Undergraduate major: radiation sciences (B.S.)
Website: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/radsci/

Radiation sciences professionals work with physicians to gather accurate patient information for diagnosis, treatment, and/or research of disease and injury. They provide direct patient care, produce quality images, and deliver treatment using a variety of radiation sources. The radiation sciences professional must apply knowledge, skill, and mature judgment while operating complex equipment safely and efficiently. Strong communication, organizational, and patient care skills are essential for a successful career in radiation sciences.

The University of Iowa's radiation sciences educational programs are designed to provide students with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and social growth. Students learn with faculty members and instructors who are committed to radiation sciences education.

Radiation sciences is one of two undergraduate majors in the field of medical imaging offered by the Carver College of Medicine. It encompasses radiologic technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiovascular interventional, diagnostic medical sonography, and radiation therapy programs. The other undergraduate major in medical imaging is nuclear medicine technology; see Nuclear Medicine Technology in the Catalog.

The Carver College of Medicine is located on the University of Iowa health sciences campus, which includes University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, one of the nation's largest university-owned teaching hospitals. For information about the college's academic programs and resources, see Carver College of Medicine in the Catalog.

Undergraduate Program of Study

Major

Cardiovascular Interventional Program Courses

RSCI:4110 Vascular Anatomy3 s.h.

Normal arterial and venous anatomy of the circulatory system, illustrated through angiographic, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CG) images; common variants. Prerequisites: ACB:3113 or ACB:3110 or HHP:1100 or ACB:1199.

RSCI:4120 CVI Principles4 s.h.

Imaging and accessory equipment for vascular interventional and cardiac interventional procedures; imaging equipment quality control; fundamental principles of vascular and cardiac procedures; patient preparation and care, radiation safety, contrast medium, pharmacology, and sedation. Corequisites: RSCI:4110. Requirements: acceptance to B.S. radiation science RT/CVI track or ARRT primary RT certification.

RSCI:4130 Electrocardiogram and Hemodynamics3 s.h.

ECG analysis, hemodynamic principles and waveform analysis, cardiac output, vascular resistance, calculations of stenotic valves. Prerequisites: ACB:3113 or ACB:3110 or ACB:1199 or HHP:1100.

RSCI:4140 CVI Peripheral Procedures and Pathology3 s.h.

Angiographic and interventional procedures of the abdomen, thorax, and upper and lower extremities; associated pathologies. Prerequisites: RSCI:4110. Corequisites: RSCI:4120, if not taken as a prerequisite. Requirements: RSCI:4110 or three months CVI experience.

RSCI:4150 CVI Neurology and Nonvascular Procedures and Pathology3 s.h.

Angiographic and interventional procedures of the head and neck; associated pathologies. Prerequisites: RSCI:4110. Corequisites: RSCI:4120, if not taken as a prerequisite. Requirements: RSCI:4110 or three months CVI experience.

RSCI:4160 CVI Cardiac Procedures and Pathology4 s.h.

Cardiac diagnostic and interventional procedures; associated pathologies. Prerequisites: RSCI:4110. Corequisites: RSCI:4120 and RSCI:4130, if not taken as prerequisites. Requirements: RSCI:4110 or three months CVI experience.

RSCI:4170 Cardiac Interventional Clinical Internship4,6 s.h.

Scheduled cardiac-interventional clinical time at UI Hospitals and Clinics and Mercy Hospital, Iowa City; rotations in adult cardiac, electrophysiology, and pediatric catheterization; competency and objective-based education provided with clinical performance evaluations and constructive feedback from CI staff and clinical coordinator; clinical coordinator facilitates schedules, rotations, learning objectives, evaluations, and competencies. Corequisites: RSCI:4130 and RSCI:4160, if not taken as prerequisites. Requirements: acceptance to B.S. radiation sciences RT/CVI track.

RSCI:4180 Vascular Interventional Clinical Internship4,6 s.h.

Scheduled vascular-interventional clinical time at UI Hospitals and Clinics; labs specialize in peripheral, neuro- and non-vascular procedures; competency and objective-based education; clinical performance evaluations providing constructive feedback from VI staff and clinical coordinator; clinical coordinator facilitates schedules, rotations, learning objectives, evaluations, and competencies. Corequisites: RSCI:4140 and RSCI:4150, if not taken as prerequisites. Requirements: acceptance to B.S. radiation sciences RT/CVI track.

RSCI:4190 CVI Clinical Internship2 s.h.

Introduction to VI and CI labs, including basic set up, equipment, and procedures; preparation to spend more concentrated time in each area for future internships; provides 192 hours of clinical experience over a 12-week period. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences RT/CVI degree track or CVI clinical internship.

Computed Tomography Program Courses

RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences3 s.h.

Sectional anatomy identifiable on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, including transverse, coronal, and sagittal planes. Prerequisites: ACB:1199 or HHP:1100 or ACB:3110 or ACB:3113.

RSCT:4105 Computed Tomography Clinical Internship I1,6 s.h.

Clinical internship scheduled at UI Hospitals and Clinics; rotation through CT scanners, 3-D lab, and radiation therapy departments; competency and objective-based education with required clinical performance evaluations; clinical coordinator facilitates schedules, rotations, learning objectives, evaluations, and competencies; experience facilitated by CT technologists, radiologists, residents, and coordinator; participation in routine and advanced CT scans; performance expectations become progressively higher as student gains experience and skills. Requirements: acceptance to B.S. radiation sciences RT/CT track.

RSCT:4110 CT/MRI Pathology3 s.h.

Common pathological conditions found in CT and MRI images; protocol appearance variations; units of CNS, musculoskeletal, neck/thorax, and abdominopelvic pathology; textbook readings, in-class discussions, special projects including case studies and presentations. Requirements: concurrent enrollment in RSCT:4100, if not taken as a prerequisite, or at least 3 months fulltime CT/MRI clinical experience.

RSCT:4115 Computed Tomography Clinical Internship II3 s.h.

CT scanners, 3-D lab, and radiation therapy department rotation at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; competency and objective-based education with required clinical performance evaluations; clinical coordinator facilitates schedule, rotations, learning objectives, evaluations, and competencies; experience facilitated by CT technologists, radiologists, residents, and coordinator; participation in routine and advanced CT scans; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSCT:4105.

RSCT:4120 Computed Tomography Procedures I3 s.h.

Computed tomography procedures of the head, neck, thorax, mediastinum, abdomen, and pelvis; positioning techniques, patient preparation, monitoring and care, indications and contraindications for procedures; contrast media usage; basic protocol information with adjustments to tailor procedures for patient's indications; brief units on patient care relevant to CT; CT parameters and equipment. Corequisites: RSCT:4100. Requirements: acceptance to B.S. radiation sciences RT/CT track or ARRT primary certification in radiologic technology, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy.

RSCT:4125 Computed Tomography Procedures II3 s.h.

Imaging information in musculoskeletal exams, 3-D reconstruction, CTAs; cardiac, including gating, biopsies, drains, post-myelography, radiation therapy planning, and 4-D imaging; CT arthrography, PET/CT, SPECT/CT, virtual colonoscopy; procedure indications and contraindications, patient and room preparation, positioning techniques, contrast media usage, and scan parameters; basic protocol information and how to tailor procedures to a patient's indications. Prerequisites: RSCT:4120. Corequisites: RSCI:4110, if not taken as a prerequisite.

RSCT:4130 Computed Tomography Physical Principles and QC4 s.h.

Physical principles and instrumentation; historical development and evolution of CT; characteristics of radiation, beam attenuation, linear attenuation coefficients, tissue characteristics, Hounsfield numbers, data acquisition, image manipulation techniques, tube configuration, collimation design and function, detectors, image quality factors, functions of CT computer and array processor; image processing and display examined from data acquisition through postprocessing and archiving; radiation protection practices and QC. Requirements: acceptance to B.S. radiation sciences RT/CT degree track or ARRT primary certification in radiologic technology, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy.

RSCT:4140 Computed Tomography Clinical Internship6 s.h.

Completion of clinical documentation needed to take the ARRT certification examination in computed tomography; 32 hours per week in UI Healthcare's computed tomography department. Corequisites: RSCT:4120 and RSCT:4130, if not taken as prerequisites. Requirements: ARRT primary certification in radiologic technology, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy; and acceptance to CT internship.

RSCT:4215 Computed Tomography Clinical Internship III3 s.h.

CT scanners, 3-D lab, and radiation therapy department rotation at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; competency and objective-based education with required clinical performance evaluations; clinical coordinator facilitates schedule, rotations, learning objectives, evaluations, and competencies; experience facilitated by CT technologists, radiologists, residents, and coordinator; participation in routine and advanced CT scans; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSCT:4115.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program Courses

RSMR:4110 Fundamentals for the MRI Technologist3 s.h.

Care-giving skills specific to patients undergoing MRI examinations, including techniques in effectively communicating for safety and comfort; maintaining patient and personnel safety; patient preparation, monitoring, and venipuncture; technologist's role in a wide variety of MRI examinations and patient conditions. Requirements: acceptance to B.S. radiation sciences RT/MRI track or ARRT primary certification in radiologic technology, nuclear medicine, sonography, or radiation therapy.

RSMR:4120 MRI Procedures I4 s.h.

Imaging techniques related to central nervous and musculoskeletal systems; specific clinical applications; available coils and their use; considerations in imaging parameters; specific choices in protocols and positioning criteria; anatomical structures and the plane that best demonstrates anatomy; signal characteristics of normal and abnormal structures. Prerequisites: RSCT:4100 and RSMR:4110. Requirements: concurrent registration in RSMR:4110, if not taken as a prerequisite; or three months MRI experience.

RSMR:4130 MRI Procedures II3 s.h.

MRI techniques related to neck, thorax, breast, abdomen, and pelvis; specific clinical applications; available coils and their use; considerations in imaging parameters; specific choices in protocols and positioning criteria. Prerequisites: RSMR:4120.

RSMR:4140 MRI Acquisition and Principles I3 s.h.

Physics and hardware used in obtaining a magnetic resonance signal, including magnetism, NMR signal production, tissue characteristics, spatial localization, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters and options, and special applications; exploration of skills useful in maximizing MR image quality. Prerequisites: RSMR:4110. Requirements: concurrent registration in RSMR:4110, if not taken as a prerequisite; or three months MRI experience.

RSMR:4150 MRI Acquisition and Principles II3 s.h.

Advanced MRI techniques; MR angiography and further investigation of fast image acquisition sequences; overview of MR magnets, installation, operation, and facility design; computers and digital image acquisition as they apply to MR; outline of quality assurance procedures. Prerequisites: RSMR:4140.

RSMR:4160 MRI Clinical Internship I2-3,6 s.h.

MRI clinical internship scheduled at UI Hospitals and Clinics; rotation through each MRI department scanning room; competency and objective-based education with required clinical performance evaluations; clinical preceptor facilitates schedules, rotations, learning objectives, evaluations, and competencies; experience facilitated by MRI technologists, radiologists, residents, and preceptor; participation in routine and advanced MRI scans; performance expectations become progressively higher as student gains experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSMR:4110. Corequisites: RSMR:4120 and RSMR:4140, if not taken as prerequisites. Requirements: acceptance to B.S. radiation sciences RT/MRI track.

RSMR:4170 MRI Clinical Internship II3,6 s.h.

MRI clinical internship scheduled at UI Hospitals and Clinics; rotation through each MRI department scanning room; competency and objective-based education with required clinical performance evaluations; clinical preceptor facilitates schedules, rotations, learning objectives, evaluations, and competencies; experience facilitated by MRI technologists, radiologists, residents, and preceptor; participation in routine and advanced MRI scans; performance expectations become progressively higher as student gains experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSMR:4160. Corequisites: RSMR:4140, if not taken as a prerequisite. Requirements: acceptance to B.S. radiation sciences RT/MRI track.

RSMR:4175 MRI Clinical Internship III4 s.h.

Rotation through MRI department scanning rooms at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; competency and objective-based education with required clinical performance evaluations; clinical preceptor facilitates schedules, rotations, learning objectives, evaluations, and competencies; experience facilitated by MRI technologists, radiologists, residents, and preceptor; participation in routine and advanced MRI scans; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSMR:4170.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Courses

RSMS:3100 Cardiac Sonography I3 s.h.

Anatomy and physiology of cardiovascular system imaged sonographically; proper sonographic imaging techniques, normal anatomy, exam protocol, and proper instrument settings; pathology and pathophysiology of common conditions related to adult cardiovascular system. Prerequisites: RSMS:3110 with a minimum grade of C.

RSMS:3101 Cardiac Sonography I Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulation experience involving basic sonographic adult cardiac imaging and clinical history analysis; students will perform sonographic exams utilizing scanning simulation to develop skills in sonographic anatomy recognition, scan plane orientation, transducer manipulation, instrumentation, and exam protocols. Prerequisites: RSMS:3111 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: RSMS:3100.

RSMS:3110 Foundations of Sonography3 s.h.

Sonography history, ergonomics, terminology, image orientation; basic theories of sound waves, echo production, transducers, equipment operation, body imaging, Doppler, hemodynamics.

RSMS:3111 Foundations of Sonography Lab1 s.h.

Sonography history, ergonomics, terminology, image orientation; basic theories of sound waves, echo production, transducers, equipment operation, body imaging, Doppler, and hemodynamics. Corequisites: RSMS:3110.

RSMS:3115 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship I2 s.h.

Introductory clinical experience in healthcare setting developing a basic understanding of sonography clinical environment and professional practice standards; applying patient care techniques and developing professional communication skills. Prerequisites: RSP:2120.

RSMS:3120 Abdominal Sonography I3 s.h.

Embryology, anatomy, and physiology of various abdominal structures imaged sonographically; abdominal vasculature, hepatobiliary system, pancreas, urinary system, adrenals, spleen, male anatomy; proper sonographic imaging techniques, including appearance of normal anatomy, imaging protocol, proper instrument settings. Prerequisites: RSMS:3110 with a minimum grade of C.

RSMS:3121 Abdominal Sonography I Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulation experience in sonographic abdominal imaging; students will perform exams utilizing scanning simulation to develop skills in sonographic anatomy recognition, scan plane orientation, transducer manipulation, instrumentation, and exam protocols. Prerequisites: RSMS:3111 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: RSMS:3120.

RSMS:3130 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I3 s.h.

Embryology, anatomy, and physiology of the female reproductive system and developing fetus; proper sonographic imaging techniques, including appearance of normal anatomy, imaging protocol, proper instrument settings. Prerequisites: RSMS:3110 with a minimum grade of C.

RSMS:3131 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography I Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulation experience involving basic sonographic obstetrical and gynecological imaging and clinical history analysis; students will perform sonographic exams utilizing scanning simulation to develop skills in sonographic anatomy recognition, scan plan orientation, transducer manipulation, instrumentation, and exam protocols. Prerequisites: RSMS:3111 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: RSMS:3130.

RSMS:3140 Vascular Sonography I3 s.h.

Anatomy and physiology of peripheral and cerebral vascular systems; analysis of hemodynamics, Doppler waveforms, pressure measurements, plethysmography, sonographic appearance, scanning techniques; evaluation of pathology and pathophysiology common to the lower extremity arterial and venous systems, and cerebrovascular system. Prerequisites: RSMS:3110 with a minimum grade of C.

RSMS:3141 Vascular Sonography I Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulation experience involving basic vascular sonographic imaging and clinical history analysis; students will perform non-imaging vascular physiologic tests and sonographic exams utilizing scanning simulation to develop skills in sonographic anatomy recognition, scan plane orientation, transducer manipulation, instrumentation, and exam protocols. Prerequisites: RSMS:3111 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: RSMS:3140.

RSMS:3150 Cardiac Physiology and Hemodynamics3 s.h.

Analysis of cardiac physiology and hemodynamics related to sonography; correlation with Doppler application in cardiovascular imaging, ECG, auscultation, cardiac catheterization; advanced and developing imaging techniques.

RSMS:3205 Cardiac Sonography II3 s.h.

Sonographic evaluation of advanced pathophysiology of human heart; sonographic appearance, imaging techniques, and exam modification. Prerequisites: RSMS:3100.

RSMS:3206 Cardiac Sonography II Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulation experience involving the application of advanced sonographic cardiac imaging and clinical history analysis. Prerequisites: RSMS:3101. Corequisites: RSMS:3205.

RSMS:3215 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship II3 s.h.

Application of the basic skills of sonographic imaging and physiologic vascular testing in the healthcare setting.

RSMS:3230 Sonography Principles, Physics, and Instrumentation3 s.h.

Physical principles of sound waves, their applications to imaging of the human body, operation and physical characteristics of various ultrasound transducers, method by which the sound wave is converted into a visual image, instrumentation components and their functions, Doppler principles, image artifacts, advanced hemodynamics, and spectral Doppler waveform analysis. Prerequisites: RSMS:3110.

RSMS:3231 Sonography Principles, Physics, and Instrumentation Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulation experience in the application of sonographic imaging emphasizing physics principles, instrumentation, and quality assurance testing. Corequisites: RSMS:3230.

RSMS:3240 Abdominal Sonography II3 s.h.

Pathology and pathophysiology of abdominal and superficial structures imaged sonographically; interventional sonographic procedures; post-procedure protocol; associated clinical and laboratory findings; imaging techniques, analysis of findings, and documentation of pathology. Prerequisites: RSMS:3120.

RSMS:3250 Obstetrical and Gynecological Sonography II3 s.h.

Sonographically-related pathological and abnormal congenital conditions of gynecology and obstetrics, infertility, assisted reproductive therapy, invasive procedures in obstetrics and gynecology, postpartum complications and maternal-fetal bonding; clinical findings, laboratory studies, and prognosis correlated with sonographic findings; appropriate image analysis and documentation of pathology. Prerequisites: RSMS:3130.

RSMS:3260 Breast Sonography2 s.h.

Embryology, anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the breast as it relates to sonographic imaging; proper sonographic imaging techniques, including appearance of normal anatomy, imaging protocol, proper instrument settings; sonographic findings of diseases involving the breast.

RSMS:3270 Vascular Sonography II3 s.h.

Pathology and pathophysiology of complex diseases of the peripheral, cerebral, and abdominal vascular systems evaluated sonographically; associated clinical findings; techniques in physiologic, nonimaging tests, and duplex sonography; analysis of findings and documentation of pathology. Prerequisites: RSMS:3140.

RSMS:3300 Pediatric Sonography3 s.h.

Anatomy, sonographic anatomy, pathophysiology, sonographic appearance and Doppler correlation of disorders affecting the pediatric population, including abdominal, musculoskeletal, peripheral vascular, and cerebrovascular systems, neonatal brain and spinal cord.

RSMS:3315 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship III4 s.h.

Application of the skills of sonographic imaging and physiologic vascular testing in the healthcare setting; students develop competency in basic exams.

RSMS:3325 Abdominal Sonography II Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulation utilizing computer-aided learning and scanning simulation to develop skills in interventional sonographic procedures with real-time ultrasound guidance; advanced abdominal and superficial structure imaging; exploring case studies; image analysis in identifying pathologies and differential diagnoses. Prerequisites: RSMS:3121.

RSMS:3376 Vascular Sonography II Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulation experience to develop skills in advanced sonographic imaging of the vascular system and performance of advanced nonimaging vascular physiologic tests; analysis of findings and documentation of pathology. Prerequisites: RSMS:3141.

RSMS:4100 Diagnostic Medical Sonography I0,9 s.h.

RSMS:4110 Advanced Sonography3 s.h.

Exploration of advanced sonographic imaging techniques and new technologies. Prerequisites: (RSMS:3240 with a minimum grade of C and RSMS:3250 with a minimum grade of C and RSMS:3270 with a minimum grade of C) or (RSMS:3205 with a minimum grade of C and RSMS:3270 with a minimum grade of C).

RSMS:4111 Advanced Sonography Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulated application of advanced sonographic imaging techniques and new technologies. Prerequisites: (RSMS:3325 with a minimum grade of C and RSMS:3376 with a minimum grade of C) or (RSMS:3206 with a minimum grade of C and RSMS:3376 with a minimum grade of C). Corequisites: RSMS:4110.

RSMS:4115 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship IV5 s.h.

Application of the skills of sonographic imaging and physiologic vascular testing in the health care setting; students develop competency in high level procedures. Prerequisites: RSMS:3315 with a minimum grade of C and RSMS:3376 with a minimum grade of C.

RSMS:4120 Advanced Cardiac Sonography3 s.h.

Study of advanced cardiac sonographic imaging techniques, quantifications, and new technologies; analysis of applications and limitations of imaging techniques. Prerequisites: RSMS:3205 with a minimum grade of C and RSMS:3270 with a minimum grade of C.

RSMS:4121 Advanced Cardiac Sonography Lab1 s.h.

Laboratory-based learning and simulated application of advanced cardiac sonographic imaging techniques, quantifications, and new technologies. Prerequisites: RSMS:3206 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisites: RSMS:4120.

RSMS:4150 Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography0 s.h.

Principles, methods in using ultrasound; specialties including adult and stress echocardiography; six-month program; national certification examination required at completion of program. Requirements: completion of an accredited medical sonography or vascular technology program.

RSMS:4200 Diagnostic Medical Sonography II0,9 s.h.

Principles and methods in using ultrasound as an imaging modality; abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, neurosonography, and vascular technology specialties; 18-month program; national certification required at completion. Prerequisites: RSMS:4100. Requirements: completion of an allied health program or bachelor's degree with course work in physics, anatomy, patient care, and algebra.

RSMS:4215 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Clinical Internship V5 s.h.

Application of the skills of sonographic imaging and physiologic vascular testing in the health care setting; students develop advanced skills. Prerequisites: RSMS:4115 with a minimum grade of C and RSMS:4110 with a minimum grade of C and RSMS:4111 with a minimum grade of C.

RSMS:4220 Multidisciplinary Capstone Seminar3 s.h.

Case-based learning course; students are expected to analyze and synthesize data, determine the proper course of action, evaluate outcomes; this course will complete the student's preparation for the professional work environment. Prerequisites: RSMS:4110.

RSMS:4250 Cardiac Sonography Clinical Course0 s.h.

Using ultrasound as an imaging modality; specialties, including adult echocardiography, stress echocardiography; six-month program; national certification examination required at completion. Requirements: completion of an accredited medical sonography or vascular technology program.

RSMS:4300 Diagnostic Medical Sonography III0,3 s.h.

Prerequisites: RSMS:4200. Requirements: completion of an allied health program or bachelor's degree with course work in physics, anatomy, patient care, medical technology, and algebra.

RSMS:4400 Diagnostic Medical Sonography IV0,9 s.h.

Principles and methods in using ultrasound as an imaging modality; specialties including abdomen, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, interventional procedures, vascular imaging, neurosonography; 18-month program; national certification examination required at completion. Prerequisites: RSMS:4300. Requirements: completion of an allied health program or bachelor's degree with course work in physics, anatomy, patient care, medical technology, and algebra.

RSMS:4500 Diagnostic Medical Sonography V0,6 s.h.

Prerequisites: RSMS:4400. Requirements: completion of an allied health program or bachelor's degree with course work in physics, anatomy, patient care, medical technology, and algebra.

Radiation Sciences Program Courses

RSP:1100 Introduction to the Radiation Sciences1 s.h.

Exploration of radiation sciences field (radiologic technology, nuclear medicine and PET, diagnostic medical sonography, radiation therapy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiovascular interventional); introduction to basic principles and modalities associated with the field in preparation for application to radiation sciences or nuclear medicine technology major.

RSP:2110 Pathology for Radiation Sciences2 s.h.

General pathologic processes; introduction to imaging modalities; pathological terms that describe the body's response to stress and disease; how the body responds to and forms pathological diseases (e.g., infectious and parasitic diseases, inflammation and repair, immunopathology, neoplasia, genetic disorders, dietary deficiencies and excesses, hemodynamic disorders, trauma and emergencies). Requirements: acceptance to radiation science degree track.

RSP:2120 Patient Care for the Radiation Sciences3 s.h.

Foundation for providing care to clients during radiographic examinations; taking medical histories, basic life support, medical emergencies, vital sign assessment, body mechanics, infection control, sterile techniques, intravenous equipment, administration; advance concepts in client assessment and monitoring, including evaluation and monitoring of clients in pain, and clients in acute and chronic states of illness; communication techniques, role playing. Requirements: acceptance to radiation science degree track.

RSP:3130 Radiation Safety and Radiobiology2 s.h.

Instruction on safe operation of radiation producing equipment and handling of radioactive materials; origin and/or derivation of certain formulae and techniques useful in radiation protection programs; regulatory agencies, regulations, and regulatory guides pertinent to student's field; emphasis on applied aspects of radiation protection; characteristics and biological effects of ionizing radiations, properties and uses of radioisotopes, medical applications, and biological basis for protection procedures. Requirements: enrollment in radiation sciences or nuclear medicine technology program. Same as FRRB:3130.

RSP:3210 Medical Ethics and Law2 s.h.

Introduction to ethical reasoning and problem solving; integration of knowledge about patient care and ethical/legal issues which occur in process of providing care; ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, justice, nonmaleficence, paternalism, Patient's Bill of Rights, resolving moral dilemmas; legal principles of malpractice, intentional torts, negligence. Requirements: radiation science or nuclear medicine technology major.

RSP:3220 Radiation Sciences Quality Management and Health Care Administration2 s.h.

Introduction to health care administration; quality management, safety, and patient satisfaction concepts for the radiation sciences professional. Requirements: radiation sciences or nuclear medicine technology major.

RSP:4110 Research Methodology for Radiation Sciences3 s.h.

Introduction to research concepts and methods for the radiation science professional. Requirements: radiation sciences or nuclear medicine technology major.

Radiologic Technology Program Courses

RSRT:2110 Radiographic Procedures and Analysis I4 s.h.

Introduction to radiographic positioning principles; technical, positioning, and analysis information needed to perform and evaluate images of chest and abdomen on adult and pediatric patients; emphasis on quality patient care and adaptation to a variety of client conditions; labs. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences RT/CT, CVI, or MRI degree track.

RSRT:2120 Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship I1 s.h.

Student rotations through different radiography-related areas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; assist, practice, and test radiographic examinations learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences RT/CT, CVI, or MRI degree track.

RSRT:2215 Radiographic Procedures and Analysis II7 s.h.

Technical, positioning, and analysis information needed to perform and evaluate images of upper and lower extremity, shoulder, and gastrointestinal and biliary radiographic procedures; emphasis on quality patient care and adaptation to a variety of client conditions; labs. Prerequisites: RSRT:2110.

RSRT:2225 Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship II4 s.h.

Student rotation through different radiography-related areas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; assist, practice, and test radiographic examinations learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSRT:2120.

RSRT:2325 Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship III3 s.h.

Student rotation through different radiography-related areas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; assist, practice, and test radiographic examinations learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSRT:2225.

RSRT:3115 Radiographic Procedures and Analysis III4 s.h.

Technical, positioning, and analysis information needed to perform and evaluate images of hip, pelvis, spine, thorax, skull, and GU system radiographic procedures; emphasis on quality patient care and adaptation to a variety of client conditions; labs. Prerequisites: RSRT:2215.

RSRT:3125 Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship IV4 s.h.

Student rotation through different radiography-related areas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; assist, practice, and test radiographic examinations learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSRT:2325.

RSRT:3140 Radiographic and Digital Imaging5 s.h.

Factors that govern and influence production of radiographic image; X-ray and scatter production; patient interactions; function of kVp, mAs, and distance as applied to contrast and spatial resolution; practical issues concerning automatic exposure control and grid usage; labs to practice and apply theoretical principles associated with production of quality images. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences RT/CT, CVI or MRI degree track.

RSRT:3215 Radiographic Procedures IV1 s.h.

Technical, positioning, and analysis information needed to perform and evaluate images performed in advanced radiographic procedures; emphasis on quality patient care and adaptation to a variety of client conditions. Prerequisites: RSRT:3115.

RSRT:3220 Emotional Intelligence for the Health Care Professionalarr.

Introduction to emotional intelligence; scientific background for why emotional intelligence exists and exploring its applications to the health care setting; connection of emotional intelligence to interactions that occur between health care professional and their patients, patient families, and coworkers.

RSRT:3225 Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship V3 s.h.

Student rotation through different radiography-related areas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; assist, practice, and test radiographic examinations learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSRT:3125.

RSRT:3230 Radiographic Physics and Imaging Equipment4 s.h.

Characteristics of atomic structure, electricity, and X-ray machines; properties of X-rays and their interaction with matter; measurement of radiation exposure; construction principles and theories of operation of specialized imaging equipment, including fundamentals of acquisition for imaging intensification, geometric tomography, mobile/portable radiography, and magnification principles.

RSRT:3325 Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VI2 s.h.

Student rotation through different radiography-related areas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; assist, practice, and test radiographic examinations learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSRT:3225.

RSRT:4125 Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VII1 s.h.

Student rotation through different radiography-related areas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; assist, practice, and test radiographic examinations learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSRT:3325.

RSRT:4225 Radiologic Technology Clinical Internship VIII1 s.h.

Student rotation through different radiography-related areas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; assist, practice, and test radiographic examinations learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSRT:4125.

Radiation Therapy Program Courses

RSTH:3100 Introduction to Radiation Therapy2 s.h.

Introduction to cancer as a disease; defining methods to treat cancer with emphasis on radiation therapy; simulation, planning, and treatment delivery of radiation therapy. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences therapy program.

RSTH:3110 Medical Physics I1-3 s.h.

Introduction to radiation used in clinical setting; fundamental physical units, measurements, principles, atomic structure and types of radiation; X-ray generating equipment, X-ray production, and its interaction with matter. Requirements: admission to free radical and radiation biology program or acceptance to radiation sciences therapy program, and maxillofacial or radiation oncology resident. Same as FRRB:3110.

RSTH:3120 Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship I3 s.h.

Student rotations through different radiation therapy related areas; assist, practice, and test radiation therapy principles learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences therapy program.

RSTH:3205 Principles of Radiation Therapy I2 s.h.

Didactic and laboratory work in principles of radiation therapy; historic and current aspects of cancer treatment; role of radiation therapist; patient care, treatment delivery accessories, tumor localization treatment delivery protocols. Prerequisites: RSTH:3100. Requirements: enrollment in radiation sciences therapy program.

RSTH:3215 Medical Physics II0-3 s.h.

Treatment units used in external radiation therapy; beam calculations, isodose distributions, brachytherapy, quality assurance and quality management, protection and safety. Prerequisites: RSTH:3110. Requirements: admission to free radical and radiation biology program or acceptance to radiation sciences therapy program. Same as FRRB:3215.

RSTH:3225 Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship II3 s.h.

Student rotations through different radiation therapy related areas; assist, practice, and test radiation therapy principles learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSTH:3120. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences therapy program.

RSTH:3325 Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship III4 s.h.

Student rotations through different radiation therapy related areas; assist, practice, and test radiation therapy principles learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSTH:3225. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences therapy program.

RSTH:4100 Radiation Therapy I0,12 s.h.

Theory and techniques of radiation therapy technology; emphasis on areas of oncology treatment planning, treatment set-up, dosimetry, use of megavoltage radiation-producing equipment to administer treatments. Requirements: completion of radiologic technology program and eligibility for registration with a national certification program.

RSTH:4105 Principles of Radiation Therapy II2 s.h.

Evaluation and management of neoplastic disease using knowledge in arts and sciences; critical thinking and basis of ethical clinical decision making; epidemiology, etiology, detection, diagnosis, patient condition, treatment and prognosis of neoplastic disease. Prerequisites: RSTH:3205. Requirements: enrollment in radiation sciences therapy program.

RSTH:4125 Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship IV4 s.h.

Student rotations through different radiation therapy related areas; assist, practice, and test radiation therapy principles learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSTH:3325. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences therapy program.

RSTH:4200 Radiation Therapy II0,12 s.h.

Theory and techniques of radiation therapy technology; emphasis on areas of oncology treatment planning, treatment set-up, dosimetry, use of megavoltage radiation-producing equipment to administer treatment; one-year program ending in eligibility for national certification examination in radiation therapy. Prerequisites: RSTH:4100. Requirements: graduation from an accredited radiography program and eligibility for registration with a national certification program.

RSTH:4225 Radiation Therapy Clinical Internship V5 s.h.

Student rotations through different radiation therapy related areas; assist, practice, and test radiation therapy principles learned in didactic setting; skill building for care and management of patients; conduction of performance assessments and completion of guideline objectives for each rotation; performance expectations become progressively higher as students gain experience and skills. Prerequisites: RSTH:4125. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences therapy program.

RSTH:4230 Radiation Therapy Capstone3 s.h.

Professional development; review of concepts. Requirements: acceptance to radiation sciences therapy program.

RSTH:4300 Radiation Therapy III0,6 s.h.

Prerequisites: RSTH:4200.