Radiologic Sciences (RS)

RS 100. Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging.1 Credit.

This course provides the student with a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of diagnostic imaging practice. Topics include defining diagnostic imaging as it relates to all imaging modalities, historical development of the profession, introduction to current and emerging practice arenas, and application of professional terminology. Students complete a self-study in medical terminology.

Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 101. Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging.3 Credits.

Designed to provide an orientation to radiologic sciences, this course includes history, ethics and basic principles of radiation protections, medial and medicolegal terminology, as well as preclinical observation.

Prerequisites: Take RS 100.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 201. Human Anatomy Imaging I.1 Credit.

This course presents in-depth consideration of human anatomy within systems located in the chest, abdomen and upper extremity of the body. Students discuss the structure and function of each anatomic component within each region. Conventional anatomic illustrations are correlated with their radiographic counterpart. The radiographic appearance of specific structures as demonstrated on conventional radiographic images is correlated to images obtained using other advanced imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance and sonography.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 212-212L RS 222.
Corequisites: Take RS 232.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 202. Human Anatomy Imaging II.1 Credit.

This course presents in-depth consideration of human anatomy within systems located in the head, neck, pelvis and lower extremity. For each region, students discuss the structure and function of each anatomic component. Conventional anatomic illustrations are correlated with their radiographic counterpart. The radiographic appearance of specific structures as demonstrated on conventional radiographic images is correlated to images obtained using other advanced imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance and sonography.

Prerequisites: Take RS 201.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 212. Radiographic Procedures I.2 Credits.

This course introduces the student to the basic concepts, principles and applications of radiographic and radiologic procedures. Additional applications related to orthopaedic terminology, pathologies and procedures, trauma and patient-related modifications also are presented.

Prerequisites: Take RS 101 MA 275 and BIO 102.
Corequisites: Take RS 212L.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 212L. Laboratory Practicum I.2 Credits.

This practicum develops preclinical competency in radiographic procedures studied in RS 212, as well as routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic radiographic analysis, patient management, communications and manipulation of imaging equipment.

Corequisites: Take RS 212.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 215. Radiation Safety and Protection.3 Credits.

Students are introduced to the effects of ionizing radiation on biological systems at the molecular, cellular, organism, and community levels, with emphasis on medical implications and radiation protection.

Prerequisites: Take RS 260.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 222. Radiographic Procedures II.3 Credits.

This course builds on the foundations developed in RS 212. This course provides continued integration and expansion on the concepts, principles and applications of radiographic and radiologic procedures.

Prerequisites: Take RS 212.
Corequisites: Take RS 222L.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 222L. Laboratory Practicum II.2 Credits.

Designed to develop preclinical competency in radiographic procedures studied in RS 222, this practicum focuses on radiographic tasks, basic radiographic analysis, patient management, communications and manipulation of imaging equipment.

Prerequisites: Take RS 212.
Corequisites: Take RS 222.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 232. Radiographic Procedures III.3 Credits.

This course provides continued integration and expansion on the concepts, principles and applications developed in RS 212 and RS 222.

Prerequisites: Take RS 222.
Corequisites: Take RS 232L.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 232L. Laboratory Practicum III.2 Credits.

This practicum is designed to develop preclinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic radiographic analysis, patient management, communications and manipulation of imaging equipment.

Prerequisites: Take RS 222.
Corequisites: Take RS 232.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 241. Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation.3 Credits.

This course presents the basic principles, concepts and practical applications of radiographic image production and diagnostic quality. Topics include radiation production, description and proper selection of exposure factors, radiation protection, imaging media, imaging equipment and basic imaging formulas.

Prerequisites: Take RS 101 MA 275 and BIO 102.
Corequisites: Take RS 241L.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 241L. Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation Lab I.1 Credit.

The laboratory, which accompanies RS 241, is designed to demonstrate and reinforce the concepts and principles presented in class. (2 lab hrs.)

Corequisites: Take RS 241.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 242. Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation II.3 Credits.

This course expands on the foundations developed in RS 241. Integration and application of these foundations includes the development of exposure charts, methods of image processing, and the causation and identification of image artifacts. The course also incorporates quality control concepts and testing, and introduces basic terminology and principles of quality control and digital imaging systems.

Prerequisites: Take RS 241.
Corequisites: Take RS 242L.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 242L. Radiological Processing and Exposure Lab.1 Credit.

This laboratory, which accompanies RS 242, is designed to demonstrate and reinforce the concepts and principles presented in class. (2 lab hrs.)

Corequisites: Take RS 242.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 250. Radiologic Clinical Education I.2 Credits.

Students are provided with their initial clinical experience under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Focus is on developing clinical competency and proficiency related to radiologic procedures and concepts taught in RS 212 and RS 241.

Prerequisites: Take RS 212 RS 241.
Corequisites: Take RS 222 RS 242.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 253. Radiologic Clinical Education II.4 Credits.

This course, a continuation of RS 250, is a 12-week, 35 hour-per-week summer clinical experience under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Clinical competency and proficiency related to the performance of radiographic procedures and concepts are continually developed and assessed.

Prerequisites: Take RS 250.
Offered: Every year, Summer

RS 254. Radiologic Clinical Education IV.3 Credits.

This course, a continuation of RS 253, is a clinical experience under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Clinical competency and proficiency related to the performance of radiographic procedures and concepts are continually developed and assessed.

Prerequisites: Take RS 253.
Corequisites: Take RS 232.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 255. Radiologic Clinical Education.3 Credits.

This clinical experience is under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Clinical competency and proficiency related to the performance of radiographic procedures and concepts are developed and assessed.

Prerequisites: Take RS 254.
Corequisites: Take RS 290.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 260. Radiographic Physics and Instrumentation.3 Credits.

This course presents an analysis of the production of X-rays and the interaction of radiation with matter, units of radiation measurements and radiation protection.

Prerequisites: Take RS 242.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 290. Advanced Radiographic Procedures IV.3 Credits.

This course provides continued integration and expansion on the concepts, principles and applications developed in RS 232. Students are introduced to the basic principles of CT, DEXA, MRI and mammography.

Prerequisites: Take RS 232.
Corequisites: Take RS 290L.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 290L. Laboratory Practicum.1 Credit.

This practicum is designed to develop preclinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic radiographic analysis, patient management, communications and manipulation of imaging equipment.

Prerequisites: Take RS 232.
Corequisites: Take RS 290.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 297. Methods of Patient Care.2 Credits.

This course focuses on a study of skills in providing humanistic care for the well, acute or chronically ill individual, including preparing patients for invasive as well as non-invasive imaging studies; basic clinical skills in infection control, including aseptic technique, venipuncture, vital signs and O2 administration; effective communication with emphasis on problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites: Take RS 101.
Corequisites: Take RS 297L.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 297L. Methods of Patient Care Lab.1 Credit.

This lab develops preclinical competency for the procedures described and demonstrated in RS 297. (2 lab hrs.)

Corequisites: Take RS 297.
Offered: Every year, Spring

RS 299. Independent Study.1-4 Credits.

This course presents the student with an opportunity to expand his or her professional expertise in areas that enhance managerial or research capabilities.

Offered: As needed

RS 318. Pathology for Imaging Sciences.3 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the basic study of disease, including etiology, pathophysiology and current diagnostic procedures. Normal structure and function are reviewed prior to the discussion of each anatomic system.

Prerequisites: Take RS 222 BIO 212.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 336. Pharmacology for the Radiographer.2 Credits.

The major classifications/categories, clinical applications and implications of pharmaceuticals used in diagnostic imaging and interventional procedures are presented.

Prerequisites: Take RS 297.
Offered: Every year, January Term

RS 352. Radiologic Clinical Education.2 Credits.

This clinical experience is under the supervision of certified clinical instructors and clinical staff. Clinical competency and proficiency related to the performance of radiographic procedures and concepts are developed and assessed.

Prerequisites: Take RS 255.
Offered: As needed

RS 399. Independent Study.1-3 Credits.

This independent study is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to expand his or her professional expertise in areas that enhance teaching, managerial or research capabilities. The study may consist of either advanced clinical experience or literature research or both.

Offered: As needed, All

RS 414. Research: Analysis and Critique (DMS 414).3 Credits.

This course explores the basic elements of health care research including different types of research models and research strategies. Students explore the differences between a variety of publication types, including editorials, case studies and peer-reviewed research articles. Students also learn techniques for database queries.

Prerequisites: Take RS 101.
Offered: Every year, Fall

RS 489. Independent Study.1-6 Credits.

Offered: As needed, All

RS 491. Open Topic.1 Credit.

The course presents a current topic in diagnostic imaging.

Offered: As needed

RS 493. Open Topic.3 Credits.

The course presents a current topic in diagnostic imaging.

Offered: As needed

RS 499. Capstone (DMS 499).3 Credits.

This capstone course is intended for radiologic sciences majors and diagnostic medical sonography majors in their final semester. Students are required to develop a research project as it relates to the field of diagnostic imaging. The project may relate to the student's chosen focus and must include either a formal thesis paper or poster presentation.

Prerequisites: Take RS 414.
Offered: Every year, Spring