Associate's Degree

Pre-Medical Imaging (AS)

Ease your way into the in-demand career of medical imaging with Widener's associate degree program that can transition into various bachelor’s programs. 

Program Overview

Our associate's degree program in pre-medical imaging allows you to acquire basic skills grounded in theory, research, and best practices in the allied health field. Our pre-medical imaging program is developed for those looking to advance their education, seeking a career change, or returning to finish their degree. 

The pre-medical imaging associate's degree is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a career that involves utilizing sophisticated medical equipment to help diagnose illnesses. You will gain a better understanding of patient care, expand your vocabulary of medical terminology, and learn more about the differing populations allied health professionals may encounter in a clinical or educational setting. This degree can lead to careers in a variety of healthcare fields including hospitals, research laboratories, private offices or clinics, public health organizations, and rehabilitation facilities. 

For those who are seeking to apply to Widener/Crozer's diagnostic medical sonography or radiologic technology programs or similar programs, the pre-medical imaging degree program fulfills a number of prerequisites that can easily be transferred. 

Program Options

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Through the pre-medical imaging associate's program, students will have earned the necessary prerequisite requirements for the Widener/Crozer radiologic technology program (12 credits).

By taking prerequisite courses in the pre-medical imaging program, students will complete the necessary courses and be eligible for financial aid. If all prerequisites have been completed but a student is not accepted into the radiologic technology program, they can remain in this degree program as they complete additional credits and/or the entire degree.  

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NOTE: Admissions into the Widener/Crozer radiologic technology program is not guaranteed, and students must apply like other students not enrolled in this program, though this program is designed to ensure prerequisite requirements are met.

Once a student has completed the associate’s degree in pre-medical imaging, they have the option to apply to and be admitted into the bachelor’s degree in allied health, diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program. 

Completing the pre-medical imaging program does not only earn an associate's degree, but students will also meet the prerequisite requirements for the Widener/Crozer diagnostic medical sonography program (61 credits). If a student is not accepted into the diagnostic medical sonography program, they can still graduate with an associate’s degree and attempt admission into another program.

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NOTE: Admissions into the Widener/Crozer diagnostic medical sonography program is not guaranteed, and students must apply like other students not enrolled in this program, though this program is designed to ensure prerequisite requirements are met.

For those who have decided not to enter a training program for medical imaging and would rather focus on health administration after earning their associate's, students can apply to and be admitted into the bachelor's degree in allied health (non-certification) program. 

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Admissions Requirements

Students may apply to this associate’s degree program by completing the following requirements: 

 

Program Highlights

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Learn Online and on Your Own Time

This associate's in pre-medical imaging is ideal for those who work full-time and are seeking convenient professional programs. Due to a flexible online format, you can meet your career goals while balancing work and busy schedules. Online courses put you in charge of determining when and where you study. 

Diverse and Experienced Faculty

Not only do Widener's faculty members have advanced degrees, but they are experienced professionals in the allied health field. Regardless of the online format, you will still feel connected to your professors and supported in your academic studies and career aspirations. 

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Transition into a Variety of Undergraduate Programs

Students may enroll in this associate’s degree in pre-medical imaging and transition into various undergraduate programs including the associate’s degree in allied health (radiologic technology), the bachelor’s degree in allied health (diagnostic medical sonography), or the bachelor's degree in allied health (non-certification).

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

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Industry Growth

Employment in healthcare occupations are projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.6 million new jobs

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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