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School of Radiologic Sciences Course Descriptions

 

Trimester I - FALL
Course # Course Title Theory Lab Extern Credits
RAD BIO A/P1 Anatomy & Physiology I 40     3
ENG MT1 Medical Terminology I 15     1
RAD PC Introduction to Radiology/Patient Care Management 45     1
RAD EXP1 Radiographic Exposure I 55 14   2
RAD POS1 Radiographic Procedures/Positioning I 50 30   4
RAD PHY1 Radiographic Physics I 60     2
RAD PRACT1 Clinical Practicum I     203 3
Trimester I Total 265 44 203 16
Trimester II - SPRING
Course # Course Title Theory Lab Extern Credits
RAD BIO A/P2 Anatomy & Physiology II 40     3
ENG MT2 Medical Terminology II 15     1
RAD EXP2 Radiographic Exposure II 55 14   2
RAD POS2 Radiographic Procedures/Positioning II 50 30   4
RAD PHY2 Radiographic Physics II 60     2
RAD PRACT2 Clinical Practicum II     203 3
Trimester II Total 220 44 203 15
Trimester III - SUMMER
Course # Course Title Theory Lab Extern Credits
RAD PRACT3 Clinical Practicum III     560 7
Trimester III Total 0 0 560 7
Trimester IV - FALL
Course # Course Title Theory Lab Extern Credits
RAD POS3 Radiographic Procedures/Positioning II 50 30   4
RAD BIO A/P3 Anatomy & Physiology III 40     2
ENG MT3 Medical Terminology III 15     1
RAD EXP3 Radiographic Exposure III 55 14   2
RAD PROT Radiation Protection 30     2
RAD PRACT4 Clinical Practicum IV     308 5
Trimester IV Total 190 44 308 16
Trimester V - SPRING
Course # Course Title Theory Lab Extern Credits
RAD EQUIP Advanced Radiographic Equipment 30     2
RAD BIO Radiation Biology 30     2
RAD PATH Radiographic Pathology 30     2
RAD PHARM Pharmacology 15     0.5
RAD LAW Health Care Law & Ethics 15     0.5
RAD PRACT5 Clinical Practicum V     308 7
Trimester V Total 120 0 308 14
Trimester VI - SUMMER
Course # Course Title Theory Lab Extern Credits
RAD REG Registry Review 78     4
RAD PRACT Clinical Practicum VI     420 7
Trimester VI Total 78 0 420 11
PROGRAM TOTALS 873 132 2002 79

 

School of Radiologic Sciences Course Descriptions

 

Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III

Length of Course: 120 hours
Prerequisite: None

A comprehensive knowledge of human structure and human function is imperative for the practicing radiologic technologist. This knowledge is acquired through an in-depth study of each system of the body. During Anatomy and Physiology, student radiologic technologists develop an understanding of the following systems and an appreciation of the relationship between each system: integumentary, skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, musculature, reproductive, endocrine, special senses and embryology.

Advanced Radiographic Equipment

Length of Course: 30 hours
Prerequisite(s): Principles of Radiographic Exposure I, II, III & Radiographic Physics I, II, III

The radiologic technologist should have a basic understanding of many types of equipment, its' purpose and function. This course will provide the student radiographer with some basic concepts of various radiology equipment and the quality control requirements for that equipment. Equipment covered will include CAT Scan, Interventional Radiology, MRI, Mammography, and Ultrasound. A brief overview of cross-sectional anatomy will also be included.

Clinical Practicum I, II, III, IV, V, VI

Length of Course: 24 months
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program

This portion of the educational program provides students with the opportunity to correlate knowledge gained in the classroom with applied practical situations. This goal is achieved by scheduling students for specific clinical assignments, during which time, they function as a student technologist and therefore, as a member of the health care team.

The Clinical Practicum is divided into semesters, each with established clinical performance objectives. The clinical performance grade submitted at the conclusion of each phase is determined from a comparison of the expected level of performance in each phase to the student's actual level of performance.

Health Care Law & Professional Ethics

Length of Course: 15 hours
Prerequisite: Introduction to Radiology

This unit encompasses the medical, legal and moral responsibilities of radiologic technologists toward themselves, the hospital and the patients. Discussions include topics such as how to deal with confidential information, medico legal considerations of patient care, professional guidelines and codes of ethics. Effective means of communicating and interacting with patients and other health care team members also are issues presented for discussion.

Introduction to Radiology/Patient Care Management

Length of Course: 45 hours
Prerequisite: None

This introductory course is designed to familiarize the student with the professional discipline of radiologic technology. The student is oriented to the history of medicine, patient care, and dynamics of learning, radiographic equipment, quality assurance, legal aspects of radiology and the progress of radiologic technology. Professional organizations which represent the radiologic department are discussed to prepare the student technologist for effective interaction within the hospital.

This course also provides instruction in the theoretical and applied nursing skills most commonly encountered during a patient's visit to the radiology department. Students are introduced to hospital and department policies concerning the principles of isolation, sterile technique, oxygen administration and patient transport. Throughout the duration of the course, the importance of empathetic and quality patient care is continually interwoven.

Medical Terminology I, II, III

Length of Course: 45 hours
Prerequisite: None

An introduction to the medical language is necessary for radiologic technologists to communicate effectively and intelligently with other health care team members. In addition to learning the definitions of thousands of medical terms, abbreviations and symbols, the student becomes proficient in the proper spelling, pronunciation and usage of medical terminology.

Principles of Radiographic Exposure I, II, III

Length of Course: Didactic Session - 165 hours
Laboratory experiments - 40 hours
Prerequisite(s): Program prerequisite in college level math

The principles of image formation are introduced and expanded on in this first and second year course. Students obtain a basic understanding of the characteristics and properties of radiation and the x-ray tube, the structure and function of radiographic imaging accessories, the geometry of image formation and quality assurance tests performed on radiographic equipment. The properties, functions and effects of the technical factors of kilovoltage, milliamperage and time are reinforced through discussions, experiments and calculations of work problems. The course will incorporate case studies to demonstrate the importance of making good clinical decisions and strengthen critical thinking abilities.

Radiation Biology

Length of Course: 30 hours
Prerequisite(s): Radiographic Physics I, II & Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III

The material covered in this course is designed to create awareness in the student of the effects of ionizing radiation on biologic tissue. The direct and indirect hit theories of radiation exposure to individual cells are discussed, as well as the acute radiation syndrome and the genetic and somatic effects of exposure to ionizing radiation.

Radiographic Physics I, II

Length of Course: 120 hours
Prerequisite(s): Program prerequisite in college level math

Designed as an introduction to the fundamental principles of radiation physics, this course concentrates on the physical properties of electromagnetic radiation, the mechanisms of radiation production and its interactions with matter. Also included is information on the structure of matter, as well as basic principles of electricity and magnetism, components of the x-ray circuit and the entire integrated circuit. Quality assurance is taught for the evaluation of accuracy and radiation levels produced by radiographic equipment in order to maintain a safe and effective radiology department.

Radiation Protection

Length of Course: 30 hours
Prerequisite(s): Radiographic Physics I, II, III, Principles of Radiographic Exposure I, II, III, Radiation Biology

This course provides instruction to the student regarding safety standards for ionizing radiation. Barrier precautions for ionizing radiation, legal dose limits and maximum permissible doses for non-occupational and occupational workers also are discussed.

Radiographic Procedures and Positioning I, II, III

Length of Course: Didactic Session - 150 hours
Laboratory Session - 90 hours
Prerequisite: None for Radiographic Procedures I

This course combines the theoretical and practical aspects of radiographic positioning by providing coordinated didactic and clinical sessions. Radiographic evaluation and identification are included in the didactic portion of the course.

As the course progresses, the first-year student masters and assumes responsibility for performing the fundamental positions and procedures in the laboratory sessions for each of the following categories: chest, abdomen, upper extremity and shoulder girdle, lower extremity and pelvic girdle, sialography, angiography, venography, lymphangiography, myelography and other procedures.

Radiographic Pathology

Length of Course: 30 hours
Prerequisite(s): Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III, Radiographic Exposure I, II, III, Principles of Radiographic Exposure I, II, III

The senior student should be able to identify pathology on a radiograph. Identifying anatomy will help the student understand why technical factors are adjusted for certain types of pathological conditions and why different procedures are ordered by the doctor to document such pathologies. Principles learned in Exposure classes will be utilized to determine changes needed for particular pathological conditions.

Registry Review

Length of Course: 78 hours
Prerequisite: Second-year radiology student

Simulated registry review examinations are scheduled during the final trimester of the educational program. In addition to providing a time frame for administration of each examination, question and answer sessions are scheduled following the completion of the examination.

Pharmacology

Length of Course: 15 hours
Prerequisite: Second year radiology student

This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of pharmaceuticals used daily in a radiography department as well as those used less frequently. This includes narcotics used in interventional procedures as well as contrast material used in all areas. This class will also give the student the skills needed for basic venapuncture.

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