Academic Calendar & Course Descriptions

Academic Calendar & Course Descriptions

School of Radiologic Technology

«Course Descriptions»
FIRST YEAR - FALL SEMESTER - August 18 thru Dec. 12, 2014
Orientation
RAD 1100 Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care
RAD 1101 Radiographic Procedures I
RAD 1102 Principles of Radiographic Imaging and Exposure I
RAD 1103 Clinical Education I
Holiday – Sept. 1, 2014 - Labor Day
Holiday – Nov. 27 & 28, 2014 – Thanksgiving
Holiday – Dec. 24 & 25, 2014 - Christmas
Break – Dec. 13 – 26, 2014
FIRST YEAR - SPRING SEMESTER - Dec. 27, 2014 thru April 24, 2015
RAD 2100 Patient Care II
RAD 2101 Radiographic Procedures II
RAD 2102 Principles of Radiographic Imaging and Exposure II
RAD 2103 Clinical Education II
Holiday – Jan. 1, 2015 – New Year’s Day
Holiday – Jan. 19, 2015 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Break – April 25 thru May 8, 2015
FIRST YEAR - SUMMER SEMESTER – May 9 thru July 24, 2015
RAD 3100 Patient Care III
RAD 3101 Radiographic Procedures III
RAD 3102 Equipment and Maintenance I
RAD 3103 Clinical Education III
Holiday - May 25, 2015 – Memorial Day
Holiday – July 4, 2015 – Independence Day
Break – July 25 thru August 14, 2015
SECOND YEAR - FALL SEMESTER - August 15 thru Dec. 11, 2015
RAD 4100 Radiation Protection I
RAD 4101 Radiographic Procedures IV
RAD 4102 Equipment and Maintenance II
RAD 4103 Clinical Education IV
RAD 4104 Radiographic Pathology
Holiday – Sept. 7, 2015 – Labor Day
Holiday – Nov. 26 & 27, 2015 - Thanksgiving
Holiday – Dec. 24 & 25, 2015 - Christmas
Break – Dec. 12 thru Jan. 1, 2016
SECOND YEAR - SPRING SEMESTER - Jan. 2 thru April 15, 2016
RAD 5100 Radiation Protection II
RAD 5101 Radiographic Procedures V
RAD 5102 Professional Development and Independent Study
RAD 5103 Clinical Education V
Holiday - Jan. 1, 2016 – New Year’s Day
Holiday – Jan. 18, 2016 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Break – April 16 thru April 29, 2016
SECOND YEAR - SUMMER SEMESTER - April 30 thru July 15, 2016
RAD 6100 Radiologic Technology Review
RAD 6101 Clinical Education VI
Holiday - May 30, 2016 – Memorial Day
Holiday – July 4, 2016 – Independence Day

 

School of Radiation Therapy

«Course Descriptions»
FALL SEMESTER – August 18 thru Dec. 12, 2014
Orientation
Introduction to Radiation Therapy
Patient Care I
Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy I
Patho-Oncology I
Patho-Oncology Lab I
Physics I
Radiobiology
Treatment Planning I
Sectional Anatomy
Case Study I
Clinical Education I
Holiday – Sept. 4, 2014 - Labor Day
Holiday – Nov. 27 & 28, 2014 – Thanksgiving
Holiday – Dec. 24 & 25, 2014 – Christmas
Holiday – Jan. 1, 2015 – New Year’s Day
Break – Dec. 15, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015
SPRING SEMESTER – Jan. 5 thru April 17, 2015
Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy II
Patho-Oncology II
Patho-Oncology Lab II
Physics II
Case Study II
Treatment Planning II
Patient Care II
Registry Review I
Clinical Education II
Holiday – Jan. 19, 2015 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Break – April 20 thru May 1, 2015
SUMMER SEMESTER I - May 4 thru June 12, 2015
Patho-Oncology III
Patho-Oncology Lab III
Physics III
Case Study III
Clinical Education III
SUMMER SEMESTER II – June 15 thru July 17, 2015
Registry Review II
Clinical Education IV
Holiday - May 25, 2015 – Memorial Day
Holiday – July 4, 2015 – Independence Day

 

School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

«Course Descriptions»
FALL QUARTER – Sept. 22 thru Dec. 19, 2014

Orientation
Introduction to Sonography and Patient Care I
Abdomen Sonography I
OB/Gyn Sonography I
Lab Simulation I
Clinical Education I
Holiday –Nov. 27 & 28, 2014 - Thanksgiving
Holiday – Dec. 24 & 25, 2014 – Christmas
Holiday – Jan. 1, 2015 - New Year’s Day
Break – Dec. 22, 2014 – Jan. 9, 2015

WINTER QUARTER – Jan. 12 thru March 27, 2015

Abdomen Sonography II
OB/Gyn Sonography II
Physics and Instrumentation I
Case Review I
Directed Study I
Lab Simulation II
Clinical Education II
Holiday – Jan. 19, 2015 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Break – March 30 – April 10, 2015

SPRING QUARTER – April 13 thru June 26, 2015

Abdomen Sonograpy III
OB/Gyn Sonography III
Physics and Instrumentation II
Case Review II
Directed Study II
Lab Simulation III
Clinical Education III
Holiday – May 25, 2015
Holiday – July 4, 2015 – Independence Day
Break – June 29 thru July 10, 2015

SUMMER QUARTER – July 13 thru Sept. 25, 2015

Abdomen Sonography IV
OB/Gyn Sonography IV
Physics and Instrumentation III
Case Review III
Directed Study III
Lab Simulation IV
Clinical Education IV
Holiday – Sept. 7, 2015 – Labor Day
Break – Sept. 28 – Oct. 9, 2015

FALL QUARTER – Oct. 12, 2015 thru Jan. 15, 2016

Physics Registry Review
Special Studies Abdomen V
Case Review IV
Directed Study IV
Clinical Education V
Holiday – Nov. 26 & 27, 2015 - Thanksgiving
Holiday – Dec. 24 & 25, 2015 – Christmas
Holiday – Jan. 1, 2016 – New Year’s Day
Break – Dec. 21, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016
Holiday – Jan. 18, 2016 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Break – Jan. 18 – 22, 2016

WINTER QUARTER – Jan. 25 thru March 18, 2016

OB/Gyn Registry Review
Abdomen Registry Review
Clinical Education VI

Course Descriptions - Radiologic Technology

First Year - Fall Semester
RAD 1100 Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care
Provides the student with an overview of radiography and patient care. Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, critical thinking skills, and issues common to many clinical applications in the healthcare profession. Topics include: basic principles of radiation safety and protection, basic principles of exposure; equipment introduction; recognition of and empathy for basic patient needs; communication skills and problem-solving techniques among health team personnel; ethics; medical and legal considerations; Right to Know Law; professionalism; medical emergencies; contrast media; OR and mobile procedures patient preparation; death and dying; and body mechanics/transportation.

RAD 1101 Radiographic Procedures I
Introduces the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures applicable to the human anatomy. Emphasis will be placed on the production of quality radiographs. Topics include medical terminology; an introduction to radiographic procedures; positioning terminology; positioning considerations; skeletal anatomy; topographical anatomy related to body cavities and planes; body systems anatomy for respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, urinary, biliary, and nervous systems; routine procedures and projections of the chest, upper extremities, and lower extremities; fundamentals of pathology; pathological disorders of the respiratory and skeletal systems.

RAD 1102 Principles of Radiographic Imaging and Exposure I
Introduces knowledge of principles that control and influence the production of quality radiographic images. Topics include: prime factors of radiographic quality; photographic and geometric properties of radiographic quality; density, contrast, recorded detail and distortion; radiographic technique and exposure conversion problems; digital imaging; and devices to control of scatter radiation including grids, collimators and other devices.

RAD 1103 Clinical Education I
A clinical course focusing on the application and evaluation of general radiography in the hospital setting. Under supervision, the student develops clinical skills through observation and participation in imaging studies. Laboratory experience will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Involves instruction and competency testing in the hospital setting. Provides the student with opportunities to participate with equipment in various imaging service departments (orthopedic, pediatric, surgical, mobile, and trauma radiography, CR/DR diagnostic imaging, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy).

First Year – Spring Semester
RAD 2100 Patient Care II
Provides the student with the basic patient care principles and concepts they are likely to encounter in various clinical situations in the healthcare setting. Topics include: patient care terminology; method of disease spread; medical/surgical asepsis; sterile techniques; vital signs; acute situations; CPR; vital signs; support equipment; medical and trauma emergencies; care of the patient in trauma.

RAD 2101 Radiographic Procedures II
Provides the student with the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures applicable to the human anatomy. Topics include: routine procedures and projections of the skull, pelvis, vertebrae, shoulder, bony thorax, abdomen; anatomy of the skull, facial bones, sinuses, orbits, and organs of hearing; routine procedures and projections for respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, urinary, biliary, and nervous systems; patient preparations for routine contrast study procedures; pathological disorders of associated systems, classification of disease, and additive and destructive conditions.

RAD 2102 Principles of Radiographic Imaging and Exposure II
Topics include: automatic exposure control, films/screens, automatic film processing, processing artifacts, sensitometry, and image analysis.

RAD 2103 Clinical Education II
A clinical course focusing on the application and evaluation of general radiography in the hospital setting. Under supervision, the student develops clinical skills through observation and participation in imaging studies. Laboratory experience will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Involves instruction and competency testing in the hospital setting. Actual images that the student has performed during the quarter are critiqued. Provides the student with opportunities to participate with equipment in various imaging service departments (orthopedic, pediatric, surgical, mobile, and trauma radiography, CR/DR diagnostic imaging, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy).

First Year – Summer Semester
RAD 3100 Patient Care III
Topics include: care of patients during gastrointestinal and genitourinary exams, care of patients support equipment, pharmacology, medication administration, contrast media, venipuncture, and EKG.

RAD 3101 Radiographic Procedures III
Provides the student with the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures applicable to the corresponding human anatomy. Topics include: routine procedures and projections for facial bones, sinuses, orbits, organs of hearing, mastoids, and specialty exams (pediatric and trauma radiography). Image analysis includes recognition and differentiation between diagnostic and poor quality radiographs.

RAD 3102 Equipment and Maintenance I
Introduces and builds upon the concepts of basic physics and emphasizes the fundamentals of x-ray generating equipment. Topics include concepts of radiologic science, atomic structure, structure of matter, radiation quantities and units, fundaments of physics and electromagnetic radiation, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism, x-ray imaging circuits and generators, and the x-ray tube.

RAD 3103 Clinical Education III
A clinical course focusing on the application and evaluation of general radiography in the hospital setting. Under supervision, the student develops clinical skills through observation and participation in imaging studies. Laboratory experience will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Involves instruction and competency testing in the hospital setting. Actual images that the student has performed during the quarter are critiqued. Provides the student with opportunities to participate with equipment in various imaging service departments (orthopedic, pediatric, surgical, mobile, and trauma radiography, CR/DR diagnostic imaging, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy).

Second Year - Fall Semester
RAD 4100 Radiation Protection I
Provides instruction on professional responsibilities of the radiographer to limit both occupational and patient radiation exposure. Topics include: x-ray production, x-ray emission, properties of radiation, and x-ray interactions with matter, radiation units, and radiation monitoring.

RAD 4101 Radiographic Procedures IV
Topics include: sectional anatomy as related to computer enhanced imaging in sagittal, coronal, and axial planes. Emphasis is placed on anatomy and pathology as they relate to CT and MRI. CT protocols of the head, neck, abdomen, and pelvis are also included.

RAD 4102 Equipment and Maintenance II
Topics include introduction to computers and their use in radiology, mobile imaging equipment, fluoroscopy, computed radiography, direct digital imaging, electronic image production, digital image quality, PACS, computed tomography (CT), QA/QC, X-ray tube rating charts, PET, and MRI.

RAD 4103 Clinical Education IV
A clinical course focusing on the application and evaluation of general radiography in the hospital setting. Under supervision, the student develops clinical skills through observation and participation in imaging studies. Laboratory experience will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Involves instruction and competency testing in the hospital setting. Actual images that the student has performed during the quarter are critiqued. Provides the student with opportunities to participate with equipment in various imaging service departments (orthopedic, pediatric, surgical, mobile, and trauma radiography, CR/DR diagnostic imaging, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy).

RAD 4104 Radiographic Pathology
Provides the student with an introduction to the concepts of disease, pathological disorders of associated systems, classification of disease, and additive and destructive conditions. Includes pathology and disease as they relate to various radiographic procedures.

Second Year – Spring Semester
RAD 5100 Radiation Protection II
Topics include fundamental principles of radiobiology, molecular and cellular radiobiology, early effects of radiation, late effects of radiation, dose limits for exposure to ionizing radiation, Equipment design for radiation protection, management of patient radiation dose, and management of imaging personnel radiation dose.

RAD 5101 Radiographic Procedures V
Provides the student with the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures applicable to the human anatomy. Topics include: specialty exams (geriatric and obese radiography); specialized procedures such as angiography, cardiac catheterization, myelography, arthrography, breast imaging, hysterosalpingography, tomography, bone densitometry, overview of interventional imaging procedures; associated imaging equipment and devices; and review of sterile procedures, medication administration, contraindications and adverse reactions to contrast media. Also included; image critique of positioning of the chest and abdomen, upper extremity, lower extremity, vertebral column, and the skull.

RAD 5102 Professional Development and Independent Study
Designed to promote continuing professional education and lifelong learning. Students are assigned articles and/or videos of current topics in the imaging field for independent study and discussion. This course will also promote critical thinking skills, while enhancing problem-solving skills. Students will be assigned case study topics and will present image studies as a class presentation, including image evaluation criteria, proper positioning, proper radiographic quality, and type of pathology and/or diagnosis.

RAD 5103 Clinical Education V
A clinical course focusing on the application and evaluation of general radiography in the hospital setting. Under supervision, the student develops clinical skills through observation and participation in imaging studies. Laboratory experience will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Involves instruction and competency testing in the hospital setting. Actual images that the student has performed during the semester are critiqued. Provides the student with opportunities to participate with equipment in various imaging service departments (orthopedic, pediatric, surgical, mobile, and trauma radiography, CR/DR diagnostic imaging, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy).

Second Year – Summer Semester
RAD 6100 Radiologic Technology Review
Provides a review of basic knowledge from previous courses and helps the student to prepare for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology certification examination. Topics include: patient care, radiographic procedures, radiation protection, equipment and maintenance, principles of radiographic imaging and exposure, radiographic pathology, and medical terminology.

RAD 6101 Clinical Education VI
A clinical course focusing on the application and evaluation of general radiography in the hospital setting. Under supervision, the student develops clinical skills through observation and participation in imaging studies. Laboratory experience will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Involves instruction and competency testing in the hospital setting. Actual images that the student has performed during the quarter are critiqued. Provides the student with opportunities to participate with equipment in various imaging service departments (orthopedic, pediatric, surgical, mobile, and trauma radiography, CR/DR diagnostic imaging, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy).

Course Descriptions - Radiation Therapy

Orientation
This course introduces the student to the Grady Health System and the School of Radiation Therapy. This includes a brief introduction to key personnel, course registration, ID badge issuance, parking arrangements, a complete review of the Student Handbook policies and procedures, and required in-service education for radiation protection, general safety procedures, blood borne pathogens, and HIPAA compliance.

Introduction to Radiation Therapy
This course introduces the student to the radiation therapy profession. Emphasis is placed on the multi-disciplinary approach to cancer management and the role of a Radiation Therapist. Topics include organization of the hospital, the cancer care team, medical ethics, introductory law, communication and cultural diversity, death and dying, the history of radiation therapy, simulation and imaging technology, treatment technology, dosimetry and treatment planning, radiation protection, record management and operational issues, quality control, and computer utilization.

Patient Care I-II
These courses progressively provide an in-depth study of basic nursing skills and oncology nursing procedures. Emphasis is placed on assessment and management of patients for general medical conditions and patients with cancer. Topics include medical terminology, acquisition and evaluation of vital signs and laboratory test results, body mechanics, infection control and Standard Precautions, medical equipment handling, specimen/biopsy collection, pharmacology, common medical/oncology emergencies, cancer screening and prevention, patient and community education, quality management, general and site-specific radiation induced side effects, pain management, myelosuppression, chemotherapy, care for patients receiving brachytherapy, and protocols/clinical trials.

Principles & Practice of Radiation Therapy I-III
These courses progressively provide an in-depth study of the principles of equipment operation and the practice of radiation therapy procedures. Emphasis is placed on block fabrication, patient immobilization, medical imaging and processing, nomenclature, simulator operation, tumor localization and treatment planning data acquisition, linear accelerator operation, treatment delivery and documentation, and interpretation of treatment plans. Topics include simulation and/or treatment of the Spine, Lung, Whole Brain, Extremities, Oblique Lung, Abdomen, Pelvis, Inguinal, Head & Neck, Single and Abutting Electron Fields, Breast, Total Body Irradiation (TBI), and Central Nervous System (CNS) Thyroid, Mantle, and other unusual or rare set-ups.

Patho-Oncology I-III
These courses progressively provide an in-depth study of the principles of pathophysiology, carcinogenesis, and neoplasia. Emphasis is placed on cancer development in relation to specific anatomical sites; including nomenclature, etiologic factors, epidemiology, pathology, diagnostic work-up, tumor grading and staging, patterns of spread, treatment options, and prognosis. Relevant anatomy and physiology as well as an overview of sectional anatomy (CT, MRI, PET, and US imaging) will be included. Topics include malignancies of the Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Central Nervous, Digestive, Urinary, Reproductive (Male/Female), Endocrine, Lymphatic, Integumentary, and Circulatory Systems, as well as Head & Neck, Breast, and Ocular malignancies.

Patho-Oncology Labs I - III
These lab components progressively provide an in-depth study of principles of patient simulation and treatment techniques for the topics included in Patho-Oncology I - III.

Radiobiology
This course provides an in-depth study of the biological effects of ionizing radiation on living cells/tissues. Emphasis is placed on analysis and interpretation of data from cell survival and dose response curves. Topics include cell biology, structure and function of DNA and chromosomes, the cell cycle, cell/tissue sensitivity and response to radiation, tolerance doses, modification of cell/tissue response to radiation, acute and chronic effects of radiation on various organs and systems, radiation syndromes, somatic and genetic effects of radiation, risks to the embryo and fetus, federal radiation protection standards, and new radiation modalities and treatment techniques.

Physics I-III
These courses progressively provide an in-depth study of mathematics and the principles of physics as they relate to diagnostic radiography and radiation therapy. Emphasis is placed on applications involving equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and analytic trigonometry functions; graphing and data analysis/modeling, selection and application of appropriate charts, isodose curves, and formulas necessary for dose determination and calculations for external photon, electron, and other particle beams, as well as consideration, evaluation, and implementation of optimal treatment planning. Topics include units of measurement, principles of mass, force, and energy, structure of atoms and matter, the nature of radiation, electromagnetic radiation, electricity and magnetism, rectification, X-ray tubes and circuits, radiation interactions with matter, the production, properties, and characteristics of radiation, qualities of radiation beams, measurement of absorbed dose, radiation therapy treatment units, isodose curves, treatment planning data acquisition, dosimetric considerations, methods of dosimetry calculations, stereotactic radiosurgery, 3-D conformal therapy, IMRT, and other emerging technologies, dose distribution and scatter analysis, detection and measurement of ionizing radiation, radioactivity, brachytherapy, radiation protection, equipment calibration, and quality management.

Treatment Planning I - II
These courses progressively provide an in-depth study of clinical dosimetry and treatment planning procedures. Emphasis is placed on selection and application of appropriate charts, isodose curves, and formulas necessary for dose determination and calculations for external photon and electron beams, field arrangements, determination of treatment planning options relative to the tumor site and modality selected, beam manipulation, brachytherapy procedures, and quality management.

Sectional Anatomy
This course consists of the study of sectional anatomy as related to computer enhanced imaging. The course covers all parts of the body in sagittal, coronal, and axial planes. Emphasis is placed on anatomy and pathology as demonstrated in CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and PET/CT images. A complete understanding of basic anatomy is necessary.

Case Study I-III
These courses encourage life-long learning through independent investigation and development of research techniques and documentation styles. It includes development of professional communication skills in oral presentations and classroom discussion. Emphasis is placed on research, listening, critical reading, thinking, analysis, interpretation of scholarly writings, analyzing data, interpreting and synthesizing information, summarizing, paraphrasing, and incorporating research findings into a case study. Topics include case studies of malignancies of the Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Central Nervous, Digestive, Urinary, Reproductive (Male/Female), Endocrine, Lymphatic, Integumentary, and Circulatory Systems, as well as Head & Neck, Breast, and Ocular malignancies.

Registry Review I-II
These courses provide a comprehensive review of course material in preparation for the ARRT Examination in Radiation Therapy. Topics include material from all courses previously completed.

Clinical Education I-IV
These courses progressively provide the student with practical clinical experience with direct supervision, while encouraging a level of independent performance expected of an entry-level Radiation Therapist. Emphasis placed on the development and refinement of professional ethics, medical-legal issues, communication skills, patient care and assessment, professional development, block fabrication, patient immobilization, radiation protection, technical competence in simulation, treatment, and treatment planning procedures, and quality management. Students will progressively develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and clinical skills and behaviors necessary to demonstrate successful completion of clinical objectives and competencies.

Course Descriptions - Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Orientation
This includes a brief introduction to key personnel, student registration, identification badge issuance, parking arrangements, tour of the clinical sites, student handbook content coverage, and required in-service education for safety procedures, HIPAA, and blood borne pathogens.

Introduction To Sonography And Patient Care I & II
These courses present skills for appropriate patient care in sonography including patient transport and transfer; vital signs; communication and cultural diversity skills; legal, medical ethics and professionalism issues; introduction of basic laboratory values and other imaging studies that correlate with sonographic exams; policies, procedure, and protocols for sonographic exams; basic instrumentation operation and care; routine scan planes and general sonographic terminology.

OB/Gyn Sonography I - V
These courses detail gynecological, maternal and fetal anatomy, physiology, anomalies, pathology, and pathophysiology as demonstrated by sonographic examination. Standard protocols and procedures, as well as the sonographic appearance of both normal and abnormal anatomy are presented.

Abdominal Sonography I - V
These courses provide studies of structure, function, relational anatomy, pathology and pathophysiology as well as both the normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the abdominal organs and superficial structures that are typically examined with sonography.

Sonographic Physics I - III
The study of acoustic physics and instrumentation includes topics of physical principles of sound generation and propagation, sound interaction with tissue, the instrumentation utilized to produce and detect diagnostic medical ultrasound, bioeffects, safety and quality assurance of the use of ultrasound.

Directed Study I - III
This course is intended to encourage independent study and research in sonography. The student will be assigned a project each quarter.

Case Review I - VI
Each quarter, the student will present sonographic studies to the class for open discussion, including image evaluation and differential diagnoses. The student will use proper medical and sonographic terminology. Participation and discussion of case reviews offered by fellow students is a part of case presentations.

Lab Simulation I - V
In order to gain practical experience in a controlled, supervised environment, the student will participate in simulated exercises, practicing sonographic procedures in preparation for clinical competency testing. Some competency testing will be included during this time. Topics for simulated exams will correlate with the abdominal, gynecological or superficial structures being studied in other didactic courses. Physics and Instrumentation principles will be practiced and demonstrated throughout the courses with emphasis in the third quarter.

Registry Review (Physics, Abdomen & OB/Gyn)
These courses will provide a comprehensive overview and review of all topics previously presented. The student will practice and/or be tested on computer and in written format in preparation for the national certifying examinations.

Clinical Education I - VI
Through direct patient care, with instruction, demonstration and supervision by appropriately certified Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, the student will progressively develop the clinical skills and behaviors necessary to complete specific competencies required to become an entry level sonographer. The student will rotate through clinical sites within Grady Health System and other affiliates in the greater Atlanta area.

Grading System

The following system of grading is used:

A – Excellent 90 - 100%
B – Good 80 - 89%
C – Marginal 75 - 79%
D - Poor 70 - 74%
F - Failure Below 70%

Students receive an academic and clinical grade report at the end of each semester. Academic and clinical grades are listed separately, are weighted by credit hours, and are averaged for a semester GPA. The student is individually counseled concerning his/her academic and clinical training on a weekly, monthly, or on an as needed basis.

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