RAIT 311 Clinical Practicum in Computed Tomography • 12 Cr.


Provides the opportunity to develop required competencies for advance certification in Computed Tomography technology. Includes 40 hours per week for 11 weeks in a CT department. This course is intended to meet the degree requirements of the Technology and Nuclear medicine concentrations as well as the requirements of the CT Imaging certificate of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program. Either RAIT 311 or IMAGE 270 can be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisites: Admission to Radiation & Imaging Sciences program, RAIT 301 with a B (3.0) or better within the previous 24 months, RAIT 310 within the past 12 months with a B (3.0) or better, AND permission of instructor. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Prepare supplies according to procedures
  • Monitor equipment following procedures and protocols. 
  • Evaluate and interpret requisitions, and develop appropriate protocol to respond to physician's order.
  • Prepare the patient for procedure, both physically and mentally. 
  • Administer medications as directed.
  • Perform patient assessment and monitoring before, during and after the procedure.
  • Examine the elements of and accomplish follow-up patient care.
  • Process and evaluate images, and develop recommendations for procedure adjustment based on image quality.
  • Identify anatomy based on image interpretation.
  • Set radiographic technique based on specific conditions.
  • Identify and label images created according to accepted practices.
  • Analyze ethical issues relating to radiographic procedures and demonstrate ethical behavior and attitude in the clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and co-workers.
  • Assess the indications and contradictions for given CT (Computed Tomography) procedures based on specific case studies
  • Documentation of clinical experience in computed tomography procedures in seven categories:
    • Head and Neck
    • Spine and Musculoskeletal
    • Chest
    • Abdomen and Pelvis
    • Special Procedures
    • Image Display and Post Processing
    • Quality Assurance
Specific exams are identified in the Computed Tomography Technology Certification Handbook of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.