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 School of Radiology - Schedules and Course Descriptions

Daily Schedule

Enrolled students will not exceed 40 hours per week on campus. Depending on the clinical assignment, hours on campus begin no earlier than 7:00 am.

The clinical hours in attendance depends on rotation: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for days, and evening rotations of 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There are a limited number of evening rotations.

Second year students are required to complete a clinical assignment of three weekends. The weekends can be any time rotation chosen by the student (i.e., days, PM’s, or nights).

Academic Calendar

 

 

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

First day! &
Orientation Period Begins

August 1, 2016

July 31, 2017

July 30, 2018

Semester 1 begins

August 29

August 28

August 26

No class/clinical

September 5

September 4

September 3

End of Semester 1

November 23

November 22

November 21

No class/clinical

November 24-25

November 23-14

November 22-23

No class/clinical

December 19-30

December 24- January 5, 2018

December 24 - January 4, 2019

End of Semester 2

March 4, 2017

March 2

March 1

End of Semester 3

May 25

May 25

May 24

No class/clinical

May 29

May 28

May 27

No class/clinical

July 4

July 4

July 4

End of Semester 4

August 25

August 24

August 30

No class/clinical

September 4

September 3

September 2

End of Semester 5

November 22

November 21

November 27

No class/clinical

November 23-24

November 22-23

November 28-29

No class/clinical

December 25 - January 5, 2018

December 24 - January 4, 2019

December 23 - January 4, 2020

End of Semester 6

March 2

March 1

March 6

Graduation!

May 19

May 18

May 16

End of Semester 7​May 25​May 24​May 29

 

Grading Scale & Academic Probation Policy 


All courses, with the exception of Radiographic Procedures Practicum and Clinical Education, are graded on a seven point grading scale.

Radiographic Procedures Practicum and Clinical Education, our hands-on only courses, are graded on a five point grading scale.

Each student is required to pass each course with a grade of “C” or better to remain in good standing.

A student receiving a “D” in any one course will be placed on academic probation. Another “D” in any other course throughout the program will result in academic based dismissal.

A student receiving a “fail” in a pass/fail course or an “F” in any course at the end of a semester will be dismissed from the program.

 

Course Schedule


Orientation
  • Introduction to Radiography
Semester One
  • Clinical Education I
  • Human Anatomy I
  • Human Physiology I
  • Imaging & Processing I
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medical Terminology I
  • Patient Care I
  • Radiographic Procedures I
  • Radiographic Procedures Practicum I
  • Radiation Characteristics and Production I
Semester Two
  • Clinical Education III 
  • Human Anatomy II
  • Human Physiology II
  • Imaging and Processing II
  • Medical Terminology II
  • Patient Care II
  • Radiographic Procedures II
  • Radiographic Procedures Practicum II
  • Radiation Characteristics and Production II
Semester Three
  • Clinical Education III
  • Human Anatomy III
  • Human Physiology III
  • Imaging and Processing III
  • Radiation Characteristics and Production III
  • Radiographic Procedures III
  • Radiographic Procedures Practicum III
Semester Four
  • Clinical Education IV
  • Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • Radiographic Procedures IV
  • Radiographic Procedures Practicum IV
  • Throwback Thursday Review
Semester Five
  • Clinical Education V
  • Image Analysis
  • Imaging Equipment and Quality Control I
  • Pharmacology
  • Radiation Protection
  • Radiographic Procedures V
  • Radiographic Procedures Practicum V
Semester Six
  • Clinical Education VI
  • General Review I
  • Imaging Equipment and Quality Control II
  • Radiation Biology
  • Radiographic Pathology
  • Radiographic Procedures VI
  • Radiographic Procedures Practicum VI
Semester Seven
  • Clinical Education VII
  • General Review II
  • Radiographic Procedures VII

Course Descriptions

The School of Radiography curriculum is composed of courses relevant to the field of radiography. The school follows the Radiography Curriculum developed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

Clinical Education I-VII

1920 total Clock Hours – unit hours in Student Handbook

This course is the core of the practice of radiography. It provides the student with the opportunity to apply the principles of patient care and the concepts and theories learned in the classroom to the performance of radiologic procedures. It is a structured, methodical process that is competency-based and allows for the professional development of sound practices when providing care for the patient and in the production of high quality radiographic images. The student will be provided practice experiences in every area of the diagnostic imaging department. This process is sequential and will continue throughout the course of the program. As the student gains proficiency and confidence, as measured by evaluation, they will earn the opportunity to perform exams under indirect supervision in following semesters.

Cross-Sectional Anatomy

24 Clock Hours

Content begins with a review of gross anatomy of the entire body. Detailed study of gross anatomical structures will be conducted systematically for location and relationship to other structures. Gross anatomical structures are located and identified in axial, sagittal, coronal and orthogonal planes. The characteristic appearance of each anatomical structure as it appears on CT and MR will be stressed.

General Review I-II

24 Clock Hours per unit

This course is designed to create a comprehensive overview of the entire field of radiography.

Human Anatomy I-III

12 Clock Hours per unit

Course content establishes a knowledge base in human anatomy. Components of cells, tissues, organs, and systems are described and discussed. The course is taught in conjunction with Human Physiology I-III.

Human Physiology I-III

12 Clock Hours per unit

Course content establishes a knowledge base in human physiology. Physiology of the cells, tissues, organs, and systems are described and discussed. The course is taught in conjunction with Human Anatomy I-III.

Image Analysis

12 Clock Hours

This course allows the student to view and evaluate a variety of images for technical and positional errors and discuss the methods of correcting such errors. This is accompanied by lectures that review technical errors not often seen or those that contain pathology which will require exposure changes. It provides a review of geometric factors that affect exposure.

Imaging and Processing I-III

24 Clock Hours per unit

The main focus is to work with the student’s knowledge from Radiation Characteristics and Production so that the student will possess a stronger knowledge base of the material. The material will enable the student to make educated decisions when working in the field of medical imaging. Practical applications of the material are taught in the course, as they pertain to a working radiographer. Radiation Protection for the patient and student is also introduced.

Imaging Equipment and Quality Control I-II

24 Clock Hours per unit

This course will provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the imaging equipment used in diagnostic radiology. A survey of all imaging modalities employed in an imaging (radiology) department will be completed to assist the student in understanding the fundamental operations of these systems. A review of the quality control program and duties expected of the technologist is included.

Introduction to Radiography

80 Clock Hours

This four week orientation period allows the student to acclimate to the radiography program. During orientation the student will be introduced to all of the aspects of the profession of radiography, including an introduction to medical terminology, diversity in the medical field, patient transfer techniques, ethical and legal standards of the profession, radiation safety, confidentiality and HIPAA, navigating patient charts, equipment operation, emergency equipment and supplies in the clinical environment, and many other introductory items.

Medical Ethics

12 Clock Hours

Course content provides a foundation in ethics and law related to the practice of medical imaging. An introduction to terminology, concepts, and principles will be presented. Students will examine a variety of ethical and legal issues found in clinical practice.

Medical Terminology

6 Clock Hours per unit

Course content provides an introduction to the origins of medical terminology. A word-building system is introduced, and abbreviations and symbols are discussed. Related terminology is addressed.

Patient Care I-II

12 Clock Hours per unit

This course introduces the student to the concepts of basic patient care and safety. It encompasses the legal and ethical standards that govern the professional behavior of the Radiographer as well as the practice of safe and compassionate care to all individuals without bias or discrimination. This training includes all age ranges (neonates-geriatrics) and the care of the patient in any situation.

Patient care is the cornerstone of what we do! Exceeding a patient’s expectations is the goal of every patient interaction we have. All patients must be afforded respect and have their dignity maintained at all times! Patient confidentiality must be maintained at all times!

Pharmacology

12 Clock Hours

This course provides basic concepts of pharmacology, or drugs, used in radiology.

Radiation Biology

24 Clock Hours

Content provides an overview of the principles of the interaction of radiation with living systems. Radiation effects on molecules, cells, tissues, and the body as a whole are presented. Factors affecting biological response are presented, including acute and chronic effects of radiation.

Radiation Characteristics and Production I-III

24 Clock Hours per unit

This physics course provides the learning an understanding of x-ray interactions and basics of radiographic equipment used to acquire a radiographic image. Also presented are the relevant mathematics, the nature and characteristic of radiation, and x-ray production, interaction and detection.

Radiographic Pathology

12 Clock Hours

Content of this course introduces concepts related to disease and etiological considerations with emphasis on radiographic appearance of disease and impact on exposure factor selection.

Radiographic Procedures I-VII

24 Clock Hours per unit

This course teaches the student topographic positioning landmarks, anatomy, physiology, terminology, and pathology of the region of the body that is being studied. Technical factor choices, adjustments for habitus or patient condition due to trauma or pathology will be discussed at length. This is the didactic component of the procedures course.

Radiographic Procedures Practicum I-VI

36 Clock Hours per unit (24 Clock Hours for unit 4)

This major course in the field of Radiography will provide the training necessary to perform standard imaging procedures and special studies on patients in the clinical setting. This course is paired with Radiographic Procedures to marry the knowledge gained in the classroom with the laboratory training in the classroom that this course provides.

Radiation Protection

24 Clock Hours

This course presents an overview of the principles of radiation protection, including the responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel, and the public. Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accrediting agencies and health care organizations are incorporated.

Throwback Thursday Review

24 Clock Hours

This course is designed to provide the learner with an overall review of all courses presented in the first year.