Academic Catalog

Radiologic Science (RADS)

RADS 220 Radiographic Positioning I4 cr

Provides the student with basic knowledge and skill as well as the anatomy and the anatomical relationships necessary to perform basic radiographic procedures of the chest, abdomen, upper extremities, lower extremities, the shoulder girdle, hip, and pelvis. Laboratory demonstration will be used to complement the lectures in this course.

RADS 230 Radiographic Equipment4 cr

Includes a study of the fundamental units of measure, the structure of matter, and the concepts of work, force, and energy, a study of elementary electricity and an examination of the relationship between magnetism and electricity - fundamental to the basic operation of many x-ray circuit components. The student will also learn the construction, function, principle of operation, and location of many of the x-ray equipment components. The student will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the x-ray tube and circuit as well as electron interactions with matter that are used to create x-radiation. The student will also learn about basic radiation untis of meaurement and other concepts related to radiation protection.

RADS 300 Digital Imaging, Processing and Quality Assurance2 cr

Introduces the student to the study of the components, principles, and operation of digital imaging systems and factors that impact image acquisition, display, and retrieval in radiology along with the principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance. In addition, the student will be introduced to the important concept of quality assurance, quality control, and quality assessment, which is necessary for the continued production of quality diagnostic radiographic images.

RADS 310 Radiologic Sciences Patient Care and Introduction to Clinical Education4 cr

Provides an emphasis on critical-thinking skills while students learn the fundamentals of patient care principles and skills needed for their initial clinical experiences. Content provides the concepts of optimal patient care, including considerationfor physical and psychological needs of the patient and the family. Routine and emergency patient care procedures as well as infection control practice methods using standard precautions are discussed. The student will learn foundational skills needed for the clinical setting within the areas of communication, diversity patient education, and privacy. Basic safety procedures in the areas of radiation protection, equipment, proper body mechanics, and safe patient transfer will be discussed. Students are introduced to medico-legal aspects and issues affecting all imaging professionals. An introduction into contrast media, its applications in imaging and categories of reactions will be reviewed. Demonstration ability includes application of vital signs including respiration, pulse oximetry, heart rate, blood pressure, and the essentials of electrocardiograms(EKG) as well as recognized changes in a patient's well-being; safe transport of patients, effective communication with various types of patients, and current information and practices in infection control. Clinical practice will begin six weeks into the semester. Basic imaging procedures are observed and practices. Mastery is obtained through comprehensive competency examination of specific body areas. The course will consist of lecture, demonstration, laboratory and clinical experiences.

RADS 315 Radiologic Sciences Ethics4 cr

This is a mid-level course in professional ethics. It is designed in particular for psychology, nursing, radiologic tech and criminal justice majors and focuses on the ethics of professional conduct within the helping professions. Basic course themes will focus on ethical decision-making, behavior, managing dilemmas and conflict and problem-solving, the maintenance of ethical conduct and leadership. The course seeks to illuminate and balance theory and best practices through the use of case studies, films, literature, simulations and guest speakers. It will integrate historical and contemporary issues that range from the individual to the institutional and systemic. Multicultural issues will also be considered and addressed.

RADS 320 Radiographic Positioning II4 cr

Provides the student basic knowledge and skill as well as the anatomy and the anatomical relationships necessary to perform basic radiographic procedures of the vertebral column, the bony thorax, the skull, facial bones, and upper and lower gastrointestinal series. Laboratory demonstration will be used to complement the lecture portion of this course.

Prerequisite: RADS 220  
RADS 330 Radiographic Exposures4 cr

Builds upon the concepts learned in RADS 230 and is designed to introduce the student to the physical principles governing x-rays, x-ray production, and x-ray beam characteristics as they relate to quality, improved patient care,and protection. It will include an in-depth examination of radiographic prime factors and x-ray interactions with matter. The course introduces the student to the area of radiographic technique, including influencing factors like filtration, beam restriction, and grid use. The student is introduced to the fluoroscopic tube, image intensification, and the principles associated with dynamic imaging.

Prerequisite: RADS 230, instructor approval  
RADS 350 Radiation Protection & Biology2 cr

Provides the student with an advanced understanding and overview of the principles of radiation protection so that the student and others are protected from exposure to ionizing radiation. The student will examine the characteristics of radiation and how radiation affects cell biology. The student will also apply standards and guidelines for radiation exposure.

RADS 355 Clinical Radiography I4 cr

The first is a series of four, which will provide the student an opportunity to interact with patients and healthcare team members in a healthcare imaging department. This clinical experience is to assist students in gaining mastery of the methods needed to deal effectively with these interactions. This course utilizes concepts and knowledge obtained from both lecture and laboratory experience. The areas of clinical rotation coincide with the exams taught in RADS 220 and concurrently in RADS 320. Mastery is obtained through comprehensive competency examination of specific body areas. Students will practice patient care skills and radiation safety procedures under direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval  
RADS 365 Clinical Radiography II6 cr

Second in a series of four, which will provide the student an opportunity to interact with patients and healthcare team members in a healthcare imaging department. This clinical experience is to assist students in gaining mastery of the methods needed to deal effectively with these interactions. This course utilizes conepts and knowledge obtained from both lecture and laboratory experience and furthers experience in the areas of trauma, surgical, and fluoroscopic examinations. Mastery is obtained through comprehensive competency examination of specific body areas. Students will perfect patient care skills and radiation safety procedures under direct supervision and where applicable indirect supervision of a radiologic technologist.

RADS 370 Radiographic Pathology2 cr

Provides the student with an understanding of the basic description and clinical manifestation of some of the most common pathological conditions. The student will be able to identify certain radiographic features. The student will also learn the characteristics of the disease or disorder and how technical values need to be changed to compensate for density differences produced by various pathological conditions. The student will be able to identify the radiographic appearance of specific diseases.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval  
RADS 420 Advanced Imaging and Pharmacology4 cr

Provides the student with the knowledge and skill necessary to perform advanced radiographic procedures including angiography, arthrogram, myelogram, sialogram, venogram, hysterosalpinogram, and interventional radiography. Included in this aspect of imaging is an overall understanding of the importance of pharmacologic principles and practices in radiological sciences. This course will also introduce student to other area specialties found in the radiology field.

RADS 440 Radiographic Critique and Analysis4 cr

Enhances the student's knowledge of factors that influence the production of the radiographic image and the correlation involved with radiographic critique. The course is designed to bridge the gap between patient positioning and the resulting radiograph by introducing the student to the area of technical factors and showing the relationship among recorded detail, radiographic density, and radiographic contract.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval  
RADS 455 Clinical Radiography III4.5 cr

Is the third in a series of four, which will provide the student an opportunity to interact with patients and healthcare team members in a healthcare imaging department. This clinical experience is to assist students in gaining mastery of the methods needed to deal effectively with these interactions. This course utilizes concepts and knowledge.

RADS 461 Principles of Computed Tomography I4 cr

First of a three-course set in Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging. This specific course focuses on the basic fundamentals of CT including the history, equipment instrumentation, and quality control. Specific aspects of data acquisition, digital analysis, and image processing and reconstruction are also addressed. This course includes 40 hours of clinical observations in CT. Students must receive a grade of C or higher to progress to RADS 462

RADS 462 Principles of Computed Tomography II4 cr

Second of a three-course set in Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging. This specific course focuses on CT exam procedures,cross-sectional anatomy, pathology, and radiation protection practices. Specific aspects of patient care, communication, contrast agents, and injection techniques are also addressed. This course includes 60-80 hours of clinical observation and training in CT. (Studens must hold a primary ARRT registry for hand-on clinical training.) Certification is earned upon successful completion (grade of C or higher) of the two required courses RADS 461 and RADS 462).

Prerequisite: Instructor approval  
RADS 465 Clinical Radiography IV4.5 cr

Fourth in a series of four, which provides the student an opportunity to interact with patients and healthcare team members in a healthcare imaging department. This clinical experience is to assist students in gaining mastery of the methods needed to deal effectively with these interactions. This course utilizes concepts and knowledge obtained from both lecture and laboratory experience. Proficiency and mastery are obtained through comprehensive competency examination of specific body areas and completion of the Final Affective Clinical Evaluation (F.A.C.E.) Exam. Students will practice patient care skills and radiation safety procedures under direct supervision and, where applicable, indirect supervision of a registered radiologic technologist.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval  
RADS 470 Principles of Mammography I4 cr

First of a three-course set in Mammography. The complete set provides a formal specialized training in Mammography preparing an individual to become a competent, technically proficient, entry-level Mammography technologist. Upon successful completion of the tree-course set, students will be eligible to make application to take the advanced post-primary certification examination provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). This specific course focuses on the basic fundamentals of Mammography including the history, equipment instrumentation, and Quality Control as well as in-depth breast anatomy, physiology, and pathology. This course will use the ASRT Breast Imaging Essential (Institutional) Series and includes 40 hours of clinical observation.

RADS 471 Principals of Mammography II4 cr

Second of a three-course set in Mammography. The complete set provides a formal specialized training in Mammography preparing an individual to become a competent, technically proficient, entry-level Mammography technologist. Upon successful completion of the three-course set, students will be eligible to make application to take the advanced post-primary certification examination provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). This specific course focuses on Mammographic procedures and techniques, patient care, Mammography image evaluation, Breast Ultrasound, and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis. This course will use the ASRT Breast Imaging Essential (Institutional) Series and includes 50-60 hours of clinical observation in both Mammography and breast ultrasonography. Certification is earned upon successful completion (grade of C or higher) of the two required courses (RADS 470 and RADS 471).

Prerequisite: Instructor approval  
RADS 480 Senior Seminar: Program Capstone2 cr

Interactive seminar that focuses on factors impacting decision-making related to delivery of healthcare and radiologic practice. Topics addressed include recent scientific findings in related fields of medicine, imaging modalities, and the future of radiographic study. This course is designed to review all aspects of radiology and prepare the student for the healthcare workforce and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) examination.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval