NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RAD 100 - INTRODUCTION TO RADIOLOGY AND PROTECTION (2 CR.)


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Presents brief history of radiological profession, code of ethics, conduct for radiologic students, and the basic fundamentals of radiation protection. Lecture 2 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

The purpose of this course is to introduce the radiography student to the origins of radiology as a medical science and the role of the radiologic technologist as a member of the health care team. Instruction is given in the basic methods of maintaining safety when working with x-radiation before the student is assigned to a health care organization.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Admission into the Radiography Program

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

    1. identify the practice of radiological technology as a profession,
    2. demonstrate knowledge of radiological nomenclature and medical terminology as it applies to radiology,
    3. identify modalities of Radiologic Technology and describe the function of each,
    4. identify other components of the health care delivery system,
    5. discuss the philosophy and mission of the hospital,
    6. identify key administrative personnel and discuss their relationship with the radiology department,
    7. define accreditation, credential certification, licensure, and registration,
    8. describe purposes, functions and activities of professional organizations,
    9. identify national, state, and district organizations for the radiographer,
    10. discuss the general employment outlook and economic return for the graduate radiographer,
    11. discuss career advancement opportunities for the radiographer,
    12. identify the benefits of continuing education as related to patient care and professional enhancement,
    13. explain the purpose of radiation protection as it applies to personnel and patients,
    14. describe student responsibility for radiation protection,
    15. identify personnel radiation monitoring devices, describing advantages and disadvantages of each.
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
    1. Introduction, Course Mechanics, and Expectations
    2. Personal Adjustment of the Radiologic Technology Student to Radiography Education
    3. Dynamics of Learning
    4. History of Medicine
    5. Radiology: A Historic Perspective
    6. Imaging Equipment and Image Quality
    7. Language of Medicine
    8. Radiographic Examinations: Diagnosing Disease
    9. Ethics and Professionalism in Patient Care
    10. The Hospital Organization: An Overview
    11. The Radiology Department
    12. Growing with the Profession
    13. Radiation Protection and Protective Measures
    14. Medico-Legal Considerations
    15. Status of Health Care Delivery
EXTRA TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED

Personal insights and experiences of faculty and students as they relate to health care.

Revised 3/88


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