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Course Descriptions - Online Advanced Standing

RAD 400. Legal and Ethical Issues in Imaging Sciences. A study of legal and ethical issues in imaging sciences. Topics include ethical theories, end-of-life care, living wills, confidentiality, risk management and quality review, HIPAA and implementation of the electronic health record. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

RAD 414. Advanced Clinical Practice Skills. Focuses on the current health care delivery environment, including patient assessment, monitoring, infection control and management. It includes working with multicultural patients, managing problem patients and patient education. Additional topics include an overview of considerations when working in an increasingly digital imaging environment. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

RAD 418. Digital Image Acquisition and Display. Explores the components, principles and operations of digital imaging systems. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Principles of digital imaging quality assurance and maintenance are presented. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

RAD 430. Pharmacology and Drug Administration. An overview of pharmacologic principles and practices in patient care with emphasis on imaging procedures. Topics include biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug classifications, radiopharmaceuticals, venipuncture, routes of drug administration, emergency medications and cardiac monitoring. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

RAD 436. Radiographic Pathology. Introduces theories of disease causation and the pathophysiologic disorders that compromise healthy systems. Content includes etiology, pathophysiologic responses, clinical manifestations, radiographic appearance and management of alterations in body systems. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

RAD 438. Radiographic Image Analysis. A study of specific factors of the radiographic process that affect image quality with an emphasis on refinement of image analysis and problem-solving skills. Image analysis of the appendicular skeleton, axial skeleton, chest, abdomen and digestive system will be explored. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

RAD 442. Clinical Research Methods. A study of research design methodology in radiologic sciences. Topics include terminology of research, qualitative and quantitative methods, statistics, basic research designs and data analysis techniques. Emphasis is placed on critical review of radiologic sciences research studies and their application to clinical practice. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

RAD 451. Management Issues in Diagnostic Health Care. A study of managerial roles and functions in health care organizations with emphasis in diagnostic imaging. Content includes connective processes, planning, organizing, staffing, influencing, controlling and labor relations. Provides a foundation of managerial thoughts and processes which lead to organizational success and maximum productivity. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

RAD 478. Computed Tomography Applications and Sectional Imaging. A study of the basic physical principles of computed tomography (CT) imaging. Content includes fundamentals of computed tomography, equipment and instrumentation, data acquisition, image processing and reconstruction, patient safety, image quality and procedure protocols of common computed tomography examinations. Provides an overview of human anatomy, viewed in body sections, as it relates to the imaging professional. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

RAD 484. Radiologic Sciences Directed Study. Involves a directed study designed to provide registered radiologic technologists the opportunity to demonstrate their expanded capabilities resulting from previous didactic and clinical experience gained in radiologic sciences. Requires the student to utilize the knowledge, skills and insights gained from previous courses taken in the Advanced Standing Radiologic Sciences track and requires the student to develop a comprehensive e-portfolio of material that includes, but is not limited to, directed reading essays, testing assignments, CITI Basic Course assignments, an MSDH Health Care Law presentation and a Curriculum Vitae. The student will work with a supervising faculty member and a mentor/preceptor. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of the program director are required (Lecture) (4 semester hours)