Radiographic Science

Accreditation

Idaho State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on College and Universities (NWCCU).  The program is programmatically accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182, phone number 312-704-5300, mail@jrcert.org, http://www.jrcert.org.

Overview

The Radiographic Science program is designed to facilitate the development of professional radiologic technologists who have acquired the technical skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill the needs required in the medical imaging setting. The radiologic technologist plays a vital role in the health care team. Due to the rapid growth of technology in the health care setting, there is an increased demand for qualified personnel.

Philosophy

Idaho State University’s Radiographic Science program was developed with the philosophy that didactic education and clinical experience, which includes “hands on,” should happen together for continuity during learning. Therefore, during the entire program, the student learns in the laboratory setting and applies those acquired skills in the clinical setting. This happens on a weekly basis. Furthermore, in the classroom, students acquire the theoretical information necessary to perform as technologists. The next step involves laboratory experiences where the opportunity to apply technological skills is acquired by using phantoms and simulations. Students then progress and perfect their skills by working with technologists in a clinical environment. Additionally, several of the classes are taught by the Physics, Biology, and Health Care Administration faculty. This is atypical of most Radiographic Science programs and is a unique feature that sets the program apart from other programs. Our philosophy is that students who learn from experts become experts. When graduation approaches, students are ready to enter the profession confidently.

Mission

The mission of the Radiographic Sciences program is to provide students with both the academic and technical foundations to competently and safely perform radiologic procedures, to prepare qualified imaging technologists who will ethically respond to the needs of patients with technical competence and compassion, and to assume a vital professional role as a medical team member.

Vision

  • Prepare leaders in radiography for today and tomorrow by providing baccalaureate education.

Core Values

The Radiographic Science Program is committed to the following core values:

  • Academics – promoting excellence in all academic endeavors.
  • Knowledge – recognizing the significance of new knowledge in a profession that is predisposed to change while maintaining traditional values and emphasizing the needs of the patient.
  • Dedication – helping meet the statewide and regional needs by providing access to quality education to prospective students.
  • Community – helping meet the needs of the community in the health care setting by providing competent, qualified, technologists who are eligible upon graduation to sit for the national certification examination in radiography sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

Goal Areas

The faculty members in the Radiographic Science Program promote knowledge and discovery for all students by committing to the following goals:

  1. Providing high quality education in the radiologic sciences.
  2. Fostering independent thinking and lifelong learning.
  3. Developing the student’s ability to function as an active member of the health care team in a culturally diverse society.

Certification

Graduates of the program in Radiographic Science at Idaho State University are eligible to sit for the national certification examination sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Degree Programs

The Radiographic Science program at Idaho State University offers both an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Bachelor’s degree.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is managed by program faculty for students who are in the program and occasionally awarded to students prior to finishing the baccalaureate program.

The Bachelor of Science degree is a four-year curriculum. During the first two years the student takes general education, basic science, and business courses at the university. During the two professional years, the student studies and practices the clinical application of radiography at the university’s energized laboratory and at affiliated hospitals and clinics. The graduate is eligible to take the national examination for certification administered by the ARRT.

The Radiographic Science program is designed to develop the technical skills and knowledge necessary for the student to satisfactorily function as a radiographer. Learning experiences enable the student to demonstrate competency in the technical aspect of the profession as well as human relations. The program further seeks to develop student interest in the professional societies and provides methodology to maintain competency upon graduation.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to work as a radiographer in a hospital, clinic, or private office and effectively perform his/her duties with patients in a responsible, ethical, and professional manner. Because of the rapid growth of the medical field, there is a need for well-trained radiographers.

Academic Standards

A grade of “C” or better is required in all radiographic science, biology, physics, math, business, chemistry, and health care administration courses in the curriculum. A student who fails to achieve a minimum of a “C” grade in a course designated Radiographic Science (RS) will be dismissed from the program and prohibited from taking any further courses with the RS designation until the course(s) in question has/have been completed with (a) minimum grade(s) of “C.”

The student is required to reapply to the program, in writing, at least one (1) month prior to the first day of classes of the semester in which readmission is sought. Additional details regarding readmission can be found in the current Radiographic Science Student Handbook.

Admission Procedures

Admission to the Radiographic Science program is competitive. Students will be evaluated and points awarded by using grades in the core objectives and program required courses. Additional points are awarded to ISU Students, residents of the State of Idaho, and 2nd time and subsequent applicants who have completed all of the prerequisite classes the previous year. Students will be selected using GPA, and any additional points earned by the student. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required. Procedures for admission to the program include:

  1. Complete procedures for admission to the University.
  2. Complete and return the Radiographic Science Application Form and $100 fee.
  3. Complete the necessary prerequisite course work.
  4. Submit official transcripts of all college and/or university courses completed, including advanced placement or dual-enrolled courses.

Application Deadline

The above admission procedures must be completed and received by the Radiographic Science Program by February 15th of the year the student is seeking admission. If the 15th falls on a weekend the application must be received by the Friday preceding the deadline date. The first professional year begins in the fall semester.

Idaho State University Radiographic Science Program Policy for Transfer of Credit From Other Programs

The Idaho State University Radiographic Science program will award up to 44 credits in radiography for programs completed at accredited hospital based, university or college based, military based, and/or accredited vocational-technical schools. To be eligible to receive credit, the student must:

  1. Be a currently registered radiographer, or RT(R).
  2. Have worked as a radiographer during the past three years or amount of time to remain proficient to be determined by the evaluating committee.
  3. Submit evidence of experience and curriculum including:
    1. certificate of successful completion of registry.
    2. currently registered by the ARRT.
    3. certified list of courses and descriptions of curriculum from accredited hospital-based, university or college-based, military-based, and/or accredited vocational technical programs.
    4. official college transcripts.

Prerequisite Coursework

Requirements that fulfill General Education Objectives

CHEM 1101Introduction to General Chemistry (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)3
INFO 1101Digital Information Literacy (Satisfies General Education Objective 8)3
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3
BIOL 1101
  & 1101L
Biology I
   and Biology I Lab (Partially fulfills General Education Objective 5)
4
PHYS 1100Essentials of Physics (Partially Fulfills General Education Objective 5)4
(Together BIOL 1101, BIOL 1101L, and PHYS 1100 satisfy General Education Objective 5)

 

Other Pre-Radiographic Science Courses

BIOL 3301
  & 3301L
Anatomy and Physiology
   and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 3302
  & 3302L
Anatomy and Physiology
   and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
HCA/HE 2210Medical Terminology and Communication2
MATH 1143College Algebra3
RS 1105Introduction to Radiographic Science1
ACCT 3303Accounting Concepts3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
HCA 3384Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3
or MGT 4473 Human Resource Management
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3



Bachelor of Science in Radiographic Science

A student may be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Radiographic Science by fulfilling the following requirements:

ISU General Education Requirements
Program Admission Requirements
CHEM 1101Introduction to General Chemistry (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)3
INFO 1101Digital Information Literacy (Satisfies General Education Objective 8)3
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3
BIOL 1101
  & 1101L
Biology I
   and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
4
PHYS 1100Essentials of Physics (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)4
BIOL 3301
  & 3301L
Anatomy and Physiology
   and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 3302
  & 3302L
Anatomy and Physiology
   and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
HCA 2210Medical Terminology and Communication2
or HE 2210 Medical Terminology and Communication
MATH 1143College Algebra3
RS 1105Introduction to Radiographic Science1
ACCT 3303Accounting Concepts3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
HCA 3384Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3
MGT 4473Human Resource Management3
HCA 4475Health Law and Bioethics3
Professional Courses 1
RS 3310Radiographic Methods I2
RS 3311Radiographic Methods II2
RS 3312Radiographic Methods III2
RS 3320Radiographic Imaging Applications1
RS 3320LRadiographic Imaging Applications Laboratory1
RS 3325Patient Care in Radiography3
RS 3330Radiographic Exposure3
RS 3330LRadiographic Exposure Lab0
RS 3340Laboratory Practicum I1
RS 3341Laboratory Practicum II1
RS 3342Laboratory Practicum III1
RS 3375Pediatric Radiography1
RS 3388Radiation Protection1
RS 3389Applied Radiography I4
RS 3390Applied Radiography II4
RS 4421Computed Tomography1
RS 4430Radiologic Pathology2
RS 4441Advanced Radiographic Methods I1
RS 4450Alternate Imaging Modalities with Introduction to Evidence-Based Research1
RS 4460Introduction to Radiographic Quality Assurance2
RS 4470Advanced Radiographic Exposure2
RS 4475Registry Review2
RS 4488Applied Radiography III5
RS 4489Applied Radiography IV6
RS 4490Applied Radiography V6
BIOL/HPHY 3307Radiobiology2
BIOL 4470Cross-Sectional Anatomy2
HPHY 3300Medical Electronics2
HPHY 3321Radiologic Physics2
Total Hours109

 

1

Students must be accepted into the Radiographic Sciences major to take these courses. All upper division RS courses require admittance to the program for enrollment.


 

PROFESSIONAL YEAR I

FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
RS 33102RS 33112RS 44885
RS 3320
  & 3320L
2RS 33411 
RS 33253RS 33751 
RS 3330
  & 3330L
3RS 33881 
RS 33401RS 33904 
RS 33894BIOL 44702 
 HPHY 33002 
 HPHY 33212 
 15 15 5
Total Hours: 35


PROFESSIONAL YEAR II

FallHoursSpringHours
RS 33122BIOL 3307 or HPHY 33072
RS 33421RS 44302
RS 44211RS 44411
RS 44501RS 44702
RS 44602RS 44752
RS 44896RS 44906
 13 15
Total Hours: 28

Courses

RS 1105 Introduction to Radiographic Science: 1 semester hour.

History of the profession, responsibilities of the technologist, professional development, radiation protection, areas of specialization. F, S, W

RS 3310 Radiographic Methods I: 2 semester hours.

Introduces the student to basic terminology, theory and principles of anatomy, and positioning of the chest, abdomen, and upper extremities. F

RS 3311 Radiographic Methods II: 2 semester hours.

Introduces the student to basic theory and principles of radiographic procedures of the lower limb, femur, pelvic girdle, cervical/thoracic/lumbar spine, sacrum coccyx, and upper gastrointestinal system. S

RS 3312 Radiographic Methods III: 2 semester hours.

Continuation of 3311 emphasizing theory and principles of radiographic examinations of the lower gastrointestinal system, bony thorax, skull and cranial bones, facial bones, paranasal sinuses, and urinary system. F

RS 3320 Radiographic Imaging Applications: 1 semester hour.

Exploration of the methodology of various types of radiographic recording media applications including image acquisition, image processing, and image manipulation for compound radiography (CR), digital radiography (DR), and x-ray film screen. F

RS 3320L Radiographic Imaging Applications Laboratory: 1 semester hour.

Laboratory experience with photographic technique including image recording media, acquisition, manipulation of CR/DR, and film screen methods. F

RS 3325 Patient Care in Radiography: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to patient care principles and procedures utilized in radiography including vital signs, body mechanics, catheterization, sterile procedures, drug administration, isolation techniques and medical emergency procedures. F

RS 3330 Radiographic Exposure: 3 semester hours.

Determination of radiographic exposure values with emphasis on radiographic quality and equipment used in the production of radiographs. COREQ: RS 3330L. F

RS 3330L Radiographic Exposure Lab: 0 semester hours.

Assignments to apply principles from RS 3330. COREQ: RS 3330. F

RS 3340 Laboratory Practicum I: 1 semester hour.

Designed to develop pre-clinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic x-ray interpretation, patient management, communications, and manipulation of x-ray equipment. F

RS 3341 Laboratory Practicum II: 1 semester hour.

Designed to develop pre-clinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic x-ray interpretation, patient management, communications, and manipulation of x-ray equipment. COREQ: RS 3311. S

RS 3342 Laboratory Practicum III: 1 semester hour.

Designed to develop pre-clinical competency in routine hospital procedures and radiographic tasks, basic x-ray interpretation, patient management, communications, and manipulation of x-ray equipment. COREQ: RS 3312. S

RS 3375 Pediatric Radiography: 1 semester hour.

Study of the theory and clinical application of pediatric radiography. S

RS 3388 Radiation Protection: 1 semester hour.

Topics include: x-ray interaction with matter, quantities and units of radiation, biological effects of ionizing radiation, MPD, radiation detection instruments, methods to minimize radiation exposure to patients and personnel, and U.S. Government radiation control standards. S

RS 3389 Applied Radiography I: 4 semester hours.

Clinical applications of radiographic examinations with emphasis on the chest, abdomen, and upper limbs. F

RS 3390 Applied Radiography II: 4 semester hours.

Clinical applications of radiographic examinations with emphasis on the lower extremity, hips, and pelvis. S

RS 4421 Computed Tomography: 1 semester hour.

Basics of computed tomography covering fundamentals, equipment and instrumentation, data acquisition, image processing, reconstruction, patient safety, image quality, procedures, cross-sectional anatomy, and additional applications. F

RS 4430 Radiologic Pathology: 2 semester hours.

Study of the pathological processes of various diseases and disorders with emphasis on the demonstration of pathology on radiographs. S

RS 4441 Advanced Radiographic Methods I: 1 semester hour.

Advanced methodology, theory and principles of radiographic procedures. Designed to develop proficiency in performance of specialized radiographic examinations. PREREQ: RS 3312 and RS 3342. S

RS 4450 Alternate Imaging Modalities with Introduction to Evidence-Based Research: 1 semester hour.

An introduction to Alternate Imaging Modalities such as CT and MRI with an emphasis on evidence-based research in radiographic science. F

RS 4460 Introduction to Radiographic Quality Assurance: 2 semester hours.

Study and application of equipment maintenance procedures to assure consistency in the contrast, density/brightness, and sharpness of radiographic images. F

RS 4470 Advanced Radiographic Exposure: 2 semester hours.

In-depth study in establishing radiographic exposure values; digital fluoroscopy; image intensification; and CR, DR, EMR, and PACS systems. S

RS 4475 Registry Review: 2 semester hours.

In-depth study of material that may be presented on the written registry review administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). S

RS 4481 Independent Problems in Radiography: 1-2 semester hour.

Study of topics in radiography selected by students and faculty. May be repeated for up to 4 credits. D

RS 4488 Applied Radiography III: 5 semester hours.

Clinical application of radiographic examinations with emphasis on the pediatric chest, non-ambulatory chest, cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine, sacrum/coccyx, and gastrointestinal procedures. Su

RS 4489 Applied Radiography IV: 6 semester hours.

Clinical application of radiographic examinations performed in a trauma, mobile, and surgical setting. F

RS 4490 Applied Radiography V: 6 semester hours.

Clinical application of radiographic examinations including ribs, head radiography, urinary system, arthography, and myelography. S

RS 4491 Seminar-Selected Topics: 1-6 semester hour.

Group studies of topics not covered in regular offerings. May be repeated for up to 6 credits with different content. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

RS 4495 Internship in Special Diagnostic Imaging: 2 semester hours.

Eight week internship providing opportunity to participate in diagnostic examinations requiring a special modality, e.g. peripheral or cardiac angiography, computerized tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

Program Director and Associate Professor

Hobbs

Assistant Professor

Mickelsen

Clinical Affiliate Instructors

Beard

Bird

Bitton

Cannon

Hopkins

Jacobsen

Keeling

Rhodes

Swaner

Vanover

Ward

Adjunct Faculty

Call

Price

Ward

Wertz