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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2022
Units: 4
Hours: 150 laboratory per quarter (150 total per quarter)
This is a 7 week clinical laboratory course.
Corequisite: R T 50.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proper equipment manipulation, patient positioning, and anatomic image evaluation for the abdomen procedure in the clinical setting.
  • On a performance competency skills test the student will demonstrate proper medical asepsis techniques and perform safe patient transport in the radiology department.


Orientation to radiation sciences, with emphasis on clinical participation. Intended for students in the Radiologic Technology Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. identify various radiology departments and procedures.
B. explain and perform radiation protective measures to self and patient.
C. manipulate and identify basic x-ray equipment and accessory items.
D. explain necessary steps for radiographic image processing.
E. perform and explain patient transfer techniques.
F. execute basic vital sign assessment.
G. perform positioning for a routine chest and abdomen procedure.
H. describe and demonstrate infection control techniques.

Course Content

A. Orientation to Radiology Department
1. Hospital/department tour
2. Introduction to staff
3. Review policies and procedures
4. Patient processing
a. Registration
b. Waiting/dressing rooms
c. Confidentiality of patient information
B. Radiation protection
1. Closing doors
2. Gonadal shields
3. Aprons and gloves
4. Department protocols
C. Equipment manipulation
1. Tube locks
2. Table movements
3. Control panel
4. Bucky
D. Introduction to image processing
1. Image receptors sizes
2. Image manipulation
3. Image processor manipulation
E. Proper way to transfer patients from wheelchairs and gurneys
1. Body mechanics
2. Locks
3. Patient safety
4. Lifting methods
F. Vital signs
1. Blood pressure
2. Pulse
3. Respirations
G. Chest and abdomen positioning
1. Central ray centering
2. Positioning landmarks
3. Cassette and image receptor placement
4. Markers
H. Infection control and universal precautions
1. Medical asepsis
2. Surgical asepsis
3. Environmental asepsis
a. Linens
b. Handwashing
c. Chemical disinfectants
d. Department policies

Lab Content

A. Radiologic technology clinical practice.
1. Radiation protection.
2. Equipment operation.
3. Image production.
4. Image evaluation.
5. Radiographic procedures.
6. Patient care in a clinical setting.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Clinical sites.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Abdomen or chest (2 view) skills test.
B. Clinical evaluation assessment tool.

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

Demonstration and discussion.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Foothill College (RT). Clinical Education Manual-Orientation.
Foothill College (RT). Student Handbook.
Foothill College (RT). Student Clinical Competency Handbook.
The above texts are updated each year, and the current edition will be used.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading assignments: Required reading from Clinical Education Manual.


Radiological Technology