School of Radiologic Technology Course Description

The curriculum for the Froedtert School of Radiologic Technology is developed and taught according to the course of study approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The following is the curriculum structure. Interns can earn 69 credits* upon successful completion of the professional curriculum.

Semester I

Introduction to Radiologic Science & Health Care

This is a two-credit course designed as an introduction to provide an overview of the foundations in radiography and the practitioner’s role in the health care delivery system.  Principles, practices and policies of the health care organizations are examined and discussed in addition to professional responsibilities of  the radiographer.  Course content will include an introduction to basic concepts of body mechanics, vital signs, EKG, infection control, and medical emergencies.  CPR certification will be completed.  Evaluation will be on the basis of completing critical thinking questions a patient care paper, unit tests and a final examination. 

Radiation Protection

This is a two-credit course. Content 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 health care organizations are incorporated. Course includes all aspects of radiation protection, dose limiting recommendations, detection duties and the cardinal principles of protection. Evaluation is on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Principles of Imaging I

This is a two-credit course; content is designed to provide an overview of basic mathematics, an introduction to x-ray production, exposure factors, the control panel, beam restriction, filters, computed radiography, grids and radiographic quality.  Evaluation will be based on homework, unit exams and a final exam.

Imaging Procedures I

This is a five-credit course utilizing lectures, demonstrations and laboratory practice.  Items to be covered include radiographic anatomy and procedures of the upper and lower extremities, chest, abdomen, barium studies, fluoroscopic equipment and trauma.  Pediatric imaging for each procedure will be discussed.  The intern will identify radiographic anatomy, assess radiographic images for accurateness and identify evaluation criteria for a variety of procedures.  This course integrates knowledge and skills from several didactic units.  Evaluation will be based on unit tests and a final exam.

Semester II

Principles of Imaging II

This is a three-credit course; content is design to provide a knowledge of radiographic film, screens and film processing, radiographic quality, special imaging equipment. Evaluation will be based on homework, unit exams and a final exam.

Imaging Procedures II

This is a five-credit course, utilizing lectures, demonstrations and laboratory practice. Radiographic anatomy and procedures for the bony thorax, vertebral column, trauma and iodinated studies will be covered. Pediatric imaging for each procedure will be discussed. The intern will identify radiographic anatomy, assess radiographic images for accurateness and identify evaluation criteria for a variety of procedures. This course integrates knowledge and skills from several didactic units.  Evaluation will be based on unit tests and a final exam.

Seminar in Radiography I

This is a three-credit course; content is designed to provide the basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the diversity, physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. In addition the course will provide the intern with advanced knowledge of aseptic and sterile techniques, venipuncture, pharmacology and medical ethics and law. Evaluation will be on the basis of completion of assignments, unit tests, and a final exam.

Medical Terminology (Online)

This is an online (self-study) two-credit course intended for the intern that has not completed the class prior to starting the program.  The content is designed to give the intern an understanding of medical terminology.  Coursework includes medical suffixes and prefixes, word roots, combining forms and standard abbreviations related to the medical terms.  All assignments are to be completed by the end of the second semester.  Evaluation will be on the basis of completion of assignments and unit exams online.

Semester III

Imaging Procedures III

This is a three-credit course, utilizing lectures, demonstrations and laboratory practice. Radiographic anatomy and procedures for the cranium, facial bones and trauma will be discussed.  Pediatric imaging for each procedure will be discussed. The interns will identify radiographic anatomy, assess radiographic images for accurateness and identify evaluation criteria for a variety of procedures. Historical exams and special fluoroscopic imaging will also be presented. This course integrates knowledge and skills from several didactic units. Evaluation will be based on unit tests and a final exam.

Physics (on-line course)

This will be a self-study unit.  The intern will be required to complete all tests on the intranet.  All assignments must be completed by the end of the third (summer) semester.  Course work includes an introduction to basic principles of Radiologic Physics.  Evaluation will be based on unit internet quiz and tests, which will be combined with Physics I.

Semester IV

Imaging Procedures IV

This is a two-credit course.  Topics to be covered include Special Orthopedic positioning, special gastrointestinal positioning, interventional procedures, basic principles of CT and MRI imaging.  Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, tests and a final exam.

Cross Sectional Anatomy

This is a three-credit course designed to give the intern basic knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy.  Cross sectional anatomy of the head and neck, thorax and abdomen, pelvis and extremities will be covered.   Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.   Instruction incorporates CT and MR images.

Radiographic Physics I

This is a two-credit course. Course content is designed to establish basic knowledge of atomic structure and terminology. Also presented are the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. Introduction will include magnetism, electricity, and electromagnetism. Evaluation will be on the basis of unit tests and a final exam.

Digital Imaging

This is a three-credit course; content is designed to impart an understanding of the components, principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology.  Factors that impact image acquisition display, archiving and retrieval are discussed.  Guidelines for selection of exposure factors and evaluating images within a digital system assist interns to bridge between film-based and digital imaging systems.  Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests, and a final examination.

Semester V

Radiation Biology

This is a two-credit course; content is designed to provide an overview of the principles of the interaction of radiation with living systems.  Radiation effects on molecules, cells, tissues and the body as a whole are presented.

Factors affecting biologic response are presented, including acute and chronic effects of radiation.  Evaluation is on the basis of assignments, quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Imaging Equipment

This is a two-credit course. Content is designed to establish knowledge in tube and generators, x-ray circuitry. Also presented are the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Seminar in Radiography II

This is a two-credit course; content is designed to provide the intern the ability to evaluate all aspects of the imaging system from processor to generator. The intern will perform basic equipment tests, identify and trouble shoot equipment problems. Lecture on quality control and quality assurance procedures within a radiology department will be covered. Evaluation will be on the basis of the accuracy and timeliness of laboratory procedures, unit tests and a final exam.

Independent Study

This is a two-credit course. The intern will be assigned a written research project that will include an oral presentation, video display, computer or a scientific exhibit. This project will be assigned two credits. This will enable the intern to develop critical thinking, research and writing skills along with an appreciation for professional development. Evaluation will be on the basis of research organization, completeness and presentation. The intern will select a topic of their choice. Successful completion of the independent study is requirement for attendance at the Annual Student Symposium and graduation.

Radiographic Pathology

This is a two credit course; content is designed to introduce concepts related to disease and etiological considerations with emphasis on radiographic appearance of disease and impact on exposure factor selection.  Evaluation will be on the basis of case studies, unit test and a final exam.

Semester VI

Professional Development/Registry Review

This is a two-credit course that serves as an overview of the entire program.  This course will prepare the intern for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.  The course will also include tips on interviewing and resume preparation.  Evaluation will be on the basis of mock registry examinations (St. Catherine’s test).

Radiography Clinical Education

The clinical education is competency based and broken down into six semesters.  The intern will receive a clinical rotational schedule and a list of competencies that must be fulfilled in order for the intern to graduate the program and earn his/her certificate.  The intern must achieve the listed number of competencies per semester and successfully complete all 67 competencies by the end of the 6th semester.  Evaluation of the intern’s positioning skills, equipment manipulation, use of radiation protection, patient care and knowledge of image production is conducted by the Clinical Instructors, Clinical Coordinator, Program Director and qualified staff technologists. The breakdown of clinical credit is as follows:

Clinical Obligations

The student will receive a list of competencies that must be fulfilled in order for the intern to graduate the program and earn his/her certificate. The intern must complete the required number of competencies by the end of the 6th semester. Evaluation of the intern’s positioning skills, equipment manipulation, use of radiation protection, patient care and knowledge of image production is conducted by the Clinical Instructors, Clinical Coordinator, Program Director and qualified staff technologists. The breakdown of clinical credit is as follows:

Semester Credits Required Competencies Per Semester
Semester I 2 credits 2 Competencies (16 weeks available)
Semester II 3 credits 10 Competencies (16 weeks available)
Semester III (Summer Session) 4 credits 15 Competencies (14 weeks available)
Semester IV 3 credits 15 Competencies (16 weeks available)
Semester V 3 credits 15 Competencies (16 weeks available)
Semester VI (Summer Session II) 4 credits 10 Competencies (14 weeks available)
Total 19 credits 67 Competencies

Health and Safety 

Incident Reports and Injury

Any incident occurring between an intern and a patient, visitor or employee must be reported to the area supervisor and the Program Director. This report must be filled out accurately and completely by the individuals(s) involved and signed by the area supervisor; a copy given to the Program Director. The intern is responsible for all medical, health and/or pharmaceutical expenses while in attendance in this program. Any injury, however minor, must also be reported. 

In regard to radiation safety, students must wear a radiation-monitoring device during clinical rotations, when performing experiments in the energized lab, and abide by all federal, state and department guidelines. 

Pregnancy

Students that have declared pregnancy will be advised of department policies regarding radiation safety of the fetus. The student is encouraged to meet with the program director to discuss attendance issues surrounding a maternity leave. Following the leave of absence the student is responsible for making up time and course work, if applicable.