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RDT 110 Radiologic Technology I

"Five different sites for clinical rotations gives us the ability to work with different types of equipment and staff." A.C.

Introduction to Radiography — This course orients the new student to Presence Health and Saint Francis School of Radiography. The student reviews: policies and procedures; basic radiation protection; infection control; fire safety; hazardous wastes; and electrical safety. Content will include introduction of the health care team and the radiologic sciences. Basic fundamentals will be discussed.

Methods of Patient Care/Ethics and Law — This course will familiarize the student with basic concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care and techniques used in general patient care as it relates to Radiography. It will emphasize the radiographer's role in multiple clinical settings. It will also acquaint the student with the ethical and legal responsibilities of the radiographer as part of the heath care team. Consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family will be reviewed. Routine and emergency patient care procedures are described, as well as infection control procedures using standard precautions.

Procedures I — The student is introduced to positioning principles, terminology and topographical landmarks. Anatomy, positioning, proper Patient and Family Centered Care, and radiographic examinations of the thorax and abdomen are covered. Correlation of radiographs with positioning of the anatomical part for optimal diagnostic images, technique selection and radiation safety is explored.

Anatomy and Physiology I — This course will provide the student with complete understanding of the skeletal system. Bone development will also be covered. Identification of bony anatomy for the upper and lower extremities, thorax, vertebral column, pelvis and skull will be covered as well as function and articulation.

Principles of Radiation Protection — This course will acquaint the student with the principles of radiation protection including different sources of ionizing radiation and hazards involving the technologist, patient, and the general public. Proper protective measures will be introduced. Radiation monitoring and survey equipment are also presented.

Clinical Education I — Using the competency - based education model, students will be supervised with both direct and indirect supervision. Students will gain experience to become competent entry-level radiographers. Students will become acquainted with radiologic imaging procedures addressed in Procedures appropriate Patient and Family Centered Care methods, radiation safety, technique selection, and equipment operation.

RDT 120 Radiologic Technology II

Principles of Exposure I — This course is intended to educate the student in factors that affect radiographic exposures and the principles and devices involved in technique formation. Basic fundamentals of exposure, concerned with production and recording of the radiograph image, will be presented. Radiographic quality factors of contrast, density, detail, and distortion will be reviewed. Clinical correlation of these principles through laboratory experience will be explored.

Procedures II — The student is introduced to positioning principles, terminology and topographical landmarks. Anatomy, positioning, proper Patient and Family Centered Care, and radiographic examinations of the biliary, gastrointestinal and urinary systems are covered. Correlation of radiographs with positioning of the anatomical part for optimal diagnostic images, technique selection and radiation safety is explored.

Radiographic Image Processing — This course is designed to acquaint the student with an understanding of the components and operating principles of image processing, basic maintenance and trouble shooting techniques. Radiographic image artifacts will be identified. Content is designed to impart an understanding of the components, principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Film based processing will also be addressed.

Image Presentation I — These courses are intended to acquaint the student with the necessary skills to determine a radiograph's acceptability and to learn to correct errors. It is to accustom the student to be independently responsible for assessing radiographic images, and then presenting them. This evaluation will be used to improve radiographs in the clinical setting. Case studies will include chest, abdomen, and contrast studies.

Cross Sectional Anatomy — This course is designed to introduce cross sectional anatomy including identification of vital anatomy and physiology presented through lectures and sample radiography. Radiographic anatomy of head, thorax, abdomen, and extremities will be presented.

Clinical Education II — Building upon the competency - based education model, students will be supervised with both direct and indirect supervision. Students will continue to become acquainted with radiologic imaging procedures, appropriate Patient and Family Centered Care methods, radiation safety, technique formulation, and equipment operation Students will complete clinical competencies and objectives taught in Procedures I relating to contrast studies of the digestive and accessory organs of the body.

RDT 130 Radiologic Technology III

Principles of Exposure II — This course is intended to educate the student in factors that affect radiographic exposures and the principles and devices involved in technique formation. Radiographic quality factors of contrast, density, detail, and distortion will be reviewed. Beam restriction and radiographic grids will be introduced. Clinical correlation of these principles through laboratory experience will be explored.

Procedures III — Didactic and laboratory education continues with emphasis on the bony thorax and the vertebral column. Correlation of radiographs with positioning of the anatomical part for optimal diagnostic images, technique selection and radiation safety is explored while maintaining Patient and Family Centered Care.

Image Evaluation I — This course emphasizes the principles of image evaluation as it relates to technique, collimation, and shielding, positioning and radiographic quality. Radiographic images are studied in detail. Radiographic pathology will be identified. Procedures to improve diagnostic quality are emphasized, including the study of existing diagnostic exams to demonstrate quality images.

Radiographic Pathology — This unit will explores the concepts of disease, systemic classifications, complications and prognosis of disease. Identifying pathological processes on radiographs and other imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, and subsequent radiographic exposure technique will be presented.

Clinical Education III — Building upon the competency - based education model, students will be supervised with both direct and indirect supervision. Students will continue to become acquainted with radiologic imaging procedures, appropriate Patient and Family Centered Care methods, radiation safety, technique formulation, and equipment operation Students will complete clinical competencies and objectives taught in Procedures II relating to upper and lower extremity work. Clinical trauma shifts will be introduced.

RDT 210 Radiologic Technology IV

Radiographic Physics — This course discusses the fundamental concepts of energy and measurements, atomic structure, electricity, and electromagnetism. It will also discuss circuitry panels, transformers, generators, rectifiers, and mathematical considerations of each. Quality assurance for specific equipment will be addressed.

Procedures IV — The student studies advanced radiographic positioning. Many non-routine radiographic views are covered. Specialized radiographic procedures include radiography of the selected anatomical systems, pediatric work and trauma radiography. Specialty modalities will also be explored. Correlation of radiographs to positioning of the anatomical part for optimal diagnostic images, technique selection and radiation safety while using Patient and Family Centered Care is explored.

Math Calculations for Radiographic Exposure — This unit is a development of the fundamentals learned in Principles of Exposure I and II. This course focuses on the formulation of radiographic techniques based on established principles, formulas and conversions.

Radiographic Imaging — This course explores the basic principles of image-intensified fluoroscopy, recording media and techniques, CR, DR, and PACS. The areas of tomography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging are presented.

Clinical Education IV — Continuing to build upon the competency - based education model, students will be supervised with both direct and indirect supervision. Students will continue to familiarize themselves with radiologic imaging procedures, appropriate Patient and Family Centered Care methods, radiation safety, technique formulation, and equipment operation Students will complete clinical competencies and objectives taught in Procedures IV relating to cranial work.

RDT 220 Radiologic Technology V

Radiation Biology — This course deals with the effects of ionizing radiation on living tissue, radiation effects on cells and factors affecting cell response. Factors affecting biological responses are presented, including acute and chronic effects of radiation.

Radiographic Procedures V — The student studies advanced radiographic positioning, which includes cranial work. Many non-routine radiographic views are covered. Specialized radiographic procedures include radiography of the selected anatomical systems, Pediatric work and trauma radiography. Specialty modalities will also be explored. Correlation of radiographs to positioning with positioning of the anatomical part for optimal diagnostic images, technique selection and radiation safety, while using Patient and Family Centered Care is explored.

Introduction to Quality Assurance — This course is designed to acquaint students with Quality Assurance and Quality Control measures used within a Radiography Department. Governing organizations, regulations, test tools and methods of application are explored. Fixed and variable kVp systems and AEC devices will all be addressed.

Computer Applications in Radiography — This course gives the student a basic overview of computers in Radiography. It allows for computer review of different programs regarding Radiography.

Image Presentation II — This course is intended to expand the necessary skills to determine a radiograph's acceptability and to learn to correct errors on the image. It is to accustom the student to be independently responsible for assessing radiographic images, and then presenting them to the class. This evaluation will be used to improve radiographs for future studies. Case studies will include chest, abdomen, contrast studies, extremity work, spine, ribs and skull work.

Clinical Education V — Continuing to build upon the competency - based education model, students will be supervised with both direct and indirect supervision. Students will continue to familiarize themselves with radiologic imaging procedures, appropriate Patient and Family Centered Care methods, radiation safety, technique formulation, and equipment operation. Students will complete clinical competencies and objectives taught in Procedures IV relating to cranial work. Terminal competencies assessing the students’ progress will also be used. Clinical trauma shifts will continue allowing the student to critically think and problem solve while in the clinical setting.

RDT 230 Radiologic Technology VI

Image Evaluation II — This course continues to emphasize the principles of image evaluation as it relates to technique, collimation, and shielding, positioning and radiographic quality. Radiographic images are studied in detail. Radiographic pathology will be identified. Procedures to improve the diagnostic quality are emphasized, including the study of existing diagnostic exams to demonstrate quality images.

Registry Review — This provides a review of the major content areas appearing in the national certification examination. This course requires class participations, review of radiation protection, equipment operation and maintenance, image production and evaluation, radiographic procedures, and patient care. Students will be given multiple content area examinations and multiple mock registry examinations.

Professional Development — course is designed to give an overview of the professional responsibilities of a radiographer including continuing education, scope of practice and licensure. The course will review the differences between the ARRT and the ASRT as well as the IEMA. Students will be required to devise an individualized, professional Portfolio. The portfolio will minimally consist of a résumé, interviewing material and a professional development plan.

Clinical Education VI — Students will continue to perform procedures under indirect supervision using appropriate Patient and Family Centered Care methods. Students will completely review all phases of radiology previously learned and put them to practice during the clinical experience. Final competency exams will be performed as a conclusive evaluation of a student's clinical skills

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