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RSTE 305R Special Projects in Radiation Science (1 cr) FALL
This is an independent study assignment designed to give the student the opportunity to develop a scientific essay on selected special topics in Radiologic Technology.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Temme and Jones

Textbook: No text required

RSTE 332S Gastrointestinal Ultrasound (3 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of gastrointestinal sonography. The student is provided with instruction in sectional anatomy, scanning techniques, physiology, and pathophysiology of the liver, gallbladder and biliary tract, pancreas, and spleen. Various instructional techniques are used to aid the student in the learning process. Each class consists of lectures and film presentations on the topics listed in the course syllabus. Scanning labs provide the student with hands-on experience in the equipment parameters and image acquisition techniques necessary to obtain appropriate sonographic images. The student is required to complete scanning technique assignments to apply classroom knowledge to film critique and interpretation. Exams are given to evaluate the student’s knowledge and progress.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbook: Diagnostic Ultrasound: 2-Volume Set by Carol Rumack, Stephanie Wilson, J. William Charboneau, Jo-Ann Johnson, 4th Ed., Mosby, 2011. ISBN: 978-0323053976

RSTE 401S Ultrasound Physics I (1 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
This course is designed to provide the student with basic information necessary to understand the principles of ultrasound physics as it applies to diagnostic imaging. Topics to be covered include sound parameters, interaction of sound with media, resolution, transducers, instrumentation, real-time imaging, and image storage and display. Concepts will focus on applicability in the clinical setting and preparation for the registry examination.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbooks: Understanding Ultrasound Physics: Fundamentals and Exam Review by Sidney K. Edelman, 4th Ed., 2012 ISBN: 978-0962644450

RSTE 407S Advanced Obstetrical Ultrasound (2 cr) SPRING
This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of obstetrics as it relates to ultrasound scanning. The student is instructed on fetal embryology, normal anatomy, gestational age assessment, anomalies of each organ system, uteroplacental anatomy and physiology, and maternal and fetal complications associated with pregnancy.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbooks: Diagnostic Ultrasound: 2-Volume Set by Carol Rumack, Stephanie Wilson, J. William Charboneau, Jo-Ann Johnson, 4th Ed., Mosby, 2011. ISBN: 978-0323053976 and Ultrasonography in Obstetrics and Gynecology by Peter W. Callen, 5th Ed., Saunders, 2007. ISBN: 978-1416032649

RSTE 408S Gynecological Ultrasound (1 cr) SPRING
This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of patient care preparation, normal female pelvic anatomy, reproductive physiology, gynecological pathology and scanning techniques. Clinical application of gynecological sonography will be emphasized in this course.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbooks: Same as RSTE 407S

RSTE 409S Genitourinary Ultrasound (1 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
This course is designed to give the student an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology of the genitourinary system. Clinical application of genitourinary Sonography will be emphasized in this course. Scanning labs provide the student with hands-on experience in the equipment parameters and image acquisition techniques necessary to obtain appropriate sonographic images. The student is required to complete scanning technique assignments to apply classroom knowledge to film critique and interpretation.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbooks: Diagnostic Ultrasound: 2-Volume Set by Carol Rumack, Stephanie Wilson, J. William Charboneau, Jo-Ann Johnson, 4th Ed., Mosby, 2011. ISBN: 978-0323053976

RSTE 410R Sectional Anatomy and Pathology I – CT/MRI (4 cr) FALL
Sectional Anatomy, Pathology, and Physiology as it relates to CT/MRI/PET images will be covered. Basic terminology, instrumentation, and safety of CT and MRI will be included. This is the first semester of a two-semester course.

Prerequisites: Advisor approval; basic anatomy

Instructor: Custer/Araujo

Textbooks: Introduction to Sectional Anatomy by Michael E. Madden, 3rd Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013. ISBN: 978-1609139612 and Pathology for the Health Professions by Ivan Damjanov, 4th Ed., Elsevier, 2011. ISBN: 978-1437716764.

Optional Review Book: Introduction to Sectional Anatomy Workbook and Board Review Guide by Michael E. Madden, 2nd Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007. ISBN: 978-0781769761

RSTE 411R Sectional Anatomy and Pathology II (CT/MRI) (4 cr) SPRING
This is a continuation of Sectional Anatomy, Pathology, and Physiology as it relates to CT/MRI/PET imaging.

Prerequisites: RSTE 410R

Instructor: Custer/Araujo

Textbooks: Same texts as RSTE 410R

RSTE 413R Radiologic Contrast Agents (1 cr) SUMMER
This course presents the physical principles of contrast media related to imaging, the physical and chemical properties of contrast media solutions, classification/chemistry/pharmacology of contrast agents, pharmacodynamics, the pharmacokinetics and biopharmaceutics of contrast media, routes of drug administration, infection prevention and control, anxiety/phobia/conscious sedation, pharmacology of emergency medications, contrast-related nephrotoxicity, mechanisms of contrast media reactions, radiographic contrast media terminology, and the economic and legal issues involving contrast media and radiographic procedures.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Ahmad

Textbook: Pharmacology and Drug Administration for Imaging Technologists, by Steven C. Jensen and Michael P. Peppers, 2nd Ed., Mosby, 2005. ISBN: 978-0323030755 

RSTE 414S Introduction to Sonography (2 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
This course is designed to give the allied health professions student an introduction to the field of sonography. The course will begin by covering the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound. Students will also learn sonographic anatomy, exam preparations, scanning techniques, and pathology in the areas of abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology, neurosonography, and high-resolution sonography.

Prerequisites: Admission in the UNMC School of Allied Health Professions and/or current registration/certification in an allied health profession

Instructor: Michael

Textbook: Clinical Guide to Ultrasonography: Exercises for Critical Thinking by Charlotte Henningsen, Kathryn Kuntz, Diane Youngs, 2nd Ed., Mosby, 2013. ISBN: 978-0323091640

RSTE 414T Sectional Anatomy and Pathology I – Oncology (2 cr) FALL
Sectional Anatomy, Pathology, and Physiology as it relates to Radiation Oncology will be covered. Basic terminology, instrumentation, and safety of Radiation Oncology will be included. This is the first semester of a two-semester course. Prerequisite: RSTE Advisor approval.

Prerequisites: Advisor approval; basic anatomy

Instructor: Custer/Bartenhagen

Textbooks: Introduction to Sectional Anatomy by Michael E. Madden, 3rd Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013. ISBN: 978-1609139612 and Pathology for the Health Professions by Ivan Damjanov, 4th Ed., Elsevier, 2011. ISBN: 978-1437716764.

RSTE 415T Sectional Anatomy and Pathology II – Oncology (2 cr) SPRING
This is a continuation of Sectional Anatomy, Pathology, and Physiology as it relates to Radiation Oncology.

Prerequisites: RSTE 414T

Instructor: Custer/Bartenhagen

Textbook: Same texts as RSTE 414T

RSTE 419R Introduction to MRI (2 cr) FALL
This course is an introductory MRI physics and instrumentation. This course is Blackboard based, and is designed for use within a magnetic resonance imaging program (MRI), or related health science profession. Course content will include an introduction to basic MRI Physics, Instrumentation, Control Parameters, Imaging Options, and Patient Safety. Specified topics will include magnetism, ACR White Paper on MRI Safety, TE, TR, spin spin interactions, spin lattice interactions, T2*, permanent magnets, electromagnets, superconducting magnets, shim coils, RF coils, fringe fields, and SNR.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Stevens

Textbook: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physical & Biological Principles, 3rd ed., Stewart C. Bushong, 2003: ISBN: 978-0323014854 and MRI in Practice 4th ed., Catherine Westbrook, Carolyn Kaut Roth, John Talbot; ISBN: 978-1444337433

RSTE 419S Professional Projects I (2 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
This course will allow the DMS student to conduct an in-depth investigation into the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The student will research, identify and form a differential diagnosis for pathologic cases imaged by ultrasound. Written communication skills will be advanced through completion of a scientific paper and poster exhibit related to the field of sonography.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbook: No text required

RSTE 420R MRI Physics & Systems (2 cr) SPRING
This course provides an in depth look at MRI physics, instrumentation, pulse sequences, patient safety, and various other MRI specific topics.

Prerequisites: RSTE 419R suggested

Instructor: Stevens

Textbook: Same as RSTE 419R - Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physical & Biological Principles, 3rd ed., Stewart C. Bushong, 2003: ISBN: 978-0323014854 and MRI in Practice 4th ed., Catherine Westbrook, Carolyn Kaut Roth, John Talbot; ISBN: 978-1444337433

RSTE 422S Introduction to Vascular Technology (2 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
This course is designed for registered diagnostic medical sonographers who are preparing to take their vascular technology examination. The course will cover hemodynamics, anatomy, and pathology of the cerebral, extremity, abdominal and pelvic vessels. Students will also learn exam preparations and scanning techniques. This course will provide only didactic instruction and will not include clinical experience.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbook: Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography by William Zwiebel, John Pellerito, 6th Ed., Saunders, 2012. ISBN: 978-1437714173

RSTE 424S Breast Sonography (1 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
This course is designed to prepare the registered sonographer or radiographer for the Breast Sonography Certification Exam offered by ARDMS or ARRT. The course will offer a comprehensive review of the sonographic principles and instrumentation, sonographic anatomy and pathology of the breast, and interventional procedures/treatment. This course will provide only didactic instruction and will not include a clinical component.

Prerequisites: Current credentialing by ARDMS or ARRT, or Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbook: No text required

RSTE 425R MRI Positioning & Protocols (2 cr) FALL
This course is intended as the first semester in a two semester course. Students will learn about MRI protocols, MRI anatomy, and MRI scanning techniques. Students enrolled in this course must have access to an MRI scanner in order to complete various protocol assignments.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Stevens/Vas

Textbook: Handbook of MRI Scanning: by Geraldine Burghart, Carol Finn, 2010. ISBN: 978-0323068185
Optional Textbook: MRI in Practice 4th ed., Catherine Westbrook, Carolyn Kaut Roth, John Talbot; ISBN: 978-1444337433

RSTE 438N Advanced Radiation Biology (2 cr) SPRING
This course utilizes a qualitative and quantitative approach to study the effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation upon life systems with special emphasis upon the human population.

Prerequisites: College biology & chemistry strongly recommended.

Instructor: Custer

Textbook: Radiobiology for the Radiologist by Eric J. Hall, Amato J. Giaccia, 7th Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012. ISBN: 978-1608311934

RSTE 440R Case Studies & Journal Review (2 cr) SUMMER
This is an upper-level course designed for radiation science seniors in a baccalaureate degree program to facilitate analytical and critical thinking skills, apply their written and oral communication skills, and foster professional development and growth. Students will research, identify, and form a differential diagnosis for clinical cases imaged by various diagnostic modalities. Students will study and critique medical cases and professional peer-reviewed journal articles. Students will review clinical cases to gain a better understanding of their scope of practice/role as a radiation science professional in an integrated health care system.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Custer

Textbook: No text required

RSTE 441R MRI Positioning & Protocols II (2 cr) SPRING
This course is a continuation of RSTE 425R MRI Positioning & Protocols I. Students will learn about MRI protocols, MRI Anatomy, and MRI Scanning techniques. Students enrolled in this course must have access to an MRI scanner in order to complete various protocol assignments.

Prerequisites: RSTE 425R MRI Positioning & Protocols I

Instructor: Stevens/Vas

Textbooks: MRI in Practice 4th ed., Catherine Westbrook, Carolyn Kaut Roth, John Talbot; ISBN: 978-1444337433

RSTE 451S Ultrasound Physics II (1 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
This clinical course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the fundamental principles of ultrasound physics and instrumentation. Topics to be covered include hemodynamics, Color Doppler, artifacts, quality assurance, and bioeffects. Concepts will focus on applicability in the clinical setting and preparation for the registry examination.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbooks: Understanding Ultrasound Physics: Fundamentals and Exam Review by Sidney K. Edelman, 4th Ed., 2012 ISBN: 978-0962644450

RSTE 456S Neurosonography (2 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the embryologic development, anatomy, and physiology of the CNS, CSF formation and circulation scheme, blood supply to the brain, scanning techniques, pathology of the neonatal brain and spine, and medical care of the neonate during scanning. Scanning labs provide the student with hands-on experience in the equipment parameters and image acquisition techniques necessary to obtain appropriate sonographic images. The student is required to complete scanning technique assignments to apply classroom knowledge to film critique and interpretation.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Michael

Textbook: No text required

RSTE 460R Computed Tomography Protocols and Cross Sectional Anatomy (2 cr) FALL, SUMMER
Content provides detailed coverage of procedures for CT imaging of adults and pediatric patients. Procedures include, but are not limited to, indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning, patient history and assessment, contrast media usage, scout image, selectable scan parameters and archiving of the images. CT procedures will be taught for differentiation of specific structures, patient symptomology and pathology. CT images studied will be reviewed for quality, anatomy and pathology. CT procedures vary from facility to facility and normally are dependent on the preferences of the radiologists.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Vas and Gregg

Textbooks: Computed Tomography for Technologists: A Comprehensive Text by  Lois Romans, 1st Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010: ISBN: 978-0781777513

RSTE 461R CT Physics (1 cr) FALL, SUMMER
This course will cover the fundamental physic principles, quality control, and instrumentation needed for a CT technologist.

Prerequisites: Instructor Approval

Instructor: Vas and Gregg

Textbook: No text required

RSTE 462R Applied Computed Tomography (3 cr) FALL, SUMMER
This clinical course will cover patient set-up (positioning) and scan set-up (protocols), for Computed Tomography examinations. The clinical rotations will include hands-on experience. Students will have the opportunity to seek out exam competencies, which may be applied towards ARRT CT certifying examination eligibility. 

Prerequisites: Instructor approval

Instructor: Jones and Vas

Textbooks: No text required.
Suggested Textbook: Mosby's Exam Review for Computed Tomography by  Daniel N. DeMaio, 2nd Ed., Mosby, 2010: ISBN: 978-0323065900

SAHP 310 Medical Terminology (2 cr) FALL, SPRING, SUMMER
Students planning on entering a health care career need to be introduced to medical language. The course will serve as such an introduction as it teaches students to analyze the basic word structure of medical terms. Students will learn the meaning of individual parts, common prefixes and suffixes, as well as combining vowels.  Students will be able to understand new terms knowing the meanings of individual parts, prefixes, suffixes, and how medical terms are structured. Students are required to have a webcam, computer microphone and Microsoft PowerPoint for course assignments and exams.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Bartenhagen, Custer

Textbook: Medical Terminology: A Short Course by Davi-Ellen Chabner, 6th Ed., Saunders, 2011. ISBN: 978-1437734409

Companion online resources at http://evolve.elsevier.com

SAHP 412 Human Genetics (3 cr) SPRING
The course will provide the student with an historical and experimental background to our current understanding of the basis of human genetics.  The purpose of the course is to obtain a fundamental understanding of genetic phenomena. This includes the four major sub-divisions of genetics: transmission genetics, which deals with the transmission of genes from generation to generation; molecular genetics, which deals with the structure and function of genes at the molecular level; population genetics, which deals with heredity of groups of individuals for traits that are determined by one or a few genes; and quantitative genetics which deals with heredity of traits in groups of individuals wherein the traits are determined by many genes simultaneously.

Prerequisites: General or molecular biology, general or organic chemistry, or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Sanman

Textbook: iGenetics: A Molecular Approach by Peter J. Russell, 3rd Ed., Benjamin Cummings, 2009. ISBN: 978-0321569769

SAHP 413 Statistics for Health Care Professionals (3 cr) FALL (2014, 2016-Even Years)
This upper level course is designed to provide allied health professions students with an overview of biostatistical methods needed in the design of medical studies and the analysis of health care data.  The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance.  A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given.  The course is intended for health professions students to gain an understanding of basic statistical methods for both continuous and dichotomous data.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor:

Textbook: Principles of Biostatistics by Marcello Pagano, Kimberlee Gauvreau, 2nd Ed., Duxbury Press, 2000. ISBN: 978-0534229023

SAHP 415/515 Cultural Competence & Communication (2 cr) SUMMER
Communication and Cultural Competency is an upper-level course for allied health professions students to facilitate understanding of the role of cultural competence in the healthcare arena and explore the ethical and legal implications of this topic. The course will begin by helping the student understand the value of diversity in our society. Secondly, the course will allow the student to make self-examination of their own beliefs, values and biases. This will be followed by understanding the dynamics involved when two cultures interact. Students will examine specific cultural characteristics as they apply to health care and propose ways of adapting diversity to the delivery of healthcare. The course will include an in-depth assessment of the CLAS standards and cultural competency information available to healthcare organizations.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Tompkins

Textbook(s): The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege by Robert Jensen, City Lights Publishers, 2005. ISBN: 978-0872864498

Select one of the following: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, 1st Ed., Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. ISBN: 978-0374525644,

The Middle of Everywhere: The World's Refugees Come to Our Town by Mary Pipher, 1st Ed., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002. ISBN: 978-0151006007, or

The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community by Mary Pipher, Mariner Books, 2003. ISBN: 978-0156027373

SAHP 416 Child Life in Health Care (3 cr) SUMMER
Content will include an overview of the medical conditions and treatments commonly encountered by children and adolescents in health care settings and their typical reactions to them. Introduction to the philosophy and the role of the child life profession and as a part of the health care team. Students will be introduced to a variety of skills such as preparation, distraction, the role of play/adaptive play, and assessment skills. Additionally students will learn about child life's role in bereavement situations, working with children of adult patients, grief, and working with multicultural populations. Some classroom work will include hands-on experience with simulated patients in our simulation clinic and hospital classrooms, providing an opportunity to interact with actual medical equipment.

Prerequisites: Must have completed a minimum of three child development courses.

Instructors: Wagers and Dolphens

Textbook(s): The Handbook of Child Life: A Guide of Pediatric Psychosocial Care by Richard H. Thompson, 1 Edition, Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd, 2009. ISBN: 978-0398078324

Psychosocial Care of Children in Hospitals: A Clinical Practice Manual From the ACCH Child Life Research Project by Laura Gaynard, John Wolfer, Joy Goldberger, Richard Thompson, Lisa Redburn, Child Life Council, 1998. ISBN: 978-0937821701 

SAHP 420 Computers in Health Care (2 cr) FALL
This course is an introduction to computer sciences where emphasis will be placed on understanding the importance of computers in healthcare. Students will be exposed to the MS-DOS and windows systems and various applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and networks. This course is an introduction to computer processes to include general terminology, data processing, and computer language. The application of HIS and RIS processing is presented.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Moser

Textbook: No text required

SAHP 462 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr) FALL
The first course in a comprehensive two semester series (sections I and II) designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology including an introduction to cadaver anatomy and clinical correlations.  The course is designed to meet the requirements as a pre-requisite for health science and allied health professions. The course is also designed for use within a baccalaureate level allied health profession curriculum. Students are expected to complete both section I and II for a total of 8 credit hours as a pre-requisite or requisite for most allied health profession programs.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor:

Textbooks: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology by Gerard J. Tortora, Bryan H. Derrickson, 12th Ed., Wiley, 2008. ISBN: 978-0470084717 and Real Anatomy Software DVD by Mark Nielsen, Shawn D. Miller, 1 DVD Edition, Wiley, 2008. ISBN: 978-0470114834

SAHP 463 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr) SPRING
The second course in a comprehensive two semester series (sections I and II) designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology including an introduction to cadaver anatomy and clinical correlations.  The course is designed to meet the requirements as a pre-requisite for health science and allied health professions. The course is also designed for use within a baccalaureate level allied health profession curriculum. Students are expected to complete both section I and II for a total of 8 credit hours as a pre-requisite or requisite for most allied health profession programs.

Prerequisites: SAHP 462 or equivalent

Instructor:

Textbooks: Same as SAHP 462

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