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Radiologic Technology

RAD 101 Introduction to Radiologic Technology        2-0-2

This course provides the students with a basic un­derstanding of the science of Radiology and Imaging Modalities. Students will explore culturally competent care as it relates to health. Students will learn medical terminology and the role of medical language in allied health studies. The role of a health care provider and ra­diographer responsibilities will be discussed. Students will learn about the professional organizations and stan­dards affiliated with Radiologic Technology. Investigation of critical thinking and problem solving strategies, as they relate to clinical education, will be a focus.

RAD 102 Patient Care                                                            2-0-2

This course offers students a clinical overview of medical imaging as it pertains to patient care. The major topics include:  patient education and communication, infec­tion control, patient assessment, medical emergencies, and patient preparation for imaging examinations. This course will introduce students to various patient equipment, pharmacology, and contrast media. Professional ethics and implication for the radiographer will be examined. This course includes a one-week clinical assignment at an affiliate hospital.  Clinical require­ment included.  Prerequi­site: Successful completion of RAD 101. 

RAD 110 Radiographic Procedures I                                  2-2-3

Students learn to perform the principles of radiographic positioning of the chest, abdomen, upper extremity and lower extremity.  Practice in positioning skills will be provided in a lab setting.  Emphasis will be placed upon the quality of the diagnostic radiograph, and the principles of safety and radiation protection.  Students develop and demonstrate appropriate positioning, technical and communication principles as it pertains to the radiographic exam.  Prerequisite:  completion of, or concurrent registration in BIO 181.

RAD 111 Radiographic Procedures II                                2-2-3 

Students learn to perform the principles of radiographic positioning of the shoulder girdle, pelvis, vertebral column, bony thorax, and gastrointestinal system.  Practice in positioning skills will be provided in a lab setting.  Emphasis will be placed upon the quality of the diagnostic radiograph, and the principles of safety and radiation protection.  Students develop and demonstrate appropriate positioning, technical and communication principles as it pertains to the radiographic exam.  Prerequisite:  successful completion of RAD 110.

RAD 120 Clinical Experience I                                         0-16-4

In this hands-on clinical experience course, students will translate what they have learned in the didactic and lab environments and apply the knowledge gained into the clinical setting.  Students will observe, assist and perform radiographic examinations in local area hospitals and affiliated satellite locations under the supervision of Radiologic Technologists, and designated Clinical Preceptors.  In this first clinical experience course, students will focus on radiographic examinations that have been covered in RAD 110 Radiographic Procedures I.  These include but are not limited to examinations of the Chest, Abdomen, Upper Extremity and Lower Extremity.  Students are evaluated on the progression of their psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills and traits as they relate to Radiologic Technology.  Students will further be evaluated on competency in radiologic procedures, image production, applying proper patient care skills, and concepts of radiation safety to patients, themselves, and other ancillary members of the healthcare team.  Students are to adhere to site-specific hospital policies and regulations.  This course is designated to be graded on an S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) bases.

RAD 121 Clinical Experience II                                                0-16-4

In this hands-on clinical experience course, students will translate what they have learned in the didactic and lab environments and apply the knowledge gained into the clinical setting.  Students will observe, assist and perform radiographic examinations in local area hospitals and affiliated satellite locations under the supervision of Radiologic Technologists, and designated Clinical Preceptors.  In this second clinical experience course, students will focus on radiographic examinations that have been covered in RAD 111 Radiographic Procedures II.  These include but are not limited to examinations of the Shoulder Girdle, Pelvis, Vertebral Column, Bony Thorax, and Gastrointestinal system.  Students are evaluated on the progression of their psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills and traits as they relate to Radiologic Technology.  Students will further be evaluated on competency in radiologic procedures, image production, applying proper patient care skills, and concepts of radiation safety to patients, themselves, and other ancillary members of the healthcare team.  Students are to adhere to site-specific hospital policies and regulations.  This course is designated to be graded on an S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) bases. Prerequi­site: Successful completion of RAD 120.

RAD 122 Clinical Experience III                                                 0-40-7

In this hands-on clinical experience course, students will translate what they have learned in the didactic and lab environments and apply the knowledge gained into the clinical setting.  Students will observe, assist and perform radiographic examinations in local area hospitals and affiliated satellite locations under the supervision of Radiologic Technologists, and designated Clinical Preceptors.  In this third clinical experience course, students will continue executing radiographic examinations that have been covered in RAD 110 Radiographic Procedures I and RAD 111 Radiographic Procedures II.  Additionally, students will learn radiographic examinations of the Skull and Facial Bones, Operating Room/C-Arm procedures and perform Patient Care competencies.  For most weeks, students will attend 40 hours per week at their clinical assignment.  In this course, students begin rotating through specialty and modality rotations.  Students are evaluated on the progression of their psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills and traits as they relate to Radiologic Technology.  Students will further be evaluated on competency in radiologic procedures, image production, applying proper patient care skills, and concepts of radiation safety to patients, themselves, and other ancillary members of the healthcare team.  Students are to adhere to site-specific hospital policies and regulations.  This course is designated to be graded on an S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) bases.  Prerequi­site: Successful completion of RAD 121 and completion of, or concurrent registration in BIO 182.

RAD 130 Radiographic Physics I                                                    3-0-3 

This course provides the students with a review on basic mathematical principles that will be applied to radiographic physics formulas.  Students will gain knowledge on atomic structure and theory.  Students will learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and the nature of radiation.  Students will learn about the properties of x-rays, and the laws of electrostatics and electromagnetism.  Emphasis will be placed on different types of x-ray equipment, the components within the x-ray circuit, the parts of the x-ray tube, and the production of x-rays.  Interaction of photons with matter will be introduced.  The use of filtration to minimize patient dose will be included.  The basics of radiation protection will be covered in this course.

RAD 131 Radiographic Physics II                                                   3-0-3

This course is a continuation of RAD 130 Radiographic Physics I.  Beam restriction, the use of grids and their impact on patient dose and image quality will be covered.  The use of Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) and the development of exposure technical factors to be used in the clinical environment will be discussed.  A brief overview will be provided on the history of analog imaging.  Emphasis will be placed on digital image acquisition, processing and display.  Students will solve complex exposure problems.  Mobile, fluoroscopic, and tomographic equipment operation will be covered.  Prerequisite:  successful completion of RAD 130.

RAD 202 Radiographic Image Analysis                                     2-0-2 

This course is designed to critique and evaluate radiographic images for diagnostic quality as well as pathology compared to normal anatomy. It is in the practice of obtaining high quality diagnostic images that the radiographer employs optimum patient care. This course includes the study of the radiographic appearance associated with common diseases and injuries, which requires alteration of standard radiographic exposure techniques. The study of image quality will incorporate the knowledge of radiographic procedures, as applied to patient positioning as well as varied exposure techniques to achieve optimal diagnostic images. Prerequisite: successful completion of RAD 102. 

RAD 210 Advanced Radiographic Procedures I                        2-0-2 

This course is an investigation into advanced radiographic procedures including trauma, mobile, and surgical radiography. Students will produce trauma radiographs.  Students will examine current practices for imaging the biliary tree, urinary system, pediatrics, the cranium, and special procedures. Students will compare various contrast agents used in special procedures.

RAD 211 Advanced Radiographic Procedures II                        2-0-2 

This course provides the student with an introduction to other types of imaging modalities available in medical imaging that may be of interest as students pursue their careers. Students learn the principles of these imaging modalities, which may include but is not limited to digital angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear medicine, bone densitometry, positron emission tomography and radia­tion oncology. In addition, this course will survey the entire scope of the student’s education in preparation for The Ameri­can Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Board Examination. Students will prepare for entry into the professional field of diagnostic radiography. Prerequisite:  successful completion of RAD 210.

RAD 212 Computed Tomography                                                    1-0-1

This course focuses on computed tomography protocols and procedures, image production, sectional anatomy, patient care, and patient safety.  This course is designed to meet the 16 hours of structured education required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) upon successful completion.

RAD 220 Clinical Experience IV                                                     0-24-6

In this hands-on clinical experience course, students will translate what they have learned in the didactic and lab environments and apply the knowledge gained into the clinical setting.  Students will observe, assist and perform radiographic examinations in local area hospitals and affiliated satellite locations under the supervision of Radiologic Technologists, and designated Clinical Preceptors.  In this fourth clinical experience course, students will focus on radiographic examinations that have been covered in RAD 210 Advanced Radiographic Procedures I.    These include but are not limited to radiographic examinations in trauma situations and special procedures.  Students are evaluated on the progression of their psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills and traits as they relate to Radiologic Technology.  Students will further be evaluated on competency in radiologic procedures, image production, applying proper patient care skills, and concepts of radiation safety to patients, themselves, and other ancillary members of the healthcare team.  Students are to adhere to site-specific hospital policies and regulations.  This course is designated to be graded on an S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) bases.  Prerequi­site: Successful completion of RAD 122.

RAD 221 Clinical Experience V                                                       0-24-6

In this hands-on clinical experience course, students will translate what they have learned in the didactic and lab environments and apply the knowledge gained into the clinical setting.  Students will observe, assist and perform radiographic examinations in local area hospitals and affiliated satellite locations under the supervision of Radiologic Technologists, and designated Clinical Preceptors.  In this final clinical experience course, once students gain competency in the required 52 radiographic examinations, students will complete a Final Exit Day at the assigned clinical site location.  Students are evaluated on the progression of their psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills and traits as they relate to Radiologic Technology.  Students will further be evaluated on competency in radiologic procedures, image production, applying proper patient care skills, and concepts of radiation safety to patients, themselves, and other ancillary members of the healthcare team.  Students are to adhere to site-specific hospital policies and regulations.  This course is designated to be graded on an S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) bases.  Prerequi­site: Successful completion of RAD 220.

RAD 230 Radiographic Health                                                    3-0-3 

A study of the effects of ionizing radiation on biological systems.  Factors affecting biological response are presented, including acute and chronic effects of radiation. This course includes an overview of the principles of radiation protection for personnel and the public including methods of dose measurement. Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies and health care organizations are incorporated.

RAD 231 Radiographic Image Quality                                        2-0-2

This course will prepare students to differentiate between the photographic and geometric components that relate to radiographic image quality.  The photographic properties relating to the radiographic image including image receptor exposure and contrast will be discussed.  The geometric properties affecting radiographic image quality including spatial resolution and distortion will be investigated.  Quality management includes the topics of quality assur­ance and quality control that are associated with today’s medical imaging departments. Each medical imaging department must develop and adhere to standards for the safe operation of the radiographic equipment. These standards are mandated by federal and state regulatory agencies. This course will detail quality management guide­lines for radiographic equipment. Prerequisite:  successful completion of RAD 131.