Southern Union State Community College

Radiologic Technology Course Descriptions

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Radiologic Technology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Computed Tomography (CT)

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

RAD 111. Introduction to Radiologic Technology. 2 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission into the program.
This course provides the student with an overview of radiography and its role in health care delivery. Topics include the history of Radiologic Technology, professional organizations, legal and ethical issues, health care delivery systems, introduction to radiation protection, and medical terminology. Upon completion students will demonstrate foundational knowledge of radiologic science.

RAD 112. Radiologic Technology Procedures I. 4 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission into the program.
This course provides the student with instruction in anatomy and positioning of the Chest and Thorax, Upper and Lower Extremities, and Abdomen. Theory and laboratory exercises will cover radiographic positions and procedures. Upon completion of the course the student will demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and positioning skills, oral communication and critical thinking in both the didactic and laboratory settings.

RAD 113. Patient Care. 2 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: As required by program.
This course provides the student with concepts of patient care and pharmacology and cultural diversity. Emphasis in theory and lab is placed on assessment and considerations of physical and psychological conditions, routine and emergency. Upon completion, students will demonstrate/ explain patient care procedures appropriate to routine and emergency situations.

RAD 114. Clinical Education I. 2 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides the student with the opportunity to correlate instruction with applications in the clinical setting. The student will be under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner. Emphasis is on clinical orientation, equipment, procedures, and department policies. Upon completion of the course, the student will demonstrate practical applications of specific radiographic procedures identified in RAD 112.

RAD 122. Radiologic Technology Procedures II. 4 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: As required by program.
This course provides the student with instruction in anatomy and positioning of spine, cranium, body systems and special procedures. Theory and laboratory exercises will cover radiographic positions and procedures
with applicable contrast media administration. Upon completion of the course the student will demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and positioning skills, oral communication and critical thinking in both the didactic and laboratory settings.

RAD 124. Clinical Education II. 5 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides the student with the opportunity to correlate previous instruction with applications in the clinical setting. Students will be under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner. Practical experience in a clinical setting enables students to apply theory presented thus far and to practice Radiologic Technology equipment manipulation, Radiologic Technology exposure, routine Radiologic Technology positioning, identification, and patient care techniques. Upon completion of the course, students will demonstrate practical applications of radiographic procedures presented in current and previous courses.

RAD 125. Imaging Equipment. 3 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides the student with knowledge of basic physics and fundamentals of imaging equipment. Topics include information on x-ray production, beam characteristics, units of measurement, and imaging equipment components. Upon completion, students will be able to identify imaging equipment as well as provide a basic explanation of the principles associated with image production.

RAD 134. Clinical Education III. 5 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides the student with the opportunity to correlate instruction with applications in the clinical setting. Students will be under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner. Practical experience in a
clinical setting enables students to apply theory presented thus far and to practice Radiologic Technology equipment manipulation, Radiologic Technology exposure, routine Radiologic Technology positioning,
identification, and patient care techniques. Upon completion of the course, students will demonstrate practical applications of Radiologic Technology procedures presented in current and previous courses.

RAD 135. Exposure Principles. 3 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides students with the knowledge of factors that govern and influence the production of Radiologic Technology images and assuring consistency in the production of quality images. Topics include
factors that influence density, contrast and Radiologic Technology quality as well as quality assurance, image receptors, intensifying screens, processing procedures, artifacts, and state and federal regulations.

RAD 136. Radiation Protection and Biology. 2 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides the student with principles of radiation protection and biology. Topics include radiation protection responsibility of the radiographer to patients, personnel and the public, principles of cellular radiation interaction and factors affecting cell response. Upon completion the student will demonstrate knowledge of radiation protection practices and fundamentals of radiation biology.

RAD 212. Image Evaluation and Pathology. 2 hr.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides a basic understanding of the concepts of disease and provides the knowledge to evaluate image quality. Topics include evaluation criteria, anatomy demonstration and image quality with emphasis placed on a body system approach to pathology. Upon completion students will identify Radiologic Technology manifestations of disease and the disease process. Students will evaluate images in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.

RAD 214. Clinical Education IV. 8 hr.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides students with the opportunity to correlate previous instruction with applications in the clinical setting. Students will be under the direct supervision of a qualified practioner. Practical experience in a clinical setting enables students to apply theory presented thus far and to practice radiographic equipment manipulation, Radiologic Technology equipment manipulation, Radiologic Technology exposure, routine Radiologic Technology positioning, identification, and patient care techniques. Principles of computed tomography and cross-sectional anatomy will be presented. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate practical applications of Radiologic Technology procedures presented in current and previous courses.

RAD 224. Clinical Education V. 8 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides students with the opportunity to correlate previous instruction with applications in the clinical setting. Students will be under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner. Practical experience in a clinical setting enables students to apply theory presented thus far and to practice Radiologic Technology equipment manipulation, Radiologic Technology exposure, routine Radiologic Technology positioning, identification, and patient care techniques. Principles other imaging modalities will be presented. Upon completion of the course, students will demonstrate practical applications of Radiologic Technology procedures in current and previous courses.

RAD 227. Review Seminar. 2 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides a consolidated and intensive review of the basic areas of expertise needed by the entry level technologist. Topics include basic review of all content areas, test taking techniques and job seeking skills. Upon completion the student will be able to pass comprehensive tests of topic covered in the Radiologic Technology Program.

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MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

RAD 250. ADVANCED PATIENT CARE. 5 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to program
This course will provide the radiographer with concepts of patient care including patient preparation, patient education, assessment and monitoring, IV procedures for contrast agents and medications, pharmacology, emergency care, radiation safety and biological considerations, safety precautions, and general procedural considerations for CT, MRI, Mammography, Cardiovascular Interventional Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  

RAD 251. ADVANCED CROSS-SECTIONAL ANATOMY. 3 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to program
This course provides the radiographer with knowledge of anatomy of the human body in cross-section. Topics included advanced sectional anatomy as demonstrated by computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and medical sonography. Upon completion, the student will be able to identify cross sectional anatomy from CT, MRI, and medical sonography.   

RAD 266. PATHOLOGY CORRELATION FOR CT/MR. 4 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course is designed to introduce theories of disease causation and pathophysiologic disorders that compromise health systems.  Each disease or trauma process is examined from its description, etiology, associated symptoms, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis with appearance on CT and MR images.

RAD 283. MR IMAGING PROCEDURES. 5 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging procedures. Emphasis is on the essential theory and experiences for development of skills and competencies of MR imaging procedures, data acquisition, and processing

RAD 284. MR PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES.  5 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to program
This course provides knowledge of magnetic resonance physical principles of image formation. Emphasis is on instrumentation, fundamentals, artifacts, and quality control to include sequence parameters and options. Upon completion, students will demonstrate a knowledge of basic MRI physics.

RAD 285. MAGNETIC RESONANCE CLINICAL EDUCATION. 4 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides the essential clinical experiences for magnetic resonance imaging. Emphasis is on the development of skills and competencies of MRI imaging procedures, data acquisition, and image processing. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate practical application of MRI imaging procedures.

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COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)

RAD 250. ADVANCED PATIENT CARE. 5 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to program
This course will provide the radiographer with concepts of patient care including patient preparation, patient education, assessment and monitoring, IV procedures for contrast agents and medications, pharmacology, emergency care, radiation safety and biological considerations, safety precautions, and general procedural considerations for CT, MRI, Mammography, Cardiovascular Interventional Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 

RAD 251. ADVANCED CROSS-SECTIONAL ANATOMY. 3 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Admission to program
This course provides the radiographer with knowledge of anatomy of the human body in cross-section. Topics included advanced sectional anatomy as demonstrated by computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and medical sonography. Upon completion, the student will be able to identify cross sectional anatomy from CT, MRI, and medical sonography.  

RAD 263. CT IMAGING PROCEDURES. 5 hrs. 
PREREQUISITE: Admission to program
This course provides knowledge of computed tomography imaging procedures.  Emphasis is on head, chest, spine and pelvis.  Upon completion, students will demonstrate and/or explain specific CT imaging procedures relative to the head, chest, spine, and pelvis.

RAD 264. CT PHYSICS - INSTRUMENTATION & IMAGING. 5 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course will provide the radiographer with knowledge of computed tomography physics and instrumentation to include system operation and components; image processing and display, image quality, and artifacts.

RAD 265. CT CLINICAL EDUCATION. 4 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course provides the essential clinical experiences for development of skills and competencies of CT imaging procedures, data  acquisition, and image processing.

RAD 266. PATHOLOGY CORRELATION FOR CT/MR. 4 hrs.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all required previous semester courses.
This course is designed to introduce theories of disease causation and pathophysiologic disorders that compromise health systems.  Each disease or trauma process is examined from its description, etiology, associated symptoms, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis with appearance on CT and MR images.

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