Radiology Informatics (PACS) - Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (3786)
Think about it. Images are captured on an MRI or X-ray machine, transmitted over a computer network to a physician’s office and accessed by a physician. How does this happen? Let us help you find out if this is YOUR interest.
Whether you are graduating from high school or working in the healthcare field, our Radiology Informatics Program will offer you the skills you need to excel in this field.
After completing your Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, you can search for jobs as a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) specialist or administrator. You may find work in a variety of environments, including:
- Medical imaging and information technology settings that use digital imaging, PACS and a Radiology Information System (RIS) as radiology informatics specialist/PACS administrator
- PACS equipment retail
- PACS sales
- Radiology informatics/PACS support services
This career may be the best choice if you:
- Have strong information technology, math and science skills
- Can perform well under pressure
- Pay close attention to details
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Our program prepares you to enter the field of medial imaging informatics as Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) Administrators. Our coursework teaches you:
- Basic human biology
- Computer and radiology imaging basics
- Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and Health Level 7 (HL7) messaging systems
- Electronic health records (HER) management
- PACS interface and system analysis
- Project management and quality control
In addition, you will:
- Develop the oral and written communication skills you need to excel in a PACS team and healthcare environment.
- Be able to design and implement a “PACS Plan” for an imaging department within a healthcare facility.
- Complete 40-hours of shadowing in an approved medical imaging department.
Before you can complete the 40-hour shadowing experience, some facilities may require that you complete the following at your own expense:
- Drug and alcohol screening
- Federal Criminal Record Check
- Physical examination
- Child Abuse History Clearance
- State Police Criminal Record Check
By the time you graduate from our program, you should know how to:
- Function as an entry-level imaging informatics (PACS) administrator
- Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Demonstrate professional behavior while functioning as an informatics specialist
- Demonstrate effective communication skills
- Demonstrate effective project management skills
- Apply imaging informatics legal and ethical standards in the professional environment
- Comply within applicable imaging informatics professional standards
- Use appropriate safety practices within the clinical environment
After graduating from the program, you can take all five levels of certification exams through the PACS Administrators Registry and Certification Association (PARCA). Also, if you have at least two years of previous experience in healthcare imaging or imaging informatics, you meet the educational and continuing education requirements for taking the American Board of Imaging Informatics Certification (ABII).
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
This program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. Should you choose to transfer to a 4-year school, HACC has negotiated an agreement with Bloomsburg that will allow you to transfer with no loss of credits and complete a bachelor’s degree right here in Harrisburg. For other transfer options, check with your advisor or go to our Transfer Services Page.
As a radiology informatics student, your transfer option is:
Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships to learn how you can apply.
We offer courses in the spring, summer and fall. To apply anytime, please submit your application online. Please include program code 3786 with your application to ensure you apply to the correct program.