Course Descriptions

Medical Imaging Program


RADI 440 Introduction to Human Anatomy


RADI 442 Introduction to Radiologic Science
This course is an introduction to radiologic science. The content is designed to prepare students for upcoming academic study and clinical experiences. Topics include medical terminology, introduction to imaging, equipment, radiation protection, patient management, positioning principles, and roles of medical imaging professionals as parts of the health care team.


RADI 660 Pathophysiology
Using a system approach, this course will present physiological concepts related to the human body. Emphasis will be placed on the effect of pathological conditions on the function of the various body systems. Discussions will include radiographic imaging that demonstrates anatomical changes related to the patient’s physical and pathological state.


RADI 461 Radiography I
This course introduces radiography of the chest, abdomen, extremities, spine, upper and lower GI studies, biliary, and urinary studies. It includes information for dealing with specific radiography situations such as evening/trauma, mobile radiography, and pediatric and geriatric patient populations. Additional medical terminology words are included as well. The course content is designed to complement and enhance the clinical experiences of the students. The students perform these examinations considering gross, radiographic, and cross-sectional anatomy, necessary compensations, radiation protection, and safe practice. Students practice independent investigation of various radiologic procedures.


 RADI 462 Radiographic Imaging I
An overview of radiographic imaging methods examining the imaging process as a sequence of events from x-ray production through hard copy processing. The imaging equipment is discussed in terms of function, influence on the image, the impact of alteration on image characteristics, and compensation techniques for changes in the sequence.


RADI 463 Clinical Education I
RADI 463 is the first of a four part series of clinical courses taken during your First Professional Year. Students will focus on the application and evaluation of radiography in the clinical setting. Under supervision, students develop technical skills and procedural knowledge through observation and participation in radiographic studies.


RADI 674 Integrated Principles of Radiologic Analysis
This course involves students in situational problem solving and radiographic analysis. Integration of concepts and knowledge of anatomy, pathology, procedures, patient care, and imaging principles emphasized.


RADI 471 Radiography II
This course introduces radiography of the skull including cranial bones, facial bones, and special projections. It introduces special contrast procedures and studies including mammography, mobiles, CT, and MRI. It reviews general radiography of extremities, spine, GI studies, and urinary studies. The course content is designed to complement and enhance the concurrent clinical experiences of the students. The students will be able to perform these examinations considering gross, radiographic, and cross-sectional anatomy, necessary compensations, radiation protection, and safe practice. Students will also practice independent investigation of various radiologic procedures.


 RADI 472 Radiographic Imaging II
A detailed study of specific elements of the radiographic process, with an emphasis on the interrelationships of the radiographic parameters, refinement of image analysis and problem-solving skills, and quality control testing for evaluating the performance of radiographic equipment and accessories.


 RADI 473 Clinical Education II
RADI 473 is the second of a four part series of clinical courses taken during your First Professional Year. Students will focus on more advanced application and evaluation of radiography in the clinical setting. Under supervision, students develop technical skills and procedural knowledge through observation and participation in radiographic studies.


 RADI 574 & 575 Clinical Internship
RADI 574 is the third of a four part series of clinical courses taken during your First Professional Year. Being the transition period between structured clinical learning and self-directed clinical practice, you will function as a staff radiographer with appropriate supervision. Students will focus on more advanced application and evaluation of radiography in the clinical setting.

RADI 575 is the fourth of a four part series of clinical courses taken during your First Professional Year. Being the transition period between structured clinical learning and self-directed clinical practice, you will function as a staff radiographer with appropriate supervision. Students will focus on more advanced application and evaluation of radiography in the clinical setting.


RADI 583 Clinical Education III

RADI 583 prepares Radiologic Science students for patient care, technological concepts, and professional responsibilities needed for clinical practice in the healthcare environment. Coursework ensures basic competency in diagnostic radiography while allowing students to further investigate elective practice areas of Radiologic Science. The overall goal of this course is to enable students to be more reflective, critical, and strategic participants in the Radiologic Science professions.


RADI 585 Radiologic Health Physics
This course includes the physics of diagnostic radiology including: radiation effects on tissue, radiation detection and measurement, protection methods and techniques, and environmental radiation issues.


 RADI 586 Research in Radiologic Science I
This course is designed in concert with The American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ curriculum outline. It states, “Research methods and information literacy are important because the health care profession is continually changing, which requires the radiologic technologist to possess new knowledge to function competently. The radiologic technologist should contribute to the body of knowledge and be able to effectively analyze resources to promote growth in the profession. The attitude of lifelong learning enables the radiologic technologist to stay in step with the current health care environment and be prepared to help foster the future and increase awareness of the profession in the global community. This content is geared to increase and disseminate intellectual inquiry, information literacy and the use of scholarly research methods.” (ASRT, 2008)


 RADI 596 Professional Communications and Interactions
This course is designed for allied health communicators, professionals, and especially individuals in medical imaging, who will be involved in professional communications and interactions in allied health programs, health care institutions, and agencies. In concert with
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ curriculum outline, “Communication is important because the radiologic technologist needs to effectively relate and communicate with patients and other health care professionals. This content focuses on expanding the knowledge base and skills necessary for interpersonal, internal, external and written communications. Sensitivity to human diversity will be emphasized.” (ASRT, 2008)


 RADI 694 Clinical Decisions in Radiology
This course includes both pharmacology, and patient assessment, management and education. Pharmacology topics include sources and effects of drugs, consumer safety and drug regulations, and safe dose preparation. Principles of drug administration and classifications of drugs related to body systems will be discussed. Patient assessment, management and education will include the application of normal anatomy and physiology to injured and ill patients. There will be an emphasis on patient education, assessment, communication, preprocedural and postprocedural care and proper charting and documentation.


 RADI 584 Clinical Education IV
RADI 584, the final clinical course, prepares Radiologic science students for patient care, technological concepts, and professional responsibilities needed for clinical practice in the healthcare environment. Coursework ensures basic competency in diagnostic radiography while allowing students to further investigate elective practice areas of Radiology Science. The overall goal of this course is to enable students to be more reflective, critical, and strategic participants in Radiologic science professions.


 

 RADI 597 Leadership in Radiologic Science
Content is designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for the radiologic professional to provide leadership in workplace performance and professional development, thus promoting efficient and effective patient care. It is based on the concept that leadership is exercised through personal example, initiating actions and communication that influences and encourages professional excellence.

Teamwork is also a vital component of all health care teams. To promote an effective team, the radiologic technologist must be able to exercise the ability to function within an interdisciplinary team. This course will explore the nature and purpose of teams, key skills of productive teams, conflict management and how to effectively lead teams.

Patient information management and the role of the imaging professional and radiology leader will be explored. Medical records management including privacy and regulatory issues and risk management program development will also be examined. Topics include sources of risk, target populations and incident reporting. Emphasis will be given to the systematic gathering and utilization of data as a strategy to reduce and minimize the possibility of a specific loss. Included is the formulation of a risk management action plan.


 RADI 681 Issues in the Radiologic Practice Environment

Quality Management:

Quality management is important to ensure the proper functioning of equipment and compliance with government and accreditation standards. Thus, technologists should have an understanding of the activities and their role in the quality management (QM) process. This content is designed to expand the QM skills of the technologist to include digital imaging systems and the application of QM principles in an imaging department.
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Ethics and Diversity/Health Care Law and Compliance :

Health care law and compliance is important because of its financial and emotional impact on technologists, patients and health care facilities. This content is geared toward legal and compliance issues that affect the employee and employer directly regarding accreditation and compliance issues. In addition this content gives guidance on risk management techniques, including reporting, that can help mitigate noncompliance.
Ethics and diversity are important because all health care providers work in a global community that is increasingly diverse and complex. Health care providers must interact with individuals from a variety of backgrounds both ethically and with respect for their beliefs and values. This content focuses on ethical and diverse issues that affect the radiologic technologist’s interactions with patients, co-workers, and the community.
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Health Care Delivery:

It is important for the radiologic technologist to understand the various methods of health care delivery to remain knowledgeable in the changing face of technology. The political context of health care organization and delivery, with specific focus on the mechanisms for policy formulation and implementation will be discussed.
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RADI 686 Research in Radiologic Science II
Content is designed to aid in the development of inquiry and research skills. The intent of the course is to elevate understanding of the problems and issues affecting the profession and to encourage personal involvement, greater participation and contribution as professionals in the future directions of the radiologic sciences. This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of research methodology. Students are required to use their literature review completed in RADI 586 to produce a publishable manuscript. It is highly recommended that the student then submit the manuscript for publication.