RA Course Descriptions


Course

Subject

Hours

5003

Research Methods
Prerequisite(s): RADS 5013 and an undergraduate 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.

3(3-0)


5013

Contemporary Trends in Radiologic Science
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 health care reform, professional practice issues, educational standards and technological advances.

3(3-0)


5023

Legal and Regulatory Considerations
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 and educators.

3(3-0)


5033

Leadership for Change in Radiologic Science
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 and educators in the rapidly changing health care delivery system.

3(3-0)


5043

Patient Interactions
Prerequisite(s):Radiologist Assistant majors only
This advanced level professional skills course helps the radiologist assistant develop more advanced and independent patient care skills. It includes such direct patient care 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. .

3(3-0)


5153

RA Procedures I
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the RA program
This course prepares the radiologist assistant for clinical medical imaging of the chest. 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 course content.

3(3-0)


5174

Clinical Preceptorship I
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the RA program

This clinical course will focus on chest imaging procedures. Students present one (1) clinical case study 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 for at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week. Students document their clinical competence and professional accomplishments in a portfolio.

4(0-24)


5253

RA Procedures II
Prerequisite(s): RADS 5043, 5153 & 5174
This course prepares the radiologist assistant for clinical medical imaging procedures involving patient preparation, fluoroscopy, filming for gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems and non-contrast studies of the abdomen. 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 on assigned topics. Students also participate in rigorous in-class image reviews to demonstrate their understanding of course content.

3(3-0)


5274

Clinical Preceptorship II
Prerequisite(s): RADS 5043, 5153 & 5174

This clinical course will focus on gastrointestinal and genitourinary and non-contrast abdomen imaging procedures. Students present two (2) clinical 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 for at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week. Students document their clinical competence and professional accomplishments in a portfolio.

4(0-24)


5353

RA Procedures III
Prerequisite(s): RADS 5253 & 5274
This course prepares the radiologist assistant for clinical medical imaging procedures of the musculoskeletal system. 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 course content.

3(3-0)


5374

Clinical Preceptorship III
Prerequisite(s): RADS 5253 & 5274

This clinical course will focus on musculoskeletal imaging procedures. Students present two (2) clinical 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 for at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week. Students document their clinical competence and professional accomplishments in a portfolio.

4(0-24)


5453

RA Procedures VI
Prerequisite(s): RADS 5353 & 5374
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 experience, and make presentations on assigned topics. Students also participate in rigorous in-class image reviews to demonstrate their understanding of course content.

3(3-0)


5474

Clinical Preceptorship VI
Prerequisite(s): RADS 5353 & 5374

This clinical course will focus on invasive imaging procedures. Students present two (2) clinical 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 for at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week. Students document their clinical competence and professional accomplishments in a portfolio.

4(0-24)


5553

RA Procedures V
Prerequisite(s): RADS 5453 & 5474
This course prepares the radiologist assistant for understanding and applying appropriate clinical medical imaging 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 on assigned topics. Students also participate in rigorous in-class image reviews to demonstrate their understanding of course content.

3(3-0)


5574

Clinical Preceptorship V
Prerequisite(s): RADS 5453 & 5474

This clinical course will focus on all imaging procedures with particular attention to advanced modalities and clinical pathways. Students present two (2) clinical 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 for at least twenty-four (24) clinical hours per week. Students document their clinical competence and professional accomplishments in a portfolio.

4(0-24)


6773

Research Methods II

 Prerequisite(s): RADS 5003

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.

3(3-0)