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RT 100: Radiography and Health Care
(2) F, S
Completion of this course and departmental prerequisites satisfy the requirements for entry into the Radiography Associate Degree Program.

Introduction, overview and orientation for those interested in exploring radiographic imaging or other health care careers.

RT 101: Introduction To Radiography
(2.7) Summer - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 100

Orientation to Radiography, providing students with entry-level information and skills to begin practice in an X-ray department. Topics include ethics, darkroom techniques, introduction to fluoroscopy, lab practice, basic radiation protection and patient care. Course concludes with a one-day orientation to an X-ray department.

RT 102: Fundamentals Of Radiographic Positioning And Procedures I
(4) F - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 101with a minimum grade of "C"

Precise and detailed information on routine radiographic procedures of the chest, abdomen, appendicular skeleton and vertebral column. Portable and traumatic exams also included.

RT 103: Fundamentals Of Radiographic Positioning And Procedures II
(4) S - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 102 with a minimum grade of "C"

Basic principles of positioning for the axial skeleton to include vertebral column, skull, facial bones contrast procedures for the gastrointestinal and genito-urinal tract.

RT 109: Principles Of Radiographic Exposure
(3) F - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 101 with a minimum grade of "C"

Provides first-year radiography students with the basic principles of image production, exposure techniques, photographic and geometric factors, computed and digital radiographs and radiation protection.

RT 111: Advanced Principles Of Exposure
(3) S - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 109

Principles of x-ray production are examined, with the effect of image production with film and digital imagine systems. Principles of digital system quality control and maintenance are also discussed.

RT 119: Radiological Technology
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB; proficiency in Math 4

Limitation on Enrollment: Concurrent enrollment in the Radiologic Technology program or employment in the field Designed specifically for radiation physics. The primary focus will be on the fundamental concepts of energy and measurement, atomic structure, molecules, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, x-ray tubes, production, emission and interactions.

RT 120: Patient Care In Radiography
(3) F - CSU

Provides the student with the concepts of patient care. Routine and emergency patient care procedures are described. Also included are topics on venipuncture and contrast media/medication administration. The role of the radiographer in patient care administration identified. Aspects of death and dying reviewed.

RT 121: Venipuncture In Radiography
(0.6) F, S - CSU

Limitation on Enrollment: Must be a Licensed Radiographer. Provides the student with concepts of venipuncture and contrast media/medication administration. The role of the radiographer in administration of contrast media, legal aspects of contrast media injection, anatomy and physiology related to I.V. injections are identified.

RT 191: Radiographic Technology Clinical Practicum I
(5.8) F - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 101

Introduction to clinical settings and exposure to departmental organization; patient flow; CR and PACs; observation of techniques employed; and policies and procedures of clinical cases. The student performs basic radiographic procedures under direct supervision.

RT 191A: Radiographic Technology Clinical Practicum 1A
(2.1) Winter - CSU

Designed to give each advanced student the opportunity to improve on clinical skills, as well as accumulate the clinical hours required by the California Department of Health.

RT 192: Radiographic Technology Clinical Practicum 2
(5) S - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 191

Second in a series of clinical education courses. Student is assigned 17 hours per week at a clinical education center. During this supervised experience, the student observes and performs diagnostic radiographic procedures. The student must demonstrate competency in recently taught radiographic exam, as well as in the exams previously evaluated.

RT 202: Advanced Radiographic Procedures
(3) S - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 103

Provides the advanced student with a survey of advanced imaging and an introduction to other specializations in the radiation sciences. It concludes with an introduction to special invasive procedures, especially those dealing with the heart/vascular area.

RT 203: Radiology Certification Preparation
(4)

Review of those subjects deemed critical for the ARRT examination. Consists of lectures, both by the instructor and guest, simulated registry examinations and a computer-assisted learning program.

RT 220: Radiation Biology Protection
(3) F - CSU

Fluoroscopic imaging systems, digital and conventional, image intensification, radiation safety regulations, and quality control methods will be discussed. This course is approved by the DPHS and prepares students for the California State Fluoroscopy Examination. Radiation Biology, dose-effect relationships and long-term somatic and genetic effects of radiation exposure are discussed.

RT 230: Radiographic Pathology
(3) F - CSU

Introduction to more advanced pathological conditions for second-year students. Differentiates normal radiographic anatomy from pathologic conditions. Encompasses both the anatomy and physiology of each pathologic condition. Students expected to identify, evaluate and present common pathologic conditions throughout the course.

RT 250: Principles And Applications Of Cross-Sectional Anatomy In Imaging
(2) F - CSU

Provides an understanding of cross-sectional anatomy and knowledge of the relationships of human organs to each other as they appear in the sagittal, coronal and axial plane. The practical applications of cross-sectional with C.T., M.R.I. and ultrasound are emphasized.

RT 251: Principles Of Mammography And Procedures
(2) F - CSU

Prepares the radiographer for state and national certification in mammography. Content covers the anatomy and physiology of the breast, positioning, radiation biology and protection, and QA and QC regulations for mammography equipment.

RT 290: Work Experience in Radiography
(1-4) F, S, Summer - CSU

Limitation on Enrollment: Enrollment in a Radiology course, or current California Radiologic Technology license and at least one year's experience as a licensed Radiologic Technologist in a medical establishment within the preceding three years. Consists of supervised on-the-job work experience for students whose radiology career objectives and course of study or employment complement each other. Students must accomplish specific course objectives. Class meetings are scheduled each semester.

RT 293: Radiographic Technology Clinical Practicum 3
(6.7) Summer - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 192

Third in a series of clinical experiences requiring 40 hours per week for nine weeks in the clinical setting. This rotation allows the student opportunity to enhance basic skills, positioning techniques, patient care and understanding of clinical operations. The student must demonstrate continued competency in those exams previously mastered and additional competencies throughout the semester.

RT 294: Radiographic Technology Clinical Practicum 4
(7.1) F - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 293

Fourth in a series of clinical education courses to increase technical and clinical proficiency in routine and advanced X-ray procedures under supervision of the clinical coordinator/clinical instructor and departmental radiographers. The student must demonstrate competency of recently taught radiographic exams, plus continued competency of exams previously evaluated.

RT 295: Radiographic Technology Clinical Practicum 5
(8.6) S - CSU
Prerequisites: RT 294

Fifth in a series of clinical education courses to increase technical and clinical proficiency in routine and advanced X-ray procedures under supervision of the clinical coordinator/clinical instructor and departmental radiographers. The student must demonstrate competency of recently taught radiographic exams, plus continued competency of exams previously evaluated.

RT 299: Independent Study In Radiography
(1-4) - CSU
Course Advisories: RT 103

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of a minimum of 12 units at SBCC, with a 2.5 G.P.A., and a minimum of 6 units, with a 3.0 G.P.A. within the department One to three hours of work/conference time per week to be coordinated with number of enrolled units Independent research in radiography under the guidance of a sponsoring faculty member. The project to be consistent with the ability and interest of the student and may be conducted in the laboratory and/or the field. Each unit of credit is equal to three hours of work. NOTE: Continuation in the clinical area on a full-time basis will take place after graduation. This is done in order to complete the 24-month program requirement and will terminate upon the student's anniversary date.

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