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Course Descriptions

101. Introduction to Radiography Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Radiography and its role in health care delivery. Imaging equipment, radiation safety, radiographic contrast media, x-ray film/image receptors, processing of images, and professional organizations. Infection control, use of tubes, catheters, medical emergencies, communication, and patient care. Social and ethical healthcare issues, moral, legal, and social responsibilities. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.


220. Radiographic Procedures I Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Positioning nomenclature. Latex safety, O2 administration, and venipuncture. Radiographic anatomy and positioning of chest, abdomen, upper extremity, Humerus, scapula, clavicle, AC joints and Shoulder. Prerequisites or Corequisites: RADS 220L and acceptance into professional phase of the Radiologic Sciences Program


220L. Radiographic Procedures I Laboratory Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Practice of radiographic anatomy and positioning of chest, abdomen, upper extremities, Humerus, scapula, clavicle, AC joints and basic patient care concepts, including venipuncture. Prerequisites or Corequisites: RADS 220 and acceptance into the professional phase of the Radiologic Sciences Program.


230. Imaging Production and Radiographic Quality Lec. 3 Lab. 2 Cr. 4

Atomic structure, nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production, and fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. Emphasis on influencing factors of radiographic quality. Experimentation involving factors governing radiographic quality.  Prerequisite: Acceptance into the professional phase of the Radiologic Sciences Program.


320. Radiographic Procedures II Lec. 4 Cr. 4

 Radiographic anatomy and positioning of the gastrointestinal tract, genitourinary system, biliary system, lower extremities, pelvic, and skull. Prerequisites or Corequisites: RADS 320L, RADS 342, RADS 350, RADS 354, and RADS 355.


320L. Radiographic Procedures II Laboratory Lab. 3 Cr. 1

 Practice of radiographic anatomy and positioning of gastrointestinal tract, genitourinary system, biliary system, lower extremities, pelvic girdle, and skull. Prerequisites or Corequisites: RADS 220, RADS 220L, RADS 230, RADS 320, RADS 349, and RADS 355.


321. Radiographic Procedures III Lec. 4 Cr. 4

Radiographic anatomy and positioning of the facial bones, sinuses, orbits, bony thorax, and vertebral column. Pediatrics, geriatrics, mobile and surgical radiography, special bone studies, central nervous system exams, and basic CT procedures of head, neck, chest abdomen and pelvis. Presentation of radiographs for discussion of anatomy, positioning, technique, pathology and radiographic quality. Prerequisites or Corequisites: RADS 320, RADS 320L, RADS 321L, RADS 342, RADS 354, RADS 355, and RADS 356.


321L. Radiographic Procedures III Laboratory Lab. 3 Cr. 1

  Practice of radiographic anatomy and positioning of facial bones, sinuses, orbits, bony thorax, and vertebral column, bony thorax, pediatric and geriatric radiography, central nervous system exams, special bone studies.  Prerequisites or Corequisites: RADS 320, RADS 320L, RADS 321, RADS 342, RADS 354, RADS 355, and RADS 356.


342. Imaging Equipment and Accessories Lec. 2 Cr. 2

Radiographic exposure involving intensifying screens, radiographic grids, fluoroscopic equipment, x-ray timers, tomography, automatic exposure control systems, and introduction to computed tomography equipment. Prerequisite: RADS 350.


349. Radiation Protection and Biology Lec. 3 Cr. 3

  Radiation protection, quantities and units used in measuring radiation, biological effects of ionizing radiation, patient protection, personnel protection, and development of radiobiology. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the professional phase of the Radiologic Sciences Program.


350. Clinical Radiography I Lab. 10 Cr. 2

Supervised clinical practice and observation, including basic routines radiographic examinations, patient care, and the radiographic processes. Emphasis on professionalism, dependability, and radiographic examinations. Prerequisites: RADS 220, RADS 220L, RADS 230, and RADS 349. WE


354. Radiographic Imaging Equipment Dynamics Lec. 3 Cr. 3

 Basic imaging equipment requirements and design. Basic radiographic imaging equipment related to overall x-ray circuit and equipment operation. Computer principles and components relating to operation of digital imaging systems, computed radiography, and management information systems. Prerequisite: RADS 350.


355. Clinical Radiography II Lab. 15 Cr. 3

Supervised clinical practice. Prerequisites or Corequisites: RADS 320, RADS 320L, and RADS 350.

356. Clinical Radiography III Lab. 15 Cr. 3 Supervised clinical practice. Prerequisites or Corequisites: RADS 321, RADS 321L, RADS 342, RADS 354, and RADS 355.

367. Radiological Seminar Lec. 1 Cr. 1

 Oral and written reports on specialized or current topics in the radiological sciences. May be repeated to accrue a total of 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission of RADS program Director.


370. Vascular Imaging and Advanced Patient Care Lec. 3 Cr. 3

 Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involving cardiac-interventional and vascular interventional methods with associated patient care and assessment. Prerequisites: RADS 320, RADS 320L, RADS 342, RADS 354, and RADS 355 or permission of the RADS program director


459. Clinical Radiography IV Lab. 10 Cr. 2

Supervised clinical practice. Prerequisites or Corequisites: RADS 321, RADS 321L, RADS 356, RADS 370, and RADS 463. WE


461. Clinical Radiography V Lab. 25 Cr. 5

 Supervised clinical practice. Emphasis on critical thinking, effective problem solving, and effective communication skills. Completion of radiography clinical competency evaluation requirements. Prerequisite: RADS 459.


462. Diversity and Global Management of Health Care Lec. 3 Cr. 3

 Cultural diversity as it affects global management of health care. Emphasis on practice standards for management in radiologic sciences focusing on ethical and legal issues and organization of the radiology department. Prerequisites: RADS 461, RADS 466, RADS 468, and RADS 470 or RADS 471 or permission of the RADS program director.


463. Radiographic Pathology and Pathophysiology Lec. 3 Cr. 3

 Pathology terminology, basic knowledge of disease process, various pathologic conditions, radiographic demonstration, and impact on radiographic process. In-depth study of pathophysiology allowing the student to communicate better with other healthcare professionals and patient for history and physical assessment. Prerequisites: RADS 320, RADS 320L, RADS 342, RADS 354, and RADS 355. WE


464. Directed Study Lec. 3 Cr. 3

 Individual investigation of selected topics in the radiologic sciences. Open to registered technologists only. May be repeated once for additional credit. Prerequisite: Approval of RADS program director.


465. Advanced Radiography Practices Lec. 2 Lab. 2 Cr. 3

 To assess knowledge and application of concepts for making practical and theoretical decisions. Professional development, advancement, and continuing education issues.  Capstone Course. Prerequisites: RADS 461, RADS 466, RADS 468, and RADS 470 or RADS 471. CAP WE


466. Quality Assessment/Management in the Radiology Department Lec. 2 Cr. 2

Evaluation of radiographic systems to assure quality in the delivery of radiographic services. State and federal regulatory agencies assuring quality improvement will be discussed. Equipment quality control and testing discussed. Prerequisite: RADS 356 and RADS 367 or permission of RADS program director


467. Advanced Clinical Practice in Radiologic Sciences Lab. 25 Cr. 5

Emphasis on one selected areas of advanced clinical practice from the following: mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone densitometry, vascular-interventional technology, cardiac-interventional technology, and quality management. Clinical experiences through assignment to a clinical education setting or entering into a clinical learning contract. Prerequisites: RADS 461, RADS 466, RADS 468, and RADS 470 or RADS 471, or permission of RADS program director.


468. Cross-sectional Anatomy in Medical Imaging Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Concentration on anatomical structures most commonly demonstrated through cross-sectional imaging. Images from computed tomography, sonography, and magnetic resonance utilized. Prerequisite: RADS 459 or permission of RADS program director.


470. Principles of Mammography & Bone densitometry Lec. 3 Cr. 3

 Advanced imaging methods incorporating principles of mammography and bone densitometry. Prerequisite: RADS 459 or permission of the RADS program director.


471. Principles of Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Advanced imaging methods incorporating principles of computed tomography and magnetic resonance. Prerequisite: RADS 459 or permission of the RADS program director.


472. Research in Health Care Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Foundations of research in health care, including its definition and characteristics, purposes, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, ethical considerations, and relationship to the health care of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Prerequisites: RADS 461, RADS 466, RADS 468, and RADS 470 or RADS 471. WE


WE - writing enriched course
CAP - capstone course