Nebraska Methodist College to Offer Bachelor's Degree in Women's Medical Imaging

  • Date: November 18, 2013
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

Rebecca Mathiasen Program Director Rebecca Mathiasen, BS, RDMS, R.T.(R)

OMAHA, Neb. - Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus (NMC) announced the launch of a new bachelor's degree in Women's Medical Imaging that was designed for the medical imaging professional who wishes to specialize in the care of women.

The new hybrid-format program will compliment the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Multispecialty associate degree to allow students to further specialize in serving women with unique needs, including coping with fetal loss, breast cancer, infertility, high risk pregnancy and other women's health issues. 

"The BS Degree in Women's Medical Imaging (WMI) is a unique program that builds on the traditional ultrasound education model of preparing graduates with entry level sonographic and patient care skills," said Rebecca Mathiasen, program director.

"Graduates of the WMI program will have advanced skills to provide a higher level of care to patients at agencies, offices, and hospitals that provide healthcare services to women across their life span. Our research shows that there are currently no ultrasound programs with this focus, though there are an increasing number of clinics, medical offices and hospitals that specifically promote Women's Medical Imaging Services."

Students will be able to choose from imaging electives, including Neonatal Neurosonography, Fetal/Pediatric Echocardiography, Adult Echocardiography, Vascular Imaging and Mammography.

The degree will be offered as a standalone 4-year program or a degree completion for practicing imaging professionals with an ARDMS or RT (US) registration. Courses will be delivered both on campus and online to allow students flexibility.

Beyond the arts and sciences curriculum, the program will cover a number of topics, including: Sonography, Imaging, Advanced Patient Care and Care of Women.

"Methodist Health System has embraced this market (Women's Medical Imaging Services) with the creation of the Methodist Women's Hospital," said Mathiasen. "Healthcare administrators and providers have identified this as a market niche but higher education has yet to tailor outcomes to better serve this population."

NMC is currently accepting applications with coursework beginning in August 2014. For more information about admissions, coursework and the program, visit www.methodistcollege.edu/womens-medical-imaging.

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Established in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College- the Josie Harper Campus is a fully accredited, private health professions college. NMC, an affiliate of Methodist Health System, is one of the top 25 nursing and professional healthcare colleges in the nation. Located in Omaha, Neb. NMC offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate degrees with programs offered on campus and online.