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Radiologic Technology Course Descriptions

FIRST YEAR

HLT 150 - Introduction To Radiologic Technology

This beginning level course provides an introduction to the organization and operation of agencies providing health care and radiologic services. Medical terminology and radiologic topics including elementary radiation protection, professional ethics, darkroom techniques, common contrast media, photographic principals of radiographic exposure, film and intensifying screens are presented. The student will also perform core clinical competencies in patient care.

HLT 152 - Basic Radiographic Procedures

In this laboratory course, the student is presented with all routine radiographic procedures and applicable anatomy of the appendicular skeleton. Laboratory positioning exercises prepare the student for practical application of the procedures in the assigned radiology department in health care agencies.

HLT 154 - Clinical Practicum I

In this first clinical course, students are oriented to the clinical practicum experience and health agency guidelines, and learn about medical ethics and patient interaction. Observation and supervised performance of required radiographic examinations for clinical competence includes positioning of the chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities.

HLT 170 - Principles Of Radiographic Quality

This second semester course continues to build on the foundation knowledge presented in the introductory courses. Student learning emphasizes topics of patient care, contrast media, radiographic quality, utilization of devices for improving the radiographic image, and equipment sterilization.

HLT 171 - Radiologic Instrumentation

This second semester course of the radiologic technology program presents and expands upon principles of general physics and concepts in technical math. This course presents the foundations of electrical physics and principles related to the radiography field. Topics will include an understanding of physics principles, concepts, and components) required in the electrical production of radiation used in the clinical setting and of the principles used in image capturing techniques. The course also presents basic interactions of radiation with matter. Applied radiographic calculations are also covered.

HLT 172 - Intermediate Radiographic Procedures

In this second laboratory course, the student continues to be presented with routine radiographic procedures and applicable anatomy of the axial skeleton. Phantom radiography and role-playing prepare the student for practical application of the procedures in the assigned radiology department in health care agencies.

HLT 174 - Clinical Practicum II

In this second clinical course, students continue to learn the fundamentals of radiographic positioning and principles of radiographic exposure, including examinations of the pelvis and hips, ribs and sternum, spine, digestive system, urinary tract and biliary system. This clinical practicum also provides students with additional film critique and the principles of pediatric radiography.

 

SECOND YEAR

HLT 175 - Clinical Practicum III - 5 credits

A nine week summer clinical experience providing the student with the opportunity to improve skills and gain confidence in the application of new techniques. The student is introduced to the operating room, the fluoroscopic room, and portables.
40 hrs. weekly/ 9 weeks.

HLT 250 - Fundamentals of Radiobiology - 4 credits

This course is designed to provide fundamental information in the area of applied radiobiology. Course topics will include basic interactions of radiation and matter, biological effects, radiation dose, occupational and non-occupational dose equivalent limits, exposure monitoring and units of measurement.

HLT 252 - Advanced Radiographic Procedures 3 credits

Major topics include skull, facial and sinus anatomy and positioning. Myelography, Arthrography, angiography and cross sectional anatomy will be introduced. Special radiographic procedures include computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Phantom radiography and role-playing prepare the student for practical application of these procedures in the assigned Radiology department in health care agencies. Radiographically significant pathology will be included.

HLT 254 - Clinical Practicum IV - 4 credits

The senior student begins this clinical practicum demonstrating competence in the basic skills and exams learned in the first year. The student has progressed both professionally and educationally through the summer practicum and now takes on the advanced positions and procedures of the program. The student must demonstrate growth and development in both clinical and professional behavior during this practicum. The “Critical Clinical Objectives” for this practicum MUST be met to continue in the program.

HLT 274 - Clinical Practicum V - 4 credits

The senior student begins this last clinical practicum demonstrating competence in the basic skills and exams learned in the first year. The student has progressed both professionally and educationally through the Program and continues to grow and develop both professionally and technically. All mandatory and elective competencies must be demonstrated for completion and graduation. The “Critical Clinical Objectives” for this practicum MUST be met to continue in the program.

HLT 270 – Topics in Radiology Technology - 3 credits

This course is designed to round out the student’s educational experience in the Program. Major topics included are Emergency medicine, Pharmacology, Quality Management, Ethics in Health Care, Professional and Career Development beyond the student status, and Radiologic Pathology.