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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 3
Hours: 3 lecture per week (36 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: R T 62B.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the process of professional development and outline the steps required for continuing education and life-long learning in radiology.
  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of image evaluation, which includes anatomy, positioning, and technical factor usage for various radiographic procedures.


Professional development in radiography, continuing education, and advanced modality opportunities. 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. complete the credentialing process required to sit for the ARRT and RHB board examinations.
B. develop a resume and cover letter.
C. differentiate the various radiology agencies and their function.
D. identify the organizations related to the professional aspects of radiologic technology.
E. outline steps required for professional advancement and continuing education.
F. identify the importance of emotional intelligence.
G. recognize and avoid compassion fatigue.
H. finalize a professional portfolio that outlines the student's educational process.

Course Content

A. Professional Credentialing
1. Definition
2. Certification
3. Registration
4. Licensure
B. Professional Development
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Job search
4. Interviewing skills
5. Social media
6. Networking
7. Online presence
8. Institutional profile
9. Personality assessment
10. Institutional cultural attributes
C. Agencies
1. National
a. American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
b. Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)
c. American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)
2. State, CDPH - Radiation Health Branch
D. Professional Organizations
1. Purpose, function, activities
2. Local organizations
3. State organizations
4. National
a. American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
1) Practice standards
2) Code of ethics
3) Rules of ethics
b. American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA)
c. Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology (ACERT)
d. Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences Inc. (AEIRS)
5. International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT)
6. Related associations organizations
a. American Board of Radiology (ABR)
b. American College of Radiology (ACR)
c. Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
E. Professional Development and Advancement
1. Continuing education and competency requirements
a. Definition
b. Rationale/benefits
c. Requirements (ARRT, state, institutional)
2. Continuing education opportunities
a. Postprimary certification
b. Collegiate/educational programs
c. Self-learning activities
d. Professional conferences
e. Learning style assessment
3. Employment considerations
a. Geographic mobility
b. Economic factors
c. Manpower issues
4. Advancement opportunities
a. Education
b. Administration
c. Physics
d. Research
e. Industrial
f. Medical informatics
g. Sales/applications
F. Emotional Intelligence
1. Definition
2. Applicability to professional behaviors
3. Employer survey
G. Compassion Fatigue
1. Definition
2. Signs
3. Coping mechanisms
4. Modalities most at risk
5. Career longevity
H. Professional Portfolio
1. Utilization
2. Refinement

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Classroom with multimedia equipment and internet access.
B. Computer access/internet access for online Etudes component.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Professional portfolio.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Scenario-based Exercises
D. Group Activities
E. Guest Speakers

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

None required.


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

A. Reading Assignment: Article on avoiding compassion fatigue.

B. Outside Assignment: Development of cover letter and resume.

C. Creation of a professional portfolio that includes examples of the student's work from each quarter of the program.

D. Evaluation of professional development opportunities.



Radiological Technology