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Radiologic Technology

Course Descriptions

RADT 101                                   2 credits
Introduction to Radiologic Technology

An orientation to the WVC Radiologic Technology program, history of historical events in radiology, the radiographer's role in the health-care team, organization of the radiology department and hospital, professional organizations, elements of ethical behavior and medicolegal considerations, professional organizations and regulatory agencies. Prerequisites: enrollment in the radiologic technology program or RADT program coordinator permission.

RADT 105                                     1 credit
RADT Success I

Supplemental laboratory practice designed to reinforce theoretical principles and integrate hands on practice and radiologic technology knowledge. Skills are developed to improve performance and gain the competency required for entry into the clinical experience phase of the radiologic technology program. Prerequisites: enrollment in the RADT program.

RADT 106                                     1 credit
RADT Success II

Supplemental laboratory practice designed to reinforce theoretical principles and integrate hands-on practice and radiologic technology knowledge. Skills are developed to improve performance and gain the competency required for entry into the clinical experience phase of the radiologic technology program. Prerequisites: enrollment in the RADT program.

RADT 107                                     1 credit
RADT Success III

Supplemental laboratory practice designed to reinforce theoretical principles and integrate hands-on practice and radiologic technology knowledge. Skills are developed to improve performance and gain the competency required for entry into the clinical experience phase of the radiologic technology program. Prerequisites: enrollment in the RADT program.

RADT 111                                   5 credits
Radiation Physics

An overview to the application of radiation physics; to include basic atomic structure, the nature of radiation, x-ray production and interaction of x-ray photons with matter. An introduction to mathematics for radiology, radiation quantities and units of measure, imaging equipment: x-ray circuitry, generators and x-ray tubes. Prerequisites: enrollment in the radiologic technology program.

RADT 121                                   3 credits
Principles of Exposure I

An introduction to the basics of radiation protection and an orientation to radiographic equipment. A detailed analysis of principles related to radiographic image formation and acquisition using film screen and digital based image receptors. Image evaluation and laboratory experiments reinforce theoretical principles. Prerequisites: enrollment in the RADT program.

RADT 122                                   3 credits
Principles of Exposure II

A continuation of RADT 121 and analysis of digital imaging principles, equipment, PACS, density/brightness and contrast. An overview of the quality assurance, quality control and maintenance issues related to the equipment. Image evaluation and laboratory exercises reinforce theoretical principles. Prerequisites: RADT 111, 121.

RADT 123                                   3 credits
Principles of Exposure III

A continuation of RADT 122 and detail, distortion, analysis of permanent radiographic equipment, AEC, fluoroscopy, mobile equipment and systems of technique formation. Continued discussion of the quality management process, quality control and associated government and accreditation standards. Image evaluation and laboratory exercises reinforce theoretical principles presented in lecture. Prerequisites: RADT 122.

RADT 131                                   4 credits
Radiographic Positioning I

An introduction to positioning terminology and the fundamental theory, principles and practices regarding radiographic examinations of the upper and lower extremities and shoulder girdle. Experience is gained via positioning lecture and in the energized lab. Practical competency assessments reinforce principles learned in lecture. Prerequisites: enrollment in the RADT program.

RADT 132                                   4 credits
Radiographic Positioning II

A continuation of RADT 131: to include radiographic examinations of the hip, pelvis and spine. Experience is gained in the energized lab and practical competency assessments reinforce principles learned in lecture. Prerequisites: RADT 131.

RADT 133                                   4 credits
Radiographic Positioning III

A continuation of RADT 132: to include radiographic and/or fluoroscopic examinations of the chest, bony thorax, skull, sinus, facial bones, abdomen, urinary and digestive system. Experience is gained in the energized lab and practical competency assessments reinforce principles learned in lecture. Prerequisites: RADT 132.

RADT 134                                   4 credits
Radiographic Positioning IV

A continuation of RADT 133: image critique and introduction to clinical handbook. Introduction to special views of the upper and lower extremities, spine, pelvis, chest, bony thorax, cranium, abdomen, situations of trauma, mobile, pediatric and geriatric populations. Experience is gained in the energized laboratory; competency assessments reinforce principles learned. Prerequisites: RADT 133.

RADT 141                                   2 credits
Radiation Biology and Protection

An overview of principles of the interaction of radiation with living systems, radiation effects on living systems and factors affecting biologic response; responsibilities of the radiographer regarding principles of radiation protection for the radiographer, patient and public; radiation health and safety recommendations and requirements of federal and state agencies. Prerequisites: RADT 111 and 121.

RADT 151                                     1 credit
Imaging Modalities

A basic overview of the advanced imaging areas to include, but not limited to, vascular/cardiac/interventional radiography, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, mammography, bone densitometry and radiation therapy. Prerequisites: RADT 111 and 121.

RADT 152                                   3 credits
Patient Care

Basic concepts and procedures of patient care, including consideration for the cultural, physical and psychological needs of various patient ages, and their families. Routine and emergency patient care procedures and application of Standard Precautions. Basic concepts of pharmacology, basic theory and practice of venipuncture and administration of diagnostic contrast agents. Prerequisites: RADT 121 and 131.

RADT 161                                   2 credits
Special Procedures

An introduction to the theory, principles, equipment, contrast media, accessories and practices regarding special radiographic examinations to include but not limited to: surgical, mobile, CNS, GI, urinary, musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, biliary, reproductive and salivary systems. Prerequisites: RADT 133 and 152.

RADT 162                                     1 credit
Clinical Observation

Under direct supervision at a clinical education setting affiliated with Wenatchee Valley College, the student will obtain orientation to a radiographic department, observe and participate in radiographic examinations. Prerequisites: RADT 133 and 152.

RADT 171                                   2 credits
Radiographic Pathology

An introduction to the concepts of disease and the etiology and pathophysiology of disease to body systems. Radiographic exam indicators and common radiographic findings are reviewed and compared to normal radiographic findings. Prerequisites: RADT 122 and 152.

RADT 191                                   3 credits
Sectional Anatomy

The study of structures in the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities in the sectional imaging formats of Computed Tomography. The principles of CT including data acquisition methods, systems, selectable scan factors, factors that control image appearance, post processing and radiation protection. Hands-on experience with mobile CT machine. Prerequisites: RADT 133.

RADT 231                               13 credits
Clinical Education I

Part one of a four-part series. Focus on the clinical application and evaluation of radiography under professional supervision in a clinical education center affiliated with WVC. Apply technical and procedural knowledge through observation and participation in radiographic studies. Clinical 39 hours per week, competency based. Prerequisites: completion of first-year radiologic technology program.

RADT 232                                   9 credits
Clinical Education II

Continuation of RADT 231. Continue to gain radiographic experiences under professional supervision in the clinical education center. Continue completing educational objectives and clinical competencies at specified levels of competence and patient care and learn to become a committed, team oriented, employable individual. Prerequisite: RADT 231.

RADT 233                               13 credits
Clinical Education III

Continuation of RADT 232. Transition to the second assigned clinical education center affiliated with WVC. Continue to develop and demonstrate an increasing degree of competence in performance, decision making, efficiency, speed, patient care, problem solving and professionalism. Clinical 39 hours per week, competency based. Prerequisite: RADT 232.

RADT 234                               13 credits
Clinical Education IV

Continuation of RADT 233. Continue to gain experience under professional supervision of the clinical education center. Demonstrate competency related to clinical competency requirements, decision making, efficiency, and problem solving in procedures demonstrated in all previous clinical courses. Clinical 39 hours per week. Prerequisite: RADT 233.

RADT 241                                     1 credit
Radiographic Seminar I

Part one of a four-part series. Comprehensive review for the ARRT Certification Examination and expansion of theoretical basis for radiographic technological practices encountered by the student during clinical education. Prerequisites: completion of first-year radiologic technology program.

RADT 242                                     1 credit
Radiographic Seminar II

Continuation of RADT 241: comprehensive review for the ARRT Certification Examination and expansion of theoretical basis for radiographic technological practices encountered by the student during clinical education. Prerequisites: RADT 241.

RADT 243                                     1 credit
Radiographic Seminar III

Continuation of RADT 242: comprehensive review for the ARRT Certification Examination and expansion of theoretical basis for radiographic technological practices encountered by the student during clinical education. Prerequisites: RADT 242.

RADT 244                                     1 credit
Radiographic Seminar IV

Continuation of RADT 243: final comprehensive review for the ARRT Certification Examination and expansion of theoretical basis for radiographic technological practices encountered by the student during clinical education. Prerequisites: RADT 243.


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