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UNIFORMS:

Standardized uniforms must be clean and ironed at all times. Appropriate undergarments MUST be worn. (Example: all undergarments must be white or flesh-toned. Male students must wear plain white t-shirts under their uniform tops. The sleeves of the t-shirt should not extend out beyond the sleeves of the uniform top. A suggestion is made that male students wear the ribbed type of undershirt with a V-neck. No logo printing or other designs will be tolerated). Lab coats must be clean and ironed. ONLY lab coats and uniforms purchased from Meridy’s Uniform Company are acceptable. No sweaters or other jackets will be worn while on actual duty. No long-sleeved t-shirts should be worn under uniform tops, unless instructed to do so by the Program Director/Clinical Coordinator to cover body art/tattoos. If you get cold, wear your lab coat.


SHOES:

White leather duty shoes or all white tennis shoes only are permitted to be worn and must be clean and polished at all times. Shoes and shoe strings must be clean. Shoes that are worn out, or defective, torn, or otherwise out of condition do not meet a professional appearance and must be replaced. Sling, backless shoes, or Croc-type shoes are not permitted. The purchase of two pairs of shoes is recommended and all shoes must be approved to meet the Program Dress Code. These standards are for all students regardless of varying Hospital Departmental policies. All shoes must be approved by the Program Director/Clinical Coordinator.


SCRUB CLOTHES:

Scrub clothes are worn ONLY when the student is on surgery rotation. When you change from your uniform to scrub clothes, remember to wear your radiation dosimetry badge on the scrub top collar. A lab coat MUST be worn when dressed in scrubs and should be removed when going in to do a surgery case. The lab coat must be worn when leaving the O.R. and in all other areas of the hospital as long as scrubs are worn. NEVER wear scrub clothes outside the hospital, including to classes. Scrub clothes, which are the property of the hospitals, SHALL NOT be removed from the facility for any reason. If the student has the potential to soil his/her uniform, it would be advised to bring an extra uniform to clinical, just in case.


HAIR:

Hair must be clean and neat. If it is shoulder length, or longer it MUST be worn back. If hair falls forward from the neck when you lean over, it must be worn back. This means that hair must be worn in a ponytail, braid, or other acceptable style as discussed in orientation. Barrettes or hair clips that blend in with the hair color should be used. DO NOT use bright, large, trendy clips, elastics, bows, ties, etc. Wet hair is NOT permitted. Males will comply with the same rules. Males may have a mustache and/or beard provided that it is moderate in length and neatly groomed at all times.


HOSIERY:

Females are required to wear white socks or white, beige/tan hosiery. NO colored or patterned hosiery, socks, or tennis footlets or ankle socks are permitted. White knee highs or light weight trouser socks may be worn with pants uniforms. Males are required to wear plain white socks. All students are required to wear hosiery in an appropriate manner. NO ankle socks are allowed.


FINGERNAILS:

Nails should be clean, well-manicured, and no longer than the length of the finger tips. No excessively long nails are permitted. Clear or NO nail polish shall be worn. NO loud colors of nail polish permitted. Infection control officials suggest that NO nail polish be worn as a means to prevent harboring of bacteria. Fingernails have been implicated in the transmission of nosocomial infections and can affect the barrier quality of personal protection equipment, therefore, artificial nails (acrylic or gel) are not allowed.


JEWELRY:

Only two rings shall be worn. If you are married, your engagement ring and wedding band are considered one. NO flashy or gaudy rings or watches are permitted. NO bracelets or visible necklaces are permitted. Earrings, if worn, shall be limited to post-type only and only one pair of earrings is allowed. Only small gold, silver, diamond, or white pearls are recommended as acceptable. No loop, circle, or drop styles shall be worn. NO OTHER JEWELRY, PINS, BADGES, OR BUTTONS WILL BE PERMITTED. ALL PIERCED BODY PARTS MUST BE COVERED.


BODY ART/TATTOOS:

Body art and tattoos MUST be covered and NOT visible at any time.


MAKEUP AND COLOGNE:

Makeup, colognes, and after-shaves shall be worn in moderation, if worn at all. Strong colognes/after-shaves may be offensive to patients and co-workers.


CHEWING GUM, EATING, OR DRINKING:

Chewing gum, eating, or drinking is not permitted while you are with a patient or outside of the lounge/locker or break room areas.


PHOTO ID/NAME BADGES:

Name ID badges are issued by Columbus Technical College and must be worn clearly and visibly at all times. This includes wearing ID badges to clinical assignments as well as class. DO NOT cover up any part of the name tag. Students are identified as students by their school patches and name badges. Students who should need to replace a name badge due to a name change or loss/damage of the name tag must go to the Academic Advisement Center (P-200 in Patrick Hall) at Columbus Technical College for another badge. There may be a charge for replacement of a name badge. Students are prohibited from loaning their name badges to anyone else. Students cannot attend clinical or class without their name badges. Name badges are changed each school year to a different color. Please be sure to renew your badge during that time.


RADIATION DOSIMETRY BADGES:

Dosimetry badges are to be worn on the uniform collar and outside of the lead apron when only one badge is worn. Females who are pregnant are double-badged with the second badge worn at the waist and under the apron. If the student goes to surgery, he/she should wear the Dosimetry badge outside the lead apron in the O.R. and make sure that it is placed back on his/her uniform when changing at the end of the shift. Loss of the dosimetry badge must be reported to the Clinical Coordinator as soon as possible. A replacement badge will be assigned, should this occur.




STUDENT WITHDRAWAL POLICY:

Should a student decide to withdraw from the program for any reason, the following items MUST be submitted to the program:



  1. Radiation monitoring badge

  2. Time Cards

  3. A brief written statement from the student stating his/her intention of withdrawing from the Program. Reasons for withdrawing are requested to be included for documentation, however, the student is not required to state the reason, if private. This statement will be placed in the student’s permanent file for reference.

  4. Any books loaned to the student from the School of Radiography collection or any library books due the Columbus Technical College Library.

A Termination of Attendance Form is to be completed for the withdrawal form and will be completed to document the above process. The student must also withdraw from Columbus Technical College or complete a “Change of Major” form to be moved into another course of study. All textbooks, uniforms, etc. remain the property of the student.



Columbus Technical College

School of Radiologic Technology

928 Manchester Expressway

Columbus, GA 31904
TERMINATION OF ATTENDANCE FORM
REASONS FOR EXIT:
_______ Self - Withdrawal ______Termination ______ Other
Name ________________________________ Student ID # ______________________
Date Entered ______________ Date of Exit/Termination _________________
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT OF SELF WITHDRAWAL:
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Student’s Signature: _______________________________ Date: _________________

________________________________________________________________________
FOR SCHOOL DOCUMENTATION ONLY:
Check when items are submitted and provide date and signature of receipt
Item Returned Date Signature
Radiation Monitoring __________ ________ __________________

Badge
Time Cards __________ ________ __________________


School Library Books __________ ________ __________________

STUDENT TRANSFER:

A student wishing to transfer from one Radiography program to another is sometimes permissible. The extent of transfer time, however, is granted at the discretion of the Program Director into which the student is entering. Acceptance of previously attended radiography academic and clinical credits will be on an individual basis.


To be considered for transfer into the Columbus Technical College School of Radiologic Technology Program, the student must:

  1. be eligible to return to his/her previously attended collegiate-based radiography program,

  2. complete the official application form and submit application fee,

  3. request transcripts from high school, colleges, or other post-secondary institutions, and previously attended radiography programs,

  4. request copies of previously completed clinical grades and proficiency/competency records,

  5. request a letter of written endorsement from the Program Director of the previously attended program, stating the candidate’s academic and clinical performance, and attendance record, and

  6. be able to meet the stated entry requirements of the Columbus Technical College School of Radiologic Technology (Compass scores and pre-requisite courses).

Final acceptance or rejection of a transfer candidate is dependent upon space available at the time of application.


TUITION:

Tuition is due and payable prior to the beginning of classes each semester. These dates are listed in the college catalog on the college website, and can be obtained through the Admission Office/Business Office of Columbus Technical College.


PARKING:

All students are required to park in assigned parking lots at each hospital/clinic and at the college. When parking stickers are required, students are required to attach them to their vehicle(s) as determined by each affiliate site and by the college.


MEALS:

Food must not be taken out of any hospital cafeteria. Meal time will be observed as scheduled. Students are not to arrive at the scheduled time and then go to the cafeteria for breakfast. Students are not permitted to leave the hospital to pick up food for the department.


STUDENT EMPLOYMENT:

In order to pursue the goals of these institutions, especially to provide better patient care, and in meeting the educational achievement needs of the student, the following policies are established. Along with meeting these goals, the Faculty is concerned for the physical and mental capabilities of the student.



  1. Student attendance to the program is of utmost importance. Abuse of the Absence Policy or tardiness will not be tolerated. Students who are employed shall make every effort to attend school as a priority over employment.

  2. Sleeping in class or poor clinical performance due to lack of sleep will not be tolerated. Working late-night or early morning shifts prior to a school day is not recommended and is dangerous to the welfare of the patient, clinical facility, and the student.



MULTIPLE ENROLLMENTS:

While enrolled in this Program, it is NOT RECOMMENDED that a student be enrolled in another program, curricula, or college. The faculty suggests that all students devote full-time to their education as Radiologic Technologists. Further training and educational opportunities are available to a program graduate. Information on program and curricula are available to all students in the Career File and through the Program Director.


HOSPITALIZATION INSURANCE:

All students should have hospitalization insurance. If a student should be hospitalized, the respective hospital will collect the insurance benefits. Any expense incurred over and above those paid by insurance are the responsibility of the student, his/her parent or guardian. Students are responsible for all physician and dental bills.


STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS AND RECORDS:
Transcripts of current students and graduates are kept on file in the Registrar’s office at Columbus Technical College and are available upon request according to school policy. There may be a charge for the release of a student’s transcript to another educational institution, technical program, or prospective employer. No transcript or other official material received by the Program from any applicant or student shall be released to any other institution.
Student records other than transcripts are kept in the program office for future reference. The Program Director or other designated faculty member MUST be present when a student wishes to review all or part of their record. No portion of the file will be copied or removed from the program office. Records shall not be opened to third party inspection without the expressed written consent of the student/graduate. This policy is designed to comply with the regulations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (The Buckley Amendment)

The following safety policies apply to the radiology lab on campus and are posted in the lab area.


Radiology Lab Safety
Students are not allowed in the lab without permission of program faculty and should be accompanied

by a faculty member.


No eating or drinking in the lab.
Faculty should turn all power on upon entering and turn all power off when exiting.
Disinfect all equipment before use.
Use proper hand hygiene before positioning your “patient”
Use locks correctly; do not force equipment to move.
Before lowering the table, check and remove obstacles from under the table.
Do not leave stools under the table.
All lab experiments will be performed under direct supervision.
Radiation exposures will be conducted only on phantoms or inanimate objects.
Treat phantoms with care to prevent damage. Replacement cost range from $500 to $33,000.
Close doors during radiographic exposures.
No horseplay during lab experiments.
During exposures always stand in control booth or behind a barrier wall.

Students must wear dosimeters while conducting experiments in lab.


Before leaving:


  • Place all equipment in appropriate storage area including sponges, cassettes, measuring devices, etc.

  • Place tube head all the way down close to table on the pillow before turning power off

  • Report all damaged equipment to clinical coordinator or program director

Rev. 11/24/15




POLICIES REGARDING STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES:

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE/BODY FLUID EXPOSURES
Communicable disease is defined as a disease the causative agents of which may pass or be carried from one person to another directly or indirectly. Examples of such diseases include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, flu, and HIV (AIDS-causing virus). Candidates and students must be aware of the potential of the spread of communicable diseases in the environment of the Imaging Departments and the hospital or clinic. Course work will cover the preventative measures essential for infection control as well as the processes of disease exposure.
The policies and procedures herein described are for the education of the student and shall be used as guidelines for preventing the spread of and the reporting the exposure to any communicable diseases.
CANDIDATE HEALTH SERVICES:
Final candidates being considered by the Program Acceptance Committee will be contacted to schedule a medical examination. The candidate must be able to pass a drug screening test at the time of the medical examination. The expense of the medical examination is the responsibility of the candidate. This will include the medical history, exam, PPD and drug screen.
Accepted candidates will be contacted to schedule a medical examination with their physician. The candidate must be able to pass a drug screening test at the time of acceptance, as required by the affiliate clinical sites students will be going to for clinical education. Students should also begin the process of Hepatitis B Vaccination prior to the official date of attending the program. The cost of each injection is the responsibility of the student. The vaccine series consists of three injections and is given at approximately two month intervals and must be completed within the first six months of the Program. Any student can sign a declination form in order to forego vaccination. This is not recommended as students will come in contact with patients who have communicable diseases during the clinical training experience.
Accepted students must submit current and up-to-date immunization records. These records may be obtained from the local health department in the form of titers for childhood diseases, or from the candidate’s physician or military record, if applicable.
Enrolled students exposed to a communicable disease while on duty will receive the appropriate diagnostic test and prophylactic treatment for the specified disease. All requisitions for professional services (laboratory and x-ray tests) that are required by these policies will be done.
If any follow-up treatment is required as a result of exposure to communicable disease, the student will be responsible for the procedures and expenses.


PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING EXPOSURE:
When a student is exposed to a communicable disease, the following action will be taken:

1. Student notifies the appropriate Clinical Instructor

2. An occurrence report is completed.

3. The student will go to the appropriate facility for any necessary emergency

treatment.

4. School faculty notifies Infection Control.


When a student is exposed to a tuberculosis patient, the following action will be taken:

    1. The Infection Control Officer (at the hospital) identifies those students

potentially exposed and notifies the School Office.

    1. The student is advised by Program faculty and sent to Infection Control at

Columbus Technical College for a baseline PPD (purified protein derivative – tuberculin)

if there has not been such a test in the last six months.



    1. The student must report back in 2 – 3 days for a follow up reading.

    2. If the student already has a positive PPD, a chest x-ray will be recommended as a baseline.

If the chest report is negative, the student will only need a chest x-ray every 5 years

thereafter, unless further exposure is identified or the student has symptoms.


NOTE: “Exposure” to TB occurs when one remains in the same room for more than 5 minutes with a TB patient who has been coughing and is not wearing a mask. If isolation technique was observed (patient was wearing a mask), exposure has NOT occurred.

Sharps Injury Report
1. Date and time of exposure incident:
2. Type and brand of sharp involved in the exposure incident:
3. Job classification of exposed employee/student:
4. Department or work area where the exposure incident occurred:
5. The procedure that the exposed employee/student was performing at the time of

the incident:

6. How did the incident occur:


7. The body part involved in the exposure incident:


8. Did the sharp have engineered sharps injury protection?

If so, was the protective mechanism activated?

Was the protective mechanism activated before activation of mechanism, during

activation of mechanism or after activation of the mechanism, if applicable?

9. If the sharp had no engineered sharps injury protection, what was the opinion of the employee/student as to whether and how such a mechanism could have prevented the injury, as well as the basis for the opinion:
10. What is the opinion of the employee/student about whether any other engineering, administrative, or work practice control could have prevented the injury, and the basis for the opinion:


______________________________ ________________________

Infection Control Coordinator Date


COLUMBUS TECHNICAL COLLEGE
EXPOSURE INCIDENT EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP FORM

For

Accidental Exposure to Blood or Other Infectious Body Fluids
Name of person exposed ________________________________ SSN _______________________
Date of Incident ___________________________ Circle one: Student Staff Faculty Other
Location of Incident ____________________________________________________________________
Source of Exposure _________________________________ PPE Used ___________________
Route of Exposure ___________________________________ Date occurred ________________
Describe circumstances of exposure incident: _______________________________________________


FOLLOW-UP:
____ Person involved in incident is referred to private physician, health department, or other licensed health care provider for status assessment, testing and counseling.
____ Documentation of follow-up is on file at the college.
Employee/student is informed of:
____potential risk of HIV or HBV transmission

____test results from source individual (if tested)
____results of blood tests and medical evaluations
____medical condition(s) resulting from the incident requiring further evaluation or treatment
____medical information is to be considered strictly confidential
____need for blood testing and immunization therapy
____advice to report any illness which occurs in the follow-up period
____to refrain from donating blood or organs during follow-up
____to abstain from/or use protective measures during sexual activities
____(if female) not to breast feed
____to keep all follow-up medical appointments
Name and address of Physician or agency providing follow-up care ____________________________
Recommendations for avoiding re-injury: __________________________________________________
Name of Person Preparing this Report: _________________________________Title_______________

COLUMBUS TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Columbus, GA 31904
ACCIDENT REPORT FORM

PATIENT INFORMATION:

Name: __________________________________________________ Dept: _______________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________
Sex: M ___ F ___ Age ____ Place of Accident: Building ____ Grounds ____ Other _____

RESPONSIBLE PERSON/NEXT OF KIN:

Name: ________________________________________ Phone: _________________________
Relationship: ________________________ Was responsible person notified: Yes ___ No ___
By whom notified: __________________________ Date: _____________ Time: ___________

TYPE OF INJURY/ILLNESS: (Briefly describe) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
AREA OF INJURY:

1. ( ) Head 7. ( ) Back

2. ( ) Face 8. ( ) Chest

3. ( ) Eye 9. ( ) Abdomen

4. ( ) Neck 10. ( ) Pelvis

5. ( ) Let Shoulder, Arm, Hand 11. ( ) Buttocks

6. ( ) Right Shoulder, Arm, Hand 12. ( ) Other

EMERGENCY CARE RENDERED:

1. ( ) Oral Airway 5. ( ) Spinal Immobilization 9. ( ) Obstetrical-Delivery

2. ( ) C.P.R 6. ( ) Applied Splint 10. ( ) Refused Treatment

3. ( ) Controlled Bleeding 7. ( ) Applied Traction 11. ( ) Other __________

4. ( ) Bandaged Wounds 8. ( ) Applied Restraints

ACTION TAKEN ON ACCIDENT:

1. EMS Phoned (By Whom)

2. First-Aid Treatment (By Whom)

3. Sent Home (By Whom)

4. Sent to Physician (By Whom)

5. Sent to Hospital (By Whom)

Name of Hospital: _______________________

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Reported By:_________________________________ Department: ___________________
Witness: ____________________________________ Date: _____________ Time: __________

COMMENTS: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Infection Control Coordinator: Date:

9-22-14

Columbus Technical College

Radiologic Technology

Lab Management Plan

General laboratory rules as described in the Laboratory Management System information will be provided to the student during the initial lab class. All procedures will be demonstrated, students will be given adequate practice time, and then each student will be checked off on each procedure discussed in class according to the schedule that is provided in the class syllabus each semester. Once students are checked off in lab, they are then allowed to perform those procedures on patients in the clinical setting for proficiencies during each semester under direct supervision. Students will be given the opportunity to review and practice each competency prior to performance. To complete RADT 1010, RADT 1030, RADT 1060, and RADT 2090 for a grade, the lab skills for each must be completed. Students must attain a score of at least 85% to be considered competent in a specific procedure. Once the student has performed and been checked off as competent in a specific procedure and has practiced and performed the procedure in the clinical setting on a live subject to the evaluator’s satisfaction, he/she can then perform that procedure under indirect supervision as described on page 41 of this manual. The schedule of lab performance and competencies in the lab are posted for all radiographers in the affiliate clinical sites for reference and review.


Students will not practice procedures in the lab without proper supervision by an instructor. Appropriate personal protective equipment such as lead aprons and gloves are available in the lab room. Students are not to hold phantoms during radiation exposure. No student is to perform any procedure on a live subject. Only phantoms can be used should exposures be required.


Columbus Technical College

Radiologic Technology

Laboratory Management System


  1. Management of Students in Laboratory:

  1. Students are not to be in lab area performing procedures unless an instructor is present.

  2. Students and instructors are to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Horseplay, inattentiveness, and negligence are prohibited.

  3. Students are to follow all safety regulations.

  1. Laboratory Cleanliness/Maintenance:

  1. All students and instructors must wash hands before and after each simulated procedures.

  2. Laboratory equipment must be cleaned with the appropriate cleaning material before and after each simulated procedure.

  3. Students should not attempt to troubleshoot or repair malfunctioned equipment and /or laboratory devices. All equipment malfunctions and/or improper functioning laboratory devices should be reported to an instructor.

  4. All laboratory supplies/devices must be properly stored at the end of each laboratory session.

  5. No eating or drinking in the lab area.

  1. Radiation Safety:

  1. All students must receive and follow radiation safety instructions, as well as proper equipment training before operating radiation producing equipment. During exposures always stand in control booth or behind a barrier wall.

  2. All students and instructors must wear their assigned radiation monitoring device when present in the laboratory area.

  3. All radiation exposures must be made using the quality assurance devices, phantom body parts, or the phantom mannequin.

No radiation exposure should ever be produced using live or actual persons.

  1. An instructor must be present when all radiation exposures are produced (direct supervision). Close doors during radiographic exposures.

  1. Equipment Operation/ Maintenance:

  1. Use locks correctly; do not force equipment to movement.

  2. Before lowering the table, check and remove obstacles from under the table, please do not leave stools under the table.

  3. Place tube head all the way down close to table on the pillow before turning power off.

  4. Treat phantoms with care to prevent damage. Replacement cost range from $500 to $33,000.


Radiologic Technology

Lab Agreement
I, _________________________, have read and understand the Radiologic

Print Name

Technology Laboratory Management procedure as stated and I have been given a copy of the policy for future reference.
I agree to abide by the rules stated in the Laboratory Management procedure for Radiologic Technology.


______________________________ ________________

Signature Date

Section 6
Disciplinary Action Student Counseling

DISCIPLINARY ACTION:

Enrollment in this program is on a voluntary basis. However, because of the nature of this profession and educational program, the student assumes certain obligations and responsibilities of performance and behavior.


Every possible act of misconduct cannot be specified. However, the program has listed the following for all students who violate the rules and regulations of the Program. Candidates who are considering the Program are requested to read this manual. After those candidates who have been accepted have been so notified, they are required to report for an orientation session. In these sessions, the Policy and Procedure manual is reviewed and explained and is considered a time of fair warning regarding the rules of conduct.
CATEGORY ONE - OFFENSE/REASONS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Violations of these rules are serious in nature and may result in Immediate Dismissal. A student dismissed for a Category One is NOT eligible to return for enrollment in the Program.

1. Fraudulent completion of clinical assignments(s) to include Time & Attendance Cards
2. Failure to complete and/or submit academic and clinical assignments.


  1. Sleeping while on clinical assignment.




  1. Cheating on an academic examination.




  1. Reporting to academic or clinical assignment under the suspected influence of alcohol or illegal substances.




  1. Reporting to academic or clinical assignment in the possession of alcohol or any illegal substances.




  1. Use of alcohol or illegal substances while on hospital property for academic or clinical assignment.




  1. Exchanging of clinical assigned time without the proper permission.




  1. Leaving any clinical assignment at any clinical site without the permission of the Program Director/Clinical Coordinator or Clinical Instructor, in the absence of either program official..

10. Theft of hospital, patient or employee property.


11. Willful destruction of hospital, patient or employee property.
12. Conviction of a felony.
13. Arrest and charge with a felony.
14. Arrest and conviction with illegal use, possession or distribution of illegal substances.
15. Insubordination to include refusal to perform assigned task or obey instructions.

16. Negligence or deliberate oral or physical abuse in the care and treatment of patients, guest, students, or

employees.
17. Breach of confidential information.
18. Falsification of any official college or hospital record.

19. Immoral or lewd conduct on college or hospital property.


20. Possession of firearms or weapons on college or hospital property.
21. Smoking on college or affiliate clinical campus grounds (even in one’s car).

CATEGORY TWO - OFFENSE/REASONS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION:

Violations of these rules are considered in a range of less serious to serious in nature. However, depending on the severity of the offense or multiple offenses, the progressive discipline process may be omitted and suspension or termination may be immediate. The range of discipline for the following will be written documentation reprimand, suspension and/or dismissal.


1. Failure to report for clinical assignment.
2. Failure to attend an academic class.
3. Failure to report illness to school, i.e. notify the program office and the clinical assignment as stated in Student

Handbook.


4. Multiple and Excessive absences.
5. Excessive tardiness (over 3 times in a semester). Tardy is defined as 7 minutes beyond scheduled duty time
6. Sleeping in class.
7. Continued late completion and/or submission of academic and/or clinical assignment.
8. Loitering in non-assigned areas at any clinical assignment.
9. Eating, drinking or chewing gum in non-designated areas
10. Horseplay and unprofessional conduct or behavior in and around patient care areas
11. Abusing the assigned time and request in observing a lunch period.
12. Use or excessive use of hospital telephones or equipment for personal calls or use.
13. Inappropriate reporting to clinical or academic assignment: If in improper attire, appearance or in breach of the

grooming policy, the student will be requested to leave the premises. This includes uniform, shoes, lab coat,

hosiery, hair, fingernails, jewelry and all other areas described in the grooming policy as stated in the Student

Handbook.


14. Continued violation of dress code policy will result in dismissal.

15. Unsatisfactory attitude

16. Breach of professional confidence.
17. Neglect or abuse of patients, visitors, employees or students
18. Use of profanity in the presence of patients, visitors or others.


CATEGORY TWO: “CONTINUED” OFFENSES/REASONS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION:
19. Violation of other hospital policies not named here but to include:

a. Solicitation or acceptance of remuneration from patients, visitors and/or doctors

b. Willfully giving false statements to supervisors and administrative personnel

c. Political activity on hospital property

d. Inability to medically or physically perform current student assignments

e. Disorderly conduct, fighting or instigating a fight on hospital property

f. Vending, soliciting or conducting business on hospital property

g. Sexual harassment

h. Violation of safety regulations

i. Failure to wear ID badge and the Radiation Dosimetry Badge in the appropriate required manner

j. Violation of hospital parking regulations

k. Use of cell phones in clinical settings


20. Violation abuse and/or loss of hospital or school property. Requires instruction from Department Director and

Hospital Administration/School Administration as to cost of reimbursement for replacement and/or other

disciplinary action.

COLUMBUS TECHNICAL COLLEGE

SCHOOL OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

STUDENT COUNSELING AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION FORM

Student Name: ______________________________________ Date: _______________


_______ Written Notification _________ Warning
_______ Semester Counseling Session _________ Suspension: # Days __
_______ Verbal Counseling Documentation _________ Dismissal
_______ Corrective Action Report
OFFENSE: ______ 1st ______ 2nd ______ 3rd

SUPERVISOR’S STATEMENT: The above named student was notified/counseled with the clinical evaluation/Director’s Report on _________________ regarding:

Supervisor’s Signature: _______________________________ Date: ____________

Program Director’s Statement:


Director’s Signature _________________________________ Date: ______________



STUDENT COUNSELING
The faculty members encourage students to consult with them at any time regarding questions, problems or comments. Students may approach the faculty during clinical assignment hours in the Radiology Department or school office as well as before and after class sessions.
CLINICAL: Counseling regarding clinical deficiencies or questions is handled regularly through the weekly evaluation forms. If deemed necessary and/or requested by the student, a conference is set up between the program faculty, student and/or involved/appropriate staff technologists(s).
ACADEMIC: Counseling regarding academic deficiencies or questions is handled through conferences between the appropriate faculty member(s) and the student as deemed necessary by the individual course instructors and/or Program Director.

Test papers are often used as a means of informing students of current test averages.


CORRECTIVE ACTION: If a student incurs an infraction necessitating disciplinary action, a Student Counseling and Disciplinary Action form will be completed on each student to include a synopsis of clinical and academic performance and attendance. If a student is deficient, he/she shall be placed on probation and counseled in order to encourage improvement. If clinical and/or academic performance does not meet the minimum passing grade, the student will be placed on EXCLUSION (elimination from the program).
Students are reminded of the Disciplinary Action Section of this handbook as well as the stated Problem Solving Procedures.

STUDENT COMPLAINT/GREIVANCE POLICY

Columbus Technical College will receive and respond to complaints concerning the construction or administration of laws, policies, standards, or procedures related to Columbus Technical College and the School of Radiologic Technology. The college prohibits retaliation in any form for the filing of a complaint, the reporting of instances of discrimination, or for participation in these complaint procedures. The complaints include ones filed by faculty, students, parents and the public. This procedure can be used for civil rights complaints. All Title IX complaints shall be handled in a confidential manner to the fullest extent prescribed by law. Every attempt will be made to limit the distribution of information to those people with a need-to-know within the confines of the college and agency reporting procedures and the investigative process. Students making appeals for disciplinary actions should refer to Appeal Procedures in Student Rights and Responsibilities in the Columbus Technical College Student Handbook and Catalog. The following procedures are to be used in seeking resolution of complaints and grievances:


Step 1: Hold an informal discussion on the complaint with the instructor/program director. Records of the relevant factors should be kept in case a formal written charge is made. This meeting will be scheduled within ten (10) working days. The faculty member’s response can be expected in writing within ten (10) working days.
Step 2: Should this response not satisfy the appeal, the student will appeal to the Dean of Health Sciences within ten (10) days of the instructor’s response. The Dean may conduct a conference that would include the Dean, the student, and the instructor(s). The Dean will respond to the student in writing with ten (10) working days from the date of the student’s appeal.
Step 3: Should this response not satisfy the appeal, the student will appeal to the Vice President of Academic affairs within ten (10) day from the date of the Dean’s response. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will respond to the appeal within ten working days from the date of the student’s appeal.
Step 4: The decision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs will be final.
The student should continue to attend classes until the grievance has been resolved unless otherwise advised.

Reviewed & Revised 11/24/15



STATEMENT FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

SCHOOL OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY
Students agree to comply with the policies stated in this handbook when they sign the Student Acknowledgement Form (see next page) after reviewing the Student Handbook during orientation.
Students must satisfactorily complete the full 4 semesters of academic and clinical education prior to being eligible to take the national certification examination of the ARRT. This is a ruling of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Students not completing all educational requirements by the date of graduation will not be eligible or permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students will not receive their degree until all of the educational requirements have been satisfactorily completed.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES of Columbus Technical College will be followed. A copy of these policies can be found in the college catalog by going to the college website. www.columbustech.edu.
All students are on probationary status during the first six months of the program. An evaluation of academic and clinical performance at the end of each semester is reviewed by the program faculty, and, if necessary, will include review by the Dean of Health Sciences and Nursing and the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Columbus Technical College. Counseling with the student is conducted as deemed appropriate.
If a student’s work has been unsatisfactory he/she may be placed on Academic Exclusion (which means elimination from enrollment in the program).
If it becomes evident to the faculty that a student’s attitude and/or aptitude for a career in Radiologic technology is unsuitable, the student will be so advised and requested to withdraw from the program in the best interest of both him/herself and the program.
A student does NOT need to be in a probationary or suspension status to be dismissed. The program director/school reserves the right in every case to dismiss any student at any time for infractions of the stated policies of the Program Policies and Procedures or of any of the hospitals involved in the clinical education of the program and/or the following:

A. insubordination

B. inability to maintain an academic average of C in each didactic course or a clinical average

of 80 or above for each semester

C. failure to develop those qualities considered essential to the ethical practice of

Radiologic Technology

D. failure to follow the policies and procedures of the school, program, Imaging

Departments assigned, and/or any clinically affiliated hospital/clinic.



COLUMBUS TECHNICAL COLEGE

SCHOOL OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

STUDENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The undersigned student acknowledges that he/she understands the following in regard to the program sponsored by Columbus Technical College:
1. The program does not involve an employer-employee relationship.
2. The Student is not entitled to wages for any educational training time in the program.
3. The program is for the benefit and education of the student.
4. The student has read and understands the Standards of Ethics as published by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This document includes the Code of Ethics and Rules of Ethics and is revised periodically by the ARRT and published annually in the ARRT Primary Examination Handbook and available on their website at www.arrt.org. The Rules of Ethics are also directed to candidates who may become applicants when meeting the eligibility requirements and make application to write the national certification examination administered by the ARRT.
5. Neither Columbus Technical College nor any clinical affiliate hospital/clinic is obligated to the student for employment upon completion of the program.
6. The student understands that the first six months of the program is probationary for all students.
7. The program reserves the right to dismiss a student at any time during the training period. If it becomes evident to the faculty that the student’s attitude or aptitude for a career in Radiologic Technology is unsuitable, the student will be advised and required to withdraw from the program in the best interest of him/herself and the program.
8. I have read and understand the grading system and the policies governing probation and exclusion as stated in the Student Handbook. I know that I must maintain a grade of C or above in each academic course and an 80 (B) in clinical assignments/courses in order to remain enrolled in the program
9. I understand the attendance policies and know that for any day or time missed due to absence, I will be required to make up that time at the end of each semester where absences have occurred and will be assigned to clinical duty by the clinical coordinator/program director.
10. The school/program does not make refunds to students not completing the course to include tuition, textbooks, and uniforms. Textbooks and uniforms remain the property of the student.
11. The student agrees to comply with the rules, regulations, and procedures of the program and the hospitals/clinics as stated in the Student Handbook of the program. These rules and regulations have been discussed and explained during orientation.
12. Students shall pay the specified amount of tuition and assigned fees per semester to Columbus Technical College for each of the four (4) semesters enrolled, and for the semesters required to complete any pre-requisite classes prior to acceptance.

13. The student must provide he/her own uniforms, shoes, meals, housing, transportation, and other expenses.


14. The student is solely responsible for his/her own transportation to and from clinical assignments and classes. Columbus Technical College is not responsible for damages or injuries to the students and/or others in the event of an accident occurring while en route to or from any school related activity.
15. The student understands that items issued such as radiation monitoring badges, time cards, any books loaned to the student from the School of Radiography collection, or any library books due to the Columbus Technical College library must be returned upon exiting the program.
16. Copies of student records can be released to a third party ONLY with signed written consent from the student. All original student records are the property of Columbus Technical College.
While the provisions of this statement and the rules and regulations of the program and hospitals/clinics will ordinarily be applied as stated, Columbus Technical College and the School of Radiologic Technology reserve the right to change any policy or procedure without prior notice. Every effort will be made to keep the student advised of any such changes by having the student sign an acknowledgement of receipt of any information/policy/procedure change.

Acknowledged by _________________________________ Date ________________

(Student Signature)

Witnessed by ____________________________________ Date _________________

(Signature)

Section 7
Graduation and Professional Information

GRADUATION GOALS AND REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS TO BE COMPLETED AND/OR SUBMITTED:
The following requirements MUST be met by the graduating student in order to participate in graduation

ceremonies and receive a diploma:




  1. Clinical proficiencies completed

  2. Attended and completed all academic assignments

  3. Incomplete grades removed from record as outlined

  4. Hospital and Program Library textbooks and materials returned

  5. Absences or make up days arranged and completed according to policy

  6. Radiation monitoring badges returned

  7. Resolution or reimbursement for any lost or damaged school or hospital/clinic properties

  8. Demonstrated competency of achievement with a minimum score of 75 on at least TWO Simulated Registry Exams OR a minimum grade of 75 on One Simulated Registry Exam AND achievement of a minimum of 75 in EACH test subject category on administered Simulated Registry Exams. (This competency is stated in Section II).

  9. Satisfactory completion and clearance of all school time and attendance.

The above must be completed and/or submitted as announced by the Program Director in order to

participate in the official graduation ceremony and receive a degree. A Termination Form will be

completed by the Program Director on each student who completes the program, including any job

information acquired from the student, for statistical purposes with the CARE Center Career Connections

Coordinator of Columbus Technical College.


ABSENCES AND MAKEUP TIME:
Students who have absences which have not been made up by the end of the fourth (last) semester will

receive an Incomplete in their final Clinical Radiography course until those absences have been made up.

At that time, a final grade will be given for the course and the students will become eligible for graduation

and their degree, as well as eligible to sit for the national certification exam with the ARRT. Students are

required to make arrangements to schedule make up time with the Clinical Coordinator.
EARLY OUT POLICY AND ELIGIBILITY:
Students may be eligible for an early out of the clinical requirements of the program if they meet the

following requirements:



  1. Students must have satisfactorily completed ALL clinical and educational requirements described in Section VIII of the Student Handbook and have NO makeup days to complete.

  2. Students having Comp Time or AIP Days NOT taken by the end of the Program would be able to take these days as replacement for the last scheduled clinical days.

Graduating students who meet the state eligibility requirements for the early out policy may take the number

of school days established by the Program Director and counting back from the last required date of

attendance for the Program. Early Out candidates are required to attend all scheduled academic activities.






APPLICATION TO AMERICAN REGISTRY OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS (ARRT):
Consult the explanation regarding the application process which is described further in this Section (VII) of the Student Handbook. Additionally, the Program is issued the Examinee Handbook by the ARRT and provides one copy each to the graduating student. The examinee Handbook describes in detail the eligibility for certification, and application and procedures, rules and ethics as required by the ARRT. It is the responsibility of the student to read and be familiar with this information prior to the completion of the Program.
AWARDS CEREMONY:

Radiology students who satisfactorily complete the program are eligible to participate in receiving awards. The Awards Ceremony is usually held a few weeks before the end of the program. Students will be receive honors befitting their accomplishments during the Awards Ceremony. Students not eligible for graduation are ineligible for an award. The following awards will be presented:


Academic Achievement Award:

This award is given for the highest academic average achieved for the Program.


Perfect Attendance Award:

This award is given for perfect attendance for the entire program with NO absences (Exceptions: Bereavement, AIP Days, and Comp Time).


The Dorothy R. Freeman Technologist Award:

Staff Radiographers at the Clinical Affiliate Sites vote for the eligible graduate on the following basis:

Technical Ability

Assuming Responsibility

Attitude

Cooperativeness

Initiative
The JRCERT Certificate of Excellence Award:

The certificate for this award is given by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and is awarded for outstanding achievement in scientific research written by an eligible graduate.



GRADUATION:
Students and their family and friends are invited to the Columbus Technical College Graduation Ceremony at the end of Spring Semester. Graduates will receive accolades for accomplishing completion of the program during this time. Students can pick up their degrees in the Registrar’s Office at a time designed by that department or the degree will be mailed, if preferred. Graduation is a school activity and those students participating in the formal ceremony are required to follow all policies of the Program prior to and during the activity to include the following:

  1. All students and graduates are required to adhere to the dress code including those items such as hair, jewelry, hosiery, etc. These are described in Section 5 of the Student Handbook.

  2. Any student suspected of being under the influence of alcohol shall face possible exclusion from the ceremony and requested to leave the premises.

Columbus Technical College

School of Radiologic Technology

928 Manchester Expressway

Columbus, GA 31904
TERMINATION OF ATTENDANCE FORM
REASONS FOR EXIT:
_______ Self -Withdrawal ______Termination ______ Other
Name ________________________________ Student ID # ______________________
Date Entered ______________ Date of Exit/Termination _________________
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT OF SELF WITHDRAWAL:
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Student’s Signature: _______________________________ Date: _________________

________________________________________________________________________
FOR SCHOOL DOCUMENTATION ONLY:
Check when items are submitted and provide date and signature of receipt
Item Returned Date Signature
Radiation Monitoring __________ ________ __________________

Badge
Time Cards __________ ________ __________________


School Library Books __________ ________ __________________

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
Columbus Society of Radiologic Technologists:

All students are encouraged to be members of the local Society. There is a nominal fee for membership. Students may have the right to vote and may hold the office Secretary-Treasurer.


Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists:

Students are encouraged to be members of the state society during the 24 months of the educational program. Membership applications can be obtained thru the Program Office, or on the GSRT website at www.gsrt.org.


American Society of Radiologic Technologists:

Students are encouraged to become student members of the national society during the 24 months of the educational program and continue their membership as R.T.s after graduation and certification. Membership dues are the responsibility of the individual student.

Website: www.asrt.org.
JOB PLACEMENT:

The Program Director and Faculty of the Program are very interested and willing to assist students in locating positions of employment after graduation. Openings may be available at the Clinical Affiliate sites or other neighboring medical institutions and doctors’ offices and clinics. Notices of job openings are received often through the Program Office and this information is sent out to the graduates. NO APPLICANT OR STUDENT IS PROMISED A JOB BY THE PROGRAM, SPONSOR, OR AFFILIATE HOSPITALS/CLINICS.


CONTINUED EDUCATION:

Upon completion of the program in Radiologic Technology, a graduate may enter the fields of Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound), Computed Tomography, Mammography, MRI, or Radiologist Assistant. There are programs in these specialties in the state and in other areas of the country. The Career File in the Program Office contains brochures, applications, and other information about these programs. The faculty is very interested and willing to assist students interested in continuing their education in medical imaging. Additional formal training in the specialties allows the student to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exams and other certification tests to insure professional recognition. The career file also contains information on several college degrees a program graduate may pursue.

The CARE Center at Columbus Technical College offers many helps in preparing the graduate for job application, including resume writing and interview skills.
Columbus State University (CSU):

Graduates of the Program, after passing the national certification exam, may apply to CSU and receive academic credit towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science.


Emory University (Atlanta):

Graduates may apply to Emory University and receive credit for their AAS degree towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Science, Computed Tomography (CT), or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).


Troy State University:

Graduates may apply to Troy State and receive credit for their AAS degree towards a Bachelor degree.



CERTIFICATION

THE AMERICAN REGISTRY OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS
The following is information provided to enrolled students and graduates of the program who are eligible for the certifying examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This certification is voluntary but strongly encouraged for professional recognition and advancement. Upon notification of satisfactorily passing the Registry, the graduate is recognized as a Registered Technologist and has the privilege of using the abbreviations “R.T.(R)” after his/her name. Most institutions prefer to hire only those individuals who are R.T.s. Non-registered technologists usually receive less compensation. The Federal Government requires that technologists be registered to work in their facilities and also be a graduate of a JRCERT Accredited Program, according to their website.
In January 2000, the ARRT began the use of computer-based testing (CBT) through Pearson Vue Testing Centers, for the administration of all its examinations. The CBT services have been contracted at numerous testing centers nationwide so that most candidates may schedule exams near their homes and at a convenient time for them. According to the ARRT, CBT will plan to be offered six days per week for 52 weeks during the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM.
The application process requires that the examinee complete an application for examination. Candidates will be assigned a 90 day testing window during which the individual may participate in the examination. Candidates will be able to apply prior to graduation but must officially graduate before being deemed eligible to sit for the examination.
CBT provides the opportunity to administer questions in random order with each exam taken by any candidate. For all CBT exams in Radiography, candidates will be provided with a basic, non-programmable calculator by the test center personnel. Personal calculators will be prohibited.
The exam is a two hundred question, multiple-choice format test. Below is the breakdown of the categories of questions currently used by the ARRT (as of January, 2014):
Radiation Protection……………………………45

Equipment Operation & Quality Control ..…….22

Image Acquisition & Evaluation…...…………..45

Imaging Procedures ………………...………….58

Patient Care and Education…………………….30

200 questions total


Registry preparation and review activities are conducted as scheduled during the fourth (Spring) Semester. Attendance to all activities is required. Simulated Registry exams are scheduled and are to assist the student in preparation for the ARRT. Further study and preparation for the ARRT is the responsibility of the student. The required application fees for the exam and the mailing of the application is the sole responsibility of the student.
11/24/15

Section 8
Standards for an Accredited Program

Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in

Radiologic Sciences

The following pages contain the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology.


In accordance with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology regarding allegations of non-compliance with JRCERT Standards the following policy assures timely and appropriate resolution of complaints.
It is the responsibility of the Radiologic Technology Program to follow the standards set forth by the JRCERT. Allegations of non-compliance may be made using the following guidelines:


  1. Hold an informal discussion on the complaint with the program director and then with the division chair. Records will be kept in case a formal written charge is made. If complaint is not resolved informally step 2 is required.

  2. A written letter of non-compliance allegations must be submitted to the program director stating the complaint and the accreditation standard of which the complaint is against.

  3. The program director will investigate to determine if the complaint relates to program compliance within 20 days of receiving the complaint.

  4. If yes - resolution of non-compliance. The Advisory Committee will meet to resolve the non-compliance complaint in a timely manner – within 30 working days.

  5. If the complaint is not resolved in a timely manner a written letter may be sent to the JRCERT

  6. Records of complaints and resolutions will be maintained in the office of the school of Radiologic Technology.



Standards

for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography





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