Radiography (RTE)

RTE 1000  Clinical Seminar  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Admission into the Radiography Program  

Introductory course for the limited access Radiography Program. Includes but not limited to an overview of medical imaging, orientation to academic and clinical responsibilities, basic imaging equipment, basic radiographic technique, primary radiation protection considerations, and patient care.

RTE 1092  Basic X-Ray Machine Operator  
Credit Hours:   2  

The course is designed to help students with no prior experience or course work as a basic x-ray machine operator. This course will qualify the student to safely operate x-ray equipment under the direct supervision of a licensed practitioner as well as prepare for the certification examination required of basic x-ray machine operators and to help them acquire the knowledge and skills needed to perform as a Basic X-Ray Operator.

RTE 1385  Radiobiology and Radiation Protection  
Credit Hours:   2  

This course studies the effects of radiation exposure on biological systems, typical medical exposure levels, methods for measuring and monitoring radiation, and methods for protecting personnel and patients from excessive radiation exposure.

RTE 1418  Principles of Radiographic Imaging 1  
Credit Hours:   2  

This course introduces the student to the concepts of image production, image quality, and the technical factors affecting both. The relationships between image quality and exposure factors are also covered. Students will perform and apply calculations for setting technical factors to produce diagnostic digital radiographic images utilizing digital image receptors (IRs).

RTE 1457  Principles of Radiographic Imaging 2  
Credit Hours:   2  

This course, a continuation of Principles of Radiographic Imaging 1, examines the concepts of image production, image quality, and the technical factors affecting both, along with an introduction to dynamic imaging (fluoroscopy). The applications of and relationships between image quality and exposure factors are also covered. Students will perform calculations for setting technical factors to produce diagnostic radiographic images utilizing digital image receptors.

RTE 1513  Radiographic Procedures 2  
Credit Hours:   2  

This course, a continuation of Radiographic Procedures 1, provides instruction in anatomy and radiographic positioning of the appendicular skeleton, shoulder and pelvic girdle, and cervical and thoracic spines.

RTE 1523  Radiographic Procedures 3  
Credit Hours:   2  

This course is a continuation of RTE 1513. This course provides instruction in anatomy and radiographic positioning of the lumbar spine, bony thorax, skull, facial bones, and contrast studies of the biliary, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems.

RTE 1613  Radiographic Physics  
Credit Hours:   2  

This course introduces the fundamental principles of physics that underlie diagnostic x-ray production and radiography. Topics include electromagnetic waves, electricity and magnetism, electrical energy, and power and circuits as they relate to radiography.

RTE 1804  Radiographic Clinical Education 1  
Credit Hours:   2  
Lab Fee: Yes  

This is the first in a series of five clinical education courses. This course is designed to provide the student with the practical application, in a supervised clinical setting, of theory covered in RTEC 1503 and RTE 1513. Students will rotate through assigned areas of the Clinical Centers and will have the opportunity to assist the staff radiographers as they perform basic radiographic procedures.

RTE 1814  Radiographic Clinical Education 2  
Credit Hours:   2  

This is the second course in a series of five clinical education courses. This course is designed to provide the student with the practical application, in a supervised clinical setting, of theory covered in the Radiographic Procedure classes. Students will rotate through and assist staff radiographers in assigned radiographic procedure areas.

RTE 1824  Radiographic Clinical Education 3  
Credit Hours:   3  

This is the third course in a series of five clinical education courses. This course is designed to provide the student with the practical application, in a supervised clinical setting, of theory covered in Radiographic Procedure courses. Students will rotate through and assist staff radiographers in assigned radiographic procedure areas.

RTE 2473  Advanced Radiographic Imaging  
Credit Hours:   2  

The content covered in this course includes dynamic imaging (fluoroscopy), image evaluation for artifacts, quality control, and quality assurance in radiographic imaging.

RTE 2533  Radiographic Procedures 4  
Credit Hours:   2  

In this course the student will explore specialized radiographic procedures and equipment. Pharmacology and contrast media will be discussed. The advanced modalities in imaging and radiation therapy will also be covered.

RTE 2782  Radiographic Pathology  
Credit Hours:   2  

This course is an introduction to diseases and their effects on the body. The diseases will be grouped according to the body systems with emphasis on those disease processes that are demonstrated radiographically.

RTE 2834  Radiographic Clinical Education 4  
Credit Hours:   3  
Lab Fee: Yes  

This is the fourth course in a series of five clinical education courses. This course is designed to provide the student with the practical application, in a supervised clinical setting, of theory covered in the radiographic procedure courses. Students will rotate through and assist staff radiographers in assigned radiographic procedure areas.

RTE 2931  Radiographic Seminar  
Credit Hours:   2  

This course provides a reinforcement of comprehensive radiographic knowledge in preparation for the National Registry Boards. Multiple choice test taking skills will be enhanced and practiced. Employability skills and professional licensure will also be discussed.

RTE 3101  Magnetic Resonance Imaging Patient Care and Technique  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Departmental approval or admission to Bachelor's program required  

This course provides technical and patient care related content as it pertains to the technologists' role before, during, and after magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations. Discussions include, but are not limited to, routine and emergency patient care, proper body mechanics, infection control and standard precautions, patient education, patient history and assessment, contrast media, patient positioning, and scan parameters.

RTE 3102  Computed Tomography Patient Care and Technique  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Department approval or admission to the Bachelor's program required  

This course provides technical and patient care related content as it pertains to the technologists' role before, during, and after a Computed Tomography (CT) examination. Discussions include, but are not limited to, routine and emergency patient care, proper body mechanics, infection control and standard precautions, patient education, patient history and assessment, contrast media, patient positioning, and scan parameters.

RTE 3591  Physics and Instrumentation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Departmental approval or admission to Bachelor's program required  

This course provides the student with a comprehensive overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) principles. Topics include, but are not limited to, magnetism, the history of MRI, nuclear MRI signal production, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters and tradeoffs, image formation, radio frequency (RF), gradients, system components, and MRI safety.

RTE 3595  Physics and Instrumentation of Computed Tomography  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Departmental approval or admission to the Bachelor's program required  

This course explores the physical principles and instrumentation involved in Computed Tomography (CT). Contents include, but are not limited to, the historical development and evolution of CT, physical principles and instrumentation, computer basics, image processing, image reconstruction, image display, CT beam attenuation, linear attenuation coefficients, Hounsfield numbers, dose, image quality, quality control, and CT image artifacts.

RTE 3765  Advanced Sectional Anatomy  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Departmental approval or admission to the Bachelor's program required  

This course will lead students through a detailed, systematic study of anatomical structures by location, relationship to other structures, and functions. Anatomical structures are located and identified in axial, sagittal, coronal, and oblique planes, as well as in three dimensions. Illustrations and anatomy images will be compared with computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR/MRI) images in the same imaging planes and at the same level, when applicable. This course will also introduce the student to concepts of disease processes for which CT and MRI are used in diagnosis.

RTE 4940  Computed Tomography Clinical Education 1  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Departmental approval or admission to the Bachelor's program required  
Lab Fee: Yes  

Computed Tomography (CT) Clinical Education 1 is designed to sequentially develop, apply, integrate, and evaluate concepts and theories in performance of CT examinations. Practical clinical knowledge is gained through structured and sequential clinical assignments, team practices, and patient-centered clinical practices.

RTE 4941  Computed Tomography Clinical Education 2  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Departmental approval or admission to the Bachelor's program required  

This course is a continuation of Computed Tomography Clinical Education 1 and is designed to sequentially develop, apply, integrate, and evaluate concepts and theories in performance of Computed Tomography (CT) examinations. Practical clinical knowledge is gained through structured and sequential clinical assignments, team practices, and patient-centered clinical practices.

RTE 4942  Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Education 1  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Departmental approval or admission to the Bachelor's program required  
Lab Fee: Yes  

This course will allow the student, under direct supervision, to apply the skills necessary for patient and personal safety, obtain high quality magnetic resonance (MR) images, objectively alter protocols based on patient anatomy, pathology and physical condition, identify image quality and equipment problems, and make appropriate corrections.

RTE 4943  Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Education 2  
Credit Hours:   3  
Prerequisites: Departmental approval or admission to the Bachelor's program required  

This course is a continuation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Education 2 and will allow the student, under direct supervision, to apply the skills necessary for patient and personal safety, obtain high quality magnetic resonance (MR) images, objectively alter protocols based on patient anatomy, pathology, and physical condition, identify image quality and equipment problems, and make appropriate corrections.