Course Information

for Radiologic Sciences Department


Angiographic Procedures I (ANGI320)

Credits:3

This course includes topics on equipment and instrumentation, patient care, as well as thoracic, abdominal and venous access interventional procedures.

Clinical Education I (ANGI330)

Credits:3

This course provides an introduction into the angiography suite, basic sterile technique, and exploration of interventional procedure protocol. This course comprises active clinical participation and demonstrated competency.

Clinical Education II (ANGI340)

Credits:3

This course includes clinical participation and competency in a primary role which includes preparation of supplies and maintenance of equipment, administration of medications as required, patient monitoring, procedure management, image processing and evaluation.

Angiographic Procedures II (ANGI360)

Credits:3

This course includes topics on neurologic, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, peripheral and dialysis management interventional procedures.

Vascular Interventional Review (ANGI420)

Credits:3

Provides a comprehensive review of VI in preparation for the National Certification Examination. Numerous simulated registry examinations will be administered during the course.

Management Principles for Imaging Professionals (IMAG400)

Credits:3

This course explores the multiple dimensions of the role of the imaging professional in the healthcare arena. Emphasis is placed on the management responsibilities needed to foster and promote quality outcomes. Topics will focus on aspects of the following: patient engagement and communication, recruitment and retention, emotional intelligence, creating effective committees and teams, and coaching and mentoring skills.

Medical Imaging in the Digital Environment (IMAG485)

Credits:3

This course teaches the use of Picture Archiving and Communicating Systems (PACS), Computed Radiography, Direct Digital Radiography, Networking, and DICOM.

Case Studies in Healthcare (IMAG490)

Credits:3

This capstone course integrates business strategies for current and future operations within the field of Imaging Sciences. Applying concepts previously learned, students will create and deliver a strategic plan that encompasses the field of Imaging. This course is the final course of the program sequence and can only be taken in the student's final trimester.

Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena I (IMAG494)

Credits:3

This course explores the dynamics of the healthcare marketplace including changing demographics, increasing demands of the aging population, healthcare workforce, and new medical technology and research. Emphasis will be placed on health behaviors including smoking, poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse, and workplace violence.

Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena II (IMAG495)

Credits:3

This course places an emphasis on the medical imaging environment. It examines the challenges that shaped the field of imaging technology and current innovative strategies.

Radiography Associate Level Coursework (RADAS)

Credits:0

Principles of Quality Management (RADS300)

Credits:3

This course provides the most up-to-date information available on the quality management aspects of darkrooms; processing; equipment and accessories; fluoroscopic and advanced imaging equipment; artifacts; repeat analysis; and silver recovery.

Principles of Mammography (RADS322)

Credits:3

This course explores the principles and technical components that are essential for quality imaging of the breast. Topics identified include: patient education, breast assessment, positioning principles, MQSA standards, skin exposure, and mean glandular dosage. In addition, identification and recognition of pathology and physiology of the breast are included.

Physics and Instrumentation of Computed Tomography (RADS371)

Credits:3

This course provides an overview of the physical principles and instrumentation associated with computed tomography. Topics include methods of data acquisition and manipulation, CT systems and operations, and image processing and display. Quality management and artifact recognition will also be discussed.

Computed Tomography Imaging Procedures (RADS372)

Credits:3

This course is an overview of scanning techniques related to the central nervous system, neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, vascular (CTA), spine and musculoskeletal regions. Anatomy, positioning criteria, and various protocols will be studied. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

Computed Tomography Pathology and Case Studies (RADS373)

Credits:3

This course is designed to introduce the various pathological disorders that can be seen while performing CT scans on the various anatomical sections of the body. Clinical manifestations and radiographic appearance of pathological conditions will be discussed. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

Physics and Instrumentation of MRI (RADS381)

Credits:3

This course provides the student with the physical principles of image formation, data acquisition and processing related to magnetic resonance imaging. Topics include electromagnetism, gradients, pulse sequences, imaging parameters, and image analysis. Quality management and artifact recognition will also be discussed.

MRI Imaging Procedures (RADS382)

Credits:3

This course provides an overview of scanning techniques related to the central nervous system, neck, thorax, breast, abdomen and pelvis, vascular (MRA/MRV), spine and musculoskeletal regions. Anatomy, positioning criteria, coil selection, and various protocols will be studied. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

MRI Pathology and Case Studies (RADS383)

Credits:3

This course is designed to introduce the various pathological disorders that can be seen while performing MRI scans on the various anatomical sections of the body. Clinical manifestations and radiographic appearance of pathological conditions will be discussed. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

Advanced Procedures and Technology in CT (RADS420)

Credits:3

This course introduces students to the principles of 3D formatting, multi-slice advancements and considerations, computer software innovations, and post-processing techniques. Advanced imaging procedures, such as CT-guided biopsy, calcium scoring, and PET/CT, will also be covered.

Computed Tomography Registry Review (RADS425)

Credits:3

This course provides a comprehensive review of CT in preparation for the National Certification Examination. Numerous simulated registry examinations will be administered during the course.

Advanced Procedures and Technology in MRI (RADS430)

Credits:3

This course introduces students to the principles of 3-D post-processing techniques, scanner and magnet advancements, computer software innovations, and dynamic imaging. Special procedures and techniques, such as diffusion/perfusion scanning, spectroscopy, and MRI, will also be discussed.

MRI Registry Review (RADS435)

Credits:3

This course provides a comprehensive review of MRI in preparation for the National Certification Examination. Numerous simulated registry examinations will be administered during the course.

CT Clinical Internship (RADS440)

Credits:3

This course is designed to provide the student with experience in the clinical environment of computed tomography. Throughout this course, the student will gain valuable experience in imaging techniques, protocols, scanning procedures, acquisition methods, parameter selection, and contrast use and administration. The student will also demonstrate the ability to obtain a pertinent patient history and employ proper patient screening techniques. As clinical experience is gained, the student will refine imaging techniques and scanning procedures while progressing in and improving upon deductive reasoning and critical thinking in the clinical setting. The student will be placed under direct supervision of a licensed CT technologist.

MRI Clinical Internship (RADS445)

Credits:3

This course is designed to provide the student with experience in the clinical environment of magnetic resonance imaging. Throughout this course, the student will gain valuable experience in imaging techniques, protocols, scanning procedures, acquisition methods, parameter selection, and contrast use and administration. The student will also demonstrate the ability to obtain a pertinent patient history and employ proper patient screening techniques. As clinical experience is gained, the student will refine imaging techniques and scanning procedures while progressing in and improving upon deductive reasoning and critical thinking in the clinical setting. The student will be place under direct supervision of a licensed MRI technologist.

Introduction to Radiography (RTCA111)

Credits:3

This course provides the student with an orientation to the academic and clinical structure of the program. It includes a brief history of medicine with specific emphasis on radiography. The course explores the ethical and professional responsibilities of the radiographer. It also includes an in-depth study of radiation protection, positioning nomenclature, basic positioning, exposure techniques, and equipment orientation.

Clinical Education I (RTCA112)

Credits:2

This course focuses on supervised clinical experience and competency evaluation in performing radiographic procedures. It emphasizes radiation protection, patient care, equipment operation, exposure technique, and image quality evaluation.

Patient Care for the Health Sciences (RTCA113)

Credits:2

This course provides the health sciences student with the fundamentals of patient care methods related to diagnostic imaging. Topics include: communicating within the healthcare arena; first aid; infection control and isolation techniques; sterile technique; body mechanics and transfer techniques; vital signs; and medical emergencies.

Radiographic Procedures I (RTCA121)

Credits:3

This course focuses on radiographic positioning, equipment manipulation, and quality evaluation of radiographic studies of the upper extremity, chest cavity, abdomen, and contrast studies.

Radiographic Procedures Lab I (RTCA121L)

Credits:0

This course takes didactic learning and applies it to a physical (hands-on) environment. In a lab setting, students practice procedures covered in the classroom and are then tested for mastery of those procedures.

Clinical Education II (RTCA122)

Credits:2

This course is a continuation of Clinical Education I (RTCA112). The student will continue to apply knowledge gained from the Radiographic Procedures courses and experiences during clinical assignments. The student will participate in all radiographic procedures with emphasis placed on quality of performance and increased speed and proficiency.

Radiographic Procedures II (RTCA141)

Credits:3

This course is a continuation of Radiographic Procedures I(RTCA121). It includes: a study of radiographic positioning; equipment manipulation; and quality evaluation of radiographic studies of the lower extremity, bony thorax, vertebral column, cranium, and sinuses.

Radiographic Procedures Lab II (RTCA141L)

Credits:0

This course incorporates didactic instruction into a physical (hands-on) learning environment. In a lab setting, students practice procedures covered in the classroom, followed by a demonstration of their mastery of the various radiographic procedures.

Directed Study in Radiologic Sciences (RTCA159)

Credits:1

This course provides directed individual or group study of a particular problem area.

Clinical Education III (RTCA202)

Credits:2

This course is a continuation of Clinical Education II (RTCA122). The student will continue to apply knowledge gained from the Radiographic Procedures courses and experiences during clinical rotations. The student will participate in all radiographic procedures with emphasis placed on quality of performance and increased speed and proficiency. The student will become increasingly more independent by performing procedures, as much as possible, with the indirect supervision of the staff technologists.

Clinical Education III (RTCA210)

Credits:3

This course is a continuation of Clinical Education II (RTCA 122). The student will continue to apply knowledge gained from the Radiographic Procedures courses and experiences during clinical rotations. The student will participate in all radiographic procedures with emphasis placed on quality of performance and increased speed and proficiency. The student will become increasingly more independent by performing procedures, as much as possible, with the indirect supervision of the staff technologists.

Clinical Education IV (RTCA212)

Credits:3

This course is a continuation of Clinical Education III (RTCA202). The student will continue to apply knowledge gained from the Radiographic Procedures courses and experiences during clinical rotations. The student will participate in all radiographic procedures with emphasis placed on quality of performance and increased speed and proficiency. The student will become increasingly more independent by performing procedures, as much as possible, with the indirect supervision of the staff technologists.

Clinical Education V (RTCA222)

Credits:3

This course is a continuation of Clinical Education IV (RTCA212). The student will continue to apply knowledge gained from experiences during clinical rotations and the Radiographic Procedures courses previously taken. The student will participate in all radiographic procedures with emphasis placed on quality of performance and increased speed and proficiency. Students will become increasingly more independent by performing procedures they have already competency tested on, without the direct assistance of staff technologists.

Principles of Image Production (RTCA224)

Credits:3

This course covers the physics of diagnostic radiography including the following: basic structure of the atom, basic electrical theory (electrostatics, electrodynamics, magnetism, electromagnetism, generators, motors, transformers, and rectification), x-ray control circuit, x-ray tubes, electromagnetic radiation, production of x-rays, and the interaction of x-rays with matter.

Radiographic Procedures III (RTCA232)

Credits:3

This course is a continuation of Radiographic Procedures I and II, and will include a study of pediatric radiography and special imaging techniques in diagnostic imaging, including vascular and nonvascular procedures.

Radiobiology (RTCA241)

Credits:1

This course is a study of the effects of ionizing radiation on biological systems. The course investigates responses at the molecular, cellular, and organic levels.

Radiographic Pathology (RTCA251)

Credits:2

This course focuses on a study of disease as it relates to various radiographic procedures. The course will focus on any visible changes seen on a radiograph as a result of disease progression.

Radiographic Exposure and Quality Control (RTCA253)

Credits:3

This course provides a study of the technical variables influencing radiographic and fluoroscopic image quality. It includes equipment considerations, prime exposure factors, image receptors, accessory exposure devices, as well as a detailed study of analog film processing and digital image processing variables influencing radiographic image quality. Also included are quality control evaluation of radiographic and fluoroscopic imaging systems, implementation procedures, equipment selection criteria, and processing quality control.

Radiography Review (RTCA255)

Credits:3

This course provides a comprehensive review of Radiography in preparation for the National Certification Examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Numerous simulated registry examinations will be administered during the course.

Lower Division Radiography Course (RTCA37)

Credits:37

Nuclear Medicine Techniques I (RTNM252)

Credits:2

Provides an overview of nuclear medicine procedures of the skeletal, pulmonary, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular systems. The indications, radiopharmaceuticals, patient preparation, equipment, and findings for each procedure will be studied.

Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation (RTNM253)

Credits:3

The basic principles of both in vitro and in vivo instrumentation. The design, operation, and quality control of gas detectors and scintillation detectors are covered. Survey equipment, spectrometers, and stationary imaging devices are presented with their application to nuclear medicine.

Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation Lab (RTNM254)

Credits:1

Hands-on laboratory experience with nuclear medicine instruments.

Radiopharmacy and Radiation Chemistry (RTNM262)

Credits:3

Includes tracer theory, pharmacological actions, localizations methods, radiopharmaceutical properties, radionuclide generators, radiopharmaceutical preparations and quality control, and transient vs. secular equilibrium. All routinely used radiopharmaceuticals are discussed.

Nuclear Medicine Techniques II (RTNM264)

Credits:2

Provides an overview of nuclear medicine procedures of the cardiovascular, endocrine, and central nervous systems. In addition, tumor/infection imaging, special procedures, in vitro studies, and radionuclide therapy will be covered. The indications, radiopharmaceuticals, patient preparation, equipment, and findings for each procedure are studied.

Radiobiology and Radiation Protection (RTNM270)

Credits:3

Topics in radiobiology include a review of ionization and energy transfer, as well as a discussion of the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ response to radiation. Acute and chronic effects of radiation exposure are described. The course covers topics in licensing requirements; guidelines for radiation protection; governing agencies; radiation signs; record keeping; personnel and area monitoring; radionuclide receipt, storage, and disposal; as well as management of clinical radiation spills.

Clinical Nuclear Medicine I (RTNM271)

Credits:6

Students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training at affiliate hospitals. Students receive instruction and participate in the performance of various clinical nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control, quality assurance, and radiation safety. Students develop both their technical skills and interpersonal communication skills for incorporation into the medical community in order to provide quality patient care.

Clinical Nuclear Medicine II (RTNM272)

Credits:6

Students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training at affiliate hospitals. Students receive instruction and participate in the performance of various clinical nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control, quality assurance, and radiation safety. Students develop both their technical skills and interpersonal communication skills for incorporation into the medical community in order to provide quality patient care.

Clinical Nuclear Medicine III (RTNM273)

Credits:5

Students complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training at affiliate hospitals. Students receive instruction and participate in the performance of various clinical nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control, quality assurance, and radiation safety. Students develop both their technical skills and interpersonal communication skills for incorporation into the medical community in order to provide quality patient care.

Seminar in Nuclear Medicine Technology (RTNM281)

Credits:2

Provides a comprehensive review of nuclear medicine in preparation for the National Certification Examination. Numerous simulated registry examinations are administered during the course.

Foundations of Nuclear Medicine Technology (RTNM301)

Credits:4

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of nuclear medicine physics, radiopharmacy, radiation safety, and instrumentation.

Nuclear Medicine Procedures I (RTNM310)

Credits:3

This course is a study of nuclear medicine procedures of the cardiovascular and skeletal systems. The indications, radiopharmaceuticals, patient preparation, equipment, findings, and clinical correlation for each procedure will be studied.

Nuclear Medicine Procedures II (RTNM311)

Credits:3

This course is a study of nuclear medicine procedures of gastrointestinal, genitourinary, pulmonary, and endocrine systems. The indications, radiopharmaceuticals, patient preparation, equipment, findings, and clinical correlation for each procedure will be studied.

Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation with Lab (RTNM320)

Credits:4

This course focuses on the principles of both imaging and non-imaging instrumentation. The design, operation, and quality control of gas detectors, scintillation detectors, gamma cameras, solid state detectors, and PET/CT scanners are covered. This course also covers counting statistics and the applications of computers in nuclear medicine.

Radiopharmacy and Pharmacology (RTNM325)

Credits:3

This course is a study of the theory and practice of radiopharmacy to include the production of radionuclides, preparation and calculation of doses, quality control, radiation safety, and applicable regulations. In addition, applicable non-radioactive interventional drugs and contrast media are discussed. For all administered materials, the route of administration, biodistribution, interfering agents, contraindications, and adverse effects is covered.

Radiobiology and Radiation Protection (RTNM330)

Credits:3

This course focuses on topics in radiobiology, and includes a review of ionization and energy transfer, as well as a discussion of the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ response to radiation. Acute and chronic effects of radiation exposure are discussed. The course covers topics in licensing requirements; guidelines for radiation protection; governing agencies; radiation signs; record keeping; personnel and area monitoring; radionuclide receipt, storage, and disposal; as well as management of radiation spills.

Clinical Nuclear Medicine I (RTNM350)

Credits:4

This course provides students with a supervised clinical education that includes instruction and participation in the performance of various clinical nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation and administration, quality assurance, and radiation safety.

Clinical Nuclear Medicine II (RTNM351)

Credits:4

This course is a continuation of RTNM350. Students receive supervised clinical education that includes instruction and participation in the performance of various clinical nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation and administration, quality assurance, and radiation safety.

Journal Review and Research I (RTNM360)

Credits:1

This course is a review of medical journals with emphasis on the format of a scientific article, analytical reading, and reviewing and discussing published articles in nuclear medicine.

Journal Review and Research II (RTNM361)

Credits:1

This course is a continuation of RTNM360 with an emphasis on research design and writing a research proposal.

Nuclear Medicine Procedures III (RTNM412)

Credits:3

This course is a study of nuclear medicine procedures of the central nervous system. In addition, oncology imaging, special procedures, radionuclide therapy, and non-imaging procedures will be discussed. The indications, radiopharmaceuticals, patient preparation, equipment, findings, and clinical correlation for each procedure will be studied.

X-Ray Production (RTNM442)

Credits:1

This course covers the principles of X-ray production as it relates to nuclear medicine.

Clinical Nuclear Medicine III (RTNM452)

Credits:4

This course is a continuation of RTNM351. Students receive supervised clinical education that includes instruction and participation in the performance of various clinical nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation and administration, quality assurance, and radiation safety.

Clinical Nuclear Medicine IV (RTNM453)

Credits:4

This course is a continuation of RTNM452. Students receive supervised clinical education that includes instruction and participation in the performance of various clinical nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation and administration, quality assurance, and radiation safety.

Journal Review and Research III (RTNM462)

Credits:1

This course is a continuation of RTNM361 with emphasis on data collection, statistical analysis, and writing abstracts and scientific papers.

Advanced Imaging (RTNM473)

Credits:3

This course is designed to provide the student with exposure to new and emerging technologies and techniques. The course will include an emphasis on positron emission imaging.

Seminars in Nuclear Medicine Technology (RTNM483)

Credits:3

This course provides a comprehensive review of nuclear medicine in preparation for national certification exams. Numerous simulated registry examinations are administered during the course. In addition, the students will complete a capstone project that incorporates their personal philosophy of healthcare.