Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RAD 220
Course Title:
Radiographic Clinic VI
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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, record keeping and patient care. Requires clinical competencies, objectives, performance assessment and attendance. Department permission required. Prerequisites: RAD 210.

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 FUNCTIONAL Level 3.

Radiography Clinic VI (RAD 220) 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 complex radiographic examinations, inclusive of exposure factor manipulation.

2)   Demonstrate use of independent judgement in performance of radiography duties. 

3)   Communicate a basic knowledge of advanced imaging technologies and radiation therapy.

Course Activities and Design


The student shall have gained skills and knowledge to function and perform accurately and independently within an appropriate time frame a given radiological examination and documentation. Be capable of providing independent judgement, perform radiological duties, and produce diagnostic images with direct/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 101-205.

2.   Complete clinical rotations, successfully

3.   Complete the clinical syllabus, 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:

Exposure Factor Manipulation

Geometric Factor Manipulation

CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy

Cranial/Facial Bone Radiography

Personnel Monitoring


1.   Manipulate exposure factors appropriately to maintain a given density when changes in kVp and contrast are needed, equipment changes occur, or patient pathology is present.

2.   Apply knowledge of geometric factor manipulation to the production of diagnostic images.

3.   Identify types of equipment, common examinations, treatment      areas, and safety precautions for the advanced imaging   technologies (CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound) and radiation therapy.

4.   Produce diagnostic radiographs of the skull, facial bones and/or sinuses.

5.   Provide basic explanations to patients and other health care personnel about the principles of CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound and Radiation Therapy.