Course Descriptions

First Year

Summer:

RAD1111 – Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care
Prerequisites: Program Admission
Contact Hours: 105/Credits: 5

This course introduces the student to Radiologic Technology, the healthcare environment, and the role of a radiographer. Students are taught proper body mechanics for patient transfer techniques, how to effectively communicate with patients when acquiring patient histories, and how to react to different kinds of medical emergencies. Emphasis is placed on assessing patients’ vital signs, medical and surgical asepsis, and learning about Standard Precautions and different isolation techniques to control infection according to patient illness. Additionally, students will acquire knowledge regarding ethical and professional norms used in healthcare as well as explore the diverse populations served by healthcare professionals.

RAD1112 - Radiographic Procedures I
Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology with a lab
Contact Hours: 120/Credits: 6

This course provides the student with the necessary information to perform radiographic/imaging procedures relative to the thoracic and abdominal viscera (including GI studies and biliary tract). General medical terminology, radiographic terms, anatomy, pathology, routine positions and projections will be the focus of this class. Radiographic equipment and accessory manipulation, correct body mechanics, and patient care considerations will be covered and practiced in the lab setting. Additionally, selection of exposure techniques pertinent to thoracic and abdominal exams are presented.
 

Fall:

RAD1212 - Radiographic Procedures II
Prerequisites: RAD1112
Contact Hours: 120/Credits: 6

This course provides the student with the necessary information to perform radiographic/imaging procedures relative to the upper limb, shoulder girdle, lower limb, pelvic girdle, and bony thorax. General medical terminology, radiographic terms, anatomy, pathology, routine positions and projections will be the focus of this class. Radiographic equipment and accessory manipulation, correct body mechanics, and patient care consideration will be covered and practiced in a lab setting. Additionally, selection of exposure techniques pertinent to the exams of these anatomical structures are presented.

RAD1220 – Image Production I
Prerequisite: RAD1111 and RAD1112
Contact Hours: 60/Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide the students with an introduction to imaging sciences and basic
radiologic physics. It consists of rudimentary concepts related to atomic structure, and
electromagnetic and particulate radiation. Students will also be presented with a comprehensive
overview of the x-ray tube and requirements for x-ray production. Additionally, the course will
introduce how x-rays interact with matter.

RAD1240 – Radiation Biology and Protection I
Prerequisites: RAD1111 and RAD1112
Contact Hours: 45/Credits: 3

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.

RAD1260 – Radiographic Clinical I
Prerequisites: RAD1111 and RAD1112
Contact Hours: 270/Credits: 3

This course involves all of the student’s clinical experiences during the second semester of the
program. Students have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of settings and clinical
assignments. Examples include general radiography, fluoroscopy, surgery, mobile radiography, pain
room, an orthopedic clinic, and the emergency room. The clinical experience allows students to
apply what has been learned in Radiographic Procedures I, and continue to apply what is learned
throughout the semester in Radiographic Procedures II. Students will observe exams they have yet
to learn, participate in exams they have learned, and perform select exams independently under
indirect supervision after gaining competency.


Spring:

RAD1312 – Radiographic Procedures III
Prerequisite: RAD1212
Contact Hours: 120/Credits: 6

This course provides the student with the necessary information to perform radiographic/imaging
procedures relative to the vertebral column, urinary system (including venipuncture), skull, facial
bones, and paranasal sinuses. The course will also include content regarding surgical, portable, and trauma radiography as well as an introduction to cross sectional anatomy. General medical
terminology, radiographic terms, anatomy, pathology, routine positions and projections will be the
focus of this class. Radiographic equipment and accessory manipulation, correct body mechanics,
and patient care consideration will be covered and practiced in a lab setting. Additionally, selection
of exposure techniques pertinent to the exams of these anatomical structures will be presented.

RAD1320 – Image Production II
Prerequisites: RAD1212, RAD1220, and RAD1240
Contact Hours: 60/Credits: 3

This course builds on the knowledge gained from the Image Production I course. The course expands the student's knowledge base of factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiographic images. Digital imaging concepts with related accessories will be the focus of the course. The course content will concentrate on exposure technique and accessories used to produce quality digital images. Additionally, a basis for analyzing images is introduced; included is the importance of minimum imaging standards, problem-solving techniques for image improvement, and a discussion of the factors that can affect image quality.

RAD1340 – Radiation Biology and Protection II
Prerequisites: RAD1212, RAD1220, RAD1240, and RAD1260
Contact Hours: 45/Credits: 3

This course is designed to establish a basic knowledge of cellular and molecular structure of the
human body and provide an understanding of the effects radiation can have on these structures and
the body as a whole. Factors affecting biological response are presented; including acute and
chronic effects of radiation exposure. The course also explores radiation quantities and units used to express radiation exposure. The establishment of dose limiting systems used to protect patients,
workers, and the general public are also covered.

RAD1360 – Radiographic Clinical II
Prerequisites: RAD1260
Contact Hours: 270/Credits: 3

This course involves all of the student’s clinical experiences during the third semester of the
program. Students have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of settings and clinical
assignments. Examples include general radiography, fluoroscopy, surgery, mobile radiography, pain
room, an orthopedic clinic, and the emergency room. The clinical experience allows students to
apply what has been learned in Radiographic Procedures I and II, and continue to apply what is
learned throughout the semester in Radiographic Procedures III. Students will observe exams they
have yet to learn, participate in exams they have learned, and perform a variety of exams
independently under indirect supervision after gaining competency.


Second Year

Summer:

RAD2112 – Radiographic Procedures IV
Prerequisite: RAD1312
Contact Hours: 60/Credits: 4

This course is designed to introduce the student to special procedures performed in the radiology
department. Included in the course is information about the special procedures indications and
contraindications, pre and post-procedural care considerations, usage of specialized equipment, and finally symptoms and findings of each exam. The radiographer’s role will be addressed as well as procedural outlines. Topics covered in this course will include arthrography, hysterosalpingography, and myelography. Additionally, the following radiology modalities are covered: Interventional Radiography with catheterization techniques, CT with Cross-sectional Anatomy, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, MRI, Mammography, and Radiation Therapy.

RAD2160 – Radiographic Clinical III
Prerequisite: RAD1360
Contact Hours: 405/Credits: 4.5

This course involves all of the student’s clinical experiences during the fourth semester of the program. In addition to the aforementioned clinical rotations, students will also rotate through an evening/weekend shift assignment. The clinical experience allows students to apply what has been learned in Radiographic Procedures I, II, and III, and continue to apply what is learned throughout the semester in Radiographic Procedures IV. Students will observe exams they have yet to learn, participate in exams they have learned, and perform a larger variety of exams independently under indirect supervision after gaining competency.
 

Fall:

RAD2220 – Imaging Equipment and Quality Assurance
Prerequisite: RAD1320
Contact Hours: 60/Credits: 3

This course will provide content that addresses the functional components and design of radiographic (mobile and fixed), fluoroscopic (mobile and fixed), and tomographic equipment. Intricate details of the equipment are covered; including but not limited to equipment circuitry, xray tube components and functions, and fluoroscopic imaging chain components (II, CRT, CCD, Flat panel detectors, etc.). Digital image applications, storage, and processing components will also be covered. Additionally, the course is designed to introduce the student to the quality assurance and quality control measures used in radiography (e.g. equipment quality control, repeat analysis, artifact identification, etc.)

RAD2230 – Image Critique
Prerequisite: RAD2112
Contact Hours: 90/Credits: 4

This course will provide a basis for analyzing both optimal and suboptimal radiographic images. Images will be evaluated for central ray (CR) location and angle, collimation, marker usage and placement, anatomical structures shown, positioning accuracy, technical factors (SID, OID, etc.), and exposure technique.

RAD2260 – Radiographic Clinical IV
Prerequisite: RAD2160
Contact Hours: 405/Credits: 4.5

This course involves all of the student’s clinical experiences during the fifth semester of the program. In addition to the aforementioned clinical rotations, students will also have the opportunity to rotate through modalities of their choice. The clinical experience allows students to apply what has been learned in Radiographic Procedures I, II, III, and IV. Students will increase their participation level in all exams as they work toward more independence and competence.
 

Spring:

RAD2380 – Radiology Review Seminar
Prerequisite: All program courses or with special permission from the program director.
Contact Hours: 90/Credits: 5

The course is designed to assist the radiography student in preparation for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination. It consists of an intensive study and review of curriculum covered in the previous radiography courses in the program.

RAD2360 – Radiographic Clinical V
Prerequisite: RAD2260
Contact Hours: 450/Credits: 5

This course involves all of the student’s clinical experiences during the final semester of the program. In addition to the aforementioned clinical rotations, students will also have the opportunity to sit with and learn from MRL Radiologists. The clinical experience allows students to apply what has been learned in Radiographic Procedures I, II, III, and IV. Students will complete the majority of exams independently under indirect supervision.