Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RAD 210
Course Title:
Radiographic Clinic V
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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 140.

Addendum to Course Description

The student will learn the necessary skills that are required to function in the clinical as a radiologic technologist, and will demonstrate proper professional work ethic. The course is designed as FUNCTIONAL Level 3.
Radiography Clinic VI (RAD 210) 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

  1. Perform most routine and some specialized contrast exams with speed and accuracy.
  2. Demonstrate use of independent judgement in the performance of radiography duties.
  3. Apply knowledge of quality assurance activities (data collection and analysis) to the clinical setting.

Course Activities and Design

The student shall have the skills and knowledge to function and perform accurately and independently within an appropriate time frame, a given routine radiological examination and documentation. Be capable of providing independent judgement. Perform radiological duties and produce diagnostic images with indirect supervision. The above abilities must be met to satisfactorily progress to the next level.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

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

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The student will demonstrate understanding of the themes, issues, concepts, and development of the following skills:

  1. Reception Area Duties
  2. Medico-Legal Issues/ Ethics
  3. Conversion of Exposure Factors
  4. Quality Improvement/Assurance
  5. Contrast Media and Specialized Procedures
  6. Vascular Imaging Procedures/Patient Care
  7. Personnel Monitoring


  1. Perform reception area duties in the clinical setting.
  2. Demonstrate behaviors consistent with the profession's ethical standards and legal requirements.
  3. Manipulate exposure factors appropriately to maintain a given density when a variation from routine occurs.
  4. Collect and analyze quality improvement/assurance information used in your clinic.
  5. Prepare for and assist the technologist and physician with specialized contrast procedures.
  6. Identify equipment (major and minor), typical studies performed, contrast medias, and the radiographer's role during vascular imaging procedures.