Idaho State University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013
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Idaho State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on College and Universities (NWCCU).
The Radiographic SciencePprogram is designed to facilitate the development of professional radiologic technologists who have acquired the technical skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill the needs required in the medical imaging setting. The radiologic technologist plays a vital role in the health care team. Due to the rapid growth of technology in the health care setting, there is an increased demand for qualified personnel.
Idaho State University's Radiographicic Science Program was developed with the philosophy that didactic education and clinical experience, which includes "hands on” should happen together for continuity during learning. Therefore, during the entire program the student learns in the laboratory setting and applies those skills acquired in the clinical setting. This happens on a weekly basis. Furthermore, in the classroom students acquire the theoretical information necessary to perform as technologists. The next step involves laboratory experiences where the opportunity to apply technological skills is acquired by using phantoms and simulations. Students then progress and perfect their skills by working with technologists in a clinical environment. Additionally, several of the classes are taught by the Physics, Biology, and Healthcare Administration Faculty. This is atypical of most Radiographic Science programs and is a unique feature that sets the program apart from other programs. Our philosophy is that students that learn from experts become experts. When graduation approaches students are ready to enter the profession confidently.
The Mission of the Department of Radiologic Sciences is to provide students with both the academic and technical foundations to competently and safely perform radiologic procedures, to prepare qualified imaging technologists who will ethically respond to the needs of patients with technical competence and compassion, and to assume a vital professional role as a medical team member.
- Prepare leaders in radiography for today and tomorrow by providing baccalaureate education.
The Radiographic Science program is committed to the following core values:
- Academics – Promoting excellence in all academic endeavors.
- Knowledge – recognizing the significance of new knowledge in a profession that is predisposed to change while maintaining traditional values and emphasizing the needs of the patient
- Dedication – to help meet the statewide and regional needs by providing access to quality education to prospective students.
- Community – to help meet the needs of the community in the health care setting by providing competent, qualified, technologists who are eligible upon graduation to sit for the national certification examination in radiography sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
The faculty members in the Radiographic Science Program promote knowledge and discovery for all students by committing to the following goals:
- To provide high quality education in the radiographic sciences.
- To foster independent thinking and lifelong learning.
- To develop the student’s ability to function as an active member of the health care team in a culturally diverse society.
Admission to the Radiographic Science Program is competitive. Students will be evaluated using grades in pre-professional courses. Students will be selected using GPA of grades in the pre-professional courses. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required. Procedures for admission to the program include:
- Complete procedures for admission to the University.
- Complete and return the Radiographic Science Application Form and $50 fee.
- Complete the necessary prerequisite course work.
- Submit official transcripts of all college and/or university courses completed.
The above admission procedures must be completed and submitted to the Radiographic Science Program by February 15 of the year the student is seeking admission. The first professional year begins in the fall semester.
Idaho State University Radiographic Science Program Policy for Transfer of Credit from Hospital-Based and Vocational-Technical Radiography Programs
The Idaho State University Radiographic Science Program will award up to 44 credits in radiography for programs completed at accredited hospital-based and/or accredited vocational-technical schools. To be eligible to receive credit, the student must:
- Be a currently registered radiographer, or RT(R).
- Have worked as a radiographer during the past three years (amount of time to remain proficient to be determined by evaluating committee).
- Submit evidence of experience and curriculum including:a) certificate of successful completion of registry.
b) currently registered by the ARRT.
c) certified list of courses and descriptions of curriculum from accredited hospital-based and/or accredited vocational technical programs.
certified list of courses and descriptiojns of curriculum from accredited hospital-based and/or accredited vocational technical programs;
d) official college transcripts;
Graduates of the associate or bachelor degree program in Radiographic Science at Idaho State University are eligible to sit for the national certification examination sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
The Radiographic Science Program at Idaho State University offers both an associate of applied science degree and a bachelor's degree.
Associate of Applied Science in Radiographic Science
The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded to students in the Baccalaureate program who have not completed all of the curriculum requirements for the preprofessional years of the program. This allows the student to take the ARRT exam if the student has not completed all of the preprofessional curriculum, but has completed all of the professional curriculum. By completing the AAS degree, the student can then become certified, begin work as a radiographer, and complete the missing preprofessional courses. Upon completion of those courses, the student can then apply for the baccalaureate degree. For this reason, 98% of radiographic science students at ISU graduate with a Bachleor of Science in Radiographic Science degree.
Bachelor of Science in Radiographic Science
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Radiographic Science is a four-year curriculum. During the first two years the student takes general education, basic science, and business courses at the University. During the two professional years, the student studies and practices the clinical application of radiography at the University's energized laboratory and at affiliated hospitals. The graduate is eligible to write the national examination for certification administered by the ARRT.
The Radiographic Science Program is designed to develop the technical skills and knowledge necessary for the student to satisfactorily function as a radiographer. Learning experiences enable the student to demonstrate competency in the technical aspect of the profession as well as human relations. The program further seeks to develop student interest in the professional societies as well as continuing education.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to work as a radiographer in a hospital, clinic, or private office and effectively perform his/her duties with patients in a responsible, ethical, and professional manner. Because of the rapid growth of the medical field, there is a need for well-trained radiographers.
A student may be awarded a B.S. Radiographic Science by fulfilling the following requirements:
1. A minimum of 125 semester credits hours to include: Goals 1, 2, and 3; Goals 4 and 5, or 12 hours in the biological sciences; two of Goals 6, 7, and 8 and three of Goals 9, 10A OR 10B, 11, and 12. The following goal courses also satisfy specific program requirements
MATH 1153 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 3)
BIOL 1101,1101L Biology I, and Lab 4 cr
(the set of 2 courses above satisfies Goal 4)
PHYS 1100 Essentials of Physics 4 cr
(satisfies Goal 5)
Completion of the following pre-radiographic science courses:
BIOL 3301,3301L Anatomy and Physiology, and Lab 4 cr
BIOL 3302,3302L Anatomy and Physiology, and Lab 4 cr
CHEM 1100 Architecture of Matter 3 cr
CIS 1101 Introduction to Computer Systems 3 cr
HCA/HE 2210 Medical Terminology and Communication 2 cr
MATH 1143 College Algebra 3 cr
RS 1105 Introduction to Radiographic Science 1 cr
ACCT 3303 Accounting Concepts 3 cr
HCA 3350 Organizational Behavior in Health Care 3 cr
MGT 3312 Individual and Organizational Behavior 3 cr
HCA 3384 Human Resource Management in Health
Care Organizations (Fall Only) 3 cr
MGT 4473 Personnel Management 3 cr
HCA 4475 Health Care Law
and Bioethics (Spring only) 3 cr
2. Required Courses:
PROFESSIONAL YEAR I
RS 3310 Radiographic Methods I 2 cr
RS 3320, 3320L Radiographic Processing, and Lab 2 cr
RS 3325 Patient Care in Radiography 3 cr
RS 3330, 3330L Radiographic Exposure, and Lab 3 cr
RS 3340 Laboratory Practicum I 1 cr
RS 3389 Applied Radiography I 4 cr
TOTAL: 15 cr
RS 3311 Radiographic Methods II 2 cr
RS 3341 Laboratory Practicum II 1 cr
RS 3375 Pediatric Radiography 1 cr
RS 3388 Radiation Protection 1 cr
RS 3390 Applied Radiography II 4 cr
BIOL 4470 Sectional Anatomy 2 cr
PHYS 3300 Medical Electronics 2 cr
PHYS 3321 Radiologic Physics (with Lab) 2 cr
TOTAL: 15 cr
PROFESSIONAL YEAR II
RS 4488 Applied Radiography III 5 cr
RS 3312 Radiographic Methods III 2 cr
RS 3342 Laboratory Practicum III 1 cr
RS 4420 Radiologic Facility Organization 1 cr
RS 4450 Alternate Imaging Modalities
and Radiation Therapy 1 cr
RS 4460 Introduction to
Radiographic Quality Assurance 2 cr
RS 4489 Applied Radiography IV 6 cr
TOTAL: 13 cr
BIOL 3307 Radiobiology 2 cr
RS 4430 Radiographic Pathology 2 cr
RS 4441 Advanced Radiographic Methods I 1 cr
RS 4470 Advanced Radiographic Exposure 2 cr
RS 4475 Registry Review 2 cr
RS 4490 Applied Radiography V 6 cr
TOTAL: 15 cr
A grade of "C" or better is required in all radiographic science, biology, physics, math, business, chemistry, and health care administration courses in the curriculum.
A student who fails to achieve a minimum of a "C" grade in a course designated Radiographic Science (RS) will be dismissed from the program and prohibited from taking any further courses with the RS designation until the course(s) in question has/have been completed with (a) minimum grade(s) of "C."
The student is required to reapply to the program, in writing, at least one (1) month prior to the first day of classes of the semester in which readmission is sought.
Additional details regarding readmission can be found in the current Radiographic Science Student Handbook.
Radiographic Science Courses
RS 1105 Introduction to Radiographic Science 1 credit. History of the profession, responsibilities of the technologist, professional development, radiation protection, areas of specialization. F, S, W
RS 3310 Radiographic Methods I 2 credits. Theory and principles of radiographic examination of the extremities, shoulder girdle, and the pelvic girdle. F
RS 3311 Radiographic Methods II 2 credits. Introduces the student to basic theory and principles of radiographic procedures of the abdomen and the chest. Emphasis is placed on radiographic examinations of visceral organs requiring the use of contrast media. S
RS 3312 Radiographic Methods III 2 credits. Continuation of 3311 emphasizing theory and principles of radiographic examinations of the vertebral column, cranium, and the facial bones. F
RS 3320 Radiographic Processing 1 credit. Photographic technique including developing methodology and the chemical effects on radiographic film.Application in CR and DR digital imaging is also included. F
RS 3320L Radiographic Processing Laboratory 1 credit. Laboratory experience with photographic technique including developing methodology and the chemical effects on radiographic film.Application in CR and DR digital imaging is also included. F
RS 3325 Patient Care in Radiography 3 credits. Introduction to patient care principles and procedures utilized in radiography including vital signs, body mechanics, catheterization, sterile procedures, drug administration, isolation techniques and medical emergency procedures. F
RS 3330 Radiographic Exposure 3 credits. Determination of radiographic exposure values with emphasis on radiographic quality and equipment used in the production of radiographs. COREQ: RS 3330L. F
RS 3330L Radiographic Exposure Lab 0 credit. COREQ: RS 3330. F.
RS 3340 Laboratory Practicum I 1 credit. Designed to develop pre-clinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic x-ray interpretation, patient management, communications, and manipulation of x-ray equipment. F
RS 3341 Laboratory Practicum II 1 credit. Designed to develop pre-clinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic x-ray interpretation, patient management, communications, and manipulation of xray equipment. COREQ: RS 3311. S
RS 3342 Laboratory Practicum III 1 credit. Designed to develop pre-clinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic x-ray interpretation, patient management, communications, and manipulation of xray equipment. COREQ: RS 3312. S
RS 3375 Pediatric Radiography 1 credit. Study of the theory and clinical application of pediatric radiography. S
RS 3388 Radiation Protection 1 credit. Topics include: x-ray interaction with matter, quantities and units of radiation, biological effects of ionizing radiation, MPD, radiation detection instruments, methods to minimize radiation exposure to patients and personnel, and U.S. Government radiation control standards. S
RS 3389 Applied Radiography I 4 credits. Clinical applications of radiographic examinations with emphasis on the upper extremity, shoulder and chest. F
RS 3390 Applied Radiography II 4 credits. Clinical applications of radiographic examinations with emphasis on the lower extremity, hips, pelvis and abdomen. S
RS 4420 Radiologic Facility Organization 1 credit. Organization and operation of a radiology department. Emphasis on management, résumé evaluation, record systems, budgets, communication, and simple research methodology and design. F
RS 4430 Radiologic Pathology 2 credits. Study of the pathological processes of various diseases and disorders with emphasis on the demonstration of pathology on radiographs. S
RS 4441 Advanced Radiographic Methods I 1 credit. Advanced methodology, theory and principles of radiographic procedures. Designed to develop proficiency in performance of specialized radiographic examinations. PREREQ: RS 3312 and RS 3342. S
RS 4450 Alternate Imaging Modalities and Radiation Therapy 1 credit. An introduction to nuclear medicine, computerized axial tomography, ultrasonography, and radiation therapy. F
RS 4460 Introduction to Radiographic Quality Assurance 2 credits. Study and application of equipment maintenance procedures to assure consistency in the contrast, density/brightness, and sharpness of radiographic images. F
RS 4470 Advanced Radiographic Exposure 2 credits. In-depth study in establishing radiographic exposure values in new installations or when equipment is changed. S
RS 4475 Registry Review 2 credits. In-depth study of material that may be presented on the written registry review administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). S
RS 4481 Independent Problems in Radiography 1-2 credits. Study of topics in radiography selected by students and faculty. May be repeated for up to 4 credits. D
RS 4488 Applied Radiography III 5 credits. Clinical application of radiographic examinations with emphasis on the abdomen, especially examinations requiring use of contrast media to include the esophagus. Su
RS 4489 Applied Radiography IV 6 credits. Clinical application of radiographic examinations of the vertebral column, ribs and cranial structures. F
RS 4490 Applied Radiography V 6 credits. Clinical application of radiographic examinations including portables and surgical procedures as well as tomography and arthrography. S
RS 4491 Seminar-Selected Topics 1-3 credits. Group studies of topics not covered in regular offerings. May be repeated for up to 6 credits with different content. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D
RS 4495 Internship in Special Diagnostic Imaging 2 credits. Eight week internship providing opportunity to participate in diagnostic examinations requiring a special modality, e.g. peripheral or cardiac angiography, computerized tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D
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