St. Catharine College
Course Syllabus: RAD 394
Credits: 2 hours
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Radiography courses proceeding this semester.
Clinic Dates: January 4, 2009 – March 4, 2009
Clinic Holidays: January 18, 2008 – MLK Day
Hours: Varies, depending on clinical assignment.
Instructor: April Bowman, BS, RT(R)
Office at Hamilton Health & Science Building
Office: 859-336-5082, ext. 1329
Additional Dawn McNeil, Ellis Blanton and Clinical Instructors at each
Instructors: Clinical Affiliate.
Required Text: Clinical Education Notebook/Forms
Description: Students are directly supervised in the clinical setting in the performance of
radiographic procedures until clinical competency is demonstrated. During this
rotation, the students will orient themselves to the radiology department.
Students will rotate through a variety of different areas including general
radiography, emergency room, fluoroscopy, surgery and genitourinary areas.
Also, the students may need to rotate through specialty areas such as
Sonography, Computed Tomography, MR, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation
Therapy, and Bone Density and complete the required paperwork.
Objectives: Students will demonstrate competence in Diagnostic Imaging Procedures by
completing a minimum of 15 procedures listed on the Clinical Index Form
during this semester. The competencies will correlate to the entire procedures
Students will examine their own clinical experience identifying clinical practice
weakness/strengths and make appropriate solutions when appropriated to
strengthen their clinical performance.
Students will orient themselves to the radiology department, becoming familiar
with the policies and protocols.
Clinical Education Assignments:
Clinical Education requires self-motivation and confidence. Students are expected to take responsibility
for their education and must maintain appropriate records and complete assignments throughout the
semester in a timely fashion. All clinic assignments, except for the film project, will be due by noon on
March 15, 2010. Failure to turn in clinical assignments by the deadline will result in a letter grade
1. Film Project
Please see attached instructions.
2. Log Book
Students are to document evidence of observation, assistance, and performance in all
radiographic procedures in which they are present. Procedures are to be recorded in the
Clinical Education Log Book. Please do not use patient names or medical record numbers in
the log record. Please make sure that you are being recorded in the computer system on all
3. Orientation Paperwork
Upon arrival at a new clinical setting, the student must complete a department orientation
with the Clinical Instructor. The appropriate form must be completed by the CI.
4. Behavior Evaluations
The practice of Radiologic Technology Requires not only competence in procedural work but
the demonstration of professional behavior in dealing with patients, peers, and other
members of the health care team. Therefore, every two weeks the student must have the
Clinical Instructor or a member of the clinical staff complete the behavior evaluation form.
However, the final behavior evaluation of the semester must be completed by the Clinical
Instructor. The student must have a behavioral evaluation completed at the end of each
specialty rotation (Kosair Children’s and University of Louisville). All evaluations must have
the Clinical Instructor’s signature. It is the student’s responsibility to assure these
evaluations are completed.
5. Competency Evaluations
Competency evaluations are utilized by the Radiography Program to document student’s
competencies on entry-level clinical procedures. 20 competency evaluations must be
completed during the semester. A student may complete a clinical competency when he or
she feels competent in a particular procedure and is able to complete the procedure from
beginning to end without assistance. The student will ask the clinical instructor or clinical
staff member to observe his/her performance of the procedure and to complete the
competency form designed by the program. The form must be given to the Clinical
Instructor or staff member before starting the procedure. The staff member who observes
the procedure must sign the form. It is the student’s responsibility to give the form to the
staff member and get the required signatures. If the competency is not achieved, the form
must be completed and given to the Coordinator of Clinical Education. Repeated
competencies must be completed on white forms. Students are not allowed to pick and
choose your patients.
ARRT requires that students complete 36 mandatory exams and 13 elective exams
throughout the four clinical semesters. St. Catharine College requires the students to
complete a total of 60 competencies, throughout the four clinical semesters, which include
the ARRT requirements. Be cautious when re-comping on level specific patients.
6. Repeat Analysis
Any exam repeats must be documented on the Repeat Analysis Form and the
Exam/Exposure Log. All repeat exams must be completed under direct supervision and the
clinical staff must initial the Repeat Analysis Form.
7. Film Analysis
Students are required to complete 5 film analysis during the semester. The film analysis is
designed to test the students knowledge of Radiographic Anatomy. These may be
completed with the CCE, Program Faculty, CI or clinical designee and documented on the
pink Film Analysis form.
8. Daily Vital Signs
Each day the student is required to take one complete set of vital signs on someone in the
medical imaging department. The student must write down the pulse, blood pressure and
respiration on the vital sign log sheet and have the sheet initialed by a technologist or
9. Review Assessment Exams
On January 15 and February 19, the program will be giving review assessment exams at
10:00 am. On each exam date, the student must turn in the review questions from the
previous test. The student is required to look up the answers to each review question,
provide the book and page number and explanations of why the multiple choice options are
right or wrong. The review questions will be provided to the student at least 3 weeks prior
to the next exam. The grade for the monthly questions will be combined equally with your
test score and this will become part of your clinical grade. See grade breakdown below.
10. Reflection Paper
Throughout the clinical semester, students must examine their own clinical experience by
identifying clinical weakness/strengths and make appropriate solutions when appropriated
to strengthen their clinical performance. After careful analysis, the student must write a
minimum three page paper outlining any strengths/weakness found during the semester
and describing any implemented or recommended solutions. In addition, the student should
discuss how their clinical strengths/weaknesses from Clinic I and II affect their final clinical
performance. Also, the student should evaluate how they will begin to use their clinical
performance to seek employment upon graduation. This is a personal reflection and is not
intended to be a clinical site reflection. The paper must be typed and is to be turned in
with clinical materials on March 15, 2010 by noon. A rubric will be provided to the student
and used in the grading process.
11. Terminal Competency
During the final clinical semester, students must complete a terminal competency
evaluation. This will represent the accumulated knowledge of the student and become a
summation of the clinical component of the program. This will be completed throughout the
clinical semester by the clinical staff and clinical instructor.
Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance in clinical education is necessary for a student to receive the experiences needed to become a
competent entry-level radiographer; therefore, attendance in clinical education is mandatory. Each
student will be required to complete 256 clinical hours in one semester. If an absence occurs under any
circumstances, each student will be required to make the day up to meet the 256 clinical hours.
Students will complete weekly time sheets, which will include the signature of the Clinical Instructor or
their designee. A member of the clinical staff must initial the time in and time out, in order to receive
credit. If the student is required to use a time clock, they are still responsible for completing the weekly
time sheet, with initials. These must be submitted on a bi-weekly basis to the Coordinator of Clinical
Education or Radiography faculty visiting the clinic site. Absences will be made-up in the same area
assigned during the absence and on the same shift. No Saturday or Sunday make-up times will be
permitted unless prior approval from the Coordinator of Clinical Education and the Clinical Instructor at
the facility. Students must attend Biomedical Ethics class. This may mean that the student will miss a
clinic rotation or that the student must leave early from clinic. They will still be required to make-up any
time missed. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange make-up times with the clinical instructor
and it must be submitted in writing to the Coordinator of Clinical Education, with both the student and
clinical instructor signatures before the first missed clinical day. Any student who is not in their assigned
area and ready to work at the time they are due in, will be counted tardy
Each student must arrive to clinic at their scheduled time. No one is allowed to go in early so they can
leave early. If a student arrives to clinic early and leaves early without the appropriate approval, they
will be responsible to make-up time and there will be a 5-point reduction in their clinic attendance
grade. Leaving early is deemed as four minutes earlier than the scheduled clock out time.
Tardy: A tardy is when an individual does not clock in at their scheduled time. If a student is more than
four minutes late from the time they are due to arrive, they are considered absent. It may be
appropriate to set a watch to the hospital time. Refer to handbook regarding penalties.
Absence: An absence occurs when an individual does not arrive at clinics due to any circumstances. Refer
to handbook regarding penalties.
It must be noted that the student can lose enough points through poor attendance and punctuality to
fail the course. If a student misses more than 10% of clinical time in absenteeism, the student will
automatically fail the course. Absenteeism includes calling in for the day, leaving early or arriving late.
Make-up Time: Make-up time must be arranged in advance. The absentee form must be filled out
completely and signed by the Clinical Instructor. Once the form is filled out, the student is responsible for
giving it to the Coordinator of Clinical Education or Radiography Program faculty for approval at least one
week prior. If it is turned in later than one week prior, it will not be accepted. If the Coordinator of
Clinical Education has not approved the absentee form and the student goes to clinic anyway, the
student’s time will not count and he/she will still need to make-up time missed due to the absence.
The Coordinator’s signature must be on the absentee form for approval. When make-up time has been
approved a student is required to go to clinic on the day they agreed. If a student does not go to clinic on
the approved make-up day, an absence will occur. Refer to handbook regarding absences.
Excused Absences: Absences that are excused are approved at least on week prior and the student is
responsible for making up the missed time. Requests must be in writing and must have the student’s
signature and the Coordinator of Clinical Education’s signature. It is the responsibility of the student to
file the request. All requests may not be approved. It is up to the specific circumstances whether a
request is approved. The only exception to one week approval is a death in the family. Under this
circumstance, approval occurs when documentation is received by the Coordinator of Clinical Education
and signed. A good rule of thumb is to utilize Friday for any necessary appointments or wait until after
the 8 week rotation is over.
Approval: All student’s activities that vary from the clinic policies must have a written request and
approval by the Coordinator of Clinical Education.
Students are evaluated in both affective and psychomotor domains. Evaluation instruments have been
developed which monitor students on various skills at different times during the program. The final grade
will be a compilation of clinical behavior evaluations, clinical competencies, logbook, repeat analysis, film
project, and attendance. The final grade will be weighted as follows:
Review Assessment, Daily Vitals
Reflection Paper and Film Project 25%
Behavioral Evaluations 10%
Film Analysis 10%
Terminal Competency 15%
Record Continuity 5%
Final grades will be earned by the following scale:
An average of 77% must be obtained to pass the class.
Academic Honesty Policy: Refer to the student handbook
A STUDENT WHO DOES NOT SUCESSFULLY COMPLETE A CLINICAL SEMESTER WILL NOT BE PERFMITTED
TO CONTINUE IN CLINICAL EDUCATION UNTIL THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE FAILED COURSE.
FAILURE TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A CLINICAL COURSE WILL PROHIBIT A STUDENT FROM
COMPLETEING THE RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM IN THE NORMAL TIME FRAME
This syllabus may be modified by the Coordinator of Clinical Education whenever necessary to meet the
needs of the individual student.
St. Catharine College
Clinical Education 3
Each student will be required to obtain 4 radiographic studies during the semester. The student
must have one study from each of the following categories:
Chest and/or Abdomen
Gastrointestinal system, urinary system or surgery
One COMPLETE STUDY from each category must be clearly labeled. ALL anatomy, on each film
in the study, must be labeled whether or not it is pertinent to the study. The radiograph must
be of acceptable quality (no heavy density or not enough density).
Project Due Dates
Study One Due Date: January 15, 2010
Study Two Due Date: January 29, 2010
Study Three Due Date: February 19, 2010
Study Four Due Date: March 15, 2010
Studies will not be accepted past noon on the due date. Any study turned in after noon on
the given due date will be given a zero. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
These projects will be combined with the assessment, daily vitals and reflection paper
assignments to count as 25% of your clinical grade.