Medical Radiation Technology

Courses

Medical Radiation Technology-2022/2023

Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
RADL-1001Radiographic Procedures 15
In this course the student is introduced to the fundamental principles involved in performing radiographic examinations of the upper and lower extremities including the pelvis and hips. This is achieved through lectures, labs, simulated practical situations, phantom bone model imaging, and assignments. The student will be introduced to the PACEMAN model of image critique to determine the acceptance criteria of diagnostic images to determine corrective measures, and begin reflective practice skills. They will also identify the pertinent radiographic anatomy of each area of study. Routine and non-routine case scenarios will be discussed. Effective organizational skills, communication and critical thinking will be applied in lab simulations and evaluations.
RADL-1014Diagnostic Imaging4
This course provides a sound knowledge base of the process involved in both the formation and the quality of the diagnostic image. Emphasis will be placed on factors that influence the resultant image such as patient variables, technical exposure factors, beam geometry, image algorithms, and post-acquisition processing. Laboratory sessions and discussion of experimental data help to reinforce the lecture content.
RADL-1015Medical Radiation Sciences 13
This course presents the science of radiographic imaging and provides students with the foundational knowledge to operate radiographic equipment and conduct quality imaging procedures using safe practices. Topics include electricity, the x-ray tube and collimator, electromagnetic radiation, electrostatics, the production of x-rays, attenuation, and mammography. Students will review the physical principles affecting image acquisition and quality.
RADL-1019Patient Management 12.5
This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to manage patients according to the requirements of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) competency profile. Topics include clinical history taking, patient assessments and monitoring skills that ensures safety within the medical imaging environment. Infection control, aseptic techniques, patient lifts and transfers, and the role of the radiographer in complex patient-care scenarios are introduced. Students will practice patient preparations for specific examinations using effective communication skills and infection control measures in the lab environment.
RADL-1005Anatomy & Physiology 13
This course involves the study of the structures and functions of the human body as it relates to homeostasis. The learner will utilize anatomical terminology to describe the organization of the human body as it relates to in vivo anatomy in preparation for cross sectional anatomy, pathology and imaging procedures for the Medical Radiation Technologist. The learner will explore the relationship of the cellular and tissue level to the body systems. Emphasis is placed on the gross anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and respiratory system in varying views of normal and altered positioning. The correlation of anatomy and physiology to clinical situations will also be emphasized through examples and critical thought.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
RADL-3001Radiographic Procedures 26.5
In this course, the students will build on skills previously learned in Radiographic Procedures 1 and continue with imaging practices of the skeletal system of the Spine and Skull regions. They will also be introduced to imaging of the Bony Thorax, Chest, Soft Tissue Neck and Abdomen. Radiographic imaging will be performed on phantom bone models in all these areas. The student will assess their radiographic images for acceptance criteria and will identify pertinent radiographic anatomy. More complex procedures involving imaging of the digestive, urinary and reproductive systems and breast imaging will be introduced. Through simulation, students will critically analyze routine and non-routine procedures, including variations in imaging required for various patients and pathological conditions. Effective organizational, communication, reflective practice and critical thinking skills will be applied in lab simulations.
RADL-3010Medical Radiation Sciences 23
Course material will include the science and construction of x-ray producing equipment, and science of radiation. Radiographic equipment will be studied in the categories, or subdivisions of imaging, found in large, modern-imaging departments. Topics are specifically technical in nature requiring an aptitude/interest in technology.
RADL-3004Anatomy & Physiology 23
This course will continue the study from RADL 1005 of the structures and functions of the human body as it relates to homeostasis. The learner will utilize anatomical terminology to describe the organization of the human body as it relates to in situ anatomy, in varying positions, in preparation for cross sectional anatomy, pathology and imaging procedures for the Medical Radiation Technologist. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of the gross anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, urinary system, cardiovascular system, and reproductive system including a comprehensive study of in situ anatomy of the abdomen. Further analysis of the lymphatic system, endocrine system and muscular system will be addressed. The correlation of anatomy and physiology to clinical situations will also be emphasized through examples and critical thought.
RADL-1007Radiation Protection & Radiobiology2
Course material includes types, sources and biologic effects of ionizing radiation. This course provides the necessary knowledge concerning methods of limiting radiation exposure to patients, public and workers when administering diagnostic x-rays.
RADL-3016Patient Management 21.5
This course expands on concepts from Patient Management 1 as described by the requirements of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) competency profile. Pharmacology, drug administration and administration of contrast agents, including venipuncture are introduced. Concepts of patient management for various routine and emergency patient care situations including IV insertion, maintenance, and fluid balance taught. The student will learn to identify pharmacological agents that may be used in emergency situations and to recognize the role of the radiographer in preparing and administering these drugs. Students will also be able to recognize many tubes and lines specifically associated with chest and abdominal imaging and how to care for the patient with these devices or lines. Laboratory components built within the course content will allow the student to view and/or utilize the new skill sets described above prior to entering the clinical.
RADL-1017Professional Practice2
This course will introduce the student to professional issues confronting health care providers. The topics for discussion include professional associations, regulatory bodies, legislated acts, and The Standards of Practice as they relate to Medical Radiation Technologists. Through lectures, and exercises, students will further develop and strengthen communication skills, and learn how to manage difficult and stressful situations within the health care environment. The current structure of the Canadian Health care system and emerging issues in health care relative to medical Radiation technology will also be explored.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
RADL-5012Imaging Applications/Quality Management4
Students will study the principles and factors that impact image quality, image display, image archiving and image retrieval. Images will be evaluated for diagnostic quality, including recommendations for corrective measures. Quality control, quality management and quality assurance with respect to equipment and process found across several imaging modalities are discussed and practiced. Post-processing options on acquired image data will be reviewed. Provincial and National regulations and standards are complied with, compared to, and applied in a lab setting. An in depth study of CT practices and procedures will be undertaken with focus on CT protocols, data acquisition, image reconstruction, image display and manipulation.
RADL-3015Sectional Anatomy3
Students will learn and be evaluated on sectional anatomy relating to the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. Anatomy will be presented in transverse, sagittal and coronal planes, and 3D renderings. The emphasis will be on interpretation of CT and MRI images. Independent learning is required. The emphasis is on correlating anatomy between CT/MRI tomograms, anatomy atlases, and 3D images/animations. This course builds on content covered in Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2.
RADL-5014Radiographic Procedures 33.5
This course covers the more complex imaging procedures within and outside of the Radiology Department. Students will explore procedures employed in the trauma, mobile, interventional, and surgical settings. Laboratory components will help students acquire the practical skills needed to interpret a physician's requisition, critique an image, and perform a complete simulated radiologic examination on a standardized patient. Students will review all positioning skills and procedures for the skeletal system, chest, and abdomen and further develop image critiquing skills in preparation for their clinical placements.
HLTH-1101Research Principles: Intro3
This is an introductory course into the process and principles of research. Topics will include the purpose of research in health care, the research process, research paradigms, systematic review, reporting research, knowledge translation, and ethics in research. The student will learn about the components and theories of research, how the theories have changed over time, and through scientific methods, how research can impact their life and practice. This course will also discuss the importance of health care administration; relating to financial concerns of health care, such as public funding, health insurance and managing hospital practice in accordance with a budget. Topics such as assuring compliance with national and provincial regulations and delivery of high quality patient care will also be discussed. Delivery will include large and small group discussion; article critiquing, literature reviews and presentations of scientific articles.
RADL-3014Pathology3
This course relates common pathologies to their radiographic appearances. The focus is radiographic appearances and technical considerations regarding each pathology. Images from other medical radiation imaging modalities such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance and nuclear imaging will also be explored.

Level 4
Take the following Mandatory Course:
RADL-1011Clinical Practicum 128.5
The purpose of this course is to allow the student to apply the didactic knowledge in the clinical environment. As the course progresses, the student will advance to more complicated procedures under the supervision of a Clinical Co-ordinator and staff technologists.

Level 5
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
RADL-3006Clinical Practicum 228.5
The purpose of this course is to allow the student to continue application of the didactic knowledge in the clinical environment. The student will be introduced to more complex procedures under the supervision of a clinical co-ordinator and staff technologists.
RADL-1018Theory Review Test 11
The purpose of this course is to provide a standardized review of all didactic material covered in the academic semesters at the College. The exam, prepared by college faculty, will be completed on-line either at the clinical training hospital or at the College.

Level 6
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
RADL-3007Clinical Practicum 328.5
The purpose of this course is to allow the student to continue application of the didactic knowledge in the clinical environment. The student will be introduced to more complex procedures under the supervision of a clinical co-ordinator and staff technologists.
RADL-3013Theory Review Test 21
The purpose of this course is to continue to provide a standardized review of didactic material. The exams are prepared by College faculty and are administered on-line at the Clinical Site or at the College.

Level 7
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
RADL-5015Capstone4
This course offers an integrated approach to the application of the theoretical and practical knowledge of the Medical Radiation Technologist. Through the analysis of course material, scenarios, and case studies, this course will help prepare the student for the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) national certification exam.
RADL-5011Clinical Practicum 417.25
The purpose of this course is to expose the students to increasing responsibility and to develop competence in progressively more complex techniques and procedures

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 6 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 1 and 2

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 43 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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