Curriculum

All student educational requirements are scheduled within a 40 hour week of academic classes and clinical education. Any time in excess of the 40 hour week is voluntary. Generally, first semester schedule is Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During first semester, students may begin a rotational evening and weekend schedule to allow sufficient clinical experience in trauma and emergency cases. Travel to different clinical education sites is a requirement of program completion and will be at the student’s expense.

The academic program consists of four semesters. Academic and clinical education progress reports/evaluations will occur at midterm and at the end of each semester. The student must maintain an overall 2.8 GPA throughout the program. The student is required to receive a 75% or better in each course (except Clinical Education) regardless if the overall GPA is 2.8 or better. A first-year student must maintain an 85% average per quarter in Clinical Education I.  Students in Clinical Education II must maintain an 88% average per quarter.  A second-year student must maintain a 90% and 92% average per quarter in Clinical Education III & IV respectively.

In order to graduate, students must complete the course requirements/academic curriculum and clinical competencies as required by ARRT, and all clinical rotations, in addition to returning all books to the school library, returning all film and identification badges to the school office, and paying all fees and tuition before graduation exercises.

Clinical education consists of rotation through various rooms within the Radiology Departments of CHI Health Immanuel and CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy in Omaha and Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Various rooms/areas perform different procedures. Equipment is state-of-the-art at all facilities.

Clinical Education begins by assisting a practicing radiographer in the performance of duties. This participation moves from a passive mode of observation to a more active role of assisting the RT in radiographic procedures. After class lecture and laboratory practice, the student may perform procedures under the direct supervision of an RT. When the student feels capable of proper procedure performance, he/she will be evaluated for accuracy, patient care skills, and technical adjustments. Several evaluations are due within specific time frames.

Course Descriptions

RAD 110 Fundamentals of Radiologic Technology

This course introduces the student to working in a medical imaging department.  Common terminology, equipment use, patient interactions, patient movement, and patient care instruments are reviewed.  Students will also complete BLS training.

RAD 120 Patient Care and Management I

The course encompasses subjects pertinent to the care and examination of the patient and work within the profession.  Study is made of patient assessment and communication, safety, infection control, vital signs, pediatric imaging, and geriatric imaging.

RAD 140 Radiation Protection

This course investigates detection and measurement of radiation, sources of radiation exposure, occupational and general public dose equivalent limits, methods for minimizing exposure to patient, self, and others, and application of federal and state regulations.

IMA 110 Radiographic Exposure

This course introduces students to the factors that control the radiation exposure to the image receptor.  The primary exposure factors, differential absorption, patient and equipment factors that affect exposure, spatial resolution, distortion, and magnification are covered.  Students will work to formulate a technique chart.  Emphasis is placed on practical applications of basic laws and theories in problem-solving situations and formulation of techniques in the production of quality images.

ANA 110 Anatomy and Physiology I

Study is made of human anatomy and its function.  Areas include general cell and tissue structure, the respiratory system, general bone structure, the lower extremities, the upper extremities, and the genitourinary system.  Detailed topographic anatomy, positioning landmarks, and radiographic appearance are covered.

POS 110 Radiographic Positioning I (with Lab)

Study of the common and supplementary positions and procedures for the respiratory system, abdominal cavity, lower extremities from the knee to the toe, upper extremities from the elbow to the finger, and upper gastrointestinal system.  Anatomical landmarks, anatomy, body habiti, and special patient considerations are emphasized.  Laboratory demonstration is used for patient correlation.

RAD 190 Clinical Education I

A continuous process beginning with supervised correlation of theory and actual performance of examinations to unassisted performance and decision-making in a variety of situations.  Clinical rotation guidelines assist the student as they progress form one area to another.  Regular evaluations are an integral part of this process.

RAD 220 Patient Care and Management II

The course encompasses subjects pertinent to the care and examination of the patient and work within the profession.  Study is made of medical emergencies, trauma, urologic and gastrointestinal procedures, aseptic technique, ECG, and an introduction to pharmacology and drug administration.

RAD 240 Radiation Biology

This course relates the physical and biologic effects of radiation to human life and the environment.  Interactions of x-rays and matter are studied in depth.  Effects on a molecular, cellular, and whole body level are correlated to short and long term effects.  Survival statistics and risk estimates are also studied.

IMA 210 Radiographic Equipment

Study is made of the basic structure of matter, electricity, magnetism, and their interrelationships.  That knowledge is applied to the construction and function of x-ray generators, circuitry components, the x-ray tube, fluoroscopic image intensifier, and the components and operation of digital imaging equipment.  X-ray production and emission are discussed in detail.

ANA 210 Anatomy and Physiology II

Study is made of human anatomy and its function.  Areas include the gastrointestinal system and accessory organs, spine and thorax, skull, heart, and cardiovascular system.  Detailed topographic anatomy, positioning landmarks, and radiographic appearance are covered.

IMA 340 Pathology I

Discussion is made of medical/surgical diseases with diagnostic evaluation and treatment.  The impact of disease and pathology is explored in patient evaluation, image quality, and performance of various radiographic procedures.  Areas include the imaging modalities, pathological processes, the respiratory system, and the skeletal system.

POS 210 Radiographic Positioning II (with Lab)

Study of the common and supplementary positions and procedures for the lower gastrointestinal system, kidneys, pelvic girdle and femur, shoulder girdle and humerus, as well as the spinal column.  Anatomical landmarks, anatomy, body habiti, and special patient considerations are emphasized.  Laboratory demonstration is used for patient correlation.

POS 220 Special Procedures I

This course involves lectures and practice in specialized procedures and interventional exams.  Study is made of positioning, supplies, precautions, and patient care during these procedures.  Topics include myelograms, hysterograms, arthrograms, venograms, and general tomography.

RAD 290 Clinical Education II

A continuous process beginning with supervised correlation of theory and actual performance of examinations to unassisted performance and decision-making in a variety of situations.  Clinical rotation guidelines assist the student as they progress form one area to another.  Regular evaluations are an integral part of this process.

IMA 310 Imaging Modalities

The student is introduced to the equipment and general operation of the imaging and therapeutic modalities.  Topics include tomography, DEXA, MRI, CVIT, mammography, sonography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, and dosimetry.

IMA 440 Pathology II

Discussion is made of medical/surgical diseases with diagnostic evaluation and treatment.  The impact of disease and pathology is explored in patient evaluation, image quality, and performance of various radiographic procedures.  Areas include the digestive system, urinary system, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.

ANA 310 Anatomy and Physiology III

Study is made of human anatomy and its function.  Areas include study of the blood and lymphatic system, muscular system, nervous system, and endocrine system.

ANA 410 Cross-Sectional Anatomy I

Study is made of human anatomy through multiple planes and the relationship of physical relationships between organs.  Review of images from a variety of modalities are used with practical identification of structures.  Topics include the head, neck, spine, and thorax.

RAD 470 Independent Research

Students prepare a research paper and scientific exhibit from a topic within the radiation sciences.  The course provides practical skills needed to conduct library and information research, including defining research topics, searching and retrieving electronic and print sources, and evaluating, citing, and using information.

POS 310 Radiographic Positioning III (with Lab)

Study of the common and supplementary positions and procedures for the ribs and skull.  Anatomical landmarks, anatomy, body habiti, and special patient considerations are emphasized.  Laboratory demonstration is used for patient correlation.  This course also reviews previous procedures for the thoracic cavity and respiratory system, lower extremities, and upper extremities and progresses to image analysis of these areas.

POS 320 Special Procedures II

This course involves lectures and practice in specialized procedures and interventional exams.  Study is made of positioning, supplies, precautions, and patient care during these procedures.  Topics include ERCP, sialograms, lymphangiograms, and trauma radiography.

RAD 340 Ethics and Law I

This course provides a foundation for understanding the medical-legal issues relating to radiography, ethical theories, legal definitions, malpractice litigation, negligence, and patient rights.  The profession’s Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice are reviewed with case studies to assist the student in applying the principles of law to real world situations.

RAD 390 Clinical Education III

A continuous process beginning with supervised correlation of theory and actual performance of examinations to unassisted performance and decision-making in a variety of situations.  Clinical rotation guidelines assist the student as they progress form one area to another.  Regular evaluations are an integral part of this process.

IMA 430 CT Physics and Equipment

This course introduces students to the equipment and procedures associated with computed tomography.  Study is made of instrumentation and physical principles, data acquisition and image processing, image reconstruction, artifacts, patient assessment, patient safety, radiation safety, contrast media, and imaging protocols.

ANA 420 Cross-Sectional Anatomy II

Study is made of human anatomy through multiple planes and the relationship of physical relationships between organs.  Review of images from a variety of modalities are used with practical identification of structures.  Topics include the abdominopelvic cavity and the extremities.

IMA 250 Quality Assurance

This course provides the student with the tools and information to perform quality control tests and work towards continuous quality improvement in medical imaging.  Repeat analysis and image critique are included.

POS 410 Radiographic Positioning IV (with Lab)

This course reviews previous procedures for the pelvis, shoulder, spine, and skull and progresses to image analysis of these areas.

RAD 360 Radiographic Seminar

Assisting the transition out of an academic environment, this course incorporates academic reviews, certification preparation, and professional preparation with a focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills in a professional environment.  Correlation is made between larger health care concerns and factors impacting the profession.

RAD 430 Pharmacology

Study is made of principles of nomenclature, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, routes of drug administration, safety precautions and medical intervention, medications pertinent to the imaging fields, and contrast agents used in medical imaging.

RAD 440 Ethics and Law II

This course builds on the topics covered in RAD 340 with advanced legal doctrines, corporate compliance, healthcare reform, forensic radiography, and ethical issues related to research, technology, healthcare access, and diversity.

RAD 490 Clinical Education IV

A continuous process beginning with supervised correlation of theory and actual performance of examinations to unassisted performance and decision-making in a variety of situations.  Clinical rotation guidelines assist the student as they progress form one area to another.  Regular evaluations are an integral part of this process.