Course Descriptions for Radiography Academic & Clinical Courses

MR 100 Introduction to Radiologic Technology and Lab: 3 Credits

The general goal of this course is to assist the student to become familiar with the basic medical terminology; procedures, settings and patient care skills associated with the profession of Medical Radiography. A combination of lectures, guided self-study, guest lecturers and laboratory experiences will assist the student to develop all cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills prerequisite to safely and efficiently enter the clinical environment. This course will be presented in the 3 weeks prior to the students matriculating in the remainder of the First Semester’s September course load.

MR 101 Radiologic Procedures & Related Anatomy I and Lab: 3 Credits

In this first of a series of three courses, students will learn how to safely and efficiently move/manipulate typical types of radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, locks and accessories. The student will also study the anatomic structures/organs associated with; and the standard body/part positions, which are fundamental to the performance following exams: Commonly performed views of the Chest; Abdomen; Routine Upper Extremity; and Routine Lower Extremity. Learning activities will include classroom presentation, guided self-study exercises, demonstration, and practice. Student first level performance competency will be evaluated in the lab setting. There will be two 2-hour lectures and one 4-hour lab per week for the first 7.5 weeks of the semester.

MR 111 Radiologic Imaging I and Lab: 3 Credits

In this, an introduction to the art and science of medical imaging, students will learn the basic elements common to all forms of medical imaging utilized in Radiology Departments today. Principles, concepts and applications of Signal Theory will be studied within the framework of film/screen and digital/computed radiologic imaging as well as fluoroscopic imaging. A general, introductory application of signal theory to Computerized Tomography, Medical Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Nuclear Medicine Imaging will also be presented. Exposure factor manipulation, equipment utilization, and concomitant theoretical foundations relevant to the production various degrees of Radiologic Density/Brightness will be studied. Manipulation of these factors and associated equipment within structured Laboratory exercises will assist the student in the application of their learning to the production of consistent, quality images. There will be two 2-hour lectures and one 4-hour lab per week for the second 7.5 weeks of the semester.

MR 121 Radiologic Clinical I: 3 Credits

Starting with a formal orientation to the students’ assigned clinical site, students will progress as follows: a) structured observational experiences b) guided clinical application/practice of skills associated with procedure performance c) competency assessment and d) post clinical competency assessment continued performance/practice of the Radiologic Exams studied in Radiologic Procedures & related Anatomy I and lab. Students will be given performance benchmarks as guidelines as they develop confidence and competence in the performance of selected Radiographic exams. There will be two 7.5-hour clinical preceptorship days per week for 15 weeks.

MR 102 Radiologic Procedures & Related Anatomy II and Lab: 3 Credits

In this second of a series of three courses in this content/subject area, students will learn the gross and topographic anatomic structures and procedure performance elements which are associated with typical Radiographic Exams demonstrating: Special Views of the Chest/Thorax, Shoulder Girdle, Pelvic Girdle, Cervical Spine, Thoracic Spine, Lumbar / Sacral Spine, and Coccyx. Concurrently, the routine body positions required to obtain routine Radiographic images for these exams: will be demonstrated, then practiced by students and evaluated within laboratory sessions as described for MR 101. Presentation of a self produced case study and a self produced, self-critiqued videotape of their performing and describing selected exams/studies may also be required. There will be two 2-hour lectures and one 4-hour lab per week for the first 7.5 weeks of the semester.

MR 112 Radiologic Imaging II and Lab: 3 Credits

This Continuation of study of the principles, factors and practices associated with the production of medical radiographic images, which began in MR 111, will include a further analysis of the production/creation/manipulation of radiographic density/brightness plus detailed analyses of factors producing radiographic contrast and detail/spatial resolution. Methods of “Image Archiving” and PACS transmission will also be studied. Laboratory exercises employing film/screen, Computed Radiography and Direct Digital Radiography, will assist the student in application, manipulation and adjustment of the factors studied, with the goal being to produce consistent, quality images. There will be two 2-hour lectures and one 4-hour lab per week for the second 7.5 weeks of the semester.

MR 131 Radiologic Physics: 3 Credits

An initial unit of study of the fundamental theories and principles relevant to classical, Newtonian Physics, will be followed by a conceptually based study of atomic structure, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism. In addition, students will study the physical principles relevant to: (a) the function/operation of X-Ray generating equipment; (b) five of the interactions of x-radiation with matter; and (c) Radioactive Decay processes. Correlations between the principles learned and procedures/practices involved with the production of radiographic images will also be studied. There will be 3 hours of lecture per week for 15 weeks.

MR 122 Radiologic Clinical II: 3 Credits

Students will continue to develop confidence in the performance of those radiographic exams incorporated within the First Semester’s study. In addition, students will follow the progression of practical application learning activities described in MR 120, associated with the radiologic exams studied in MR 102. Students will be given performance benchmarks as guidelines as they develop confidence and competence in the performance of selected, related Radiographic (and in selected cases, Fluoroscopic and bedside/portable) exams. There will be two 7.5-hour day clinical preceptorship days per week for 15 weeks. Clinical conferences / critique sessions will be incorporated.

MR 220 Radiologic Clinical III: 6 Credits

The Summer starts with an intensive, one-to-two week academic and lab component focusing on learning:(a) the anatomy and positioning for selected views associated with cranial imaging and (b) the anatomy and performance of Venipuncture for the purpose of contrast agent administration. Following this, students will be engaged in a ten week, 7.5 hour per day, five day per week clinical preceptorship. This intensive experience will help students develop a higher level of performance competency and efficiency in the exams covered during the freshman year as well as the performance of the cranial studies covered in class/lab. Students will be expected to emphasize their demonstrating progressively increasing levels of organizational skill, performance speed and accuracy as they progress through the semester. There will be five 7.5-hour day clinical preceptorship days per week for 11 weeks. Clinical conferences / critique sessions will be incorporated.

MR 201 Radiologic Anatomy with Related Procedures III and Lab: 3 Credits

In this third and last of the Procedures and Anatomy series of courses, students will learn the gross and topographic anatomic structures as well as relevant body positions and sequences which are associated with more advanced Radiographic Exams of the cranium, Emergency Room Radiography and Genito-Urinary Imaging. Concurrently, the routine body positions required to obtain routine Radiographic images for these exams will be practiced and evaluated within laboratory sessions. In addition, students will be presented the anatomy and positioning views associated with Mammography. A review of exams covered in prior semesters will also occur. Presentation of a self produced case study and a self produced, self-critiqued videotape of their performing and describing selected studies are course requirements. There will be two 2-hour lectures and one 4-hour lab per week for the first 7.5 weeks of the semester.

MR 211 Radiologic Imaging III and Lab: 3 Credits

This culmination of the study of those principles, factors and practices which are associated with the production of medical radiographic images will focus on students synthesizing and combining all principles and practices covered in the prior two semesters. Emphasis will be placed on students adopting a coherent, comprehensive approach to the development of a technical, imaging protocol system. Laboratory exercises will assist the student in application of the factors studied to produce consistent, high quality images. In addition, students will study the general operation/function of CT and MRI equipment. There will be two 2-hour lectures and one 4-hour lab session, along with a number of student determined, additional “open-lab” hours per week, for the second 7.5 weeks of the semester.

MR 231 Radiation Biology and Protection: 3 Credits

After a brief review of the atomic and molecular physical principles covered in MR 131, a study of the fundamental biological principles relevant to the manifestation of biologic effects from radiation exposure will occur. This will be followed by study of these effects on the atomic, molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and organism level. In addition, students will study the principles relevant to: the basic radiation safety practices; the safety regulations promulgated by state and federal agencies; and the general design considerations relevant to Radiology Facilities. Students will also present a portfolio of “critical analysis essays” they have been working on throughout their matriculation in the program.

MR 221 Radiologic Clinical IV: 4 Credits

Students will continue to develop confidence in the performance of those radiographic exams which were incorporated in the prior three semester’s study. In addition they will progress from structured observational experiences through guided clinical application of procedure performance skills to assessment and achievement of appropriate clinical competency in the performance of those Radiologic Exams studied in Radiologic Procedures & Related Anatomy III and lab. Students will be given performance benchmarks as guidelines as they further develop in confidence and competence in the performance of Radiographic studies. Gaining practice in exams which are commonly performed within the Emergency Room / Urgent Care setting, as well as observational experiences in MRI and CT, may also be included. There will be three 7.5-hour day clinical preceptorship days per week for 15 weeks. Clinical conferences / critique sessions will be incorporated.

MR 240 Advanced Radiologic Procedures: 3 Credits

Selected exams in Cardiovascular / Peripheral-Vascular Imaging and Interventional Radiology will be studied. In addition, students will learn the fundamentals elements of Body Sectional Images in the Axial, Coronal and Sagittal planes. Lastly, students will engage in an intensive review of all material covered in prior semesters followed by comprehensive performance testing, with established minimum acceptable criteria, in those materials. Resume writing and job interviewing skill development will also be addressed. The course will run for 15 weeks and will consist of a combination of classroom sessions, computer lab exercises, home study assignments and guided self-study exercises.

MR 250 Radiologic Pathophysiology: 2 Credits

In this course, common radiologic findings relating to those exams, which were covered during the prior semesters, will be presented. Basic pathophysiologic processes relating to those findings will also be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the student’s ability to increase their proficiency in assessing the diagnostic completeness of the images they produce. A combination of guest lectures from Radiologists, guided self-study exercises and class room discussions will run for two hours per week for 15 weeks.

MR 222 Radiologic Clinical V: 4 Credits

Students will be expected to exhibit the level confidence in the performance of all radiographic exams, which were incorporated in the prior semester’s academic and clinical study associated with the program’s criteria for “Exit Level Competency”. Students will also present a portfolio, which demonstrates their performance in the clinical environment for the past four semesters. There will be three 7.5-hour day clinical preceptorship days per week for 15 weeks. Clinical conferences / critique sessions will be incorporated.