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BSRS Course Descriptions

RADS 3023Advanced Medical Imaging Science

Prerequisite(s): College level math.

This course includes a study of advanced physical principles of diagnostic radiology. Topics include x-ray generation, x-ray circuits, rectification, interactions, attenuation, filtration, beam restriction, and basic concepts related to digital imaging.

RADS 3203Pathophysiology

This course investigates general pathology and organ system pathology. It includes a brief review of normal structure and function, followed by more in-depth descriptions of specific pathologic processes. Students will use textbooks and Internet resources to learn the basic characteristics, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic tools including medical imaging procedures, prognoses, and therapies for each of the specific pathologies. Virtual case study presentations are incorporated into this course.

RADS 3213Advanced Clinical Practice Skills

This course focuses on the current healthcare delivery environment including patient assessment, monitoring, infection control, and management. It includes working with multicultural patients, managing problem patients, and patient education. Additional topics include an overview of considerations when working in an increasingly digital imaging environment.

(ACLS is not required for this course)

RADS 3313Radiation Therapy

This course provides an overview of the clinical practice of radiation therapy. Discussions of radiobiology, treatment modalities, basic radiotherapy physics, and malignant disease processes are provided.

RADS 3413Cardiovascular and Interventional Procedures

This course includes a survey of cardiovascular and interventional radiologic procedures with an emphasis on the anatomy demonstrated, equipment used as well as the role and responsibilities of the radiographer. Included is a general discussion of the applications of a variety of imaging modalities.

RADS 3503Research

This course is an introduction to methods and techniques of research in the radiologic sciences. Topics include basic terminology of research, qualitative and quantitative methods, basic research designs, and data analysis techniques.

RADS 3773Radiobiology

Theories and principles of the interactions of ionizing radiation with living systems are the focus of this course. Radiation effects on biologic organisms and factors affecting biological responses are explored and applied to daily practice. Topics include acute and long term effects of ionizing radiation exposure. The student will explore applications in diagnostic and therapeutic settings.

RADS 3803Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Physics

This course provides overview of nuclear medicine, with an emphasis on diagnostic radionuclide techniques within the context of medical imaging. The course will focus mainly on nuclear medicine procedures and how those procedures relate to the total context of diagnostic imaging.

RADS 3833Bone Densitometry

This course will provide the radiologic science professional a knowledge and history of bone densitometry. This course will cover various topics such as: densitometry techniques, skeletal anatomy in sensitometry, statistics and quality control. External and internal factors that affect bone density will also be covered. Patient issues such as risk of fracture predicition, diagnosing osteoporosis, radiation exposure, and appropriate candidates for bone density studies will also be included.

Please note: Students are required to perform specific clinical skills in this course. Students must have access to bone density equipment to successfully complete this course.

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RADS 4123Data Analysis

The focus of this course is to provide a statistics course specifically for health science majors using techniques and data structures relevant to clinical investigations. General topics include choosing correct procedures and using statistics to understand clinical data. Specific topics include but are not limited to study design, central tendency and variability, probability, repeated measures analysis of variance, data association and prediction, and evaluating diagnostic procedures.

RADS 4433Practicum

Prerequisite(s): Consent of program advisor.

This course includes intensive clinical assignments for students within a special interest area related to radiologic sciences.

RADS 4513Administration and Supervision of Diagnostic Imaging

A study of general principles of supervision and administration of radiology departments that includes such topics as management techniques, in-service training, human relations, as well as identification of administrative and supervisory problems and solutions.

RADS 4523PACS in Radiology

This course investigates the use of picture archival and communications systems and its impact on healthcare. Topics include comparison of computer-based records to traditional film records, PACS impact on teleradiology, as well as the acquisition of a system, medical-legal, productivity, image compression, and image storage and retrieval issues.

RADS 4623Radiographic Quality Control

This course presents basic theories and principles related to the safe utilization of diagnostic radiographic equipment in a clinical setting. Theories and principles responsible for the production of quality radiographs with minimal patient exposure and production costs is a focus of the course. The student applies the theories and principles of safe radiation exposure by utilizing various strategies including projects and introductory laboratory experiments.

RADS 4633Continuous Quality Improvement in Diagnostic Imaging

This course is a study of the principles and methodologies of quality improvement. Comparison with traditional quality assurance are included as well as implementation standards to satisfy JCAHO. Students perform mind-set, departmental, and system evaluation, and use problem-solving techniques and tools to generate solutions to quality issues.

RADS 4643Health Law in Medical Imaging

This course is an introductory study of laws affecting medical imaging. Topics include administrative law, professional malpractice, patient rights, risk management, labor law, contract law, and ethical considerations.

RADS 4713Medical Ultrasound

A study of the physical and technical principles of medical ultrasound, that includes properties of ultrasound, transducers, modes of application, cross sectional anatomy, and techniques of medical diagnostic ultrasound applications.

RADS 4723Principles of Computed Tomography

This course explores the basic physical and technical principles of CT scanning. Computer technology, system components, image characteristics and quality control methods are introduced. Access to a CT scanner or instructor consent required.

RADS 4733Sectional Anatomy

This course is a study of human anatomy as viewed in sectional planes. Students will compare planar anatomy to sectional anatomy and recognize anatomical structures as seen in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Studies will include the cranium, brain, chest, abdomen, spine and pelvis.

RADS 4743Magnetic Resonance Imaging

This course explores the basic physical and technical principles of MRI scanning. Related clinical applications, system components, image characteristics, quality control methods, limitations, and future developments are introduced.

RADS 4753Mammography

The purpose of this course is to provide the technologist with guidelines for performing quality mammography examinations. Content includes the historical background of breast cancer and technical evolution of mammography, essentials of the "Imaging Chain", patient education, and introduction to quality assurance, troubleshooting, instrumentation and positioning.

RADS 4763Mammographic Quality Practice

This course introduces the student to the regulations established under the Mammography Quality Standards Acts of 1992 (MQSA), fully implemented in 1999. The focus of the course is based on MQSA principles and quality control procedures.

RADS 4773Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applications

This course provides a functional understanding of the basic MRI parameters and how they are used to image specific parts of the body in the axial, coronal, and sagittal planes. The focus of the course will be on MR sequences and presentation of anatomy and pathology.

RADS 4783Computed Tomography Applications

Prerequisite(s): RADS 4723

This course focuses on the use of computed tomography as an imaging tool from the technologist's perspective. Topics include a review of patient, contrast media and adverse reactions, and imaging protocols for the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and spine. CT-guided interventional techniques will also be discussed. Access to a CT scanner or instructor consent required.

RADS 4813Teaching Strategies in Radiologic Sciences

This course enhances skills in teaching radiologic sciences by providing instruction in curriculum development, methods of instruction, and psychology of learning. Students learn how to develop performance objectives, organize a lesson plan, and effectively present a lesson.

RADS 4823Student Teaching

This course includes teaching activities under the supervision of an experienced educator in an accredited program of radiologic sciences.

RADS 4833Evaluation Methods in Radiologic Sciences

This course provides instruction in test and measurement, analysis of tests results, and program evaluation based on accreditation standards.

RADS 4903Selected Topics

This course includes directed projects and intensive study of selected topics in radiologic sciences. May be repeated once for credit.

RADS 4913Applied Research

Prerequisite(s): RADS 3503

This is a capstone course involving directed research culminating in a substantive paper based on the interest and needs of the student.

RADS 4923Internship

Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of advanced level radiologic science courses or Consent of instructor.

This course enables students to gain experience in promotion of the radiologic sciences profession to staff technologists as well as the general public. Projects may include recruitment, public speaking and presentation techniques.

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Updated 04/20/2017  Contact for changes