History & Mission
Program DevelopmentThe Weber State University Radiologic Sciences program evolved from two hospital-based radiography programs conducted by St. Benedict’s Hospital and Dee Memorial Hospital. From 1967 to 1970, students completed general education courses at Weber State College, while professional courses were taught at the hospitals.
In 1969, the Utah Board of Regents assigned Weber State College the primary role for radiologic sciences. The hospitals gave up sponsorship of the radiography programs in fall of 1970, and the college assumed responsibility of the programs with all classes taught on campus.
The Utah Board of Regents approved the Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy programs in 1976, and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in 1980. As innovative technological imaging modalities were developed during the 1980s, additional programs in Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cardiovascular Interventional Technology and Advanced Radiography were added to the program cluster. An emphasis in Mammography was added in the early 1990s.
During the early 1980s, the Utah Board of Regents approved the baccalaureate degree level in allied health sciences, which allowed advanced radiography, the medical imaging specialty areas and radiation therapy to become an educational career ladder for technologists. Adding these advanced imaging areas to the program has proven beneficial to the medical community by producing highly skilled health care workers throughout the state and allowing graduates to pursue upward career mobility.
Due to campus-wide budget reduction in the mid-1980s, the faculty was confronted with the possibility of discontinuing the advanced specialty modalities. Rather than ending the programs and leaving the medical community without a manpower source, the faculty, with the permission of the dean and WSU administration, elected to move the programs to the Division of Continuing Education. The programs have been self-sustaining since.
In 2010, the Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences was added to the curriculum. One of very few master's programs in the country, this degree has allowed technologists the opportunity to increase their clinical research and educational skills. Students completing the program are able to function as radiologic sciences educators, administrators or researchers.
The Mission of the Weber State University Radiologic Sciences program is to adhere to the mission and goals of the University and the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions in serving needs of the medical community and in assisting the students in the development of their potential as technologists and as human beings.
The primary educational goal of the Radiologic Sciences program is to use resources to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to live effectively and to provide the knowledge, skills and judgment needed to render quality health care services.
A secondary goal is to broaden the students’ knowledge within the professional discipline and to maintain professional competency through a desire to participate in lifelong learning.
Upon graduation, students will be able to:
1. Possess the knowledge, skills and judgment to render quality health care services.
2. Possess a broad knowledge of the professional discipline.
3. Maintain professional competency through lifelong learning.
4. Possess knowledge of current practices and demonstrate clinical competency.
5. Apply didactic and clinical knowledge and skills effectively and efficiently.
6. Have acquired a sense of professionalism and a desire to learn.
7. Appreciate racial, cultural and human diversity.
8. Promote the value of human dignity and ethical conduct with regard to patient care.