Course Descriptions

First Year

Summer:

Patient Care

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to teach the student basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine and emergency patient care procedures will be described, as well as infection control procedures utilizing Standard Precautions. The role of the radiographer in patient education will be identified. The course covers areas such as asepsis, taking vital signs, reacting to emergency and medical situations.

Contact Hours: 60 / Credits: 4

Radiographic Science I

Prerequisites: None 

This course will start with a brief review of the mathematical concepts commonly used by radiography students. The course continues with an introduction to basic radiologic physics, consisting of basic concepts, the structure of the atom, electricity, x-ray generator circuitry, electromagnetism, and the production of x-radiation. The brief final section consists of radiographic film and intensifying screen structure, image formation, and basic automatic processing methods.

Contact Hours: 45 / Credits: 3

Introduction to Radiography and Protection

Prerequisites: None

This course provides an overview of the foundation of radiography and the practitioner’s role in the health care delivery system.  Principles, practices and policies of health care organizations are examined and discussed in addition to the professional responsibilities of the radiographer.

Contact Hours: 30 / Credits: 2

Fall:

Radiographic Anatomy and Procedures I

Prerequisites: Patient Care & Anatomy and Physiology

This course is designed to teach the student general procedural considerations along with specific imaging procedures to include positioning, technical factors, anatomy and physiology, and pathology of the following areas:  Thorax, Abdomen, Upper Extremities with Shoulder Girdle, and Lower Extremities with Pelvic Girdle. The student will learn medical terminology along with positioning of these exams. This course includes lectures, labs, and category exams including radiographic images, and check offs.

Contact Hours: 135 / Credits: 9

Radiographic Science II

Prerequisite: Radiographic Science I

This course is designed to teach the student to employ technical factors that will yield the highest quality radiographs with considerations for patient radiation safety. The course covers areas such as beam filtration, prime exposure factors, x-ray beam restriction, quality factors, grids, and technique charts. Also included basic techniques used for digital radiographic imaging (Computed Radiography (CR) and Direct Digital Radiography (DR)).

Contact Hours: 45 / Credits: 3

Patient & Personnel Protection

Prerequisites: Patient Care I, Radiographic Science I & Introduction to Radiography and Protection

This course presents an overview of the principles of radiation protection, including the responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel and the public.  Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies and health care organizations are incorporated.

Contact Hours: 15 / Credits: 1

Spring:

Radiographic Science III

Prerequisite: Radiographic Science I, II

This course is designed as a study of the various methods and types of imaging equipment required to obtain the images in a diagnostic imaging department. Some of the topics of discussion include: fluoroscopy, computed radiography (CR), and direct digital radiography (DR). The course continues by introducing the student to a methodology to design and implement a continuing quality assurance program in a radiology department.

The last section of the course is designed to allow the student the opportunity to refine the skills and knowledge gained in Radiographic Science II. The course covers areas such as prime exposure factors, beam filtration, x-ray beam restriction, quality factors, grids, and technique charts. Considerable time is spent calculating technical factor changes involved as the prime factors are manipulated.

Contact Hours: 60 / Credits: 4

Radiographic Anatomy and Procedures II

Prerequisites: Radiographic Anatomy and Procedures I, and Patient Care

This course is designed to teach the student general procedural considerations along with specific Imaging procedures to include positioning, technical factors, anatomy and physiology, and pathology of the following areas: bony thorax to include ribs and sternum, all spine and cranium to include facial bones, nasal bones, sinuses, Urinary procedures and GI procedures. Also included in this course are: Trauma, Surgical, and Mobile Radiography.   This course includes lectures, labs, and category exams including radiographic images, and check offs.

Contact Hours: 150 / Credits: 10

Cross Sectional Anatomy

Prerequisites: Human Anatomy and physiology

Content establishes a knowledge base in sectional anatomy of the head/neck, thorax and abdomen. Fundamentals of sectional anatomy relative to routine radiography are addressed.  Radiographic images and diagrams are used to support the learning process.

Contact Hours: 30 / Credits: 2


Second Year

Summer:

Advanced Procedures

Prerequisite: Radiographic Anatomy and Procedures II, Patient Care, Introduction to Radiography and Protection

This course is designed to teach the student general procedural assistance along with specific imaging in each special procedure. Special procedures, which include Venipuncture, Pharmacology, review of contrast media, Arthrography, Myelography, Venography, ERCP’s, HSG’s, Seldinger approach for Angiograms, and Angiography, and Swallowing Videos. The student will learn about catheterization, tour the Cardiac Cath Lab as well as the IR Suite. We will conclude with discussion over Vascular and Nonvascular Interventional procedures.

Contact Hours: 90 / Credits: 6

Pathology

Prerequisite: Human Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology

This course introduces concepts related to various disease etiologies and processes, especially as they apply to radiology.  Terminology and disease classifications are discussed. The basic manifestations of pathologies of various body systems are examined.  The course emphasizes the effect of pathology on the technical factors used to obtain a radiographic image and its radiographic appearance.

Contact Hours: 30 / Credits: 2

Special Modality

Prerequisite: Patient Care

This courses Content is designed to provide entry-level radiography student with an introduction to the basic understanding of the operation of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound (US), radiation therapy (RT), mammography (MG), nuclear medicine (NM), and Interventional Radiography (IR). Content is not intended to result in clinical competency. Each different modality will be taught by a specialist in the respected field.

Contact Hours: 30 / Credits: 2

Fall:

Radiation Biology and Protection

Prerequisite: Introduction to Radiography and Protection, Patient and Personnel Protection, Radiographic Science I, II, & III

This course provides an overview of the principles of the interaction of radiation with living systems.  Radiation effects on molecules, cells, tissues and the body as a whole are presented.  Factors affecting biological response are presented, including acute and chronic effects of radiation.

Contact Hours: 45 / Credits: 3

Radiology Ethics / Diversity

Prerequisite: Patient Care, Introduction to Radiography and Protection

This course focuses on moral, legal and ethical issues related to radiography and healthcare. Topics of study include caring, communication, patient autonomy, informed consent, death and dying, and career issues. Diversity in the healthcare setting is also focused on in this course.

Contact Hours: 30 / Credits: 2

Radiology Physics

Prerequisite: Radiographic Science I, II, III

This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the principles of physics as they relate to radiologic technology. The course includes study of the concepts of electricity, electromagnetism, basic electrical circuits, x-ray production and emission, interactions with matter, and other radiation concepts. A basic review of related math is also covered.

Contact Hours: 30 / Credits: 2

Spring:

Professional Development

Prerequisite: Patient Care

This course is designed to promote professional development and habits that will inspire lifelong learning for the student radiographer. The course encourages independence and requires motivational qualities in a student radiographer in order to meet the objectives of the course. Students will also learn about CEU’s and the continuous credentialing process of our profession. This course also provides a resume writing component and lecture offered through the Human Resource Department.

Contact Hours: 30 / Credits: 2

Image Critique

Prerequisite: Radiographic Anatomy and Procedures I & II, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Patient Care

The content of this course is designed to provide a basis for analyzing radiographic images.

Included is the importance of minimum imaging standards, discussion of a problem-solving technique for image evaluation and the factors that can affect image quality. Actual digital images will be included for analysis.

Contact Hours: 60 / Credits: 4

Radiology Review Seminar

Prerequisite: Radiographic Anatomy and Procedures I & II, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Patient Care, Radiographic Science I, II, III, Patient and Personnel Protection, Radiation Biology and Protection

The course is designed to help prepare the radiography student for the ARRT Registry Examination. It consists of an intensive study and review of all the material covered in the previous radiography courses.  Study material is taken from a Registry review text, practice tests, and handouts.

Contact Hours: 100 / Credits: 2