Radiologic SciencesThe Weber State University Radiologic Sciences Program evolved from two hospital-based radiography programs that were conducted by St. Benedict’s Hospital and Dee Memorial Hospital. From 1967 to 1970, the hospital-based programs arranged to have students complete general education courses at Weber State College, while the professional courses were still being taught at the hospitals. In 1969, the Utah Board of Regents assigned the primary role for radiologic sciences to Weber State College. Beginning autumn quarter in 1970, the hospitals gave up sponsorship of the programs and Weber State College assumed responsibility of the radiography programs with all classes taught on campus. The first class of Weber State College graduates completed the program in the spring of 1973.
The Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy programs were approved by the Utah Board of Regents in 1976 and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program was approved 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. More recently the Radiologist Assistant program was developed. Mammography was changed to Women’s Imaging and in 2009 the Masters of Sciences in Radiologic Sciences was approved.
During the early 1980s, the Utah Board of Regents approved the baccalaureate degree level in allied health sciences, which allowed the advanced radiography and 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 to be beneficial to the medical community by producing highly-skilled health care workers throughout the state and allows graduates to pursue upward career mobility.
Due to campus-wide budget reductions in the mid-80s, the faculty were confronted with the possibility of discontinuing the advanced speciality modalities. Rather than discontinuing 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 programs since that time.
The Weber State College Radiologic Sciences faculty was approached in 1978 to conduct a radiography program in Panguitch, UT in an effort to meet the manpower needs of the rural facility. Students were accepted into the Outreach program beginning autumn semester of 1979. Soon after, other rural hospitals in the state requested students for their facilities. In 1982, Dixie Medical Center in St. George and Valley View Hospital in Cedar City were added as clinical sites. The radiography program is designed to move into an area, educate and train students and when the need is met, the program can be moved to another site. The three main sites for the program are Price, St. George and Cedar City which provide qualified workers for the southern Utah areas and the Uintah Basin area. Locations where the radiography program has been conducted in rural areas are as follows:
Kanab Panguitch Tooele
Fillmore Delta Tremonton
Nephi Moab Richfield
Vernal Roosevelt Beaver
Monticello Blanding Payson
In addition to the radiography program, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiation Therapy programs have also been conducted at various rural sites as need dictates.
In an agreement between the faculty and the WSU administration in 1994, students at the St. George, Cedar City and Price, UT sites were included into the campus program as budget-related. The faculty agreed to maintain a minimum of three sites in the outreach program and the classes are considered as part of the faculty teaching load.
In 1992, the Utah State Board of Regents approved a proposal to incorporate clinical sites in surrounding states when Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, WY requested that Weber State University assume responsibility for their radiography program. Permission granted by the Board of Regents allowed several clinical sites to be added. The program operates in the same manner as the Outreach program, meaning when the need is met, the program can be moved to a different site. The current sites are as follows:
Evanston, WY Cortez, CO Riverton, WY
Rawlins, WY Durango, CO Twin Falls, ID
Jackson Hole, WY Farmington, NM
Douglas, WY Montpelier, ID
In 1998, Weber State University assumed the management of a hospital-based program in cooperation with Intermountain Health Care-Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. This program is considered on- campus and budget-related. This is a shared financial agreement between WSU and Intermountain Health Care. The current sites are as follows:
Provo, Utah Orem, Utah American Fork, Utah
Heber City, Utah
The Department of Radiologic Sciences conducts programs in:
Radiography Diagnostic Medical Sonography Radiation Therapy
Nuclear Medicine Magnetic Resonance Imaging Computed Tomography
Mammography Advanced Radiography Women’s Imaging
Radiologist Assistant Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology
Dr. Robert Walker
Radiologic Sciences Department
3891 Stadium Way Dept 3925
Ogden, UT 84408-3925