UC Medical Center, Health Alliance Partner in Sonography Training Program
Published July 2003
The UC College of Allied Health Sciences has received funding from The
Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati to add a sonography (ultrasound)
imaging component to the Bachelor of Science program in Advanced
Medical Imaging Technology (AMIT). The funding, totaling $150,000, will
be dispersed in increments of $50,000 over the next three years, and
will allow for the recruitment of a qualified faculty member to
spearhead the training program.
Our initial planning for the current structure of the
AMIT program took place in the early 1990s," said Alan Vespie, MEd,
program director for Analytical and Diagnostic Sciences in the UC
College of Allied Health Sciences. "From day one, sonography has been a
part of our plans, but a lack of state funding prohibited the full
implementation of this program.
This funding will assist our college and program with
meeting the tremendous student demand for a sonography curriculum while
simultaneously generating graduates that will positively impact the
number, quality and breadth of knowledge of the sonography imaging
community," he said.
Currently, students in the AMIT program complete two
years of prerequisite courses, one year of magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) training, and one year of nuclear medicine technology training.
Students will now have the option of completing a year of sonography
imaging, replacing one of the other imaging modalities. The new program
will be added to the AMIT curriculum when classes begin in September
2003. Students enrolled in the program will also be eligible for
scholarships from the Health Alliance.
"The AMIT program was one of the first programs to
award a baccalaureate degree for the successful completion of a nuclear
medicine technology curriculum," said Vespie. "In 1999, we evolved into
a multi-credential program in which all of our baccalaureate students
would be board eligible in more than one medical imaging modality. Our
program has an extraordinarily high pass rate (over 99 percent) for the
nationally administered board examinations, and our graduates are well
known and respected in the medical imaging community."
The addition of the new program creates a mutually
beneficial arrangement for both the college and the six hospitals
within the Health Alliance.
"Everyone knows about the shortage of nurses and
pharmacists, but perhaps the greatest shortage we face is with
qualified imaging personnel," said Bob Griffith, senior vice president
and chief human resources officer for the Health Alliance. "This
partnership with the College of Allied Health Sciences is yet another
initiative to ensure that the Health Alliance hospitals have qualified
imaging personnel to meet the growing needs of the Greater Cincinnati
Students in the AMIT program will spend a set amount of
time in the Health Alliance hospitals during their twelve-month
training, and will be eligible for board licensure to pursue full-time
employment following the training program.