PACS Administration Certificate
College of Health Sciences and Education
Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Radiology Information Systems (RIS) are changing the way healthcare imaging services are provided. These systems are a growing challenge for hospital radiology department personnel and vendors. The imaging informatics profession and the PACS Administrator role have emerged to address these challenges.
PACS administration requires specific healthcare informatics skills and knowledge to best use this technology. The Misericordia PACS Administration certificate is a comprehensive guide to PACS systems and systems management, PACS architecture, image communication, PACS integration with other systems, and the impact of standards like DICOM. This program develops the essential skills and knowledge needed to plan, implement, maintain, and operate PACS and other imaging information systems. This certificate program helps prepare students for the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) certification exam.
PACS Administration Certification Program Outcomes are:
This certificate program requires completion of 18 credits of specified coursework. This can be completed in as little as 3 semesters of 6 credits each. The following is a typical course sequence:
MIS, ITS, and HCI course descriptions can be found under their designated sections in the catalog.
The prospective student in this program will have significant current experience as a practicing medical imaging or radiologic technologist, or in a healthcare information technology field.
For the prospective student who is a practicing imaging or radiologic technologist, the following criteria are required for admission into this program:
For the prospective student who is employed as an IT professional in a healthcare organization, the following criteria are required for admission into this program:
Students with prior education in PACS, Medical Imaging, or Information Technology from an accredited post-secondary school recognized by Misericordia may transfer a maximum of three credits providing these are equivalent to one of the required courses for this certificate.
Admission is selective. Working adults must apply to the program through the University’s Director of Admissions, Expressway programs. Applicants must:
Continuation in the certificate program requires that students maintain a minimum GPA of 2.30 in all of the PACS certificate courses. Medical imaging personnel must also maintain their professional certification. Students who fail to meet this GPA level will be placed on probation for the following semester only. Readmission may be granted one time, based on space availability, after the student meets the minimum program retention requirements. Students dismissed for ethical violations will not be considered for readmission.