Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of Radiologic Science and Health Care

(5 clock hours)

The unit 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 organization(s) will be examined and discussed in addition to the professional responsibilities of the radiographer. Basic principles of radiation protection will be introduced.


Ethics and Law in the Radiologic Sciences

(12 clock hours)

This unit is designed to provide a fundamental background in ethics. The historical and philosophical basis of ethics, as well as the elements of ethical behavior, will be discussed. The student will examine a variety of ethical issues and dilemmas found in clinical practice. An introduction to legal terminology, concepts, and principles will also be presented. Topics include misconduct, malpractice, legal, and professional standards and the ASRT Scope of Practice. The importance of proper documentation and informed consent is emphasized.


Medical Terminology

(24 clock hours)

This unit is designed to provide an introduction to the origins of medical terminology. A word-building system will be introduced, and abbreviations and symbols will be discussed. Also introduced will be an orientation to the understanding of radiographic orders and interpretation of diagnostic reports. Related terminology is addressed.


Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences

(10 clock hours)

This unit 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 will be described, as well as infection control procedures utilizing standard precautions. The role of the radiographer in patient education will be identified.


Human Structure and Function

(72 clock hours)

This unit is designed to establish a knowledge base in anatomy and physiology. Components of the cells, tissues, organs, and systems will be described and discussed.


Radiographic Procedures I-VI

(330 clock hours/unit)

This unit is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures along with the application to special studies. Consideration will be given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion.


Imaging and Processing

(72 clock hours)

This unit is designed to establish a knowledge base in factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiologic images. Film and electronic imaging with related accessories will be emphasized. Class demonstrations/labs are used to demonstrate application of theory.


Imaging Equipment/Quality Control

(20 clock hours)

This unit is designed to establish a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile and tomographic equipment requirements and design. The content will also provide a basic knowledge of quality control.


Image Analysis

(24 clock hours)

This unit is designed to provide a basis for analyzing radiographic images. 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.


Radiation Production and Characteristics / Introduction To Radiation Protection

(50 clock hours)

This unit is designed to establish a basic knowledge of anatomic structure and terminology. Also presented are the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production, and the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. The content will also provide a basic knowledge of radiation protection.


Radiation Biology

(20 clock hours)

This unit 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.


Radiation Protection

(20 clock hours)

This unit is 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.


Radiographic Pathology

(15 clock hours)

This unit is designed to introduce theories of disease causation and the pathophysiologic disorders that compromise healthy systems. Etiology, pathophysiologic responses, clinical manifestations, radiographic appearance, and management of alterations in body systems will be presented.


Pharmacology and Drug Administration

(10 clock hours)

This unit is designed to provide basic concepts of pharmacology. The theory and practice of basic techniques of venipuncture and the administration of diagnostic contrast agents and/or intravenous medications is included. The appropriate delivery of patient care during these procedures is emphasized.


General Review

(30 clock hours)

This unit is designed to prepare the student to successfully pass the Registry Exam. A series of practice tests will be given, graded and reviewed.


Human Diversity

(5 clock hours)

This unit is designed to promote better understanding of patients, the patients' families and professional peers through comparison of diverse populations based on their value system, cultural and ethnic influences, communication styles, socioeconomic influences, health risks and life stages. Content will include the study of factors that influence relationships with patients and professional peers. Understanding human diversity assists the student in providing better patient care.


Computers in Radiologic Sciences

(20 clock hours)

This unit is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge of Computers. Content will include computer applications, software, and hardware, as well as computer applications that are specific to the field of Radiology and the medical profession. Ethical and legal issues are also addressed.


Basic Cross-Sectional Anatomy

(24 clock hours)

This unit will allow students to identify specific structures on CT images, as well as gain a better understanding of the spatial relationship they have to one another. There is a strong emphasis on structure and function of human anatomy, which allows the student to broaden their knowledge base in this area. Film analysis is an integral part of the learning process.


Clinical Education I-VII

(1100 clock hours/unit)

This unit is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development shall be discussed, examined, and evaluated.

Clinical practice experiences shall be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement shall ensure the well-being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

 
 
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