RADIOGRAPHY COURSES (RADTK)

RADTK 100 - EXPOSURE TO RADIOGRAPHY

This course is designed to introduce students to the medical imaging profession and the role of the radiologic technologist. Basic responsibilities of the radiologic technologist, such as patient interaction and procedures, basic radiation protection measures, and general image evaluation skills will be demonstrated and practiced.

0.5 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0.5 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 110 - FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY I

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Radiography Program. Content is designed to introduce students to radiography and the role of the radiographer as a member of the health care team. Students become familiar with procedures to be followed when working with ionizing radiation and concepts of patient care. Anatomy and terminology of body systems related to the performance of imaging procedures of the chest, abdomen, GI tract, and upper extremity are also presented, with emphasis on positioning and image analysis. This course also provides a fundamental background in ethics and introduction to legal principles and professional standards.

6 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 6 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 112 - FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE ORIENTATION

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Radiographer Program. This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

1 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 8

RADTK 120 - FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY II

Prerequisite: RADTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 112 with a grade of "S". This course covers the anatomy and terminology of the lower extremity, bony thorax, shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, and vertebral column, with emphasis on radiographic positioning and image analysis. Atomic structure, nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production, photon interactions with matter and factors affecting emission spectra are also presented.

6 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 6 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 121 - FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE I

Prerequisite: RADTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 112 with a grade of "S". This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 24

RADTK 200 - RADIOGRAPHY I

Prerequisite: RADTK 120 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 121 with a grade of "S". This course is designed to provide an understanding of the principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Guidelines for selecting exposure factors, evaluating images, and principles of digital quality assurance and maintenance are presented. Content also establishes a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, and mobile equipment requirements and design, and associated quality management criteria.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 201 - FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE II

Prerequisite: RADTK 120 with a grade of "C' or better and RADTK 121 with a grade of "S". This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 14

RADTK 210 - RADIOGRAPHY II

Prerequisite: RADTK 200 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 201 with a grade of "S". This course covers anatomy and terminology related to the performance of radiography of the cranium, circulatory, central nervous, urinary, and reproductive systems, with emphasis on positioning and image analysis. The principles of radiation protection including the responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel, and the public are presented. Radiation effects on molecules, cells, tissues, and the body as a whole are discussed.

6 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 6 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 211 - RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE III

Prerequisite: RADTK 200 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 201 with a grade of "S". This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 24

RADTK 220 - RADIOGRAPHY III

Prerequisite: RADTK 210 and RADTK 260 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 211 with a grade of "S". This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform imaging procedures of the circulatory, lymphatic, biliary, urinary, central nervous, and reproductive systems, and other special studies with emphasis on related pharmacology, equipment, and image analysis. Additional imaging modalities will also be presented and explored.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 221 - RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE IV

Prerequisite: RADTK 210 and RADTK 260 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 211 with a grade of "S". This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 24

RADTK 230 - RADIOGRAPHY IV

Prerequisite: RADTK 270 and 280 both with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 221 with a grade of "S". This course enhances students' knowledge and understanding of current trends and issues related to the radiologic sciences. It also serves as a comprehensive review for the national certification examination.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 231 - RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE V

Prerequisite: RADTK 270, and 280 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 221 with a grade of "S". This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 14

RADTK 255 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Prerequisite: Department approval. This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit. Three to fifteen laboratory hours per week or equivalent.

1 to 5 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 3 to 15

RADTK 260 - SECTIONAL ANATOMY FOR DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING

Prerequisite: RADTK 200 with a "C" or better and RADTK 201 with a grade of "S" or department approval. This course is a study of human anatomy in sectional planes visualized in computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MR), and ultrasound. Emphasis is on anatomy of the head, neck, spine, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and musculoskeletal system with comparison of planar anatomy to sectional anatomy.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 270 - PATHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE IMAGING PROFESSIONAL

Prerequisite: RADTK 210 and 260 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 211 with a grade of "S" or department approval. This course is designed to provide an understanding of common pathologic conditions and disease processes. Each disease or traumatic process is studied based on its description, etiology, symptoms, and diagnosis with its appearance on images in radiography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine and Sonography as applicable. Basic concepts of pharmacology as well as techniques of venipuncture and administration of diagnostic contrast agents are also included.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 280 - COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY PRINCIPLES, INSTRUMENTATION AND IMAGING PROCEDURES

Prerequisite: RADTK 210 and 260 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 211 with a grade of "S" or department approval. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the Computed Tomography (CT) system including: operation and components, data acquisition and display, image quality, artifact production and reduction, quality control standards and radiation safety and dosimetry. CT chest, abdomen, pelvis, spine, extremities, and CT/Nuclear Medicine imaging procedures will also be presented.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

RADTK 285 - COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY PRACTICUM

Prerequisite: Graduate of an accredited imaging program and hold a current ARRT certification in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, or Nuclear Medicine (registration with NMTCB is also accepted) and maintain a current license in medical radiation technology from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Department of Nuclear Safety; Department approval. This course emphasizes the practical aspects of Computed Tomography (CT) through clinical practice including patient positioning, care and handling, as well as scanning protocols for the head, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal system. Supervised performance in an approved hospital and/or imaging center also emphasizes the practical aspects of the equipment and the clinical applications of CT.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 24

RADTK 286 - ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING PRACTICUM

Prerequisite: Graduate of an accredited imaging program and hold current ARRT certification in Radiography. Department approval. This course emphasizes the practical aspects of specific imaging modalities through supervised performance in an approved hospital and/or imaging center. The imaging modalities available are: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography, Cardiac Interventional Radiography, and Vascular Interventional Radiography. In addition, this course is designed to meet the clinical competency requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

4 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 24

RADTK 290 - COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY REVIEW

Prerequisite: Graduate of an accredited imaging program and hold a current ARRT certification in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, or Nuclear Medicine (registration with NMTCB is also accepted); Department approval. This course is designed to provide entry level and experienced Computed Tomography (CT) students with a review of elementary and advanced principles and practices related to CT imaging. Advanced elements include, but are not limited to: patient care and safety, contrast administration, radiation dosimetry, imaging procedures and physics and instrumentation. This course will also assist the student to prepare for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Computed Tomography Certification Examination.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 0