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Radiologic Technology Courses

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RDT 101: Introduction to Radiologic Technology

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides an introduction to the radiologic technology profession, reviews the imaging modalities and explains the ethical responsibilities of the radiologic technologist. This course also provides basic principles of radiation protection, radiographic exposure and image production. Medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols associated with human structure and function, and radiology, are studied. Hours: 36 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the summer.
RDT 104: Principles of Exposure I

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course includes the basic methods of X-ray production, image acquisition and various parameters affecting image quality. Beam attenuation characteristics and the interactions of ionizing radiation within the human body are explained. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Usually offered in the fall.
RDT 105: Introduction to Radiographic Positioning

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides students with the theoretical foundations and laboratory demonstrations necessary to develop the psychomotor skills that are essential for the achievement of routine diagnostic radiographs and those requiring supplementary views for patients at any stage of the life span. This course covers the essential anatomy and positioning used for radiography of the chest, abdomen and distal upper extremity. Concepts of mobile radiography are also introduced. Hours: 36 lecture and 36 laboratory. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Usually offered in the summer.
RDT 109: Radiologic Nursing Procedures

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
In this course, students practice the basic nursing skills necessary in the field of radiologic technology. Aseptic techniques, infection control, emergency measures, vital signs, contrast media, drug administration and IV therapy are included. In addition, ethics and law as they apply to the radiologic sciences are explained. Hours: 52 lecture. Prerequisite: RDT 101 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Materials fee: $40. Usually offered in the fall.
RDT 154: Principles of Exposure II

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is a continuation of RDT 104. Image acquisition and processing techniques for conventional, computed and digital radiography methods are discussed. Image analysis, exposure controls and exposure calculations are emphasized in this course. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisite: RDT 104 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the spring.
RDT 155: Radiographic Positioning and Clinical Practicum I

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is a continuation of RDT 105. It focuses on the proximal upper extremity, lower extremity and pelvic girdle radiographic exams. The clinical practicum component of the course provides students with practical experience in the functioning of the radiology department. Included are equipment manipulation, basic exposure technique selection, imaging acquisition factors and the development of fundamental patient care skills in diagnostic radiography. This course represents the beginning of the clinical competency program. Hours: 26 lecture, 39 laboratory and 208 clinical. Prerequisites: RDT 101 and RDT 105 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the fall.
RDT 201: Radiation Protection and Radiobiology

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides students with knowledge of the biologic processes that occur as a result of interaction with ionizing radiation. The fundamentals of radiation protection for personnel, patients and the public are discussed, including structural requirements, personnel monitoring, gonadal shielding and other factors that affect the amount of radiation exposure during diagnostic procedures. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisites: RDT 104 and RDT 154 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the fall.
RDT 204: Principles of Exposure III

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is a continuation of the concepts covered in RDT 104 and RDT 154. Digital image acquisition, display and modification are covered. Principles of fluoroscopy and tomography are provided. Analysis of the digital image is emphasized. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisites: RDT 104 and RDT 154 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Materials fee: $15. Usually offered in the fall.
RDT 205: Radiographic Positioning and Clinical Practicum II

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is a continuation of RDT 155. It focuses on contrast studies of the abdomen. Radiography of the bony thorax and the vertebral column are reviewed. Students are provided with practical experience in the operations of a radiology department. The clinical practicum component of this course provides students with the opportunity to continue to develop radiographic positioning skills, equipment manipulation skills and the skills necessary to deal with radiology patients. The clinical competency program is continued in this course. Hours: 26 lecture, 39 laboratory and 208 clinical. Prerequisites: RDT 105 and RDT 155 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the spring.
RDT 210: Radiographic Pathology

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is designed to introduce concepts related to disease and etiologic considerations with an emphasis on the radiographic appearance of disease and the impact on exposure factor selection. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisite: RDT 109 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the spring.
RDT 215: Clinical Practicum III

(4.0 credit hours)


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This course is the third in a series of five, providing structured, sequential and competency-based assignments in a clinical setting. This course provides students with an opportunity to interact with patients and health care team members in a radiology department. Students continue to develop their radiographic positioning and equipment manipulation skills to master the knowledge and skills necessary to produce a diagnostic radiograph and practice radiation protection. Hours: 520 clinical. Prerequisites: RDT 155 and RDT 205 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the summer.
RDT 255: Radiographic Positioning and Clinical Practicum IV

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is a continuation of RDT 215. It focuses on radiographic positioning of the skull, facial bones, mandible and sinuses. In addition, this course includes the study of special imaging procedures, including angiography, arthrography, myelography, cholangiography and hysterosalpingography. Modified imaging procedures for trauma and mobile radiography are examined. The analysis of diagnostic radiography images is also covered. The clinical practicum component of this course provides students with supervised experience in performing routine radiographic examinations. This course includes a critical analysis of the radiograph from technical, anatomical and pathological standards. The clinical competency program is continued in this course. Hours: 26 lecture, 39 laboratory and 312 clinical. Prerequisite: RDT 215 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the fall.
RDT 256: Imaging Equipment and Operation

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course includes the study of imaging equipment and its safe operation in a clinical application. Generators, X-ray circuitry, tube components and quality assurance (QA) monitoring maintenance are covered. Computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography and diagnostic imaging equipment are discussed. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisites: RDT 104 and RDT 154 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the spring.
RDT 257: Introduction to Sectional Anatomy and Computed Tomography

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides an introduction to the imaging of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvic anatomical structures in the sagittal, transverse and coronal planes. This course uses images from computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to develop cognitive ability in order for students to recognize anatomical structures in multiple dimensions. Course content is designed to provide entry-level radiography students with principles related to CT imaging. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisite: RDT 255 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the spring.
RDT 275: Seminar in Radiography and Clinical Practicum V

(5.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides a review of the concepts covered during the two-year program to help students prepare for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination. The clinical practicum component of this course is the fifth in a series of five structured, sequential and competency-based assignments in a clinical setting. This course provides students with an opportunity to interact with patients and health care team members in a radiology department. Students continue to develop their radiographic positioning and equipment manipulation skills to master the knowledge and skills necessary to produce a diagnostic radiograph and practice radiation protection. Hours: 39 lecture and 312 clinical. Prerequisite: RDT 255 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $100. Insurance: $18. Materials fee: $15. Usually offered in the spring.
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