Registered radiologic technologists are eligible to pursue a Bachelor’s in Radiology in order to take courses that will allow them to pursue leadership opportunities in the field. Since radiologists can become certified with only an associate’s degree, the bachelor program serves as advanced training in the field, although some programs do accept students who have not yet received their certification. While different programs offer varying programs of study, a few key courses are required in most bachelor programs.
The purpose of this class is to provide students with the knowledge of anatomy and pathology that is found in sectional imaging. Students learn about human anatomy shown through the sagittal, transverse, and coronal planes. Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, and computerized tomography, or CT, images are used in order to study the abdomen, brain, pelvis, and thorax. Normal anatomy of many body parts is also typically discussed. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to distinguish between the major anatomical regions in the different planes and recognize the main anatomical structures of the abdomen, brain, pelvis, and thorax, as well as be able to explain the relationship of the main anatomical structures.
Another course offered in a Bachelor’s in Radiology program is pathophysiology, which addresses the concepts that are necessary to understand the diseases and conditions that affect the human body. Topics include infection, inflammation, aging, degeneration, genetic disorders, neoplasm, congenital disorders, autoimmune disorders, and immune deficiency. Students learn the terminology related to pathophysiology, the procedures used to diagnose diseases, the likely outcomes of diseases based on their development, and the treatment of diseases that are based on current medical research. Details concerning the mechanisms that the body uses when reacting to trauma and stressors are discussed as is the genomics and genetics impact of diseases across the duration of an individuals’ life.
Healthcare management is a class that teaches students the theories of organizational behavior in relation to management and leadership. Real world applications are a focal point as students are taught strategies to integrate the theories learned with the situations that occur in the real world. Students learn about the processes, structures, and interactions in healthcare organizations. The varying roles and the unique challenges in health care are discussed in addition to the various management skills that are vital to having success in the healthcare sector. Teamwork skills are also developed, usually with some assignments that allow students to demonstrate their ability to work productively with others.
Students in this class gain a greater understanding of the role of diagnostic radiology in regards to patient assessment and management. Students learn about the exam sequence appropriateness and the limitations of radiology tests. Students are able to enhance their knowledge of image evaluation through image review and discussion. Students also review medical research studies to determine the appropriate methods to use for addressing common issues in the field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for radiologic technologists is expected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026. Management professionals will be needed for the great increase of radiologic technologists. Earning a Bachelor’s in Radiology will allow individuals interested in management to completed advanced courses for adequate preparation as successful leaders in radiology.