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Curriculum Overview

The program consists of academic classes held at:

Wheaton Franciscan – Brown Deer Campus
9252 N. Green Bay Road
Brown Deer, WI 53209

Clinical rotations include: St. Joseph Campus, Brown Deer Campus, Wauwatosa Campus, St. Francis, Franklin and Rawson.

The program for Radiologic Technology is based on a full-time, two-year (40 hours per week) course of study. Classes begin the first Tuesday of each September. The academic years run from September to August. It is divided into four, 16-week semesters and two, 14-week summer sessions.

Didactic classes are held Monday – Thursday. First-year students are scheduled for didactic classes from 7:30 – 10 am at the Brown Deer site. They then have until 11 am for travel time to the assigned clinical setting. They stay at the clinical site until 5:30 pm.

Second-year students are clinically assigned from 7:30 am until 2 pm. They have an hour of travel time to reach the Brown Deer campus for didactic classes that last until 5:30 pm.

Semesters

Clinical education is broken down into six semesters with a required number of competencies that must be completed by the end of the sixth semester. Evaluation of the student’s positioning skills, equipment manipulation and 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.

Curricula for each semester is as follows:

Semester I

Semester I
Total Credits: 14

Introduction to Radiologic Science & Healthcare

This is a two-credit course. Course content is designed 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, and infection control. CPR certification will be completed. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Radiation Protection

This is a two-credit course. 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 will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Principles of Imaging I

This is a two-credit course. Course content is designed to provide an overview of image appearance standards, creation and qualities of the radiographic image, contrast and exposure factors. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Imaging Procedures I

This is a five-credit course. Course content is designed to provide an overview of radiographic anatomy and procedures of the upper and lower extremities, chest, abdomen, and barium studies. It utilizes lectures, demonstrations and laboratory practice. Pediatric imaging for each procedure will be discussed. The students 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 on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Radiography Clinical Education I

This is a three-credit course. It introduces the student to equipment, radiographic rooms such as general, fluoroscopic, emergency, portables, surgery & ortho clinic. Supplies necessary to perform basic examinations, reception procedures, transportation of patients and the interventional suite are also reviewed.

Semester II

Semester II
Total Credits: 14

Medical Terminology (online course)**

This is a two-credit course. This will be a self-study unit for those who have not fulfilled the medical terminology requirement. Students will be required to complete all tests on the intranet. All assignments must be completed by the end of the second semester. Course work includes medical suffixes and prefixes, word-roots, and combining forms. Evaluation will be based on unit tests.

Principles of Imaging II

This is a three-credit course. Course content is designed to provide an overview of field size limitations, patient conditions, scatter radiation and grids, film screen processing, computed radiography, radiographic quality and special imaging systems and modalities. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Imaging Procedures II

This is a five-credit course. Course content is designed to provide an overview of radiographic anatomy and procedures of the bony thorax, vertebral column, and iodinated studies. The pharmacology of contrast media will be introduced. It utilizes lectures, demonstrations and laboratory practice. Pediatric imaging for each procedure will be discussed. The students 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 on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Seminar in Radiography I

This is a three-credit course. 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 student with advanced knowledge of aseptic and sterile techniques, pharmacology and medical ethics and law. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Radiography Clinical Education II

This is a three-credit course. It incorporates radiographic room rotations which include CR, DR, PACS and the interventional suite. This semester also includes rotations into specialty areas of Nuclear Medicine and the GI Lab.

Semester III

Semester III
Total Credits: 7

Imaging Procedures III

This is a three-credit course. Course content is designed to provide an overview of radiographic anatomy and procedures of the cranium and facial bones. It utilizes lectures, demonstrations and laboratory practice. Pediatric imaging for each procedure will be discussed. The students 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 on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Radiography Clinical Education III

This is a four-credit course. It incorporates radiographic room rotations which includes CR, DR, PACS, interventional suite and clinical experiences with minor special procedures. Radiography Clinical III includes specialty areas of Bone Density.

Semester IV

Semester IV
Total Credits: 13

Imaging Procedures IV

This is a two-credit course. Course content is designed to cover special orthopedic positioning concerning the upper and lower extremity, abdomen, pelvis, spine, thorax, skull and facial bones. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Cross Sectional Anatomy

This is a three-credit course. Course content is designed to give the student basic knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy at a minimum of the head and neck, thorax and abdomen. The basics of CT and venipuncture are also covered. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes and unit tests. Instruction incorporates CT and MR images.

Radiographic Physics I

This is a two-credit course. Course content is designed to establish basic knowledge of mathematical conversions, atomic structure, terminology, nature and characteristics of radiation, the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter, magnetism, electricity, and electromagnetism. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Digital Imaging

This is a three-credit course. 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 students to bridge between film-based and digital imaging systems. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Radiography Clinical Education IV

This is a three-credit course. It incorporates radiographic room rotation which includes CR, DR, PACS, interventional suite and clinical experiences with portables, surgery and pediatrics. Radiography Clinical IV includes specialty areas of Radiation Therapy and Reading with the Radiologists and Ultrasound.

Semester V

Semester V
Total Credits: 14

Radiation Biology

This is a two-credit course. 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 will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Radiographic Physics II

This is a two-credit course. Course content is designed to establish knowledge of the X-ray tube and circuitry. Also presented is X-ray production, generators, filtration and the use of AEC. Evaluation will be on the basis of quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Seminar in Radiography II

This is a two-credit course. Course content is designed to provide the student the ability to evaluate all aspects of the imaging system from processor to generator. The student 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 unit tests and a final exam.

Independent Study

Students will be assigned a written research project that will include an oral presentation, video display or a scientific exhibit. This project will be assigned two credits. This will enable the student 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 student will select a topic of their choice pertaining to the field of radiologic technology. Successful completion of the independent study is a graduation requirement. The student may present this at either the WAERT educational symposium or a student meeting.

Radiographic Pathology

This is a two credit course. 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 quizzes, unit tests and a final exam.

Radiography Clinical Education V

This is a three-credit course. It incorporates radiographic room rotation which includes CR, DR, PACS, interventional suite and clinical experiences with performing exams independently on which competencies have been met. Radiography Clinical V includes specialty areas of MRI and CT.

Semester VI

Semester VI
Total Credits: 6

Professional Development/Registry Review

This is a two-credit course that serves as an overview of the entire program. This course will prepare the student for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Also included is instruction on how to write a resume, proper interview skills and review classes. Evaluation will be on the basis on the completion of a resume’, mock interview and final exam scores.

Comprehensive Finals

Comprehensive finals are given in the sixth semester. These are non-credit and are used to aid the student in developing test-taking skills for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Successful completion of these examinations is required; see Comprehensive final policy statement under Graduation Requirements.

Radiography Clinical Education VI

This is a four-credit course. It incorporates radiographic room rotation which includes CR, DR, PACS, interventional suite and clinical experiences with performing exams independently on which competencies have been met. Radiography Clinical VI includes a limited second shift rotation. Additional rotations may be requested from the student.

Terminal Clinical Competency

At the end of semester III and VI (Summer Session I and II) all students will complete a terminal clinical competency assessment. Students will be assessed individually by two clinical instructors. They will be given a scenario and must complete on a timely basis. This is a non-credit assessment but successful completion is required for advancement or graduation.

The curriculum is based on the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences as established by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); the curriculum recommendations of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), and the Task Inventory of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The faculty presents the curriculum through formal lecture, laboratory and clinical applications to enhance the learning experience.

Transfer Credits

Transfer Credits are not accepted from other colleges and/or universities due to the highly specialized nature of the program. In addition, the program does not accept transfer students for other JRCERT accredited certificate programs.

School Officials

Program Director
Diane Wingenter, MS, RTR Phone: 414-527-5149

Faculty
Diane E. Wingenter, MS, RTR
Amy Rappe, BS, RTR
Kari Suhajda, BS, RTR
Tracey Cross, BS, RTR (CT)

Clinical Staff
Amy Rappe, BS, RTR, Clinical Coordinator
Phone: 414-527-5148

Kari Suhajda, BS, RTR, Clinical Instructor
Phone: 414-527-5756

Tracey Cross, BS, RTR (CT) Clinical Instructor
Phone: 414-527-5756

There are also appointed clinical instructors at each clinical campus. The Technologists to student ratio is 1-to-1. The clinical coordinator and clinical instructors work side-by-side with the students. Students never take the place of paid personnel.

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