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Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging is a specialty devoted to the study of routine and advanced radiographic imaging procedures. The curriculum includes emerging advanced technologies in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The program prepares student for various careers in hospitals, clinics, education, and management by offering the four degrees described below.

Certificate Offered
Certificate in Radiologic Sciences
Note: Certificates may be awarded at the completion of the second year of the Diagnostic Imaging Program, allowing the student to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination.

Degrees Offered by the Program in Diagnostic Imaging

  • Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Computed Tomography
  • Bachelor of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
      

The program is administered by:
Dean: Shirley Richmond, Ed.D.

Program Director: William Undie, Ed.D., RT(R)                

Education Coordinator: Computed Tomography: Deborah Scroggins, M.S.R.S., RT(R)(CV)(M)(CT)

Education Coordinator - Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Sonja Boiteaux,  M.S.RS., RT(R)(MR)

Education Coordinator - Education/Management: Suzieann Richards-Bass, M.A.Ed., MBA., RT(R)

Clinical Coordinator: Karen Y. Ridley, M.S.R.S., RT(R)

Medical Advisor: Aurelio Matamoros, M.D.

Roster of Faculty

FacultyDegree and SchoolTeaching Assignments
William Undie
RT (R)(T)
Assistant Professor
Ed.D., Clark Atlanta University
  • Radiation Safety and Protection
Shaun T. Caldwell
RT (R) (T)
Assistant Professor
M.S., Utah State University
Logan, UT
  • Instructional Design
  • Research Project
  • Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences
  • Teaching Strategies in Health Care Education
Sonja Boiteaux
RT (R) (MR)
Instructor
M.S.R.S. Midwestern State
Wichita Falls, TX
  • MRI of the Nervous System
  • MRI of the Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis
  • MRI of the Extremities
  • MRI Internship
  • MRI Physics I - Physics Instrumentation & Safety
  • MRI Physics II - Advanced MRI Procedures
  • Special Topics and Future Directions in MRI
  • MRI Comprehensive Review
Aurelio Matamoros, Jr.
Professor
M.D., University of Colorado
Boulder, CO
  • Radiography, Pathology and Trauma
Suzieann Richards-Bass
RT(R)
Instructor
M.Ed., University of Phoenix
M.B.A., Webster University
  • Clinical Education I, II, III, IV
  • Fiscal Analysis in Health Care
  • Imaging Diverse Populations
  • Internship I, II & III
  • Leadership in Radiologic Sciences
  • Management Skills
  • Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences
  • Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning I,II,III,IV
  • Imaging Diverse Populations
  • Imaging Pathology
  • Introduction to Specialty Modalities
  • Capstone Registry Review
  • Principles of Radiographic Exposure II

Kenya Haugen
DM, MS, RT(R)
Senior Health Professions Educator

 

Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership
University of Phoenix
  • Principles of RAD Exposure 1
  • Radiation Safety & Protection

 

Deborah Scroggins
M.S.RS., RT.(R) (CV) (M) (CT)
M.S.RS., Midwestern State
Wichita Falls, TX
  • CT Physics, Instrumentation & Radiation Safety
  • Sectional Anatomy
  • CT of the Nervous System
  • Advanced CT Procedures
  • CT of the Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis
  • Interventional CT Procedures & Instrumentation
  • CT of the Extremities
  • CT Comprehensive Review
  • Internship I, II, & III
  • Introduction to CT
Adjunct Faculty  

Christine B. Capitan
RT (R) (T)

 

M.B.A., University of Houston, , TX
  • Leadership in Radiologic Sciences

Veronica Garza
Lecturer

 

M.A., University of Houston,
Houston, TX

 

  • Management of Human Resources
Harry R. Gibbs
Associate Professor

M.D., Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

 

  • Diversity and Cultural Competence
Laurel R. Hyle
Lecturer

M.PH., J.D., University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX

 

  • Medical Law
Mona Lopez
Lecturer
M.Div., Houston Graduate School of Theology
Houston, TX
  • Computed Tomography
Mahsa Dehghanpour
CMD

Ed.D., University of Houston 
Houston, TX

 

  • Radiobiology

Thomas Nishino
Assistant Professor

 

Ph.D., Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
  • Digital Imaging
  • Quality Management in Radiology
Donna M. Reeve
Senior Medical Physicist
Lecturer

M.S., The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX

 

  • Principles of Radiographic Exposure
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Karen Ridley
Lecturer

 

M.S.R.S., Midwestern State
Wichita Falls, TX
  • Patient Education
S. Jeff Shepard
Senior Medical Physicist
M.S., The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
  • Quality Management in Radiology
  • Digital Imaging

The Program in Diagnostic Imaging

Mission
The mission of the Diagnostic Imaging Program is to provide the highest quality of education to diagnostic imaging students
through formal didactic and state-of-the-art clinical experiences that prepare our students to be diagnostic imaging
professionals who are patient care focused, critical thinkers and engaged in lifelong learning.

Vision
We shall be the premier educational program in Diagnostic Imaging by providing innovative curricular, clinical and
continuing education services to the diagnostic imaging community and the patients we serve.

Goals
Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Fulfillment of the program’s mission is assessed by the program’s effectiveness and the degree to which the program achieves the goals and learning outcomes that will enable our students to succeed academically and professionally:

Goal:  1. Students will develop patient care focus by providing superior patient care.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will provide empathetic professional patient care.
2. Student will demonstrate judicious use of ionizing radiation.

Goal:  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the clinical environment
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will competently perform non-routine procedures including trauma, pediatric portable and surgical examinations.
2. Students will appropriately evaluate images

Goal:  3. Students will adopt a philosophy of life-long learning through continuing education and professional involvement.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will demonstrate professional growth
2. Students will demonstrate a sense of professionalism and desire to learn

Goal:  4. Students will embrace the MD Anderson core values of caring, integrity and discovery.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will demonstrate the core values of caring, integrity and discovery.

Goal: 5 . Students will communicate effectively in a variety of settings
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to utilize  effective oral communication during simulation and clinical settings
2. Students will communicate effectively during oral Presentation of Projects
Program Objectives

The radiologic technologist is a prominent member of the health care team focused on the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Radiologic technologists work with ionizing radiation, radiopharmaceuticals, sound waves and magnetic fields to produce medical images in diagnostic imaging or radiology departments of hospitals and medical clinics or free-standing imaging centers.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Diagnostic Imaging Program is designed to prepare students for a challenging career in the Radiologic Sciences through formal didactic and state-of-the-art clinical education. Today’s medical practice dictates that technologists have advanced skills in imaging, patient assessment and treatment of specific disease.

Accreditation information:
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Diagnostic Imaging Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program has a full 8-year accreditation with the next review date in August, 2019. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is regionally accredited through The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Effectiveness data for the program will be available on the JRCERT and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, School of Health Professions websites.
Contact information for JRCERT:
20 N. Wacker Drive, Ste 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone 312-704-5300
Fax 312-704-5304
Website: www.jrcert.org
E-mail:  mail@jrcert.org

Objectives
The radiologic technologist is a prominent member of the health care team focused on the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Radiologic technologists work with ionizing radiation, radiopharmaceuticals, sound waves and magnetic fields to produce medical images in diagnostic imaging or radiology departments of hospitals and medical clinics or free-standing imaging centers.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Diagnostic Imaging Program is designed to prepare students for a challenging career in the Radiologic Sciences through formal didactic and state-of-the-art clinical education. Today’s medical practice dictates that technologists have advanced skills in imaging, patient assessment and treatment of specific disease.

The program accommodates Bachelor of Science degree-seeking students as follows:
Those who are working towards initial certification in Radiologic Technology (radiography): these students enter the Diagnostic Imaging Program as sophomores.
Graduates of an accredited program in radiologic sciences, with acceptable transferable credits, who must submit proof of certification and have completed the required Texas core curriculum. These students enter the Diagnostic Imaging Program during the senior year of their education and complete their degree through The University of Texas MD Anderson School of Health Professions.

Selection Process

Admission is dependent on factors that include:

  • Cumulative GPA, and pre-requisite GPA
  • Personal qualities such as maturity and professional goals as expressed in the interview and described in reference letters.
  • Ability to meet the SHP non-academic technical standards.
  • Race, religion, national origin, veteran status, gender, or disability  are not factors considered in the selection process

Additional Admission factors for applicants to the Certificate Program:

  • Clinical site visit evaluation: 16 hours clinical site observation at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Applicants should begin the application process three to six months prior to the application deadline to ensure all documents are received and processed by the UTHSC-Houston Registrar’s office

 Nonacademic Requirements

For a description of the non-academic technical standards requirements for admission, visit the admission section of the Student Catalog's Policies and Procedures.

Program Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Radiologic Sciences is a two-year program, with entry at the Sophomore year.

The Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging is either a three-year program (entry at Sophomore level)  or a one-year program (entry at Senior level). Application and supporting documents must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants to the Certificate in Radiologic Sciences and applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging Program must satisfy the following requirements for admission:

All prerequisite course work must be from a regionally accredited college or university.

The applicant must have satisfactorily completed all required prerequisite courses for their program. These courses must be lecture and laboratory courses acceptable toward a degree by majors in those fields and cannot be survey courses.

Clinical site visit (Certificate Applicants only) 16 hours clinical site observation at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Contact the      Diagnostic Imaging Program office (713-79-3455) to request a site visit form.

CPR American Heart Association certification

Minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) - All applicants must provide proof of successful assessment of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Applicants who have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited Texas College or University are exempt from TSI. Proof of an applicant's readiness to enroll in college level course work will be determined by the Registrar's Office based upon review of official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Applicants from countries where English is not the native language may be required to take the TOEFL. Internet based TOEFL is now available and a total test score ranging from 74-78 with a minimum score of 18 in each section is required.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for the Certificate in Radiologic Sciences Program

Minimum of 30 SCH of Texas Core Curriculum (see table below)
Within these 30 SCH, the following must be included:

Anatomy and Physiology
Note: Full completion of the 42 SCH of the Texas Core Curriculum is recommended.
 
Prerequisites for the three-year BS Program

Minimum of 42 (SCH) that includes:

  • Texas Core Curriculum - 42 SCH  (see table below)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I - must be included in the above 42 SCH

Prerequisites for the one-year BS Program for students holding ARRT certification prior to admission:

  • Applicants must hold an ARRT certification (for which a maximum of 30 SCH (may be awarded at the discretion of the SHP Curriculum Committee)
  • Minimum of 58 (SCH) that include:
    • Texas Core Curriculum – 42 SCH  (see table below)
    • An additional 16 SCH
    • Anatomy & Physiology I that must  be included in the required 58 SCH

Prerequisites for the one-year BS Program for students that have completed the SHP two-year certificate program:

Minimum of 100 SCH that include:

  • Completion of the Texas Core Curriculum (must include Anatomy & Physiology) 42 SCH
  • Completion of the SHP DI 2yr Curriculum (58 SCH)
The Texas Core Curriculum – 42 Semester Credit Hours (SCH) that must include courses from the following specific areas as indicatedSCH

COMMUNICATION (6 SCH)

•           ENGL 1301   English Composition I

•           ENGL 1302   English Composition II

 

 6

MATHEMATICS (3 SCH)

•           MATH 1314   College Algebra or higher

 

 3

NATURAL SCIENCES (12 SCH)

Courses in biology, chemistry, physics, geology or other natural sciences

 

12

HUMANITIES (3 SCH)

Courses in literature, philosophy, modern or classical language/literature, cultural studies or equivalent

 

 3

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (3 SCH)

Courses in arts, dance, music appreciation, music, drama or equivalent

 

 3

HISTORY (6 SCH)

•           HIST 1301    United States History I

•           HIST 1302    United States History II

 

 6

GOVERNMENT (6 SCH)

•           GOVT 2301   American Government I

•           GOVT 2302   American Government II

 

 6

SOCIAL SCIENCES (3 SCH)

Courses in anthropology, economics, criminal justice, geography, psychology, sociology, social work or equivalent

 

 3
Total Texas Core Curriculum  SCH42

http://statecore.its.txstate.edu/

About the Texas Core Curriculum 

Each institution's Core Curriculum applies to all academic degrees. They range from 42 to 48 credit hours, depending on the college or university. Each Core Curriculum is divided into 8 or 9 categories that are common across the state. If you take the approved Core natural science courses at institution A, they are annotated on your transcript with a Core code by A and must be accepted as fulfilling that portion of the Core at institution B or any other Texas public institution. If Astronomy is a Core natural science at A and is not at B, it must still be accepted at B. This is a whole new way of doing things because the school where you take the course decides how it will transfer. And that decision is binding on any Texas school to which you transfer.

Advanced Placement
The School of Health Professions accepts and/or awards credit through the following examination programs:

  • College level examination program of the College Board
  • Comprehensive departmental examinations
  • Regionally accredited military training programs

Recommendations from the School's academic departments are followed with regard to minimum score requirements, level of credit and amount of credit to be awarded. Program faculty are consulted to determine if credit recommendations equate to specific School of Health Professions (SHP) courses. The internal comprehensive departmental examination program provides a local means for establishing knowledge of SHS course content in areas not covered by the above examination program. Programs may elect to administer examinations that cover material specific to SHS courses with the results being reported to the Registrar.

Graduation

Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 130 semester credit hours of course work. Within this requirement, students must complete the following at MD Anderson:

  • At least 40 semester credit hours of advanced (3000/4000) course work
  • At least 25% of the total semester credit hours required must be taken at MD Anderson

Upon completion of formal didactic and clinical education, students will have demonstrated the professional skills necessary to work with ionizing radiation, radiopharmaceuticals, sound waves and magnetic fields to produce medical images in diagnostic imaging or radiology departments of hospitals and medical clinics or free-standing imaging centers.

Graduation occurs in August. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Please check with the program director for application deadlines and exam dates. Upon passing the exam, the student is considered a certified Radiological Technologist. The awarding of the degree is not contingent upon a student passing the national certification exam.

Curriculum

The curriculum meets or exceeds the curriculum recommendations of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). This intensive three-year program is composed of a didactic phase followed by directed clinical training at affiliated hospitals and laboratories.

Current Affiliations
During the clinical phase of instruction, training and supervision are provided in a variety of clinical sites:

Houston, TX:

  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • The Methodist Hospital TMC
  • Memorial Hermann Hospital TMC     
  • Texas Children’s Hospital TMC            
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center TMC               
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System TMC
  • TIRR - Memorial Hermann

Beyond Houston:

  • UT Medical Branch, Galveston , TX
  • Texas Children’s Hospital, Sugarland, TX            

Accreditation
The Diagnostic Imaging  Program is accredited by and has conformed its curriculum to the standards and guidelines published and monitored by:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304


Curriculum

Radiography two-year program CORE (Sophomore & Junior years)

Radiography Curriculum CORESCH
DI 2161 Clinical Education I1
DI 2201 Principles of Radiographic Exposure I2
DI 2221 Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences2
DI 2242 Principles of Radiographic Exposure II2
DI 2262 Clinical Education II2
DI 2263 Clinical Education III2
DI 2331 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I3
DI 2332 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II3
DI 2333 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning III3
DI 2334 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning IV3
DI 2335 Radiographic Anatomy and  Positioning V3
DI 3200 Capstone: Registry Review2
DI 3242 Digital Imaging2
DI 3243 Quality Management in Radiology2
DI 3250 Imaging Pathology  (2hr or 3hr course)2
DI 3261 Clinical Education IV2
DI 3262 Clinical Education V2
DI 3263 Clinical Education VI2
DI 4101 Radiation Safety and Protection1
DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4301 Research Project3
HS 3340 Research Methods3
HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking3
HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics1
HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competence1
HS 4111 Medical Law1
RT 4210 Radiobiology2
Total Hours58

 

Senior/3rd year specialty

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging EducationSCH
DI 4310 Teaching Strategies in Health Care Education3
DI 4311 Instructional Design3
DI 4313 Education Internship I3
DI 4314  Education Internship II3
DI 4315 Issues in Health Care Education3
DI 4316 Leadership in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4319 Fiscal Analysis in Health Care3
DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management3
DI 4323 Management Skills for the New Supervisor3
DI 4326 Individual Projects3
TOTAL Education Emphasis30

 

Senior/3rd year Specialty

Bachelor of Science in Computed Tomography (CT)SCH
DI 4351 CT and Interventional Physics I3
DI 4352 CT and Interventional  Procedures  of the Nervous System3
DI 4353 CT and Interventional Physics II3
DI 4354 CT and Interventional Procedures of the Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis3
DI 4355 CT  Advanced  Interventional Procedures and Instrumentation (Lab)3
DI 4356 CT and Interventional Procedures of the Extremities3
DI 4357 CT Interventional Comprehensive Review3
DI 4393 Internship I - CT3
DI 4394 Internship II - CT3
DI 4395 Internship III - CT3
TOTAL CT emphasis30

 

Senior/3rd year Specialty

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Imaging ManagementSCH
DI 4316 Leadership in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4317 Staff Development3
DI 4318 Promotional Strategies in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4319 Fiscal Analysis in Health Care3
DI 4320 Current Trends in Healthcare Management3
DI 4321 Operations Management3
DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management3
DI 4323 Management Skills for the New Supervisor3
DI 4324 Management Internship I3
DI 4328 Management Internship II3
TOTAL30

 

Senior/3rd year Specialty

Bachelor of Science in Magnetic Resonance ImagingSCH
DI 4361 MRI Physics I: Physics, Instrumentation and Safety3
DI 4362 MRI of the Nervous System3
DI 4363 MRI Physics II: Advanced MRI Procedures, Contrast Agents and Quality Assurance3
DI 4364 MRI of the Extremities3
DI 4365 Special Topics and Future Directions in MRI3
DI 4366 MRI of the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis3
DI 4367 MRI Comprehensive Review3
DI 4390 MRI Internship I - MRI3
DI 4391 MRI Internship II - MRI3
DI 4392 MRI Internship III - MRI3
TOTAL30

 

Entry at Senior Year

Bachelor of Science in Computed TomographySCH
HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking3
HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics1
HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competence1
HS 4111 Medical Law1
DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4301 Research Project3
DI 4351 CT and Interventional Physics I3
DI 4352 CT and Interventional  Procedures  of the Nervous System3
DI 4353 CT and Interventional Physics II3
DI 4354 CT and Interventional Procedures of the Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis3
DI 4355 CT  Advanced  Interventional Procedures and Instrumentation (Lab)3
DI 4356 CT and Interventional Procedures of the Extremities3
DI 4357 CT Interventional Comprehensive Review3
DI 4393 Internship I - CT3
DI 4394 Internship II - CT3
DI 4395 Internship III - CT3
TOTAL CT Emphasis42

 

Entry at Senior Year

Bachelor of Science in EducationSCH
HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking3
HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics1
HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competence1
HS 4111 Medical Law1
DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4301 Research Project3
DI 4310 Teaching Strategies in Health Care Education3
DI 4311 Instructional Design3
DI 4323 Management Skills for the New Supervisor3
DI 4313 Internship I3
DI 4314 Internship II3
DI 4315 Issues in Health Care Education3
DI 4316 Leadership in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4319 Fiscal Analysis in Health Care3
DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management3
DI 4326 Individual Projects3
TOTAL Education Emphasis42

 

Entry at Senior Year

Bachelor of Science in ManagementSCH
HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking3
HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics1
HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competence1
HS 4111 Medical Law1
DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4301 Research Project3
DI 4316 Leadership in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4317 Staff Development3
DI 4318 Promotional Strategies in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4319 Fiscal Analysis in Health Care3
DI 4320 Current Trends in Healthcare Management3
DI 4321 Operations Management3
DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management3
DI 4323 Management Skills for the New Supervisor3
DI 4324 Management Internship I3
DI 4328 Management Internship II3
TOTAL42

 

Entry at Senior Year

Bachelor of Science in Magnetic Resonance ImagingSCH
HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking3
HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics1
HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competence1
HS 4111 Medical Law1
DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences3
DI 4301 Research Project3
DI 4361 MRI Physics I: Physics, Instrumentation and Safety3
DI 4362 MRI of the Nervous System3
DI 4363 MRI Physics II: Advanced MRI Procedures, Contrast Agents and Quality Assurance3
DI 4364 MRI of the Extremities3
DI 4365 Special Topics and Future Directions in MRI3
DI 4366 MRI of the Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis3
DI 4367 MRI Comprehensive Review3
DI 4390 Internship I - MRI3
DI 4391 Internship II - MRI3
DI 4392 Internship III - MRI3
TOTAL MRI   Emphasis42

 

Course Descriptions

DI 1100 Introduction to Radiologic Sciences (2 semester credit hours)
This course provides a professional overview of the program, including elementary radiation protection and medical terminology. Students are required to complete hands-on laboratory assignments. Lab fee of $30.00.

DI 2161 Clinical Education (1 semester credit hours)
This course provides the student with clinical experience in radiography. Students must demonstrate ARRT and program competencies.

DI 2201 Principles of Radiographic Exposure I (2 semester credit hours)
The student will learn darkroom procedures, theory of radiation production, image production and radiographic equipment. Students are required to complete hands-on laboratory assignments. Lab fee of $30.00.

DI 2221 Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences (2 semester credit hours)
The course presents the student with information about patient care and management in radiology. CPR certification and psychosocial aspects of patient care are also introduced.

DI 2242 Principles of Radiographic Exposure II (2 semester credit hours)
This course continues the study of radiographic imaging, instrumentation, image production and factors affecting image quality. Students are required to complete hands-on laboratory assignments. Lab fee of $30.00.

DI 2262
Clinical Education II (2 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 2361.

DI 2263 Clinical Education III (3 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 2362.

DI 2331 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I (5 semester credit hours)
The student is introduced to radiographic anatomy, proper positioning, radiographic protocols and radiographic production in the laboratory. Students are required to complete hands-on laboratory assignments. Lab fee of $30.00.

DI 2332
Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II (3semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 2331. Students are required to complete hands-on laboratory assignments. Lab fee of $30.00.

DI 2333 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning III (3 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 2332. Students are required to complete hands-on laboratory assignments. Lab fee of $30.00.

DI 2334 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning IV (3 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 2333. Students are required to complete hands-on laboratory assignments. Lab fee of $30.00.

DI 2335 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning V (3 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 2334. Students are required to complete hands-on laboratory assignments.

DI 3200 Capstone: Registry Review (2 semester credit hours)
This course presents the student with a review of didactic and clinical applications in radiography.

DI 3242 Digital Imaging (2 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student about digital imaging in routine and specialized 2-D and 3-D images, data management and fusion practices.

DI 3243 Quality Management in Radiology (2 semester credit hours)
This course will instruct the student in the development of a quality management program in Radiology. Lab fee of $30.00.

DI 3250 Imaging Pathology (2 semester credit hours)
A study of human pathology and its appearance in imaging. Course will focus on radiographic presence of pathology. Focus may vary, with instructor consent, on imaging modality of choice.

DI 3261 Clinical Education IV (2 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 2363.

DI 3262 Clinical Education V (2 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 3361.

DI 3263 Clinical Education VI (2 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 3362.

DI 3322 Critical Care in Radiologic Sciences (3 semester credit hours)
This course focuses on imaging the trauma patient. Topics include critical care of patients in the imaging department, pathology, and patient prognosis.

 DI 3344 Forensic Radiology (3 semester credit hours)
This course will be a comprehensive study of the diagnostic imaging's role in forensics. It will include discussion of defining forensics, forensic radiology, and the process of body decomposition. The student will be provided with an in-depth study of the identification of the dead, including anthropological, dentistry, and mass casualty situations. The course will cover forensic radiology in violent crimes, non-violent crimes (smuggling, larceny, art forgery), and abuse. There will also be discussion on safety and precautions for the imaging technologist and on being a witness in court. Also covered will be the future of forensic radiology.

DI 3346 Professional Development (Conferences, Workshops, Lectures, Competitions) - Repeatable (3 semester credit hours)
Attendance of educational sessions at district, state, regional or national conferences. Consent of instructor required. 12 documented contact hours per each (32 CE) credit for maximum of 3 credits?

DI 3347 Current Issues in Diagnostic Imaging (3 semester credit hours)
Current issues and trends in the health care industry and environment affecting diagnostic imaging.

DI 3348 Seminars (Special Topics) - Repeatable (1-3 semester credit hours)
Special seminars relating to new developments, pathology and disease process, quality assurance and the future of imaging. Advisor Approval Required.

DI 3349 Bone Densitometry (3 semester credit hours)
Comprehensive study of the methods of bone density measurement (bone densitometry, DEXA), the pathogenesis of osteoporosis, quality management issues, therapies for osteoporosis and a review of additional analysis methods.

DI 3351 Cancer in Diagnostic Imaging (3 semester credit hours)
A study of cancer and diagnostic imaging's role in the diagnosis and staging of cancer of most human organ systems. This course will include a review of the pathophysiology of cancer and introduction to the imaging pathways for cancer.

DI 3352 Professional Literature Research (3 semester credit hours)
This course prepares the student for professional contribution through literature review. Students will analyze and synthesize profession related journal articles and prepare a literature research paper for the purpose of publication.

DI 4101 Radiation Safety and Protection (1 semester credit hour)
This course requires the student to demonstrate a detailed understanding of atomic structure, types of ionizing radiation, radiation detection devices, units of measurement, personal and public radiation safety practices and dose limitations from brachytherapy sources and external beam radiation devices. The course identifies radiation regulatory and advisory agencies and the specific requirements of each.

DI 4210 Radiobiology (2 semester credit hours)
This course presents the students with cellular, subcellular and tissue biology. The course requires the students to discriminate between types of cellular damage caused by ionizing radiation. Additionally, students are exposed to proliferation kinetics, fractionated radiotherapy, acute and chronic effects of radiation on human cells and body systems, principles of linear energy transfer and relative biologic effectiveness and the impact of radiosensitizers and radioprotectors on patient treatment.

DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Sciences (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student the principles and methods of conducting practical research in health care.

DI 4301 Research Project (3 semester credit hours)
This course will prepare the student to complete a research project.

DI 4304 Sectional Anatomy (3 semester credit hours)
This course will provide a review of the gross anatomy of the entire body. Detailed study of gross anatomical structures will be conducted systematically for location, relationship to other structures and function. Structures are located and identified in axial (transverse), sagittal, coronal and orthogonal (oblique) planes. Illustrations and anatomic images will be compared with MR, ultrasound and CT images in the same imaging planes and at the same level when applicable. The characteristic appearance of each anatomical structure as it appears on CT, MR and ultrasound, when applicable, will be stressed.

DI 4310 Teaching Strategies in Health Care Education (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student how to analyze learning theories with emphasis on adult learners and the elements of quality education.

DI 4311 Instructional Design (3 semester credit hours)
This course will instruct the student in the theory and application of instructional design in health care education and training.

DI 4313 Education Internship I (3 semester credit hours)
In this course the student applies advanced technical skills as well as concepts in the area of professional elective major.

DI 4314 Education Internship II (3 semester credit hours)
This course is a continuation of DI 4313.

DI 4315 Issues in Health Care Education (3 semester credit hours)
This course will introduce the student to the current trends and issues related to Health Science Education.

DI 4316 Leadership in Radiologic Sciences (3 semester credit hours)
This course will prepare the student for technical and professional involvement, defusing emotionally charged situations, coaching, team building, setting and reaching goals.

DI 4317 Staff Development (3 semester credit hours)
Topics covered in this course include: building trust, establishing expectations, performance evaluation and reviews, giving constructive criticism, and principles of motivation.

DI 4318 Promotional Strategies in Radiologic Sciences (3 semester credit hours)
This course teaches the student how to develop patient, physician and community programs to promote health care services.

DI 4319 Fiscal Analysis in Health Care (3 semester credit hours)
This course will provide the student with the skills necessary for managing the financial and technical aspects of radiology and radiation oncology.

DI 4320 Current Trends in Health Care Management (3 semester credit hours)
This course will prepare the student to analyze and manage trends in health care management and delivery systems.

DI 4321 Billing, Coding and Reimbursement Operations Management (3 semester credit hours)
This course introduces the student to current practices in billing and reimbursement for health care services

DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student about staff recruitment, retention techniques, and laws related to resource management. Topics include hiring and terminating practices, harassment and discrimination.

DI 4323 Management Skills for the New Supervisor (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student about the transitioning from a Professional Employee to a Supervisor.

DI 4324 Management Internship I (3 semester credit hours)
In this course, the student applies advanced technical skills as well as concepts in the area of professional elective major.

DI 4326 Individual Projects (3 semester credit hours)
This course consists of special research projects assigned to the students.

DI 4328 Management Internship II (3 semester credit hours)
Course Continuation of DI 4314

DI 4350 Introduction to Computed Tomography (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student about digital imaging in routine and specialized 2-D and 3-D images, data management and fusion practices.

DI 4351 CT and Interventional Physics I (3 semester credit hours)
Course content will deliver a basic understanding of the physical principles and instrumentation involved in computed tomography. The historical development and evolution of computed tomography will be reviewed. A brief introduction to computer systems will be covered which will include a review of digital image fundamentals and computers in diagnostic imaging. CT image processing will be examined and will include image formation, digitization processing techniques and hardware. CT systems and operations will be studied and will include: CT x-ray tube technology; collimators and filters; gantry and detectors, characteristics and function. CT image reconstruction will be studied and will include image reconstruction from projections and reconstruction algorithms. CT image formation, processing and presentation will be included. Content will delve into image manipulation, image quality and factors affecting quality. Radiation safety and patient dose reduction techniques will be introduced.
Prerequisites: Admission to program.

DI 4352 CT and Interventional Procedures of the Nervous System (3 semester credit hours)
Content provides detailed coverage of procedure protocols for CT and Interventional Radiography (IR) imaging of the Nervous System. Protocols include, but are not limited to, indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning, patient history and assessment, contrast media usage, scout image, selectable scan parameters and archiving of the images. Protocols will be taught for differentiation of specific structures, patient symptomology and pathology. Images studied will be reviewed for quality, anatomy and pathology. Procedure protocols vary from facility to facility and normally are dependent on the preferences of the radiologists. Content provides thorough coverage of common diseases diagnosable via CT. Each disease or trauma process is examined from its description, etiology, associated symptoms and diagnosis with appearance on CT and IR images.
Prerequisites: Admission to program and DI 4304.

DI 4353 CT and Interventional Physics II (3 semester credit hours)
This advanced course in computed tomography is designed to assist the technologist in understanding the key concepts of advanced scanning techniques, provide an in-depth study of contrast agents used in CT, and quality assurance. This course will include the physical principles, instrumentation, image quality considerations, patient dose considerations, and clinical applications of the following advanced practices: Mobile CT, Helical CT, , Real-time Fluoroscopic CT, 3D CT, Computed Tomography Angiography, Endoscopy (Virtual) CT, Cardiac CT, Positron Emission CT (PET-CT), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography -CT (SPECT-CT) and Functional CT.
Prerequisite: DI 4351.

DI 4354 CT and Interventional Procedures of the Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis(3 semester credit hours)
The course content provides detailed coverage of procedure protocols for CT and Interventional Radiography (IR) imaging of the chest (to include thorax), abdomen and pelvis (male and female). Protocols include, but are not limited to, indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning, patient history and assessment, contrast media usage, scout image, selectable scan parameters, filming and archiving of the images. Protocols will be taught for differentiation of specific structures, patient symptomology and pathology. Images studied will be reviewed for quality, anatomy and pathology. Procedure protocols vary from facility to facility and normally are dependent on the preferences of the radiologists. Terms associated with these pathologies will be included.
Prerequisite: DI 4304.

DI 4355 CT Advanced Interventional CT Procedures and Instrumentation. Lab (3 semester credit hours)
Course content will focus on interventional imaging including surgery, biopsy and CT-guided minimally invasive treatment delivery. This includes a review of anatomy, pathology and imaging protocols for CT. Content will include in-depth study of safety, pharmacology, patient care and assessment which will include patient emergencies in relation to Interventional CT. CT image quality assurance and patient/ personnel dosimetry and radiation safety as it relates specifically to Interventional CT fluoroscopy will be discussed. The future of interventional CT will be presented.
Prerequisite: DI 4351

DI 4356 CT and Interventional Procedures of the Extremities (3 semester credit hours)
Content provides detailed coverage of procedure protocols for CT and Interventional Radiography (IR) imaging of the upper and lower extremities. Protocols include, but are not limited to, indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning, patient history and assessment, contrast media usage, scout image, selectable scan parameters, filming and archiving of the images. Protocols will be taught for differentiation of specific structures, patient symptomology and pathology. Images studied will be reviewed for quality, anatomy and pathology. Procedure protocols vary from facility to facility and normally are dependent on the preferences of the radiologists. Terms associated with these pathologies will be included.
Prerequisite: DI 4304

DI 4357 CT Interventional Comprehensive Review (3 semester credit hours)
Course content will integrate clinical skills and classroom theories in a comprehensive study of CT and Interventional Radiography (IR) physics, instrumentation, safety, contrast agents, procedures and quality assurance.

DI 4360 Introduction to MRI (3 semester credit hours)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of MRI. Content will include very basic overview of MRI Safety, physics, equipment, procedures, contrast agents and the future of MRI.

DI 4361 MRI Physics I: Physics, Instrumentation and Safety (3 semester credit hours)
Course content introduces the student to the physics and instrumentation of magnetic resonance imaging. The historical evolution of MRI is discussed. Students will be presented with the concepts of MRI including components of a system, MR imaging principles and an understanding of basic MR pulse sequences and introduction to MR angiography. Imaging parameters, tissue characteristics and artifact reduction techniques will be presented. Content includes an in-depth study of MRI safety.
Prerequisite: Admission to program.

DI 4362 MRI of the Nervous System (3 semester credit hours)
Content is designed to provide students with a review of the anatomy of the central nervous system (brain and spine) and its MR tissue characteristics. The student will review various imaging techniques and the design of specialized receiver coils. Magnetic resonance angiography of brain vasculature will be introduced. Spectroscopy and Functional Imaging of the nervous system will be introduced. Field strength specific optimization of neuro protocols will be covered. Common pathology seen on MR images of the central nervous system will be presented.
Prerequisite: Admission to program Concurrent with DI 4363.

DI 4363 MRI Physics II: Advanced MRI Procedures, Contrast Agents and Quality Assurance (3 semester credit hours)
Content covers evaluation of organ function and diagnosis of disease process using advanced MRI procedures with emphasis on spectroscopy, functional MR, perfusion/diffusion, and parallel imaging. Course content will also include an in-depth study of MRI contrast agents and quality assurance in MR imaging, including requirements for ACR accreditation in MRI. An introduction to MRI site planning and administration will be included.
Prerequisite: DI 4361

DI 4364 MRI of the Extremities (3 semester credit hours)
This course will then focus on MR imaging and angiography of the extremities that will include a review of the musculoskeletal system anatomy and an understanding of the MR tissue characteristics. Pathology of the musculoskeletal system will be discussed. Differences in anatomy between adults and children and how these differences will affect the MR tissue characteristics will be presented. Content will include a review of specialized coils and optimal scanning techniques for use with children and adults, including field strength specific extremity protocol optimization. Differences in pathology and specific pediatric pathology also will be discussed.
Prerequisite: Concurrent with DI 4361

DI 4365 Special Topics and Future Directions in MRI (3 semester credit hours)
Course content will cover current topics and future directions in MR Imaging: such as interventional MRI including surgery, biopsy, and MR-guided minimally invasive treatment delivery. This includes a review of anatomy, pathology and imaging protocols for MRI. Content will include in-depth study of magnet safety, pharmacology, patient care and assessment that will include magnet-related emergencies in relation to MRI. MRI quality assurance as it relates specifically to MRI will be discussed.
Prerequisite: DI 4361

DI 4366 MRI of the Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis (3 semester credit hours)
Content is designed to provide students with a review of the anatomy of the thorax, mediastinum, abdomen and the pelvis including the male and female reproductive systems with an understanding of the MR tissue characteristics. The student will review motion suppression techniques, such as respiratory and cardiac gating, and the design of specialized receiver coils. The use of magnetic resonance angiography to visualize the blood vessels will be discussed, as well as field strength specific optimization of body imaging protocols. Pathology of the thorax, mediastinum, abdomen and pelvis as demonstrated through MR imaging will be presented.
Prerequisite: DI 4363

DI 4367 MRI Comprehensive Review (3 semester credit hours)
Course content will integrate clinical skills and classroom theories in a comprehensive capstone of key MRI concepts in physics, instrumentation, safety, contrast agents, procedures and quality assurance.
Prerequisites: DI 4361, 4362, 4363, 4364, 4365, 4366

DI 4390 MRI- Internship I – (3 semester credit hours)
In this course the student applies advanced technical skills as well as concepts in the area of MRI. Students will be introduced to the MR imaging suite, equipment and coils. Students will be familiar with MR imaging procedures with consideration to MR safety, preparation of the exam room, scanner interface, selection of coils, patient care and preparation.
Prerequisite: Admission to program.

DI 4391 MRI Internship II (3 semester credit hours)
Course Continuation of DI 4391
Prerequisite: Advisor approval required.

DI 4392 MRI Internship III (3 semester credit hours)
Prerequisite: Admission to program.

DI 4393 CT Internship I (3 semester credit hours)
Advisor Approval Required. In this course the student applies advanced technical skills as well as concepts in the area of professional elective major. Content is designed to provide an overview of CT use in the clinical setting. Understanding the equipment, protocols, patient care and patient positioning will be studied and practiced as they relate to successful CT imaging. The clinical internship will focus on image critique, sectional anatomy, and pathology as seen on images. Internship course progression will be based on competencies completed with the previous internship.
Prerequisite: Admission to program.

DI 4394 CT Internship II (3 semester credit hours)
Course Continuation of DI 4393
Prerequisite: Advisor approval required.

DI 4395 CT Internship III (3 semester credit hours)
Course Continuation of DI 4394
Prerequisite: Advisor approval required

HS 3340 Research Methods (3 semester credit hours)
This course will introduce the basic language and concepts of empirical research with emphasis on the applicability of research methodology in the area of clinical laboratory sciences. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to search the peer-reviewed journal databases available to them through the Research Library. They will then critique and review their references, learn how to make an outline, and write a literature review on their assigned topic. Curriculum will include a blend of lectures, group work, presentations by guest researchers and development of a group research poster.

HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking (3 semester credit hours)
This basic writing course stresses both reading and writing skills and is designed to teach students to improve their ability to write logically and develop short essays, brief formal summaries, and reports.

HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics (1 semester credit hour)
This course content is designed to establish a foundation and set parameters of professional practice for health care professionals. The emphasis will be on developing the background for the resolution of ethical dilemmas through ethical reasoning, ethical obligations in health professional-patient relationships and just allocation of scarce health care resources.

HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competence (1 semester credit hour)
This course is designed to provide each student with a fundamental  understanding of  the concepts of cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion. The course content of each module emphasizes the following seven culturally competent areas of diversity: Building Relationships across Culture; Communication Across Differences; Conflict resolution Across Cultures; Micro-inequities within the Workplace. Diversity and Inclusion; Abilities: A Journey from Exclusion to Inclusion; Spirituality and health care practices.

HS 4111 Medical Law (1 semester credit hour)
This course introduces the student to medical law and case studies in medical imaging and radiation therapy.


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