Radiologic Technology Associate's Degree

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Radiologic Technology Associate's Degree Course List

The Radiologic Technology Associate's degree program is campus based and is not available fully online.

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care
  • Radiology Physics
  • Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy I
  • Radiographic Equipment and Acquisition
  • Radiographic Evaluation, Disease, and Quality Control
  • Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy II
  • Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy III
  • Radiobiology and Radiation Protection
  • Radiologic Technology Practicum I
  • Advanced Modalities in Radiology
  • Radiologic Technology Practicum II
  • Radiologic Technology Practicum III
  • Career Development
  • Radiography Technology Capstone

This is a basic medical vocabulary-building course. An emphasis will be placed on the most common medical terms based on prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek origins, and anatomic roots denoting body structures. All body systems will be covered with a focus on word parts, terms built from word parts, abbreviations, and basic disease and surgical terms. Students will be expected to focus on spelling and pronunciation.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSC 1531
Credits: 4


This course provides an overview of radiology and the role in the health care system. Principles, practices and policies of health care organizations are explored. The legal, ethical and professional standards related to radiology are examined. This course will include the basics of patient care skills in the radiology department.

Prerequisites:None

Course ID: RTE 1000
Credits: 5


This course is the study of radiographic physics. It places focus on the process in which the x-ray circuit creates electrons and the interactions that occur inside and outside the x-ray tube. Topics covered will be the x-ray circuit, x-ray production and photon interactions with matter. This course will prepare students for operation of the x-ray control panel and x-ray tube.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care and College Algebra

Course ID: RTE 1100
Credits: 5


This course is the introduction course to radiography positioning and associated anatomy of the chest, bony thorax, upper extremities, and abdomen. It places focus on the foundations of diagnostically sound radiograph positioning. Topics covered will be standard routine projections for chest, bony thorax, upper extremities, and the abdomen, medical and positional terminology associated with proper positioning, and complete image analysis. This course introduces the students to becoming a real world radiographer. During this course, students will complete a clinical experience to demonstrate knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites:Structure and Function, Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care, Radiology Physics

Course ID: RTE 2300
Credits: 5


This course is the study of factors that influence radiographic images and the equipment that produces the images. It places focus on the correct selection of factors and operation of equipment to produce a quality image. Topics covered will be control panels and automatic exposure control devices. Photographic and geometric factors that influence images. Film, computed radiography and direct radiography equipment and processing. This course will prepare students for operation of all radiographic equipment and the selection of appropriate factors.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care, Radiology Physics

Course ID: RTE 2000
Credits: 3


This course is the study of the analyzation of radiographic images, and the quality control for radiographic equipment. It places focus on the critical thinking skills required to analyze healthy and diseased images and make the appropriate adjustments as necessary. Topics covered will be image criteria, diseases, and quality control equipment tests. This course will prepare students for critiquing images, identifying diseases, and quality control testing.

Prerequisites:Structure and Function, Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care, Radiographic Equipment and Acquisition

Course ID: RTE 2100
Credits: 3


This course is the study of proper radiographic positioning of the lower extremities, pelvic girdle, and spine. It places focus on maintaining the level of knowledge and professionalism developed within Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy I and continues to expand the student's knowledge, skills, and abilities within radiography. Topics covered are the standard routine projections for the lower extremities, pelvic girdle, and spine as well as associated image analysis. This course gives the student an expanded preparation in becoming a radiographer. During this course, students will complete a clinical experience to demonstrate knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites:Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy I

Course ID: RTE 2400
Credits: 5


This course is the study of proper radiographic positioning of the skull, fluoroscopy, and special procedures. It places focus on trauma protocols, special procedures as well as critical thinking scenarios. Topics covered are proper C-arm use, fluoroscopic procedures, and possible pharmaceutical reactions that may occur in radiology. This course will prepare the students for knowledge needed to fully prepare the student to perform at all levels of the clinical rotations. During this course, students will complete a clinical experience to demonstrate knowledge and skills.

Prerequisites:Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy II

Course ID: RTE 2500
Credits: 5


This course is the study of the effects of radiation on the human body and how to minimize exposure through radiation protection. It will focus on implementing the ALARA principal in order to safely use diagnostic radiation in the medical field. It will cover short and long term effects of radiation and protection measures used in a clinical setting. This course will prepare students to go to externship with a solid foundation of ionizing radiation interactions with biologic systems.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care

Course ID: RTE 2200
Credits: 4


This course is designed to provide the student with a clinical experience that includes a solid introduction to radiographic imaging in various clinical settings. This course functions to expand and apply knowledge gained in the Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy courses. One of the assumptions of this curriculum is that the student who has passed the Radiographic Technology core courses, will be ready to apply knowledge by operating radiographic equipment and procuring quality radiographic images beginning Week 1 of this course.

Prerequisites:Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy III, Radiobiology and Radiation Protection

Course ID: RTE 2600
Credits: 10


This course provides a working knowledge into the different modalities available to the Radiology Technologist. The student will be introduced to the application of the different modalities, method by which the image is acquired, and recognize the different images for the specific modalities.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care

Course ID: RTE 1200
Credits: 3


This course is designed to provide the student with a clinical experience that includes a solid introduction to radiographic imaging in various clinical settings. This course functions to expand and apply knowledge gained in the Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy courses. One of the assumptions of this curriculum is that the student who has passed the Radiographic Technology core courses, will be ready to apply knowledge by operating radiographic equipment and procuring quality radiographic images beginning Week 1 of this course.

Prerequisites:Radiologic Technology Practicum I, Successful completion of all RT core courses except Radiologic Technology Practicum III, Radiography Technology Capstone, and Career Development

Course ID: RTE 2700
Credits: 10


This course is designed to provide the student with a clinical experience that includes a solid introduction to radiographic imaging in various clinical settings. This course functions to expand and apply knowledge gained in the Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy courses. One of the assumptions of this curriculum is that the student who has passed the Radiographic Technology core courses, will be ready to apply knowledge by operating radiographic equipment and procuring quality radiographic images beginning Week 1 of this course.

Prerequisites:Radiologic Technology Practicum I, Radiologic Technology Practicum II, Successful completion of all RT core courses except Radiologic Technology Practicum II, Radiography Technology Capstone, and Career Development

Course ID: RTE 2800
Credits: 10


This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2


In conjunction with the Radiography Practicum, students will complete an online Radiographic Technology Capstone course. In this course, students will learn job-search techniques and skills for entry-level radiographic technologists as well as share and learn from their practicum experiences with the class. Students will also prepare to sit for the ARRT certification exam.

Prerequisites:All Rad Tech Core Courses except Radiologic Technology Practicum III

Co-requisites:Radiologic Technology Practicum III

Course ID: RTE 2900
Credits: 2

General Education Courses

Lower Division

English Composition (Required Course)

  • English Composition

The course objective is to learn the core skills of English composition and how to apply those skills to become effective writer and engaged reader; gain proficiency with all of the steps in the writing process while creating original compositions in the narrative, the informative, and the argumentative modes; and learn how to read in an active, inquisitive manner and analyze the rhetorical situation of a text or the student’s own compositions.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: ENC 1101
Credits: 4

Communication (Select 1 Course)

Humanities (Select 2 Courses)

Math/Natural Sciences (Required Courses)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • College Algebra

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: PHA 1500
Credits: 4


This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: MAT 1031
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 2 Courses)

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 32

Major and Core Credits: 76

Total Degree Credits: 108

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