Description

Program Mission Statement

Gurnick Academy and our AS in Radiologic Technology Program faculty is dedicated to providing qualified individuals with an optimal learning experience to provide the medical imaging community with competent radiologic technologists who will demonstrate the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, clinical competency, and critical thinking, while providing compassionate and respectful patient care. 
 
The philosophy of the Program is to insure that graduates perform radiologic procedures as defined by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Practice Standards.  Graduates of the AS in Radiologic Technology Program will possess professionalism and ethics in a manner consistent with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Principles of Professional Conduct for Radiologic Technologists and Code of Ethics.

Program Goals and Objectives 

  1. To graduate students who will demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of competent entry-level radiologic technologists
  2. To produce students that will demonstrate effective interpersonal skills enabling them to interact efficiently with the entire healthcare team and the public
  3. To enable students to employ appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the clinical setting
  4. To promote lifelong learning, ethics and professionalism through continuing education and membership in professional organizations
  5. To maintain program effectiveness through the utilization of benchmarks in assessing graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction, and employment rates
  6. To maintain program effectiveness through the utilization of benchmarks in assessing areas of graduate pass rates on certification exams and program completion rates

Student Learning Outcomes

1.   Students will exhibit positioning accuracy to produce diagnostic radiographs.

2.   Students will employ proper exposure techniques to produce diagnostic radiographs.

3.   Students will communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms.

4.   Students will demonstrate effective age-appropriate communication skills with diverse populations.

5.   Students will evaluate images for proper exposure, positioning and pathology.

6.   Students will utilize proper safety and ALARA practices for routine & non-routine exams.

7.   Students will practice with high ethics and an exemplary level of professionalism.

8.   Upon graduation, students will establish a plan for professional development and career enhancement.

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

RT 110C

Clinical Practice I

128

4

Content and clinical practice experiences are designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize, and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, the concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined and evaluated. Clinical experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

RT 112

Fundamentals of Radiology and Patient Care

84.5

6.5

Content is designed to provide the basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine and emergency patient care procedures will be described, as well as infection control procedures utilizing standard precautions. The role of the radiographer in patient education will be identified.

RT 113

Radiographic Procedures I 107.5 7

Content is designed to provide the knowledge base necessary to perform standard imaging, including basic computed tomography (CT) and special studies. Emphasis is on basic imaging of the abdomen, respiratory system, upper and lower extremities, and bony pelvis. Parameters for special studies, such as arthrograms and venograms will also be presented. Consideration will be given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Course methods will incorporate lectures, demonstrations, image analyses, positioning lab practicum, and self-paced study utilizing multimedia programs. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in positioning skills, equipment manipulation and radiation protection before they are allowed to perform these skills under direct supervision in the patient care setting.

GE 011

Anatomy & Physiology

56

5.5

This course covers the structure and function of the human body from the single cell through all body systems and the interrelatedness of the structure and functions in the body are examined. Basic concepts of fluid, electrolyte and acid/base balance are included.

RT 120C

Clinical Practice II

184

6

Clinical experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. The concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are evaluated through structured, competency-based clinical assignments. Levels of competency ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

RT 121

Radiographic Physics I

48

4.5

Course provides knowledge of general physics, atomic structure and terminology. Also presented are the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. Content provides basic information about electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, and the application of these principles to the x-ray circuit. Lab activities and experiments are conducted to enhance student learning.

RT 123

Radiologic Procedures II

75

6

The course provides knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures of the bony pelvis, lower extremities, vertebral column, sternum, and ribs. Consideration will be given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Course methods will incorporate lectures, demonstrations, image analysis, and positioning lab practicum. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in positioning skills, equipment manipulation and radiation protection before they are allowed to perform these skills under direct supervision in the patient care setting.

GE 112

Algebra

45

4.5

The course is designed to give students the math skills that provide a foundation for more advanced courses. Students will explore writing and solving linear and nonlinear equations, powers and exponents, quadratic equations, polynomials and factoring, graphing and solving linear inequalities, and functions. This is a General Education Course.

GEH 020

Medical Terminology

18

1.5

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to medical and pathological terms related to specific body systems. Through lecture, discussion, demonstration, visual aids, and self-study the student will develop knowledge and understanding of the professional language so that they may function and communicate effectively with other members of the medical team.

RT 130C

Clinical Practice II 176 5.5

Clinical experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. The concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are evaluated through structured, competency-based clinical assignments. Levels of competency ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

RT 131

Radiographic Physics II

48

4.5

Course provides a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile and tomographic equipment requirements, function and design, to provide a basic knowledge of quality control and quality assurance protocols, and to prepare students for the State of California (Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch) licensing examination for certification in fluoroscopy. Content also includes the principles of radiation protection and fluoroscopic equipment, application of special equipment illumination and photometry, anatomy and physiology of the eye, and relationship of internal organs. Laboratory experiments will support learning in the function and structure of imaging equipment as well as principles of basic quality assurance procedures. Upon successful completion of this course and once basic radiographer certification has been obtained the student will meet the eligibility requirements to apply for the State certification exam in fluoroscopy.

RT 132

Imaging and Technique

42

3.5

Course provides a knowledge base of factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiologic images. Film imaging with related accessories are emphasized. Class demonstrations/labs are used to demonstrate application of theory. A basis for analyzing radiographic images is provided. Included is the importance of minimum imaging standards, discussion of a problem-solving technique for image evaluation and the factors that can affect image quality. Actual images will be included for analysis. Lab activities and experiments are conducted to enhance student learning and fulfill California Department of Public Health–Radiologic Health Branch requirements.

RT 133

Radiographic Procedures III 78 6

Course provides a knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures. Emphasis is on imaging of the facial bones and cranium, biliary system, genitourinary system, gastrointestinal tract, and procedures that are done using fluoroscopy and endoscopy (to include hysterosalpingogram, myelogram, sialogram, bronchoscopy, bronchogram, venogram, arthrogram, and lymphangiogram). Consideration will be given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Course methods will incorporate lectures, demonstrations, image analysis, positioning lab practicum, and self-paced study utilizing multimedia programs. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in positioning skills, equipment manipulation and radiation protection before they are allowed to perform these skills under direct supervision in the patient care setting.

RT 134

Information Systems in Radiography

30

3

Course provides an understanding of the components, principles, and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Guidelines for selecting exposure factors and evaluating images within a digital system assist students to bridge between film-based and digital imaging systems. Principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance are presented. Lab activities and experiments are conducted to enhance student learning.

RT 140C

Clinical Practice IV

192

6

Clinical experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. The concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are evaluated through structured, competency-based clinical assignments. Levels of competency ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

RT 142

Radiographic Pathology

48

4.5

Course provides theories of disease causation and the pathophysiologic disorders that compromise healthy systems. Etiology, pathophysiologic responses, clinical manifestations, radiographic appearance, and management of alterations in body systems will be presented. Students will be required to write a research paper on a topic germane to medical imaging and will be encouraged to submit it for consideration in the annual student competition held by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

RT 143

Radiologic Procedures IV

81

6

This course provides information necessary to perform radiographic procedures using special techniques for trauma cases. Consideration will be given to the production of images of optimal diagnostic quality. Course methods will incorporate lectures, demonstrations, image analysis, positioning lab practicum, and self-paced study utilizing multimedia programs. Students will be required to demonstrate competency in positioning skills, equipment manipulation and radiation protection before they are allowed to perform these skills under direct supervision in the patient care setting.

GE 110

Critical Thinking

45

4.5

This course teaches students the skills they need in order to think for themselves—skills they will call upon in this course, in other college courses, and in the world that awaits. This course covers the core concepts with real-world examples and practice exercises. This is a General Education Course.

RT 250C

Clinical Practice V 280 9

Clinical experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. The concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are evaluated through structured, competency-based clinical assignments. Levels of competency ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

RT 251

Radiation Protection & Biology 48 4.5

Course provides an overview of the principles of radiation protection, the responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel and the public, and radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies and medical organizations. An overview of the principles of interaction of radiation with molecules, cells, tissues, and the body as a whole, and the factors affecting biological response are presented including acute and chronic effects of radiation. Lab activities and experiments are conducted to enhance student learning and fulfill California Department of Public Health – Radiologic Health Branch requirements.

RT 253

Radiographic Pharmacology, Drug Administration and Venipuncture 36 3

Course provides basic concepts of pharmacology, techniques of venipuncture, and the administration of diagnostic contrast agents and intravenous medications. The appropriate delivery of patient care during these procedures is emphasized. Students will perform venipuncture on I.V. training arms and on fellow students. In addition, representatives from vendors who sell imaging and other pharmaceuticals germane to medical imaging will be utilized as guest lecturers to provide the most current information.

GE 201

Introduction to Sociology

45

4.5

This course includes the study of basic methods and concepts of sociology, which have broad academic relevance, and which can be applied to the study of sociology as well other academic disciplines. This is a General Education Cours.

RT 252

Cross Sectional Anatomy

30

3

Course provides entry-level radiography students with principles related to sectional anatomy. A self-study portion provides an overview of transverse, coronal and sagittal sectional anatomy of the human body. Correlations between cadaver crosssections, CTs, MRI’s, and radiographs are explored.

GE 253

Ethics and Law In Radiography

24

2

Course provides a fundamental background in ethics and human diversity. The historical and philosophical basis of ethics, as well as the elements of ethical behavior will be discussed. The student will examine a variety of ethical issues and dilemmas found in clinical practice. Course activities will include research and analysis on case studies germane to the field of medical imaging. An introduction to legal terminology, concepts and principles will also be presented. Topics include misconduct, malpractice, legal and professional standards, and the ASRT scope of practice. The importance of proper documentation and informed consent is emphasized. Additional topics covered are safety in the medical imaging department, documentation, recordkeeping, risk management, and reporting requirements.

RT 260C

Clinical Practice VI 240 8

Clinical experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. The concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are evaluated through structured, competency-based clinical assignments. Levels of competency ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

RT 261

Special Radiologic Procedures 48 4.5

This course provides entry-level radiography students with principles related to angiography, mammography, mobile radiography, surgical radiography, pediatric imaging, geriatric imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasonography.

GE 262

Career Development and Preparation 30 3

Course provides to prepare the graduate for the post-education transition into the workforce. The course will guide students in the development of a portfolio, skills in writing a resume, developing effective interviewing techniques, and job search strategies. Students will be informed as to the processes necessary to obtain certification as radiographers from both the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and from the State of California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch.

RT 270C

Clinical Practice VII

264

8.5

Clinical experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. The concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are evaluated through structured, competency-based clinical assignments. Levels of competency ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

RT 272

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RT 273

Computed Tomography or Mammography

40

4

RT 272 - course provides entry-level radiography students with principles related to computed tomography (CT) imaging. Special emphasis is placed on a study of the head and brain, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. Correlations between cadaver cross-sections, CTs, MRI’s, and radiographs are explored. RT 273 - course provides didactic coursework needed to take the ARRT mammography registry examination. Topics include patient care, anatomy, physics, positioning, pathology interventional, and quality control for both digital and analog systems.

GE 222

English Reading & Composition

45

4.5

This course introduces students to reading a variety of literature texts and teaches them the basic elements of fiction, poetry, and drama. The course will teach students how to write analysis, explication, and compare-and-contrast essays in response to the literature read. This is a General Education Course at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts.

RT 280C

Clinical Practice VIII

280

9

Clinical experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. The concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are evaluated through structured, competency-based clinical assignments. Levels of competency ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

RT 263

Registry Review and Fluoroscopy 60 6

Course reviews the radiologic technology curriculum and prepare students for the ARRT radiographer primary certification and State of California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch fluoroscopy certifications.

Total

2956

162.5

AS RT Program Information, Length and Schedule

The program information, length and schedule may change. Please read the accompanying Addendum for change and updates as well as check in with the Admission Advisor for details.

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Radiologic Technology program provides a library and classrooms which are equipped with modern media teaching aids, textbooks, journals, periodicals, anatomical charts, phantoms, and energized lab equipment.

The Radiologic Technology program is an Associate of Science degree program. The student will receive didactic, laboratory and clinical experience in affiliated medical facilities. Instructor to student ratio is as follows: laboratory 1:10, lectures 1:30 and clinical 1:1. Classes may be scheduled Monday through Saturday. Students will attend an average of forty (40) hours per week of instruction including didactic, labs and clinical. Clinical activities are usually held during regular business hours: Monday – Fridays from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Some affiliations have evening hours.

The program’s affiliated clinical sites hold current state-issued certificates as approved clinical sites. The clinical sites are utilized to provide supervised clinical instruction in the patient care setting. All clinical sites employ radiologic technologists and supervisor/operators (doctors) who hold certification issued by the State of California Radiologic Health Branch.