Radiologic Technology Courses

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RDT 101 Introduction to Radiologic Technology

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: 26 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the summer. (2.0 Credits)

RDT 104 Principles of Exposure I

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. Fundamental components of digital imaging are reviewed. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Materials fee: $20. Usually offered in the fall. (3.0 Credits)

RDT 105 Introduction to Radiographic Positioning

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: 26 lecture and 39 laboratory. Prerequisite: permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Usually offered in the summer. (3.0 Credits)

RDT 109 Radiologic Nursing Procedures

In this course, students practice the basic nursing skills necessary in the field of radiologic technology. Aseptic techniques, infection control, emergency measures and vital signs are topics of instruction. In addition, ethics and law as they apply to the radiologic sciences are explained. Hours: 39 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. (3.0 Credits)

RDT 154 Principles of Exposure II

This course is a continuation of RDT 104. Image acquisition and processing techniques for digital radiography methods are discussed. Equipment characteristics and exposure technique selection affecting image receptor exposure, contrast and spatial resolution, and distortion, are reviewed. Parameters for selecting Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) techniques are explained. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: RDT 104 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Materials fee: $20. Usually offered in the spring. (3.0 Credits)

RDT 155 Radiographic Position & Clinical Prac I

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. Materials fee: $20. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the fall.  (4.0 Credits)

RDT 201 Radiation Protection and Radiobiology

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.  (2.0 Credits)

RDT 203 Clinical Practicum III

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 103 and RDT 153 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Usually offered in the summer. (4.0 Credits)

RDT 204 Principles of Exposure III

This course is a continuation of the concepts covered in RDT 104 and RDT 154. Digital image acquisition, display and modification are covered. Specialized imaging techniques and equipment are reviewed. 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: $35. Usually offered in the fall.  (2.0 Credits)

RDT 205 Radiographic Position & Clinical Prac II

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. Materials fee: $20. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the spring. (4.0 Credits)

RDT 210 Radiographic Pathology

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. (2.0 Credits)

RDT 211 Image Analysis

This course introduces students to image analysis concepts. Students evaluate images according to positioning criteria, exposure technique selection and anatomical structures demonstrated for radiographic projections. Images are reviewed for equipment operation errors and presented artifacts obscuring pertinent anatomy. Students identify images requiring repeat exposures and explain corrective action necessary to produce diagnostic radiographs. Students self-evaluate images performed in the clinical practicum applying image analysis techniques. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisites: RDT 104 and RDT 155 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Materials fee: $20. Usually offered in the spring. (2.0 Credits)

RDT 215 Clinical Practicum III

This course is the third in a series of five, providing structured, sequential and competency-based assignments in a clinical setting. In this clinical practicum, students continue the competency process, completing imaging exams on patients while supervised by licensed radiologic technologists. Students apply an understanding of radiographic positioning, equipment operation and radiation protection skills in clinical practice. Drug preparation, administration and identification of adverse drug-induced reactions are taught in this course. Hours: 416 clinical. Prerequisites: RDT 155 and RDT 205 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Materials fee: $20. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the summer. (2.0 Credits)

RDT 255 Radiographic Position & Clinical Prac IV

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. Materials fee: $20. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the fall.  (4.5 Credits)

RDT 256 Imaging Equipment and Operation

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. (2.0 Credits)

RDT 257 Intro to Sectional Anat & Computed Tmgry

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.  (2.0 Credits)

RDT 275 Seminar in Radiography & Clinical Prac V

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: $35. Usually offered in the spring. (4.5 Credits)

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