Master of Science in Radiologic Science Graduate MSRS Course Descriptions

RADS  5003. Research Methods 3(3-0)

Prerequisites: RADS 5013 and an undergraduate research or statistics course.
Explores qualitative and quantitative methodologies and statistical analyses appropriate to the research process in the radiologic sciences.  Provides opportunities for the critical analysis of published research and encourages development of a research plan. 

RADS  5013. Contemporary Trends in Radiologic Science 3(3-0)

Explores current professional issues in radiologic science and health care delivery. Students will explore, analyze and evaluate advances that impact all disciplines of radiologic science. Content includes such topics as healthcare reform, professional practice issues, educational standards and technological advances.

RADS  5023. Legal and Regulatory Considerations 3(3-0)

This course presents an overview of the legal issues, concepts, laws, and regulations facing the health care industry and higher education.  Students will explore these in the context of the daily professional practice of radiology administrators, educators, and radiologist assistants.

RADS  5033. Leadership for Change in Radiologic Science 3(3-0)

Application of theories and models of leadership and change to practice in the radiologic sciences. Students will explore, analyze and evaluate contemporary and historical theories of leadership and change and develop strategies for use in the professional practice of radiology administrators, educators, and radiologist assistants in the rapidly changing health care delivery system.

RADS 5043. Patient Interactions 3(3-0)

This advanced level professional skills course helps the radiologist assistant develop more advanced and independent patient care skills.  It includes direct patient care such as management of tubes and lines, advanced pharmacology interactions, and overall image observation skills.  It also includes identifying appropriate imaging modalities for various clinical pathways, information management including clinical reporting, and auditing systems.

RADS  5103. Management Techniques for Radiologic Administrators 3(3-0)

Prerequisites: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023, 5033 or consent of graduate coordinator.
An in-depth study of the administrative requirements for radiologic administrators within the health care environment. Emphasis will be placed on organizational behavior theory and practices as they pertain to personnel management, staffing issues/ strategies, performance appraisal, risk management, policies/procedures, time management, interview techniques / strategies, departmental scheduling, computer software applications, and the wellness paradigm.

RADS 5124. Financial Management in Radiologic Administration 4(4-0)

Prerequisite: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023, 5033 or consent of graduate coordinator
Examination of fiscal management in health care organizations in relation to economic and societal trends. Emphasis will be placed on the use of fiscal information in decision-making and the implications of financial management decisions on radiology services and health care delivery. Concepts of budgeting, marketing, cost analysis, cost finding, rate setting, and cost containment will be included. The impact of new technologies such as PACS will be explored.


RADS 5153. RA Procedures I 3(3-0)

This course prepares the radiologist assistant for clinical medical imaging of the chest and non-contrast studies of the abdomen.  Students complete reading and writing assignments, take online quizzes, participate in classroom and online discussions, do research, and make presentations on assigned topics.  Students also participate in rigorous in-class image reviews to demonstrate their understanding of the course content.

 

RADS 5174. Clinical Preceptorship I  4(?-?)

This clinical course will focus on chest and non-contrast abdomen imaging procedures.  Students present two (2) case studies to reinforce appropriate medical imaging clinical pathways. In addition to scheduled in-class activities, the students observe and participate in radiographic procedures and imaging under the direct supervision of preceptor radiologists at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week.  Students document their clinical competencies and professional accomplishments in a portfolio.

RADS  5204. Curriculum Development in Radiologic Education 4(4-0)

Prerequisites: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023, 5033 or consent of graduate coordinator.
This course provides an in-depth study of radiologic sciences curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Institutional and professional requirements and constraints will be examined for their effect on the curriculum. Teaching methods for courses will be discussed for various curriculum structures and levels. Various curriculum design models as well as decision-making strategies will be included.

RADS  5223. Administration of Radiologic Education Programs 3(3-0)

Prerequisite: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023, 5033 or consent of graduate coordinator.
This course focuses on the planning, administration and evaluation of radiologic education programs in the various disciplines. Includes recruitment and retention of students, accreditation issues, budgeting, facilities planning, personnel relations and evaluations, public relations, and educational policy formation.

RADS  5235. Administrative Radiology Practicum 5(1-4)

Prerequisites: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023. 5033. 5103. 5124
Building on all knowledge and skills obtained throughout the program, students will both observe and apply concepts of management and administration in the clinical setting.

RADS  5245. Radiologic Education Practicum 5(1-4)

Prerequisites: RADS 5003, 5013, 5023, 5033. 5204. 5223
The focus of this course is on the application of the knowledge and skills obtained throughout the program to planning, administration, and evaluation of a radiologic curriculum in an educational institution. Observation and active participation may include both the classroom and clinical setting.

RADS  5253. RA Procedures II 3(3-0)

This course prepares the radiologist assistant for clinical medical imaging of the musculoskeletal system.  Students complete reading and writing assignments, take online quizzes, participate in classroom and online discussions, do research, and make presentations.  Students also participate in rigorous in-class image reviews to demonstrate their understanding of the course content.

RADS  5274. Clinical Preceptorship II  4(?-?)

This clinical course will focus on musculoskeletal imaging procedures.  Students present two (2) case studies to reinforce appropriate medical imaging clinical pathways. In addition to scheduled in-class activities, the students observe and participate in radiographic procedures and imaging under the direct supervision of preceptor radiologists at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week.  Students document their clinical competencies and professional accomplishments in a portfolio.

RADS  5353. RA Procedures III 3(3-0)

This course prepares the radiologist assistant for clinical medical imaging procedures involving patient preparation, fluoroscopy, and filming for gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems.  Students complete reading and writing assignments, take online quizzes, participate in classroom and online discussions, do research, participate in hands-on laboratory experiences, and make presentations.  Students also participate in rigorous in-class image reviews to demonstrate their understanding of the course content.

RADS  5374. Clinical Preceptorship III  4(?-?)

This clinical course will focus on gastrointestinal and genitourinary imaging procedures.  Students present two (2) case studies to reinforce appropriate medical imaging clinical pathways. In addition to scheduled in-class activities, the students observe and participate in radiographic procedures and imaging under the direct supervision of preceptor radiologists at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week.  Students document their clinical competencies and professional accomplishments in a portfolio.

RADS  5403. Health Communication and Information Management 3(3-0)

An independent study course designed to develop the student's skill in health communications and information management.  The course specifically addresses competency skills in computer knowledge, information management, and computer applications.  It emphasizes an applied approach to experience with computers and information technologies, encouraging life-long learning skills in information management for the 21st century. 

RADS  5453. RA Procedures IV 3(3-0)

This course prepares the radiologist assistant for patient preparation, fluoroscopy, and filming for selective invasive clinical medical imaging procedures.  Students complete reading and writing assignments, take online quizzes, participate in classroom and online discussions, do research, participate in hands-on laboratory experiences, and make presentations.  Students also participate in rigorous in-class image reviews to demonstrate their understanding of the course content.

RADS  5474. Clinical Preceptorship IV  4(?-?)

This clinical course will focus on invasive procedures.  Students present two (2) case studies to reinforce appropriate medical imaging clinical pathways.  In addition to scheduled in-calss activities, the students observe and participate in radiographic procedures and imaging under the direct supervision of preceptor radiologists at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week.  Students document their clinical competencies and professional accomplishments in a portfolio. 

RADS  5553. RA Procedures V 3(3-0)

This course prepares the radiologist assistant for understanding and applying appropriate clinical medical imaging clinical pathways, advanced modalities, and performance improvement.  Students complete reading and writing assignments, take online quizzes, participate in classroom and online discussions, do research, and make presentations.  Students also participate in rigorous in-class image reviews to demonstrate their understanding of the course content.

RADS  5574. Clinical Preceptorship V  4(?-?)

This clinical course will focus on all medical imaging procedures, with particular attention to advanced modalities and clinical pathways.  Students present two (2) case studies to reinforce appropriate medical imaging clinical pathways. In addition to scheduled in-class activities, the students observe and participate in radiographic procedures and imaging under the direct supervision of preceptor radiologists at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week.  Students document their clinical competencies and professional accomplishments in a portfolio.

RADS 6003. Special Issues in Radiologic Administration 3(3-0)

Intensive study in a special area of Radiologic Administration. Course may be repeated for credit with varying content. 
  
RADS 6113. Special Issues in Radiologic Education 3 (3-0)

Intensive study in a special area of Radiologic Education. Course may be repeated for credit with varying content.

RADS 6223. Independent Study 3(3-0)

Designed to offer the advanced student an opportunity to select a specdial area of interest in Radiologic Science for intensive research. Approval by the graduate coordinator is required. May be repeated once for credit. 


RADS 6333. Special Issues in Radiologist Assistant 3 (3-0)
Intensive study in a special area of Advanced Clinical Practice. Course may be repeated for credit with varying content.

RADS 6773. Reseach Methods II 3 (3-0) 

This advanced level course explores appropriate research processes as students complete a Radiologic Sciences research project and produce a substantial scholarly paper. It provides opportunities for the critical analysis of published research and requires students to create their own contributions to the body of professional literature. This course also requires students to provide a personal reflection of the research experience.

RADS 6883. Research Paper 3 (3-0)

The student must register for RADS 6883 each semester until the research paper is completed.

 

RADS 6983, 6993. Thesis 6 semester hours


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