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Introduction to Radiography -- 23 hrs

The course is designed to provide an overview of the radiographer’s within a health care system. The student will review radiography equipment and become familiar with the radiographer’s roles and responsibilities within a health care organization(s).
Prerequisite: Hospital Orientation


Patient Care & Pharmacology -- 64 hrs

The course 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, basic pharmacology, venipuncture, and administration of intravenous medications will be described. Appropriate techniques pertaining to the delivery of patient care will be emphasized. This course will also provide basic Human Diversity and fundamentals medical ethics to better understand patients, patients’ families, and professional peers.
Prerequisite: Hospital Orientation


Radiographic Anatomy -- 117 hrs

This course is designed to establish thorough knowledge pertaining to anatomical structures and systems most often evaluated through general radiography. Components include skeletal system and structures, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and vascular system. This course is also designed to introduce concepts related to disease, etiology considerations, and the pathophysiologic disorders that compromise healthy systems.
Prerequisite: Preceding Radiographic Anatomy course


Radiographic Procedures -- 219 hrs

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform standard imaging procedures. Consideration will be given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion. This course will provide an in depth study of all radiographic procedures.
Prerequisite: Preceding Radiographic Procedures course


Radiographic Physics (Radiation Production and Characteristics) -- 117 hrs

This course is designed to establish a basic knowledge of atomic structure and terminology. Also presented are the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in radiographic equipment requirements and design.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Radiography; Preceding Physics course


Basic Principles of Computed Tomography -- 45 hrs

Content is designed to provide entry-level radiography students with principles related to computed tomography (CT) imaging.
Prerequisite: None


Image Analysis -- 72 hrs

This course is designed to provide a basis for analyzing radiographic images. The course will include the importance of minimum imaging standards, a discussion of problem-solving techniques for image evaluation, and the factors that can affect image quality. The student will evaluate images for quality throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Radiography; Radiographic Procedure I


Pathological Report and Presentation -- 36 hrs

The pathology report with presentation is a self directed project designed to enhance student knowledge of pathological conditions diagnosed and monitored through general radiography exams. In addition, the student will demonstrate effective research analysis skills, as well as, effective written & oral communication skills.
Prerequisite: Radiographic Procedure & Radiographic Anatomy


Advanced Radiographic Procedures -- 98 hrs

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform standard imaging procedures, including basic computed tomography (CT) and 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. This course will provide an in depth study of all radiographic procedures.
Prerequisites: Radiographic Anatomy, Radiographic Procedures; Preceding Advanced Radiographic Procedures


Radiobiology and Radiation Protection -- 80 hrs

This course is designed to provide 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 is presented and includes the responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel and the public, which includes federal and state safety requirements.
Prerequisite: Radiographic Physics


Imaging Equipment -- 21 hrs

This course is designed to establish knowledge in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile and tomographic equipment requirements and design. The content will also provide a basic knowledge of quality control.
Prerequisites: Radiographic Physic; Radiobiology and Radiation Protection; Basic Principles of Computed Tomography


Principles of Exposure and Image Production -- 42 hrs

This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in factors that govern the image production process. Film imaging with related accessories will be emphasized. Class demonstrations/labs are used to demonstrate application theory.
Prerequisite: Radiographic Physics


Digital Image Acquisition -- 39 hrs

This course is designed to impart an understanding of the components, principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance are presented.
Prerequisite: Film-Screen Image Acquisition; Radiography Practicum


Registry Review -- 40 hrs

This course is designed to prepare the student for the ARRT Registry Exam in Radiography. Simulated Registry Exams and Primary Assessment Series are available on computers and in booklets for students to practice the ARRT examination.
Prerequisites: All previous courses


Radiography Practicum -- 1596 hrs

Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments students learn concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development. Clinical practice is designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging and quality management. Clinical rotations are designed to provide students with the tools and experience necessary to achieve competency in performing radiologic examinations using a variety of different equipment.
Prerequisites: Each preceding Clinical Practice course; Hospital Orientation Program; Introduction to Radiography