can I apply to Medical Imaging/Radiography and also Ultrasound?

A: Applicants can only have one active application at any time. If an applicant applies for Ultrasound and isn't admitted, they can then apply to Radiography, if it's still accepting applications. Applicants would need to complete an application for the new program they're applying to and two new letters of recommendation.

Q: Is the MRI or CT track within Medical Imaging/Radiography a guarantee?

A: No. Students admitted to the Radiography (X-ray) program can request in their second semester to be considered for the CT or MRI track. It's not a guarantee that a student who requests a track will receive it. Those who are selected for MRI or CT will complete one additional summer semester.

Q: Is the Medical Imaging/Radiography (X-ray) program offered online, during the evening or on a part-time basis?

A: The Medical Imaging/Radiography (X-ray) classes are offered during the day, Monday through Friday. While a couple of classes are offered online, the program itself can not be completed online. The program is full time only.