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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2023
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:

  1. Complete the credentialing process required to sit for the ARRT and RHB board examinations
  2. Outline the steps required to maintain ARRT credentials
  3. Develop a resume and cover letter
  4. Differentiate the various radiology agencies and their function
  5. Identify the organizations related to the professional aspects of radiologic technology
  6. Outline steps required for professional advancement and continuing education
  7. Identify the importance of emotional intelligence
  8. Recognize and avoid compassion fatigue and burnout
  9. Finalize a professional portfolio that outlines the student's educational process

Course Content

  1. Professional credentialing
    1. Definition
    2. Certification
    3. Registration
    4. Licensure
  2. ARRT Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR)
    1. Timeline
    2. Professional profile
    3. Structured Self-Assessment (SSA)
    4. Prescribed CE process
  3. Professional development
    1. Cover letter
    2. Resume
    3. Job opportunity search
    4. Interviewing skills
    5. Social media and online presence
    6. Networking
    7. Institutional application profile
    8. Personality assessment
    9. Institutional research
  4. Agencies
    1. National
      1. American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
      2. Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)
      3. American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)
    2. State, CDPH - Radiation Health Branch
      1. Fluoroscopy permit
      2. Mammography certification
  5. Professional organizations
    1. Purpose, function, activities
    2. Local organizations
    3. State organizations
    4. National organizations
      1. American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
        1. Practice standards
        2. Code of ethics
        3. Rules of ethics
      2. American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA)
      3. Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology (ACERT)
      4. Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences, Inc. (AEIRS)
    5. International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT)
    6. Related associations organizations
      1. American Board of Radiology (ABR)
      2. American College of Radiology (ACR)
      3. Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  6. Professional development and advancement
    1. Continuing education and competency requirements
      1. Definition
      2. Rationale/benefits
      3. Requirements (ARRT, state, institutional)
    2. Continuing education opportunities
      1. Postprimary certification
      2. Collegiate/educational programs
      3. Self-learning activities
      4. Professional conferences
      5. Learning style assessment
    3. Employment considerations
      1. Geographic mobility
      2. Economic factors
      3. Manpower issues
    4. Advancement opportunities
      1. Education
      2. Administration
      3. Physics
      4. Research
      5. Industrial
      6. Medical informatics
      7. Sales/applications
  7. Emotional intelligence
    1. Definition
    2. Applicability to professional behaviors
    3. Employer survey
  8. Compassion fatigue and burnout
    1. Definitions
    2. Signs
    3. Coping mechanisms
    4. Career longevity
  9. Professional portfolio
    1. Utilization
    2. Refinement

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Classroom with multimedia equipment and internet access.
2. Computer/internet to access course materials in learning management system.

Method(s) of Evaluation

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

Professional portfolio

Method(s) of Instruction

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

Scenario-based exercises
Group activities
Guest speakers

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

None required.

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

  1. Video assignments: resume writing and interviewing video, and corresponding quiz
  2. Outside assignment: development of cover letter and resume
  3. Creation of a professional portfolio that includes examples of the student's work from each quarter of the program
  4. Evaluation of professional development opportunities


Radiological Technology