MEDICAL RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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MEDICAL RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

The Medical Radiologic Technology program is designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to become competent healthcare professionals who perform diagnostic X-ray examinations in hospitals, clinics, and imaging centers.  Students of the program will learn to manipulate diagnostic X-ray equipment and the technical factors that affect X-ray images.  Students will participate in a minimum of 12 credit hours of clinical study at approved clinical sites.  To be successful, students need effective communication skills and a solid background in science and math.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are qualified to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam to become a registered radiologic technologist.  Employers, state licensing agencies, and federal regulators look at the ARRT credential as an indication that a person has met a recognized national standard in medical imaging.

Enrollment in the Medical Radiologic Technology program is limited and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis.  Contact the Office of Admissions or https://www.statetechmo.edu/mrt/ for the specific application requirements, forms, and deadline.

Students who are admitted to the Medical Radiologic Technology program should be aware that they will be subject to drug screening.  Criminal background checks will be required prior to clinical placement.  Per Missouri law, persons who have been convicted of or pled guilty to certain felony offenses may be prohibited from holding any direct patient care positions.  This could prevent placement in and completion of clinical education courses, which are required to complete the Medical Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science degree.

To remain enrolled in the Medical Radiologic Technology (MRT) program, a grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all MRT courses except Radiographic Procedures and Clinical Education courses in which a grade of “B” or better must be maintained.

Program Mission

The mission of the Medical Radiologic Technology program is to provide students with high quality education in order to serve patients and employers.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Communication skills required for direct patient care.
  • Entry-level technical skills in radiologic technology.
  • Basic abilities, employability skills, and an appreciation for the value of lifelong learning.
  • Knowledge required to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
    CORE CURRICULUM

 

Credit Hours
MRT 101 Introduction to Healthcare and Radiologic Technology 1
MRT 105 Patient Care and Education 2
MRT 110 Radiation Protection 2

MRT

120 Medical Terminology I 3
MRT 125 Medical Terminology II 3
MRT 130 Radiographic Procedures with Lab I 4
MRT 140 Clinical Education I 2
MRT 150 Radiation Exposures with Lab I 2
MRT 155 Radiation Exposures with Lab II 2
MRT 160 Radiographic Procedures with Lab II 4
MRT 170 Clinical Education II 2
MRT 180 Sectional Anatomy 2
MRT 190 Radiographic Procedures with Lab III 3
MRT 200 Clinical Education III 2
MRT 210 Radiation Physics 2
MRT 220 Digital and Specialty Imaging and Quality Assurance 2
MRT 230 Radiographic Procedures with Lab IV 2
MRT 240 Clinical Education IV 3
MRT 250 Radiographic Pathology 3
MRT 260 Radiobiology 2
MRT 270 Radiographic Procedures with Lab V 2
MRT 280 Curriculum Review 1
MRT 290 Clinical Education V 3
    SUB-TOTAL 54
       
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
   
Must Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
May Not Include:  
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
       
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENT  
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
    SUB-TOTAL 4
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENT  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 78

MRT 101 Introduction to Healthcare and Radiologic Technology.  This course introduces students to healthcare and the field of radiologic technology. Students will learn what to expect from a career in radiologic technology and what will be required of them as allied health professionals. Topics include a historical overview of medicine and radiology, professional organizations, radiology administration, professional ethics, medicolegal issues, and health information management. Concepts of medical imaging and equipment will also be introduced.  1 credit hour.

MRT 105 Patient Care and Education.  This course introduces students to concepts in patient care. Considerations for physical and psychological needs of patients and family members are discussed. Other topics include technologist-patient communication, safety in patient transport, vital signs, immobilization techniques, care of patient medical equipment, infection control, drug administration, and administration of contrast media. 2 credit hours.  

MRT 110 Radiation Protection.  This course teaches students how to make informed decisions on how to protect patients and themselves from unnecessary ionizing radiation while achieving diagnostic information.  2 credit hours.

MRT 120 Medical Terminology I.  This course provides fundamental instruction regarding the understanding and usage of medical terms to include pronunciations, word roots, clinical descriptions, abbreviations, and definitions in the radiologic technology field. The medical vocabulary learned in this course assists the radiologic technologist in communicating with physicians, co-workers, and patients.  Prerequisites:  College-level writing and reading placement scores.  3 credit hours.

MRT 125 Medical Terminology II.  This course provides advanced instruction regarding the understanding and usage of medical terms to include pronunciations, word roots, clinical descriptions, abbreviations, and definitions in the radiologic technology field. The medical vocabulary learned in this course assists the radiologic technologist in communicating with physicians, co-workers, and patients.  Prerequisite:  MRT 120 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

MRT 130 Radiographic Procedures with Lab I.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Chest, abdomen, and extremity examinations are the focus of this course.  Corequisite:  ASC 104 with a grade of “B” or better.  4 credit hours.

MRT 140 Clinical Education I.  This course provides students with their first opportunity for direct patient care.  Students practice the fundamental skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Corequisite:  MRT 130 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 150  Radiation Exposures with Lab I.  This course introduces the fundamentals of radiographic image quality.  Both conventional and digital imaging concepts will be introduced.  Factors affecting image quality and the control of scatter radiation will be discussed in depth.  Grid construction will be analyzed.  Geometric subject factors affecting image quality will be discussed in detail.  The use of computers in medical imaging will be introduced, as well as computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) imaging concepts.  2 credit hours.

MRT 155  Radiation Exposures with Lab II.  This course expands upon the fundamentals of radiographic image quality taught in Radiation Exposures with Lab I.  Digital imaging technique and digital display are examined in depth.  Artifacts that affect image quality are also discussed in depth.  Quality assurance and quality control concepts are also studied.  Prerequisite:  MRT 150 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 160 Radiographic Procedures with Lab II.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Spinal and lower extremity examinations are the focus of this course.  Prerequisites:  MRT 130 and ASC 104 with a grade of “B” or better.  4 credit hours.

MRT 170 Clinical Education II.  Students practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist strengthening the connection between theory and practice.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Prerequisite:  MRT 140 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisite:  MRT 160 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 180 Sectional Anatomy.  This course teaches the basic anatomy and structural relationships of the brain, chest, abdomen, and pelvis when viewed in a cross-section of the anatomy.  Radiographic, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and ultrasound images are used to support the learning process.  Prerequisite:  ASC 106 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 190 Radiographic Procedures with Lab III.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Fluoroscopy and urography examinations are the focus of this course.  Prerequisites:  MRT 160 and ASC 106 with a grade of “B” or better.  3 credit hours.

MRT 200 Clinical Education III.  Students practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist strengthening the connection between theory and practice.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Prerequisite:  MRT 170 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisite:  MRT 190 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 210 Radiation Physics.  This course is designed to teach radiologic technology students to understand the mechanics and principles of X-radiation.  Atomic structure, the production and interaction of X-rays, magnetism, electricity, and the circuitry of the X-ray unit are studied.  2 credit hours.

MRT 220  Digital and Specialty Imaging and Quality Assurance.  This course is a primary study of computed and digital radiography, fluoroscopic imaging equipment, additional imaging modalities, and quality control practices.  Students will develop an understanding of the components, principles, and operation of computed radiography and digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology.  The basic principles, procedures, and equipment of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, fluoroscopy, mammography, and radiation therapy are also studied.  Principles of computed radiography, digital radiography, mammography, and computed tomography quality assurance and maintenance are presented.  The course will review the structure of radiographic film, intensifying screens, the steps and equipment involved in processing radiographic film, and film artifacts. 2 credit hours.

MRT 230 Radiographic Procedures with Lab IV.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Mobile radiography, bony thorax, and neurological examinations are the focus of this course.  Prerequisite:  MRT 190 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 240 Clinical Education IV.  Students practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist strengthening the connection between theory and practice.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Prerequisite:  MRT 200 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisite:   MRT 230 with a grade of “B” or better.  3 credit hours.

MRT 250 Radiographic Pathology.  This course teaches the various pathological conditions of the body and their impact on the radiographic process.  3 credit hours.

MRT 260 Radiobiology.  This course teaches the student radiographer the effects of ionizing radiation in living cells and matter.  Cell survival, genetic effects, somatic effects, and radiation syndromes are discussed in detail and correlated to radiation safety practices and protection standards.  2 credit hours.

MRT 270 Radiographic Procedures with Lab V.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Neurological exams and specialty fluoroscopic examinations are the focus of this course.  Prerequisite:  MRT 230 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 280 Curriculum Review.  This is a preparatory course for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Examination.  Practice tests and test question analysis will be completed for each subject taught in the program.  Prerequisites:  MRT 101, MRT105, MRT 110, MRT 125, MRT 155, MRT 180, MRT 210, MRT 220 with a grade of “C” or better and ASC 106 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisites:  MRT 250 and  MRT 260 with a grade of “C” or better and MRT 270 and MRT 290 with a grade of “B” or better.  1 credit hour.

MRT 290 Clinical Education V.  Students practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist strengthening the connection between theory and practice.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Prerequisite:  MRT 240 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisite:  MRT 270 with a grade of “B” or better.  3 credit hours.