Radiology Curriculum

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Academics

Your online bachelor’s in radiology is designed and taught by our distinguished faculty. It includes a total of 66 trimester credit hours: 33 hours of radiologic science courses and 33 hours of general education courses. The degree can be completed in as few as 6 trimesters.

Choose your focus to align your radiology degree with your vision for your career. We offer unique concentrations in CT, MRI, and Multi Modality. Your 33 credit hours of radiologic science courses include 18 hours of required core courses and 15 hours of track courses. These are the specialized radiology classes online that can help you prepare to become multi-credentialed.

General Education Requirements (33 credits)

BIOL 144C Sectional Anatomy (3 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 102.

Study of human anatomy, primarily emphasizing axial planes, but also including sagittal, coronal, and oblique planes. Designed to aid imaging modality students in recognizing, locating, and identifying normal anatomy on various computer images.

HTCA 354 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)

An exploration of the nature of individual and group behavior as it relates to the workplace. Attention will be given to motivation, performance, and morale, as well as the supervision and leadership of employees.

MKTG 385 Marketing and Healthcare (3 credits)

A study of the nature and function of marketing within the healthcare setting. Topics include strategic planning, competitive analysis, conservative behavior, marketing communication, and public relations.

FNCE 388 Components of Healthcare Financial Management (3 credits)

Explores the concepts of managerial accounting, including an understanding of the accounting cycle and the presentation and interpretation of financial statements.

ENGL 250 Technical Writing (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 102.

Techniques of written communication within a professional setting. Includes writing reports, proposals, case notes, and charts. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course.

STAT 205 Introduction to Applied Statistics (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Two semesters of high school algebra with a minimum grade of “B” (3.00) or a college-level math course with a minimum grade of “C” (2.00). 

An introduction to statistics and its applications, this course is designed to prepare students to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis will include descriptive statistics; analysis of graphs; sampling methods; binomial, z, t, and chi-square; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing.

RELB 379 Lessons on Living: Biblical Perspectives (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 102.

Attention to the wisdom books of the Old Testament, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Parables of Jesus.

RELE 305 Ethics for Nursing and Allied Health (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 102. 

A survey of ethical issues facing the allied healthcare professional from a Christian perspective. Topics include confidentiality, conflict of interest, autonomy, culturally appropriate health practice, reproductive issues, end of life care, and issues in the allocation of healthcare. The student will have the opportunity to draw upon clinical practice.

HTSC 343 Legal Aspects of Healthcare (3 credits)

An introduction to general law and its interpretation, including various aspects of personnel law, contract law, and those laws regulating the relationship of for-profit and not-for- profit organizations with governmental and non-governmental agencies.

ENGL 101 English Composition I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: A minimum English ACT score of 19, or a passing score the English Composition Placement Test, or ENGL 091 with a minimum grade of “C” (2.00). 

Focuses on writing as a means for authentic expression and exploration. Emphasis is on the writing process, especially revision. Students write several expository essays organized according to prescribed modes and learn specific writing skills and principles which readily apply to most writing tasks. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course.

ENGL 102 English Composition II (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 101.

Applies the writing skills developed in ENGL 101 while focusing on rhetorical and reasoning skills necessary for various persuasive and research writing activities. Students write several persuasive papers and a major research paper. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course.

RELT 368 World Religions for the Healthcare Professions (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 102.

A study of the major world religions, including their history and development. This course will also familiarize the student with the major tenets and practices of these religions. Teachings and practices that impact the practice of healthcare are emphasized.

Radiologic Science Requirements (33 credits)

Required Core Classes for All Tracks

RADS 300 Principles of Quality Management (3 credits)

The most up-to- date information available on the quality management aspects of darkrooms, processing, equipment, and accessories, fluoroscopic and advanced imaging equipment, artifacts, repeat analysis, and silver recovery.

IMAG 400 Management Principles for Imaging Professionals (3 credits)

The course explores the multiple dimensions of the role of the imaging professional in the healthcare arena. Emphasis is placed on the management responsibilities needed to foster and promote quality outcomes. Topics will focus on aspects of the following: patient engagement and communication, recruitment and retention, emotional intelligence, creating effective committees and teams, and coaching and mentoring skills.

IMAG 485 Medical Imaging in the Digital Environment (3 credits)

Covers picture archiving and communicating systems (PACS), computed radiography, direct digital radiography, networking, and DICOM.

IMAG 494 Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena I (3 credits)

Explores the dynamics of the healthcare marketplace, including changing demographics, increasing demands of the aging population, healthcare workforce, and new medical technology and research. Emphasis will be placed on health behaviors, including smoking, poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse, and workplace violence.

IMAG 495 Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena II (3 credits)

Emphasis is placed on the medical imaging environment. Examines the challenges that shaped the field of imaging technology and current innovative strategies.

IMAG 490 Case Studies in Healthcare (3 credits)

Prerequisites: HTSC 343; HTSC 354; MKTG 385; FNCE 388; ENGL 315. 

A capstone course that integrates business strategies for current and future operations within the field of radiologic sciences. Applying concepts previously learned, students will create and deliver a strategic plan that encompasses the field of radiography. This is the final course of the BSRS program sequence and can only be taken in the student’s final trimester.

Required Core Classes for All Tracks

RADS 300 Principles of Quality Management (3 credits)

The most up-to- date information available on the quality management aspects of darkrooms, processing, equipment, and accessories, fluoroscopic and advanced imaging equipment, artifacts, repeat analysis, and silver recovery.

IMAG 400 Management Principles for Imaging Professionals (3 credits)

The course explores the multiple dimensions of the role of the imaging professional in the healthcare arena. Emphasis is placed on the management responsibilities needed to foster and promote quality outcomes. Topics will focus on aspects of the following: patient engagement and communication, recruitment and retention, emotional intelligence, creating effective committees and teams, and coaching and mentoring skills.

IMAG 485 Medical Imaging in the Digital Environment (3 credits)

Covers picture archiving and communicating systems (PACS), computed radiography, direct digital radiography, networking, and DICOM.

IMAG 494 Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena I (3 credits)

Explores the dynamics of the healthcare marketplace, including changing demographics, increasing demands of the aging population, healthcare workforce, and new medical technology and research. Emphasis will be placed on health behaviors, including smoking, poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse, and workplace violence.

IMAG 495 Issues and Trends in the Healthcare Arena II (3 credits)

Emphasis is placed on the medical imaging environment. Examines the challenges that shaped the field of imaging technology and current innovative strategies.

IMAG 490 Case Studies in Healthcare (3 credits)

Prerequisites: HTSC 343; HTSC 354; MKTG 385; FNCE 388; ENGL 315. 

A capstone course that integrates business strategies for current and future operations within the field of radiologic sciences. Applying concepts previously learned, students will create and deliver a strategic plan that encompasses the field of radiography. This is the final course of the BSRS program sequence and can only be taken in the student’s final trimester.

Multi Modality Track

RADS 322 Principles of Mammography (3 credits)

Explores the principles and technical components that are essential for quality imaging of the breast. Topics identified include patient education, breast assessment, positioning principles, MQSA standards, skin exposure, and mean glandular dosage. In addition, identification and recognition of pathology and physiology of the breast are included.

RADS 371 Physics and Instrumentation of Computed Tomography (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144. 

This course provides an overview of the physical principles and instrumentation associated with computed tomography. Topics include methods of data acquisition and manipulation, CT systems and operations, and image processing and display. Quality management and artifact recognition will also be discussed.

RADS 372 Computed Tomography Imaging Procedures (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144. 

An overview of scanning techniques related to the central nervous system, neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, vascular (CTA), spine, and musculoskeletal regions. Anatomy, positioning criteria, and various protocols will be studied. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

RADS 381 Physics and Instrumentation of MRI (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144. 

This course provides the student with the physical principles of image formation, data acquisition, and processing related to magnetic resonance imaging. Topics include electromagnetism, gradients, pulse sequences, imaging parameters, and image analysis. Quality management and artifact recognition will also be discussed.

RADS 382 MRI Imaging Procedures (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144. 

An overview of scanning techniques related to the central nervous system, neck, thorax, breast, abdomen and pelvis, vascular (MRA/MRV), spine, and musculoskeletal regions. Anatomy, positioning criteria, coil selection, and various protocols will be studied. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

CT Track

RADS 371 Physics and Instrumentation of Computed Tomography (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144. 

This course provides an overview of the physical principles and instrumentation associated with computed tomography. Topics include methods of data acquisition and manipulation, CT systems and operations, and image processing and display. Quality management and artifact recognition will also be discussed.

RADS 372 Computed Tomography Imaging Procedures (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144. 

An overview of scanning techniques related to the central nervous system, neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, vascular (CTA), spine, and musculoskeletal regions. Anatomy, positioning criteria, and various protocols will be studied. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

RADS 373 Computed Tomography Pathology and Case Studies (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144. 

This course is designed to introduce the various pathological disorders that can be seen while performing CT scans on the various anatomical sections of the body. Clinical manifestations and radiographic appearance of pathological conditions will be discussed. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

RADS 420 Advanced Procedures and Technology in CT (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 371; RADS 372; RADS 373. 

Students are introduced to the principles of 3- D formatting, multi-slice advancements and considerations, computer software innovations, and post-processing techniques. Advanced imaging procedures, such as CT-guided biopsy, calcium scoring, and PET/CT will also be covered.

RADS 425 CT Registry Review (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 420 

Provides a comprehensive review of CT in preparation for the National Certification Examination. Numerous simulated registry examinations will be administered during the course.

MRI Track

RADS 381 Physics and Instrumentation of MRI (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144.

This course provides the student with the physical principles of image formation, data acquisition, and processing related to magnetic resonance imaging. Topics include electromagnetism, gradients, pulse sequences, imaging parameters, and image analysis. Quality management and artifact recognition will also be discussed.

RADS 382 MRI Imaging Procedures (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144. 

An overview of scanning techniques related to the central nervous system, neck, thorax, breast, abdomen and pelvis, vascular (MRA/MRV), spine, and musculoskeletal regions. Anatomy, positioning criteria, coil selection, and various protocols will be studied. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

RADS 383 MRI Pathology and Case Studies (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 310; BIOL 144. 

This course is designed to introduce the various pathological disorders that can be seen while performing MRI scans on the various anatomical sections of the body. Clinical manifestations and radiographic appearance of pathological conditions will be discussed. Research paper and case studies will be presented.

RADS 430 Advanced Procedures and Technology in MRI (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 381; RADS 382; RADS 383.

Students are introduced to the principles of 3-D post-processing techniques, scanner and magnet advancements, computer software innovations, and dynamic imaging. Special procedures and techniques, such as diffusion/perfusion scanning, spectroscopy, and MRI will also be discussed.

RADS 435 MRI Registry Review (3 credits)

Prerequisites: RADS 430 

Provides a comprehensive review of MRI in preparation for the National Certification Examination. Numerous simulated registry examinations will be administered during the course.

Bridge Courses (Non AS Degree Students)

ENGL 101 English Composition I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: A minimum English ACT score of 19, or a passing score the English Composition Placement Test, or ENGL 091 with a minimum grade of “C” (2.00). 

Focuses on writing as a means for authentic expression and exploration. Emphasis is on the writing process, especially revision. Students write several expository essays organized according to prescribed modes and learn specific writing skills and principles which readily apply to most writing tasks. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course.

ENGL 102 English Composition II (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENGL 101 Online course available only for the students enrolled in online degrees. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.00). 

Applies the writing skills developed in ENGL 101 while focusing on rhetorical and reasoning skills necessary for various persuasive and research writing activities. Students write several persuasive papers and a major research paper. This course meets the requirement for a written communication course.

BIOL 101C Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)

This course is the first of a two-trimester course. It focuses on the study of the typical structure and function of the human body utilizing digital and electronic media. It includes a study of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems, along with their cytology, histology, and chemistry. Lab exercises are included in this course, therefore, a lab kit and webcam are required. Prerequisite: High school or college chemistry taken prior to enrolling in this course, or a minimum ACT standard composite score of 19, or permission from the department chair.

BIOL 102C Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)

Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and BIOL 101L or BIOL 101.

This course is the second of a two- trimester course. It includes further study of the typical structure and function of the human body utilizing digital and electronic media. The course covers endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Lab exercises are included in this course, therefore, a lab kit and webcam are required.

MATH 120 College Algebra (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra with a minimum grade of C (2.00) and one of the following: A minimum score of 19 on the math portion of the ACT, a minimum Math score of 470 on the SAT, or successful completion of MATH 105 with a minimum grade of C (2.00), or successful completion of the Mathematics COMPASS Placement test.

All prerequisites must have been completed within five years. This course is a study of the concept of function, as well as other advanced algebra concepts. Following a brief review of algebra topics covered in previous courses, the topics covered in this course will include an extension of intermediate or high school algebra topics, number systems including complex numbers, equations, and inequalities involving linear and quadratic models, polynomials, absolute values, radicals and rational expressions, matrices and determinants, solutions of systems of equations, and inequalities, sequences, series, limits, and logarithms. Emphasis is placed on pertinent applications of these topics as well as the use of appropriate support technologies, such as graphing calculators.

PSYC 124 General Psychology (3 credits)

This course is a survey of psychology, including human development, sensation and perception, learning and thinking, emotions, motivation, personality, and stress, as well as psychological disorders and their treatment.

PHYS 121 Survey of Physics (4 credits)

Prerequisite: DMAT 120 (or equivalent).

This course is a series of lectures and demonstrations aimed at an understanding of the physical principles of mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, and modern physics. The course satisfies the requirement for various imaging programs, but does not satisfy the requirements for science majors. Lab required. Lab exercises are included in this course, therefore, a lab kit and webcam are required.

MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Math091 or one year of high school algebra with a minimum grade of “C” (2.00), a Math ACT score above 16, or successful completion of the Math COMPASS Placement test. All prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” (2.00).

Topics include: review of basic algebra; linear, rational, quadratic, and exponential functions; graphs and functions; factoring, exponents and polynomials; rational expressions and equations; quadratic equations and inequalities.