Rural and Remote X-ray Operator Course

The course focuses on the physical principles of X-ray production, exposure and image quality,Dark room techniques, radiographic anatomy and positioning, clinical reasoning and radiation protection.

Basic: designed to license the use of X-ray equipment for limited applications (chest, upper & lower limbs only)

Intermediate: designed to license the use of X-ray equipment for wide range of applications (chest,upper limbs & lower limbs, cervical spine, pelvis, and shoulder)

The course is accredited with the South Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Who should attend?

Qualified General Practitioners and Registered Nurses located in rural and remote areas who are seeking an EPA licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be eligible for a basic or intermediate X-ray operator’s license.  Consideration will be given to other health professionals at the discretion of the School.

Course content

Basic Course

Introduction to radiographic equipment, fundamental physics for radiography, principles of exposure and image quality, image receptor systems, x-ray darkroom and film processing, introduction to anatomy, positioning and image critique, radiographic anatomy, positioning and image critique - upper limb, radiographic anatomy, positioning and image critique - lower limb, radiographic anatomy, positioning and image critique - chest radiation safety, patient care, ethics and legalities, clinical proficiency.

Intermediate Course

Introduction to radiographic equipment, fundamental physics for radiography, principles of exposure and image quality, image receptor systems, x-ray darkroom and film processing, introduction to anatomy, positioning and image critique, radiographic anatomy, positioning and image critique - upper limb and shoulder, radiographic anatomy, positioning and image critique - lower limb and pelvis, radiographic anatomy, positioning and image critique - chest, radiographic anatomy, positioning and image critique - cervical spine, radiation safety, patient care, ethics and legalities, clinical proficiency.

Course outcomes

Basic Course

At the completion of this short program the X-ray operator should be competent in a limited field of practice and be eligible for a basic X-ray operator’s license with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the properties and production of x-rays.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of exposure factors and their manipulations.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge and use of radiographic equipment.
  4. Describe and demonstrate the correct body part and positioning of the upper extremity, lower extremity and chest.
  5. Demonstrates a working knowledge for correctly evaluating radiographs for positioning accuracy, image quality and common pathologies.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of radiation and the principles of best practice in radiation protection of both patients and staff.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the ethics and legalities of the use of radiation.

Intermediate Course

At the completion of this course the X-ray operator should be competent in a limited field of practice and be eligible for an intermediate X-ray operator’s license with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the properties and production of x-rays.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of exposure factors and their manipulations.
  3. Demonstrate a working knowledge and use of radiographic equipment.
  4. Describe and demonstrate the correct body part and positioning of the upper extremity, shoulder, lower extremity and pelvis, chest and cervical spine.
  5. Demonstrates a working knowledge for correctly evaluating radiographs for positioning accuracy, image quality and common pathologies.
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge of radiation and the principles of best practice in radiation protection of both patients and staff.
  7. Demonstrate a knowledge of the ethics and legalities of the use of radiation.

Course delivery

This course is commencing on the 20th March 2017 depending on application numbers.

Basic Course

This course is an online external delivery over 8 weeks including attendance of a 2 day workshop - 15th and 16th June 2017 to be conducted in X-ray Suites at City East Campus. 

Intermediate Course

This course is an online external delivery over 10 weeks including attendance of a 2 day workshop - 15th and 16th June 2017 to be conducted in X-ray Suites at City East Campus. 

Assessment

Basic Course

4 multiple choice quizzes
2 selected simulated clinical examinations
Examination – 1 hour

Intermediate Course

4 multiple choice quizzes
3 selected simulated clinical examinations
Examination – 1 hour

Cost

Basic: $2200.00 (GST inclusive)

Intermediate: $2750.00 (GST inclusive)

How to enrol

To enrol, please click here to download an enrolment form (PDF 287 KB).

Applications close one week prior to course commencement 

Further information

For more course information and course related queries please contact the School of Health Sciences

healthstudy@unisa.edu.au


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