About the College of Health Sciences and Technology

A. Sue Weisler

Student Hayley Bartkus, who is in the diagnostic medical sonography program, practices on classmate Toni Winderl. The program is part of the College of Health Sciences and Technology.

The College of Health Sciences and Technology—RIT’s ninth college—opened in September 2011, with programs from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, College of Applied Sciences and Technology and College of Science.

The college has its roots in the RIT & Rochester Regional Health Alliance, formed in 2008 to broaden educational opportunities for RIT students and to encourage collaboration between the two organizations.

The alliance created the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology to provide a framework for collaborative research, outreach and academics. Dr. Daniel Ornt joined RIT in 2010 to lead the institute and the new College of Health Sciences and Technology.

Here is a breakdown of the college:

  • Diagnostic medical sonography offers a BA program and certificates in diagnostic medical sonography and echocardiography, or ultrasound of the heart.
  • The physician assistant program celebrated its 20th year anniversary.
  • The Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition has students in its nutrition management program and a BS in exercise science pending state approval.
  • Biomedical sciences has nearly 300 students.
  • The medical illustration MFA program is one of only five such programs in North America.
  • Health systems administration is an online MS program.