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Saint John School of Radiological Technology courses

The following courses are provided at the Saint John School of Radiological Technology during the discipline specific portion of the Bachelor of Health Science program.


PHYSICS                                          ANATOMY / PHYSIOLOGY II




APPARATUS I                                  RADIOGRAPHY I

APPARATUS II                                 RADIOGRAPHY II

RADIOBIOLOGY                              CLINICAL PRACTICE I





This course examines atomic structure, electrostatics, electrodynamics, magnetism, electromagnetism, motors, generators, transformers, autotransformers, electromagnetic radiations, x-ray production, factors affecting x-ray beam quantity and beam quality and relationship to patient dose, x-ray spectra, x-ray interactions with matter, attenuation processes, probability of occurrence of interaction, and effect on patient dose and radiographic image quality.



This course examines formation of the radiographic image, methods, imaging systems, materials used, types of radiographic film, intensifying screens and cassettes. Examines how photosensitive image receptors (both cassette based and cassetteless technologies) respond to x-rays, and examines methods of measuring this response.  This course also examines factors affecting radiographic density, contrast, definition and distortion. Imaging Technology also examines the acquisition of images with digital imaging systems for angiography, fluoroscopy, radiography (CR & DR), components, function and application of CT scanners, manipulation of digital images, reconstruction techniques, and archiving and networking system (PACS). Other imaging modalities are discussed as well including Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI.)

RADIATION PROTECTION                                                                                             

This course examines the purpose and objectives of radiation protection, governmental agencies, current national radiological safety codes (Safety Code-35), establishment of dose limits, units of measurement, shielding requirements, specifications for general radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile, angiographic equipment and protective apparel, methods of minimizing radiation dose to patient and occupational workers.


APPARATUS I                                                                                                                    

This course examines the components, function and use of conventional and specialized x-ray tubes (including methods for conservation of tube life and identification of aging characteristics.) Examines components and function of x-ray circuitry including, high tension circuits, filament and timing circuits, effects of single phase versus three phase power supplies, principles and application of automatic exposure control systems, function and application of anti-scatter grids, beam filters and collimators. 

APPARATUS II                                                                                                                            

Examines various types of x-ray generators including single phase, three phase, falling load, high frequency, mobile generators, and anatomically programmed units. This course also examines fluoroscopic systems, recording cameras, TV systems, principles and application of conventional tomography, and basic principles and application of computed tomography (CT).


Examines the biological events that follow the absorption of x-radiation, the efforts of the organism to compensate, and the resultant damage to the organism. Topics include cellular structure with a focus on the cell nucleus, DNA, cell cycle (interphase, mitosis and meiosis), theory of Linear Energy Transfer and Relative Biological Effectiveness, target theory, molecular and gross chromosomal changes, cell types, modes of damage to cell groups and biological tissues and organs, classification of tissues and organs according to radiosensitivity, Total Body Syndrome, radiation effects on the fetus, radiation effects in diagnostic imaging, comparison of loss of life expectancy due to radiation exposure and other causes.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT                                                                                                                   

Examines the difference between Quality Assurance and Quality Control.  This course examines testing procedures for radiographic, fluoroscopic and tomographic equipment, testing of accessory imaging equipment, uniformity testing and calibration of computed radiographic equipment, and processes for developing and interpreting a repeat/reject film analysis program.



Health Care Professionalism explores the depths of what it truly means to be a professional and what specifically constitutes professionalism in health care. It includes a basic knowledge and understanding of ego theory and belief systems, and how ego and accompanying belief systems can either support or erode professionalism. This course also discusses the criticality of good communication in health care and explores strategies to assist health care providers in becoming better communicators.



Scientific study of human skeletal anatomy with specific attention to the relationship, orientation and characteristics of bones and bony prominences.  The structure, function, and radiographic significance of respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems and their components are examined. Students are provided the opportunity to examine bony skeletal specimens and relate anatomical prominences to radiographs.



Examination of structure, function, and radiographic significance of hematopoietic, cardiovascular, circulatory, lymphatic,  nervous, endocrine, and sensory systems and their components.  The cranial, thoracic, abdominopelvic and skeletal anatomy is examined in cross section and students are provided the opportunity to relate relevant anatomy to radiographs and cross-sectional images of CT scans.


RADIOGRAPHIC PATHOLOGY                                                                

Introduction to pathological conditions of skeleton and major body systems with specific reference to those conditions in which radiography offers a significant role in diagnosis.  Through the use of radiographs, students can appreciate the appearance of disease and the appropriate adjustment required in technical factors.

PATIENT CARE                                                            

Examination of patients physical and emotional needs and appropriate response to patient condition.  Topics include: patient assessment, oxygen and suction therapy, transfer techniques, medical and surgical asepsis, infection control measure, medication administration, pharmacology, patient intubation, medical emergencies.


RADIOGRAPHY I                                                                                   

Examines methods to consistently produce diagnostic radiographs of all routine skeletal and cranial anatomy, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems.  Topics include: indications and contraindications , pre and post procedural patient  care,  patient position, body rotation, centering points, angulation of the central ray, assessment of radiographs,  correction of radiographic deficiencies, adjustment of routine protocol as indicated by pathology or patient condition, identification of anatomical structures visualized in each radiographic view / projection, preparation and administration of contrast media.

RADIOGRAPHY II                                                                   

Examines methods to consistently produce diagnostic radiographs, of pediatric patients, reproductive, nervous and circulatory system, additional views of skeletal and cranial anatomy, minor specialized procedures of respiratory, digestive and urinary systems Topics include: indications , contraindications, pre and post procedural care in examination of the respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, nervous, and circulatory systems. Topics include: indications, contra-indications , pre and post procedural care,  patient position, body rotation, centering points, angulation of  central ray, assessment of  radiographs, correction of radiographic deficiencies, adjustment of routine protocol as indicated by pathology or patient condition, identification of anatomical  structures visualized in  radiographic view/projection(s).   Examines clinical application of therapeutic procedures, tomography, CT Scanning, and angiography.

CLINICAL PRACTICE I                                                                   

Clinical application designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply learned radiographic knowledge and to practice radiographic skills in the clinical area in the performance of examinations of upper and lower extremities, spine, rib cage and chest.        

CLINICAL PRACTICE II                                                                           

Clinical application designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply learned radiographic knowledge and to practice radiographic skills in the clinical area in the performance of more complex radiographic examinations for fluoroscopy, skull exams, minor specialized radiographic and interventional procedures, and computed tomography (CT.)

CLINICAL PRACTICE III                                                                          

Clinical application designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply learned radiographic knowledge and to practice radiographic skills in the clinical area in the performance of trauma and mobile radiography, OR examinations and specialized radiographic and interventional procedures using advanced imaging modalities and computed tomography (CT.)



Reviews Anatomy, Patient Care, Radiography, and Pathology using a variety of assignment types, essays, student presentations and a comprehensive examination.



Reviews Physics, Apparatus (I and II), Imaging Technology, Image Quality, Radiation Protection, Radiation Biology, and Quality Control using a variety of assignment types, essays, student presentations and a comprehensive examination.

University of New Brunswick Saint John courses

The following courses are provided at the University of New Brunswick Saint John during the general health sciences portion of the Bachelor of Health Science program.

BA 2504 Introduction to Organizational Behavior

An introduction to the contributions of the applied behavioral sciences to the study of people at work in organizations. The fundamentals of individual and group behavior are covered as well as selected topics in motivation, leadership, communication, conflict and organizational change.

PHIL 3133 Health Care Ethics I

Major problems in contemporary medical practice are examined, including confidentiality, informed consent, blood transfusions, contraception, abortion and genetic engineering, euthanasia, allocation of scarce resources, moral aspects involved in strikes of medical personnel and conflict of duty situations.

STAT 2263 Statistics for Health Sciences

An introductory course in statistics. Includes probability, binomial and normal random variables, confidence intervals for means and proportions, prediction intervals, tests of hypothesis, paired data versus two independent samples, and a brief introduction to analysis of variances, regression and correlation.

HSCI 3033 Communication for Health Sciences

Includes reflection, discussion and inquiry on concepts related to understanding and improving interpersonal communication within a health care context. Focuses on complex interpersonal dilemmas, demands and difficulties faced by health care professionals in the workplace. Students will analyze interactions using knowledge of communication theory, demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills in caring/helping relationships and apply self-knowledge in interpersonal relations.

PYSC 3033 Health Psychology

An aggregate of the scientific and professional contributions of the discipline of psychology towards promotion of a holistic approach for the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of illness, including etiologic and diagnostic correlates of health and illness.

One of PSYC 3383, 3693, 3711, 3723, 3724 or 3752 (PSYC 3711 recommended)

PSYC 3711 Physiological Psychology

An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of nervous systems with a special emphasis on behavioral indices of function. Illustrative examples of both human and animal research are surveyed.

Elective (any level)
Elective (3/4 level in PSYC, NURS or BIOL)
Elective (3/4 level)

NURS 3061 Canadian Health Care System

This course focuses on the history and organization of the Canadian health care system and discusses current health care issues.

HSCI 3092 Research

The role of research in the health sciences, recent advances through research, fundamental and applied research, evaluation of research, research proposal development and evaluation, ethics and issues in research.

For more information on University of New Brunswick Saint John courses, contact the Nursing and Health Sciences Coordinator at 506-648-5646 or visit us online at

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