Course Descriptions

RADT 400 Orientation to Radiologic Technology (2 units)

This course is an orientation to Radiologic Technology including organization of medical practice, the socioeconomic, ethical, political and legal aspects of healthcare with special emphasis on radiology. Included will be an introduction to radiation protection and the provisions of the California Administrative Code, Title XVII, Radiation Control Regulations.

RADT 408 Perspectives in Radiology (1.5 units)

This course is designed for the student who has been accepted to the Radiologic Technology Program. The course provides an introduction to various hospital policies, including code of conduct, radiation protection policies, ethics, medical asepsis, patient care and confidentiality issues.

RADT 410 Radiographic Positioning (4 units)

Students learn concepts and terminology in radiographic positioning, anatomy and selected pathology of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, upper and lower extremities. Laboratory experience with ionizing and non-ionizing equipment is included.

RADT 415 Radiation Protection and Biology (3 units)

A study of the effects and methods of measurements of radiation in the human body. Discussion of historic and current concepts in governmental regulations and protection requirement. This course provides the student with background to understand the methods for protecting patients and medical personnel from unnecessary radiation exposure.

RADT 418 Clinical Education I (4.5 units)

Designed for the beginning radiologic technology student assigned to a clinical education facility. It consists of orientation to clerical, image processing, patient transportation, supplies and equipment, and radiographic equipment operation. Students observe, assist and perform radiographic examinations appropriate to the student's level of education following accepted radiation protection standards.

RADT 420 Radiographic Positioning II (4 units)

Positioning the human body for radiographic purposes with emphasis on the vertebral column, bony thorax, bony cranium, genitourinary and gastrointestinal systems and mobile radiography. Patient care and pathological conditions appropriate to procedures and proper equipment manipulation and operation are also covered. Students perform related projects in the affiliated clinical education sites to which they are assigned.

RADT 428 Clinical Education II (6.5 units)

Second semester clinical education course for the radiologic technology student. Based on skills mastered and maintained in RADT 418, the student continues to build knowledge and clinical application of radiographic positioning and related anatomy. Students assist and perform radiographic examinations appropriate to the student's level of knowledge following accepted radiation protection standards.

RADT 430 Principles of Radiographic Image Production (3.5 units)

Application of the theoretical physics principles of the production of x-rays to the practical job of producing quality radiographs with the least possible exposure dose to the patient. Included is a thorough exploration of the major and minor technical factors and their use and effects, analysis of image quality, and methods for correcting improperly exposed radiographs.

RADT 435 Imaging Equipment and Quality Control (1.5 units)

This course provides the student with an introduction to the various types of equipment and tests required to organize and implement a program of quality control in diagnostic imaging. It includes topics such as: radiation output measurements, filtration, linearity, reproducibility, automatic exposure control (AEC) analysis, alignment, kilovolt peak (kVp) and milliampere-seconds (mAs) and accuracy.

RADT 438 Clinical Education III (4.5 units)

Designed for the third semester radiologic technology student. It is the third segment of the first rotation. Students continue to build their skills.

RADT 440 Advanced Imaging Modalities & Specialized Procedures (4 units)

Students apply basic technical and positioning knowledge to specialize procedures. Appropriate pathology encountered in special procedures is discussed. Principles of CT, MRI, U/S, nuclear medicine, mammography, interventional radiography, mobile and surgical radiography, pediatrics, geriatrics, PET, and radiation oncology are also introduced.

RADT 441 Sectional Anatomy (1.5 units)

The course provides an introduction to the basic principles of sectional anatomy as related to imaging modalities such as Computerized Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This information is required for Radiologic Technology students.

RADT 442 Radiographic Pathology (1.5 units)

Disease processes commonly encountered by the Radiographer are presented in this course. Students will study Radiographic CT and MRI images of skeletal, neurologic, gastro intestinal, respiratory, circulatory and reproductive systems. Required for R.T. students.

RADT 448 Clinical Education IV (9.5 units)

Designed for the fourth semester radiologic technology student. Students continue to build the skills obtained in previous clinical education experiences.

RADT 450 Registry Review (1.5 units)

This course is designed to prepare the student for board examination through comprehensive review of Radiologic Technology topics and preparatory testing. This course is required for the graduating Radiologic Technology student.

RADT 458 Clinical Education V (9 units)

This course is the second segment of the second year of Radiologic Technology clinical education. Students continue to build the skills obtained in the previous four clinical experiences and obtain skills in more complex procedures.

RADT 468 Clinical Education VI (4.5 units)

This final phase of clinical education allows the student to perform radiographic procedures on patients in affiliated hospitals with minimal or indirect assistance in preparation for entry into employment. The final four weeks of training are dedicated to a specialized area of radiography and require full-time attendance in the clinical setting.

RADT 470 Specialized Techniques: Mammography (2 units)

This course covers the curriculum mandated by the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch, which includes: breast anatomy, physiology, instrumentation, technical factors, mammography positioning, pathology, risk factors, and detection techniques. It satisfies the requirements of California's qualifications for the mammography examination.

RADT 471 Specialized Techniques: Fluoroscopy (2.5 units)

This course covers the curriculum mandated by the California Department of Public Health, Radiological Health Branch. The curriculum includes: fluoroscopic equipment, radiation protection, image evaluation, eye anatomy, patient and personnel dose reduction. Intended for second year students in the Radiologic Technology Program or licensed Radiographer in the State of California.

RADT 474 Venipuncture for Contrast Media Administration (1 units)

Students learn concepts and techniques of venipuncture used by radiologic technologists for the administration of contrast material, the pharmacology of dose units, and response to allergic reaction. Puncture techniques are practiced on a manikin and ten venipuncture are performed on a human being. This course meets the statutory requirements of California Health and Safety Codes.

RADT 695 Independent Study (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.