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MN Society of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
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.
Program Mission Statement:
Lake Superior College Radiologic Technology program will produce competent entry level Radiologic Technologists. The program will prepare students for success in medical imaging through a broad didactic component and comprehensive clinical education in greater Minnesota.
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.
The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) http://www.jrcert.org/.
Program outcomes include:
• GOAL 1: Students will cultivate critical thinking skills for effective clinical competency.
• OUTCOME 1A: Students will show ability to adapt to atypical clinical situations.
• OUTCOME 1B: Students will show ability to organize thoughts/work tasks.
• GOAL 2: Students will develop communication skills for effective clinical competency.
• OUTCOME 2A: Students will demonstrate appropriate verbal communication skills.
• OUTCOME 2B: Students will demonstrate professional writing skills.
• GOAL 3: Students will exhibit awareness of the importance for professional growth and development.
• OUTCOME 3A: Students will develop an intentional approach to uphold medical ethic.
• OUTCOME 3B: Students will continue lifelong learning and professionalism through involvement in a medical imaging professional society.
• GOAL 4: Students will prove clinical competence.
• OUTCOME 4A: Students will position patients with accuracy for diagnostic images on first attempt.
• OUTCOME 4B: Students will utilize collimation and proper shielding to assure ALARA.
• OUTCOME 4C: Students will be versed in alternate techniques (both positioning and exposure settings) to assure ALARA.
• OUTCOME 4D: Students will consider image gently skills when performing CT procedures on pediatric patients.
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Other Course Requirements:
|BIOL1141||4||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||Continued 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)
|PSYC1135||3||Lifespan Developmental Psychology||A 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)
|RADT1402||1||Introduction to Medical Imaging||This 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)
|RADT1404||1||Patient Care in Medical Imaging||This 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)|
|RADT1453||3||Radiographic Procedures I||This 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)|
|RADT1455||1||Concepts of Digital Radiography||This course is an introduction to computer systems used in medical imaging. Contents include basic computer language, digital image formation and processing of computed and direct digital systems. Students will be exposed to electronic medical record systems (EMR) and with picture archival (PACS) image storage system as well as EPIC systems. Due to the nature of the course content, medical ethics will be reviewed and reinforced. (Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program or instructors consent) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|RADT1463||4||Radiographic Procedures II||A 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)|
|RADT1480||2||Radiation Biology & Protection||The 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: Entrance into the Radiologic Technology Program or instructor's consent) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|RADT1552||3||Image Production I||An 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)|
|RADT1558||4||Clinical Radiography I||This 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)|
|RADT1559||0||Clinical Radiography Theory I||This course runs concurrent with RADT1558. It is a structured film critique/review of the chest and abdomen. (Prerequisites: Entry into the Radiologic Technology program. Current mantoux and current CPR certification.) (0 hrs lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|RADT1560||3||Image Production II||A 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)|
|RADT1568||7||Clinical Radiography II||This 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)|
|RADT1569||0||Clinical Radiography Theory II||This course runs concurrent with RADT1568. It is a structured film critique/review of the upper extremity and shoulder girdle. (Prerequisites: RADT1558 and RADT1559) (0 hrs lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|RADT1578||2||Clinical Radiography III||A 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)
|RADT1579||0||Clinical Radiography Theory III||This course runs concurrent with RADT1578. It is a structured film critique/review of the lower extremities and pelvic girdle. (Prerequisites: RADT1558, RADT 1559, RADT1568 and RADT1569) (0 hrs lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|RADT2453||4||Radiographic Procedures III||This 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)|
|RADT2455||1||Radiologic Pathology||This 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)|
|RADT2552||2||Advanced Medical Imaging||An 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)|
|RADT2558||7||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 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)|
|RADT2559||0||Clinical Radiography Theory IV||This course runs concurrent with RADT2558. It is a structured film critique/review of all the body systems. (Prerequisites: RADT1578 and RADT1579) (0 hrs lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
|RADT2568||7||Clinical Radiography V||A 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)|
|RADT2569||0||Clinical Radiography Theory V||This course runs concurrent with RADT2568. It is a structured film critique/review of all the body systems. (Prerequisites: RADT2558 and RADT2559) (0 lec hours/1 lab hour/0 hours OJT) |
|RADT2572||1||Directed Studies in Radiologic Technology||This 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)|
|RADT2578||2||Clinical Radiography VI||This 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)|
|RADT2579||0||Clinical Radiography Theory VI||This course runs concurrent with RADT2578. It is a structured film critique/review of all the body systems. (Prerequisites: RADT2568 and RADT2569) (0 hrs lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)|
ENGL1109 may be substituted for ENGL1106
SOC1111 may be substituted for PSYC1135
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:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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:
*ALTH1410 Medical Terminology 1.00
*ALTH1440 Medical Ethics and the Law 1.00
*BIOL1140 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.00
*ENGL1106 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.
RADT2580 Expanded Horizons in Medical Imaging - Mammography 2.00
RADT2582 Expanded Horizons in Medical Imaging - Bone Densitometry 2.00
Social and Behavioral Science 3.00