Medical Imaging Informatics Course

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Mercy College’s Imaging Informatics course (IMG 305) is designed for individuals who want to advance their career into imaging informatics through 100% online study. The course seeks to prepare medical imaging professionals for roles in PACS administration, analysis, and support. The goal is to prepare students for the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) certification exam.

Note: This course is not endorsed by or affiliated with the ABII. Also, this course is theoretical/foundational content and does not include a practicum or hands-on training.

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The course is offered fully online over seven weeks, three times a year.

  • Spring: March - May
  • Summer: July- August
  • Fall: October-December

The College course experience is intended to expose you to the theoretical components necessary to be successful on the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII) Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) certification exam. The course makes use of the ABII Test Content Outline (PDF) to guide course content.

The course is designed to prepare you for the CIIP exam, but completion of the course does not automatically allow you to sit for the certification exam. The ABII makes all eligibility determinations based on a combination of experience, formal education, credentials, and continuing education. Review the ABII's Qualification Requirements, including their Seven-Point Qualification System to calculate your eligibility. However, this course “counts” as 2 points under the ABII’s Continued Education section in their point system.

Applicants must be certified with ARRT, ARDMS, or NMTCB. However, IT professionals that currently work in a PACS-related area are also eligible to apply for the course

This course will present foundations and applications of Picture Archival and Communication Systems (PACS). Network fundamentals, information systems and imaging standards, user training, workflow, vendor selection, and imaging disaster recovery will be examined.

  • Explain what a PACS is, how it is used in medical imaging, and the workflow involved
  • Describe system architecture and recognize the major models employed by PACS
  • Discuss the role of information systems and imaging language standards
  • Summarize computer and network fundamentals as they relate to PACS
  • Develop a PACS strategic plan, including an RFP

The cost of the educational experience is approximately $1800. The approximate price includes tuition, application fee, and credit hour fees. The price does not include the cost of the course textbook. Contact your employer about the potential for financial assistance or tuition reimbursement. Mercy College is a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

The textbook is not included in the price of tuition and can be found here:

To register for this course you will need to apply to the college as special student status. Apply using the online application and simply select "Special Student Status" from the "Program of Study" menu. Students who enroll in the course in this capacity are not offered Federal financial aid, scholarships, or grants. Contact our admissions team at 419-251-1313 for details about applying as special student status.

Note: The course is also available to qualified students who enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging program. Learn more about this option.


Contact the Medical Imaging Program Director directly at the information listed below or complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Dana Eskins

Dana Eskins, EdD, RDMS, RT(R) (CT) : Associate Professor, Director, Imaging Sciences & Program Director, Medical Imaging