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RAD 100 - Introduction to Radiology and Protection
Presents brief history of radiological profession, code of ethics, conduct for radiologic students, and the basic fundamentals of radiation protection.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
RAD 105 - Introduction to Radiology, Protection and Patient Care
Presents brief history of radiologic profession, code of ethics, conduct for radiologic students, and basic fundamentals of radiation projection. Teaches the care and handling of the sick and injured patient in the Radiology Department. Introduces the use of contrast media necessary in the investigation of the internal organs.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
RAD 115 - Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Presents concepts of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Physics. Teaches fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance and application of principles. Prerequisite: ARRT or eligible.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
RAD 121 - Radiographic Procedures I
Introduces procedures for positioning the patient's anatomical structures relative to X-ray beam and image receptor. Emphasizes procedures for routine examination of the chest, abdomen, extremities, and axial skeleton.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 125 - Patient Care Procedures
Presents the care and handling of the sick and injured patient in the Radiology Department. Introduces the fundamentals of nursing procedures, equipment and supplies specific to radiology.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
RAD 131 - Elementary Clinical Procedures I
Develops advanced technical skills in fundamental radiographic procedures. Focuses on manipulation of equipment, patient care, osseous studies, skull procedures, and contrast studies. Provides clinical experience in cooperating health agencies. Part I of II.
Clinical 15 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 135 - Elementary Clinical Procedures
Introduces advanced technical skills in fundamental radiographic procedures. Focuses on basic contrast media studies, osseous studies, and skull procedures. Provides clinical experiences in health care agencies.
Clinical 25 hours per week.
5 credits
RAD 141 - Principles of Radiographic Quality I
Presents factors that control and influence radiographic quality, as well as, various technical conversion factors useful in radiography. Discusses automatic film processing, sensitometry, and quality assurance testing. Prerequisite: Admission to Program. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 142 - Principles of Radiographic Quality II
Presents factors that control and influence radiographic quality, as well as, various technical conversion factors useful in radiography. Discusses automatic film processing, sensitometry, and quality assurance testing. Prerequisite: Admission to Program. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 196 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RAD 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RAD 205 - Radiation Protection and Radiobiology
Studies methods and devices used for protection from ionizing radiation. Teaches theories of biological effects, cell and organism sensitivity, and the somatic and genetic effects of ionizing radiation. Presents current radiation protection philosophy for protecting the patient and technologist.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 215 - Correlated Radiographic Theory
Presents intensive correlation of all major radiologic technology subject areas. Studies interrelationships of biology, physics, principles of exposure, radiologic procedures, patient care, and radiation protection.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
RAD 221 - Radiographic Procedures II
Continues procedures for positioning the patient's anatomical structures relative to X-ray beam and image receptor. Emphasizes procedures for routine examination of the skull, contrast studies of internal organs, and special procedures employed in the more complicated investigation of the human body.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 231 - Advanced Clinical Procedures I
Reinforces technical skills in fundamental radiographic procedures. Introduces more intricate contrast media procedures. Focuses on technical proficiency, application of radiation, protection, nursing skills, and exposure principles. Teaches advanced technical procedures and principles of imaging modalities, correlating previous radiographic theory, focusing on full responsibility for patients in technical areas, perfecting technical skills, and developing awareness of related areas utilizing ionizing radiation. Provides clinical experience in cooperating health agencies. Part I of II.
Clinical 20-25 hours per week.
4-5 credits
RAD 232 - Advanced Clinical Procedures II
Reinforces technical skills in fundamental radiographic procedures. Introduces more intricate contrast media procedures. Focuses on technical proficiency, application of radiation, protection, nursing skills, and exposure principles. Teaches advanced technical procedures and principles of imaging modalities, correlating previous radiographic theory, focusing on full responsibility for patients in technical areas, perfecting technical skills, and developing awareness of related areas utilizing ionizing radiation. Provides clinical experience in cooperating health agencies. Part II of II.
Clinical 20-25 hours per week.
5 credits
RAD 240 - Radiographic Pathology
Presents a survey of common medical and surgical disorders that affect radiographic image. Discusses conditions related to different systems of the human body. Studies the correlation of these conditions with radiographs.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 242 - Computed Tomography Procedures and Instrumentation
Focuses on the patient care, imaging procedure and physics and instrumentation related to computed tomography imaging. Prerequisite: ARRT or eligible.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
RAD 246 - Special Procedures
Studies special radiographic and surgical procedures and equipment employed in the more complicated investigation of internal conditions of the human body.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
RAD 247 - Cross-Sectional Anatomy
Presents a specialized study of cross-sectional anatomy relevant to sectional imaging modalities such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Prerequisite: ARRT or eligible.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
RAD 255 - Radiographic Equipment
Studies principles and operation of general and specialized X-ray equipment.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RAD 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits