RADON 120 Radiologic Sciences Patient Care • 3 Cr.


Explores general care of the patient, emphasizing the role of the radiation therapist in various nursing situations. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define the word roots and combining forms used to describe the organs and structures.
  • Define suffixes and prefixes in medical words.
  • Build and analyze medical terms related to the organs, structures, and systems.
  • Explain the meaning of new medical words by defining the elements.
  • Explain the radiation therapist's role in relation to the oncologist, referring physician, hospital administration, nursing personnel, and other hospital staff.
  • List and discuss the five principles of the Code of Ethics for Radiation Therapists.
  • List the American Hospital Association Patient's Bill of Rights and discuss the legal ramifications as they relate to the Radiation Therapist.
  • Describe factors relative to effective communication with patients of all ages, conditions, and backgrounds; and discuss how professional attitudes and communication affect patient care.
  • Describe appropriate infection control procedures to include airborne and bloodborne pathogens, and the radiation therapist's role in prevention of disease transmission.
  • List the three concepts that are applied to body mechanics, and explain the basic principles of body mechanics.
  • Compare and contrast medical and surgical asepsis techniques.
  • Identify the normal ranges for body temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure; and explain the implication of abnormal vital signs.
  • Identify the various medical emergencies that can occur in the Radiation Therapy Department, and describe the signs, symptoms and therapist actions for each.
  • Describe the unique care appropriate for each type of special needs patient treated in the Radiation Therapy Department.
  • List the drug categories relevant to radiation therapy, and describe their indications and methods of administration.
  • Describe the etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and infectious control guidelines of HIV/AIDS.