Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RAD 140
Course Title:
Radiographic Clinic IV
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Course Description

Provides clinical education experience in an affiliated hospital radiology department under the supervision of a registered radiographer and radiologist. Includes application of equipment manipulation and operation, radiological imaging procedures, radiation protection, medicolegal and ethical protocol, recordkeeping and patient care. Requires clinical competencies, objectives, performance assessment and attendance. Department permission required. Prerequisites: RAD 130.

Addendum to Course Description

The student will learn the necessary skills that are required to function in the clinical area as a radiologic technologist and will demonstrate
proper work ethic as a radiographer and health care provider. The course is designed as BASIC Level 2.
Radiography Clinic IV (RAD 140) is required as part of the Radiologic Technology degree program. It is also a prerequisite for taking the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination for certification in Radiography. Transferability of credit depends entirely upon the institution to which the student wishes to transfer. Prior to enrolling in this course the student must be accepted in the Radiography Program and have successfully completed the required prerequisite courses.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate increased knowledge and skill in operating equipment and performing exams.
  2. Assist the radiographer in greater increments and complete examinations (for which the student has been deemed competent) with minimal assistance from the radiographer.
  3. Perform basic patient care skills and effectively communicate with patients.
  4. Evaluate progress in the program and identify areas for continuous improvement.

Course Activities and Design

Level 2 BASIC: The student must progress by assisting the radiographer in greater
increments in doing radiological examinations/procedures. The student should seek out more responsibilities in attempting to complete radiological examination/procedures with minimal assistance or direction from the radiographer. The student will be directly supervised at all times.  Student will demonstrate acceptable patient care, ability to follow directions, develop pattern for logical judgment regarding radiological examination protocol; i.e., getting patient ready for examination, room set up, charting, etc. These traits must be demonstrated satisfactorily to progress to the next level.  Direct supervision by a radiographer will be provided by the clinical affiliate at all times.  Students€™ radiographs must be reviewed by either a radiographer, physician or radiologist prior to releasing the patient or submitting the radiographs. Safety is extremely important, and is taught throughout this program. Pertinent safety points are noted in this course.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Complete a minimum number of diagnostic examinations (clinical competencies) that correlate with RAD 101-103.
  2. Complete clinical rotations, successfully.
  3. Complete the clinical syllabus, room objectives and film critiques, successfully.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Patient Care/Communication
  2. Radiography in the Surgical Suite
  3. Mobile Radiography
  4. Electrocardiograms
  5. Suctioning Equipment
  6. Oxygen Equipment and Administration
  7. Automatic Film Processing Equipment
  8. Self Evaluation
  9. Personnel Monitoring


  1. Demonstrate using effective communication with patients.
  2. Assist with the operation and manipulation of mobile radiographic equipment, including the C-arm, during exams in a patient's room or surgical suite.
  3. Prepare equipment and assist with oxygen administration, pulse, oximetry and suctioning of patients in the clinical setting.
  4. Review the procedure for obtaining an electrocardiogram.
  5. Operate and maintain the automatic processor, including troubleshooting processor problems.