Program Goals and Objectives 

 

Students will be clinically competent

  • Students will be able to correctly position patients for quality radiographic exams
  • Students will apply ALARA radiation safety principles on patients, self and others

Students will demonstrate ethics and professionalism

  • Students will demonstrate ethical behavior with patients, self and others
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism with patients, self and others

Student will effectively communicate

  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients, staff and others
  • Students will demonstrate good communication skills through class presentations

Students will demonstrate critical thinking

    • Students will evaluate radiographic images and make appropriate changes when necessary
    • Students will assess patient’s condition and make appropriate modifications to the procedures based on their condition

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

MA 201B

Back Office – Clinical Theory and Procedure I

90

6.5

This course focuses on basic patient care procedures such as completing patient histories, taking vital signs, vision testing, basic ear/eye care, and patient positioning. Laws and ethics as they relate to the medical profession are discussed. Students receive instruction concerning: operation of EKG equipment, universal precautions, routine clinical infection control procedures, hands-on practice in medical asepsis and sterilization techniques, assisting with minor office surgical procedures, as well as identifying basic surgical instrument groups. This course also introduces the anatomy and physiology of body structure, and special diagnostic procedures to which they relate. Students study basic pharmacology and practice injection techniques. Students apply this knowledge to hands-on practice in the lab, which also includes invasive and noninvasive procedures. Medical terminology related to the topics presented is also introduced throughout the course. This course will include out-of-class work such as reading and writing assignments, practice and practical application assignments, and projects.

 

MAX 202

Back Office – Clinical Theory and Procedure II 

90

7.5

This course introduces students to basic and advanced phlebotomy, hematology, and blood-collection techniques. Students are taught anatomy and physiology of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Students apply this knowledge to practice in the lab, which also includes invasive and noninvasive procedures. Medical terminology related to the topics presented is also introduced throughout the course. This course will include out-of-class work such as reading and writing assignments, practice and practical application assignments, and projects.

 

MA 203B

Back Office – Clinical Theory and Procedures III
90 6.5

This course introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, integumentary, nervous, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and digestive systems, as well as to nutrition and urinalysis. Students apply this knowledge to hands-on practice in the lab, which also includes invasive and noninvasive procedures. Students also receive training in first aid and CPR. Medical terminology related to the topics presented is also introduced throughout this course. This course will include out-of-class work such as reading and writing assignments, practice and practical application assignments, and projects

PDX 101

Professional Development

30

2.0

This course focuses on activities associated with the refinement of professional skills application in an x-ray environment. Emphasis is placed on proper positioning and film critique. Successful job-search skills including applications, resumes, and interviews are addressed, as well as appropriate dress, grooming, and the importance of follow-up, with particular emphasis on attitude and skills. This course will include out-of-class work such as reading and writing assignments, practice and practical application assignments, and projects.

XR 200E

Fundamentals of Anatomy, Physiology, Ethics in Nursing, and Technical Interview

15

1.5

Prerequisite: Completion of MA 201B - MA 203B and/or permission from Program Director.

This course focuses on activities associated with the refinement of professional skills application in an x-ray environment. Emphasis is placed on proper positioning and film critique. Successful job-search skills including applications, resumes, and interviews are addressed, as well as appropriate dress, grooming, and the importance of follow-up, with particular emphasis on attitude and skills. This course will include out-of-class work such as reading and writing assignments, practice and practical application assignments, and projects.

XR 2001E

Radiological Physics

20

2.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XR 200E.

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.

 

XR 202E

Exposure (Density, Contrast, and Detail/Distortion)

55

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XR 201E.

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

XR 203E

Radiation Protection

70

6.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XR 202E.

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 is emphasized. A review of the California state standards and regulations pursuant to the performance of radiographic procedures employing appropriate radiation safety are identified.

XR 204E

Specialized Chest Radiography

20

1.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XR 203E.

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.

XR 205E

Specialized Extremities Tradiography
65 5.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XR 203E.

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 examinations.

XR 206E

Specialized Toroskeletal Radiography

70

5.5

Prerequisite: Completion of XR 203E.

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, pelvic girdle, and spine are described and demonstrated. Students demonstrate torsoskeletal radiographic procedures during simulated x-ray examinations.

XR 207E

Digital Radiography

20

2.0

Prerequisite: Completion of XR 203E.

The digital imaging course focuses on the components and principles of exposure, image evaluation, and operation of digital imaging systems in diagnostic radiography. Topics such as factors that impact acquisition, display, archiving, and retrieval are discussed. The principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance will also be presented.

XR 271

X-Ray Clinical Application Skills I 
150 5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of all didactic training.

This course provides 150 hours of supervised clinical instruction and experience in an approved x-ray department of an authorized clinical facility concentrating on the categories of chest, extremity, and torsokeletal radiography. Back office medical skills are also included. Students must meet attendance requirements and satisfactorily complete the externship objectives. This course helps prepare students for the limited permit x-ray technician certification examination required by the State of California Department of Health.

XR 272

X-Ray Clinical Application Skills II

150

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of all didactic training.

This course provides 150 hours of supervised clinical instruction and experience in an approved x-ray department of an authorized clinical facility concentrating on the categories of chest, extremity, and torsokeletal radiography. Back office medical skills are also included. Students must meet attendance requirements and satisfactorily complete the externship objectives. This course helps prepare students for the limited permit x-ray technician certification examination required by the State of California Department of Health.

XR 273

X-Ray Clinical Application Skills III

150

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of all didactic training.

This course provides 150 hours of supervised clinical instruction and experience in an approved x-ray department of an authorized clinical facility concentrating on the categories of chest, extremity, and torsokeletal radiography. Back office medical skills are also included. Students must meet attendance requirements and satisfactorily complete the externship objectives. This course helps prepare students for the limited permit x-ray technician certification examination required by the State of California Department of Health

XR 274

X-Ray Clinical Application Skills III

150

5.0

Prerequisite: Completion of all didactic training.

This course provides 150 hours of supervised clinical instruction and experience in an approved x-ray department of an authorized clinical facility concentrating on the categories of chest, extremity, and torsokeletal radiography. Back office medical skills are also included. Students must meet attendance requirements and satisfactorily complete the externship objectives. This course helps prepare students for the limited permit x-ray technician certification examination required by the State of California Department of Health.

Total

1235

71.50

 

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 Limited X-Ray Technician with Medical Assistant Skills 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 Limited X-Ray Technician with Medical Assistant Skills program consists of 71.5 quarter credit hours, completed over a period of 51 weeks for day students and 53 weeks for night students, for a total of 1235 contact hours. Day classes are currently scheduled for 15 weeks, 4 1/2 hours per day (for the medical assisting portion); for 19 weeks, five hours per day (for the x-ray didactic portion); and for 17 weeks, seven to eight hours per day (for the practicum portion). Night classes are currently scheduled 15 weeks, 4.5 hours per day (for the medical assisting portion); 21 weeks, 4 1/2 hours per day (for the x-ray didactic portion); and 17 weeks, seven to eight hours per day (for the practicum portion). The exact practicum schedule is determined by the site requirements. Prior to graduation, students are required to complete 600 hours of clinicals.