Academic Catalog

Radiologic Technology (RADT)

RADT 300 Introduction to Radiologic Technology2 cr

Emphasizes critical thinking and patient care principles needed for initial clinical experiences. Topics include physical and psychological needs of the patient and family, routine and emergency patient care procedures, infection control, communication, diversity, patient education, privacy, medico-legal issues, radiation protection, proper body mechanics, safe patient transfer, and contrast media's imaging applications and reactions. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+.

Prerequisite: Program acceptance  
RADT 305 Radiographic Physics3 cr

Introduces concepts of physics applied to x-ray generating equipment, including radiologic science, atomic structure, structure of matter, radiation quantities and units, fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, electricity, magnetism, force and energy, electron interactions with matter, and the relationship between magnetism and electricity with focus on application to x-ray circuit components and generators. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required..

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C+ in MATH 150 and program acceptance  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 310 Radiographic Positioning I4 cr

Provides knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures on the chest, abdomen, upper extremities, lower extremities, shoulder girdle, hip and pelvis, with application to human anatomy. Emphasizes concepts and criteria needed to produce and evaluate quality radiographs. Pathological disorders, classification of diseases, and additive and destructive conditions will also be discussed. Required laboratory. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: BIOL 342 and BIOL 343 with a mimimum grade of C+ and program acceptance  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 320 Radiographic Positioning II4 cr

Provides knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures on the vertebral column, bony thorax, skull, facial bones, and upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, with application to human anatomy. Emphasizes concepts and criteria needed to produce and evaluate quality radiographs. Pathological disorders, classification of diseases, and additive and destructive conditions will also be discussed. Required laboratory. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 310 with a minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 330 Radiographic Exposures3 cr

Introduces the physical principles governing x-rays, x-ray production, and x-ray beam characteristics as they relate to quality, improved patient care and protection. Topics include image production factors, x-ray interactions with matter, fluoroscopic x-ray tubes and image intensifier, principles associated with dynamic imaging, radiographic technique includes x-ray beam filtration, beam restriction, and grid use. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 305 with a minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 340 Digital Imaging, Processing and Quality3 cr

Introduces components, principles, and operation of digital imaging systems and factors that impact image acquisition, display, and retrieval in radiology, as well as principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance. Introduces quality assurance, quality control, and quality assessment necessary for the continued production of quality diagnostic radiographic images. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 305 and HLTH 300 or CCAP 300 Ethical Issues in Health Care (all with a minimum grade of C+)  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 350 Radiation Protection and Biology3 cr

Provides an advanced understanding and overview of the principles of radiation protection to allow protection from exposure to radioactivity. Introduces characteristics of radiation as they apply to impacts of radiation on cell biology. Requires application of standards and guidelines for radiation exposure. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 330 with a minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 355 Clinical Radiography I2 cr

Allows interaction with patients and health care team members in a health care imaging department. This first clinical experience of five, assists students in gaining mastery of techniques utilized in radiography, as assessed through competency examination of specific body areas. Students will practice patient care skills and radiation safety procedures under direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 300 with a minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 365 Clinical Radiography II3 cr

Allows interaction with patients and health care team members in a health care imaging department. This second clinical experience of five, assists students in gaining mastery of techniques utilized in radiography, as assessed through competency examination of specific body areas. Students will practice patient care skills and radiation safety procedures under direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 310 with a minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 370 Radiographic Pathology3 cr

Provides an understanding of the clinical manifestations of common pathological conditions as they appear on radiographs. Allows for identification of radiographic features as they relate to characteristics of the disease/disorder, and provides information about how technical values are affected by pathological conditions. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+.

Prerequisite: RADT 330 with a minimum grade of C+  
RADT 395 Special Topics in Radiologic Technology1-4 cr

Provides students with an opportunity to explore different topics in radiologic technology. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+.

Prerequisite: varies by course  
Repeatable: Unlimited Credits  
RADT 420 Advanced Imaging and Pharmacology3 cr

Provides instruction in modalities, interventional radiography, pharmacology and drug administration as applied to advanced radiographic procedures. Utilizes radiographs for specialized study of cross-sectional anatomy relevant to imaging modalities such as CT and MRI. Introduces additional imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry, nuclear medicine, and PET. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 320 with a minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 431 Principles of Computed Tomography I3 cr

Provides fundamentals of computed tomography (CT) including history, equipment and quality control; first of a two-course sequence. Addresses aspects of data acquisition, digital analysis and image processing. Includes 40 hr of clinical observation. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C. Students may apply for the ARRT certification exam upon successful completion of RADT 431 & RADT 432, plus documented completion of the ARRT Clinical Experience Requirements in Computed Tomography.

Prerequisite: RADT 340 with a minimum grade of C+  
RADT 432 Principles of Computed Tomography II3 cr

Focuses on computed tomography (CT) exam procedures, cross-sectional anatomy, pathology and radiation protection; second of a two-course sequence. Addresses aspects of patient care and contrast agents. Includes 40 hrs of clinical observation. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C. Students may apply for the ARRT certification exam upon successful completion of RADT 431 and RADT 432, plus documented completion of the ARRT Clinical Experience Requirements in Computed Tomography.

Prerequisite: RADT 431 with a minimum grade of C  
RADT 433 Clinical Education in CT4 cr

Focuses on clinical application of computed tomography. This clinical experience allows the student to develop practical skills through instruction, application, critique, and evaluation on common computed tomography imaging procedures. Areas of competency include clinical indications, patient preparation and positioning, scanning protocols, radiographic technique, use of contrast media, normal anatomy and pathology and special procedures. Additional fee required.

Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 434 Principles of Mammography I3 cr

Provides fundamentals of mammography including history, equipment and quality control; first of a two-course sequence. Addresses in-depth anatomy, physiology and pathology of the breast. Includes 40 hrs of clinical observation. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C. Students may apply for ARRT certification exam upon successful completion of RADT 434 and RADT 435, plus documented completion of the ARRT Clinical Experience Requirements in Mammography.

Prerequisite: RADT 340 with a minimum grade of C+  
RADT 435 Principals of Mammography II3 cr

Focuses on mammographic procedures, patient care and image evaluation. Second of a two-course sequence. Explores breast ultrasound, digital breast tomosynthesis, biopsies and breast cancer. Includes 50 hrs of clinical practice. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C. Students may apply for the ARRT certification exam upon successful completion of RADT 434 and 435, plus documented completion of the ARRT Clinical Experience Requirements in Mammography.

Prerequisite: RADT 434 with a minimum grade of C  
RADT 436 Clinical Education in Mammography4 cr

Focuses on clinical application of mammography. Emphasizes equipment utilization, exposure techniques, patient care, evaluation of procedures, image evaluation, image quality, radiation safety practices, positioning protocols, image acquisition, radiation protection, breast ultrasound and interventional imaging. Requires clinical exams in mammography. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 435 with a minimum grade of C  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 440 Radiographic Critique and Analysis3 cr

Focuses on radiographic image critique from a problem-based perspective. Enhances the student's knowledge of factors that influence the production of radiographic images and the correlation with radiographic critique. Bridges the gap between patient positioning and the resulting radiograph, and focuses on the analysis of image quality. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 420 with a minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 455 Clinical Radiography III6 cr

Allows interaction with patients and health care team members in a health care imaging department. This third clinical experience of five, assists students in gaining mastery of techniques utilized in radiography, as assessed through competency examination of specific body areas. Students will practice patient care skills and radiation safety procedures under direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 365 with a minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 465 Clinical Radiography IV4 cr

Allows interaction with patients and health care team members in a health care imaging department. This fourth clinical experience of five, assists students in gaining mastery of techniques utilized in radiography, as assessed through competency examination of specific body areas. Students will practice patient care skills and radiation safety procedures under direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 455 with minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 475 Clinical Radiography V4 cr

Allows interaction with patients and health care team members in a health care imaging department. This fifth clinical experience of five, assists students in gaining mastery of techniques utilized in radiography, as assessed through competency examination of specific body areas. Students will practice patient care skills and radiation safety procedures under direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: RADT 465 with minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 480 Senior Seminar3 cr

Focuses on factors that impact decision-making related to delivery of health care and radiological practice. Topics addressed include recent scientific findings in related fields of medicine, imaging modalities, and the future of radiographic study. Focuses on the synthesis of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes in preparation for professional practice and lifelong learning. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: Minimum overall GPA of 2.3 and completion of RADT 455 with a minimum grade of C+  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
RADT 495 Special Topics in Radiologic Technology1-4 cr

Provides students with an opportunity to explore different topics in radiologic technology at the advanced level. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of C+.

Prerequisite: varies by course  
Repeatable: maximum of 4 credits  
RADT 496 Special Topics Radiography I3 cr

Focuses on fundamentals of a radiographic specialty, including history, instrumentation and quality control, data acquisition, digital analysis and image processing; first of a two-course sequence. Includes 40 hrs of clinical observation. Successful completion of this course with a minimum grade of C may fulfill one of the requirements for applying for the relevant ARRT certification exam.

Prerequisite: RADT 340 with a minimum grade of C+  
RADT 497 Special Topics Radiography II3 cr

Continues education in a radiographic specialty, including topics such as exam procedures, in-depth anatomy and pathology, specialized protection procedures, and patient care. Includes 40 hrs of clinical observation. Successful completion of this course with a minimum grade of C may fulfill one of the requirements for applying for the relevant ARRT certification exam.

Prerequisite: Overall 2.3 GPA and RADT 495 with a minimum grade of C+  
RADT 498 Special Topics in Clinical Radiography1-5 cr

Focuses on clinical application of a radiographic specialty. Areas of competency may include clinical indications, patient preparation and positioning, imaging protocols, radiographic technique, image evaluation, normal anatomy and pathology and special procedures. Successful completion of this course with a minimum grade of C may fulfill one of the requirements for applying for the relevant ARRT certification exam. Additional fee required.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval  
Attributes: Additional Fees Apply (FEE)  
Repeatable: maximum of 5 credits