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Radiologic Technology Course Descriptions

School of Nursing and Health Professions requirements

21 credits:

BIO 100   Life Systems
3 credits
An introductory biology course for non-majors. The relationship between structure and function is emphasized at the cellular and organismic levels. A survey of taxonomy and classification, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology, and ecology is provided. (May be taken as “lecture only” or concurrently with BIO 150).

CHE 103   General, Organic, and Biochemistry
5 credits
Prerequisites: High school chemistry or CHE 001; MAT 001 or appropriate math placement test score
An introductory course for non-science majors. This lecture and laboratory course provides a basic knowledge of chemistry and its application to everyday life, with special focus on biological and medical applications.

COM 302   Intercultural Communication
3 credits
This course develops intercultural communication competence through an exploration of cultures. Using a broad definition of culture, which includes norms, values, beliefs, art, music, and literature, students examine the world as a place of dynamic change and cultural interaction, increasing their need for intercultural sensitivity in general. Through both theory and personal experience, students examine how the various components of communication are affected by and interface with the intercultural experience. Service learning is a component of this course.

MAT 114   Algebra and Trigonometry
4 credits
Prerequisite: Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 111 with a grade of C or higher
A review of fundamental concepts of algebra, including systems of equations, polynomial, rational, logarithmic and exponential functions.  An introduction to trigonometry, including triangle and unit circle approaches.  Emphasis will be on applications of algebra and trigonometry.  (NOTE:  MAT 112 may not be taken for credit, upon completion of MAT 114.)

PHI 220   Bioethics
3 credits
Prerequisite: PHI 130 or PHI 132
A course designed specifically for those concerned with ethical problems facing medical professionals and generally for anyone with an interest in the relation of ethics to biomedical issues. The course examines the nature of ethics and morality, the variety of ethical theories and normative ethical principles, and the practice of applying such concepts to specific cases and issues within the biomedical sciences. Topics covered include issues in the professional–patient relationship, termination of life, reproductive rights and technologies, and allocation and public policy.

PSY 105   Human Development
3 credits
A survey of the changes that occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social–emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables that affect the course of development is emphasized.

Radiologic technology courses

17 credits:

BIO 205   Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology
5 credits
Prerequisites: BIO 100 or BIO 101 or BIO 102; CHE 101 or CHE 102 or CHE 103 or CHE 104
A systemic structure/function approach to the study of the human body that provides the background required for further study in applied physiology. Anatomy and physiology of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, respiratory, endocrine, and urinary systems will be studied. The laboratory parallels and reinforces lecture concepts through the use of models, histological studies, physiological exercises, and dissection of biological samples. This is a hybrid class; most lectures will be online. The face-to-face portion will include laboratory exercises, lecture review, case studies, and assessments.

BIO 220   Introduction to Medical Terminology
2 credits
Provides information about common medical terms, definition and usage. The Systems Model is used to organize content and make it more meaningful for the development of medical vocabulary.

NRS 365   Health Care Informatics
2 credits
This course focuses on core concepts, skills, and tools that define the health care informatics field, including the examination of health information technologies to promote safety, improve quality and foster consumer centered care and efficiency.

PHS 211   Elementary Physics
5 credits
Prerequisite: MAT 112 or MAT 114 with a grade of C or better, or appropriate math placement test score
A one-semester lecture and laboratory physics course. Topics addressed include the fundamentals of kinematics, dynamics, statics, oscillation, electromagnetism, and optics.

SWK 422   Law and the Helping Professions
3 credits
This course examines the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Codes that guide helping professionals in their practice with clientele. Attention is directed toward assisting the helping professional recognize the legal duties and responsibilities within their professional lives. Particular emphasis is placed on the children’s code, mental health/developmental disabilities, protective services, care records, mandatory reporting, abuse, domestic violence, and professional conduct.

Mercy Medical Center clinical courses

60 credits:

RAD 301   Fundamentals of Radiologic Science and Health Care
0 credits
Prerequisite: BIO 220
(Admission to the major)
This course provides an introduction and orientation to the student’s selected profession of medical imaging.  (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade)

RAD 311   Patient Care in the Radiologic Sciences
3 credits
Prerequisite: PHI 220, PHS 211, RAD 301
Corequisites:  RAD 312, RAD 313, RAD 314
This course provides the student with concepts of patient care including considerations of physical and psychological conditions. Routine and emergency patient care procedures will be described; especially those that directly affect personnel and patients in the Radiology Department concerning X-ray procedures. Pharmacologic issues related to Radiology will also be discussed.

RAD 312   Principles of Radiographic Imaging
4 credits
Prerequisite: MAT 114, RAD 301
Corequisites:  RAD 311, RAD 313, RAD 314
This course is intended to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of all photographic and geometric principles that affect the production and appearance of the radiographic image.  This includes but is not limited to: determination of radiographic image quality, image geometry, exposure technique selection and methods of scatter radiation control.

RAD 313   Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis I
4 credits
Prerequisite: BIO 205, BIO 220, RAD 301
Corequisites:  RAD 311, RAD 312, RAD 314
This course provides students fundamental knowledge of the purpose and function of the most common systems (thorax, abdomen, and upper extremities) for which radiographic imaging is done and how they relate to other systems. Radiographic examinations which best demonstrate each system will also be discussed.  Laboratory exercises in positioning are carefully correlated with the study of each section. As each system is reviewed radiographic imaging analysis is addressed providing students with the knowledge to determine the diagnostic quality of radiographs and methods to improve the quality of radiographic images.

RAD 314   Radiographic Practicum I
1 credit
Prerequisite: RAD 301
Corequisites:  RAD 311, RAD 312, RAD 313
RAD 314 is the first of an eight part series of practicum courses. This course begins with providing the student with exposure to the radiology department in the hospital setting. Under direct supervision, the student will experience patient interaction by participating in the transportation and care of patients.  Assigned clinical rotations will include diagnostic radiographic rooms, fluoroscopic rooms and portable radiographic examinations on the patient floors.  Under the direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist, the student will perform radiographic imaging of the anatomical units that was instructed during the Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis I course.  The student will be instructed on the ancillary activities that are necessary for the successful completion of a medical imaging examination.

RAD 321   Radiologic Practicum II
1 credit
Prerequisite: RAD 311, RAD 312, RAD 313, RAD 314
RAD 321 is the second of an eight part series of practicum courses.  The student will progress in the performance of previously instructed radiographic examinations from direct supervision to indirect supervision.  At the conclusion of the course the student will be required to pass the progression requirement examination.

RAD 331   Principles of Radiation Protection and Radiobiology
3 credits
Prerequisite: CHE 103, RAD 321
Corequisites:  RAD 3332, RAD 333, RAD 334
This course is designed to provide the student with the techniques and methods that can be utilized in order to ensure minimum radiation exposure to patients and occupationally exposed personnel.   The principles of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) will be stressed in regards to non-occupationally and occupationally exposed individuals.

RAD 332   Principles of Radiologic Physics
3 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 321
Corequisites:  RAD 331, RAD 333, RAD 334
This course will provide the student with a review of basic physics and introduction of advanced physic concepts related to medical imaging.

RAD 333   Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis II
4 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 321
Corequisites:  RAD 331, RAD 332, RAD 334
This course is a continuation of Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis I and provides students with the knowledge of the purpose and function of the vertebral column and the lower extremity.  Detailed and precise information concerning radiographic positioning is addressed.  Laboratory exercises in positioning are carefully correlated with the study of each body system. As each system is reviewed radiographic imaging analysis is addressed providing students with the knowledge to determine the diagnostic quality of radiographs and methods to improve the quality of radiographic images.

RAD 334   Radiographic Practicum III
2 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 321
Corequisites:  RAD 331, RAD 332, RAD 333
RAD 334 is the third of an eight part series of practicum courses. The student will continue to gain clinical experience in the hospital setting including the addition of clinical rotations at various clinical sites including the Surgery Department. Under the direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist, the student will perform radiographic imaging of the anatomical units that was instructed during the Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis II course.  The student will continue to progress in the performance of previously instructed radiographic examinations from direct supervision to indirect supervision. The student will be able to increase his/her clinical experience by increased participation in non-routine radiographic exams.

RAD 441   Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis III
3 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 331, RAD 332, RAD 333, RAD 334
Corequisite:  RAD 442
This course is a continuation of Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis II and provides students with the knowledge related to exams which use radiographic contrast agents in fluoroscopic radiography.  Detailed and precise information concerning radiographic positioning used during fluoroscopic exams is addressed.  Laboratory exercises in positioning are carefully correlated with the study of each body system. As each system is reviewed radiographic imaging analysis is addressed providing students with the knowledge to determine the diagnostic quality of radiographs and methods to improve the quality of radiographic images.

RAD 442   Radiologic Practicum IV
3 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 331, RAD 332, RAD 333, RAD 334
Corequisite:  RAD 441
RAD 442 is the fourth of an eight part series of practicum courses.  The student will continue to gain clinical experience in the hospital setting, clinical rotations at various clinical sites, and the Surgery Department.  Under the direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist, the student will perform radiographic imaging of the anatomical units that was instructed during the Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis III course.  The student will continue to progress in the performance of previously instructed radiographic examinations from direct supervision to indirect supervision. The student will be able to increase his/her clinical experience by increased participation in non-routine radiographic exams.   At the conclusion of the course the student will be required to pass the progression requirement examination.

RAD 451  Principles of Specialized Radiographic Modalities and Pharmacology
4 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 441, RAD 442
Corequisite:  RAD 452, RAD 453
This course introduces the student to fundamental principles of digital imaging.  Computer concepts and terminology will be incorporated throughout the course.  This course expands the student’s knowledge of anatomy through review of cross sectional anatomy images obtained through Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  The course will also provide the students with a fundamental background in pharmacology including the instruction and demonstration of competency in venipuncture.

RAD 452  Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis IV
6 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 441, RAD 442
Corequisite:  RAD 451, RAD 453
In this course students will be presented with the anatomy and radiographic terminology of the skeletal cranium.  Detailed and precise information concerning radiographic positioning is demonstrated.  Laboratory exercises in positioning are carefully correlated with the study of the skull, facial bones, and paranasal sinuses. As each component of the skull is reviewed radiographic imaging analysis is addressed providing students with the knowledge to determine the diagnostic quality of radiographs and methods to improve the quality of radiographic images.

RAD 453  Radiographic Practicum V
2 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 441, RAD 442
Corequisite:  RAD 451, RAD 452
RAD 453 is the fifth of an eight part series of practicum courses.  The student will continue to gain clinical experience in the hospital setting, clinical rotations at various clinical sites, and the Surgery Department.  Under the direct supervision of a registered radiologic technologist, the student will perform radiographic imaging of the anatomical units that was instructed during the Radiographic Procedures and Image Analysis IV course.  The student will continue to progress in the performance of previously instructed radiographic examinations from direct supervision to indirect supervision. During this course, the student will participate in assigned clinical rotations during the second shift at one of the hospitals.   Students will be assigned clinical rotations in the Computed Tomography Department (CT) while under direct supervision.   The student will continue to increase his/her clinical experience by increased participation in non-routine radiographic exams.  At the conclusion of the course the student will be required to pass the progression requirement examination.

RAD 461  Radiologic Practicum VI
1 credit
Prerequisite:  RAD 451, RAD 452, RAD 453
RAD 461 is the sixth of an eight part series of practicum courses.  The student will continue to gain clinical experience in the hospital setting, clinical rotations at various clinical sites, Surgery Department, second shifts and Computed Tomography Department.  The student will continue to progress in the performance of previously instructed radiographic examinations from direct supervision to indirect supervision of routine and non-routine examinations.  At the conclusion of the course the student will be required to pass the progression requirement examination.

RAD 471  Radiologic Pathophysiology
3 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 461
Corequisite:  RAD 472, RAD 473, RAD 474
This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge of various pathological conditions that can be diagnosed by the use of medical imaging including identifying these conditions on an image.  The basic components of pathophysiology and pathology related to the following systems of the body will be discussed: Skeletal, Respiratory, Digestive, Genitourinary, Nervous and Cardiovascular.

RAD 472  Ethics and Law in Radiologic Sciences
1 credit
Prerequisite:  RAD 461
Corequisite:  RAD 471, RAD 473, RAD 474
This course will provide the student with professional standards and ethics necessary in the radiologic technology field. The legal, moral and professional ethics of radiology will be discussed so that the student will be able to recognize the needs of the patient, demonstrate empathy, and recognize the need of adherence to legal-ethical principles.

RAD 473  Imaging Equipment and Quality Control
2 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 461
Corequisite:  RAD 471, RAD 472, RAD 474
This course provides a review of foundational information on the principles of x-ray generation including the various components, circuitry and physics necessary for the production of ionizing radiation.  The various components of the fluoroscopic imaging chain including a review of radiation protection measures will be introduced.  This course also provides foundational information on the requirements and standards for equipment monitoring to assure consistency that is necessary for the production of quality radiographic images will be described.  Various tests and procedures necessary for Quality Control and Quality Assurance programs including state and federal requirements will be discussed.

RAD 474   Radiologic Practicum VII
1 credit
Prerequisite:  RAD 461
Corequisite:  RAD 471, RAD 472, RAD 473
RAD 474 is the seventh of an eight part series of practicum courses.  The student will continue to gain clinical experience in the hospital setting, clinical rotations at various clinical sites, Surgery Department, second shifts and Computed Tomography Department.  Additionally, students will be assigned observational clinical rotations in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Interventional Radiology and Cardiology Departments.  The student will continue to progress in the performance of previously instructed radiographic examinations from direct supervision to indirect supervision of routine and non routine examinations.

RAD 475   Radiologic Practicum VIII
1 credit
Prerequisite:  RAD 474
Corequisite:  RAD 476
RAD 475 is the final course of an eight part series of practicum courses.  The student will be allotted two weeks of elective scheduling of clinical rotations.  This will provide the student the opportunity to observe various modalities that they have not experienced in previous Radiologic Practicum courses.  The student may also elect to schedule additional clinical rotations that they have previously been assigned to for more experience.  The student will continue to gain clinical experience in the hospital setting, clinical rotations at various clinical sites, Surgery Department, second shifts, Computed Tomography Department, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Interventional Radiology and Cardiology Departments.  The student will continue to progress in the performance of previously instructed radiographic examinations from direct supervision to indirect supervision of routine and non-routine examinations.

RAD 476   Senior Capstone
4 credits
Prerequisite:  RAD 474
Corequisite:  RAD 475
This course provides students with the skills to be successful on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination and skills to prepare them to secure a radiologic technologist position.  Students’ knowledge base in Radiologic Technology will be assessed with areas for improvement identified and strategies developed in order to improve performance.  Students will participate in an extensive review of material and will be provided resources to create professional resumes and interview skills.  During this course the students will attend the Wisconsin Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology (WAERT) Student Seminar where they will have the opportunity to assess their preparedness by participating in a mock registry exam.

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