Radiologic Technology

82 credit Associate of Applied Science program

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MN Society of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Program Description:
Radiologic Technology, the foundation of medical imaging, is an exciting blend of advanced technology and patient care. Excellent communication and critical thinking skills, an aptitude for science and a compassionate nature are essential for success in the field. As radiographers, graduates have opportunities to use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and physics to create permanent images that help physicians diagnose illness, injury, and disease. The radiographer is an integral member of the health care team during emergencies and surgery as well as during standard radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures.

Career and continuing education opportunities are diverse. Hospitals, clinics, health care facilities, industrial plants, educational centers, research centers and government agencies offer employment. Additional education is available in specialized imaging modalities such as nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, sonography, computerized tomography, mammography, bone densitometry and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These career choices also offer advancement opportunities in administration, education, sales and quality control.

Program Accreditation:
The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Program outcomes include:
• Graduates will possess critical thinking and communication skills for effective clinical competency.
• Foster awareness of the importance for professional growth and development.
• Fulfill the need for entry-level medical imaging professionals in greater Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and northwestern Michigan.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
BIOL11414Human Anatomy and Physiology IIContinued study of body structure and function. Incorporates principles of chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. A study of the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, immune system, respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system, and reproductive systems. For students in health related fields. Helps to fulfill general education lab-science requirements. Includes laboratory dissections. Builds on principles studied in BIOL1140. MTC goal areas: (3) Natural Sciences. (Prerequisites: BIOL1140) (2.5 hrs lec/3 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
PSYC11353Lifespan Developmental PsychologyA scientific, theoretical, and personal examination of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development across the life span. MTC goal areas: (5) History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and (7) Human Diversity. (Prerequisites: PSYC1120 highly recommended; college-level reading and writing) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT14021Introduction to Medical ImagingThis introductory course is designed for students who are interested in a career in Radiologic Technology and students accepted in the Radiologic Technology program. Medical Imaging serves a unique niche in health care today. Students will have an opportunity to explore the job duties, professional requirements and career advancement opportunities in Medical Imaging. Students are introduced to the RADT curriculum with emphasis on the physical science involved with x-ray equipment and x-ray production. (Prerequisites: ALTH1410, ALTH1440 or concurrent enrollment; BIOL1005 or concurrent enrollment; College-level reading and writing) (1 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT14041Patient Care in Medical ImagingThis core Radiologic Technology course will cover basic concepts of patient care, physical and psychological needs of the patient, and routine and emergency patient care. Patient assessment, infection control procedures, emergency and safety procedures, communication and patient interaction skills, and basic pharmacology are included. Standards of ethical performance and patient's rights will be studied. (Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiologic Technology program; RADT 1402 or concurrent enrollment) (1 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT14533Radiographic Procedures IThis course reviews the architectural plan of the body with emphasis on the structure and function of the skeleton. The student will learn the basics of positioning to obtain radiographs of the chest, thoracic cage, abdomen and upper extremities including shoulder girdle. The lab component will stress patient positioning and radiographic evaluation. (Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiologic Technology program or instructor consent) (2 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT14634Radiographic Procedures IIA continuation of RADT1453 and a study of the anatomy and positioning of the lower extremities, hip, pelvis, spine and contrast studies of the GI and GU systems. (Prerequisites: RADT1453 concurrent with RADT1568) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT15523Image Production IAn introduction to radiation safety and x-ray exposure. This course will include study of: the prime factors of radiographic exposure with its effect on the radiographic image; anatomy and characteristics of radiographic film and film processing; methods of radiation safety; general radiographic equipment and accessories for image production. The student will calculate adjustment of various factors that control radiographic exposure. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiologic Technology program; MATH0460 or placement test scores) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT15585Clinical Radiography IThis course runs concurrent with RADT1559. To acquaint the student with a hospital or clinic environment through supervised participation of theories presented in the classroom. Emphasis on patient care, patient transport, protocol in a hospital or clinic radiology department; identification of radiographic equipment and supplies, office and darkroom procedures. Students will observe and participate in patient radiographic procedures. (Prerequisites: Entry into the Radiologic Technology program. Current mantoux and current CPR certification) (0 hrs lec/1 hrs lab/15 hrs OJT)
RADT15584Clinical Radiography IThis course runs concurrent with RADT1559. To acquaint the student with a hospital or clinic environment through supervised participation of theories presented in the classroom. . Emphasis on patient environment through supervised participation of theories presented in the classroom. Emphasis on patient care, patient transport, protocol in a hospital or clinic radiology department; identification of radiographic equipment and supplies. Students will observe and participate in patient radiographic procedures. (Prerequisites: Entry into the Radiologic Technology program. Current mantoux and current CPR certification) (0 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/13.5 hrs OJT)
RADT15603Image Production IIA continuation of RADT2552 with emphasis on analysis of radiographic image quality, and comparing/contrasting imaging systems (Film/Screen, Computed Radiography and Direct Digital Radiography). This course will also identify the specialized components of fluoroscopic and tomographic radiography. (Prerequisites: RADT1552) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT15603Image Production IIA continuation of RADT1552 with emphasis on the analysis of radiographic image quality. This course will also discuss the circuitry common to most radiographic equipment, specialized radiographic equipment, processing, radiographic film and screens. Students will be involved in solving technical problems and making technical adjustment. (Prerequisites: RADT1552) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT15687Clinical Radiography IIThis course provides the student with the opportunity to operate more independently in all areas of basic radiography. Competency testing begins as well as weekend, surgical, and evening clinical experience. Clinical objectives, specific to each rotation, are found in the clinical portfolio. Course runs concurrent with RADT1569. (Prerequisites: RADT1558 and RADT1559) (0 hrs lec/1 hrs lab/21 hrs OJT)
RADT15783Clinical Radiography IIIA continuation of Clinical Radiography II, this course provides the student with the opportunity to operate more independently in all areas of general radiography. Competency testing continues as well as weekend and evening clinical rotations. Course runs concurrent with RADT1579. (Prerequisites: RADT1558, RADT1559, RADT1568 & RADT1569) (0 hrs lec/1 hrs lab/9 hrs OJT)
RADT15782Clinical Radiography IIIA continuation of Clinical Radiography II, this course provides the student with the opportunity to operate more independently in all areas of general radiography. Competency testing continues as well as weekend and evening clinical rotations. (Prerequisites: RADT1558, RADT1559, RADT1568 & RADT1569) (0 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/7.5 hrs OJT)
RADT24534Radiographic Procedures IIIThis course provides a structured methodology of problem solving clinical scenarios for mobile, surgical, and trauma situations as well as special considerations for pediatric and geriatric imaging. Students will build upon their radiographic knowledge by developing an organized, systematic approach for image analysis. The course includes a lab covering sterile technique, pediatric, and skull imaging. (Prerequisites: RADT1463) (3.5 hrs lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT24551Radiologic PathologyThis study of the disease as it relates to radiographic studies. Pathological conditions of each body system will be demonstrated using general radiology and advanced imaging modalities. Comparisons will be made between normal and abnormal anatomy due to the presence of pathology. (Prerequisites: RADT1463) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT25502Radiation Biology & ProtectionThe study of radiation and the effects of radiation exposure on the human body. Acute and chronic responses will be discussed in regard to molecules, cells, tissues, and organs. The principles of radiation protection including the responsibility of the technologist to the patient, personnel, and public will be addressed. The regulations and regulatory commissions governing exposure of ionizing radiation to humans will also be examined. (Prerequisites: RADT1560) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT25522Advanced Medical ImagingAn introduction to computed tomography (CT) will include fundamentals of the equipment components, image creation, and manipulation. This course will also prepare students to identify anatomical structures on sectional images. (Prerequisites: RADT2453 or current ARRT certification) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT25587Clinical Radiography IVThis course provides the student with the opportunity to operate more independently in all areas of basic radiography. Competency testing continues as well as weekend and evening clinicals. Exposure is given to specialized modalities in medical imaging. Clinical objectives, specific to each rotation, are found in the clinical objective handbook. Course runs concurrent with RADT2559.(Prerequisites: RADT1578 and RADT1579) (0 hrs lec/1 hrs lab/21 hrs OJT)
RADT25601Quality Assurance in RadiologyA study of the fundamental organization and procedures of a radiologic quality assurance program. The student will be introduced to and will perform a varied number of noninvasive quality control tests designed to evaluate the operation performance of a radiographic system. (Prerequisites: RADT1560) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT25687Clinical Radiography VA continuation of Clinical Radiography IV, this course provides the student with the opportunity to operate more independently in all areas of basic radiography. Competency testing continues as well as weekend and evening clinical. Exposure is given to specialized modalities in medical imaging. Course runs concurrent with RADT2569. (Prerequisites: RADT2558 and RADT2559) (0 hrs lec/1 hrs lab/14 hrs OJT)
RADT25721Directed Studies in Radiologic TechnologyThis course will help prepare the student for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology exam by assisting with a long term study plan, developing testing strategies, review of calculations and formulas, and mock testing. In addition, a workshop will be held to prepare the student for entry in the radiology job market. (Prerequisites: RADT2550) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RADT25783Clinical Radiography VIThis term the student has opportunity to complete and correlate all clinical and didactic experiences to a high degree of efficiency and proficiency. The student shall work independently with indirect supervision in all areas of proven competency. Direct supervision is required in all areas that competency has not been proven. Once all graduation requirements have been reached, and during the last 4 weeks of this term, the student can request to be rescheduled in any area of interest. Course runs concurrent with RADT2579. (Prerequisites: RADT2568 and RADT2569) (0 hrs lec/1 hrs lab/9 hrs OJT)
RADT25782Clinical Radiography VIThis term the student has opportunity to complete and correlate all clinical and didactic experiences to a high degree of efficiency and proficiency. The student shall work independently with indirect supervision in all areas of proven competent. Direct supervision is required in all areas that competency has not been proven. Once all graduation requirements have been reached, and during the last 4 weeks of this term, the student can request to be rescheduled in any area of interest. (Prerequisites: RADT2568 and RADT2569) (0 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/7.5 hrs OJT)

Other Course Requirements:
SOC1111 may be substituted for PSYC1135


Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Mathematics:
• A score of 71 or higher on the Elementary Algebra Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of MATH0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, MATH0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Required Pre-technical Courses:
FYE1000 Intro to College 1.00 (NOTE: This course is highly recommended to be taken prior to program start, but may be taken concurrently during Semester I of the program.)
*ALTH1410 Medical Terminology 1.00
*ALTH1440 Medical Ethics and the Law 1.00
BIOL1005 Introduction to Cell Biology 1.00
*BIOL1140 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.00
*ENGL1106 College Composition I 3.00

Prior to taking any RADT courses, all pre-technical courses listed above must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. To be considered program ready for fall, the minimum cumulative GPA of asterisk (*) courses must be 3.0 or better.

A recent health physical examination including current Mantoux is required. Background study approval is required from the State of Minnesota and/or Wisconsin. A national criminal background study is required by some clinical sites. Students assigned to a clinical site requiring a criminal background study will be informed of this requirement prior to the start of the clinical experience and will be provided the clinical sites preferred background study vendor name and contact information. Program students will complete CPR during the first semester in RADT1558.

Minnesota (and Wisconsin) law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health (and Wisconsin) have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who refuses to cooperate with the background study or who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program would result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in this program. Please visit the following site on the World Wide Web to learn more about the ethical standards required in Radiologic Technology: http://www.arrt.org/web/ethics/standardethic.pdf.

Electives:
RADT2580
RADT2582
Social and Behavioral Science 3.00