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Curriculum and Class Descriptions

Curriculum Listing

The curriculum for Radiologic Technology exceeds the requirements set forth by the Council on Medical Education. The program includes two years of study beginning the first day after Labor Day in September. You can view full class descriptions below.

First Year - First Semester

Course Number - Course Title

1102 - Introduction to Radiologic Technology
1111 - Professional Ethics
1122 - Image Evaluation I
1132 - Patient Care and Nursing Procedures
1141 - Medical Terminology Review
1153 - Image Acquisition and Technical Evaluation
1166 - Imaging Procedures I
1174 - Applied Clinical Radiology I

First Year - Second Semester

Course Number - Course Title

1206 - Imaging Procedures II
1213 - Radiation Physics I
1222 - Image Evaluation II
1232 - Digital Imaging
1247 - Applied Clinical Radiology II

Second Year - First Semester

Course Number - Course Title

2102 - Independent Study & Research
2111 - Quality Assurance
2121 - Image Evaluation III
2132 - Imaging Modalities I
2142 - Radiographic Anatomy & Pathology I
2156 - Applied Clinical Radiology III
2161 - Imaging Procedure III
2172 - Radiation Physics II

Second Year - Second Semester

Course Number - Course Title

2201 - Imaging Modalities II
2212 - Computed Tomography
2223 - Radiographic Anatomy & Pathology II
2235 - Applied Clinical Radiography IV
2241 - Image Evaluation IV
2251 - Cross-Sectional Anatomy
2264 - Rad Biology & Protection
2277 - Radiologic Technology Review

Class Descriptions

The program consists of a total of 3522 clock hours: 2620 clinical hours and 902 classroom hours for a total of 82.0 credit hours.

1102 Introduction to Radiologic Technology
This course will introduce the student to basic principles of radiology technology, radiation protection, equipment manipulation, and technique selection. The student will become familiar with the goals, philosophies, and organization of the radiography program and radiology department. An appreciation will be established through an understanding of medical history, the evolution of radiologic technology, and the professional and accrediting organizations.

1111 Professional Ethics
This course provides the student with moral and ethical principles which will enhance communication and empathy for the patient. Considerations regarding ethical principles and legal responsibilities are also presented. Students will examine a variety of ethical and legal issues found in clinical practice.

1122 & 1222 Image Evaluation I & II
These courses will compliment the radiographic procedures presented the first year, first and second semesters. The student will identify anatomy and use critical thinking skills to evaluate images for proper quality, including positioning, selection of technical factors, and artifact identification. Corrections for repeat images are presented.

1132 Patient Care and Nursing Procedures
A course which discusses such topics as body mechanics, emergency care, first-aid, vital signs, aseptic technique, IV applications, and other subject matter pertinent to the physical and psychological needs of patient and family. The course includes the procedures and application of basic cardiac life support. The student will participate in practical application and become a certified basic cardiac life support rescuer.

1141 Medical Terminology Review
This didactic course deals with vocabulary training involved with medical nomenclature, abbreviations, and definitions of medical terms used in radiology and other health professions.

1153 Image Acquisition and Technical Evaluation
The general principles of radiographic technique and the underlying principles regarding the practical application of the x-ray equipment and accessory devices are presented. Emphasis is placed on the factors affecting image quality.

1166 & 1206 Imaging Procedures I & II
This course includes lectures, classroom demonstrations, and laboratory work concerning skeletal anatomy, anatomical positioning of the chest, abdomen, thorax, upper and lower extremities, shoulder girdle, vertebral column, and pelvic girdle.

1174 & 1247 Applied Clinical Radiography I & II
These clinical rotations offer supervised clinical application of radiographic principles by the student technologist in their performance of general radiographic, fluoroscopic, surgical and trauma procedures. The student will participate in a radiation therapy rotation and a night rotation in Applied clinical II.

1213 & 2172 Radiation Physics I & II
This course will introduce the fundamentals of radiation physics and the principles of production, characteristics, and control of radiation applicable to diagnostic radiology. The content establishes a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, and mobile equipment requirements and design.

1232 Digital Imaging
This course will introduce the student to basic principles of computer technology in the radiologic sciences. Computer nomenclature, abbreviations, and definitions will be discussed along with computer concepts. Content includes the components, principles, and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, and archiving and retrieval are discussed. Computerized Radiography and Digital Radiography instrumentation and operation are the key focus areas.

2102 Independent Study and Research
In this unit the student will prepare a scientific project and research paper pertaining to the field of radiologic technology.

2111 Quality Assurance
The elements of a quality improvement program will be discussed in this unit. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of radiographic systems to assure consistency in the production of quality images. Principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance are presented. Students will perform quality control tests in the clinical setting.

2121 & 2231 Image Evaluation III & IV
In this course, the student identifies anatomy, evaluates images for proper radiographic quality, and reviews proper corrections for repeat images presented.

2132 & 2201 Imaging Modalities I & II
These courses introduce the student to several special imaging areas, including special fluoroscopic procedures, interventional radiology, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, DEXA, PET/CT, and mammography. Equipment operation, computer functions, routine procedures, and image evaluation will be presented. These courses are designed to provide a basic foundation to the special imaging modalities.

2142 & 2223 Radiographic Anatomy & Pathology I & II
This course includes a review of radiographic anatomy and various pathologic conditions of the body and the impact on radiographic imaging. The basic knowledge of the disease process will enable the student to produce optimal radiographs and ensure effective patient care. Radiographic anatomy and pathology of the respiratory, urinary, digestive, cardiovascular, skeletal, endocrine, and neurological systems are discussed. Student will prepare and present case studies in these courses.

2156 & 2235 Applied Clinical Radiography III & IV
The clinical aspects of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, PET/CT, mammography, sonography, special procedures, and diagnostic radiography are stressed in these clinical rotations. The student rotates through the various areas to become more proficient in all areas of radiology. Significant emphasis is placed upon developing the ability to think and act independently in various situations.

2161 Imaging Procedures III
This course includes lectures, class demonstrations, and laboratory work concerning specialized anatomical positioning of the skull.

2212 Computed Tomography
A historical view of CT will be presented, as well as scanner components and functions, factors affecting image quality, patient care, radiation protection and screening methods for a variety of CT procedures.

2251 Cross-Sectional Anatomy
The course includes a review of gross anatomy of the body and the relationship to other structures. Gross anatomical structures are located and identified in axial (transverse), sagittal, and coronal planes. The characteristic appearance of anatomical structures as they appear on a CT and MR image will be included.

2264 Radiation Biology and Protection
This course provides the student with knowledge pertaining to the area of radiation biology and protection. Principles and concepts explaining basic interactions of radiation with matter, the effect of exposure factors on radiation dose, biological effects, units of measurement, dose equivalent limits, and exposure monitoring will be presented.

2277 Radiologic Technology Review
This course offers a comprehensive review intended to serve as preparation for the National Registry Examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Selected topics will be taught by the students and several comprehensive review tests will be taken throughout the summer.

Students are graded at the end of each academic course. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or 80%, or in a pass/fail course, to be eligible for graduation. Attendance of all scheduled classes is mandatory.

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1325 South Cliff Avenue, PO Box 5045
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045
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