Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging

The Lincoln University studies in Diagnostic Imaging (DI) with concentrations in Sonography and Echocardiography are dedicated to provide high-quality education and training that leads to employment as a competent, ethical health care professional, and results in the Bachelor of Science Degree. The programs emphasize the necessity of professional development and life-long learning. They include academic activities and externships that enable graduates to develop a knowledge base for the use of diagnostic ultrasound imaging and echocardiography equipment for testing of the human body. They also provide students with the knowledge of clinical skills, problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills.

Sonography and Echocardiography technology are rapidly expanding allied health fields where the needs for professionals continue. Graduates have opportunities for employment in: hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, mobile services, research; and also as managers/owners of private DI offices; and marketers or administrators of sales and product development for equipment manufacturers.

Program Composition

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Diagnostic Imaging (DI) degree program at Lincoln University consists of 122 units, containing 45 units of General Education, 16 units of Core, 34 units of General Ultrasound, 21 units of Concentrations and Elective courses, and 6 units of Externships supervised by certified advisors.

General Education Courses

See General Program Description.

The main fields of general education for BS in DI are:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • English
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Computer Science and Software
  • Administration

Course Content

General Education (see general program description)

1 Natural Science (SCI 10, SCI 31) 6
2 Social Sciences (HIST 10, ECON 10) 6
3 Humanities (HUM 10, PSYCH 10, BA 19) 9
4 English (ENG 75, ENG 82A) 6
5 Mathematics and Statistics (MATH 10 or MATH 15, BA 115) 6
6 Computer Science and Software (CS 10, BA 146) 6
7 Administration (BA 10, BA 110) 6
Total Required for General Education
45 Units

Core Courses

DI 10 Physical Principles of Ultrasound 3
DI 20 Medical Terminology 3
DI 30 Anatomy and Physiology 3
DI 110 Ultrasound Principles and Protocols 4
DI 210 Advanced Ultrasound Physics and Technology 3
Total Required for Core Courses
16 Units

General Ultrasound Courses

DI 114 Vascular Anatomy and Hemodynamics 3
DI 115 ECG and Arrhythmias Interpretation 3
DI 120 OB/GYN Ultrasound I 4
DI 124 Peripheral Vascular 4
DI 125 Introduction to Echocardiography 4
DI 130 OB/GYN Ultrasound II 3
DI 140 OB/GYN Scanning (Lab) 3
DI 150 Abdomen and Small Parts I 4
DI 160 Abdomen and Small Parts II 3
DI 170 Abdomen and Small Parts Scanning (Lab) 3
Total Required for General Ultrasound Courses
34 Units

Concentrations and Electives (complete one of A or B concentrations)

A. Sonography and Electives

DI 231 Advanced OB/GYN Ultrasound 4
DI 241 Advanced OB/GYN Scanning (Lab) 3
DI 251 Advanced Abdomen and Small Parts 4
DI 261 Advanced Abdomen and Small Parts Scanning (Lab) 3
Electives DI 234 or DI 235 7
Total Required for Sonography Concentration  21 Units

B. Echocardiography and Electives

DI 235 Echo Imaging 4
DI 245 Echo Scanning (Lab) 3
DI 255 Advanced Echo Imaging 4
DI 265 Advanced Echo Imaging (Lab) 3
Electives DI 231 or DI 234 7
Total Required for Echocardiography Concentration  21 Units

Externships

DI 281/285A Practicum / Externship I 3
DI 281/285B Practicum / Externship II 3
Total Required for Externships  6 Units
Total Required for the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging Degree 122 Units

*General Education courses are an important part of the program and should be all completed before DI 291/295 B, the second externship course, is taken.

Program Chart

GENERAL EDUCATION (45 units)

MATH 10 ENG 75 BA 10
SCI 10 ENG 82A BA 19
SCI 31 HIST 10 BA 110
CS 10 HUM 10 BA 115
ECON 10 PSYCH 10 BA 146

CORE COURSES (16 units)

DI 10 DI 20 DI 30 DI 110 DI 210

GENERAL ULTRASOUND COURSES (34 units)

DI 114 DI 115 DI 120 DI 140 DI 160
DI 124 DI 125 DI 130 DI 150 DI 170

CONCENTRATIONS AND EXTERNSHIPS (27 units)

Sonography Concentration (14 units) Electives (7 units) Externships (6 units)
DI 231 DI 251 DI 234 or DI 235 DI 281 A
DI 241 DI 261 DI 244 or DI 245 DI 281 B
Echocardiography Concentration (14 units) Electives (7 units) Externships (6 units)
DI 235 DI 255 DI 231 or DI 234 DI 285 A
DI 245 DI 265 DI 241 or DI 244 DI 285 B

Academic Progress Requirements

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program are expected to maintain their grades corresponding to the policy of satisfactory progress and the following chart. The chart specifies the criteria for achieving satisfactory academic progress for full-time students (no transfers) in the University BS degree program based on the allowable maximum number of semester credit hours attempted (part-time students are evaluated proportionally to the taken part of a program; students who changed their program will be evaluated on all courses taken).

Program

Maximum Units Attempted*

Evaluation
Point

Minimum Credit Units Earned

Minimum  Cumulative GPA

BS in DI Degree

48

End of 1st Academic Year 21 (9 GE)

2.0

72

End of 3rd Semester 30

2.0

96

End of 2nd Academic Year 42 (18 GE)

2.0

144

End of 3rd Academic Year 61 (27 GE)

2.0

183

End of 4th Academic Year 84 (36 GE)

2.0

183

End of 5th Academic Year 105 (45 GE)

2.0

183

100% of MTDC (6 years) 122

2.0

*    Units attempted means courses’ units for which the students have incurred a financial obligation or for which any university scholarship funds have been disbursed.

Graduation Requirements for BS Degree

Students should complete the grade and GPA requirements described on the chart above and course requirements summarized in the program chart to receive the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging Degree. (A maximum of 72 educational and 6 externship credit units can be transferred from other educational institutions or obtained from work experience. DI courses’ units can be transferred from diagnostic imaging programs only.) Academic credit received ten (10) years or more before the program completion will be deemed “no longer applicable”.

Suggested Course Sequencing

YEAR ONE
Fall  
  DI 20 Medical Terminology 3
  MATH 10 College Mathematics 3
  PSYCH 10 Fundamentals of Psychology 3
  SCI 10 Physical Science 3
  SCI 31 Human Biology 3
Spring  
  DI 10 Physical Principles of Ultrasound 3
  DI 30 Anatomy and Physiology 3
  CS 10 Introduction to Computer Science 3
  ENG 75 Critical Thinking 3
  HIST 10 World History 3
Summer  
  DI 110 Ultrasound Principles and Protocols 4
  DI 115 ECG and Arrhythmias Interpretation 3
YEAR TWO
Fall  
  DI 114 Vascular Anatomy and Hemodynamics 3
  DI 120 OB/GYN Ultrasound I 4
  DI 125 Introduction to Echocardiography 4
  HUM 10 Introduction to Humanities 3
Spring  
  DI 124 Peripheral Vascular 4
  DI 130 OB/GYN Ultrasound II 3
  DI 150 Abdomen and Small Parts I 4
  BA 10 Business Foundations 3
Summer  
  DI 140 OB/GYN Scanning (Lab) 3
  DI 160 Abdomen and Small Parts II 3
YEAR THREE
Fall  
  DI 170 Abdomen and Small Parts Scanning (Lab) 3
  BA 19 Business Ethics 3
  Elective (1) (Concentration Course) 4
  A. Sonography  
  DI 231 Advanced OB/GYN Ultrasound 4
  B. Echocardiography  
  DI 235 Echo Imaging 4
Spring  
  DI 210 Advanced Ultrasound Physics and Technology 3
  BA 115 Statistics 3
  Elective (2) Concentration Courses 3
  A. Sonography  
  DI 241 Advanced OB/GYN Ultrasound 3
  B. Echocardiography  
  DI 245 Echo Scanning (Lab) 3
Summer  
  ENG 82A Written Communications 3
  A. Sonography  
  DI 251 Advanced Abdomen and Small Parts 4
  B. Echocardiography  
  DI 255 Advanced Echo Imaging 4
YEAR FOUR
Fall  
  BA 146 Applications Software 3
  Elective — (General Education Course) 3
  A. Sonography  
  DI 261 Advanced Abdomen and Small Parts Scanning (Lab) 3
  DI 281 A Practicum / Externship I in Sonography** 3
  B. Echocardiography  
  DI 265 Advanced Echo Imaging (Lab) 3
  DI 285 A Practicum / Externship I in Echocardiography** 3
Spring  
  BA 110 Management Principles 3
  A. Sonography  
  DI 281 B Practicum / Externship I in Sonography** 3
  B. Echocardiography  
  DI 285 B Practicum / Externship II in Echocardiography** 3

* The order of major courses can be changed only with permissions of an advisor and the Program Director.
**Students are required to complete 6 units of externships at an imaging center or a hospital. A designated externship coordinator provides information about the available sites and helps to arrange externships. A maximum of one year is allowed for completing each of the externship courses – DI 291/295 A and DI 291/295 B. Otherwise, the grade “NC” is recorded, and the student should re-register the course with 3 units.

Period of Attendance and Estimated Schedule of Charges

Students must successfully complete 122 units of required coursework to complete the BS degree program. The estimated time for degree completion (ETDC) for BS program is 4 (four) years. The estimated tuition and fees for completion of BS degree program is listed below:

Tuition & Fees Charges
Tuition* $5,460
Registration Fee* $250
Total Charges Upon Enrollment* $5,710
Estimated Total Charges for Entire Educational Program $58,415

*NOTE:A full-time undergraduate student must take 12 units per semester. The tuition and fees posted-above are fall term estimates for new students based on current approved amount and are subject to change. Thus, the final amount may differ from the amounts shown above.

Course Composition Chart

Course Number Course Names Lecture Hours Lab Hours Externship Hours Total Contact Hours Units

Core Courses

DI 10 Physical Principles of Ultrasound

45

0

0

45

3

DI 20 Medical Terminology

45

0

0

45

3

DI 30 Anatomy and Physiology

45

0

0

45

3

DI 110 Ultrasound Principles and Protocols

45

30

0

75

4

DI 210 Advanced Ultrasound Physics and Technology

45

0

0

45

3

General Ultrasound Courses

DI 114 Vascular Anatomy and Hemodynamics

45

0

0

45

3

DI 115 ECG and Arrhythmias Interpretation

30

30

0

60

3

DI 120 OB/GYN Ultrasound I

45

30

0

75

4

DI 124 Peripheral Vascular

45

30

0

75

4

DI 125 Introduction to Echocardiography

45

30

0

75

4

DI 130 OB/GYN Ultrasound II

45

0

0

45

3

DI 140 OB/GYN Scanning (Lab)

0

90

0

90

3

DI 150 Abdomen and Small Parts I

45

30

0

75

4

DI 160 Abdomen and Small Parts II

45

0

0

45

3

DI 170 Abdomen and Small Parts Scanning (Lab)

0

90

0

90

3

Concentration Courses

A. Sonography and Electives

DI 231 Advanced OB/GYN Ultrasound

45

30

0

75

4

DI 241 Advanced OB/GYN Scanning (Lab)

0

90

0

90

3

DI 251 Advanced Abdomen and Small Parts

45

30

0

75

4

DI 261 Advanced Abdomen and Small Parts Scanning (Lab)

0

90

0

90

3

Elective DI 234 or DI 235

45

30

0

75

4

Elective DI 244 or DI 245

0

90

0

90

3

B. Echocardiography and Electives

DI 235 Echo Imaging

45

30

0

75

4

DI 245 Echo Scanning (Lab)

0

90

0

90

3

DI 255 Advanced Echo Imaging

45

30

0

75

4

DI 265 Advanced Echo Imaging (Lab)

0

90

0

90

3

Elective DI 231 or DI 234

45

30

0

75

4

Elective DI 241 or DI 244

0

90

0

90

3

Externships*

DI281/285 A Practicum/Externship I

0

0

135

3

DI281/285 B Practicum/Externship II

0

0

135

3

*Students are required to complete 6 units of externships at an imaging center or a hospital. A designated externship coordinator provides information about the available sites and helps to arrange externships. A maximum of one year is allowed for completing each of the externship courses – DI 291/295 A and DI 291/295 B. Otherwise, the grade “NC” is recorded, and the student should re-register the course with 3 units.