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LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE | 08-09 CATALOG [REV. 11/08]

radiologic technology

 

Chair: John Radtke

(323) 953-4000 ext. 2943 • RT

www.lacitycollege.edu/academic/departments/radtech/index.html

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 PROGRAMS OFFERED


Associate in Science:

Radiologic Technology

 

 DEGREE PROGRAMS 

 

Radiologic Technology

Associate of Science Degree

Career Program

Radiologic Technology is a health care profession whose practitioners work in hospitals, clinics, free standing imaging centers, and private offices. The Radiologic Technologist (Radiographer) is a member of the health care team who works directly with the patient and the physician performing a wide variety of diagnostic x ray procedures. The Radiographer must be proficient in the knowledge of radiographic exposure, anatomy, patient positioning, the operation of specialized equipment, and in the care and management of the patient. The rapid expansion of medical diagnostic imaging has greatly increased the diversity and utility of medical diagnosis. A career in Radiologic Technology offers vast opportunities for advancement.

 

The Radiologic Technology curriculum is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the State of California, Department of Health Services. The clinical educational centers are accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO). Los Angeles City College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

 

Students who complete the curriculum, including the clinical education requirements, will be eligible to take the certification examinations prepared by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the State of California, Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch.

 

An advisory committee, composed of Radiologists, Radiologic Technologists, Radiology Administrators, Clinical Instructors and Student Technologists, cooperates with the College faculty and administrators in continuous curriculum development, evaluation, and revision.

 

 

Admission to the Program

Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is based upon completion of the following:

•       The completion of the prerequisites with a satisfactory grade.

•       An application form, to be submitted to the program director.

•       The college accepts a limited number of students into the program, which is based on availability of clinical sites. Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available openings, a simple lottery will be implemented.

•       Official transcripts of all college courses attempted must be submitted.

 

 

Applicants must meet certain physical health requirements. A physical examination must be performed by a licensed physician to determine physical and mental fitness of the student. The program director is authorized to require records of such examinations be released to the college. Such records may be used only to determine fitness for the program, and except for such use, the confidentiality of such records shall be maintained. Students must be free from communicable diseases, infection, psychological disorders, and other conditions that prevent the successful performance of the responsibilities and tasks required in the program. Any health condition described above which is developed by the student after admission to the program may be considered sufficient cause for suspension from the program.

 

Desirable Abilities & Skills

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) our accrediting body requires student proficiency in the application of technical knowledge, operation of specialized equipment in a competent and safe manner, and the ability to provide physical care and emotional support to patients during radiographic procedures. Therefore, in order to be admitted to the program, or to be retained in the program after admission, all applicants should possess:

•       Visual acuity, such as needed in the accurate preparation and administration of contrast media and for the observation necessary for patient assessment, care and management.

        •       Auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients needing assistance and from members of the health care team.

•       Communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information; describe changes in patient condition; assess non verbal communications; and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and all members of the health care team.

•       Gross and fine motor coordination to carry out diagnostic procedures including reaching, lifting, and moving radiographic equipment. Applicants should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general and emergency care to patients.

•       Intellectual ability to be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and evaluate as required for direct patient care. The applicant must be able to comprehend three dimensional and spatial relationships.

•       Emotional stability to enable use of intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to care of the patients.  

•       Social attributes to allow the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, faculty, co workers, and administrators.

 

The "Technical Standards for Admission" have been established as a guidance tool for use in realistically informing the student of minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the Program and ultimately in the profession. The assessment of applicant compliance to these Standards will be accomplished in the following manner:

        1.     Faculty counseling to determine applicant goals and expectations.

        2.     A physical examination performed by a licensed physician.

 

Applicants who may be deficient in one or more of the areas mentioned above should contact the Program Director. Serious consideration will be given to applicants who are deficient in any of these categories, providing the deficiency can be remedied with reasonable accommodation.

 

Required Courses

The total number of students accepted into the program is determined by the number of available clinical education positions. Courses outlined below are necessary for completion of the program, and are applied toward requirements for the Associate in Science degree with a major in Radiologic Technology. Students are advised by department faculty to determine the specific sequence in which the following courses must be taken.

 

Prerequisite courses for entrance into the Radiologic Technology Program are: Anatomy 1, English 101 or 28, Mathematics 115 or higher, and Physiology 1, Radiologic Technology 100, 101, and 102.

 

Note: Class scheduling restricts the completion of this program to the day courses.

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

Radiologic Technology 103................................................................... 4

Radiologic Technology 104................................................................... 4

Radiologic Technology 105................................................................... 3

Radiologic Technology 106................................................................... 3

Radiologic Technology 107................................................................... 3

Radiologic Technology 110................................................................... 2

Radiologic Technology 140................................................................... 3

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Radiologic Technology 160................................................................... 4

Radiologic Technology 180................................................................. 12

(Summer Session)

Radiologic Technology 180................................................................. 24

(Fall and Spring)

 

Total Units...................................................................................... 62

 

To complete general education requirements in this area of study, Plan B for the AA/AS Degree is required.

PLAN B: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan B is not designed for transfer to a four-year college.

3 Units            English Composition

3 Units            Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units            Natural Sciences

3 Units            Humanities

3 Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units          Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units          Math Competency

 

 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

 

NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings.

PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

 

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 100

Introduction to Radiologic Technology

1 UNIT -  (A)

(Open to all students)  An introduction course for students interested in a career in Radiologic Technology.  The role of the Radiographer and career advancement are emphasized.  Students interested in taking advanced classes in Radiologic Technology must successfully complete RT 100 and RT 101.  Clinical education centers will be visited.

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 101

Medical Terminology for Radiologic Technology

1 UNIT -  (A)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Open to all students.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the medical terminology used in the field of Radiologic Technology.              

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 102

Image Recording and Film Pro­cessing

3 UNITS -  (A)

Prerequisite:  Completion of English 28 or 101, Math 115 or higher.  Completion of, or enrollment in RT 100 and RT 101

Provides a student with the basic knowledge of the phenomenon of electromagnetic radiation and the production of x-radiation.  The techniques of film processing are thoroughly explained.  Basic Radiation protection is introduced.  Laboratory experience is provided.  Students interested in taking advanced classes in Radiologic Technology must successfully complete RT 102.

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 103

Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning - Skeletal System

4 UNITS -  (A)

Prerequisite: Radiologic Technology 101 with a satisfactory grade. Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course consists of radiographic anatomy, positioning and  selected pathology of the musculoskeletal system. Laboratory experience is included.  

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 104

Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning - Cranium and Visceral Organs

4 UNITS -  (A)

Prerequisite: Radiologic Technology 103 with a satisfactory grade.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course consists of radiographic anatomy, positioning and selected pathology of the visceral organs and cranium.  Laboratory experience is provided.            

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 105

Fundamentals of X-ray Physics

3 UNITS -  (A)

Prerequisite: Radiologic Technology 102 with a satisfactory grade. Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course provides understanding of the basic physical principles of x-ray generation. Emphasis is placed on the electrical circuitry of radiographic equipment. Interactions between x-ray radiation and matter is explained, providing an understanding of the principles that govern radiographic technique and quality.            

 

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 106

Radiographic Exposure

3 UNITS -  (A)

Prerequisite: Radiologic Technology 105 with satisfactory grade.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course is an investigation of the factors that affect radiographic exposure. Included in this course is an introduction to computers and their applications in diagnostic medical imaging. An introduction to digital radiography is provided. Laboratory experience is provided.                                                      

 

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 107

Patient Care and Management

3 UNITS -  (A)

Prerequisite:  Radiologic Technology 101 with satisfactory grade. Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course emphasizes the principles of patient care management for radiographers. Routine and emergency care procedures will be described. The role of the Radiographer in patient education will be explained. Laboratory experience is included.                 

 

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 110

Radiographic Mathematics

2 UNITS -  (A)

Prerequisite: Radiologic Technology 102 with satisfactory grade. Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course emphasizes the principles of mathematics encountered in Radiologic Technology. This course complements Radiologic Technology 105 and Radiologic Technology 106.

       

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 140

Radiation Protection and Biology

3 UNITS -  (A)

Prerequisite: Radiologic Technology 105 with satisfactory grade. Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

The course is designed for persons working with radiation and for those preparing to take the State and National Certification examinations. The potential hazards associated with the use of and the protective measures necessary to reduce radiation exposure to patients and personnel are stressed.     

 

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 160

Introduction to Clinical Education

4 UNITS -  (A)

Prerequisite: Radiologic Technology 103  with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent with satisfactory grade.

This is the beginning course in the clinical education phase of the program. The student is assigned 16 hours per week in a Clinical Education Center. Students are evaluated on a credit/no credit basis.                                                           

 

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY 180

Clinical Education in Radiologic Technology

12 UNITS - (RPT 2) (A)

Prerequisite: Radiologic Technology 160 with satisfactory grade.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Students are assigned to a Clinical Education Center for 40 hours per week. They perform all duties of a radiographer under the direction of a Clinical Education Instructor. Students are dismissed from the clinical site to return to the campus to attend regular classes in late afternoon and evening. Students are evaluated on a credit/no credit basis. 

 

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