The clinical duty hours for students are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This means that students must be ready to start performing cases at 8:00 a.m. However, Clinical Practicum 4 & 5 have a course requirement of 1 week of evening hours. It is the students responsibility to arrange transportation to and from the hospital clinical site.
Students are not allowed to enter the radiology department during off hours without the permission of the hospital clinical instructor. Summer clinical courses start one week before the rest of the colleges other summer courses.
Students will be required to take five clinical courses at area hospitals during their two years in the program. While every effort is made to assign student to clinical sites close to home, this cannot be guaranteed.
Students are required to be in the clinical education component for two summer sessions. Second year students will be in the summer session until they officially graduate by fulfilling the program requirements.
Clinical test is a 200 multiple choice question test based on the program course work. Every attempt has been made to make this test as task related as possible. Task related refers to those activities performed in the clinical setting. Of course, there will be some theory. The contents are as follows:
- Radiation Protection 15%
- Equipment Operation and Maintenance 15%
- Image Production and Evaluation 25%
- Radiographic Procedures 30%
- Patient Care 15%
- TOTAL 100%
A minimum score of 75% is needed to pass the Clinical Test with a minimum of 7.5 in each section.
Students entering the program must pass a health physical examination. The health physical is documented on a form provided by the college. All information on the health physical form is kept confidential.
Prior to starting the second year of study, the student must pass a second health physical. The health physical examination must be completed during the third week of August; date to be advised immediately preceding the start of the second year and submitted no later than August 31st.
Failure to comply with the health physical requirements will prevent a student from attending clinical and incur a late fee from the Campus Health office.
All students are required to be tested for tuberculosis via the Mantoux test prior to beginning their first clinical rotation and yearly thereafter. If a student has been exposed to a potentially infectious TB patient for whom infectious control procedures have not been taken, the Clinical Coordinator or Chairman must be informed immediately AND an incident report filed with the Campus Nurse. The student will then be required to be tested with the Mantoux skin test. If negative, a repeat skin test must be performed 12 weeks after exposure (This second skin test will not be required when a student's skin test was within the previous three months.)
A student with a positive TB skin test must have a chest radiograph documenting no active disease to be eligible to return to clinical. When a student is found to have current pulmonary or laryngeal TB, they shall be excluded from clinical. The physician must certify that the student is no longer infectious to be eligible to return to clinical.
The risk of health care workers acquiring HBV infection is related to the frequency of routine exposure to blood or blood products and to the frequency of injury from needlesticks, scalpels or other sharp instruments and exposure of open wounds to blood or bloody fluids.
These risks vary during the training and working career of each individual but are often highest during the professional training period. For this reason, the Department of Health recommends that hepatitis B vaccination be completed during training in schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, laboratory technology, and other allied health professions.