Course Descriptions

RT 101 PRINCIPLES OF EXPOSURE I – 3 SH
Prerequisite: RT 121
Principles of Exposure I provides foundation knowledge required to understand the creation of the x-ray beam. Basic mathematics and units of measurement are reviewed. Radiation concepts including atomic theory are presented followed by electricity and electromagnetism; the groundwork to understanding control of the x-ray beam. Final units address x-ray equipment and production focusing on the role physics plays in creating the x-ray beam.
3 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks
 
RT 102 PRINCIPLES OF EXPOSURE II – 3 SH
Prerequisite: Fall Semester Year One in the Radiography Program
Principles of Exposure II provides the student with the foundation of radiographic exposure theory. Factors, which govern and influence the production of a radiographic image are presented and experiments conducted to reinforce the key concepts. Students will expand understanding of the interaction of radiation with matter. As a result, students develop the ability to analyze patients and determine appropriate exposure factors to produce a diagnostically valuable radiograph. The course incorporates the following aspects: creating the radiographic image, selecting optimal technical factors, determining/maintaining image diagnostic value, understanding and utilizing alternative exposure systems and methods.
3 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks
 
RT 121 PROCEDURES I – 3 SH
Prerequisite: Matriculation into the Radiography Program
Procedures I provides the student with the foundational principles of the Imaging Profession. The student will develop the skills required to perform standard radiographic procedures of the visceral torso to include chest, abdomen, and urinary systems. Communication and patient instruction are emphasized. Criteria for determining the successful production of required anatomical views is presented. Radiation protection is reinforced and monitored as a part of laboratory skills testing.
8 Lecture Hours and 2.5 Lab Hours per Week for 6 Weeks
 
RT 122 PROCEDURES II – 3 SH
Prerequisite: RT 121
Procedures II provides the student with the knowledge to construct and organize the steps necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures of the gastrointestinal system and appendicular skeleton. Communication and culturally congruent patient instruction are emphasized. Criteria for determining the successful production of required anatomical views are addressed and applied. Radiation protection is reinforced and monitored as a part of laboratory skills testing.
2.5 Lecture Hours and 1 Lab Hours per Week for 16 Weeks
 
RT 123 PROCEDURES III – 3 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of Fall Semester Year One in the Radiography Program
Procedures III provides the student with the knowledge to construct and organize the steps necessary to perform pediatric, trauma and mobile radiographic procedures that were presented in RT122. The student practices the skills necessary to properly position specific anatomical structures of the bony thorax and cranium so that a diagnostic radiographic image is produced. The student applies technical concepts as criteria for determining the successful production of required anatomical views. Laboratory practice emphasizes culturally congruent communication, patient instruction, and radiation protection.
2.5 Lecture Hours and 1 Lab Hours per Week for 16 Weeks
 
RT 124 PROCEDURES – TRAUMA RADIOGRAPHY – 1 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of Summer and Fall Semesters, Year 1 of the Radiography Program
Trauma Radiography provides the student with the knowledge to construct and organize the steps necessary to perform trauma radiographic procedures of the torso, extremities, spine, head, and facial bones. The student practices skills necessary to position the patient, the x-ray equipment and image receptor without causing undue harm to the patient while obtaining the required anatomical structures necessary to demonstrate the required anatomy. Emphasis is placed on patient assessment and communication, fractures and other traumatic injuries. Laboratory practice emphasizes critical thinking skills, multi-exam organization, image critique, radiation protection and culturally congruent patient care.
2 Lecture Hours per Week for 8 Weeks
 
RT 130 SECTIONAL IMAGING – 1 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of Summer and Fall Semesters, Year 1 of the Radiography Program
Sectional Imaging provides the basics of anatomy identification in the axial, coronal, and saggital planes. The head, neck, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis are emphasized. Basic computed tomography equipment is introduced in preparation for clinical rotations in the computed tomography department.
2 Lecture Hours per Week for 8 Weeks (Online)
 
RT 131 CLINICAL APPLICATIONS I – 4 SH
Prerequisite: RT 121
The student’s initial clinical experiences begin with observation and assisting with patients. The student becomes comfortable with equipment manipulation and familiar with routine protocols during the majority of first rotation objectives. Securing adult chest and abdomen competencies are a key area of focus. As the student progresses in the semester, opportunities to secure additional competencies of the visceral torso and appendicular skeleton are pursued.
17 Clinical Hours per Week for 15 Weeks
 
RT 133 CLINICAL APPLICATIONS II – 4 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of Fall Semester Year One in the Radiography Program
At this level of a student’s clinical education, confidence with basic equipment should be present. Retention and improvement of previously acquired competencies is monitored and evaluated. Emphasis is placed on non-routine and trauma imaging of previously learned material. Clinical experience expands as the student begins initial experiences in spine, bony thorax and cranial imaging and begins assignments in a variety of rotations.
17 Clinical Hours per Week for 15 Weeks
 
RT 140 PATIENT CARE – 2 SH
Prerequisite: RT 121
Patient Care provides the student with the basic skills required to appropriately care for patients within the clinical environment. Measures to assure infection control, patient safety and confidentially are stressed. The impact of disease processes on the needs of patients from newborn to geriatric is discussed, focusing on therapeutic communication and the holistic approach to care. Legal and ethical issues are addressed. Therapeutic communication skills are defined, modeled and practiced. The student in journal format records written observations of interactions with patients.
2 Lecture hours per Week for 16 Weeks
 
RT 203 PRINCIPLES OF EXPOSURE III – 3 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of Fall Semester, Year Two in the Radiography Program
Principles of Exposure III emphasizes the basic principles of the interaction of radiation with living systems. Radiation effects on biologic molecules and organisms as well as factors affecting biological responses are presented. Short and long term radiation effects are discussed. Radiation protection responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel and the public are emphasized. The concept of As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) is discussed and compared with Dose Equivalent Limit (DEL) concept. Regulatory agencies are identified and their involvement in radiation protection discussed.
3 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks
 
RT 204 SEMINAR – 3 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of Fall Semester, Year Two in the Radiography Program
Seminar analyzes student strengths and weaknesses, reinforces key principles of previously studied content areas, enhances problem solving skills, increases student comfort with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) testing process and prepares students for entry into the profession.
3 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks
 
RT 205 RADIOGRAPHIC PATHOLOGY – 3 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of Year One
The study of Radiographic Pathology enables the student to develop an awareness of the symptoms and radiographic appearance of specific diseases. Understanding the additive and destructive impact of disease processes improves the radiographer’s accuracy in formulating appropriate exposure factors. Analysis of the diagnostic value of resultant images is enhanced. The ability to offer optimal patient care through an increased understanding of the physical and psychological changes a patient may be experiencing is a key area of focus. Web assisted.
3 Hours per Week for 16 Weeks (Online)
 
RT 224 PROCEDURES IV – 3 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of year one in the Radiography Program
Procedures IV continues to address dedicated imaging studies. Contrast media, procedural techniques and specialized imaging equipment are emphasized. Vascular imaging and neuroradiography are primary areas of focus.
3 Lecture Hours per Week for 16 Weeks
 
RT 231 CLINICAL APPLICATIONS III - 3 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of Spring Semester Year One in the Radiography Program
The focus of Clinical Applications III is the student's acceptance of and comfort with increased clinical independence. Portable, surgery, and trauma experience is emphasized. Specialized mini-rotations into advanced imaging modalities is expected. Students begin patient case study assignments in special imaging areas. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 45% of all mandatory competencies.
32 Clinical Hours per Week for 6 Weeks
 
RT 232 CLINICAL APPLICATIONS IV - 6 SH
Prerequisite: RT CL3, RT 223, RT 224
Clinical Applications IV focuses on the completion of a minimum of 70% of all required terminal competencies. The student is assigned a greater number of clinical hours which continues rotations to off-campus clinical settings and special imaging areas such as computerized tomography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, vascular imaging, orthopedics, surgery and mobile radiography. Assigned case studies continue as part of special imaging rotations.
26 Clinical Hours per Week for 15 Weeks
 
RT 233 CLINICAL APPLICATIONS V - 6 SH
Prerequisite: Completion of Fall Semester, Year Two in the Radiography Program
The focus of Clinical Applications V is 100% completion of all required terminal competencies and the demonstration of consistent independent capability in the performance of all documented competencies. Rotations and case studies in special imaging areas are completed. Competency in pediatrics, trauma, surgery, and mobile radiography to include alternative measures and technique modification must be documented.
26 Clinical Hours per Week for 15 Weeks.
 
RT 331 COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY CLINICAL INTERNSHIP - 6 SH (link to clinical internship page)
Prerequisite: Certification in Radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (RTR) and acceptance into the University of Iowa CT Internship Program. IDPH and IEMA licenses required.
The Computed Tomography Clinical Internship course is designed to enhance the registered radiographer's skills with the science and practice of computed tomography. The student completes competencies and objectives in the ARRT required CT categories of head, neck, spine/musculoskeletal, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and special procedures to include quality assurance and image display/post processing. Upon successful completion of the CT Clinical Internship the Radiography will have met the ARRT technical requirements to sit for the ARRT national certification examination in computed tomography.
640 Clinical Hours completed in a maximum of 20 consecutive weeks.
 
RT 332 CARDIOVASCULAR INTERVENTIONAL IMAGING CLINICAL INTERNSHIP - 6 SH (link to clinical internship page)
Prerequisite: Certification in Radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (RTR) and acceptance into the University of Iowa CT Internship Program. IDPH and IEMA licenses required.
The Cardiovascular Interventional Clinical Internship course is designed to enhance the registered radiographer’s skills with the science and practice of cardiovascular interventional imaging. The student completes competencies and objectives in the ARRT required CVI categories of right and left cardiac heart catherizations, angioplasty, atherectomy, thrombolysis, coronary angiogram, left ventriculogram, and hemodynamic measurements. Upon successful completion of the CVI Clinical Internship the radiographer will have met the ARRT technical requirements to sit for the ARRT national certification examination in cardiovascular interventional imaging.
640 Clinical Hours completed in a maximum of 20 consecutive weeks.