Radiography

Helping the medical team diagnose and treat patients.

 

Radiography - AAS

1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified

Estimated Costs for this Major

Tuition/Fees:$13,342
Tools:$400
Books/Supplies:$1,000
Total:$14,742
PREREQUISITE
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Goal 4: Mathematics
Choose one Goal 4 course
3 cr
3 cr
BIOL2511
Human Anatomy
Human Anatomy introduces the basic structures and operation of all the body systems. An emphasis is placed on how anatomical structure relates to normal body operation and health, from the cellular to the organ system level. (Meets MnTC Goals 2 & 3) (Prerequisite: Recent High School Biology or NATS 0510 or equivalent) (4 Credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
BIOL2512
Human Physiology
This course is intended to follow BIOL 2511 (Human Anatomy) and provides a detailed examination of the anatomical structures, physiological processes, cellular and molecular makeup, and medical terminology relating to the major organ systems of the body introduced in BIOL 2511 (Human Anatomy). (Meets MnTC Goals 2 & 3) (Prerequisite: BIOL2511) (4 Credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
ENGL1215
College Writing I
This course involves expository writing based on experience, direct observation, research and reading with emphasis on critical thinking skills, rhetorical strategies, and style. (Meets MnTC Goal 1) (Prerequisites: A minimum score of 78 on the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 18 on the English subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of ENGL0528) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
20 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
RADT2601
Introduction to Radiologic Sciences
This course introduces students to the role of radiography in healthcare. The first section provides the student with an overview of radiography and the health-care systems. Topics include professional organizations, the ARRT Code of Ethics and Standard Practices, Ethics and medico-legal issues that enable the student to understand parameters of professional practice and major areas of responsibility. The second section provides the student with the basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and their family. Communication skills, routine emergency patient procedures and infection control procedures using standard precautions are explored. Special and basic fluoroscopy procedures will be introduced along with pharmacology and contrast media, drug administration and venipuncture. Fluoroscopy, mobile and surgical equipment will be introduced. In addition, an on-line medical terminology component will be included in this course. (Prerequisite: Admission to the radiography program) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT2605, RADT2611) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
RADT2605
Radiographic Imaging 1
This introductory course provides the student with the basic elements of radiation physics. Topics include the electromagnetic spectrum, atomic structure, nature and characteristics of radiation and x-ray properties, x-ray machine components, x-ray tube and the production of radiation. Principles of radiographic exposure will also be presented to include the prime factors, image appearance standards of density, contrast, recorded detail, and distortion, grids, AEC, beam limitation and scatter radiation. (Prerequisites: MATH2520, ENGL2515, BIOL2511) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT2601, RADT2611) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
RADT2611
Radiographic Positioning and Procedures 1
For this first procedures course students will be introduced to the terminology of positioning, equipment used and basic radiographic and technical factors that affect the exposure. Introductory and general anatomy will be presented and specific procedures of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis, upper extremity from hand through shoulder girdle and lower extremity from foot through hip will be covered. Pediatric radiographic positioning will be explored. Labs will enable the student to become familiar with positioning using the x-ray machine. Mobile, trauma and surgical radiographic positioning will be presented. Principles of radiation safety and emphasis on protection of the technologist and patient will be stressed. Radiographic images will be evaluated for anatomy and positioning. The student will also be oriented to the clinical practice setting. (Prerequisite: Admission to the radiography program) (Prerequisite or Concurrent: RADT2601, RADT2605) (5 credits: 2 lecture/3 laboratory)

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5 cr
RADT2617
Clinical Practicum 1
For this course, the student will be assigned to a hospital or clinic 36 hours per week for 12 weeks. The assignment will be day shifts only, and at the same clinical site for the entire semester. During this assignment the student will learn clinical radiography on patients of all ages and complete competencies in radiography of the chest, abdomen, upper limb, shoulder girdle, lower limb proximal femur, pelvic girdle, the alimentary canal, urinary system, and general fluoroscopy procedures. The student will practice manipulating technical factors and producing digital images and will provide direct patient care to include radiation protection for the patient and self. The student may be assigned to rotations in trauma, surgery, and fluoroscopy. The student will be supervised directly by the program assigned clinical instructor and indirectly by the programs clinical coordinator. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2605, RADT2611) (9 Credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/9 OJT)

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9 cr
RADT2620
Equipment Operation and Maintenance
This course introduces radiography students to the principles and application of x-ray technology. Students analyze x-ray machine circuitry, fluoroscopy equipment, automatic exposure control and factors related to image formation. Specific topics to be covered include: electricity, electromagnetism, operation and maintenance of radiographic equipment that includes fluoroscopy, mobile, conventional and digital imaging systems. (Prerequisites: RADT2605, RADT2617, RADT2630, RADT2641) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT 2650, RADT 2653) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
RADT2625
Radiographic Positioning and Procedures 2
This is the second procedures course. In this course the student will be introduced to positioning of the vertebral column to include the sacrum and coccyx, and the bony thorax. Students will also learn fundamental positioning of the skull, facial bones and paranasal sinuses. Labs will enable the student to become familiar with positioning using the x-ray machine. The student will explore in greater detail; pediatric radiographic positioning. Principles of radiation safety with emphasis on protection of the technologist and patient will be stressed. Radiographic images will be evaluated for anatomy and positioning. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2611, RADT2617) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
RADT2630
Radiographic Imaging 2
This course will present fluoroscopy technology, and digital radiography to the student. This will include digital systems, digital image processing, image quality, and image storage and management. This course will introduce the student to the higher level principles of radiographic exposure and setting appropriate technical factors. Students acquire knowledge of quality management in radiology and apply quality control tests to determine the causes of image problems including equipment malfunctions and procedural errors. Included also are aspects of quality control to external x-ray beam evaluation, repeat rates and protective apparel. Laboratory exercises will emphasize the theories learned. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2605, RADT2611, RADT2617) (Co-requisite: RADT2625) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
RADT2635
Radiographic Pathology
This online course introduces the radiography student to disease processes and their effect on the human body. Radiographic pathologic correlation is emphasized. All of the major body systems are presented. Researching and writing a paper is a requirement for this class. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2605, RADT2611, RADT2617, RADT2625, RADT2630) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT2641) (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
RADT2642
Clinical Practicum 2
For this practicum, students will be assigned 36 hrs/wk to a hospital/clinic. Assignments will be mainly days but may include 2 weeks of evenings and 2 weekend shifts. Student will learn clinical radiography and complete competencies of complete vertebral column, bony thorax, skull, facial bones, and sinuses and continue to learn digital imaging and provide direct patient care. Students may be assigned rotations in general diagnostic radiology, mobile, trauma, surgery, and fluoroscopy. Students will continue to practice and improve all positioning skills. Learning procedures on geriatric and pediatric patients, understanding and operating radiographic image acquisition and processing equipment in terms of department protocol, using critical-thinking skills associated with patient care and radiation protection will be emphasized. Students will be supervised directly by clinical instructor and indirectly by program faculty.(Prerequisites: RADT2617) (12 credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/12 OJT)

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12 cr
RADT2650
Radiographic Protection and Biology
This course presents the principles of radiation protection and radiobiology. Topics include an overview of radiation physics, units of measure, radiosensitivity and response, and understanding the radiographers role in utilizing safe radiation practices for patients, personnel, and the public. Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies, and health care organizations will also be addressed. Specific topics: cell biology in terms of early and late radiation effects; principles of radiation interaction with living systems; radiation effects on biological molecules and organisms; factors affecting biological response; and acute and chronic effects of radiation. (Prerequisites: RADT2541, RADT2635) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
RADT2653
Radiographic Imaging 3
This course will introduce the student to the higher level principles of radiographic exposure. Topics covered in greater depth will be the x-ray tube, beam filtration, beam restriction, pathology problems, grids, film, processing, screens, density, contrast, recorded detail, distortion, imaging standards, image critique, AEC and exposure technique charts, DR and CR. Mathematical problems associated with exposure techniques will be presented. Laboratory exercises will emphasize the theories learned. Preparation for the national certification examination in radiography offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) will be started in this course. (Prerequisites: RADT2605, RADT2615, RADT2620, RADT2630, ARDT2641) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
RADT2663
Modalities
This online course introduces radiography students to imaging modalities beyond diagnostic radiology. There will be an emphasis of computed tomography (CT) and cross-sectional anatomy. Other modalities include MRI, mammography, ultrasonography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, bone densitometry, and cardiac/vascular interventional radiology. During completion of this course, students will be able to observe/participate in these special areas during clinical practicum if it does not interfere with diagnostic radiology experiences or on non-scheduled days. (Prerequisites: RADT2601, RADT2605, RADT2611) (Prerequisite or concurrent: RADT2617) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
RADT2673
Clinical Practicum 3
For this practicum, students will be assigned 36 hrs/week to a hospital or clinic the last 4 weeks of the semester. Assignment will include days, evenings or weekends if the mandatory 2 weeks of evenings and 2 weekends have not been completed. Students will continue to perfect their practice in digital imaging and provide direct patient care to include radiation protection. Student may be assigned to rotations in general, mobile, trauma, surgery, and fluoroscopy. Optional experience in CT, MRI, or other modalities may be used if available. Improvement in affective skills, radiographic processing, patient care, radiation protection, will be emphasized. Students will be supervised directly by clinical instructor on site and indirectly by program clinical coordinator. Preparation for the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) will be continued in this course. (Prerequisites: RADT2617, RADT2641) (3 credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/3 OJT)

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3 cr
 
51 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 71



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