Associate of Science Radiologic Technology
The two-year program in radiologic technology affords the individual knowledge and ability in the performance of medical imaging procedures. Students participate in structured clinical settings involving direct patient contact, which encompasses varied imaging modalities.
The program has restricted enrollment and accepts one class per year with classes beginning in May. Students must obtain a grade of “C,” or better, in each radiologic technology course, in algebra, human anatomy and physiology/laboratory I & II and Technical Physics II, as well as all required general education courses. On successful completion of the associate degree program in radiologic technology, the graduate is eligible to apply for admission to the certification examination in radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Successful completion of the ARRT examination provides certification for the graduate to practice as a registered radiographer. All support courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the curriculum course sequence as listed in the catalog.
Once accepted into the program all Radiologic Technology (RADT) coursework must be completed within a three (3) year period. Registered technologists who have graduated from certificate programs may obtain an associate of science degree by completing 27 semester hours of general education courses as required by the curriculum. The College grants 38 semester hours of block credit based upon post certification.
The curriculum in radiologic technology is offered in Bluefield on the main campus and at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center. The radiologic technology courses at the Higher Education Center are taught by Bluefield State College radiologic technology faculty. Students may elect to take the non-radiologic technology courses at Bluefield State College or other area colleges. Courses taken at other colleges must have prior approval. These courses must be equivalent to the program courses as judged by Bluefield State College (see transfer credit policy).
The radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182;(312)704-5300), and approved by the West Virginia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners (P.O. Box 638 1715 Flat Top Road Cool Ridge, WV 25825; 304-787-4398).
Eligibility requirements for admission to the associate degree program include:
Meeting Minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program.
The student shall provide these essential functions as a student radiographer in this program. The position of the radiographer requires the following physical requirements: positioning and moving of patients manually and by wheelchair or stretcher. The functions may be performed with large or immobile patients who may require strength beyond the basic function. Positions include sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting and bending, and exposure to fumes. The use of both hands and feet is highly recommended. Reasonable accommodation will be provided for applicants with documented disabling conditions.
The student shall:
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An introduction to the profession of radiologic technology with instruction of history and modern medicine. A code of ethics and conduct, as well as elementary principles of
radiation protection are inclusive. A study of the care and handling of the sick and injured patient in the radiology department. This course will encompass the concepts of basic patient care skills. Leads to certification in CPR. PR: Admission to program. CO: RADT 109L. Summer
The care and handling of the sick and injured patient in the radiology department will be discussed. The student will participate, under simulated conditions, various patient care
techniques. Content is designed to provide basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine and emergency patient care procedures will be described, as well as infection control procedures utilizing standard precautions. The role of the radiographer in patient education
will be identified as well as an introduction to the energized laboratory. PR: Admission to the program. CO: RADT 109. Summer
The student is introduced to the clinical phase of the practice of radiologic technology. All experiences occur at the clinical education setting, providing the student with experience in imaging and ancillary areas. PR: Admission to program. CO: RADT 109, 109L, 113.
This course is designed to establish a knowledge of medical terminology applicable to the field of Radiology. The course will provide the ability to translate and analyze physician orders, requests and diagnostic reports in medical imaging. A focus on the word-building process incorporating prefixes and suffixes, along with many other components of medical terminology, will also be included. CO: RADT 109, 109L, 112.
Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Available to students scoring ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Fall, Spring.
Study of real numbers, exponents, roots and radicals; polynomials, first and second-degree equations and inequalities; functions and graphs. Required of students in Math Track A, i.e., students of Radiologic Science, Applied Science, Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, or Health Services Management, who have scored an ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Also available to students who have successfully completed MATH 101. Fall, Spring.
A study of the anatomy and physiology of cells as well as the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. PR: Eligibility for English 101 or permission of the instructor and student’s advisor. Fall.
Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 210. Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 210. Fall.
Content is designed to provide the knowledge base necessary to perform standard imaging procedures of the extremities and trunk with consideration to the typical and atypical patients and/or condition. Consideration is given to the performance of optimal diagnostic images while applying radiation safety measures and the evaluation of such images.
PR: RADT 109, 109L,112. CO: RADT 116, 117, 118.
PR/CO: BIOL 210 and 211L. Fall.
Laboratory practice designed to reinforce lecture in RADT 115. Emphasis is on imaging procedures of the extremities, shoulder girdle, thorax, abdomen and pelvic girdle procedures. This course takes place in a radiographic imaging lab or in simulating a hospital/clinical environment. PR: RADT 109, 109L,112. CO: RADT 115, 117, 118. PR/CO: BIOL 210, BIOL 211L. Fall.
Introduction to the actual performance of patient care and to the role of a radiologic technologist. All experiences occur at the clinical education setting. PR: RADT 109, 109L,112, 113 CO: RADT 115, 116, and 118. Fall.
This course is designed to explain the formation of the latent image for both screen film and digital imaging and the processes by which these images become manifest. A basic introduction to the components of digital imaging systems for diagnostic radiology will be discussed as well as the steps involved for automatic processing. In addition to image production processes, the conditions necessary for x-ray production and properties of x-radiation will be explained. PR: RADT 109, 109L,112, 113 CO: RADT 115, 116, 117. PR/CO: MATH 101 or MATH 109. Fall.
A continuation of BIOL 210. A study of the anatomy and physiology of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, renal, and reproductive systems. PR: BIOL 210. Spring.
Laboratory sessions designed to reinforce lecture in BIOL 212 sessions consist of observing, reporting, and/or interpreting biological phenomena. CO/PR: BIOL 212. Spring.
Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.
Content is designed to provide the knowledge base necessary to perform standard imaging procedures of the spine, cranium and fluoroscopic and trauma procedures, including basic CT correlation. Consideration is given to the performance and evaluation of optimal diagnostic images and with applying radiation safety measures for the typical and atypical patient. PR: RADT 109,109L,112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118; “C” or better in BIOL 210 and 211L. CO: RADT 120, 121, 122, 127. PR/CO: BIOL 212 and 213L. Spring.
Laboratory practice designed to reinforce lecture in RADT 119. Emphasis is on imaging procedures of the spine, cranium and fluoroscopic and trauma procedures. This course takes place in a radiographic imaging lab or simulating a hospital/clinical environment.
PR: RADT 115, 116; “C” or better in BIOL 210 and 211L; RADT 109, 109L, 112, 117, and 118. CO: RADT 119, 120, 122, 127. PR/CO: BIOL 212 and 213L. Spring.
This course is designed to establish guidelines for selecting the appropriate exposure factors based upon the type of imaging equipment utilized. Introduction to image evaluation within digital and screen film systems is a capstone to the course. The principles used for quality assurance and maintenance are presented. Prime exposure factors and the selection of these will be described. The quality factors of an image will be discussed and the controlling factor for each. PR: RADT 109, 109L,112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118; “C” or better in MATH 101 or 109. CO: RADT 119, 121, 122, 127. Spring.
Laboratory practice designed to reinforce lecture in RADT 120, with practical application of exposure factors and the production of diagnostic radiographs. This course takes place in a hospital/clinical environment. PR: RADT 109, 109L, 112, 115, 116, 117, 118; “C” or better in MATH 109. CO: RADT 119, 120, 121, 127. Spring.
A continuation of the performance of procedures in RADT 117 as well as procedures discussed in RADT 119, under direct/indirect supervision. All experiences occur at the clinical education setting. PR: RADT 109, 109L, 112, 113 115, 116, 117, 118. CO: RADT 119, 120, 121, 122. Spring.
The student participates in fluoroscopic and radiographic procedures illustrating internal organ systems. All experiences occur at the clinical education setting. PR: All 100 level RADT courses. CO: RADT 201, 212. Summer.
This course will provide a fundamental background in ethics. The historical and philosophical bases of ethics, as well as the elements of ethical behavior, will be discussed. The student will examine a variety of ethical issues and dilemmas found in clinical practice. Topics include misconduct, malpractice, legal and professional standards and the ASRT scope of practice. The importance of proper documentation and informed consent will be emphasized. PR: All 100 level RADT courses. CO: RADT 212, 216. Spring.
This course is designed to introduce theories of disease causation and pathophysiological disorders that comprise health systems. Additionally, the content provides a basis for analyzing radiographic images. It includes etiology, pathophysiological responses, clinical manifestations, radiographic appearance and management of alterations in body systems; the importance of minimum imaging standards; discussion of a problem-solving technique for image evaluation; and the factors that can affect image quality. Actual images will be included for analysis of the image and pathologies that are present. PR: All 100 Level RADT courses. CO: RADT 201, 216. Summer.
This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in the circuitry and electronics of imaging equipment. The nature and interactions of radiation will be discussed. Specialized imaging equipment, including the image intensifier, will be reviewed. Further discussion of the digital system and equipment specifications will be included. PR: All 100 level RADT courses; RADT 201, 212, 216. CO: RADT 211, 225, 226. Fall.
Content is designed to provide the knowledge base necessary to perform standard imaging procedures, including basic computed tomography (CT) and special studies. Consideration is given to the evaluation of optimal diagnostic images. Additional content is designed to provide basic concepts of pharmacology. The theory and practice of basic techniques of venipuncture and administration of diagnostic contrast agents and/or intravenous medications is included. The appropriate delivery of patient care during these procedures is emphasized. PR: All 100 level RADT courses; RADT 201, 212, 216. CO: RADT 220, 225, and 226. Fall.
This course is designed to present an overview of the principles of radiation protection, including the responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel and the public. Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies and healthcare organizations are incorporated. An overview of the principles of the interaction of radiation with living systems is provided. Radiation effects on molecules, cells, tissues and the body as a whole are presented. Factors affecting biological response are presented, including acute and chronic effects of radiation. PR: All 100 level RADT courses; RADT 201, 212, 216. CO: RADT 211, 220, 226. Fall.
Students perform in specialty areas as well as general areas. They become a true part of the healthcare team. Takes place in a local clinical facility. PR: All 100 level RADT courses; RADT 201, 212, 216. CO: RADT 211, 220, 225. Fall.
Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.
Correlation and integration of radiographic principles, procedures, exposure, physics, anatomy and protection. PR: All 100 level RADT courses; RADT 201, 211, 212, 216, 220, 225, and 226. CO: RADT 227. Spring.
Students perform in specialty areas as well as general areas. They become a true part of the healthcare team. All experiences occur in the clinical education setting. PR: All 100 level RADT courses; RADT 201, 212, 216, 220, 225, 226. CO: RADT 218. Spring.
A beginning course introducing the student to the use of computers and requiring no previous computer experience or technical background. The impact of computers on society is briefly discussed, along with an overview of the types, classifications, and functions of various computer hardware, software, and peripherals. The hands-on use of microcomputers is stressed and the ability to use word processing software is emphasized.
This course is designed to prepare students to effectively use a major word processing package. Word topics include formatting, editing, file management, tables, columns, and graphics. PowerPoint topics include creating and editing presentations, which include illustrations and shapes, custom backgrounds and SmartArt diagrams, and information graphics. This course meets the computer skill requirement under the General Studies requirement. Fall.
An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.