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Curriculum & course descriptions

Curriculum

First Semester-First Year

Fundamentals of Radiologic Technology 111
Patient Care 111
Principles and Equipment of Imaging 111
Human Anatomy and Physiology 111
Radiographic Procedures 111
Image Analysis 111
Clinical Education 111

Second Semester-First Year

Principles and Equipment of Imaging 122
Human Anatomy and Physiology 122
Radiographic Procedures 122
Human Diversity 121
Integrated Radiology 121
Image Analysis 122
Clinical Education 122

First Semester-Second Year

Principles and Equipment of Imaging 213
Human Anatomy and Physiology 213
Radiographic Procedures 213
Radiation Biology 211
Professional Development 211
Image Analysis 213
Clinical Education 213

Second Semester-Second Year

Principles and Equipment of Imaging 224
Human Anatomy and Physiology 224
Radiographic Procedures 224
Radiation Protection 222
Radiographic Pathology 221
Registry Review 221
Technical Exhibit / Scientific Paper 221
Image Analysis 224
Clinical Education 224

Course Descriptions

FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 111 - 45 HOURS
This course is designed to introduce the student to the profession of radiologic technology, medical ethics, and the hospital environment. The student will learn program guidelines, learning and test taking skills, and the historical development of radiology. Professional ethics and guest relations are emphasized. Various types of imaging equipment will be discussed. Image processors and accessory equipment will be introduced. This course will also introduce the student to radiation protection for self and the patient. Methods of instruction include lectures, PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations and class discussions.

PATIENT CARE 111 - 25 HOURS
This course provides a study in the general patient care with emphasis on special nursing procedures. It provides insight into the role and responsibilities of the radiologic technologist in providing overall patient care. Classes are provided in first aid, isolation techniques, sterile procedures, surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and patient care for radiographic examinations. Basic pharmacology and drug administration will be studied. Methods of instruction include lectures, PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations, laboratory exercises and class discussions.

RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES 111, 122, 213, 224 - 200 HOURS
This course provides comprehensive instruction on radiographic procedures including orthopedic, trauma, mobile and pediatric procedures. Contrast media studies will be be covered. Covered on each lesson will include routines, patient positioning and structures demonstrated. Students will participate in laboratory exercises to practice positioning taught in class. Methods of instruction include lectures, PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations, laboratory exercises and class discussions.

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 111, 122, 213, 224 - 100 HOURS
This course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomical structures and physiological aspects of all parts of the human body. Methods of instruction include lectures, PowerPoint presentations, laboratory exercises with the articulated and disarticulated skeletons, worksheets and class discussions.

PRINCIPLES AND EQUIPMENT OF IMAGING 111, 122, 213, 224 - 200 HOURS
This course provides an introduction and review of the basic mathematical concepts. It provides a comprehensive study and evaluation of all factors controlling and/or influencing radiographic quality. Instruction on the proper handling and storage of radiographic film will be covered. The function and importance of the radiographic darkroom as well as a study of the automatic processing and the chemicals will be covered. Processor quality control will be emphasized. Electronic processing will be studied. The operating principles of various imaging equipment will be discussed. The basic operating principles of computers and the role of computers in radiography will be included. Quality assurance procedures that should be conducted to insure consistency in radiographic systems will be covered. In addition, QA tests performed in order to comply with state and federal regulations will be discussed. Laboratory experiments are conducted demonstrating the factors affecting image formation. Methods of instruction include lectures, PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations, laboratory exercises and class discussions.

DIVERSITY IN HEALTHCARE 121 - 15 HOURS
This course is designed to promote a better understanding of patients, families and other healthcare providers. Cultural and ethnic influences, communication styles, value systems, socioeconomic influences and health risks will be discussed. Alternative/complementary medicine is explored. Students will participate in role-playing, as well as problem solving and critical thinking activities.

INTEGRATED RADIOLOGY 121 - 25 HOURS
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to other imaging and therapeutic modalities and areas of specialization. Methods used in the determination of best imaging procedure to be preformed will be examined. The student will explore emerging trends on the utilization of medical imaging. Basics physics and equipment in mammography, computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), interventional radiography and positron emission tomography (PET) will be covered.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 211- 30 HOURS
Students will be introduced to professional development reading professional journals and presenting with a plan for continued professional development. Students will read articles from current professional journals, write abstracts and present to the class. Additionally, the student will compose a research paper or prepare a scientific exhibit.

RADIOGRAPHIC PATHOLOGY 211 - 40 HOURS
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to different diseases and their effects on the body. Diseases will be grouped according to the body systems. How radiography is employed to aid in the diagnosis of the disease and how the disease affects the radiographic image will be discussed. Methods of instruction include lectures, PowerPoint presentations and class discussions. Radiologists will be guest lecturers.

RADIATION BIOLOGY 211 - 15 HOURS
During this course, the student will study the effects of ionizing radiation on living tissue. Topics include types of radiation, radiation syndromes and somatic and genetic effects. Methods of instruction include lectures, PowerPoint presentations and class discussions. The movie “The Day After” will be viewed and discussed.

RADIATION PROTECTION 222 - 25 HOURS
This course provides an understanding of the importance and necessity for radiation protection. Topics include sources of radiation, units of measures for radiation and instruments for detecting and measuring radiation. Equipment and procedures for protecting patients and personnel from excessive radiation exposure are stressed. Federal and state regulations concerning radiation protection are reviewed. Methods of instruction include lectures, PowerPoint presentations and class discussions.

REGISTRY REVIEW 221 - 50 HOURS
This course provides an overall review of materials taught during the two-year educational process. Topics of difficulty from each course are examined for review. Also included in this course is the administration of simulated registry examinations.

IMAGE ANALYSIS 111, 122, 213, 224 - 100 HOURS
This course is designed for group and individual participation in the critical evaluation of individual radiographic films. Anatomical structures, associated pathology, radiographic positioning, radiographic quality and pertinent patient clinical data are evaluated. Methods of instruction include class discussions, oral presentations and independent study.

CLINICAL EDUCATION 111, 122, 213, 224 - 2500 HOURS
This course is the application, evaluation and participation of general radiographic procedures under the direct and indirect supervision of registered radiologic technologists/radiologists. An introduction and minimal rotation into all imaging areas: Nuclear Medicine, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radiation Oncology and Ultrasound are provided. Rotations will include Presbyterian Medical Center, Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital, Matthews Medical Center, Huntersville Medical Center, OrthoCarolina on Randolph Road and The Spine Center of OrthoCarolina.