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Radiography Course Descriptions

For all other course descriptions, reference the College catalog.

FIRST YEAR-Didactic Courses

Classroom/Lab Courses

RADS.100 - Fundamentals of Radiography

This course introduces the beginning radiography student to the following: organization of medical centers/hospitals, diagnostic imaging departments and the radiography program. Policies, protocols and administrative procedures of the College and program are reviewed. There is a thorough review of the program's student handbook. Basic information regarding health and safety procedures within the clinical area, radiation protection, X-ray production, image formation, patient care guidelines, professional ethics and medical law are reviewed.

Prerequisite: Admission into the Radiography Program

RADS.101 - Radiographic Exposure I

This course introduces the beginning radiography student to the nature and properties of X-rays. Areas of focus include: radiographic image quality and the influencing factors of recorded detail, distortion, contrast and density, the construction of the X-ray tube and production of X-rays, basic X-ray equipment, primary and secondary radiations, filtration and an analysis of the radiographic image.

Prerequisite: Admission into the Radiography Program

RADS.102 - Radiographic Exposure II

A continuation of RADS.101, students further develop their knowledge of x-radiation and how it interacts with matter. The control of primary and secondary radiations using grids, filtration, and beam restricting devices is studied. Fixed and variable kilovoltage exposure systems are reviewed. The properties of attenuation and the absorption of radiation and how it is influenced by pathology are also studied. Using information learned in this course, the students continue their analysis of the radiographic image.

Prerequisite: RADS.101 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.103 - Radiographic Exposure III

As a continuation of RADS.102, students will study the construction, principles, and characteristics of radiographic screens and image receptors (film, computed and digital imaging plates). Students will also be provided with an in-depth study of sensitometry.

Prerequisite: RADS.102 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.104 - Patient Care in Radiography

This course focuses on nursing procedures and techniques used by radiographers in the general care of the patient. Areas covered include: factors influencing relationships with patients and professional peers, medical ethics, communication techniques, patient care and assessment, infection control, medications and medication administration, contrast media administration, and responses to emergency medical situations, including contrast media reactions. Human diversity/cultural differences, communication styles, socioeconomic influences, health risks, and life stages are also discussed in this course.

Prerequisite: Admission into the Radiography Program

RADS.105 - Radiation Protection

Students are introduced to the principles of, and the reasons for, radiation protection. The responsibilities of the radiographer and protective measures for patients, personnel, and the public are studied. Also covered is discussion of the sources of radiation, the units of radiation measurement, and Federal and State radiation health and safety regulations.

Prerequisite: RADS.100, 101 with grade of C or better or consent of instructor

RADS.108 - Imaging Systems I

Covered in this course are the principles of image intensification, automatic exposure control, and the magnification technique. Also covered are an introduction to body section (linear and computed) tomography and digital radiography.

Prerequisite: RADS.102, CPTR.100 with grade of C or better or consent by instructor

RADS.110 - Radiographic Procedures I

This course introduces the beginning student to the anatomical planes of the body and positioning terminology. Radiographic anatomy, the principles of radiographic positioning, procedural steps, and radiographic image evaluation for the following anatomical areas are covered: visceral thorax, abdomen, and upper extremities. Mobile, pediatric, and geriatric radiography are also topics that are covered in this course.

Prerequisite: Admission into the Radiography Program

RADS.111 - Radiographic Procedures I Lab

This course is comprised of discussion, demonstration, practice, and evaluation of students' simulated performance of radiographic examinations, which correspond to those studied in RADS.110. Radiographic images of the studied anatomy are also analyzed.

Prerequisite: Admission into the Radiography Program

RADS.114 - Image Analysis I

In this course, student performed radiographic examinations are evaluated and critiqued. The course challenges the students' knowledge of exposure and positioning principles, anatomy, and pathology. The continued development of students' problem solving skills and critical thinking based on principles of analysis, formulation of hypotheses, and the testing of theories is stressed.

Prerequisites: RADS.130, RADS.131, and RADS.132C with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.120 - Radiographic Procedures II

In this course, radiographic anatomy, the principles of radiographic positioning, procedural steps, and radiographic image evaluation for the following anatomical areas are covered: the lower extremities, the gastrointestinal system, biliary and urinary systems. Contrast media, its classifications, precautions, selection, and adverse patient reactions as it relates to the studied procedures is discussed.

Prerequisite: RADS.110 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.121 - Radiographic Procedures II Lab

This course is comprised of discussion, demonstration, practice, and evaluation of students' simulated performance of radiographic examinations, which correspond to those studied in RADS.120. Radiographic images of the studied anatomy are also analyzed.

Prerequisite: RADS.120 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.130 - Radiographic Procedures IIIb

This course covers radiographic anatomy, the principles of radiographic positioning, procedural steps, and radiographic image evaluation for the vertebral column and bony thorax. An introduction to venipuncture is also taught in this course.

Prerequisite: RADS.120 with grade of C or better or consent of instructor

RADS.131 - Radiographic Procedures III Lab

This course is comprised of discussion, demonstration, practice, and evaluation of students' simulated performance of radiographic examinations, which correspond to those studied in RADS.130. The analysis of radiographic images of studied anatomy is included.

Prerequisite: RADS.121 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.140 - Radiographic Procedures IV

This course includes radiographic anatomy, the principles of radiographic positioning, procedural steps, and radiographic image evaluation of the skull.

Prerequisite: RADS.130 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.141 - Radiographic Procedures IV Lab

This course is comprised of discussion, demonstration, practice, and evaluation of students' simulated performance of radiographic examinations, which correspond to those studied in RADS.140. Radiographic images of the studied anatomy are also analyzed.

Prerequisite: RADS.131 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

FIRST YEAR - Clinical Courses/Practicum

Clinical Courses/Practicum

RADS.112C Clinical I

In this beginning course of clinical instruction, the student is oriented to the clinical education sites/centers. Varied clinical assignments, including portable (mobile) and surgical radiography, introduce the students to the department's work flow and radiographic equipment. The student also learns how to operate various picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Students learn by observing and progress to minimal assistance, leading to their radiographic performance under the direct supervision of qualified radiographers. Students will participate and perform radiographic examinations of the visceral thorax, abdomen, and upper extremities. Clinical learning is supported by correlated laboratory and classroom instruction.

Prerequisite: Admission into the Radiography Program

RADS.122C - Clinical II

This clinical course continues the integration of classroom learning with the clinical curriculum. The clinical assignments reinforce previous knowledge and application of newly introduced classroom and laboratory information. Following classroom and laboratory instruction, the students observe, assist, and perform radiographic examinations on lower extremities and the digestive, biliary, and urinary systems.

Prerequisite: RADS.112C with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.132C - Clinical III

This clinical course continues the integration of classroom learning with the clinical curriculum. Following classroom and laboratory instruction, the students observe, assist, and perform radiographic examinations of the vertebral column and bony thorax. The application of venipuncture may be included. There is continued development of competency and instructional content from previous clinical courses.

Prerequisite: RADS.122C with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.142C - Clinical IV

This clinical course continues the integration of classroom learning with the clinical curriculum. Following classroom and laboratory instruction, the students observe, assist, and perform radiographic examinations of the vertebral column, bony thorax, and skull. There is continued development of competency and instructional content from previous clinical courses. The application of venipuncture may be included in this course.

Prerequisite: RADS.132C with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

SECOND YEAR - Didactic Courses

Classroom/Lab Courses

RADS.201 - Radiation Physics I

This course introduces the student to basic x-radiation physics. Areas covered in this course include: units of radiation measurement, the physical concepts of energy, the structure of matter, and the basic principles and nature of electricity and magnetism.

Prerequisite: RADS.208 with grade of C or better or consent of instructor

RADS.202 - Radiation Physics II

This course is a continuation of Radiation Physics I. In this course, there is in-depth discussion on the following topics: the nature and production of X-rays, X-ray tube construction and factors which govern tube life, X-ray circuitry, the interaction of radiation and matter, and a survey of radiographic equipment evaluation methods and tools.

Prerequisite: RADS.201 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.203 - Radiographic Pathology

Students will study the classification, origin, symptoms, and radiographic manifestation of diseases. There is an emphasis on body conditions as they relate to radiographic examination of the patient and the selection of appropriate exposure factors. This course requires the development and presentation of a research paper.

Prerequisites: SCIE.110, RADS.210, RADS.211, and RADS.212C with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.205 - Radiation Biology

This course focuses on the effects of radiation on the human body at the cellular, tissue, organ, and systemic levels.

Prerequisites: SCIE.120 and RADS.105 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.208 - Imaging Systems II

The principles of computed tomography, digital radiography, and PACS are covered in this course. Students focus on cross-sectional anatomy as it relates to the use of advanced imaging modalities. The course also includes an introduction into magnetic resonance imaging, sonography, and positron emission tomography (PET).

Prerequisite: RADS.108 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.210 - Radiographic Procedures

This course focuses on specific interests and needs of students, with an emphasis on developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. There is discussion of specialized radiographic exams/views and positions. The course content varies and may include guest lecturers.

Prerequisite: RADS.140 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.211 - Radiographic Procedures V Lab

This course is comprised of discussion, demonstration, practice, and evaluation of students' simulated performance of radiographic examinations, which correspond to those studied in RADS.210. Radiographic images are analyzed.

Prerequisite: RADS.141 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.214 - Image Analysis II

Student performed radiographic examinations, with an emphasis on second year clinical course content, are evaluated. The course challenges the students' knowledge of exposure and positioning principles, anatomy, and pathology. The continued development of students' problem solving skills and critical thinking based on principles of analysis, formulation of hypotheses, and the testing of theories is stressed.

Prerequisites: RADS.202, RADS.205, RADS.232C and SOCS.200 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.215 - Registry Review

This course provides the soon-to-be graduating student with a comprehensive review of curriculum content as preparation for the national certifying examination. Methods of studying and test taking strategies are discussed. Several simulated registry examinations are conducted throughout the course.

Prerequisites: RADS.202, RADS.205, RADS.232C and SOCS.200 with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

SECOND YEAR - Clinical Courses/Practicum

Clinical Courses/Practicum

RADS.212C - Clinical V

This clinical course continues the integration of classroom learning with the clinical curriculum. The clinical assignments reinforce previous knowledge and application of introduced classroom and laboratory information from the previous four clinical courses. Students are introduced to other imaging modalities, i.e., sonography, invasive cardiology, nuclear medicine. Indirect supervision of students is stressed to promote independent problem solving and overall confidence in clinical abilities. The student will focus on developing basic scanning knowledge and skills to achieve limited clinical competencies in CT. The application of venipuncture may be included.

Prerequisite: RADS.142C with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.222C - Clinical VI

In this course, students continue elective assignments to other imaging modalities, i.e., sonography, invasive cardiology, nuclear medicine. The clinical assignments reinforce previous knowledge and application of introduced classroom and laboratory information from the previous five clinical courses. Indirect supervision of students is stressed to promote independent problem solving and overall confidence in clinical abilities. Students will focus on developing basic scanning knowledge and skills to achieve limited clinical competencies in CT.

Prerequisite: RADS.212C with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.232C - Clinical VII

In this course, students continue elective assignments to other imaging modalities, i.e., sonography, invasive cardiology, nuclear medicine. The clinical assignments reinforce previous knowledge and application of introduced classroom and laboratory information from the previous six clinical courses. Indirect supervision of students is stressed to promote independent problem solving and overall confidence in clinical abilities. Students will focus on developing basic scanning knowledge and skills to achieve limited clinical competencies in CT.

Prerequisite: RADS.222C with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor

RADS.242C - Clinical VIII

In this course, students continue elective assignments to other imaging modalities, i.e., sonography, invasive cardiology, nuclear medicine. The clinical assignments reinforce previous knowledge and application of introduced classroom and laboratory information from the previous seven clinical courses. Indirect supervision of students is stressed to promote independent problem solving and overall confidence in clinical abilities. Students will focus on developing basic scanning knowledge and skills to achieve limited clinical competencies in CT.

Prerequisite: RADS.232C with a grade of C or better or consent of the instructor