Course of Study, University of Illinois at Chicago

The first year of the program provides a general foundation for practice in the field, emphasizing basic science content, visual problem solving, and imaging modalities for the communication of information. During the second year of the program, students may design a course of study according to their career goals through electives offered in BVIS or though the program’s academic partners throughout the UIC campus, clinical and internship experiences, and project research or thesis activities.

Practicum Experiences

Students may earn credit while working at a practicum site under the supervision of a preceptor. The department has affiliations with numerous clinical sites representing a wide array of biomedical visualization settings including professional medical associations, hospitals, veterinary schools, prosthetics clinics, science and medical museums, animation studios, and private businesses.

Project Research

Graduate students are expected to undertake a research project exploring a question related to the field of biomedical visualization under the guidance of BVIS faculty and biomedical content advisors. This original investigation enables greater insight into scholarship, understanding of the research process, and emphasizes original and critical thinking. A written proposal, final research or thesis paper, final oral presentation and defense enable a student to develop advanced communication skills. Students are encouraged to submit their research to a peer-reviewed journal. A more rigorous thesis option is also available.

Please note: Current circumstances do not permit offering the anaplastology course sequence for an indefinite period of time.