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The Rad Tech Graduates 2009

Radiologic Technology

Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 73

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014, as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging. Radiography programs require, at a minimum, a high school diploma or the equivalent. High school courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology are helpful.

The program provides both classroom and clinical instruction in anatomy and physiology, patient care procedures, radiation physics, radiation protection, principles of imaging, medical terminology, positioning of patients, medical ethics, radiobiology, pathology, and digital imaging.

Federal legislation protects the public from the hazards of unnecessary exposure to medical and dental radiation by ensuring that operators of radiologic equipment are properly trained. Under this legislation, the Federal Government sets voluntary standards that the States may use for accrediting training programs and certifying individuals who engage in medical or dental radiography. Upon successful completion of the program the student is eligible to sit for the Registry exam from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for Certification.

Various career opportunities are available after graduation. Radiographers are currently employed in hospitals, private physicians’ offices, clinics, sales, industry, and military service. Ample opportunity for professional growth and advancement exists in specialty areas such as Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Computerized Automated Tomography (CT), Special Procedures, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), as well as management and education.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 18 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
BIOL 201
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
4.00
This course is a basic study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include levels of organization, body divisions and cavities, basic biochemistry, cell structure and metabolism and histology. Structure and physiology of the following systems include integumentary, muscular, skeletal, respiratory, and urinary. Fluid and electrolyte balance is also discussed. The laboratory is an integral part of the course. 3-2-4
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
3.00
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
RADS 100
Patient Care I
3.00
Content is designed to provide an introduction to the origins of medical terminology. A wordbuilding system is introduced and abbreviations and symbols are discussed. Also introduced is an orientation to understanding radiographic orders and diagnostic report interpretation. Related terminology is addressed. Content is designed to provide the basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine and emergency patient care procedures are described, as well as infection control procedures using standard precautions. The role of the radiographer in patient education is identified. Content is designed to provide a fundamental background in ethics. The historical and philosophical bases of ethics, as well as the elements of ethical behavior, are discussed. The student will examine a variety of ethical issues and dilemmas found in clinical practice. An introduction to legal terminology, concepts and principles also will be presented. Topics inlcude misconduct, malpractice, legal and professional standards and the ASRT scope of practice. The importance of proper documentation and informed consent is emphasized. 2-2-3
RADS 110
Fundamentals of Radiologic Science
3.00
Content is designed to provide an overview of the foundations in radiography and the practitioner's role in the health care delivery system. Principles, practices and policies of the health care organizations are examined and discussed in addition to the professional responsibilities of the radiographer. Content is also designed to familiarize students with the knowledge base necessary to perform standard imaging procedures. Introduction to radiography and radiographic procedures lab to include appendicular skeleton and upper extremity. 3-0-3
RADS 120
Clinical Practice I
2.00
Content and clinical practice experiences are designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, compentency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development are discussed, examined and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences should be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure. Clinical rational - To meet the competency requirements as designated by the ARRT, adequate clinical time is allotted based on a pre-determined ratio of clinical hours. 0-14-2
WRIT 101
English Composition
3.00
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

Second Semester - 17 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
BIOL 202
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
4.00
This course is a continuation of BIOL201. Structure and physiology of the following systems are included: nervous and its divisions – endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, and reproductive. Other topics including the composition of blood, immunity, human genetics, and development are also discussed. The laboratory is an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: BIOL201 3-2-4
RADS 130
Radiologic Procedures I
3.00
Content is designed to provide the knowledge base necessary to perform standard imaging procedures, including basic computed tomography (CT) and special studies. Consideration is given to the evaluation of optimal diagnostic images. Continuation of Fundamentals of Radiologic Science radiography and radiographic procedures lab to include appendicular skeleton and lower extremity and spine procedures. Prerequisite RADS110. 2-2-3
RADS 140
Radiation Protection and Biology
3.00
Content is designed to provide 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. Content is also designed to present 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. Prerequisite RADS110. 3-0-3
RADS 145
Radiation Production and Character
2.00
Content is designed to establish a basic knowledge of atomic structure and terminology. Also presented are the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. Prerequisite RADS110. 2-0-2
RADS 150
Clinical Practice II
2.00
Content and clinical practice experiences are designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development are discussed, examined and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences should be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure. Clinical Rational - To meet the competency requirements as designated by the ARRT, adequate clinical time is allotted based on a pre-determined ratio of clinical hours. Prerequisite RADS120. 0-14-2
WRIT 103
Writing For Business/Tech
3.00
Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3

Third Semester (Summer Session) - 12 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
RADS 160
Radiologic Procedures II
4.00
Content is designed to provide the knowledge base necessary to perform standard imaging procedures, including basic computed tomography (CT) and special studies. Consideration is given to the evaluation of optimal diagnostic images. Continuation of Fundamentals of Radiologic Science radiography, Radiographic Procedures I and Radiographic Procedures lab and to include digestive, urinary, biliary systems and head work. Prerequisite RADS110, RADS130. 4-0-4
RADS 165
Pathology
4.00
Content is designed to introduce concepts related to disease and etiological considerations with emphasis on radiographic appearance of disease and impact on exposure factor selection. Students will be required to submit various assignments dealing with the various aspects of diesase pathology. Writing intensive study of theories of disease causation and the pathophysio-logic disorders compromising health systems with emphasis on radiographic presentation. Note: The course fulfills the Writing across the Curriculum requirement as described in the College catalog. Prerequisite BIOL201, BIOL202, RADS110, RADS130. 4-0-4
RADS 170
Clinical Practice III
4.00
Content and clinical practice experiences are designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories in the perfomance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development are discussed, examined and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences should be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure. Clinical rational - To meet the competency requirements as designated by the ARRT, adequate clinical time is allotted based on a pre-determined ratio of clinical hours. Prerequisite RADS110, RADS130. 0-28-4

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Fourth Semester - 14 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
PSYC 106
Human Growth and Development
3.00
This course is a survey of human development from conception to senescence. Attention will be given to the physical, motor, emotional, personality, and social growth of the individual in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. 3-0-3
RADS 200
Imaging Equipment I
3.00
Content is designed to establish a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile and tomographic equipment requirements and design. The content also provides a basic knowledge of quality control. Prerequisite RADS110, RADS145. 3-0-3
RADS 205
Exposure I
2.00
Content is designed to establish a knowledge base in factors that govern the image production process. Film imaging with related accessories is emphasized. Prerequisite RADS110, RADS145. 2-0-2
RADS 210
Patient Care II
3.00
Content is designed to provide additional concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine and emergency patient care procedures are described, as well as infection control procedures using standard precautions. The role of the radiographer in patient education is identified. Patient Care II deals with more complex patient conditions, procedures, and invasive procedures and relates best practice standards to the patient condition and procedure. All of the information in Patient Care I must be applied consistently and critical thinking skills are further developed with an increased knowledge level. Content is designed to provide basic concepts of pharmacology. The theory and practice of basic techniques of venipuncture and administration of diagnostic contrast agents and/or intravenous medications is included. The appropriate delivery of patient care during these procedures is emphasized. Prerequisite RADS100. 3-0-3
RADS 220
Clinical Practice IV
3.00
Content and clinical practice experiences are designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories in the perfomance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development are discussed, examined and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences should be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure. Clinical rational - To meet the competency requirements as designated by the ARRT, adequate clinical time is allotted based on a pre-determined ratio of clinical hours. Prerequisite RADS120, RADS150, RADS170. 0-21-3

Fifth Semester - 12 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
COMM 201
Public Speaking
3.00
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3
RADS 202
Imaging Equipment II
2.00
Content is designed to establish a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile and tomographic equipment requirements and design. A knowledge base of the components, principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology will be presented. The content also provides a basic knowledge of quality control. Prerequisite RADS110, RADS145, RADS200. 3-0-3
RADS 207
Exposure II
2.00
Contents are designed to establish a knowledge base in factors that govern the image production process. Film imaging with related accessories is emphasized. Provide a basis for analyzing radiographic images. Also, included are the importance of minimum imaging standards, discussion of a problem-solving technique for image evaluation and the factors that can affect image quality. Actual images will be included for analysis. With factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Guidelines for selecting exposure factors and evaluating images within a digital system assist students to bridge between film-based and digital imaging systems. Prerequisite RADS205. 2-0-2
RADS 215
Advanced Procedures/Registry Prep
2.00
Content is designed to provide entry-level radiography students with principles related to computed tomography (CT) imaging. There will be an emphasis on specialized positioning and advanced radiographic procedures. This includes cross-sectional anatomy. This course will provide assistance and review material from all radiological science courses, with emphasis on National Certification Examination and career planning. Prerequisite RADS110, RADS130, RADS160. 2-0-2
RADS 230
Clinical Practice V
3.00
Content and clinical practice experiences are designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development are discussed, examined and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences should be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient preparatory to, during and following the radiologic procedure, Clinical rational - To meet the competency requirements as designated by the ARRT, adequate clinical time is allotted based on a pre-determined ratio of clinical hours. Prerequisite RADS120, RADS150, RADS170, RADS220. 0-21-3