School of Radiography

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Radiologic Technology/Basic Radiation Protection

This course familiarizes the new student with the profession and its development. It emphasizes the health care delivery system and the health care team. Hospital and school policies will be explained. Also included in this course is an introduction to the principles of radiation protection.

Radiographic Processing Techniques

This course explains the basic design and function of the automatic processor, darkroom, and computed radiography equipment. Also covered are design and function of film and other image receptors.

Introduction to Physics

This course identifies basic principles of x-ray production and serves as a prerequisite to Radiographic Exposure I.

Medical Ethics

This course discusses medical ethics in terms of moral, legal, and professional responsibilities to the patient and hospital.

Methods of Patient Care

This course introduces many aspects of the care of the patient. It includes patient transportation, taking and observing vital signs, and patient preparation for radiographic examinations.

Human Structure and Function

This course will provide the student with knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. Cells, tissues, and bones will be described. Organs will be discussed as components of their respective systems.

Medical Terminology

This course introduces the student to the language of medicine, including term building with word roots, suffixes, and prefixes.

Radiographic Procedures I

This course introduces the positioning nomenclature to the student. Patient positioning for contrast studies, and both upper and lower extremities are included. This course includes classroom lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory work.

Principles of Radiographic Exposure I

This course aids the student in selecting exposure techniques. It explains the factors affecting density, contrast, definition, recorded detail, and distortion on the radiograph.

Radiographic Procedures II

This course teaches patient positioning methods for views of the skull, spine, and abdomen. Introduction to supplementary procedures is also discussed.

Imaging Equipment

This course provides students with knowledge of equipment routinely used to produce diagnostic images. Various recording media and techniques are discussed.

Principles of Radiation Protection/Radiation Biology

This course is designed to provide the student with vital information relative to radiation protection, including protection of the patient during diagnostic procedures, equipment design, radiation risks, and minimum standards. Also included is an overview of the principles of the interaction of radiation with the living systems. Radiation effects on biological molecules and organisms and factors affecting biological response are presented. Acute and chronic effects of radiation are also discussed.

Introduction to Quality Assurance

This course will provide the student with an introduction to the evaluation of radiographic systems to assure consistency in the production of quality images.

Radiation Physics

This course will provide the student with knowledge of basic radiologic physics. Fundamentals of x-ray generation equipment will be discussed. Information on x-ray production, beam characteristics, and units of measurement is provided.

Radiographic Exposure II

Methods of exposure problem solving are presented. In addition, a review is held of exposure variables and their effect on radiographic quality.

Supplementary Radiographic Procedures

This course discusses special radiographic procedures and the special equipment used for these procedures.

Radiographic Pathology

The objective of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the concepts of disease. Pathology and disease, as they relate to various radiographic procedures, will be discussed.

Introduction to Special Modalities

Introductory courses in Mammography, Ultrasound, Sectional Anatomy, Cardiac Catheterization, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Radiation Therapy, and Nuclear Medicine are provided to familiarize the student with these special modalities.

General Review

A comprehensive review of all the courses in preparation for the A.R.R.T. examination.

Radiographic Film Evaluation I,II,III,IV

This course enables the student to distinguish between diagnostic and poor quality radiographs. Weekly film analysis helps the student discuss methods for improving diagnostic quality.

Applied Clinical Radiography I,II,III,IV

Students advance through clinical radiographic principles and procedures according to progressive competencies with each semester. Students are supervised by registered radiographers until competency is proven through evaluations.