ATTAINING PROGRAM COMPETENCY STATEMENT: Columbus Technical College School of Radiologic Technology is a competency-based program which requires the student to satisfactorily complete 4 Semesters of academic and clinical assignments and to demonstrate proficiency in performing various radiographic exams and related duties once accepted. Students must complete the program within a minimum of 18 months , once accepted, and within the stated attendance guidelines.
A student will not be considered for completion of the program and receipt of his/her degree until all requirements in academic, clinical, and attendance areas are met.
The following outlines the required competencies:
The student must achieve the following competencies:
A. A minimum grade of C in each course with Final Exams being
cumulative in each course.
B. A minimum average of C per semester for 6 semesters.
C. A required practice simulated registry examination may be given as
early as the end of the 4th or 5th semester.
D. A minimum grade of 75 on at least TWO Simulated Registry Exams
or a minimum grade of 75 on one exam and on EACH test subject category on
administered Simulated Registry Exams. This competency is also a requirement for
graduation. (See Graduation/Professional Information Section)
The student is enabled to achieve competency through the following:
A. Classroom instruction and Simulated Labs
B. Faculty observation and evaluation
C. Staff Radiographers’ evaluations of clinical performance via weekly
and progress evaluations.
D. Staff Radiographers’ evaluations on all clinical proficiency exams per
student per semester.
E. Faculty audit of proficiencies by students’ actual performance or
simulation of exams to include image evaluation.
F. Faculty audit of competency by actual students’ performance of
simulation of room set-up.
G. Faculty conducts small group image evaluation.
H. Faculty and/or staff conducts clinical demonstrations.
I. A grade minimum grade of B or better in all clinical courses.
required competency levels. The student must adhere to the attendance policies of the program as
explained in the Student Handbook. The student shall not graduate with the class if he/she does not
complete the program within the 4 semester/18 months and planned specified time. Any absences
and/or discipline days must be completed/made up before the degree is awarded.
PROBLEM SOLVING PROCEDURES In the event that a student has a problem concerning the Program, he/she has the right to present it according to the appropriate procedure as outlined in the Student Handbook Section 6, which defines the Problem Solving Procedure. Due process and the student appeal process is also in the Columbus Technical College Student Handbook.
If a matter needs the immediate attention of the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator, the student should request to see them immediately.
Section 3 Clinical Education
CLINICAL EDUCATON Purpose:
The purpose of this outlined program of clinical education is to provide guidelines for students and those technologists involved with the development of clinical competence. These policies are to assure and promotes patient and student safety and proper education practices.
Students must have adequate and proper supervision during all clinical assignments. In the radiologic technology program, students must be under direct supervision, until competency is achieved. Student supervision is overseen by a qualified practitioner who reviews the procedure in relation to the student’s achievement, evaluates the condition of the patient in relation to the student’s knowledge, and is present during the procedure and reviews and approves the procedure. A qualified radiographer must always be present during student performance of a repeat of any unsatisfactory image.
Once the student is deemed competent in procedures being challenged, he/she will be under indirect supervision, which is defined as supervision provided by a qualified practitioner, immediately available to assist student as needed. Immediately available is interpreted as having a qualified practitioner physically present adjacent to the room or location where the radiographic procedure is being performed.
Repeat radiographs by any student must be performed under direct supervision, regardless of competency level. ASSIGNMENT OF CLINICAL HOURS:
The Program Director will schedule student clinical assignments in cooperation with the Clinical Coordinator and affiliate clinical site managers. This is to maintain orderly flow in the departments and adequate rotation of clinical experience for the students. Students will be assigned to different rooms in each department on a rotational basis. They will be under the supervision of the registered technologist working in that radiographic room. Students who have part-time jobs must work their hours around the planned clinical schedule of the Program so as not to interfere with assignments. Clinical schedules are posted in advance of the next semester so students have time to make necessary arrangements for job duties, childcare, and the like. Students should schedule all dental, doctor, and other appointments on their off time.
RADIOGRAPHIC CLINICAL EDUCATION GRADING:
The AFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION is an assessment of the affective domain. Clinical evaluations are completed weekly by the assigned radiographer and/or the clinical instructor. The Director’s Report is completed by the Clinical Coordinator/Program Director. The clinical weekly evaluation contains blocks of descriptive terms of performance areas. The Director’s Report includes blocks of descriptive areas of performance. The PSYCHOMOTOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION on the back of the clinical evaluation contains psychomotor evaluation aspects of grading the student in their clinical assignment. These three reports are issued to the student for review and signature.
The students are also evaluated on their employability by starting out each semester with 100 banked points. Each absence, tardy, or other infraction leads to points being deducted from the 100 total points (see Section 3 under Employability). At the end of the semester, this section is documented as a portion of the total grade.
Each semester, the students will participate in writing assignments meant to develop their critical thinking skills. The first clinical semester, the students will participate in a journaling assignment and the following semesters will be assigned clinical case studies to give their input as to the appropriate resolution of the case study presented.
The weights of each of these areas of grading are as follows:
Clinical Weekly Evaluations = 15%
Director’s Report = 15%
Employability = 15%
Clinical Case Studies= 15%
The APPLIED CLINICAL PROFICIENCY performance is an assessment of the cognitive and psychomotor skills. The number, requirements, and forms for each semester are described and listed in the Clinical Education Master Plan. A Clinical Progress Evaluation (Psychomotor) appears on the back of the Clinical Weekly Evaluation completed by the assigned radiographer. The progress evaluation is based on written published objectives for each type of radiographic assignment.
The Proficiency evaluation is a separate form completed by the registered radiographer. Students who fail to complete the required number of proficiencies during a given semester by the due date assigned shall receive a grade based on the number of proficiencies completed. The remaining proficiencies must be completed by the end of the next semester to prevent further grade reduction.
The weight of these two components is:
Progress Evaluations = 10%
Clinical Proficiencies = 30%
Students must maintain an average of 80 or above in clinical to remain enrolled in the Program.
PROBLEM SOLVING PROCEDURE:
In the event a student has a problem concerning the Program, he/she has the right to present it according to the appropriate procedure as outlined in the Student Handbook, Section 6.
If a student wishes to respond to the evaluation, it should be discussed with the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator. If a matter needs the immediate attention of the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator, the student should request to see them immediately.
PROPERTY OF CLINICAL RECORDS: All clinical record forms, including Clinical Evaluation forms, are the property of Columbus Technical College and are not to be removed from the premises. Section 6 of the Student Handbook defines the disciplinary action for failure to follow policies in this regard.
EMPLOYABILITY At the beginning of every clinical semester, each student will have 100 points banked in the “Employability Category”. The designated point values listed will be deducted for “EACH” violation during the semester. At the end of the semester, the remaining points will count as 15% of the Affective Performance Evaluation portion of the course grade.
Points Deducted Clinical Violations
Failure to use time card to clock in/out. *This will be
counted as a Tardy. 5 Double-punching where time cannot be
distinguished. *This will be counted as tardy.
Failure to comply with dress code
10 Reported Absence from clinical site-
(must be reported to clinical coordinator and
clinical site )
Failure to wear proper uniform to and
from the clinical site (cleaned and ironed
shirts, pants/skirts, lab coats with patch, name tag, and
Leaving the clinical site before designated
time regardless of reason without notifying the Clinical Instructor/Clinical Coordinator first
Failure to turn in clinical time card for
the previous week on time. *Also 1 makeup day added for
Signature_____________________________________________ Date _____________
STUDENT POLICIES FOR CLINICAL ASSIGNMENTS A. PATIENT CARE AND EXAMINATIONS:
Patients are your first concern. Be kind, tactful, gentle, courteous, and professional. Follow instructed customer service standards.
Do not take patients back to the radiographic room without the requisition and appropriate records, if used, and without the consent of the RT. Students are required by HIPAA standards to identify the patient by two different means. These include verbally asking the patient to give his/her name, his/her birth date, his/her ordering doctor, or what procedure he/she is having. It is important to check the patient’s ID band if the patient is an inpatient for proper identification.
Students are required to write their initials on the requisition form at the beginning of the examination along with the RT number or initials, etc.
Upon completion of an examination, an RT MUST check all images before they are sent for interpretation by the Radiologist.
Students, at no time, will decide if a patient needs additional radiographs or examinations other than specified by the Radiologist or attending physician. Students are not to call physicians’ offices unless requested to do so by the supervising RT.
Students are not to render interpretations of radiographs or reveal radiographic images or findings to the patient or other persons.
All repeated radiographs must be performed with the RT present and with their direct supervision.