The primary goals of the UNF Bachelor of Science in Radiography in collaboration with Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) are to graduate the best possible healthcare practitioners and to provide a higher level degree in radiography to support increased demands in the radiography field. This joint collaboration will allow for efficient use of resources and faculty.
The Brooks College of Health desires to offer a strong program that promotes critical thinking, communication, principles, knowledge, and expertise in radiography. Radiographers perform X-ray examinations on patients in a variety of clinical settings. Using their highly developed skills in human anatomy and patient care, radiographers prepare patients for X-rays, explain the examination, and position the patients for the procedure. The associate degree in radiography allows entry level technologist to become certified, but in order to understand the more complex science of advanced imaging it is desirable to provide the student a bachelor's degree in radiography. The bachelor's degree will prepare students in advanced radiography techniques.
This B.S. degree will be the first bachelor's degree in radiography in the SUS system. Due to necessary increased skills and knowledge, radiography programs need to be elevated to a bachelor's degree in the near future. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists estimates over 2,600 students could be accommodated in radiography programs. The mean number of qualified students turned away in radiography equaled 37.1 per program or a total estimate of 14, 978.
All radiography degrees (30 total) are currently associate of science degrees at the community/state college level in Florida or certificate programs, except for an on-line completion program at Adventist of Health Science University in Orlando. Within Jacksonville, there are three certification programs that allow for further growth of the UNF program in association with the other two hospitals (Shands & St. Vincent's). There are thirty-nine (39) Bachelor of Science Degrees in radiography in the United States. Two programs are located in Georgia, (Armstrong Atlantic University and Emory University), and one is in Alabama, (University of South Alabama).
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville has committed strong support for this program. They will be funding salaries of qualified faculty and providing classrooms, laboratory, and clinical experiences. In return, UNF will pay Mayo a payment based on a percentage of tuition collected according to an agreed contract. This contract will be reviewed on a regular basis.(New Proposal Attachment)