o. Introduction to Computer Literacy. This course provides an overview of
basic concepts of computer literacy with some consideration of applications in the
p. Field Radiography. In this course, field x-ray operations, the medical units,
Deployable Medical Systems (DEPMEDS), are described. Also included are
practical exercises in the assembly and disassembly of field x-ray and processing
equipment and tentage.
q. The Radiographic Procedures Laboratory Practicum. This hands-on
course provides an opportunity to practice and improve upon skills learned thus far.
Initially, nonenergized x-ray units are used to simulate exams up to the point of
exposure. The student progresses to the use of energized x-ray units, making
exposures on radiographic phantoms.
Quality assurance is essential to ensure that a high standard of quality patient care is
delivered. It is critical that you prevent unnecessary radiographic exposures and
unreasonable waiting periods for patients undergoing exams in the radiology
department and assure that the technical aspects of all procedures are carried out
correctly. Consumer advocate suits brought forth by Ralph Nader and his group,
"Nader's Raiders," resulted in legislation designed to protect consumers from
incompetent operators of radiographic equipment whose negligent inattention to
quality assurance resulted in radiation overexposures. Then efforts resulted in the
Radiation Safety Consumer Protection Act of 1987.
r. Clinical Education. This is an approximately 880-hour practical learning
experience in a direct patient care setting. Cognitive knowledge and skills learned in
the preceding didactic phase are applied, with the goal of achieving competency in
prescribed clinical areas.