About the Picture Archiving and Communication Systems Certificate (PACS) Program

Medical Imaging Technology students with an interest and aptitude in computer science and professionals who are currently working with PACS have a unique opportunity at Oregon Tech. Networked digital imaging has created the need for technologists with specialized training. Career opportunities for managers of image networks are on the rise, but few working technologists have the training to prepare them for entering this field. With the availability of Computer Systems and Management Information Systems majors at Oregon Tech, a specialization in Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) is available for motivated students to pursue this opportunity.

PACS involves the acquisition, display, transmission and archiving of digital medical images. PACS handles images from all modalities, including ultrasonography, radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and computed tomography. They replace traditional film archives and enable off-site viewing and diagnosis.

Oregon Tech's PACS specialization combines courses in computer and management information systems to provide specialized training in this booming new field. Since there are still very few trained PACS professionals, organizations are filling shortages by reassigning existing staff or hiring under-qualified managers — overlooking the lack of formal preparation out of necessity.

Our specialization gives you a competitive edge in a field that pays from 50% to 100% more than other medical imaging technologies. And our web-based classroom environment allows you to complete the training without giving up your current job.

Requirements of the Certificate

To see which quarter(s) each class will be offered during the current academic year, please review our Annual Planning Schedule.

Course Description Credits
MIT 209 PACS I: Introduction to PACS 3
MIT 219 PACS II: PACS Communication and Administration 3
MIT 229 PACS III: Technical Requirements and Image Quality 3
MIT 239 PACS IV: Implementation and System Management 3
MIT 259 PACS VI: PACS Security 3


**Students must earn a "C" or better in all courses to be awarded the specialization.

How to Apply

Full admission to Oregon Tech is not required to complete the PACS specialization. Financial aid is not offered for this program but a payment plan is available. Follow the steps below to get started on the specialization:

  1. Complete the Non-Degree Seeking Application.
    • Select PACS Specialization as your program of study.
  2. Watch for an email from the Admissions office about registration.