RAD 105 Intro to Patient Care and Radiography

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Wilmington
Effective Date:
BIO 120, CHM 110, MAT 162


Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
2.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course introduces the fundamentals of radiologic science and its relation to healthcare. The radiographer’s role in providing patient care to all patient populations is examined. Medical ethics and law are discussed.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

Radiologic Technology Student Handbook Separate instructor handouts and assignments

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course

In order to achieve the maximum benefit from this course of instruction, the student is responsible for attending scheduled classes, completing all readings and instructor assignments, and actively participating in class discussion and activities. The instructor will announce the schedule for written tests.

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Differentiate safe and effective measures in providing patient care during the practice of radiography. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4)
  2. Discuss medical ethics and law as it relates to the radiologic sciences. (CCC 1, 3, 4, 5; PGC 3)
  3. Discuss radiation safety for the patient and the radiographer. (CCC 1, 3, 4, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3)
  4. Discuss the fundamentals of the radiologic sciences and its relationship to the healthcare system. (CCC 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 3)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Differentiate safe and effective measures in providing patient care during the practice of radiography.
    1. Discuss trends in modern healthcare delivery systems.
    2. Describe the responsibility of the radiographer during interactions with patients and other members of the healthcare team.
    3. Demonstrate safe and effective body mechanics when transferring and repositioning patients.
    4. Discuss special considerations applicable to the care of pediatric, geriatric, trauma, physically and/or emotionally challenged patients, and patients with cultural differences.
    5. Identify methods for determining the correct patient for a given procedure.
    6. Obtain and interpret vital signs.
    7. Describe best practices in order to provide medical asepsis before, during, and after radiographic procedures.
    8. Apply appropriate infection control techniques required in the healthcare environment.
    9. Identify selected emergency situations encountered in the healthcare environment and describe appropriate emergency action.
    10. Demonstrate competency with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at the healthcare provider level.
    11. Identify pharmacologic agents commonly encountered while providing patient care in radiology.
    12. Differentiate types of contrast media and associated supplies.
    13. Discuss the radiographer’s scope of practice relative to drug and contrast administration.
  2. Discuss medical ethics and law as it relates to the radiologic sciences.
    1. Explain legal terms, principles, doctrines, and laws specific to the radiologic sciences.
    2. Recognize and discuss the elements necessary for valid malpractice claims.
    3. Discuss the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Scope of Practice for the radiographer and describe elements that comprise it.
    4. Define informed consent, and describe the essentials for valid informed consent.
    5. Discuss the key concepts of patients’ rights.
    6. Define medical ethics.
    7. Discuss how the following relate to medical ethics:
      1. Communication
      2. Professional confidentiality, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
      3. Student responsibilities
    8. Discuss the ASRT Code of Ethics.
  3. Discuss radiation safety for the patient and the radiographer.
    1. Discuss general principles of radiation protection.
    2. Understand the purpose of a personnel radiation monitor, and demonstrate proper placement.
    3. Discuss the components of the Radiation Safety Policy as stated in the Radiologic Technology Student Handbook and as applied in the clinical setting.
  4. Discuss the fundamentals of the radiologic sciences and its relationship to the healthcare system.
    1. Identify the responsibilities/mission of the healthcare facility, various settings for the delivery of healthcare, and members of the healthcare team.
    2. Discuss the reimbursement/payment options for healthcare services.
    3. Describe the practice standards for the radiographer as defined by the ASRT and state licensure.
    4. Identify other health science professions that participate in the patient’s total healthcare.
    5. Define accreditation, institution versus programmatic, credentialing, certification, registration, licensure, and regulations.
    6. Discuss career advancement and opportunities for the radiographer.
    7. Identify the benefits of continuing education as related to improved patient care and professional enhancement.
    8. Identify national, state, and local organizations for the radiographer.
    9. Identify major duties/responsibilities of a student radiographer.
    10. Describe how the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Radiographer relate to the educational process.
    11. Identify basic radiographic/fluoroscopic equipment, and discuss appropriate usage.
    12. Identify and discuss the appropriate use of accessory equipment in radiography.
    13. Define key positioning terms used during radiographic examinations.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Tests (4)

70 %


15 %

Lab Competencies

15 %



Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Demonstrate clinical competence by performing a full range of radiologic procedures on all patient populations.
  2. Professionally utilize verbal, nonverbal and written communication in patient care intervention and professional relationships.
  3. Demonstrate professional growth and development by practicing the profession’s code of ethics and comply with the profession’s scope of practice.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in the performance of radiographic procedures.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.