Program Overview - Master of Health Science in Diagnostic Imaging

Curriculum detail

Course descriptions
Curriculum outline

Our Master of Health Science in Diagnostic Imaging (MHS) trains doctors of chiropractic to become highly competent specialists in diagnostic imaging with an emphasis on the spine and musculoskeletal systems.

Board-certified chiropractic radiologists provide diagnostic imaging interpretation for other healthcare providers and consult with them regarding appropriate follow-up or treatment.

At Northwestern, you receive the technical training and learn the diagnostic and critical thinking skills required to become an expert - not only in standard radiography - but in the latest advances in diagnostic imaging modalities, including CT and MRI.

Program length

The MHS degree can be completed in 3 years.

Program details

  • A 3-year academic program with concurrent 3-year residency
  • Residents are full-time clinic employees who receive a salary, benefits and paid tuition for their master's level coursework. 
  • Combination of online core courses and in-person diagnostic imaging classes

Program format

  • Online graduate core courses
  • Diagnostic imaging courses meet at least 3 hours per week per term in small group sessions
  • Our online learning management system allows you to interact with instructors and peers outside the classroom and check your progress anytime

Credits, courses and thesis

The MHS academic program consists of 40 credits, including:

  • 13 credits in the graduate core curriculum
  • 27 credits in diagnostic imaging
  • A capstone project: four radiology teaching file cases and oral presentation

MHS graduate core courses

The graduate core curriculum provides you with a foundation of knowledge in the principles of evidence-based health care and integrated health care, research design and statistics. You learn how to evaluate current literature and synthesize, communicate and integrate this information in your clinical practice. Courses help you hone your presentation skills and scholarly writing.

Diagnostic imaging courses

Coursework includes didactic and practical training in musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, and imaging of the chest, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. 

Master's residency

Residents sign a term appointment faculty contract. Responsibilities include fulfilling clinical responsibilities, reporting to your supervising faculty member, fulfilling teaching responsibilities and/or assisting in research, and presenting to professional audiences.

Master's thesis

Your master's degree culminates in a written thesis and oral presentation. The thesis integrates your knowledge and skills in a field-based or literature-based project that highlights a significant issue or concept in diagnostic imaging.

Program admission

Graduation requirements

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Northwestern Health Sciences University reserves the right to change or discontinue academic programs at the University’s discretion.



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