Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RAD 240
Course Title:
Radiographic Clinic VIII
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Course Description

Provides clinical education experience in affiliated hospital radiology department under supervision of registered radiographer and radiologist. Includes application of equipment manipulation and operation, imaging radiological procedures, radiation protection and patient care. Requires clinical competencies, completion of clinical objectives, clinical assessments, attendance and terminal clinical competencies in radiological imaging. Department permission required. Prerequisites: RAD 230.

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 Competent/Proficient Level 4.
Radiography Clinic VIII (RAD 240) is required as part of the Radiologic Technology degree program. It is also a prerequisite to taking the American Registry of 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 prerequisite courses.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Competently perform the duties of an entry level radiographer.

Course Activities and Design

The student must have the ability to perform all skills accurately and demonstrate knowledge and judgment independently within an appropriate time frame and parameters. The student must demonstrate the ability to critique images to satisfy the diagnostic needs of the department and demonstrate the ability to €œrun€ a radiographic room independently with indirect supervision. The student must satisfactorily meet this level to warrant program graduation.
Attendance and active participation in clinical activities is required. The student will perform independently doing routine radiography for each assigned area during the term; select exposure factors; provide patient care; demonstrate appropriate communication and interpersonal skills; minimize radiation to patient, self and other personnel; and complete assigned room objectives.
Indirect 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 remaining required clinical competencies and terminal competencies.
  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 following themes, issues, concepts, and develop the following skills:

  1. Technique Chart Formulation
  2. Radiographer€™s Job Duties
  3. Quality Improvement/Assurance
  4. Personnel Monitoring


  1. Perform the duties of an entry level radiographer for a given clinical rotation (to include general, fluoroscopic, mobile, surgical and emergency procedures).
  2. Develop a technique chart for an adult spine, pelvis, ribs and mobile chest, and pediatric chest, pelvis and abdomen.
  3. Evaluate a Diagnostic Imaging Department€™s Quality Improvement/Assurance Program.