Radiography (X-Ray)

Associate of Applied Science, 83 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Austin, Online Course(s)
PROGRAM STARTS: Fall
COURSE PLAN: Six Semesters
PROGRAM SHEET: PRINT

Students must earn a grade of C or better to earn their AAS degree.

Prerequisites (7 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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BIOL2021
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the first semester of a two-semester course in human anatomy and physiology. Basic concepts in biology are covered in the first part of the course including the scientific method, biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, cell division, genetics, and DNA structure and function. The second part of the course includes histology and the integumentary system, as well as the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 1101, 1121 or 1201. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

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CHEM1121
General, Organic, and Biochemistry (Goal 3 & 10)

This is a laboratory science course covering the principles of general, organic and biological chemistry with emphasis on chemical applications in biological systems. Topics include the scientific method, atomic theory, chemical bonding, organic functional groups, biological chemicals, and metabolic processes. MnTC (Goals 3/NS, 10/PE); (3Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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Required Core Courses (63 credits)

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RADT1210
Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care

This course is an introduction to the profession of radiologic technology and has a major emphasis on patient care skills. The student acquires appropriate knowledge and skills in radiography, ethical and legal issues, human diversity, and basic patient care. Prerequisites: Admission into the Radiography Program. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (3 Cr 3 lect, 1 lab)

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RADT1225
Radiographic Pathology and Medical Terminology

This course introduces the student to the origins of medical terminology. A word building system is introduced and abbreviations and symbols are discussed. This course introduces the student to the concepts of disease and its effects on the human body. The pathophysiology and radiographic manifestations of common and unusual disorders for each of the body systems are discussed. An orientation to the understanding of radiographic orders and interpretation of diagnostic reports is discussed. This course provides the knowledge and skills to adjust technical factors for obtaining optimal quality images in patients with various underlying pathologic conditions. Prerequisites: Admission into the Radiography Program. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT1231
Radiographic Procedures I

This course is the first of three radiographic procedures courses. The student is introduced to the basic terminology for positioning, the radiographic equipment, and operations. General anatomy is introduced, and specific positioning procedures of the chest, abdomen, upper limb, shoulder girdle, and lower limb up to and including the knee are covered. Portable radiography is presented. Radiation safety and protection for the technologist and patient are stressed. Radiographs are evaluated for anatomy and positioning. Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiography Program. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab) (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

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RADT1235
Radiographic Procedures II

This course covers radiographic procedures of the femur, pelvic girdle, complete vertebral column, and bony thorax. Pediatric considerations and trauma guidelines are presented. Emphasis will be on anatomy, positioning, radiographic terms, manipulation of radiographic equipment and accessories, and related patient care considerations. Radiographs are evaluated for anatomy and positioning. Skills acquired in Procedures I are maintained. Prerequisites: RADT 1211, RADT 1213, RADT 1231, RADT 1241, RADT 1281, and RADT 1100. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)

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RADT1240
Introduction to Radiographic Equipment/Exposures

This course provides the student with the knowledge of factors that govern and influence image quality. Topics include history of radiography, basic physics concepts, radiographic equipment, properties of x-rays, exposure factors, digital radiography, radiographic devices, and Automatic Exposure Control (AEC). The application of radiographic calculations is applied during presentation of the course material. Prerequisites: Admission into the Radiography Program. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT1260
Radiation Equipment/Exposure I

This course provides the student with knowledge of basic radiation physics. Topics include units of measurement, general principles, and nature of radiography. Digital image processing, image storage and management are also discussed. Equipment quality control is demonstrated including lab tests to evaluate specific components. Prerequisites: RADT 1211, RADT 1231, RADT 1240, and RADT 1281. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT1281
Clinical Radiography I

This course is the first of three clinical education courses. The student is assigned to the clinical site for thirty two hours per week. Under the supervision of a clinical instructor, the student gains competency in radiography of the chest, abdomen, upper limb, shoulder girdle, and lower limb up to and including the knee. The student practices skills and demonstrates competency in radiographic processing, patient care, radiation protection, and general radiographic procedures and image critique. The student is introduced to radiography in trauma situations and the surgical setting. The student demonstrates professional interactions and work ethics in the clinical setting. The radiography program staff monitors progress and performance evaluations. The students will participate in on-line discussions to gain knowledge of the different clinical sites and experiences. The student will maintain appropriate paperwork i.e.: timekeeping, patient log, evaluations. The student completes professional journal article reviews and shares the finding with the rest of the class. Case studies will be given to the student to be evaluated and critiques. Review exams will be taken periodically to confirm student retention of academic courses previously given that are pertinent to the ARRT national board exam. Prerequisites: RADT 1211, RADT 1213, RADT 1231, RADT 1241, and RADT 1100. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).(12 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab, 11 clinical)

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RADT2215
Image Evaluation

This course provides students with the knowledge needed to evaluate radiographic examinations and to identify and recognize diagnostic quality. Images are evaluated for adequate technical preparation, proper use of equipment, careful radiography of the anatomical part, and the accept/reject analysis. Prerequisites: RADT 1211, RADT 1231, RADT 1241, and RADT 1281. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (1 Cr 1 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT2220
Radiation Biology and Protection

This course provides the student with an overview of the principles of the interaction of radiation with the human body as well as the principles of radiation protection. Radiation effects on biological molecules and organism, as well as factors affecting biological response, are explored. Discussion includes both acute and chronic effects of radiation. Radiation protection responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel, and the public are presented. Prerequisites: RADT 1211, RADT 1213, RADT 1235, RADT 1241, RADT 1255, and RADT 2283. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT2239
Radiographic Procedures III

This final procedures course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform radiographic examinations of the skull, facial bones, and paranasal sinuses. In addition, those systems needing oral or intravenous contrast agents, such as the digestive system and the urinary system, are covered, including not only the anatomy and positioning but also the examination protocols. Consideration of the needs of the geriatric patient is covered. Sectional anatomy of the head, thorax, and pelvis are introduced. Radiographs are evaluated for anatomy and positioning. There is a review of all anatomy and positioning previously studied, especially those areas identified by students as needing clarification. Prerequisites: RADT 1217, RADT 1219, RADT 1235, RADT 1255, RADT 2215, and RADT 2283. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)

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RADT2261
Radiographic Equipment/Exposures II

This course focuses on image quality by considering factors that affect density, contrast, recorded detail, and distortion. X-ray interactions with matter are discussed. Complex mathematical problems that reflect the effect of change in exposure factors and radiographic devices on image quality will be calculated. Prerequisites: RADT 1240 and RADT 1260. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT2265
Modality Exploration

This course introduces the student to the equipment, procedures, and technologies routinely used for specialized imaging procedures. Emphasis is placed on the complexity of this equipment. Various recording media and techniques, as well as specialized imaging equipment are described. Characteristic appearance of anatomical structures is presented for the various imaging modalities. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Prerequisites: RADT 1211, RADT 1231, RADT 1240, and RADT 1281. (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT2283
Clinical Radiography II

This course is the second of three clinical education courses. The student is assigned to the clinical site for thirty two hours per week for a variety of shifts including evenings and weekends. Under the supervision of a clinical instructor, the student achieves performance competency in radiography of the femur, pelvic girdle, complete vertebral column, and bony thorax. Experience with pediatric and trauma patients is encourages. The student continues to demonstrate competencies from Clinical I, as well as be evaluated for competency on any procedures still needed from that course. The student tabulates his or her radiographic repeat rate. Participation in surgical, bedside and special procedures is monitored. The student improves skills in radiographic processing, patient care, radiation protection, and general radiographic procedures and image critique. The student demonstrates professional interactions and work ethics in the clinical setting. The radiography program staff monitors progress and performance evaluations. The students will participate in on-line discussions to gain knowledge of the different clinical sites and experiences. The student will maintain appropriate paperwork i.e.: timekeeping, patient log, evaluations. The student completes professional journal article reviews and shares the finding with the rest of the class. Case studies will be given to the student to be evaluated and critiques. Review exams will be taken periodically to confirm student retention of academic courses previously given that are pertinent to the ARRT national board exam. Prerequisites: RADT 1211, RADT 1213, RADT 1231, RADT 1241, and RADT 1100. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).(11 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab, 10 clinical)

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RADT2287
Clinical Radiography III

This course is the final radiography clinical education course.

  • The student is assigned to the clinical site for thirty two hours per week with varying rotations.
  • The student demonstrates performance competency in radiographic examinations of the skull, facial bones, paranasal sinuses, upper and lower GI systems, gallbladder, urinary system, and basic CT skills.
  • The student maintains competencies from both prior clinical education courses and performs competency evaluations on any procedures still needed from either course. Involvement in specialty areas is encouraged.
  • The student demonstrates increased proficiency, accuracy, and speed in the radiographic procedures. Critical thinking and problem solving are expected.
  • The student demonstrates professional interactions and work ethics in the clinical setting. The radiography program staff monitors progress and performance evaluations.
  • The students will participate in on-line discussions to gain knowledge of the different clinical sites and experiences.
  • The student will maintain appropriate paperwork i.e.: timekeeping, patient log, evaluations.  
  • The student completes professional journal article reviews and shares the finding with the rest of the class. Case studies will be given to the student to be evaluated and critiques.
  • Review exams will be taken periodically to confirm student retention of academic courses previously given that are pertinent to the ARRT national board exam.

Prerequisites: RADT 1211, RADT 1213, RADT 1231, RADT 1241, and RADT 1100. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
(8 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab, 7 clinical)

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Required MnTC General Education Courses (13 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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BIOL2022
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the second semester of a two-semester course in human anatomy and physiology. Topics include the nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, the lymphatic and immune system, digestive system, urinary system, and the reproductive system. Acid-base and fluid balances, human embryology and development are also covered. Prerequisite: BIOL 2021. MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)

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ENGL1101
Composition I (Goal 1 & 2)

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.
MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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PHIL1140
Health Care/Medical Ethics (Goal 6 & 9)

This course provides an overview of central issues in medical ethics. Students investigate the nature of ethics and ethical theories and principles before moving on to examine such topics as medical research and technological developments in medicine. The course will provide both historical and contemporary background on a number of ethical issues in the health-care field and will consider proposed answers to what we should do about the questions they raise. Course delivery may include the presentation and discussion of various ethical and health-care perspectives. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 credits - 3 lecture, 0 lab)

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PSYC1240
Developmental Psychology (Goal 5 & 9)

This course explores human growth and development from the prenatal through adult life stages, including aging and death.  Students will examine the interaction between genetics and environment on the individual’s physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development.  In addition, family, culture and cohort influences will be explored.

MnTC (Goal 5/SS and Goal 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Electives

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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RADT1230
Introduction to Forensic Radiography

This course is an introduction to the role and responsibility of the forensic radiographer. The focus is on the history and role of forensic radiography in forensic medicine and science, medico-legal aspects, and injury processes and pathologies. The student is introduced to the basic terminology for positioning, the radiographic equipment, and operations. General anatomy and imaging for investigative procedures are introduced. The student reviews diagnostic images from a forensic standpoint to help compile evidence that can later be used in a courtroom setting. The multidisciplinary nature of forensic practice is discussed. Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiography Program or obtain instructor approval prior to registering for this course. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT2286
Principles of Mammography

This course includes two distinct components of mammography education: clinical mammography and the physics of mammography. Anatomy and physiology of the breast, clinical positioning of the breast and the physical principles of mammography machine operation and exposure technique are included. Additional content on quality assurance in mammography and the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) are presented. Prerequisites: BIOL 2021, RADT 1255, RADT 1235, and RADT 2283 or registered Radiologic Technologist. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT2288
Clinical Mammography

This course the student is assigned to a clinical site for 40 hours to perform mammographic examination. The student performs a minimum of 25 examinations under the direct supervision of an American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registered technologist. The student demonstrates competency in performing mammographic examinations in compliance with the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) requirements. The student practices skills in patient preparation and education, quality control standards, and critiquing radiographic techniques. Successful completion results in the student obtaining certification for the 40 hours of training required by MQSA regulations. Prerequisites: RADT 2215, RADT 2219, RADT 2239, RADT 2245, RADT 2259, and RADT 2283. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (1 Cr - 0 lect, 0 lab, 1 clinical)

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RADT2303
Cross Sectional Anatomy

This course introduces the student to the cross sectional anatomy of the body and its appearance on computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This course begins with a review of cross-sectional imaging modalities and traditional anatomic positions and planes. Normal anatomic structures of the head, neck, thorax, vascular, abdomen, pelvis, spine and extremities are presented in multi-planar sections. The course enables the student to differentiate between normal and abnormal anatomical structures. Prerequisites: Current radiography student or registered Radiologic Technologist. This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).(3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT2307
Computed Tomography

This course introduces the student to the basic fundamentals of computed tomography (CT), physics, patient safety and procedures including sectional anatomy. The history of CT and image production will be included in the course. Students explore the function of the hardware components of the computed tomography computer system, equipment, instrumentation, data acquisition, image processing and reconstruction. The course covers the importance of legal and ethical responsibilities as an imaging professional. Patient care, assessment, communication and contrast administration are discussed. CT procedures including sectional anatomy of the head, neck, thorax and abdomen/pelvis, musculoskeletal, and vascular system are presented. Consideration is given to the production of digital images of optimal diagnostic quality with emphasis of radiation safety.  Prerequisites: Current radiography student or registered Radiologic Technologist.  This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

(3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT2312
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

This course introduces the student to common magnetic resonance (MR) procedures, basic fundamentals of MR physics, and patient care and safety during magnetic resonance (MR) exams.  Specific positioning procedures of the following are covered: head, neck, spine, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and musculoskeletal. Anatomical structures and pathology are discussed. The history of MR will be included in the course. The course will explore the function of the hardware components of the magnetic resonance computer system, equipment, instrumentation, sequence parameters and options, data acquisition and image processing. Screening measures are discussed for patients, equipment and the MR environment.  This course covers the importance of legal and ethical responsibilities as an imaging professional, patient right, patient and personnel education, interpersonal communications, and MRI screening and safety. Patient assessment, monitoring and management of medical emergencies are discussed. Venipuncture, contrast media, infection control, and informed consent are reviewed.

Prerequisites: Current radiography student or registered Radiologic Technologist.  This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

(3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT2314
Bone Densitometry

This course introduces the student to the role of bone densitometry in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Content covered includes the following: anatomy of the lumbar spine, proximal femur and forearm, patient care and positioning, image production, scanning procedures, scan acquisition, image analysis, and radiation safety. Students explore the function of the components of the Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) system, quality control, maintenance, repair and upgrades. Students receive 16 hours of structured education related to the content specifications as outlined by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Prerequisites: Current radiography student or registered Radiologic Technologist, or permission of the instructor.  This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

(1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)

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Last Updated: March 1, 2017