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Radiologic Technology Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


RAD 100 - Foundations of Radiologic Technology (1, 1.5)

Overview of the profession of radiologic technology with an emphasis on its history, philosophy, and the nature of the profession. Explore the role of the radiologic technologist.

RAD 101 - Radiographic Fundamentals (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program concurrent with RAD 125 and BIO 186

The course introduces students to radiography and the role of the radiographer as a member of the health care team. Students are introduced to concepts, principles and procedures related to radiography, aseptic techniques and sound practices of patient care and professional behavior.

RAD 104 - Radiographic Procedure 1 (3, 4)

Prerequisite: Admission to the program; concurrent with RAD 125 and BIO 186

A study of the radiographic anatomy and examination procedures for the appendicular skeleton, the chest and bony thorax, and the vertebral column. Students are taught techniques and procedures related to reading various types of technique charts and are able to program x-ray units for correct exposures for designated radiographic examinations.  Fee.

RAD 105 - Radiographic Procedures 2 (3, 4)

Prerequisite: RAD 101, RAD 104, RAD 106, RAD 125, and BIO 186; concurrent with RAD 126

A study of the radiographic anatomy and examination procedures for the digestive, urinary, and hepatobiliary systems, as well as the cranium, paranasal sinuses and facial bones. Students are taught to read various types of technique charts and program x-ray units for correct exposure for these examinations.  Fee.

RAD 106 - Radiographic Principles 1 (3, 4)

Prerequisite: Admission to program; concurrent with RAD 125 and BIO 186

Introduction to the principles of radiography and factors controlling radiographic production and radiation protection. Radiation production, prime factors, radiographic film, intensifying screens, film and digital processing are presented.  Fee.

RAD 107 - Radiographic Principles 2 (3, 4)

Prerequisite: RAD 106; concurrent with RAD 126

Continuation of RAD 106. The course is designed to enhance the necessary skills needed to evaluate the radiographic image and provide appropriate recommendations for improving the diagnostic quality of the radiograph.  Fee.

RAD 125 - Introduction to Clinical Practice (2, 13)

Prerequisite: Admission to program, concurrent with RAD 101, RAD 104; and RAD 106

An orientation to practical clinical experience of the radiology department and the health care setting. A seminar is included. Clinical assignment by program coordinator. Pass/Fail grading.  Malpractice insurance fee.

RAD 126 - Clinical Education 1 (3, 17)

Prerequisite: RAD 125

Application of principles of radiographic positioning under the supervision of qualified registered ARRT technologist. Emphasis on appendicular and axial skeleton. Principles of exposure, image quality and other associated professional skills. Pass/Fail grading. Clinical affiliation assignment by program coordinator.  Fee.

RAD 127 - Clinical Education 2 (3, 17)

Prerequisite: RAD 126; concurrent with PSY 101 or HSA 101

Application of principles of radiographic positioning under the supervision of qualified registered ARRT technologist. Emphasis on contrasted procedures, cranial procedures and other radiographic skills. Pass/Fail grading. Assignment of clinical and seminar by program coordinator.  Fee.

RAD 204 - Radiographic Procedures 3 (3, 3)

Prerequisite: BIO 186; RAD 105 and 127; concurrent with RAD 225

Emphasis on routine special procedures including cardiovascular imaging, neuroradiography, reproductive system radiography and special studies of the viscera. The course details portable and surgical radiography, pediatric and geriatric radiography and related imaging modalities such as Internet, computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography and neuroradiography.  Fee.

RAD 205 - Radiologic Physics (3, 4)

Prerequisite: PHY 115 and RAD 127; concurrent with RAD 225

Introduction of the structure of matter, electrical circuitry, and the basic elements of the operation of X-ray imaging equipment. Basic concepts of X-ray production, principles of diagnostic quality assurance for film production and equipment processing are discussed. Laboratory exercises related to the clinical setting activities are presented.  Fee.

RAD 207 - Radiobiology (3, 3)

Prerequisite: BIO 186, PHY 115 and RAD 127, concurrent with RAD 225

An in-depth study of radiation biology, radiation regulations and radiation measurements. Somatic and genetic effects of ionizing radiation are presented. Radiation practices for staff and patients/clients are covered.

RAD 208 - Radiographic Pathology (3, 3)

Prerequisite: BIO 186, RAD 204 and RAD 225 concurrent with RAD 226

The course covers the etiology and processes of trauma and disease. Emphasis is placed on radiographic pathology of body systems.

RAD 225 - Clinical Education 3 (4, 25)

Prerequisite: RAD 127; concurrent with RAD 204, 205 and 207

Continuation of radiographic experiences with emphasis on trauma, surgery and mobile procedures, and observation of radiologic interpretation. Pass/Fail Grading. Assignment of clinical and seminar by program coordinator.  Malpractice insurance fee.

RAD 226 - Clinical Education 4 (4, 25)

Prerequisite: RAD 225 concurrent with RAD 208 and 235

Advanced clinical experiences with guided practice of special procedures. Experience with mobile units at bedside and in the operating room and emergency room. Pass/Fail Grading. Assignment of seminar and clinical by program coordinator.  Fee.

RAD 235 - Radiographic Seminar (3, 3)

Prerequisite: RAD 204 and 225 concurrent with RAD 226

Review and discussion of radiographic principles, techniques and methods. Emphasis is placed on the interdependence of theory and principles in preparation for the ARRT examination.  Fee.

RAD 237 - Sectional Imaging Anatomy (3, 3)

Study of human anatomy in the transverse, longitudinal, and coronal planes. Emphasis on the organs in the abdomen, pelvis, thorax, and head. Demonstration of how these structures appear on ultrasound scans, computerized tomography, and MRI.

For further information contact Ms. Shari McGovern, Radiologic Technology Program Coordinator at 708-596-2000 ext. 2634 or Kathryn Eberhardt, Career Advisor for Allied Health Professions at 708-596- 2000 ext. 2306.

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