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

Prerequisites - Lecture / Lab / On the Job Training

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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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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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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Fall Semester - First Year

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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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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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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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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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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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Spring Semester - First Year

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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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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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Summer Session I - First Year

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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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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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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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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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Fall Semester - Second Year

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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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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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Spring Semester - Second Year

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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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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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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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Summer Session II - Second Year

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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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A separate application is required for the Radiography program

* These courses may be taken before starting the program.


Students must be CPR certified before starting the spring semester of clinical. CPR may be taken at the college for credit or through the American Heart Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer only.