Academics

Course Descriptions

RTE 1002 Introduction to Radiologic Technology/C.N.A. (5) (A.S.)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Radiography Program. This course is divided into two sections.  The first portion of the course consists of a nursing assistant program based on the state CNA curriculum. This nursing assistant component consists of didactic, lab and clinical experience in a nursing facility. The second portion of this course focuses on radiology - history, equipment, role in medicine and medical language. Radiographic accessories (image receptors, beam-limiting devices, grids etc.) are examined, as well as ethics of the profession and patient care.  Additional topics will include pharmacology, medical law and an introduction to the clinical environment. Additional special fees are required. (Summer C)

RTE 1308 Radiation Protection and Safety (2) (A.S.)
Three hours per week for 12 weeks. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Radiography Program. This course examines how radiation interacts with matter. The effects of radiation on cellular biology are also studied. The course also focuses on proper utilization of protective devices to maintain safe exposure levels to patients and to others. (Summer C)

RTE 1001 Medical Terminology for Radiographers (1) (A.S.)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Radiography Program. This course is an introduction to the language of medicine with emphasis on its use in radiologic technology. Students survey and become proficient in the use of medical and anatomical terminology, including definitions, word construction and analysis of disease, operative procedure, diagnostic and treatment terms, and abbreviations as reflected in medical documentation. (Summer C)

RTE 1503C Radiographic Procedures I (4) (A.S.)
Four hours per week.  Prerequisites: RTE 1002 and 1308. This is the first of four courses dealing with the anatomy and positioning of the human body. It is designed to cover basic radiographic principles, chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities. Students work with phantoms and two fully energized laboratories to enhance their comprehension. Simulations of various radiographic procedures will also be conducted.

 RTE 1503L Radiology Procedures I Laboratory (0) (A.S.) Laboratory to accompany RTE 1505C.

 RTE 1418 Radiographic Exposures I (5) (A.S.) 

Five hours per week. Prerequisite: RTE 1002 and RTE 1308. This course focuses on the principles of x-ray production, radiographic exposures including prime factors of radiographic quality and their effects on each other and the radiograph, as well as the equipment and circuitry needed to produce these effects. Additional special fees are required.

RTE 1804L Practicum I (3) (A.S.)
Sixteen hours per week. Corequisite: RTE 1503 C. This course provides practical application of the theory and principles presented in the classroom. Students attend one of the program’s clinical affiliates and work under the supervision of a registered radiographer while performing radiographic procedures. Additional special fees are required.

RTE 1458 Radiographic Exposures II (5) (A.S.) 

Five hours per week. Prerequisite: RTE 1418. This is a continuation of RTE 1418 with further investigation of image formation using fluoroscopy, mobile radiography, tomography and advanced computerized imaging modalities. This course also includes a detailed quality assurance segment where the student will perform quality control testing on radiographic equipment and present the information during an in-class group presentation. In addition, an in-class presentation of a journal article on imaging modality will be required. Additional special fees are required.

RTE 1513C Radiographic Procedures II (4) (A.S) 

Four hours per week. Prerequisites: RTE 1503C and RTE 1418L. This is a continuation of RTE 1503C with emphasis on the routine positioning of the pelvis and hip; abdominal procedures such as upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts, spine studies, skull and facial bone areas, bony thorax and urinary system. Students will work with phantoms and a fully energized laboratory to enhance their understanding. Simulations of various radiographic procedures will also be conducted.

 RTE 1513L Radiographic Procedures II Laboratory (0) (A.S.)Laboratory to accompany RTE 1513C.
.RTE 1814L Practicum II (3) (A.S.) 

Sixteen hours per week. Corequisite: RTE 1513 C. This is a continuation of RTE 1804L with emphasis on practical application of positions learned in Radiographic Procedures I and II. Students attend one of the program’s clinical affiliates and work under the supervision of a registered radiographer while performing radiographic procedures.

RTE 1824C Practicum III (4) (A.S.) 

Two and a half hours lecture per week for six weeks and 30 hours of lab for 12 weeks. Prerequisite: RTE 1814L. This course will consist of lecture and clinical experiences. The lecture component will focus on radiography of the spine. Simulations and assessments will also be conducted. Students will also attend one of the program’s clinical affiliates and work under the supervision of a registered radiographer while performing radiographic procedures. Additional special fees are required. (Summer C)

RTE 2523C Radiographic Procedures III (4) (A.S.) 

Prerequisite: RTE 1513C. This course concentrates on arthrography, myelography, trauma radiography and special positions. The course is divided into two major sections. The first section is designed to help the student become confident and competent in performing radiographic procedures during trauma situations. Modifications of routine projections, technical considerations, and patient care during trauma situations will be discussed and simulated in the laboratory setting. The second section of this course will cover special radiographic projections, which can be utilized when routine projections do not demonstrate desired anatomy. These projections will also be simulated in the laboratory setting. Each student will also be required to maintain a portfolio, and share with the class, highlights of their clinical experience through an oral presentation.

RTE 2931 Radiographic Image Analysis (1) (A.S.) 

One hour per week. Prerequisite: RTE 1513C and RTE 1418. This course is designed to assess students’ ability to critique radiographic images for proper patient positioning, exposure factors, anatomy, artifacts and evidence of radiation protection. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are necessary in determining causes of technical problems and identifying corrective actions.

RTE 2834L Practicum IV (4) (A.S.) 

Twenty-four hours per week. Prerequisite: RTE 1824C. Corequisite: RTE 2523C. Special emphasis is placed on advanced positioning skills. Students attend one of the program’s affiliates for a designated period of time and work under the appropriate supervision of a registered radiographer while performing radiographic procedures.

RTE 2563 Radiographic Procedures IV (4) (A.S.) 

Prerequisite: RTE 2523C. This course concentrates on radiographic pathology, special radiographic procedures and other imaging modalities of the Radiological Sciences. The course is divided into two major sections. The first section will cover radiography of miscellaneous radiographic procedures, and provide an introduction to disease processes and the associated radiographic pathology. The second section of this course will provide the student with information about special radiographic procedures. Students are introduced to the basics of other imaging modalities that are used to diagnose and treat medical illnesses. Students complete case studies, a research project and an oral presentation.

RTE 2762 Cross-Sectional Anatomy (3) (A.S.) 

Prerequisite: RTE 2523C or current radiography license. Anatomical cross-sections of the human body are presented to students using digitized images MR & CT. Course study concentrates on structures composing the brain, chest, abdomen and pelvis.  Appendicular girdles, muscles and osteology are investigated. Structures depicted in the cross-sections are labeled.  Students practice and assess identification skills through detailed review exercises. Students explore the physiological processes of human anatomy. In addition to the analysis of normal anatomy, each unit is supplemented with common diagnositc exams and etiologies.

RTE 2061 Radiologic Review (1) (A.S.) 

Corequisite: RTE 2563 or registry eligible. The course provides a general review of content studied during the course of the program. The course  incorporates the use of discussion, review tests, and mock registry exams to help students prepare for the ARRT exam.

RTE 2844L Practicum V (4) (A.S.) 

Twenty-four hours per week. Prerequisite: RTE 2834L. Corequisite: RTE 2563. This course is a continuation of RTE 2834L with emphasis placed on advanced radiographic procedures. Students are encouraged to spend time in areas such as ultrasound, nuclear medicine and vascular imaging to gain insight into these postgraduate areas. Students attend one of the program’s affiliates and work under the  supervision of a registered radiographer while performing radiographic procedures.

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