Program Goals and Objectives 

  1. Students/graduates should be able to demonstrate effective communication skills.
  2. Students/graduates should be able to understand the importance of professional development and lifelong learning.
  3. Students/graduates should possess knowledge and skills to demonstrate clinical competence.
  4. Students/graduates should demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  5. The program strives to prepare qualified radiologic technologists to serve the surrounding employment community.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Be able to explain radiographic procedures to patients.
  2. Be able to obtain an accurate patient history.
  3. Be able to communicate with a diverse patient population.
  4. Practice comprehensive written communication skills.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical setting.
  6. Understand the importance of joining a professional organization.
  7. Demonstrate dependability and reliability appropriate to the clinical environment.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of radiographic positioning.
  9. Select appropriate technical factors.
  10. Adhere to radiation protection practices.
  11. Have the ability to perform non-routine exams on trauma patients.
  12. Able to critique radiographic films.
  13. Be capable of making sound decisions.

 

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

CM 199

Written and Oral Communication

50

5.0

This course is designed to build skills in both written and oral communication. Students are introduced to the writing process and the fundamentals of grammar and writing mechanics. The course also provides instruction on improving oral communication skills through the development of poise, organization, and clarity of purpose.

MM 103

College Mathematics
50 5.0

This course introduces students to practical mathematics, developing conceptual and problem-solving skills, and the study of linear equations, basic statistical concepts, mathematical functions, and applications. This course may include both classroom and online activities such as video, tests/quizzes, simulations, and discussion boards.

SS 124

Psychology
50 5.0

This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students are introduced to the major areas of psychology. They are introduced to psychological theories and concepts, as well as the history and major figures of the field. Topics include disorders and treatments, personality and learning theories, and the internal and external factors that influence human development and behavior. Additionally, this course emphasizes how psychological principles and concepts relate to our personal and professional relationships. This course may include both classroom and online activities such as video, tests/quizzes, simulations, and discussion boards.

XRTA 100

Core: Anatomy, Physiology, Ethics, Nursing and Technical Overview

19

1.0

This course introduces students to systemic and skeletal anatomy, radiographic terminology, and basic imaging and principles. Students are introduced to the principles of radiation protection, and review medical ethics, proper nursing, and patient care. The duties and responsibilities of the x-ray technician are also presented, with emphasis on communication and relationships.

XRTA 101

Radiological Physics

15

1.5

This Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100.

This course provides a basic overview of radiologic physics in order for students to understand how x-rays are produced and the various characteristics of the beam. The fundamentals of the x-ray machine components and their operation are introduced.

XRTA 102

Exposure (Density, Contrast, and Detail/Distortion)

55

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 101.

This course introduces students to x-ray films, the concepts of radiographic film quality, and the exposure factors that contribute to the production of a radiographic image. The darkroom facility will be described, and film-processing procedures will be demonstrated. Students participate in laboratory experiments to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and skills by performing different techniques and exposure factors.

XRTA 103

Radiation Protection

65

5.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 102.

This course is designed to fulfill the radiation protection requirements of the California State Limited Permit School Standards. Methods employed to provide proper radiation protection for both the operator and patient will be introduced. The performance of minimum dose radiography will be emphasized. A review of the California state standards and regulations pursuant to the performance of radiographic procedures employing appropriate radiation safety will be identified.

XRTA 104

Specialized Chest Radiograph

20

1.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 103.

This course introduces the medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies of the respiratory system. Routine chest radiographic procedures are described and demonstrated. Students demonstrate competency in performing routine chest radiographic procedures during simulated x-ray examinations.

XRTA 105 Specialized Extremities Radiography

60

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 104.

This course introduces the medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies of the skeletal system with particular emphasis on the bones of the extremities. Routine radiographic procedures appropriate to the upper and lower extremities are described and demonstrated. Students demonstrate competency in performing routine extremity radiographic procedures during simulated x-ray examinatios.

XRTA 106

Specialized Toroskeletal Radiography 70 5.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 105.

This course introduces the medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies of the skeletal system with particular emphasis on the bones of the thorax, shoulder girdle, and spine. Routine radiographic procedures appropriate to the thorax, shoulder girdle, and spine are described and demonstrated. Students demonstrate competency in performing torsoskeletal radiographic procedures during simulated x-ray examinations.

XRTA 107

Clinical Practice

160

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA106.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 108

Clinical Practice

160

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA106.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 201

Medical Terminology

15

1.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA108.

This course is a systems-based approach to medical terminology designed to establish a knowledge of anatomy and physiology by way of medical terminology, as well as an introduction to the origins of medical terminology. A word- building system is introduced, and abbreviations and symbols are discussed. Students will be oriented to the terminology related to radiographic orders and diagnostic reports.

XRTA 202

Professional Ethics

10

1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 201.

This course provides a fundamental background in ethics. The historical and philosophical basis of ethics, as well as the elements of ethical behavior, will be discussed. Students examine a variety of ethical issues and dilemmas they may face in clinical practice.

XRTA 203

Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences

44

3.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 201

This course identifies the basic concepts associated with patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. The theories of disease causation and the pathophysiologic disorders that compromise healthy systems are presented. This course also provides students with an understanding of the basic concepts of pharmacology. The theory and basic techniques of venipuncture and the administration of diagnostic contrast agents include intravenous medications. The appropriate delivery of patient care during such procedures is emphasized, as well as an understanding of possible patient reactions. Routine and emergency patient care procedures are described, as well as infection-control procedures utilizing standard precautions. Etiology, pathophysiologic responses, clinical manifestations, radiographic appearance, and management of alterations in body systems are presented. The role of the radiographer in patient education is identified. Actual images are included for analysis.

XRTA 204

Principles of Radiographic Exposure and Image Quality

50

3.0

This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiologic images. Film and electronic imaging with related accessories will be emphasized. Class demonstrations/labs are used to demonstrate the application of theory.

XRTA 205

Introduction to Procedures with Contrast Media

58

5.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 201

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures along with the applications to special studies. Consideration is given to the production of radiographs of optimal diagnostic quality.

XRTA 206

Special Procedures with Contrast

54

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 201

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform radiographic procedures involving the vascular systems, specialized imaging procedures, or equipment (to include, but not limited to: computed tomography, conventional tomography, arthography, hysterosalpinography, myelography, sialography, orthoroentgenography, bone densitometry angiography, arteriography, venography, and lymphangiography). Actual images are included for analysis.

XRTA 207

Pediatric Radiography

20

2.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 201

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform pediatric radiography (to include, but not limited to: immobilization, positioning, radiation protection, and pathologic indications). Actual images are included.

XRTA 208

Specialized Skull Radiography
45 3.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 201

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform routine radiographic positions of the cranium and facial bones. Emphasis is given to special patient care considerations related to head trauma. Actual images are included for analysis.

XRTA 209

Specialized Radiographic Positioning and Lab 55 5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 201

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform routine radiographic positions (to include, but not limited to: the positioning of the chest and bony skeleton, bedside and surgical examinations, and radiation protection). Actual images are included for analysis. In addition, this course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform radiographic procedures of the breast and surrounding tissues. Emphasis is placed upon the distinction between acceptable and unacceptable mammographic images due to exposure factors, motion, collimation, or positioning errors.

XRTA 210

Technology Seminar 45 4.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 201

This course establishes an introductory knowledge in computing and information processing. Computer applications in the radiologic sciences related to image capture, display, storage, and distribution are also presented. This course also includes a five-hour review and mock examination in preparation to sit for state certification.

XRTA 211

Cross-Sectional Anatomy & Technology

30

3.0

This course introduces the basic principles of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and sectional anatomy. History of CT, MR, current equipment and practices, radiation protection specific to CT, MR, and anatomic appearance of various structures in a cross-sectional reference will be discussed. Images from various modalities will be used to demonstrate radiographic cross-sectional appearance.

XRTA 212

Fundamentals of Radiologic Technology

10

1.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 201

This course provides students with an overview of the foundations in radiography and the practitioner's role in the health care delivery system. Principles, practices, and policies of health care organization(s) are examined and discussed, in addition to the professional responsibilities of the radiographer.

XRTA 213

Clinical Practice

160

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 214

Clinical Practice  160 5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 215

Clinical Practice 160 5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 216

Clinical Practice 160 5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 217

Clinical Practice

150

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 218

Clinical Practice
160 5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 219

Clinical Practice 160

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 220

Clinical Practice

160

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 221

Clinical Practice 160 5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 222

Clinical Practice
160 5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In these courses, each content and clinical practice experience is designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis, and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured sequential, competency-based assignments in a clinical setting, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences are designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement assure the well being of the patient preparatory to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

XRTA 223

Physics and Equipment Care 38 3.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 222 or permission from the Radiologic Technology Program Director.

This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile, and tomographic equipment requirements and design, incorporating a basic knowledge of quality control.description

XRTA 224

Radiation Protection

35

2.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 223.

This course is designed to fulfill the radiation protection requirements of the California State Limited Permit School Standards. Methods employed to provide proper radiation protection for both the operator and patient will be introduced. The performance of minimum dose radiography will be emphasized. A review of the California state standards and regulations pursuant to the performance of radiographic procedures employing appropriate radiation safety will be identified.

XRTA 225

Radiologic Technology Seminar

40

4.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XRTA 100 – XRTA 212.

In this course, students are taught concepts and skills to assist them in preparation for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiography certification examination. Topics include professional certification and licensure. Emphasis is placed on patient care, radiographic procedures, radiographic protection, image production and evaluation, equipment operation, and quality control.

Total

2923

148.50

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 AOS in 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 Associate of Occupational Science in Radiologic Technology program consists of 148.5 quarter credit hours completed over a period of 94 weeks for day and night students, for a total of 2923 contact hours. Prior to graduation, students are required to complete 1920 hours of clinical practices.

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