Imaging Informatics Graduate Certificate Program
Imaging Informatics Graduate Certificate Program:
at a glance
January 8, 2018
$6,800 total (domestic students). Please see below for international tuition.
Changing technologies are fuelling a growing demand for qualified Imaging Informatics health care professionals. An Imaging Informatics health care professional can have a variety of responsibilities which include designing networks, managing databases, acquiring and integrating technologies, managing administrative service contracts, training users, maintaining quality assurance programs, trouble shooting, coordination and many more.
|The Imaging Informatics Graduate Certificate Program at Michener is the first and only Imaging Informatics program in Canada with hands-on practical experience!|
The program incorporates four online theoretical courses and a four week full-time practicum. You can study on your own time, in the comfort of your home or office, and complete the online didactic portion in only twelve months.
Medical Imaging Departments and Independent Health Facilities are migrating to filmless operations using integrated systems of electronic components and diagnostic modalities. Imaging Informatics is also known as Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Electronic Image Management (EIM). Imaging Informatics serve as secure databases for medical images, improving the efficiency of imaging departments by allowing medical information to be stored, recalled, displayed, manipulated and printed digitally. These systems improve both the quality of services and the effectiveness of health care professionals. The use of Imaging Informatics is becoming more widespread as the profession evolves and the needs of these sophisticated systems become more specialized.The implementation of Imaging Informatics has led to many improvements for patient care, including shorter hospital stays, decreased waiting times and faster diagnoses. Imaging Informatics increases the efficiency of imaging departments and the health care enterprise by simplifying workflow, enhancing productivity and making information accessible to multiple users simultaneously
An Imaging Informatics health care professional can have a variety of responsibilities including managing the PACS system, radiology information system (RIS), voice recognition systems, distribution of personal computers used for image deployment, computer aided detection software, CD burners, scanners, etc. They design networks, manage databases, acquire and integrate technologies, administrate service contracts, forecast and monitor budgets, train users, develop training tools, design and maintain quality assurance programs, manage system upgrades, consult throughout the hospital on image display needs, develop and deploy relevant policy, maintain inventories, trouble shoot hardware and software, maintain system integrity and security, manage networks, storage technologies and related equipment. Many of the Imaging Informatics roles require a broad set of skills not found in any one health care or IT professional, hence the need to provide a training program.
As health care providers switch from traditional film to PACS, the number of Canadian and International PACS installations is increasing, fuelling a growing demand for qualified Imaging Informatics health care professionals. This transition means that every imaging facility will need an Imaging Informatics Administrator, and depending on the size and complexity of the hospital, a team of Imaging Informatics professionals. Responsibility for the front end (clinical) and the back end (technical) is often shared between positions held in Diagnostic Imaging and the Information Technology/Management departments.
Michener’s Imaging Informatics Graduate Certificate program incorporates four online theoretical courses and a four week full-time practicum. You can study on your own time, in the comfort of your home or office, and complete the online portion in only twelve months.
The didactic courses run sequentially followed by practicum – maximum 2 years to complete the program.
- Imaging technologist (RTR, RTNM, RTT, RDMS/CARDUP) OR
- Medical professional designation (RN or other health care professional) OR
- Information Technology/ IT Management, Network Analyst degree/diploma
Please note: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria but who have current work experience in an appropriate and related field (e.g. Administrative Professionals from the hospital environment or Industry Field Service Engineers) will be assessed on an individual basis. Submission of two letters of support will be required; one from a direct supervisor and one from your human resources department.
For internationally trained applicants please click here for credentials assessment and English Language Requirements.
Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, and access to the Internet. Students must meet Michener’s English language proficiency policy. Please view the English Language Requirements for further information. If you require an English language assessment, please review our English Language Assessment page for specific requirements.
For the January-December 2018 session the tuition will be $6,800* total.
Tuition is payable on a course-by-course basis and includes some program materials, tutor support and evaluation.
|GEII110 Imaging Informatics: Part I – Work and Information Flow||$1425||Jan – March|
|NTII120 Imaging Informatics: Part II – Networks and Infrastructure||$1425||April – June|
|PLII130 Imaging Informatics: Part III – Planning the Transition||$1425||July – September|
|ENII140 Imaging Informatics: Part IV – Sustaining the Environment||$1425||October – December|
|CLII150 Practicum||$1100||4 weeks – arranged for students by Michener’s Office for Clinical Education|
*Prices are subject to change
The tuition for International Students is $8,500 total ($1,750 per course; $1,500 practicum fee). Please visit the International Tuition Fees page for more information.
Practical Imaging Informatics: Foundations and Applications for PACS Professionals (edited by Barton Branstetter) © 2010
[Not included in tuition. It is recommended that students obtain this textbook prior to starting the program. Students are responsible for acquiring textbooks.]
Please submit the following to Michener:
- Completed Michener Application Form
- Detailed resume
- Proof of credentials (official transcripts required)
- Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English language assessment.
- A $30.00 non-refundable application fee
Please submit your application to:Office of the Registrar
The Michener Institute
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4
Application Process for International Applicants
All International students (on a study permit/work permit in Canada, or residing overseas) have a separate application process. Please apply directly to The Michener Institute. For more information please refer to the International Admissions page.
The course curriculum teaches subject matter that develops skills and knowledge in the technical, clinical, behavioural, and business areas. When you enroll in the Imaging Informatics Graduate Certificate program at Michener, you will study a variety of subjects. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:
- Understand the practical and operational issues essential to a successful PACS implementation
- Compare the relative merits of currently available Imaging Informatics components and options
- Understand the importance of optimum system integration (i.e. the Electronic Health Record)
- Define strategies, benefits and limitations of enterprise image distribution
- Apply practical operational strategies that will create increased workflow efficiencies
- Create an effective and efficient Imaging Informatics QA program
- Learn about the latest advances in Imaging Informatics technology
Graduates of the Imaging Informatics Program will be prepared to write the American Board of Imaging Informatics Certification examinations.
Courses must be completed sequentially.
CLII150 Practicum – four week full-time practicum arranged for students by Michener’s Office for Clinical Education
After completing the theoretical portion of the program, students apply their knowledge and gain hands-on experience. The practicum gives you hands-on experience, exposure to different work environments, and the opportunity to network with potential employers in the GTA and Ontario. The practicum can only be arranged after students have completed all the required health and safety clearance documents. The practicum must be completed within 12 months of finishing the online theoretical portion of the program.
(Out of province and international students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information)