Curriculum

Learn more about the required course list for the CVPH School of Radiologic Technology in Plattsburgh.

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Required Course List

All new students will be enrolled at the Empire State College Plattsburgh Unit of the Northeast Center in Plattsburgh, following admission at CVPH. There will be an orientation day scheduled to answer questions and familiarize students with this part of their curriculum.

The School of Radiologic Technology will pay for the credits needed, 24 at this time, to complete an Associate Degree in Math, Science, and Technology. The tuition covers New York State residents. Out of State students will be required to pay the additional fee required by Empire State College. (CVPH  has received 40 college credits from Empire State College).  In addition to the AS Degree, students with previous college may work on their Bachelor of Science Degree if it can be completed with 24 credits. CVPH will not pay for any subject failed or not completed. The financial adjustment then becomes the responsibility of the student.

 

School Year

The CVPH School of Radiologic Technology begins in early July.  It runs 40 hours per week and lasts 24 months.

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Curriculum Course Descriptions

All students must complete these credits in order to graduate from our program.

First Year
Second Year


First Year Courses

Clinical Practicum I

The intent of clinical training is to provide a real time learning environment in a structured manner, in accordance with the student’s knowledge base. In general, am exam should be observed at least five times, before a student attempts to perform the exam under direct supervision. Ideally, the competency can be attempted after the student has performed three exams under direct supervision.


Digital Processing and PACS

This course is designed to help the student develop the skills and knowledge necessary for understanding film, computed radiography, and direct radiography processing, manipulation and presentation of images. The student will study the history of radiographic film and the current use of CR and DR. The student will study and understand image acquisition, storage and retrieval. The use of HIS and RIS systems and image storage using the PACS systems will be included.


Ethics and Law

This course provides a foundation in the ethics and law related to the practice of medical imaging. An introduction to terminology, concepts and principles will be presented. Students will examine a variety of ethical and legal issues in clinical practice.


Exposure I

This course is designed to introduce the student with the essential factors influencing radiographs and their effect upon the quality of that radiograph. This knowledge will help the student develop into a technologist, capable of devising technique based upon sound principles.


Introduction to Radiology

Students will be more aware of the responsibilities entailed by becoming a member of the health  care profession. This includes the relationship of the technologists to other technologists, to the  patients, to the radiologists, to the attending physicians and to other members of the hospital   staff. Medical Law will be reviewed, as will dress code, and ethical behavior, cleanliness and confidentiality. It also includes Diversity in the Workplace.  The student will also recognize the potential danger of radiation and be instructed on how to observe the principles of protection, which are necessary to themselves and their patient.


Medical Terminology

This course is designed to help the student to master medical terminology as applied to the specialty of  radiology. Specifically, the student will learn the anatomical names of bones and   organs and other anatomical descriptive terms, commonly used medical terms, prefixes and suffixes and understand the meaning of such terms and their proper usage and spelling.
 

Methods of Patient Care

This course is designed to acquaint the student with nursing procedures and techniques used in the general care of the radiology patient.  Students will have demonstrations and practice many of these procedures, including safe patient handling techniques. They will become certified in BLS (basic life support) and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).


Office Procedures

This course is designed to give the student a broad understanding of our radiology department workflow and tracking system, associated terminology and forms. Operation of telephones, faxes and other office equipment will be reviewed in a clinical lab. Introduction to computer literacy is included, which teaches history of computers, basic computer language and the use of computers in the hospital. An introduction to RIS and PACS is also included.

 

Radiation Physics

This course is designed to help the student understand the field of science that deals with the  fundamentals of X-ray phenomenon.  Electrical physics, principles of X-ray generation, biological effects of radiation, and the operation of X-ray equipment and auxiliary devices will be discussed.


Radiation Protection

This course is designed to help the student recognize the dangers that are present in an ordinary radiographic department. This course will provide the student with an understanding of ionizing radiation and the need for protective measures and maximum safety for the patients and themselves.


Radiographic Image Critique I

This course is designed to help students evaluate their own images, to recognize required anatomy and assess quality to ensure maximum information is presented for interpretation. Review of interesting cases will expand the student’s knowledge of imaging challenges and abnormalities. Select image critique classes are images of the instructor's choosing, to supplement discussions in other courses. Student presentation’s provide opportunities for unique case history discussions and feedback regarding their work.


Radiographic Procedures I

This course is designed to help the student acquire skill in positioning the various parts of the body to demonstrate the desired structures to their best. Stress will also be upon the location of each organ using surface landmarks and the relationship of an organ to other organs within the same image read by a Radiologist. This course has a lab component.


Skeletal Anatomy

This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge and understanding of the various structures of the human body as a whole and of the various parts. This will help the student to interpret requests for radiographic examinations, to properly position the area to be radiographed, to recognize the structures being examined.

 

Second Year Courses

Advanced Imaging

This course is designed to provide the student with a knowledge of advanced technology and other aspects of medical imaging and therapy; i.e. Interventional, Nuclear Medicine, MRI, Ultrasound, Cardiology, Radiation Therapy, Orthopedic office, etc.


Contrast Medias and Pertinent Procedures

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the physics of contrast  media, their responsibility for emergencies in regard to iodine sensitivity and the proper use for procedures.


Clinical Practicum II

The intent of clinical training is to provide a real time learning environment in a structured manner, in accordance with the student’s knowledge base. In general, am exam should be observed at least five times, before a student attempts to perform the exam under direct supervision. Ideally, the competency can be attempted after the student has performed three exams under direct supervision.


Cross-Section Anatomy

This course is designed to aid the student in understanding the component parts of the body in a transverse plane, to identify imaging modalities that utilize transverse anatomy, and to identify and label diagrams given in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.


Department Administration

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the administrative procedures involved in managing a Radiology Department including JCAHO accreditation.


Exposure II

This course is a continuation of Exposure I, with an in-depth look at techniques and equipment used in the imaging department.


Pharmacology

This course is designed to enable the student to recognize various categories of drugs, recognize normal drug nomenclature, basic concepts of pharmacology and discuss specific drugs and to understand the actions, reactions and possible interactions of drugs.


Physiology I & II

This course is designed to give the student a basic knowledge and understanding of the function of tissues and organs, as they relate to medical imaging.


Quality Assurance

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of quality assurance pertaining to the radiology department and to identify the required testing of the equipment & processes, time intervals and the standards as they pertain to state and federal guidelines.


Radiobiology

This course is designed to help the student recognize the radiation dangers that are present in an  ordinary radiographic department. This course will provide the student with an understanding of ionizing radiation and the impact on the cell development.


Radiographic Image Critique II

This course is a continuation of Radiographic Image Evaluation, with a more in-depth study of  cases and image evaluation.


Radiographic Pathology

This course is designed to provide an introduction to pathological conditions and diseases with application to Radiology. A basic introduction to the nature of pathology, followed by a systemic classification of diseases will enable the student to understand the importance of providing informative radiographs for diagnosis.

 

Radiographic Procedures II

This course is a continuation of Course I in positioning of the body for additional radiographs of a more specialized nature. It concentrates on the skull, urinary studies and fluoroscopy, which include the use of contrast medias and appropriate equipment. Pediatric radiography is covered, as well as, the basics of mammography. This course includes a lab component.


Venipuncture

This course is designed to provide the student with the theory and practice of the basic techniques of venipuncture and the administration of contrast media and/or intravenous medication.