Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Course Syllabus

Mark Rowh

Honorary:
Instructor: Mark Rowh
Phone: 354-5070
Office Hours:

Office Hours are posted by the office of the instructor in the Allied Health Building, office #118. Students accepted into the program receive a personal copy of the office hours each semester.

Catalog Year: 2010-2011
Disability Statement: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact disAbility Services (Student Service Center room 119, phone 371-5436) as soon as possible.
Course Title: Introduction to Nuclear Medicine
Course Name and Number: NMTT-1301
Course Section:
Semester: Fall
Prerequisites:
Course Description:

Introduction to the field of nuclear medicine with emphasis on the principles of radiation safety, health physics, ethics and the various studies performed in a nuclear medicine area.

Department Expectations:
Hours: (3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
Class Type: On Campus Course
Textbooks:

Required Course Textbooks

Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT:  Technology and Techniques, 6th Edition, Christian

Practical Mathematics in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Wells

Review of Nuclear Medicine Technology, 3rd Edition, Steves

Supplies:

Calculator

Scantrons

Pencils

Student Performance:

AMARILLO COLLEGE INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR MEDICINE-NMTT-131 COURSE SYLLABUS-FALL 21 MARK ROWH, M.A., CNMT, RTR, INSTRUCTOR PHONE NUMBERS: OFFICE 354-671 CELL 678-9634 HOME 372-3321 E-mail: merowh@actx.edu or merowh@my.actx.edu

Course Description Introduction to the field of nuclear medicine with emphasis on the principles of radiation safety, health physics, ethics, and the various studies performed in a nuclear medicine area.

End-of-Course Outcomes  Summarize the history of nuclear medicine and associated ethics with the required medical law; apply basic math and science concepts needed for radiation safety and instrumentation; employ the principles and methodologies of radiation safety and health physics; and discuss studies and procedures performed in nuclear medicine.

Statements of Purpose Designed to enlighten students about the radiologic science professions, specifically, Nuclear Medicine. Students will learn the basic aspects of the nuclear medicine imaging department, and the health care system, as well as develop a better understanding of the structure and function of healthcare agencies. Basic principles of radiation protection are taught.

Course Prerequisite Only students who have been formally accepted into the nuclear medicine technology program via the published application processes may take this course.

Required Course Textbooks Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT: Technology and Techniques, 6th Edition, Christian Practical Mathematics in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Wells Review of Nuclear Medicine Technology, 3rd Edition, Steves

Course Credit 3 semester hours

Course Goals/Objectives The student should complete each of the following goals as evaluated by the faculty by using the course textbooks, personal notes, handouts, and other course materials deemed necessary.

  • Learn the terms, facts, theories, principles, and procedures related to each major topic.
  • Apply the acquired knowledge to the clinical environment.
  • Evaluate the learning experience based on quizzes, major exams, classroom activities.
  • Learn basic radiation principles and safety precautions in regard to patient care.
  • Define Nuclear Medicine Technology. Review the history of the development of Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • Identify the different modalities involved in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • Interpret abbreviations commonly used in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • Define Professionalism, Medical ethics, and Law.
  • Evaluate patient care scenarios regarding the medical professionals liability. State and evaluate the 'Code of Ethics' of the ARRT and the NMTCB.
  • Discuss importance of membership to national, state, and local organizations.
  • Identify means of maintaining credentials via continuing education mandates.
  • Evaluate Federal Regulations: FDA, USP, and NRC.
  • Evaluate regulatory mandates from OSHA, HIPPA, and Standard (Universal) Precautions.
  • Evaluate safe radiation safety measures using time/distance/shielding principles (ALARA).
  • Calculate mathematic equations in regard to T/D/S. Identify normal/abnormal ranges for assessment of the patient's vital signs.
  • Perform assessment of vital signs successfully.
  • Demonstrate proper IV and phlebotomy principles and skills.
  • Discuss proper routes of medication administration and clinical pharmacology.
  • Demonstrate competency in using proper body mechanics.
  • Identify and assess patient for emergency care.
  • Identify measures for proper oxygen administration.
  • Assess age-specific care of the patient-client.
  • Assess/interpret methods to manage a population that is culturally diverse.
  • Use ancillary equipment effectively.

Pass major exams and other assignments as given with final course grade of 74.5 (C) or better. Required Assignments The course will consist of the following activities to be scored for course credit

  1. Major Exams (100%)
  2. Comprehensive Final Exam (counts as major exam) Note: Grade of 'A' equals exempt
  3. The course content is comprehensive in nature so that students are expected to carry information from one semester to the next.

FINAL GRADE EVALUATION A= 94.5-100    B=84.5-94.4    C=74.5-84.4   F=less than 74.5

MAKE-UP POLICY If a student is absent on the day of a major exam, the work will be graded as follows:

  1. 1.  In order to be fair to students who take scheduled exams at the designated time, makeup exams will lose 15% of the original value.
  2. 2. Major exams must be made up within one school day.
  3. 3. A daily quiz/class activity cannot be made up and will result in a grade of ''.
  4. 4. NOTE: Other arrangements may be made with instructor's permission on a case-by-case basis. It is the sole responsibility of the student to communicate the need for other options regarding make-up policies.

WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE The last day to drop or withdrawal is provided on the college Web site. NOTE: Nuclear medicine technology students who withdrawal from this course will be delayed in completing the major components on the AAS degree in nuclear medicine.

ATTENDANCE POLICY Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. It is the responsibility of the student to attend class so that learning objectives are met successfully. Prompt arrival is expected. Attendance will be recorded. PHONES/PAGERS/LAPTOPS/OTHER TECHNOLOGICAL DEVICES Cell phones and other electronic devices detract from the learning environment. For this reason, they should be turned off and put away out of view upon entering the classroom. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Any student, who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements. Contact disability Services at 345-5639 for any special need.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE A student who may have concerns or problems with the course or course instructor should make every attempt to resolve the problem with the course instructor. In the event that it is not successful, the student may appeal the decision of the instructor to the program director, then the chairperson of the Allied Health Division, the Dean of Instruction, and the College President, in that order.

STUDENTS RIGHTS/RESPONSIBILITIES Please refer to the Students Rights and Responsibilities publication of Amarillo College (Web site or hard copy available in student services). Students are responsible for maintaining all aspects set forth within the publication so that professionalism is maintained. THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT Mutual respect is foremost in this classroom. Please make yourself at home within the classroom, regarding your peers and instructors with utmost respect. Students should feel free to express ideas/thoughts without making others in the classroom feel uncomfortable.

AC ONLINE COMMUNICATION Use your personal account to check grades, emails, download lecture notes, discussion, etc. Students are responsible for checking their accounts daily so that communication about program/course information is current. Students may also use any of the instructor contact information provided on the syllabus or classroom schedule provided each semester.

Course Goals/Objectives

The student should complete each of the following goals as evaluated by the faculty by using the course textbooks, personal notes, handouts, and other course materials deemed necessary.

  • Learn the terms, facts, theories, principles, and procedures related to each major topic.
  • Apply the acquired knowledge to the clinical environment.
  • Evaluate the learning experience based on quizzes, major exams, classroom activities.
  • Learn basic radiation principles and safety precautions in regard to patient care.
  • Define Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • Review the history of the development of Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • Identify the different modalities involved in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • Interpret abbreviations commonly used in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • Define Professionalism, Medical ethics, and Law.
  • Evaluate patient care scenarios regarding the medical professional's liability.
  • State and evaluate the 'Code of Ethics' of the ARRT and the NMTCB.
  • Discuss importance of membership to national, state, and local organizations.
  • Identify means of maintaining credentials via continuing education mandates.
  • Evaluate Federal Regulations: FDA, USP, and NRC.
  • Evaluate regulatory mandates from OSHA, HIPPA, and Standard (Universal) Precautions.
  • Evaluate safe radiation safety measures using time/distance/shielding principles (ALARA).
  • Calculate mathematic equations in regard to T/D/S.
  • Identify normal/abnormal ranges for assessment of the patient's vital signs.
  • Perform assessment of vital signs successfully.
  • Demonstrate proper IV and phlebotomy principles and skills.
  • Discuss proper routes of medication administration and clinical pharmacology.
  • Demonstrate competency in using proper body mechanics.
  • Identify and assess patient for emergency care.
  • Identify measures for proper oxygen administration.
  • Assess age-specific care of the patient-client.
  • Assess/interpret methods to manage a population that is culturally diverse.
  • Use ancillary equipment effectively.
  • Pass major exams and other assignments as given with final course grade of 74.5 (C) or better.
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Expected Student Behavior:

Please refer to the Students Rights and Responsibilities publication of Amarillo College for behavioral expectations. Electronic devices, such as: beepers, cellular phones, etc. will not be allowed in the classroom.

Grading Criteria:

Required Assignments

The course will consist of the following activities to be scored for course credit

  1. Major Exams (100%)
  2. Comprehensive Final Exam (counts as major exam)  Note:  Grade of ‘A’ equals exempt
  3. The course content is comprehensive in nature so that students are expected to carry information from one semester to the next.

MAKE-UP POLICY

If a student is absent on the day of a major exam, the work will be graded as follows:

  1. In order to be fair to students who take scheduled exams at the designated time, makeup exams will lose 15% of the original value.

  2. Major exams must be made up within one school day.

NOTE:  Other arrangements may be made with instructor's permission on a case-by-case basis.  It is the sole responsibility of the student to communicate the need for other options regarding make-up policies.

Attendance:

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  It is the responsibility of the student to attend class so that learning objectives are met successfully.  Prompt arrival is expected. 

Attendance will be recorded.

MAKE-UP POLICY

If a student is absent on the day of a major exam,  the work will be graded as follows:

  1. In order to be fair to students who take scheduled exams at the designated time, makeup exams will lose 15% of the original value.
  2. Major exams must be made up within one school day.
  3. A daily quiz/class activity cannot be made up and will result in a grade of ‘0’.
  4. NOTE:  Other arrangements may be made with instructor’s permission on a case-by-case basis.  It is the sole responsibility of the student to communicate the need for other options regarding make-up policies.
Calendar:

Major Exams after each major topic covered as noted, with dates in the course outline.

Comprehensive Final will be given during the scheduled time of Final Exam Week.

COURSE OUTLINE
I.                    August 25, 2010-Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Orientation
Syllabi
Clinical Handbook
General Orientation
II.                  September 1, 2010-What is Nuclear Medicine? PP note handouts
History
Definition
Class group activity/discussion
III.                September 8, 2010-Scope of Practice
Task analysis
Professional Memberships/Agencies
 
 
 
IV.                September 15, 2010-Radiation Safety
Chapter 7-Textbook ‘Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT’
Film-Radioactivity: Enemy of Friend?
Biological Effects
Nuclear Medicine Standards
Types of Radiation
 ‘Flags of Our Fathers’-James Bradley-Common Reader
V.                  September 22, 2010-Medical Ethics/Law
Students to download/print 2 medical/legal issues of choice
Class Group Activity-Medical ethics/law
VI.                September 29, 2010
Major Exam I
Class Group Activity/Discussion (Post 1st-day clinical experience)
VII.              October 6, 2010
Patient Care-Chapter 8-Textbook ‘Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT’
Film-OSHA/Standard Precautions
VIII.            October 13, 2010
Major Exam II
Class Activity-Discussion ‘Flags’
IX.                October 20, 2010
Students to download/print 2 cultural issues of choice
Class Group Activity-Cultural Sensitivity-Discussion
X.                  October 27, 2010
Students to download/print 2 cultural issues of choice
Class Group Activity-Cultural Sensitivity-Discussion
XI.                November 03, 2010
Students to download/print 2 articles on ‘Professionalism/Responsibility’
Class Group Activity-Discussion
XII.              November 10, 2010
Medical Abbreviations-handout
XIII.            November 17, 2010
Major Exam III
Getting to Know Your RPs better-handouts
XIV.           November 24, 2010
Major Exam IV
XV.             December 1, 2010
Wrap Session-Questions
XVI.           December 8, 2010-Comprehensive Final
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